Tech Toy Tuesday 07/23/13
7/23/2013 8:13:00 AM
Two new box sets out today. First we have The Complete Stax / Volt Singles, a three disc set of Otis Redding. Every single he released on Stax, both the A side and the B side, in mono, which was the way it was laid down.
Also, Aeroplane Flies High a rerelease of The Smashing Pumpkins box set that has been expanded to 104 tracks and now takes up 6 cds and 1 dvd that includes unreleased demos, alternate versions and live recordings.
Also, Loyal Loopers can head to San Francisco this Fall to see the premiere of the new Metallica 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never!” Head to WLUP.com
Blu-Ray releases are weak this week. The most high profile among them is Trance, a movie from Danny Boyle the director of Slumdog Millionaire starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson. If you’re a Danny Boyle fan you might want to check it out, if not you may still enjoy it if you like psychological thrillers, but either way it’s probably a rental at best.
The Tech Toy this week is the PowerDock 5. This is a very simple, very practical device that will charge up to five iOS devices from a single power source. If you’ve ever tried to charge two at once you know they can be kinda finicky and give you that “this charger is not supported” error.
Now there are powered USB ports on everything these days so you might wonder why you need a glorified hub and the truth is you don’t, but if you’re always searching for cables and always forgetting where you plugged your ipod in, this will give you a centralized place and it looks nice. The power dock also holds your devices upright, it looks really clean and you won’t feel bad about leaving it out, then you just leave your cords in it and you don’t have to fight over them
The developers say it’ll charge MOST android and kindle products, but they don’t guarantee it the way they do with the iOS devices.
It’s expensive, too expensive for what it is, in my opinion,, but it works and it’s stylish and that puts it right in line with other Apple products in that regard at $100.