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OS X users: What do you guys use to listen to uncompressed digital music (FLACs, WAVs, etc.)? VLC, which has been my go to media app for years, has started to add terrible distortion to all of my uncompressed files. When I throw them into Audacity or any other DAW, they play perfectly fine.

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I used homebrew package manager to install *nix programs.
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With Google seemingly not being able to do large tablets right (as the Nexus 9 is far too much money to be dealing with the issues it has), and Samsung's Tab S products having poor performance, I decided to pick up an iPad Air 2. Here's my 24-hour first impressions:

- Build quality is amazing. As thin as this product is, there is no flex, no light bleed issues, nothing of the sort. This is what I hoped the Nexus 9 would be like. Screen is as uniform as I've seen in an LCD panel. The speakers are nice, loud, and full (but I do wish they were front-firing). I've not even looked at the camera, but who cares...if you're using a tablet to take pictures I have no idea what you're doing. 

- Performance is great. I haven't been able to get this thing to hiccup yet (although iOS isn't flexible with multitasking so I doubt the OS could even be pushed harder than the hardware could take). 

- GPU is really nice. Benchmarks put it really close to or just ahead of the Tegra K1 with its Kepler cores. Would be great if they included a microHDMI port to take advantage of it. The few games I've played look and run great.

- Battery life is what is claimed, although it's hard to properly gauge as iOS obfuscates battery drain details. I have no idea what "Usage" means, and I think they want it that way. Either way, I'm fairly satisfied with what I'm getting on the first charge.

- Tablet app selection is nice, but I hate that doing anything requires the use of an app in the first place. I'm used to being able to check my e-mail, browse reddit, play music, check sports scores, weather information, my calendar/tasks/appointments, twitter, etc without opening a single app. Which brings me to the one downfall of this device:

- It runs iOS. Seriously, I don't know how any of you deal with this. As far as being functional, it falls way far behind of what Android was even 3 years ago. There's a big difference between being "simple and intuitive" and providing a lousy gimped experience...far too often, iOS is the latter in an attempt to be the former. It's very clear that Google is going to be one to keep furthering innovation and use cases in the mobile space, while Apple is content to offer nothing more or less than a glorified app launcher. 

I got such a good deal on this product that I will be able to sell it for what I paid for it in 12 months, if current iPad pricing on Craigslist holds up. Maybe by then, Google can release a compelling piece of Nexus tablet hardware for the money. It's ironic that these two companies have the exact opposite problem...Apple's hardware is superb, but its software and UX is terrible, while Google has the obviously superior platform, but even when working with an OEM that has produced great hardware during the last 2 years, cannot produce a large, stock Android tablet worth the money. 

tl:dr - If someone could ever manage to hack a fully functional build of Lollipop on here, I would keep this thing for the next 3-4 years and be happy. And that's kind of sad for both companies. 

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64GB WiFi version for around $400. So about a $200 savings. 
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If you don't like Halo, or precisely the same 4 Halo games we've already seen, there was hardly anything new, exciting, or compelling shown at this presser that would make you want to buy an Xbox One. Glad to see they didn't mention TV or movies once, though. It was packed with games, but nothing you couldn't get a better version of somewhere else, and it was about 90% CG as well. A very "safe" conference. Overall, I'd give the Microsoft presser a solid B.
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Photosphere of my backyard this morning. I'm finding the Note 3 camera app does a better job than Google's stock camera, with the exception of up-close objects, of course. Everything caked in ice with a fresh coating of snow overnight. Starting to melt now though.
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So, I just got invited by Google to get Google Glass and become a Glass Explorer. I would say this is the most amazing thing ever, but $1500 says otherwise. :( #sopoor   #glassexplorers  
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Between Nintendo and Motorola, I don't know who is price gouging consumers worse. 
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Still awaiting the Anandtech review (it's late by several weeks), but user impressions of the Retina iMac are what I feared: a great machine destroyed by high thermals that don't work well within the thermal constraints of an all-in-one. You need the upgraded GPU to drive that display, but even simple things such as YouTube drive it up to 105 degrees C (and result in the fans going full blast). I would need the i7 CPU for Hyperthreading, but that also results in an increase of heat. Taxing the system for more than a couple of hours leads to throttling.
Disappointing, but not surprising.

The last thing I want is to spend nearly $4K on a machine only to be constantly annoyed by running fans during mixing sessions. I'll be waiting for the Mac Pro to be refreshed with Haswell-EP and DDR4 next year. #retinaimac   #apple   #macpro  
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Too many trade offs for a gorgeous screen.
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Apple thinks my life totally sucks as an Android user. So to help me seek a better life, they copied lots core Android/Google features to use in iOS/OS X. 

How benevolent and forward thinking they are. 
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So, my contract with Verizon ends December 16th, and I'm jumping ship over to AT&T. I'm torn between the LG G2 and the HTC One. Both have their advantages, and both also have stupid little things that will bug the hell out of me (The G2 has the stupid menu button, the back-mounted volume rocker, as well as an unsure update path to KitKat, while the One has the smaller screen, smaller battery, and weaker processor/GPU). I'd be happy with the Nexus 5 for the most part, but the weaker camera performance and subpar battery life is stopping me from committing to it. I don't want the Galaxy S4 or Note 3, and the Moto X is too mid-tier for my usage, although the software improvements over AOSP are nice without getting in the way. 

HTC has been fantastic with updates, and has the amazing stereo speakers and the nice aluminum build, but the G2 is ultimately the superior device with the industry leading screen, Snapdragon 800, and short of the Droid Ultra on Verizon, the best battery life out there. This is actually a really tough decision. #Android   #HTC   #lgg2  
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Reading more and more Moto X reviews from people who actually took their time with the device. And it's becoming increasingly clear:

In a vacuum, the Moto X is great. Meaning, if there was not much competition, it would be a solid choice. Problem is, at $199 on contract + 2 year subsidy, or $700 off-contract, right now I have my choice between: Galaxy S4, HTC One, both Google Play Editions of those devices, Xperia Z/Z Ultra, or 2 Nexus 4s. And if I wait just another 2 months, add to that list the Note III, One Max, and Nexus 5. Each of those choices, except for the N4 at this point, have things that are much much nicer than the Moto X (some even completely outclass the X). I can buy any OEMs flagship device, because $700 is the asking price for a flagship.

You can scream "user experience" all you want, stock Android is stock Android is stock Android. Your experience will be 95 percent the same on the Nexus 4. At $349-$399 off contract, this becomes a killer phone. At the same price as everything else, it's just a stupid purchasing decision. You can make it any pretty color you want, the fact is, this is designed for people who like overpaying for things. Might as well get an iPhone.  
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