Last week, we reviewed Bowers & Wilkins' flagship headphone, the large, circumaural, excellent P9 Signature. Today we look at at the opposite end of B&W's headphone offerings with the small, on-ear P3 Series 2 ($110). (We reviewed the original P3 back in 2012.) Though the P3 S2 sports most of the attention to detail and quality that we saw on the P9 and P5 Series 1, we experienced some flaws with this headphone that hold back our full recommendation.
Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today. The update contains the beta version of Portrait camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, transit support in Maps, new wheelchair tracking workout summary information in Activity for Apple Watch users, improved Bluetooth connectivity, and a series of bug fixes and other minor improvements. Apple has also released tvOS 10.0.1 which features bug fixes, and watchOS 3.1, which includes bug fixes and — like iOS 10.1 — now gives users the option to replay the bubble and full screen effects in Messages.
The Apple Watch Nike+ model will be available at Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and ‘select Nike retail stores’ starting October 28, according to the company’s website. The watch will cost the same $369 for 38mm and $399 for 42mm as other Apple Watch Series 2 models, but is only available in space gray or silver. The watches come with a perforated sport band that’s exclusive to the Nike+ model and isn’t available for purchase separately. The watch also features custom Nike watch faces and complications for launching the Nike+ Run Club app which allow runners to connect with friends, set reminders and track progress. The watch will be available in 41 countries on October 28, expanding to 7 more throughout the weekend.
A few hints from Apple’s website unearthed by a Reddit user seem to suggest Apple Pay may be launching in Germany soon. In the updated Apple Pay coverage map released on October 10, Germany was shown in blue alongside the U.K., France, and Switzerland, the only European countries that already have Apple Pay up and running. The map has since been updated, but it sparked a search on Apple’s German website that turned up a link to an Apple Pay landing page. The page is currently inactive, leading responders on the Reddit thread to speculate that a problem with Apple’s CMS is allowing links that aren’t live yet to show up in the website’s search.
Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Shimo VPN Client for Mac for only $19 — that’s 65% off the regular price. Supporting every major VPN protocol currently available, Shimo can be used to make all of your VPN connections manageable, with the highest security standards including AES-256 encryption, SHA-2 cryptographic hash functions, and top Extended Authentication methods. Shimo sits up in the macOS menu bar so you can access it quickly and easily, and you can establish multiple connections at the same time — great if you’re working with multiple business partners or want to surf or stream through more than one VPN service. Triggers can be configured based on your network configuration, geographic location, of your current Wi-Fi network so that you’re automatically connected and continuously security, and detailed logging helps you keep track of when and where you’ve used different VPN connections.
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Bigosaur’s A New Life ($1) is a text and graphic based life simulation game. Within 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll be able to lead a new person from birth to death, with choices made along the way presumably affecting your path. The concept was undeniably intriguing to me, and the game is interesting, too, in one particular way — it is both frustrating and strangely addictive (I don’t get it, either). Each year of your “life” brings you a new decision between two choices. While some of these make sense — for instance, picking an athletic activity over a more crafty pursuit can increase your athleticism, while selecting the other option will increase your craftiness level — others are confusing and don’t seem to make much difference, like choosing between “Internet” and “street map.” There are a number of seemingly unrelated choices, and similarly confusing results. In my most recent simulation, I was a charismatic, athletic, cultured 23-year-old woman who went to Juilliard, yet my first job offer was for a…ship captain? This kind of disconnect makes for a less fun experience. If you play through a few times, you’ll also see too many familiar outcomes — the early death of a spouse, the lost jobs — and the game always ends when you hit age 78 (if you get there). At the end, you finish with a certain amount of points accrued throughout life — happiness, experience, and legacy. Despite its obvious flaws, A New Life is still sort of interesting. It works better as a concept than as an actual experience right now, but this is exactly the kind of game that could benefit greatly from fine tuning in future updates.
Satechi’s popular Metallic Series lineup of accessories has a new addition in the form of the company’s Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad ($40) — a rechargeable Bluetooth keypad designed to expand a user’s existing keyboard when crunching numbers — useful for working on Numbers or Excel spreadsheets, or in accounting applications. While the new keypad is compatible with both Macs and PCs, it’s clearly designed to fit right in with your Mac, and in addition to standard Apple silver, it’s even available in Gold and Space Grey colors to match up with Apple’s 12” MacBook.
ConnectSense has announced an update to its Smart Outlet and app, adding detailed power monitoring capabilities, while also dropping the price to $60 — making it now one of the most competitively-priced HomeKit outlet solutions available. The new detailed power monitoring feature, available via a free firmware update, will allow users to individually monitor the energy usage of devices plugged into each of the Smart Outlets, including average energy usage and how long the outlet has been turned on. Users can also now configure rules in the ConnectSense based on energy consumption, such as turning off a connected appliance when it’s using too much energy, or if it has been left on for an certain period of time.
For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a one-year subscription to HYFY Pro for only $25 — that’s 58% off the regular price (three-year and lifetime plans are also available for even greater savings). This high-quality screen recording extension for the Google Chrome browser lets you easily capture whatever is in your browser with a single click — just record and start talking — and then when you’re done you can share the resulting video directly to Slack, JIRA, HipChat, or just paste a URL to the video anywhere else you need to share it. It’s a great tool for collaboration among QA, development, and support teams for working on bugs and incident reports, or teachers and trainings who want to record lesson libraries.