If you’re a Wall Street Journal subscriber, you might be getting an unpleasant letter in the main. William Lewis, CEO of WSJ parent company Dow Jones, just released a statement in which he reveals the company’s subscriber database was compromised by a hack. It sounds like the intrusion isn’t nearly as widespread or damaging as other recent hacks have been, at least. While Lewis admits that the company found evidence of unauthorized access to its systems, the company “has not uncovered any direct evidence that information was stolen.”
It seems the attack was mostly targeted at accessing contact information like names, addresses, email addresses and other similar data. However, Lewis also noted that credit card information for about 3,500 customers “could have been accessed” — though again, he says there’s no direct evidence yet that the data was actually stolen. Those who may have had their financial information compromised will be notified in writing from by the WSJ, so if you don’t get a letter, you can assume your data is safe.
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Source: Dow Jones
What if the vehicle delivering the goods to a remote village or group of soldiers could just vanish after it made the drop? Sounds crazy, right? Well, DARPA is hoping to do just that. The research unit it looking to develop solutions that can carry supplies to their intended destinations and then disappear. Named for the story of a man who’s wings of feathers and wax melted when he flew too close to the sun, DARPA’s new ICARUS program that’ll examine the possibilities is an extension of its VAPR project. Of course, we expect DARPA is aiming for a more positive outcome. VAPR, which stands for Vanishing Programmable Resources, has developed self-destructing electronic components since it began two years ago. Aside from the obvious military uses, DARPA says a vehicle that vanishes in to thin air could also offer an unmanned solution for taking critical supplies to hard to reach areas in the aftermath of events like a natural disaster. Once the load is delivered, personnel wouldn’t have to worry about getting the vehicle back out of the area.
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By Lauren Dragan
If I wanted to spend $150 or less on a pair of over-ear headphones, the Sony MDR-7506, for the third year running, is the model I’d buy. After we researched all of the over-ears in this price range that are currently available (around 110 units in total), read countless professional and user reviews, and conducted three separate listening panels of audio professionals, the Sony MDR-7506 emerged as the clear winner.
Who should buy this
Over-ear headphones in this price range are made for people seeking a first serious pair to immerse themselves in the listening experience. They should offer a clear, balanced sound that accurately represents what the recording artist (be it musician, movie composer, or game sound designer) intended. Closed-back headphones in this price range, which are what we focused on in this guide, should also seal in the listening material and shut out ambient noise.
These are great headphones for students, office workers looking to block distractions, musicians, DJs, or anyone who wants the best sound possible at a reasonable “entry-level” price.
If you need help deciding on the best headphones for your intended use, check out our Which Headphones Should I Get? guide for decision-making assistance.
How we chose what to test
We listened to headphones using iPhones, iPods, iPads, Androids, and a receiver.
First, I read lots of reviews, including those from CNET, InnerFidelity, Sound & Vision, What Hi-Fi, enthusiast forum sites, user reviews on Amazon and Crutchfield, and more. I also hold a bachelor’s in both music performance and audio production from Ithaca College, and I spent several years in terrestrial radio before moving on to become a professional voice actor in Los Angeles. Additionally, I’ve been in charge of the headphones section at The Wirecutter for over two years, which has given me the opportunity to listen to and test hundreds and hundreds of headphones.
After our research, we brought in all of the top and newest headphones priced from $70 to $190 so that our testing panel could hear them all back-to-back. In total, we’ve tested over 110 pairs, including 15 in our most recent update. Our four-listener panel has decades of experience with sound and headphones, as well as various sonic preferences, head shapes, and ear shapes, so you can be sure that if we all like something, it’s pretty darn fantastic. For a full explanation of our testing methods, check out the full article.
Every audio professional we interviewed spoke highly of the Sony MDR-7506.
The Sony MDR-7506 has been our top pick three times in a row for a number of reasons. To start, this model has great reviews. CNET and Head-Fi users gush over it, and so do Amazon users, who currently give it 4 out of five stars with well over 2,000 reviews. Every audio professional I interviewed spoke highly of the MDR-7506.
The MDR-7506 headphones sound fantastic and remain very comfortable, and every one of our panelists ranked this pair as the top choice. The design has been around forever, and these headphones last forever. They have great build quality, replaceable earcups, and a one-year warranty on parts. Some reviewers on Head-Fi and Amazon claim to have pairs over 10 years old and going strong. Finally (and perhaps most important), they’re an incredible value: While they have an MSRP of $130, they typically sell on Amazon for about $90. You can feel very confident in your purchase.
Although we love just about everything about the Sony MDR-7506, we wish the cable were removable and replaceable. Being able to swap it out for a shorter cord with a remote and a mic for mobile-device usage would be nice. And let’s be honest: The MDR-7506 won’t win any beauty contests. That said, many headphones that look twice as fancy also cost twice as much and sound half as good as the MDR-7506.
The Audio Technica ATH-M40x headphones are pretty well balanced for their $100 price tag.
Second place goes to Audio-Technica’s ATH-M40x. We liked this set better than its more expensive sibling, the M50x. The 40x pair offers a dynamic, clear sound as well as a light feel and comfortable fit. The cords are removable and replaceable, too. And although this model has an MSRP of $140, it currently retails on Amazon for about $100. People who listen to a lot of rock, electronic music, hip-hop, and pop might really enjoy the top- and bottom-boosted sound. However, we liked the Sony pair’s more neutral sound profile better.
Our other options
15 of the 110 pairs of headphones that we’ve tested in total.
Third place went to the $200 Onkyo ES-CTI300, which has a lot to offer, including an inline three-button Apple-compatible remote and microphone. Our panelists were mixed in how much they liked the slightly non-neutral sound, and the fit isn’t fantastic. Definitely try these headphones before you buy, if possible. If you’re on a budget, we recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x, which is a pretty good buy for $70 on Amazon. On the other hand, our upgrade pick is the $400 OPPO PM-3, which is our favorite set of headphones priced less than $1,000.
Wrapping it up
If you’re looking for an introduction to studio-level audio and you want to get it without breaking the bank, Sony’s MDR-7506 is your best bet. Terrific reviews, great sound, an impressive track record, and a nice price—no wonder this pair reigns as our three-time champion. You can’t go wrong.
This guide may have been updated by The Wirecutter. To see the current recommendation, please go here.
Samsung has always been one to give free gifts with the purchase of many of their Galaxy devices. From free movies, cloud storage, apps, cases and more, Samsung even has a dedicated web page to their Galaxy Gifts. If you purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, in either the 9.7″ or 8″ version, from now until November 20, 2015, you will qualify for a free year’s subscription to Texture. Texture is a magazine subscription service which starts at $9.99 per month for the basic plan and $14.99 per month for the premium plan. The free 1-year subscription includes the premium plan which gives you access to all of the magazines Texture offers for a total value of $179.88.
Texture isn’t one of those services where they offer a few great titles to lure you in, they have super popular magazines such as Men’s Health, National Geographic, bon appetit, Consumer Reports, Esquire, Businessweek, The Oprah Magazine, Time, and so many more.
The Galaxy Tab S line is one that doesn’t get enough attention for it is one of the best Android tablets you can get your hands on today. What sets it apart from the competition, all of the competition, isn’t necessarily the internal specs as much as it is the Super AMOLED HD display. Although, the internal specs are top of the line as it does come with an octa-core CPU, 32GB and 64GB of memory expandable via microSD, 3GB RAM, 8MP rear camera and Android Lollipop.
If you haven’t used a recent Galaxy device recently(Note 4, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge), I strongly encourage you to head to your local Best Buy where they have them out on display for you to feast your eyes on.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays are powering their recent quarterly comeback as other manufacturers use them in their devices like the latest Nexus 6P from Google. They simply are not matched in terms of color and contrast and is something that must be seen to be appreciated.
If you have been on the fence about purchasing a new Android tablet, I highly recommend the Galaxy Tab S2. I purchased a few first generation Galaxy Tab S’s for my friends and family last year because I loved them so much.
You can get them at Amazon.com or Best Buy. You don’t have to take my word for it, as you can read reviews on the Tab S2 for yourself on Amazon as it has an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 80 users.
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As the newest version of Android rolls out to Nexus devices, those of us who are using other flagships are left wondering when it will be our turn. For users in the Samsung camp, we at least have a list of the devices that Samsung will be bringing Marshmallow to at some point. There are no estimated release dates for any of these updates, and the list is preliminary. If you own a Samsung device that isn’t on this list, it’s still possible that you’ll get Marshmallow. Here’s the full, extensive list of devices that will be getting the Android 6.0 treatment:
|Model name||Model code||Provider|
|Galaxy S5||SM-G900F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S5||SM-G900H||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S5 LTE-A||SM-G901||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S5 neo||SM-G903F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S5 LTE-A||SM-G906L||LG U+|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920D||NTT DOCOMO|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920D||NTT DOCOMO|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920R4||US CELLULAR|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920W8||BELL MOBILITY|
|Galaxy S6||SM-G920L||LG U+|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G9250||CHINA|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925I|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925Z||SOFTBANK MOBILE|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925D||NTT DOCOMO|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925J||KDDI|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925T||T-MOBILE|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925A||AT&T|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925P||SPRINT|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925R4||US CELLULAR|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925R6|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925W8||BELL|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925R7|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925V||VERIZON|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925K||KT|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925S||SKT|
|Galaxy S6 edge||SM-G925L||LG U+|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928A||AT&T|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928P||SPRINT|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928R4||US CELLULAR|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928V||VERIZON|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928T||T-MOBILE|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G9287C|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928I|
|Galaxy S6 edge +||SM-G928C|
|Galaxy Note 4||SM-N910V||VERIZON|
|Galaxy Note 4||SM-N910F||EUR OPEN|
|Galaxy Note Edge||SM-N915V||VERIZON|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920C|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920V||VERIZON|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920R4||US CELLULAR|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920P||SPRINT|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920A||AT&T|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920T||T-MOBILE|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N9208|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920C|
|Galaxy Note 5||SM-N920I|
As expected, this year’s flagships will be getting the update, along with select Galaxy S5 models including the Galaxy S5 Neo. The Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 on Verizon will also be updated, and we’re hopeful that these models on other carriers will get some love from Samsung as well.
We’ll make sure to provide further updates on Marshmallow for Samsung devices as they come in (hopefully sooner rather than later).
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Independent podcast network Relay FM today launched its first iOS app, giving Relay FM listeners a dedicated spot to listen to their favorite podcast shows. The app is designed to allow users to discover new podcasts to listen to and then subscribe to their favorites, with push notifications sent whenever a show is streaming live.
Relay FM’s new app has a clean, vibrant look with eye-catching animated artwork. Relay FM lets users listen to podcasts live and catch up on recent episodes, but it’s not a complete podcast client. As noted by TechCrunch, there’s no way to subscribe to shows within the app or listen to past episodes.
Also new in the world of podcasting apps is an updated version of Marco Arment’s popular Overcast app. Overcast 2 has gone free, with all of the app’s features available at no cost. The in-app purchase in Overcast 2 is an optional way to support the app. Overcast 2 also includes streaming for a better listening experience.
Episodes can now be played immediately without waiting for them to download, and new episodes can be listened to through streaming instead of via download in order to save storage space. A built-in storage manager lets users see how much space downloaded podcasts are consuming and it includes options to delete downloads and stream episodes on demand.
According to Marco Arment, Overcast 2‘s streaming architecture has improved battery life and made all playback faster to start and more reliable. Features like Smart Speed and Voice Boost have been enhanced, with Smart Speed adapting dynamically to quieter voices.
There are also 3D Touch launch shortcuts, better search, improved communication with the Apple Watch app, and more. A full list of features is available on Marco.org.
It’s no secret that Sony’s mobile division has struggled worldwide. The company just can’t gain traction in any market despite being a well-known brand in other industries. In fact, Sony barely gives any attention to the United States, recently canceling plans to launch the Xperia Z4v with Verizon. The only thing that seems to help Sony’s mobile division is the development of image sensors. Sony actually purchased SoftKinetic Systems in an effort to bolster this business. But image sensors may not be enough to keep Sony-made devices from disappearing. A report this week claimed what we heard months ago: Sony’s mobile division could be on the market.
Sony, though, has apparently refuted the newest report that its mobile division is going to be sold.
Multiple media outlets in China are saying that Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai is committed to making the company’s mobile division work. Sony allegedly believes that distributing content on handsets after the time of purchase is a savory opportunity that can generate revenue. But Sony has basically been doing that for years, giving Xperia device owners access to content from Sony Pictures.
We would like to remind you to take this information with a grain of salt as any official statements from Sony have not been identified. So these media outlets in China, which is not even where Sony’s headquarters is located, might be fabricating reports.
Come comment on this article: Sony denies report that its mobile division is on the market
The monetization and sponsoring of videos on Twitter — through Amplify — just became even easier for publishers as there is now a dedicated place for them to upload videos. Advertisers choose the categories that they want their advertisements to be attached to before Twitter matches videos with appropriate pre-role ads. Publishers then earn the majority of the advertising revenue through an automated revenue sharing system. This strategy aligns Twitter closer to Facebook and other services that take advantage of pre-roll ads since they cannot be avoided.
Brands already working with the new Amplify offering
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T-Mobile customers learned last week that their information was amongst the 15 million records recently hacked from credit rating agency Experian. For those customers, getting some identity and fraud protection in place should be a priority since the hackers were able to gain information like social security numbers and driver’s license numbers along with basic personal data. However, victims may want to look for other options instead of T-Mobile’s recommended solution from ProtectMyID as a tangled web starts to unfold amidst John Legere’s commitment to be “direct, transparent and honest” regarding the data breach.
Sources have discovered that Legere may not be as forthcoming as one would hope regarding T-Mobile’s relationship with Experian and ProtectMyID. The first problem some have noted is that this is not the first time Experian has been hacked and lost T-Mobile data. The first incident happened in December 2013 and involved a vendor named Decisioning Solutions. As it turns out, Decisioning Solutions was purchased by Experian in April 2013. Despite the incident, T-Mobile decided to stick with Experian for credit check services.
The second problem is more timely and involves the recommended solution T-Mobile and Experian are offering for credit protection services. That solution is ProtectMyID, which was also used for the 2013 breach, and as it turns out is owned by Experian. Thus, Experian is using their own business to provide a “fix” for the data that Experian failed to protect in the first place.
Although not advertised by T-Mobile and not openly posted by Experian, consumers can opt for an “alternative identity protection product,” but they have to call Experian to take advantage of this option. Given the relationship between Experian and ProtectMyID, this seems like it may be a prudent move for victims to take.
There are at least five class-action lawsuits pending against T-Mobile and Experian with a sixth suit against Experian expected, all related to the security breach. Consumers may want to investigate making sure they are included in one of those lawsuits.
In the meantime, calls have already started urging Legere and T-Mobile to end their relationship with Experian. That would leave T-Mobile with access to TransUnion or Equifax or a smaller firm for credit check services.
Come comment on this article: T-Mobile and Experian weave a tangled web
The BlackBerry Priv has shown up in the Bluetooth SIG database for certification under model number STV100-1. The device received certification just a couple of days ago on October 7.
There isn’t much more to say other than that, unfortunately. The device has been the victim of many different leaks, telling us about every little aspect of this new Android phone from BlackBerry, and as a result, there’ll be very little surprise come launch day.
BlackBerry is hoping the Priv is a great success, otherwise, they could be forced to leave the hardware business. The company needs to sell, at least, 5 million smartphones a year to be profitable, and that’s just scraping by.
Hopefully we’ll get a launch date for this particular device soon.
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