NZXT new N7 Z370 Motherboard

NZXT, most known for their nice sleek cases and modern blocked design, have released their new motherboards. The N7 Z370 Motherboards are such a breathe of fresh air. According to Anandtech, these motherboards feature - 4 SATA ports, 2x m.2 slots, 5 PCIe slots, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 5x USB 2.0, Intel RJ-45 port, and  7.1 audio stack. Unfortunate there is no USB 3.1 gen 2 ports (something that should be a MUST in 2018). The price for this beauty is $299.99.

Are you interested in picking one of these up? At that price, there are much better options that have more compatibility and a bit more performance, according to some reviews. Though, much of the allure for these comes to its design. Leave your comments below!


Apple AirPod's Quick Review

Whenever I see the AirPods on TV, or out and about, there's always someone who has to make a comment mocking Apple's terrible design execution on these headphones. "They look like tampons coming out of his ears" and the like. They aren't wrong. The AirPods certainly have a polarizing look. I wasn't a fan of them at first, not in the least bit. But after hearing a few of my friends who own them, rave about how they are their most used headphones (and these are audiophile types), I started to get more intrigued. Finally, the reason I had to pick them up, was when I saw how easy it was to pair them with different devices. After a few months of using them, I've decided they were my favorite tech purchase this year. Here's my review.

Sound

Starting with the sound, these are far superior to the Earpods that are bundled with the iPhones. This should be obvious considering they cost much more. But it's comforting knowing you're spending money on not just wireless tech, and Siri implementation, but also a better sound. The sound signature favors the highs more than it does the lower ends, though its no slouch in the bass. The Airpods have a nice sparkle in the highs, with slightly elevated mids. This is perfect for someone like myself who enjoys listening to indie rock and podcasts. Vocals particularly sound great. And the low range thumps with a cold sort of sound, something I wish was a bit warmer. Unfortunately, because of that the sound is a bit more "chemical" than natural. If you enjoy Jazz or Hip Hop, these sound good, but just aren't up to the standards of a true open back headphone, like the AKG 240mkII's or even the closed ATH-m50x's.

Usability

But when you couple good sound with how easy it is to use these, then things start falling into place. Now Apple has infused this new W1 Bluetooth chip into these headphones which allows for instant set up. Literally opening up the headphones case near your phone, and bam, it's synced with all your iCloud devices. iPhone, Macbook, iPad, you name it. And when you want to use a different device, you're a press away. No more pairing process, something Bluetooth headphones have been plagued with since its inception. I own the Sony MDR-1000x's, which are wireless and have a MASSIVE improvement in sound, but the Airpods are just so easy to use i often choose them instead. That kind of usability makes a world of difference when you're using tons of devices. Unfortunately, this usability stops as soon as you leave the Apple ecosystem. Android phone, Windows PC, Android Tablet? Well, then you're stuck pairing the old way.

Design and Comfort

This last section is the more subjective of the bunch. Speaking on design, like I said previously, these are quite polarizing. Are they the best looking headphone? Absolutely not. They are really just earpods with the wire cut off. So you end up having this odd white thing dripping out of your ear. Though, after the public have had some time seeing them out in the public, I think that odd stigma has left. After all, it's an Apple product and people often forgive design quirks when they figured out Jony Ive is behind them. The Apple case on the other hand is sleek, small, and looks great. Thrown into that tiny pocket in your pocket that comes with jeans, the case fits great. Or any pocket for that matter. Then on comfort, I find them excellent as well. I'm one of those lucky people who don't have an issue with the original earpods. These are the same exact shape, so they slide in my ear canals, and no act of movement will remove them. Others aren't so lucky, so I'd try a pair on before purchasing. And there really isn't much else to say about them on the design side. If you don't mind the odd look, and they fit in your ears nicely, you're on easy street.

Conclusion

So like I mentioned in the beginning of the article, these are one of my favorite tech purchases this year. I'm constantly listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, and watching YouTube, but not on just my iPhone, on ALL my devices. And having to go through the pairing process each and every time I needed to switch to a different device was bothersome. Apple has remedy that problem with these Airpods, while also bundling in great sound, wireless capabilities, and no nonsense usability. So for those reasons, I'm constantly looking over my other, much better sounding headphones, for these little dudes. But then again, I'm the perfect candidate for these earpods. I don't have any issues with their fit, I don't mind the look, and I'm already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem. If you don't check all three of those boxes, then you might want to look elsewhere.

 


Bose QC 25 and Sony MDR-1000x's are Now Both 40% OFF

If you've been looking for a comfortable pair of noise cancelling headphones, the Bose Quiet Comfort 25's have been regarded as a great value. And right now on Amazon they are being sold at $179.00 (40% off!). Click the link to head over to the purchase page.

Now Bose isn't the most impressive headphone company, and the QC 25's aren't their flagship pair. Their sound is more soft and cozy, with not much emphasis on bass. Almost a sleepy sound signature. But these headphones are known for their great noise cancelling tech along with extreme comfort. So if that fits your needs, pick these up. But if you have some extra cash the Sony MDR-1000x's are also 40% off right now for $228.00.

 

 

In the video above, I explain my undying love for these headphones. The noise cancelling tech is the best i've heard, period. The sound signature is much more energetic and pleasing than Bose's sound. All genres of music sound amazing with these. But the selling point is that they're Bluetooth. And if you haven't had the luxury of using wireless headphones, this is the best place to start. Especially if you're purchasing one of the newer phones that don't have headphone jacks, like the Pixel 2 or iPhone 8/X. I highly recommend the Sony MDR-1000x's and will promise that you'll fall in love with them as much as I did.


Posting From Wordpress App

This is a test

I've been using Wordpress to create my sites for close to a decade now. I absolutely love Wordpress and I owe much of my success to it. The fact that I can put up a site, exactly as I wanted it, with minimal web experience, is a beautiful thing and I'm positive many in my position feel the same. And my love for it just increased after finding out about this app.

I absolutely love Wordpress and I owe much of my success to it.

This is post is really just a quick test. I want to see how well it works in posting articles to my site and how deep I can get in to customizing my articles. A lot of the articles I write include multiple types of media like pictures and videos, and I want to see if it's easy to implement with the app. So far I'm impressed.

Adding images straight off my phone works seamlessly. And I still have full control on how the image is laid into the webpage. The camera implementation works quickly as well. Taking quick pics or videos could prove useful in breaking news situations or investigative journalism. I would like to see DropBox or Google Drive implementation.

Overall, this app can prove extremely useful. Often I wish I could get to my laptop to put out a quick article on something but due to some type of circumstance it's not always practical. Now there's no excuse. While I don't have full control or widget application, I will still be using this for those quick one offs.


Lil Peep Dies at 21 from Overdose

RIP

Confirmed that Rapper/Artist/Model Lil Peep has passed away late Wednesday night from an overdose on Xanax on his tour bus. He was 21 years young. He was scheduled to perform in Tuscon at a venue called Rock, until his manager, Adam Grandmaison, stumbled upon him deceased on the tour bus.

Lots of other rappers and musicians who knew Peep, displayed their emotions and condolences to the family over social media.

The death of Peep came as a surprise to many despite all the warning signs seen plastered all over his music, social media. Just take a look at a recent post by Peep, where his caption is this incoherent cry for help.

It's a shame to see such a young artist, who had immense potential and is just coming off the success of a booming EP, get taken away from us by addiction.


NoLife.Digital is Live

After 24 episodes of the No Life Show, we've finally decided to create the No Life website. NoLife.Digital . This site will act as the main hub for all content coming out of No Life. Expect content like Gaming and Tech videos, such as the No Life Show. Articles and opinion pieces about current events in gaming, tech, and media. Expect reviews, previews, first looks and impressions, critiques, and rants on all your favorite topics. And expect tech and content creation tutorials to help you produce the same type of content we do.

This site will act as the main hub for all content coming out of No Life

One underlying theme we want to remain throughout all of our content, is pure, unfiltered, unadulterated, raw, and unapologetic discussion. Tech, gaming, music, movie, and TV journalism has moved further and further into commercial corporate ideals. All too often, honest thoughts about gaming, tech, & media are squandered by "exclusive" access and corporate sponsorships. This does no one any good. NoLife.Digital's goal is to ensure you, the reader and viewer, can trust every piece of content we put out with confident certainty and be extremely entertained in the process. So I hope you enjoy the the work we will be putting out. Make sure to bookmark this website, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube to never miss a beat.

 


Calm over the horizon

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.