Creative announces extremely affordable USB-powered Pebble Plus 2.1 speakers

Creative’s Pebble speakers are very popular with budget-focused shoppers. Over on Amazon, it has 4.5 stars with over 500 reviews. It’s not hard to see why that is — for a mere $25, you get a respectable 2.0 audio experience from a well-known brand. No, they aren’t audiophile quality, but at this price, you should know that. They should be better than your laptop’s built in speakers, however. One of the coolest aspects of the Pebble speakers is they are USB-powered — you don’t need an AC adapter when connecting them to your computer. You doneed to simultaneously connect a 3.5mm audio cable, however, as audio is not transmitted over USB — only power.

One of the big drawbacks to Pebble is a lack of bass. This really shouldn’t be surprising, as they are small 2-inch speakers, and they don’t have a subwoofer. Well, Creative heard the user feedback loud and clear and decided to bring a little boom to its budget offering. Called “Pebble Plus,” it is the same stereo speakers, but now with a small subwoofer added. Amazingly, the price is barely higher than the non-plus variant. Seriously, folks, the price will shock you.

“Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees to ensure that the sound reaches you through a precise and elevated sound stage, the Pebble Plus speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, Pebble Plus simply puts the user in the audio limelight,” says Creative.

The Sound Blaster-maker further explains, “Powered entirely by USB connectivity, Pebble Plus provides additional convenience by eliminating the need of a wall power socket. Devices are connected to the speakers through the universal 3.5mm AUX-in cable. The front-facing controls are located at the front of the main speaker for quick and easy access. With a simple switch of a button, Pebble Plus is driven into High Gain mode, increasing its power output to 8W RMS for stronger bass and room-filling audio — at zero loss to audio quality!”

    

Believe it or not, the USB-powered Pebble Plus will only cost $5 more than the non-plus variant! Yes, for just $29.99, you can score yourself a nice little 2.1 speaker system for an office, bedroom, or other small place. Pebble Plus will go on sale next week, April 19. Keep in mind, while these speakers are designed for a computer, you can use them with any 3.5mm device (iPod, Echo Dot, etc.) — as long as you plug the USB port into an AC adapter — any USB-Type-A charger you have lying around the house should work fine.

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Rubina Dilaik on Playing Transgender on TV: Extremely Challenging

Rubina DilaikThis image was posted on Instagram by rubinadilaik.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rubina Dilaik has starred in Choti Bahu, Saas Bina Sasural
  • ‘I was very confident about their move,’ Rubina added
  • ‘I found the plot to be unconventional,’ said Rubina
Actress Rubina Dilaik has taken on an unconventional role of a transgender in TV show Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii. She said that she was confident of the maker’s move to introduce the character in a mainstrem show.

Rubina, who has previously appeared in shows like Choti Bahu, Saas Bina Sasural and Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev, said that she found it challenging when she was asked to play Soumya’s role in Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii.

“After the leap, when the creative team discussed Soumya’s future with me, I found the plot to be unconventional, intriguing and extremely challenging. I was very confident about their move of introducing a transgender character in a mainstream show,” Rubina told IANS.

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“As an actor, I looked at it as a platform to play a character which has never been explored on Indian television before,” added the 28-year-old actress.

Rubina said that the perception in people’s mind regarding the LGBT community is changing slowly, but steadily in today’s society.

“With the nation standing tall with the LGBT community, there is definitely a wave of change that we are finally witnessing. And any change will not happen overnight; although it is slow, it is steady,” Rubina said.

“I have read about a lot of people from the community, who have reached great heights in their career, have been appointed as school teachers and even won elections. I believe in the power of determination. I am sure that with constant efforts and with a progressive outlook, things will change in the near future,” she added.

Rubina considers it a “responsibility” to play the role of a transgender character on screen.

“Content pertaining to LGBT community is something the Indian viewers have never been very comfortable watching. The concept of the show comes with a great shock value and it was very important for us to build the narrative of the show in a convincing manner,” she said.

“More than focusing on the casting of the character, the makers looked at it as an opportunity to break a stigma that had been dwelling in our society, through Soumya’s journey. It is the kind of role I will be remembered for and will resonate strongly with viewers,” said Richa.

Asked whether the stereotypical image of transgender is breaking in showbiz, Rubina said: “Because of the vast reach of television, there have been different angles that have been explored showcasing the life of transgenders.”

“Audience preferences, in fact, have also played a major role in what channels and production houses create for entertainment purposes. However, I think that while the viewers have evolved, so have the concepts,” she added.

Besides Rubina, the Colors’ show also stars Vivian Dsena and Roshni Sahota.

Commenting on her much-talked about chemistry with Vivian, Rubina said: “Vivian is one of the finest actors in the TV industry and it has been a pleasure working with him. We both have always respected each other’s work as actors and that has helped us a lot to build a strong on-screen chemistry.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Rubina Dilaik on Playing Transgender on TV: Extremely Challenging

Rubina DilaikThis image was posted on Instagram by rubinadilaik.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rubina Dilaik has starred in Choti Bahu, Saas Bina Sasural
  • ‘I was very confident about their move,’ Rubina added
  • ‘I found the plot to be unconventional,’ said Rubina
Actress Rubina Dilaik has taken on an unconventional role of a transgender in TV show Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii. She said that she was confident of the maker’s move to introduce the character in a mainstrem show.

Rubina, who has previously appeared in shows like Choti Bahu, Saas Bina Sasural and Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev, said that she found it challenging when she was asked to play Soumya’s role in Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii.

“After the leap, when the creative team discussed Soumya’s future with me, I found the plot to be unconventional, intriguing and extremely challenging. I was very confident about their move of introducing a transgender character in a mainstream show,” Rubina told IANS.

“As an actor, I looked at it as a platform to play a character which has never been explored on Indian television before,” added the 28-year-old actress.

Rubina said that the perception in people’s mind regarding the LGBT community is changing slowly, but steadily in today’s society.

“With the nation standing tall with the LGBT community, there is definitely a wave of change that we are finally witnessing. And any change will not happen overnight; although it is slow, it is steady,” Rubina said.

“I have read about a lot of people from the community, who have reached great heights in their career, have been appointed as school teachers and even won elections. I believe in the power of determination. I am sure that with constant efforts and with a progressive outlook, things will change in the near future,” she added.

Rubina considers it a “responsibility” to play the role of a transgender character on screen.

“Content pertaining to LGBT community is something the Indian viewers have never been very comfortable watching. The concept of the show comes with a great shock value and it was very important for us to build the narrative of the show in a convincing manner,” she said.

“More than focusing on the casting of the character, the makers looked at it as an opportunity to break a stigma that had been dwelling in our society, through Soumya’s journey. It is the kind of role I will be remembered for and will resonate strongly with viewers,” said Richa.

Asked whether the stereotypical image of transgender is breaking in showbiz, Rubina said: “Because of the vast reach of television, there have been different angles that have been explored showcasing the life of transgenders.”

“Audience preferences, in fact, have also played a major role in what channels and production houses create for entertainment purposes. However, I think that while the viewers have evolved, so have the concepts,” she added.

Besides Rubina, the Colors’ show also stars Vivian Dsena and Roshni Sahota.

Commenting on her much-talked about chemistry with Vivian, Rubina said: “Vivian is one of the finest actors in the TV industry and it has been a pleasure working with him. We both have always respected each other’s work as actors and that has helped us a lot to build a strong on-screen chemistry.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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BlackBerry ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With WhatsApp Decision to Ditch Its Platform

BlackBerry 'Extremely Disappointed' With WhatsApp Decision to Ditch Its Platform

BlackBerry says it is extremely disappointed with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon its platform. The Canadian technology company says that it is still committed to finding alternatives to the Facebook-owned instant messaging client.

In a blog post, Lou Gazzola, Lead App Ecosystem and Developer Outreach team, noted that his company “fought back” to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to “change their minds,” however, WhatsApp remains committed to its original announcement. “The app landscape continues to evolve, and in ways that are not always within our control,” Gazzola wrote. “We are extremely disappointed in their decision as we know so many users love these apps.”

WhatsApp announced last month that it was dropping support for a number of platforms including BB10 OS, Windows Phone 7.1, and Android 2.2 or below. The company said that these operating systems weren’t offering the “kind of capabilities” WhatsApp needs to expand its app’s features in the future.

BlackBerry is currently searching for alternate solution to WhatsApp, and recently pointed its user to the cross-platform messaging client – BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The company says it is showcasing the best apps by its developers. The announcement follows Blackberry’s earlier posts on Twitter, in which it encouraged users to give a shot to BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry is in a very tough spot right now. The market capture of its BB10 OS has fallen below 1 percent. While the company has all the motives to continue to support its existing user base, it cannot incentivise companies and app developers to either bring or continue to support their existing apps on the platform.

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Tags: Android, Apps, BB10, BlackBerry, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, WhatsApp
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