My Picture Book 1.4 released

At last, version 1.4 is available for download! Despite our best efforts to provide a release alongside iOS 7, things got delayed. A lot. Well, such is life with kids, right? Anyway, we hope you enjoy the new possibilities to create cards with numbers and letters… Or, why not teach your toddler the meaning of emoticons? ūüėČ

Inside iOS 7 – Reduce motion

The motion effect on the home and lock screens is one of the new features in iOS 7 which instantly annoyed me. The background appears further away than the icons and text. This is accomplished by moving the background countering the device’s movements. While the effect has some air of novelty to it, it really only conveys depth with one eye closed and your head still. But that’s not my issue with it. The problem is that, if you care even the slightest about framing you can’t use anything other than abstract textures as background. Forget about moving and sizing your background picture, it wont end up in the place or with the size you chose anyway.

Luckily, the motion feature can be turned off. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion

Can you put Sennheiser Amperior cables on HD 25-II?

For quite some time, I have used my Sennheiser HD 25-II headphones almost exclusively outdoors. While I love my Bose MIE2i headset (as you can tell by¬†this post), it is not the best choice in a noisy environment. A replacement cable with mic and remote for iPhone seemed like a natural fit for HD 25 the first time I looked around for it. I even e-mailed Sennheiser about it in late 2011. At that time, there wasn’t anything to be found, but when I took up the search again a few weeks ago, I found the Amperior! Instead of offering a replacement cable for HD 25 as I had suggested, they had launched a new product (albeit “based on” the HD 25’s). The price for the”replacement cable” for Amperior is suspiciously high and the lack of official support for HD 25 is even more suspicious. It’s almost as if they want me to think that I have discovered something that they don’t want me to know and that this somehow excuses the ridiculous price. After all, it’s not meant for me, it’s meant for people who buy the Amperior and break it. Yet, I cannot help thinking that selling these spare parts to HD 25 owners will be more lucrative than selling the headphones they are made for. If they fit, that is. So, do they? After a few anxious days of weighing pros and cons,¬†I ¬†finally ordered my spare parts from Custom cable.¬†Fitting them on the headphones was dead simple. ¬†Have a look at¬†this video¬†if you’re in any doubt.

HD 25-II with Amperior spare parts
HD 25-II and the Amperior spare parts

So, was it worth it? The Amperior cables definitely fit and they sound the same as far as I can tell.¬†I haven’t really tried them out for real yet, but I don’t think I will be disappointed. In the end, it’s an expensive upgrade, but not as expensive as buying the all new Amperior.¬†Sennheiser knows how to maximize their profit, no doubt about that. I guess that’s called a win-win situation.