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  • Impressions of iOS7 after a week

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 24, 2013 at 09:49AM
    After a week with iOS7 I think we can finally weigh in. We weren't lucky enough to get a pre-release evaluation peek at the OS or new iPhone 5s and 5c so like you we had to download the OS, update, and install. I think that there were conflicting reports out there, some even warning users not to...
  • Is ios 7 more meaningful than the iPhone 5s?

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 11, 2013 at 10:32AM
    Just before the release of iPhone 5s Apple will release ios7. Since most of us aren't going to upgrade our phones, tablets, and watches on release day for 5s I think this will be a more meaningful attempt by Apple to hold onto its market share. If you can survive this long video let us know what...
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    Plutoneium Chi-Wah-Wah Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 10, 2013 at 08:00AM
    Most people's first effect pedal is usually a distortion pedal. What comes next? For most of us its a wah wah pedal. The wah pedal isn't just for 60's rock and roll sounds. Ask guys like Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett why they spend so much time getting their wah technique down. Better yet, search...
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    Seymour Duncan Hotrodded Humbucker Set

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:45AM
    This is going to be our first guitar pickup review. I'm planning to bring you some different options, some very economical and some not so. Since this is our first pickup review I wanted to cover a well used combination that many players use to get a versatile rig: the Seymour Duncan Hotrodded...
  • Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:52AM
     "Apple has been aware of this vulnerability for six months and has yet to patch the exploit in any currently available operating system build." Yikes, expect an update soon I suppose. So much hype with new OS releases to coincide with iPhone 5s probably made this a back burner at Apple. Read...
  • Pedalboards and Organizing Pedals

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 28, 2013 at 10:05AM
    As we continue our addition of musical audio equipment with our normal tech articles and game reviews it came to me that perhaps a quick tutorial on pedalboards and organizing pedals was needed (clever title eh?). This article isn't going to cover preamp equipment which generally is rack mounted...
  • Building an Astin Martin DB4 with 3D Printing

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:33PM
    So you read articles how 3D printing will be a new revolution and you wonder how it can do anything for you. I came across this nice site where a car enthusiast is building an Astin Martin DB4 with 4x4 inch squares of plastic printed in a 3D printer here. If I'm understanding his process he will...
  • Quilter releases head version of the Aviator

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:11AM
    Quilter officially released their head version of the Aviator amp we loved so much. That amp has become our go to amp for practice and performance and getting a head version should help folks who have been sitting on the fence decide if they want to try it. Here's a link to the product at...
  • Apple's iPhone 5S WILL have a fingerprint scanner

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted July 30, 2013 at 09:07PM
    Looks as though this rumor is conclusive now. Whats the big deal? Biometric security could end up everywhere - from your car door to your front door. Maybe we'll lock someone out of the fridge if they don't do their chores or instead of entering a PIN with your debit card you can have your...
  • Google Announces Chromecast

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:37AM
    Google, has just announced their release of an internet to television device known as "Chromecast."  The stick only costs $35, which is fairly cheap. However, they say that this device is not like the others. The article can be read here.
  • Possible Big Leaks on the Iphone 5s

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:37PM
    An inside source reported to BGR.com recently about the latest possible features to be available on the Iphone  5s or possibly Iphone 6. Some features may include a fingerprint scanner and a 12 megapixle camera. Who knows if this is true, none of these features have been confirmed and we are...
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    VHT Special 6 1x12 Cabinet

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted July 10, 2013 at 10:04AM
    It occurred to me the other day that while I've done reviews of instrument amplifiers and combos I haven't as yet reviewed a speaker cabinet on its own. Well folks here it is: The VHT Special 6 1x12 cabinet in closed back form. An open back version is available which features a Celestion speaker...
  • Nokia Makes Attempt to Bring Back Consumers

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:37PM
    Nokia is ranked #2 in the world for cell phone manufacturing. They have been in business for quite a long time and have taken in tough plunge downward in sales over the past year. This new attempt in bringing back customers may  be a great move. Read the article here.
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    League of Legends Game Review

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted July 1, 2013 at 06:05PM

    OVERVIEW

    As a major league gamer it is my duty to keep up with some of the most competitive video games out on the market. You may have heard a recent uproar in people using the term LOL. No it is not the term "laugh out loud" used by everyone today while texting. This stands for "League...

  • Proposed release date for iPhone 5s and 6

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:18AM
    As bits and pieces of the news of the forthcoming iPhone keep coming in we now have a proposed release date. The release date for 5s seems about right - perfect for a holiday sales push, the release of the new iOS 7, and coincides with all the hardware news we've been seeing. What doesn't seem...
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    Defiance. Worst MMO Third Person Shooter.

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted June 28, 2013 at 05:52PM

    OVERVIEW

    So not too long ago a few buddies of mine wanted me to pick up a copy of this game "Defiance". They didn't exactly explain the concept to me. I thought it was going to a first person shooter fighting off aliens. Nope, did some research on the game and it was brought to my...

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    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 27, 2013 at 02:16PM
    The market for instrument amplifiers is incredibly diverse and large. There are the time tested setups like a 100 watt tube head with a full stack of speakers all the way down to the 1 watt tube amplifiers with a built in six or eight inch speakers. Throw in everything in between as well as...
  • Microsoft Levels The Playing Field

    By Quincy Oshiro | Posted June 19, 2013 at 07:21PM
    Well, well, well Sony. Looks like your so called "upper-hand" over the next-gen console competition may be gone. Xbox has just announced some pretty exciting news and may have me back on pre-ordering a console now rather then waiting that extra year. Check it out here.
  • Latest Firmware Update For PS3 Has Problems

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:48AM
    Sony has already pulled this firmware update from its site until they sort out the problem. This is why I usually wait a week or so before doing a firmware update. Read more about it here.
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    Swiss Picks

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 12, 2013 at 10:40PM
    Sometimes we get to do an in depth review of a product that requires tons of explanation. Other times we find that the product is so simple yet does exactly what it claims to do. Today I present the Swiss Pick. Not named for a country of birth but more for its resemblance to something that...
  • The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 7, 2013 at 10:22AM
    Microsoft is either going to redefine what the gaming experience with a console or alienate its core crowd. Will gamers live with an always on internet connection and attached web camera? What about not being able to play used games without paying a new license fee? Seems like Sony may be the...
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    Quilter Aviator 2x10 Combo Amp

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 5, 2013 at 09:04AM
    If you suffered through my recent amplifier tech articles you know I'm looking for the ultimate tone machine in a combo design. I need tone and I'm not willing to compromise on that. You'd think I'm willing to compromise on volume and projection to get the smaller form factor but here's where...
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    Vox Delaylab Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 29, 2013 at 10:51AM
    My son has a forbidden love that dare not speak its name: the love the delay pedal. I like delay effects but I find them often overused and this is one sound that can definitely get tiring when used a lot. Previously my son was using a Boss delay pedal that worked very well but lacked one...
  • Conflicting news about Xbox 1 playing used games

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:43AM
    One of the most distressing news about the Xbox 1 before its release was that the system would not play used games. Some sites have said it will then I found this article, which if it is correct, means it will but at a cost for each user. If Microsoft wanted to give Sony a major selling point...
  • Instrument Speakers

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:58AM
    We're approaching the end of this series of articles. I know that it seems very tedious - musicians tend to be the type of people who want to plug in and get a perfect sound. Sadly, it takes a lot of work to get the exact sound you are looking for. That's what this series was meant to do -...

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