Hercules Universal DJ Review

This $250 box made me a DJ

By on January 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

This $250 box made me a DJ

I can’t tell you how old I feel right now. I can remember it like it was yesterday though, carrying a crate of drum and bass records down the hall in my college dorm and practicing on my friend’s turntables. Actual vinyl records on actual Technics 1200 decks. People would funnel in and out of the room, some to hang out and enjoy the music, others to complain about having to study for exams.

It was a great time, and now people can experience the same thing without having to dump $1,500, $2,000 or even more on a rig. No, these days it only costs $250 to be a DJ. More →

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Best iPhone Music Apps

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

By on January 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM.

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

Getting young people to pay for music has become increasingly difficult in the modern era. For the time being, ad revenue from YouTube or subscription streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora are the best that can be hoped for in many cases. But some companies are trying to find new ways for people to legally enjoy music where cost isn’t a barrier, and one nifty example is BOOMiO. More →

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Moto X Review

The only smartphone that gets better-looking with age

By on January 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

The only smartphone that gets better-looking with age

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it is positively shocking how good the second-generation Moto X is. Motorola struggled for a long time as Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the smartphone market. More recently, however, other vendors have begun breaking in and finding some success by focusing on areas that cannot be counted among Apple and Samsung’s strengths. China-based smartphone makers are finding success by building quality devices that are surprisingly affordable, for example.

Motorola’s sales aren’t climbing quite as fast as some Chinese vendors, but there’s no denying the company’s position has improved over the past year thanks in part to a similar strategy. Beyond its low-end phones, however, Motorola blew us away with its 2014 flagship handset, the Moto X. More →

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Best Torrent Sites

Still looking for Pirate Bay alternatives? BitCannon lets you build your own in a few clicks

By on January 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Still looking for Pirate Bay alternatives? BitCannon lets you build your own in a few clicks

The Pirate Bay is getting ready to make its triumphant return, but that doesn’t mean torrent users can rest easy. The popular online torrent index could be taken down again at any time as agencies around the world continue to crack down on digital piracy. For those unaware, The Pirate Bay is a popular online service that tracks torrent files on third-party servers and helps users connect directly to those servers in order to download the files. In many cases, those files are indeed illegal pirated copies of movies, TV shows, books, apps and more.

So, torrent fans, what happens the next time The Pirate Bay is taken offline? A new free solution lets you build your own torrent index in just a few clicks. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

9 awesome iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

By on January 22, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

9 awesome iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free for a limited time. Yesterday’s list had some real gems on it and several of the best apps on the list can still be downloaded for free if you hurry. For Thursday, we have a fresh new list of nine iOS apps that are normally all paid apps, but each and every one is completely free if you hurry. More →

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Smartphone Screen Bacteria

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

By on January 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Remember when we called Motorola’s Moto Hint one of the 10 best accessories you could buy ahead of the holidays? Bluetooth headsets might be considered nerdy or geeky by some, but if you don’t already have one you might want to consider investing in a good one as soon as possible.

Why is there such urgency? It’s because the screen on your smartphone is basically a vile, putrid, disgusting Petri dish. More →

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Netflix Vs Popcorn Time

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

By on January 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

Movie pirating used to be something that happened quietly behind closed doors. Unscrupulous Internet users would swarm to peer-to-peer file-sharing services and download bootleg copies of films, trying to hide their tracks as best they could. Now, the Internet is a very different place. People flock to Reddit and other online forums to openly discuss movie theft, and the most popular means of downloading stolen movies are widely publicized services like The Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time.

And when it comes to the latter, it turns out Popcorn Time isn’t just a tiny little piracy tool. The industry has taken notice and now Netflix, the biggest streaming movie and TV show service in the world, has directly named Popcorn Time as a threat. More →

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HTC One M9 Photos

This might be our best look yet at the HTC One M9

By on January 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

This might be our best look yet at the HTC One M9

We’re just over one month away from being formally introduced to two of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year. One is Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, which BGR exclusively blew the lid off of on Wednesday. We detailed all of the new Galaxy S phone’s key specs, including its 5.1-inch quad HD display and its new 64-bit octa-core processor.

The second eagerly anticipated smartphone is HTC’s 2015 flagship device, the HTC One M9 — and we may have just gotten our best look at it yet. More →

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The Interview Netflix

You can finally stream ‘The Interview’ on Netflix beginning Saturday

By on January 21, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

You can finally stream ‘The Interview’ on Netflix beginning Saturday

Netflix absolutely crushed its earnings on Tuesday evening and shares skyrocketed more than 17% in after-hours trading as a result. The company added 4.33 million new streaming subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2014, and profit climbed to $83.4 million, up from $48.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Netflix had a great quarter indeed, and it was thanks in large part to some great new content that hit the service over the course of the three-month period. Now, the company has confirmed that another high-profile title will finally arrive on its digital shelves in just a few short days.

Sorry, North Korea. More →

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Stop Android Downloads

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

By on January 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

One of the best things about Android is the shockingly vast range of great third-party apps in the Google Play store. Each new app expands the capabilities of your phone or tablet in any number of exciting new directions. When you first install a new app though, some of the more presumptuous developers configure their apps to automatically add a shortcut to your home screen. Then, if it’s not an app you want on your home screen, you have to go and manually remove it.

The issue can certainly be annoying, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s an easy fix. More →

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Eldars Play GTA V

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Watch elders play Grand Theft Auto V

By on January 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Watch elders play Grand Theft Auto V

The Grand Theft Auto series of video games is widely known for being among the more ruthless and violent popular game franchises, and GTA V obviously pushes the boundaries even further than earlier installments in the series. So, what happens when you take a fun group of elderly men and women and sit them down in front of Grand Theft Auto V?

Yes, it’s just as funny as you thought it would be. More →

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Galaxy S6 Launch Date

New report may have revealed the Galaxy S6’s launch date

By on January 21, 2015 at 2:47 PM.

New report may have revealed the Galaxy S6’s launch date

BGR blew things wide open on Wednesday morning when we exclusively revealed nearly everything you need to know about Samsung’s upcoming next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. As we revealed, the new Galaxy S6 will feature a metal and glass body with a 64-bit octa-core processor, a 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 20-megapixel camera, up to 128GB of internal storage, Samsung Pay support and a 2,550 mAh battery with quick charging technology that will provide up to four hours of battery life after charging for just 10 minutes.

Of course, there are still a few important questions that need to be answered, and the biggest one is fairly simple: When? More →

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Best iPhone Apps

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

By on January 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM.

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

We constantly share cool new iOS and Android apps here on BGR in an effort to help readers get the most out of their smartphones and tablets. These apps often serve very specific purposes and while they’re always great to have on your device, they’re often not what you might consider to be essential apps. So now it’s time to take a look at a quick list of 10 apps that new iPhone users especially should check out, because they might just become some of the most used apps on your phone. More →

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