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October 26, 2016 12:11 pm

We have covered Virtual Reality a handful of times here at Atypical Sounds, talking about its innovations and abilities, but people are already finding new and amazing ways to use these headsets, I’m pretty impressed.

A Virtual Reality Roller Coaster sounds like a vomit inducing headache. For those who get easy motion sickness with either roller coasters or VR probably shouldn’t go anywhere near these rides. But for those who love both of them and want to see something truly spectacular, this is the newest thing for you.

Here is the rundown, you hop onto a roller coaster, like the Superman: Ride of Steel from Six Flags, strap on a headset and that’s it! The display will move according to the coaster pretty smoothly and you look around like any other VR experience and enjoy the ride. Check out the video below and to see people ride it and see what it’ll look like compared a normal ride. I would highly recommend anyone that has a Six Flags near them to check out this incredible experience. VR has been pretty fun and amazing experience, but it is still pretty limited. This and other innovations are what we need to make VR an actual worth while investment for our culture, otherwise it will be like HD DVDs or 3D TVs, which died after a few years of being on the market.

The experience isn’t everywhere or on every ride, it is just in the starting phases. But you can be sure to see in the next 5 years the huge increase in VR roller coasters in places like Disney, Universal Studios, and Kings Dominion. Check out more about Six Flags VR and the upcoming Sea World VR.

October 4, 2016 5:52 pm

The craze of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus a few weeks ago and the flood of memes about it having no headphone jack is basically all everyone was talking about in September. Surprisingly though, iOS 10 seems to be where the actual rich changes are in Apple’s products. iOS 10 is good, a nice upgrade for those who are obsessed with more flash and less function. There is a huge amount updated, and I won’t go through all  of it, but here are my impressions of having it so far.


It is fun. It is entertaining. Siri is smarter and opens programs for you or just does what you ask with certain apps, like finding you directions to the closest gas station. The iMessanger has been greatly overhauled, almost too much for my blood. Maybe it is my age, but I don’t need ALL these features. You can draw with cool effects, send messages that slam into the conversation and search all sorts of gifs to send friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these things, but it getting to be too much. Like how often am I going to honestly send a neon drawn picture with kissy lips appearing all over it? The change in shape and design of alert banners seemed odd and unnecessary at first, but I’ve gotten used to them, they just hover for too long in my opinion. One of the best, and my favorite, things is that I can finally delete a lot of iPhone permanent apps that weren’t previously aloud to be deleted, so I am very happy about that. Also the quick menu that you get from the bottom is a little weird, but not terrible, the fact that you can swipe to media that is being played and change it there is pretty cool, but still slightly cumbersome.



It is getting messy. I had to download ANOTHER app called Home which I automatically put into my group of dumb apps that I don’t need and just take up space. The messenger keyboard will sometimes get stuck sideways making me have to restart the app just to fix it so I can type. When I double click the home button, the app will shift sideways and I can’t select, scroll or close them, and so I have to lock my phone and unlock it to  get it to function correctly again.



Like I was saying in the “Good” section, the messenger is getting too cluttered, and has too much different functions that I am never going to use on a daily basis. The forced install app Home, which connects itself to you home system of light, TV or other electronics), seems cool, but if you don’t have everything already set up and have Apps or remotes for those things, you won’t ever need it. I guess it can be helpful because who really wants to get up to turn off lights with a light switch anymore? That was so last millennium (heavy sarcasm).  The new left swipe list of new and alerts looks unorganized and pointless to have, just like before, but now it is slightly different and I have no desire to learn how to use it effectively.


All in all getting the update isn’t that bad, it just has so much hullabaloo and so many bugs that it is kind of annoying. It is fun for sure, it really is, but it feels like a stupid app you download for fun because your friends did, but unfortunately it is permanently here and essential to the future function of you Apple device. I hope for some good updates and cleaning of iOS 10, because it does have the potential to be something great.

September 20, 2016 9:51 am

Google is everywhere. Google is the titan of the internet that can basically do anything, between Gmail, Drive, Chrome and Chromebooks, most of the world depends on it for day to day life. As this king of the interwebs, updates happen all the time, often with fun, great additions.

Google Maps is my favorite map app and I use it all the time. As soon as Google Maps came out years ago, I started using it leaving Mapquest in the dust. I use it all the time, going to various places everyday and I don’t know how I would get around without this app. But my issues were having to figure out the fastest route to all the places at home on my computer and I could never do it on the fly while out and about. So get ready everyone, Google Maps has brought multiple locations to shift around and plan out on the road.

The app itself and the update is as simple and as wonderful as always, but the new addition of multiple locations is practically perfect. Adding in the second and third places is just as easy as entering the first locations. For now you can add at least nine extra locations while organizing them any way that you need, having a grand total of ten locations not including your point of origin. That’s pretty impressive especially because of the perfectly smooth and fluid running of the app with all these other things it has to worry about. Moving around the addresses and switching and searching different places around is very easy and even searching for restaurants or gas stations nearby and adding them into your complex trip is also just as easy.

It is a great update and I’m very happy this finally made it too the app. I’ve been waiting a long time and now it makes my life way easier. Check it out and start planning some road trips!

September 9, 2016 1:02 pm

Time has moved pretty quickly since the release of the Playstation 4 in 2013. But this week two new Playstation 4 models have been announced named the Playstation 4 Slim and Playstation 4 Pro.

I won’t go into the long debate of whether we need these upgrades now, but it has been three years into the life span of the PS4 and a normal consoles gets to 10 years of age before becoming obsolete. With that said, a slimmer cheaper model was bound to happen, easier for the consumer to use and take care of, cheaper and yet still perform just as well as previous models. Go here for a specs comparison of the three different models, the original, the Pro and the Slim.


Original ————- Slim ————- Pro

The real intrigue from this week’s announcements is in the Playstation 4 Pro. This is a powerful machine that rivals gaming PCs and yet comes at a very competitive price while including a handful of features. The Pro will not only play games at a much smoother rate and performance level, it will be capable of streaming HDR and 4K capable content. If you don’t know what those are, check out a quick explanation of HDR and 4K to catch up on the latest tech.

Netflix has announced that it will have over 600 hours of 4K content, and now you will have somewhere to watch it, if you also have a compatible TV of course.

Certain games will also be HDR and 4K ready down the road, including Spider Man, Watch Dogs 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Final Fantasy XV.

Do you think we need all this upgrading for a gaming system that still does its job fine? Are you planning on upgrading to a fast and more powerful PS4 Pro?

Here is what I would suggest. If you are a casual player, get the PS4 Slim, you have absolutely no need for the Pro now or the near future. If you love playing games and want the baddest/strong console available, buy the PS4 Pro ONLY IF you have a 4K and or HDR TV, otherwise it won’t really be any different. I am happy to see these two be announced, they are great additions to the Sony Playstation family, but they might have jumped the gun a little because the general public is still not at that level of high definition and need for speed.

The Playstation 4 Slim will be available on the 15th of this month for $299 and the Playstation 4 Pro will be available a little later this year on November 10th for $399.

September 7, 2016 6:35 pm


It’s that time of the year again, time for Apple to find a new way to take millions of dollars from the world. The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus were announced and everyone is ready to throw these new products in the toilet. No, not because they are terrible, but with a list of new specs and upgrades, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can brave even the roughest of storms.


The newest and most important updates for both of them are as follows:

1) Water Resistant! If you leave it in a fish tank for a few days, I don’t think it will work but it can withstand a drop in the wiz-palace, the pool or a very rainy day.

2) The new Home Button will no longer be a click or touch base, but a hard touch to better distinguish between brushing over it and actually pressing it.

3) No Headphone Jack! This is a double edged sword. It promotes bluetooth use which is nice…sometimes. New AirPods wirless head phones will be coming in late October, but for now you’ll be using standard Bluetooth or an adapter for the lighting charge port that will allow you to plug in normal headphones.

4) A 12 Mega-Pixel Camera is pretty big to fit on a cell phone, but they do it somehow. Easily beats all other cameras on previous iPhones.

5) The new Black design will be the new fancy color only available for the 128G and 256G models while the other colors upon release will be Rose-Gold, Gold, Silver and Matte Black.

6) The New A10 processor will make your iPhone 5 look like it was from the 90’s.

7) Not an exclusive to the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, iOS 10 will be arriving the 13th, so be prepared for a big update for all your other devices.


There are a vast amount of other upgrades in it that you can check out here. The iPhone 7 Plus will have a long lasting battery, larger screen and include a second out facing camera that will allow 2x analog zoom (which actually seems pretty awesome).

The iPhone 7 will be priced at $649 with 32G, $749 with 128G, and $849 with 256G of storage. The iPhone 7 Plus is obviously at a higher price because of the extra things: $769 with 32G, $869 with 128G, and $969 with 256G.

Pre-Orders will be available on the 9th and it will be released on the 16th of this month. Are you willing to shell out close to a thousand dollars for the newest, biggest and baddest iPhone? Will you turn in your old one and upgrade it that you’ll still have some money for food and rent this month? Let us know what you’ll be doing at @ATYPICALSOUNDS on Twitter.

August 12, 2016 9:12 am

There has been a lot of buzz in the tech community recently about a particularly bad piece of Android malware called HummingBad. The malware infects Android phones when users accidentally download a malicious third-party app, or opt for an unverifiable download on a website which comes loaded with the HummingBad package.

Once HummingBad has infected the device, it establishes a persistent rootkit and takes over its native functions.  According to Check Point, an I.T. security company, once HummingBad has infected a device it can install fraudulent apps and even generate false revenue by tricking users into clicking fake ads and links. Check Point estimated that HummingBad was able to yield cyber-criminals nearly $300,000 a month, through this process of click fraud.

The group effectively controls an arsenal of over 85 million mobile devices around the world. – Check Point


These types of click fraud campaigns are common, although often not as financially successful, and can present real issues when it comes to security. Rootkits are packets of malware that establish themselves at the core of the device, or “root,” and they are dangerous because they often hide their existence by maintaining the appearance of something that is not harmful. 

Many people whose devices have been infected with this type of malware are entirely unaware that they are being victimized by a cyber-attack, while at the same time their information is being stolen and sold to the highest bidder.

According to Check Point, the dangers of these types of malware go beyond individual users. Malware packages like HummingBad could be used to target government agencies and businesses. 

Emboldened by financial and technological independence, [cybercriminals’] skillsets will advance putting end users, enterprises, and government agencies at risk. – Check Point

According to Check Point, this malware attack was part of an elaborate scheme by the Chinese Yingmob, in which the malware was sending notifications to the Umeng tracking and analytics service.  Devices have been infected world-wide, with the primary number of infected users in China.

Malware attacks like this that rely on click fraud and that are money-generating are certainly dangerous, but what is perhaps even more frightening is the potential that these rootkits, and the access to your device, has the potential to be sold.  We are entering a time when access to certain peoples’ or companies’ device root is a highly valued black-market commodity.

“Check Point believes this dangerous trend will escalate as other groups learn from Yingmob and find new ways to achieve the independence they need to launch larger and more sophisticated attack campaigns in the future.” – Check Point

Regardless, taking the necessary precautions to ensure that a device does not become infected with malicious malware in the first place is the best step towards protection. Stay away from unverified third party apps, and make sure you know the source of files that you are downloading.


June 16, 2016 5:16 pm

In the last few years, personal drones have surged in popularity. In addition to being a pastime for hobbyists and people interested in RC technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are now being used in a variety of fields including film-making, package delivery, agriculture, news and even health care.

One group of drone enthusiasts have embraced the competitive potential of RC piloting, leading to the rise of a new sport: drone racing.

In drone racing, pilots race high-speed quadcopters around a predetermined course. The drones are equipped with on-board cameras that stream live video to pilots wearing FPV (first person view) goggles. This allows pilots to react quickly, and in real time, to the events of the race. The pilots complete laps while flying through brightly lit LED gates and around markers at speeds of up to 120mph.

Given that drones have the ability to hover, and move in 3-dimensional space, race courses are not limited to a circular arena. Drone races often take place in abandoned buildings, through the inside of stadiums or even around popular monuments or event expos. This presents an interesting dynamic for spectators, who will be equipped with similar video goggles allowing them to view firsthand what the pilots are seeing as they navigate the race course.

The drones are created as lightweight as possible using carbon fiber components and innovative engineering to keep them fast and agile. Some race series, such as those by the Drone Racing League (DRL), are restricted to the specially designed DRL Racer2, a 255mm high-speed quadcopter built for agility and endurance. Other competitions allow the use of multiple types of drones, as well as fully customized RC functionality.

DRL is taking drone racing to the next level as a competitive sport. The league combines the best FPV drone pilots in the world, advanced drone piloting technology and high-quality media coverage, giving the sport the same feeling as other major spectator sporting events. The DRL brings pilots from all over the globe, with top pilots from areas including the USA, Australia, Mexico and Brazil. 

According to ESPN, in the coming months drone racing has the potential to gain notoriety comparative to that of other major racing series such as Formula 1 and NASCAR. This August, as a result of a partnership between the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) and ESPN, drone racing will be internationally distributed as the first IDRA event showcased by a major sporting network.

This event will take place on Governors Island, and has the potential to bring out the best of the best drone pilots as the winner will receive the title of the fastest drone pilot in the United States. In addition, ESPN3 will stream the upcoming 2016 World Drone Racing Championships, which offers drone pilots the chance to win prestige and a $200,000 cash prize.  

In many ways drone racing gives the same sensation as competitive e-sports; it’s entertaining, futuristic, has a devoted fan base and it’s hard to believe that it’s actually a sport. Who knows, in the next few years drone racing could really take off as the sport of the future.

Featured Image Source – Drone Racing League

April 22, 2016 2:35 pm

As a 5th year college student (yes, 5th year, shut your mouth I’m graduating) I am living a life that is so overwhelmingly busy. A life Screenshot_2016-04-21-21-48-53which is controlled by two things; my inexplicably small bladder that sends me to the bathroom every 5 minutes, and of course my planner. I would be nothing without my planner, it’s my life and it’s my wife. Why am I bringing this bout of random information up? Because I have found an app that claims to help you organize your life a little more.

Vurb is an app that works like a grocery list, but for your life. It is an interactive collection of every important meeting, appointment, due date, etc. It helps you compile lists of things that you might want to do, whether that may be watching a new movie like Green Room, or trying out a restaurant that you’ve been meaning to go to like Blend on the Water. Vurb allows you to search for it and add it as a “card” to your (appropriately named) “deck” of things to do.

The app sells itself on being a reminder of sorts for things you might want to check out later, it also sells itself on the ability to be able to share this with friends. Ay there’s the rub, for in that ability to share with friends what friends may come? Vurb allows you to sync up your Facebook friends with the app. That did not look good.

Now I’m not saying I am the most popular guy in the world, its just a mathematical fact. Out of the 350 (rounding down) friends on Facebook that I have, only one has this app downloaded. That’s .3 percent. So .3 percent of the people that I have met in my life have this app.

Vurb app has been around for more than a year, the fact that no one that I know has it is not a deciding factor of whether or not the app is a dud, like I said I’m not the most popular guy in the world (I’m the second most.)

Vurb can be useful in many ways, while some of us will stick to a physical planner, or in some cases good ol’ pen and paper, or even..the calendar on your phone, it is good to know that there is a more modern alternative to trying to get your shit together. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and plan things out once in a while, you could miss them.

October 18, 2015 6:51 pm

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Alexa Chung’s new app Villoid gives us the best of Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and online shopping all in one. Whether you love to hate her or hate to love her, Miss Chung’s new app delivers us an online store unlike any other.

User’s can follow their favorite brands (Burberry, ACNE, ASOS, Chloe), and others much like Instagram. You can then post images of clothes, products or looks (think of the Tumblr reblog) to “style boards.” Here, you can brainstorm different ideas, get inspired and build up your personal profile. Conveniently enough, the app lets you buy the clothes directly in a hassle-free “buy” feature.

“It” girl Alexa Chung is clearly progressing into the world of business and e-commerce after the release of her book in 2013. She recently signed off on Instagram as “Alexa Zuckerburg-Chung” and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!

Written by Alessandra Licul