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Apple iPod shuffle 4G review

Apple’s iPod Shuffle received another makeover when Apple launched its new iPod line up in September, but were they right to go back to one of the previous designs or has the re-inclusion of buttons spoilt it? While the iPod touch is the flagship and the iPod nano the bit of fun, the iPod shuffle, to many, is a strange device that doesn’t really serve much purpose. With no screen and a small storage (2GB) chances are your phone will offer you a more complete experience.

However with such a low price point (£39) and such a small design, the shuffle is perfect for runners who want music, but also want to keep things light. Measuring 29 x 31.6 x 8.7mm there is no denying that the iPod shuffle is small – heck we’ve seen postage stamps bigger.

The front is dominated by the controls, thankfully back, while on the back is a clip so you can attach it to your clothes. There’s a mode switch and a new button that adds the new VoiceOver feature – more on that in a moment – and of course a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can plug in your headphones. The casing is metal, the buttons are black, and the whole thing fits in perfectly with the company’s MacBook Pro design ethos.

In the box you’ll get the shuffle, a USB to 3.5mm charging and syncing dongle, and Apple’s standard headphones, which we would recommend changing straight away to get the best out of the diminutive player. Plug in your iPod shuffle, iTunes fires up, and you can start loading music on the device.

If you’ve never owned an iPod before everything is very straightforward, all focused around iTunes, with the shuffle throwing up nothing out of the ordinary. It’s here that you can manage your tracks, separating them into Music, Podcasts, and Books and then within Music, dedicated Playlists. Your Playlists are going to be your main way of segregating music into folders, and using the VoiceOver button it is possible to switch between Playlists when out and about.

New to the shuffle are Genius Playlists; these are automatic playlists generated within iTunes, based on your current music collection. Tick the box and it will start transferring music across. Managing those playlists is via iTunes and you can select 25, 50 or 100 songs, with the ability to manage what songs are included and the order they are played via your computer.

Other options – don’t forget everything really does need to be managed via your computer – include syncing options, enabling Sound Check, whether or not you want tracks that are in a higher bit rate to be down converted to save space, and whether you want to manually manage your music or just have it loaded with random tracks from your collection.

Above and beyond this you can also set the iPod shuffle up to double up as a USB drive with disk mode, and for parents looking to buy this for their kids limit the maximum volume – yes the feature is password protected.

Once you’ve added the tracks that you want to listen to you are ready to go. Well almost, you’ll have to download the VoiceOver software, it takes a couple of minutes, and then you’re off.

On the road and operation is very simple. There really isn’t that much to it with the controls doing most of the work and the VoiceOver feature trying to help you manage without a screen.

Press the VoiceOver button once and you’ll get a female voice trying its best to tell you who is singing and what the track is called. Pressing the button drops the volume of the track allowing you to hear it. On the whole the offering does well, only struggling with pronouncing foreign named bands. It doesn’t like Sigur Ros for example.

VoiceOver actually speaks 25 different languages, so says Apple, so it can tell you song titles and artists in their native tongues or any language you choose; while that works for foreign language titles, band names that are a little more unusual understandably give it grief. As for how the technology works, it’s merely reading the track name and artist. If that means your tracks are titled “Track 1” that’s what it will read out to you.

If you’ve been buying music from iTunes, or the music you’ve been importing is correctly labelled it really works fine. The VoiceOver button has two other features, a battery status indicator and letting you know what Playlist you are playing, along with the ability to change to that playlist. This is handy, as it allows plenty of categorisation but also means that in the middle of a run you won’t suddenly get the podcast you are saving for the train into work.

Within playlists, tracks can be shuffled or played in the order you set them in when you transferred the music over. We found the sound quality to be good once we had swapped out the headphones for something a little better quality.

Via Pocketlink


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How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

This portable UV-C wand sterilizes your items and work space

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How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!