12014Feb

2014 BMW 428i

With tires screeching, the 2014 BMW 428i danced through a set of turns and put a big smile on my face. Yes, I thought, this is exactly what I expect from BMW, what many others learned to love about the German automaker, and how BMW became synonymous with performance. The all-new 4 Series exhibited exquisite…

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12014Feb

The Room Two (iOS)

The Room Two is the hotly anticipated sequel to one of the most celebrated puzzle games on iOS, and after playing through a few levels, I can tell you it raises the bar that was already set high with the original game. This made-for-touch-screen puzzle adventure includes incredible graphics, a mysterious storyline, eerie atmospheric sound…

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12014Feb

Nokia Asha 503

Think of Nokia’s Asha 503 as a feature phone experience and you’ll come closer to enjoying it for what it is: a delightfully square-edged handset with well-rounded, if clunky, capabilities. The phone’s strengths include a well-thought out ice-cube design effect, Wi-Fi, and software features that will keep you connected. However, the plaudits stop there. The…

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12014Feb

Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125 (Black)

Last year we gave high marks to Panasonic’s ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, which can be had for less than $8 and sound surprisingly good with an excellent fit. One of the minor gripes about that model is that it didn’t feature an integrated microphone for making cell-phone calls, as a lot of earphones do these days….

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12014Feb

Brainwavz HM5

Getting into high-quality sound these days is simpler than it used to be. If you have a computer, for example, you are already halfway there: all you need to do is add a decent-quality output device — a sound card or a headphone amp/DAC — and a pair of headphones. You can get great sound…

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