Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…

Astell & Kern’s newest portable music player (or PMP with no “I”; sorry 50) — the $999 Kann — is out now, and for a portable media player, it has some pretty impressive modern-day inclusions.  This fact is interesting since most high-end portable music players are slow to included extra bells-and-whistles, if at all.  Not only is the Kann huge — it’s just over an inch thick (25.6mm) and weighs over half a pound (278.7g) — it includes a massive 6000mAh battery (for a supposed battery life of 14 hours), an integrated powered headphone amp, and both micro SD and full-size SD card slots. Keep in mind, this thing IS ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue reading “Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…”

LastPass is FREAKING AWESOME (and you should be using it)!

Our passwords need to be secure, complicated, while being easy-to-remember. However, with the number of services that we use that utilize passwords, it’s common that many people use the same password for each service and/or use “1234,” “abcd” or “password” as a password — which you SHOULD NEVER DO — and put ease of memory over security.  That’s why I stopped keeping a grid of multiple unique and complex passwords for each service and started using LassPass. LassPass is a freemium password management service that aims to resolve the password fatigue problem I mentioned earlier by centralizing user password management using the cloud through a web interface, browser plugins and apps and bookmarklets. Continue reading “LastPass is FREAKING AWESOME (and you should be using it)!”