Twitter “virtually” expands 140-character limit

If you’re always compressing your Twitter tweets by shortening words, eliminating others and taking out punctuation to conserve valuable space to insert a picture or poll and still have breathing room, you’ll be happy to know that Twitter is giving you a new way to exceed the 140-character limit.

Now they’ve not actually changed the standard 140-character limit but rather tweaked the rules somewhat so that not everything you include in your tweet counts towards that limit.

Some items that will not count towards the limit include: @names in replies (not new tweets), attaching photos, a video, GIFs, a poll, or Quote Tweet.  Read Full Post at CanoeTech Blog.

Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface

 

1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

iTrip Clip wirelessly connects smartphone to any headphone

Bluetooth audio adapters have been around for a while. At first they were marketed as giving you the ability to use your favourite wired headphones wirelessly, i.e. not having them tethered to your smartphone. Now with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 and the the Motorola Moto Z shipping sans headphone jacks, an adapter like the new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter by Griffin Technology is a wireless alternative to using USB to 3.5 mm adapters.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

ResQBattery disposable smartphone battery pack

With the number of rechargeable battery banks available one would think that a pocket disposable battery pack like ResQBattery may not make any sense. However, the fact is even spare batteries lose capacity over time and often we forget to charge them, so having a spare in case of emergency or in the event there’s no where handy to recharge, may not be such a bad idea.

This is the concept behind ResQbattery, the brainchild of entrepreneur Idit Hoter-Ishay and founder of Nofet LLC who conceived the idea a few years ago after her battery died and she urgently needed to use her phone while travelling in China. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LG V20 unveiling live streaming this evening – Sept. 6th

If you want to catch the official unveiling for the much anticipated LG Electronics V20 SmartPhone, you can pick up a live stream of the event at the top of the LG USA Mobile’s Facebook page later this evening. The official stream originating from San Francisco will go live at 8:50PM EST, 5:50PM PST, just ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement expected tomorrow morning. While there has been some official information on the V20 pre-released, a few further “leaks” seem to have surfaced.

Like the iPhone 7, rumours have been plentiful, with not a significant number of details being officially revealed. We know that the LG V20 will run Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and and that it will be the first phone to showcase Google’s new In-App Search, which will allow you to virtually find anything in one place from all your user-installed apps as well as from within your contacts, emails, text messages and photos. We also know it will have the world’s first Quad DAC, which we talked about here at CanoeTech Blog a few weeks back.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

First Android triple driver earphones with 3-button mic support

Triple driver three-button models are not the most common when it comes to earphones and really non-existent for Android users – until now. Degauss Labs, a manufacturer based in Stockholm Sweden has just introduced HOWL, a pair of handmade hybrid in-ear monitors to fill that void.

HOWL incorporates three individual drivers into each earbud allowing for the proper separation of low, midrange and high frequencies.

Dynamic Driver & Balanced Armatures

To optimize the sound and get the best possible results, the company has combined their own Degauss Dynamic driver with two Balanced Armature drivers to allow a three-way crossover to complete the triple play.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

iPhone 7? Apple says see you on the 7th

Another Apple event is yet once again around the corner and as per usual there is no official word as to what will be announced or unveiled.  The general consensus, however, is that for the 2016 Fall event being held on September 7th, we’ll see the new iPhone 7 unveiled.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

10th anniversary Apple Music Festival hits London in September

The Apple Music Festival is once again just right around the corner and what a great way to kick off the fall as the lazy days of summer come to an end. This year it celebrates its 10th anniversary and once again will be brought to you live from the Roundhouse in London.

“Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of International Content. “This year’s Apple Music Festival builds on that incredible legacy and we couldn’t be more excited to have another amazing lineup to celebrate our 10th birthday.”

Headliners for the silver anniversary event include: Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Audi knows when traffic signals will turn green

As the debate of the self-driving car continues, a number of car manufacturers are continuing to build smart and driver assistance technology into their new car models. The latest is Audi with select 2017 Q4 and Q7 models (built after June 1, 2016) which will be equipped with a traffic light information system that can alert the driver from the dashboard and tell him or her when the nearby traffic light will turn from red to green.

Audi America says the new technology called the Traffic Light Information System is being built in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) and will be launching as part of their first step in vehicle to infrastructure integration (V2I) technology – and it’s set to launch in select “smart” cities across the U.S. later this fall.

Traffic light information is part of its suite of Audi connect PRIME services, a paid service which vehicle owners will be required to subscribe to in order to gain connectivity. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

LG V20, world’s first Quad DAC smartphone coming in September?

In the days where it’s getting harder and harder to add significant innovations to smart phones, LG has taken a bold step to appeal to the discerning audiophile. They’ve announced their upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG V20 will feature a built-in 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) — a smartphone industry first.

Inclusion of a high-quality DAC is not new to LG. The V20′s predecessor, the LG V10 already includes 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, but the new DAC, will feature four channels. The company claims the new addition will allow the new phone to deliver ultra-crisp and clear sound that comes close to replicating a live performance. Of course, you’ll need to use compatible wired headphones to really take advantage of this. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.