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Apple's iPad to Feature Touch ID?





Apple's next generation iPad may feature a Touch ID sensor. A couple of days ago, some evidences have been found in the iOS program code, which prove that the guys from Cupertino are actually planning to add fingerprint recognition to their new tablet.


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Written by Andrey

Sunday, April 27th, 2014. 18:38

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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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New Images Showing Apple's Healthbook App for iOS Appear on the Internet



As you probably know, Apple is expected to release iOS 8 soon. This event is expected to take place later this year. However, ahead of the purported launch, a bunch of photos showing iOS 8’s new and amazing application called Healthbook surfaced on the Internet.


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Written by Andrey

Monday, March 17th, 2014. 20:52

iOS 7.1 vs 7.0.6 battery life test



ArsTechnica has developed a chart that shows us the influence iOS 7.1 has on the battery life of your device.

During this Wi-Fi browsing test the battery life of different devices on iOS 7.1 was compared with the one working on iOS 7.0.6. The finding showed that most of the scores differed within a few percent so can be accounted for by an error.


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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, March 16th, 2014. 16:47

Apple TV to Feature Video Game Support, Launch Date Still Unclear



According to the latest reports from various sources, the company from Cupertino will soon release its updated Apple TV. However, the exact launch date is still unclear. On the one hand, the Financial Times reporters claim that the new set-top box will be revealed "any week now", but on the other, Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple says it won’t.


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Written by Andrey

Saturday, March 1st, 2014. 17:06

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It is Sunday today, so looks like it’s time for me to take a brief look at the most interesting stories of the last week.

As many of you know, Apple is expected to officially release a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 very soon, that’s why the guys from Cupertino seeded another beta to developers for testing. Apart from that, Apple released iOS 7.0.6 and Evad3rs came up with new Evasi0n7.


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Written by Andrey

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. 17:44

Mac Users Are Likely to Choose Latest OS X Version



According to the latest estimates, Mac users are four times more likely to upgrade to the latest OS X version than PC users to the latest Windows version. To be honest, I’m not surprised.


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Written by Andrey

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. 15:15

AutoPause: Tweak for Those Who Love Music



If you like listening to music on your iPhone, then you might be interested in my article. It is about a new tweak that has been recently released on Cydia. The tweak is called AutoPause and, as you probably understood, it lets the user pause the music playback when the volume is decreased to zero.


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Written by Andrey

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. 0:21

Samsung Galaxy S5 to Feature Awkward Fingerprint Scanner?



Following Apple’s example, Samsung will add a fingerprint sensor to its Galaxy S5. According to the latest SamMobile report, the user will have to swipe across the home key at a moderate speed to make the sensor recognize the fingerprints. Not as convenient as Apple’s Touch ID, right?


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Written by Andrey

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. 0:30

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It is Sunday today, so you’re probably waiting for our top stories of the week. That is why I won’t make a large introduction and will simply tell you about interesting events of the past seven days.


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iPhone 6 will boast bezel-free display?



Korea Herald claims that we will meet new smartphones with a 'bezel-free' display and fingerprint scanning from both Apple and Samsung.

An industry source said Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S5 would sport a display without a bezel, or the rim surrounding a screen, and allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom of the smartphone screen. The phone will also eliminate the home button hardware featured on the previous Galaxy models, he said.


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Written by Lizzen

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. 3:40

Apple to Release Brand New Apple TV 4.1 in March - Rumor



A new reference to the next-gen Apple TV has been recently found in iOS 7. According to the latest report by iClarified, the new version of the gadget will boast of new hardware and software. This will allow to add several features to the Apple’s set-top box, such as AirPort Express compatibility, extended gaming capabilities etc.


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Written by Andrey

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. 18:57

iWatch сoncept by Belm Designs



A new concept of iWatch was presented by Mark Bell of Belm Designs for a contest featuring future products from some of today’s tech-giants.

We toyed with different shapes and even based a few on current offerings on the market today. We found that when it comes to a watch or in this case a “Smart Watch”, a traditional circular shape was most favorable. Most people are quite comfortable with the shape and it still exudes class and style.

Apple will use iOS 8 for iWatch and implement some sensors to monitor fitness and health signs  for  'Healthbook' app. An expert on sleep research and a 'User Studies Exercise Physiologist' have been hired to work on the project.

According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple may gain $17.5 billion from iWatch sales over the first year.

You can enjoy the concept below.


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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, February 9th, 2014. 3:58

Setting up Sound Blaster Evo Zx



We have already written about supercharged headset Sound Blaster Evo Zx. One of the most visible difference between Evo Zx and other headphones is extraordinary sound quality thanks to many hi-tech technologies. In particular Evo Zx has an internal sound processor SB-Axx1. Today we will take a close look at this processor's power and possible setting.

For iOS operating system Creative made a special app called Sound Blaster Central. When you first connect Evo Zx to an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, the intelligent headset analyzes if Sound Blaster application is installed. If no special app is found you'll get a message advising you to install the software from the Apple App Store.


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iPhone 6 Specs Leaked Online?



We know that Apple is planning to release a new iPhone 6 this year. Well, to be precise - two iPhones with different screen sizes. According to the KDB Daewoo Securities analysts, both devices will be equipped with a 64-bit Apple A8 processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera. As to the full specs for each iPhone, they’re available below (via iClarified).


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Written by Andrey

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. 15:37