Over the past few years, Bluetooth headphones have entered the market. High-end brands such as Bowers & Wilkins decided to stay out of the market because the company claimed Bluetooth did not provide the ability to deliver high-quality audio. B&W has entered the market with the help of aptX which delivers higher quality audio – however most devices such as the iPhone do not support aptX. The P5 Wireless headphones bear a resemblance in hardware to the P5 Series 2 headphones (Wired). The wireless headphones are in the luxury price range at $400, a $100 increase from the wired P5.

The design of the wireless headphones is basically the same as the P5 Series 2. It sports the aluminum design along with leather ear pads to provide an elegant design. It is evident that B&W carefully thought through the challenges wireless headphones. For example, below the right ear pad, the MicroUSB charging port is cleverly hidden. In the event, the headphones run out of battery, one of the ear pads can be removed to insert an audio cable. The headphones come with a beautiful quilted case to store the headphones, charging cable, and audio cable that closes magnetically.

When testing the P5 wireless headphones on an aptX supported device, the audio quality was incredibly clear. Compared to the wired versions of the P5, it was hard to tell a difference in audio quality. On non-aptX devices (such as the iPhone), there was a marginal change in audio quality, but the difference was barely noticeable.

The P5 wireless headphones are not noise cancelling headphones, but it does a good job for the most part. The only time I notice a difference is on flights when noise cancelling headphones are necessary. One benefit of the P5 wireless headphones not being noise cancelling is the extended battery life, it is reported to play for 17 hours (compared to Beats Studio Wireless at 9hrs). If noise cancelling is a must, these headphones are not for you. In my testing, I didn’t notice a huge difference except on airplanes. I preferred the 8-hour battery life gain since I rarely ran out of battery and it gave me one less thing to worry about charging.

The P5 wireless is a beautifully designed headphone that delivers a high-quality audio experience. These headphones require some compromise and this experience is not for everyone. But, if you are looking for high-quality headphones that block most noise and you do not want to worry about battery life, these are the headphones for you.

Low Cost: Cheerson CX-20

Price: $300

A great drone for anyone starting out. When I first got my Cheerson CX-20 I beat, dropped, and slammed into walls. Eventually the drone broke after a few months, but this was a great way to learn how to fly. The Cheerson lacks a high end interface and auto pilot controls, but through this lack of technology I became a better pilot. Having moved on from my Cheerson onto more advanced drones (that basically fly themselves), I would have never gotten to my skill level had it not been for the Cheerson. The Cheerson is a basic quadcopter with similar resemblance to the older DJI Phantom. The UAV does not come equipped with a built in Camera so you will have to snap on a GoPro. Incase you would like a more advanced drone without the price, you can always upgrade your CX-20 with a POV monitor, gimbal, and other accessories at $50 to $100 at a time.

Note: Cheerson has updated to the CX-22 (but it costs twice as much)

Medium Cost: Xiro Xplorer

Price: $800

Probably one of the best valued drones on the market is the Xiro Xplorer. There are two models sold by Xiro including the Xplorer G equipped with a 3-Axis gimbal for your GoPro, or the Xplorer V equipped with an in-house camera created by Xiro delivering crisp 1080p video. The Xiro Xplorer is a very durable and well made device that looks like it should cost twice as much as it does. It also includes much of the technology expected from higher end drones like video streaming, a specially design app, orbit mode, follow mode, and many other features. This is a high end drone, without the high end price tag.

Note: Watch out for the Xiro’s new Xplorer2!

High Cost: 3DR Solo

Price (UAV): $1000

Price (Gimbal): $400

Deemed the smartest drone on the market, it is hard to disagree after my first flight. The 3DR Solo has a noticably sleek and clean look as compared to its ugly competitor the DJI Phantom. Compared to the DJI Phantom the 3DR Solo only lacks in its range, but can be fixed for $20 dollars by buying range extenders and ends up bettering the Phantom. 3DR put time in to developing one of the best applications for their drone, so that a beginner will have the ability to take professional quality shots. The Solo is able to keep itself very steady in the wind, launch itself, orbit, follow, cable follow, and much more (not to mention the updates). If you have the cash, the 3DR Solo is worth the investment as a beginner drone as it is not very difficult to fly.

Note: Don’t worry about model updates as the 3DR Solo has updates that change its dynamics and expansion bay allows for extra accessories to be attached.

Changing the IP Address on an iPhone is an old school way to fix networking problems.

(Note that this tip will only work depending on the configuration of DHCP setup of the wireless router)

  1. Go into your iPhone’s Settings and select “Wi-Fi”
  2. Enable your Wi-Fi and make sure it connects to your router
  3. After your Wi-Fi has connected select “Wi-Fi” again and press the blue arrow next to your Wi-Fi network
  4. Under “IP Address” should be “DHCP” and this should already be selected
  5. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “Renew Lease”
  6. A new sub-screen will pop-up on the bottom and select “Renew Lease” again

Another way to manually change your IP Address:

  1. Go back to where “DHCP” is selected, but this time select “Static”
  2. Typically an IP address starts with 192.168.1.XXX. In the X you are able to choose any number between 2 to 200 (Unless you have multiple devices connected. Say, you have ten devices connected, you will have to give the X area of the IP address a number between 2 to 11 because you have ten different devices and the router counts as the first device; therefore you will have eleven devices)
  3. To fill in the rest of the information under “IP Address” just go back to the DHCP screen and fill in the same Subnet Mask, Router, and DNS that appears
  4. Then go back to the main page and the manual IP address should automatically save.

Hope this helped! Feel free to ask questions if you are having troubles.

scrivener

Ever since Microsoft Word was developed in the late 90’s, it seems like everyone has been using Word to do anything with writing. Despite the expensive price, Schools and even businesses have required people to use Word for the past two decades. However, powerful Microsoft Word could not satisfy all writer’s needs. Yet it was because they didn’t have to. There are dozens of Mac applications that people are probably not aware of that have its own special features for specific writing purposes. Therefore, we’ve picked out  few of the best writing applications available for various purposes, to provide you options other than Microsoft Word.

For Bloggers: BYWORD

Price: $9.99

For all bloggers, this is the best application that helps you saves time and work more efficiently. Whether you’re writing for Tumblr, WordPress, or Blogger, this application helps you publish without having to copy and paste your writing into the site. In addition, you can directly send your writing to your Evernote account. The application does not offer  many customization options, however for people who do a lot of writing on the web, this is the most efficient application available.  (http://bywordapp.com)

For ScreenWriters: FINAL DRAFT

Price: $249.95

Although the price may startle you, this application is a screen writer’s best pal. The application comes with auto-formatting, multi-pane view and numerous templates, allowing screenwriters to produce the best screenplay possible. However it takes time and effort to get your head around the application. In other words, if you’re not a big time screenwriter yet, or you don’t have the money to spare, save the application on your wish list. (www.finaldraft.com)

For Researchers: SCRIVENER

Price: $45

Scrivener is the best piece of software for researchers or anyone writing a long article with multiple sources. It’s unique and powerful features include the cork board, which displays your documents in a outline view, the sidebar, where you can keep all kinds of sources in a folder. It’s like having a big virtual office. However, bear in mind that with the numerous capabilities and options, the application takes a while to learn. Just the tutorial is an hour long. But Scrivener is what you need if you have a complex piece of writing to handle. (www.literatureandlatte.com)

For Novelists: STORYIST

Price: $59

Some people might prefer to write novels using Microsoft Word or Pages but this application was made for the job.The application only has features that a novelist would need. The application has a color coded outliner, automator support, and work can be saved in to .docx or .rtf files. Furthermore, when you’re done with your work, the application is prepped to send it off to your editor. (http://storyist.com)