The Diablo Immortal Controversy ; Game of the Year Nominees [ NoLife Ep. 62a ]


In this episode we talk about how awesome Diablo 3 is on the switch, and how bad of an idea it is on the phone. We then talk about our picks for Game of the Year, and look over all the nominees (Red Dead and God of War win everything).



Audio Technica Drops Wireless M50x's in Bluetooth

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The King

One of the most popular headphones in the audio/gaming/tech circles are Audio Technica's ATH-M50X's. These are excellent, reference style headphones with a slight emphasis on bass response, and a great looking contemporary aesthetic, all at an affordable $150. I personally own a pair, and they are my go-to's for a closed-black studio session. I use them anytime I need to hear my audio in the purest form, and its closed-back design allows me to pinpoint details. And that's not too mention how comfortable they are during long sessions. That said, if you do own these, I need to recommend you the Brainwavz ear pads, which drastically improve comfort by dampening the clamp force, as well increase audio separation. So yeah, for the price, you're getting close to audiophile quality and assurance. I love them.

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Contemporary Updates

Well now Audio Technica has taken their very beloved M50x's and slapped on a Bluetooth connection, as well as integrated their own DAC inside to give users a more freeing experience, without sacrificing its signature sound and feel. The newly named ATH-M50xBT's (yeah, a bit long in the tooth) come in at a comfortable $199.00, include Bluetooth 5.0, is compatible with aptX and AAC codecs, and feature an "internal battery providing up to 40 hours on a full charge". You can also, of course, attach them to a 3.5mm jack for a legacy listening experience. The only downside being they charge by micro-USB, and not the now ubiquitous USB-C. Also, there is no active noise-cancelling, though the M50x's do have great passive noise-cancelling already. For active noise-cancelling you'll need to opt for the ATH-ANC700BT which are the same price and still offer the great AT Sound Signature they're known for. So, the M50xBT's do seem a bit pricey in that regard.

Above are the technical specifications for you audiophiles. As you can see they contain the same driver, the same frequency response, impedance, and sensitivity. What you'll also notice is the extremely long charge time to go from 0-100%. A whopping 7 hours, which could've been cut down if they had used USB-C and fast charging. So putt it all together, at a $199.00 price point, you're getting all the benefits of the M50X, with added wireless capabilities, but nothing extra. In my opinion, these are now the headphones to recommend. Only $49 more dollars and you're getting a modern updated headphone that give you the great freedom of Bluetooth. Though, if you're looking to buy headphones that offer noise cancelling and a much more immersive listening experience, the Sony WH-1000Xmk3's are still at the top of the heap (also in price). 

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Read Dead Ain't for Everyone [ NoLife Gaming: Ep. 61a ]

Red Dead Ain't for the Masses

In this episode, we talk a ton about Wayne's feelings on Red Dead Redemption, as well as Soul Caliber VI, and then dive into some gaming news. 


Red Dead Fever; iPad Pro Coming Soon; BeautyGate NOT a Bug [ NO LIFE DIGITAL: Ep. 60 ]


In this episode we merge the Gaming and Tech together to talk about Red Dead, VR becoming a viable market, Apple's new iPad Pro event, how Apple claims BeautyGate is bug, and not bad software design, and why there isn't any cool tech/lifestyle/fashion stores.



Photoshop for iPad is Finally Coming [ NoLife Tech: Ep. 59 ]

New iPads and New Photoshops?

In this episode of NoLife Tech Podcast, we talk about TV streaming services and which one Wayne recommends, we talk about the new iPad rumors, and we look at Adobe's new Keynote where they announced the Photoshop for iPad app - something we've all been waiting for.



RED DEAD CRUNCH TIME [ NoLife Gaming: Ep. 59 ]

Crunch Time

In this episode we talk about Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and its new Blackout Mode. Kate comes on to review the new Mario Party. And we discuss the ethics and morals of Developer crunch and the controversy around Red Dead Redemption 2 and Rockstar Games.

Glass Phones Have NO Durability...Stop This Nonsense

Change the Standard

I see tech YouTubers, reviewers, and journalists these days speaking on build quality and durability of phones and it got me thinking. Why are they giving leniency to glass phones; phones with both front and glass backs? One of the biggest issues with the modern smartphone is its durability. These little fuckers are just way too delicate, and unless us consumers start to speak up, Corning will keep trying to tell us they "created the worlds most durable glass yet" year after year. They might as well say they created this years wettest water yet, because that's the sort of equivalency we're dealing with.  We're on the SIXTH iteration of Gorilla Glass, yet still, one fall the wrong way, and you're hundreds of dollars poorer. I've seen phones that have come out this year, fall from waist height, under its own weight and no other external forces, hit the ground, and completely shatter. For a product that is in our hands 99.9% of our day, you'd think we'd want them a bit more tough.

Why Glass

So why glass? Why are we so hung up on fused, transparent sand? Now I'm no engineer, and I'm fairly certain the the problem is much more difficult and nuanced than I'm making it out to be. But why are we relying on such a delicate structure to be the main interface we interact with in our daily lives? And now a days, we've went from just resorting to glass on only the screen area, to completely enveloping our phones in it. I'm very curious as to why we haven't found an alternative. In fact, I think Corning's Gorilla Glass is the only provider of glass interfaces. This article here explains how a new company with their "Diamond Glass" might make an appearance in the future, but not any time soon.

The Durability Lie

Lastly, I just want to point out that I don't really have a goal with this article. I'm really just fed up with babying my products. I want to use my phone, in aggressive situations, and never have to worry about it. Know that, no matter what scenario I may find myself in, worrying about the health of my phone is the least of my issues. And I think the only way we get there is to force the market to find an alternative. The free open market always finds a way. We need to stop lying to ourselves in thinking that glass is durable in anyway. Any phone that has both its front and back covered in glass, well it gets a ZERO in the durability score. It's not relative, and unless Corning figures out how to make glass that doesn't break, ever, on any impact, then its not durable. Push these companies to step the fuck up. Apple just became a trillion dollar company, let's get them to figure this out. We gotta do something. And next time you break your phone, I guarantee you'll remember this article. 

The Pixel 3 Failure [ No Life Tech: Ep. 58 ]

Why, God, Why?!

In this episode we take a look at the recent MadeByGoogle Keynote as well as the Microsoft Products Keynote and judge whether Google or Microsoft came to the table or not. Spoiler...they didn't.


New Consoles or New Consignments? [ NoLife Gaming: Ep. 58 ]

Dat New New

In this episode we talk about the new PS5 Rumors that are circling about the gaming world, and Doobie tries to give us a rundown on the entire Kingdom Hearts story timeline....tries being the keyword.