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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 624: Nixeus Earphones

The PR firm for Nixeus sent me a pair of Nixeus Earphones for review. I recorded this podcast with them, as you might expect, and I have to say: I like them better than my Apple EarPods.

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The earphones are your typical in-ear variety with larger than normal 13mm Neodymium Drivers, thus they stick out of your ears a bit more than a typical in-eat pair. The result is better sound than I was getting from my Apple EarPods.

The box comes with three sets of earbud sizes depending on how big your ear holes are. I found the default medium-sized pads fit in my ear comfortably and provided adequate dampening of ambient sound. I should really test this on an airplane next time I fly :)

The headset also includes an integrated microphone similar to that of Apple earbuds, but the volume control on the headset mic is analog and does not directly control the volume on the iPhone. I actually think that's better, personally, but some may not like that. The microphone was used to record the above podcast on my iPhone and has proven more than adequate for the task (not to mention regular old phone calls).

The headphones, which have a 1.2m flat, tangle-free cord, also come with a carrying case to put the headphones in and a Y cable to convert the iPhone headset plug into separate microphone and headset plugs for use in a computer.

The MSRP on these headphones is $39.99, which is a great deal considering what I paid for the Apple EarPods ($29), which provide, in my mind, an inferior experience.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 623: Ello

Ello is a simple, ad-free social network. At the moment, it's both invite-only and, quite honestly, a bit too simple. That said, if you want an invite, contact me.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 622: Saves You A Butthurt

Dear Vox Media: If your entire business model is threatened by some dude on an iPhone posting to Twitter, you might want to rethink your business model and stop sounding so butthurt about it. Sincerely, The Internet.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 621: Camera Click-Bait

Everyone knows a real camera will take better pictures than a smartphone, so why are places like The Verge writing articles comparing the two?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 620: Pinboard

While on vacation, I decided to sign up for Pinboard, a paid bookmarking service that has a number of potential uses. I'm using it with Pinner on iPhone and iPad.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 619: Peeing for Power

Researchers are trying to figure out how to turn urine into power. I say: if they can do it from cow dung, why not?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 618: Bait and Switch Phone Service

Verizon is trying to get people to ditch copper in some rather dishonest and deceptive ways. Of course, so is AT&T.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 617: Cell Phone Trackers

John McAfee crashed the recently held DefCon conference and told people if they cared about not being tracked, don't use smartphones and use dumb phones instead. Dumb phones can track you, too. This isn't news.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 616: Still Dialing Up AOL

I knew AOL was still around, but I didn't know they were still making millions on dialup Internet customers.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 615: Master Password

My thoughts on Master Password, a program that takes a far different, and perhaps more secure approach to manage your numerous passwords.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.