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iPad Sales Won't Grow in the Near Future - Analyst





According to what Morgan Stanley’s analyst Katy Huberty says, Apple's iPad sales won't grow this quarter. The reasons for such poor results are the absence of new products and the price, which is, compared to Android tablets, pretty high.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Monday, May 12th, 2014. 19:19

Creative Hitz WP-380 review



Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.

First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).

The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is  it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.

It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.

WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.

Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.

There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.

The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.

By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.

The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.

Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.

Technical Specifcations:

  • General
    • Wearing Style: On-ear
    • Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
    • Adjustable Headband: Yes
    • Color: Black
    • Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
      1 travel pouch
      1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
  • Specifications
    • Product Type: Wireless Headset
    • Volume Control: Yes
    • aptX: Yes
    • Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
    • Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
    • Impedance: 32ohms
    • Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
      2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
    • Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
    • Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
    • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
      AVRCP
      HSP
      HFP (HD Voice ready*)
      *HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
    • Audio Codec: aptX
      AAC
      mSBC
      SBC
      FastStream*
      *FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
    • Content Protection: SCMS-T
    • Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
  • Battery Specifications
    • Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
    • Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
      Talk time: 14 hours
  • Recommended Usage
    • Wireless Streaming: Yes
    • Music/Movies: Yes
    • Chats: Yes

iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.




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Apple and Google Fight for Exclusive Games for Their Platforms



Apple wants major game developers to release their new games exclusively for iOS. This will allow to lure many customers from the competitive platform - Android. The problem is that Google also plans to get the so-called first rights for many games.

Both tech giants promise to promote new games and their developers placing them to all kinds of ratings and lists. Now it’s up to developers to decide what company - Apple or Google - to choose.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Monday, April 21st, 2014. 15:09

Apple's A7 Processor Made Other Manufacturers Move to 64-bit CPUs



Apple has become the company that made the whole mobile industry move to 64-bit processors, TSMC co-CEO Mark Liu thinks. iPhone 5s, which was released last fall, became the first handset on market equipped with an entirely new and incredibly efficient CPU.


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Friday, April 18th, 2014. 19:45

Apple to Start Working on New Device-Unlocking System?



According to the latest patent filings published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is planning to develop a new device-unlocking system. This system will allow users to unlock their iOS devices by connecting a set of illuminated dots, so that drawing a custom pattern on the screen of the device. The patent applications are entitled 'Gesture entry techniques'. There're two filings that deal with the new technology, not one, which a bit strange, I guess.


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Friday, April 18th, 2014. 19:23

Apple and Shazam are Working on Song Identification System for iOS 8



Apple is reportedly working on a new song identification system for iOS 8. The company plans to cooperate with Shazam in order to add a new feature to its native music player, Bloomberg reports. Why do we need such a feature in iOS? To be honest, I don't  know.


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Thursday, April 17th, 2014. 17:25

Apple Plans to Change iTunes Music Store Dramatically



According to the latest rumors, the company from Cupertino is planning to change the iTunes music store dramatically. The reason for such overhaul is quite simple and obvious: the number of music downloads declines from quarter to quarter and Apple’s iTunes Radio is not as successful as it was expected to be.


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Saturday, April 12th, 2014. 16:41

Apple Remains U.S. Top Smartphone Manufacturer



The company from Cupertino remains U.S. top smartphone manufacturer with Samsung and LG coming in the second and the third place respectively. Moreover, Apple’s market share continues to grow, comScore reports. However, Google’s Android is still the top smartphone platform as nearly 52% of devices on market have Android on board.


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Saturday, April 5th, 2014. 15:14

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It’s Sunday again, so I’ve decided to take a brief look at the most interesting posts of the last week. Let’s not waste time on senseless introductions and talk about recent Apple news right now.


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iPhone 5c Outsold Every Blackberry, Windows Phone and Android Flagship in Q4



Although Apple admitted that iPhone 5c sales are lower than expected, this device is still way more popular than any Blackberry, Windows Phone or Android flagship. Yep, this mid-tier smartphone managed to outsell even Galaxy S4 in the winter quarter.


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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014. 16:01

Apple to Release iTunes Store for Android and Launch Music Streaming Service?



Apple is currently thinking about launching an iTunes Store app for Android, Billboard reports. Apart from that, the guys from Cupertino may soon start working on a new subscription-based music streaming service. The main reason for such radical actions is quite obvious: U.S. digital album sales have recently started to fall.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. 20:00

Apple's New 8GB iPhone 5c Will Be Available Only in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and China



As you know, Apple on Tuesday released a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c model. However, it is currently available only in several countries, namely, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and China. Surprisingly, the company from Cupertino didn’t launch the handset in the United States. And it won’t do that at all, at least now, iDownloadBlog reporters write.


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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. 18:16

Many Existing and New Users May Upgrade to iPhone 6 - Analyst



A large number of existing iPhone users may upgrade to iPhone 6 because of its larger display, claims analyst Brian Marshall of ISI Group. Apart from that, Apple’s next-generation handset may lure new users - those people who previously used Android devices.

The analyst believes that the company from Cupertino will release two iPhone 6 models, one with 4.7-inch display and one with 5.5-inch display. Apple is expected to unveil both smartphones in the second half of 2014.


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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. 1:10

Apple's Rival to Release SDK for Wearable Devices in 2 Weeks



Although Apple hasn’t yet even announced its long-anticipated iWatch, such companies as Samsung and Google have already come up with their own wearable devices. Even more: in February Samsung showed the second-gen smartwatch called Gear 2.


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Monday, March 10th, 2014. 15:02

Apple is the leading on the USA smartphone market.



comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix has analized the data concerning the situation on the smartphone market in the USA for January 2014. It turns out that Apple is on the rise, constantly increasing it share, while Android is falling behind. Blackberry lost the third place to Windows Phone.


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