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Make Use Of Grid System In Web Designing To Create Uniformity And Consistency

Grids can benefit you in web designing if you feel rigid in your designs. Grids are used by interior designers to design homes. City planners and print designers also make sue of grids. By making sue of grids to design your web page you can create a layout which looks right to the audience. Do not sue the grid to fill up space. If you decide to fill each square of the grid designing a web page can be a mundane task. You can make sue of the grid to organize the s pace which you have intelligently. You can use the grid in many ways to your advantage.

Making use of grids
You can add as many sub divisions which you need to the grid. Make sure that you do not add random lines after you have created the grid. You must place the elements on the grid line and ensure that they fit into the width and height of the grid lines. Most effective designs created by web designers make sue of the grid. Usually layout which is based on grids is more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of the audience. It is more balanced than designs which are not based on grids. A grid will always lend a structure to your website and improve its usability.

Creating layouts
With the help of a grid you can easily decide on the height and width of the different elements on the page. You will come across grids which break a design into horizontal rows. A grid is ideal for both fluid and fixed width layouts. Select a grid system which caters to your requirements. Do not make sue of a 20 column grid system when you need only 4 columns. Make sure that you avoid visual clutter in the designs which you create.

Spacing elements easily Some grids will allow you to work on a horizontal baseline while the other will not. If you are working with a grid system which doesn’t you can create your own horizontal rows so that spacing of elements is easy. At times you must experiment by stepping outside the grid. Mostly in header and footer designs you may have to step out of the grid. If its integral to your design you can consider stepping out of the grid. If you have a pre-designed grid you can consider using it for spacing elements of the web design.

Creating unique designs With the help of a grid you can build a strong structure of your design. With the help of the grid system you can create consistency and familiarity in your web design. Using a grid system does not mean that your designs will have to boring. In responsive web design you will have to create unique designs and grid systems will help you to achieve that. A grid system will enable you to come up with creative and fresh designs which lead to success of the web page. With the help of this series of horizontal and vertical lines you can arranger content in a more readable and manageable way.

Attaining consistency in design
Without the use of grid it may be difficult to achieve the right level of consistency in your design. You will find CSS grid frameworks easily on the web. A grid system can be very useful in the build and development stages of a web site. You can design in right proportions and strike the right balance between the different elements in web design. The grid system you choose should be flexible so that you can easily design different parts of the website. Add a sense of uniformity to the site by making use of the right grid system.

Lee Keating is a successful web designer who feels that grid play an important role in web designing. In few of the best websites which he has designed he has made use of grids to space elements and add uniformity.

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Microsoft Courier Team has developed many of Apple iPad’s Applications

A developer team which had been associated with Microsoft’s project called “Courier” is now become associated with other projects belonging to other companies, as they are producing or developing applications for Apple tablets. The new dual-screen technology for tablets is growing its way for Apple iPads. The Microsoft Courier team is now part of this animation. They are developing new applications for Apple iPad. There are few ex-project members, including some former colleagues who have associated with Microsoft Xbox are now designing and developing new application, Paper. The “paper” project was by former “courier” team member Mr. J.Allard, who is now set free to work for Apple and develop new applications for their iconic tablets.

Initially, it was the courier’s target to develop such applications who come with dual screen technology for tablets. It is was sanctioned in the year 2010 by Microsoft Corporation, then the stopped this project. Pioneer studios were assigned the responsibilities for such developments like Zune, and mobile, etc.

The individuals, who had been slumped down when Pioneer Studios were rigorous, but Allard advises and finances the development. He had been leading the shepherding pioneer studios, as he was the chief experience officer at Microsoft. When the Courier project was stopped by the Microsoft Corporation, Allard has left the company that forces the fail of Pioneer Studios at Microsoft Corporation.

It was him who had a one-two-one with Bill Gates for a final assessment of the aptness of “Courier” to the Microsoft domain. Eventually, Allard never convinced Bill Gates. The chief withering issue was the lack of correspondence support, while Courier was not planned to be a desktop substitute of any kind. The concept behind “courier” was to set a tool in the hands of system architects and developers. He was initially hired, in the end, to draw in Apple adherents. Actually, other Microsoft Employees had a bit of derision for Alland, because he was the person who personally used iPod and Mac.

It could be before the launch of iPad3 that Microsoft’s courier would had been ready to launch in the market. Somehow, it couldn’t be done, even if they are thinking about competing at the level where Apple is standing right now, they will definitely find themselves far behind in this game of dual screen technology. This is not seems to be good for Microsoft Corporations. Any ways, Microsoft is more focusing on Windows 8.

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Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Leaves Stealth Behind for All Out Action

The history behind Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is quite a strange one. I’ve played some of the Metal Gear Solid games, and know how good they are but I was never a fan of the stealth gameplay. I’m more a player of action and I’d rather be playing something like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta rather than having to sneak around corners and hide from the search lights all the time. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is different though.

As part of what was thought to be a failed project by Hideo Kojima it was picked up by Platinum Games. Although they aren’t really the type of game company you would expect to stick to the Metal Gear kind of gaming “realism” they’ve created a game that respects the history of the name sake while taking the gamer in a wild ride of action and fighting some of the most impressive bosses you’ll see in a game.

Story
Sitting in a kind of side story to the Metal Gear Solid series you take control of Raiden with one aim, to destroy everything in your path. The story is simple, bad people have done some bad things and it’s your job to destroy them all. During the game you’ll encounter additional points to the storyline, but the main thing to realise is, the story is not the focus in this game it’s the fighting system.

Features
The actual feature of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is the fighting system. At the start of the game you’ll find it easy just slash the bad guys to pieces with your trust swords. As the game progresses though you’ll need to learn to block, time your counter attack at just the right point so that your unblocking won’t open yourself up to attack and to defeat the enemy by all means possible.

The beauty of the gameplay though is the amour you are fighting against. The initial enemies and cannonfodder that you find thrown at you to ease you into the action hardly have any armour at all and you’ll get past them with ease. The enemies that come in later have more advanced armour that will need you to form a strategic attack against, the main aim is to weaken the armour and be able to get through it to the enemies weaknesses.

These strategies become all the more important when you fight the bosses, who are numerous and very impressive. To fully be able to master your skills you have to be able to master the gameplay. There are two important elements, one of them being Blade Mode. With Blade mode activated you are able to aim slices with your blade to attack the enemy to hit them at their weaknesses, the more precise the strokes the more power your attack will have. Along with Blade Mode and as part of it is Zandatsu (translation is “cut and take”). With successful Zandatsu you are able to grab your enemy’s energy core which in result adds to yours meaning you can carry on. This has to be mastered to fully succeed in the game.

Graphics
What you’ll notice when playing the game is just how good the graphics are, and the style. This is full on robotic warfare, especially the bosses. Even in battle you’ll take the time to notice intricacies of the huge robots you’ll be fighting, especially when this is important when finding their weaknesses.

Verdict
It’s fair to say that Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is not the biggest game and it’s possible to complete it in under ten hours but this is not the end. You’ll want to try harder difficulty settings and you’ll find yourself going back through the game to get the perfect score, because it’s that fun. Saying this, as always Metal Gear Rising Revengeance isn’t for everybody, and it does have its weaknesses it’s fair to say if you are not a fan of games like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta as examples then you’ll probably not enjoy it as much. With its rocky production past there is a feel of two different playing styles, but if anything this gives it a fairly unique feel. If anything it’s yet another game that proves that the first quarter of 2013 is starting off quite strong for gaming titles.

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Massachusetts Introduces a new ‘Tech Tax’

Massachusetts introduced a new ‘tech tax’ or a new sales tax known as software services. The larger transportation bill that was passed and made effective by the state legislature also included this new tech tax. According to this tax, tech firms active in Massachusetts are required to collect sales tax of 6.25% from ‘software design services’, as it is being termed. The sole intention of introducing the new tech tax was to raise and build an annual fund of $160 million.

The definition that the Department of Revenue gives to these services is that they are integration, modification, installation of standardized, installation of configuration, enhancement or prewritten software. Some of the inclusive items are standardized, like the modification of the off-the-shelf program configuration, software, and also website design and development. Professionals and individuals active in the IT industry in the state of Massachusetts were not well informed about this part of the bill and the fact that it even existed was not known to them. Many of these people started to wake up or get to know about the entire fiasco, once the time of tax collection arrived. As a result, tech companies have to include the tax and send the invoice to their clients, charging them with the extra amount.

It is a known fact that Massachusetts has a strong tech industry and it is the origin of top technology companies today. Though the US economy is experiencing a bad situation, it is slowly recovering too. However, the major burden or aftermath of economic chaos is being put on these firms. There is no way to unburden because they have to work hard to succeed in their ventures and also survive in the market. With the introduction of the new tax, the process has slowed down further to a great extent.

Tech firms now are looking for ways to pay or compensate for the 6.25% income drop, which has caused major revenue issue. Already these firms are fighting the tough competition and they now have to increase their service or product rates to 6.25%, which their customers have to pay in order to reduce their corporate expenses. In both ways, the companies have to face the music. Cutting down on expenses and resources will lead to staff elimination, decreases in benefits and wages, creation of a negative impact in the market and more. Companies will have to spend hours and hours to let their clients know about the increase in their fees, leaving many customers baffled too. This will cause only hours wasted and nothing else.

With these reasons and more, tech companies in Massachusetts are expressing their grievances against the tax to their legislators and efforts are being taken to repeal the tech tax.

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Loewe Air Speaker Wireless Speaker with a Touch of Flair

When buying speakers one of the options to consider is if you want to use an AirPlay system. Airplay is a wireless protocol that allows your speaker to be placed anywhere around your room and connect wirelessly to any enabled equipment such as stereo, computer and television. This is what is on offer with the Loewe Air speaker.

One thing about the AirPlay speakers though is there is plenty of choice out there already. With the B&W Zepplin Air, Pioneer X-SMC3 and B&O Play Beolit 12 being just a few on offer there is plenty of choice out there so will the Loewe Air system be able to make its mark on an already busy market?

Build
To describe the speaker system in its basic form the Loewe Air speaker looks just like a box. This is not to say it is ugly though, anything but. The design is minimalistic and with a removable top panel it can be changed to feature different colours based on your taste. This makes it quite a snazzy looking box.

Features
The main feature of an AirPlay speaker system is of course that it features Wi-Fi. This means that you can stream music from any iOS device or computer that has iTunes loaded; the device or computer should be able to pick up the speakers straight away and let you play your music in no time. If you have problems with the Wi-Fi it can be connected through an Ethernet port too as it is said that the actual setting up of AirPlay WiFi can be tricky. Also with a wired system you can always be sure of getting the best quality streaming possible on your network.

Other features include a headphone socket if required, a USB port to connect to your iOS device for wired playback through that device and also battery charging for the device if required, which of course can be useful if you want to quickly recharge your phone without messing with your computer or finding a mains adapter.

Audio Quality
Although the box does not look that big the sound quality is fantastic with its two subwoofers that offer a strong bass. This makes the speaker good for dance and electronic music. If you don’t want to play your music too loud the speaker is also able to handle quieter volumes with ease with no real quality loss.

Verdict
The only real problem with the Loewe Air Speaker is the fiddly nature of setting up its Wi-Fi. When this is done though or you use the speaker wired you should find no problem. Using iTunes or an iOS device you’ll be enjoying your music at high quality in no time. At £650 though this is a pricey option for some but if you can afford the price tag this is obviously a speaker to look for if you lack space for a bigger cheaper system. It’s not the best speaker system out there (this title is said to go to the B&W MM-1s) and it does lack a remote control, but Loewe is providing a quality option with this speaker system.

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Monetize Your Blog Effectively To Earn A Significant Online

Blogging is a simple technique which you can use to earn money online. If you blog in the right way making money through blogging, is not difficult. A blog needs to be maintained and must be upgraded with updated content. Usually content in blogs are organized in a chronological order so that users can get an easy access to the relevant posts. Blogs mostly revolve around specific topics and include discussion forums for readers. To attract more visitors to your blogs post high-quality and engaging content. Set your blogging goals well in advance if you want to gain monetary returns from the blog.

Starting with a blog
By honing your skills of writing, you can create blogs which attract a larger number of visitors. After you start your blog, you need to create an organic traffic. If your blog stands apart from the rest, you will be able to make money easily. You need to choose a niche which interests you and will catch the attention of your readers. You can spend a small amount of money in order to get a domain name. You must select a theme which matches your niche. You must leave space for comments. Linking guest posts to your blog is a good idea. You can consider making your blog popular on social networking sites. This will increase your following.

Monetizing advertisements
Pay per click is a viable option if you want to make money through blogging. Several companies offer pay-per-click ad serving applications. You can incorporate HTML or JavaScript code in your page and activate the advertisement. The company will track down how many times visitors have viewed your advertisement. At the end of the month payments will be made to you. Google Adsense is very popular among bloggers. You can work with advertisers and monetize your blog. The amount of money that you make with Google Adsense depends on the niche that you have chosen. A competitive niche can yield greater results.

Amazon associate program
You can earn money through Amazon Associates program. You can earn a portion of sales when visitors click to Amazon.com from your blog and make a purchase. However the amount that you earn will vary according to the product which has been bought and on the number of buyers who buy Amazon products through your blog. This strategy works best for bloggers who focus on shopping and products. When people are in a shopping mood you can earn your share. Through affiliate marketing programs like this, you can contact companies whose products you feel will attract a sizeable audience.

Write an EBook
You can consider writing an EBook and selling it on your blog. If you have a blog on gardening, your EBook should include tips for gardening which have been unpublished before. As you focus on your niche make the blog interesting and engaging. If your blog is on cooking you can write an EBook which contains interesting recipes, which have been tried out before. Make sure that the recipes are not available elsewhere. To boost your sales, you can contact ecommerce website designers.

A touch of exclusivity
If your blog begins to earn strong readership, you can consider offering exclusivity. You can start offering memberships to your website. To get an access to exclusive content, your readers can pay a yearly fee. You can create discussion forums and introduce a monthly newsletter. This will help you to generate more income and make your readers feel special. This will help your blog to be well-known. Organizations may start offering you money in exchange of few words from your end.

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Monaco USB Solar Charger

The Monaco Solar Charger for USB devices is an affordable and easy way to charger your devices while you’re out and about. Sporting a built-in 1800mAh battery, you can quickly charge your devices either via the battery, or through the natural power of the sun. It costs just $39.95 from WirelessGround.com, so anyone will be able to afford this great product. Read our full review after the jump!

First, the packaging! Inside of the box, you get:

the solar charger

a USB wall charger

a mini USB cable

a 3.0 DC USB cable

a mini USB to DC adapter

a micro USB to DC adapter

There are a couple different ways of charging the device. One of those ways is to plug it directly into a power source, such as the included wall charger or your computer via the mini USB cable. Or, you can charge the product directly using the sun. Simple place the solar charger in direct sunlight, and you’ll see a red light come on. This means that the device is charging. It will turn green when the battery is fully charged. This charger does take a while to be fully charged, somewhere near 5 hours when plugged directly into a power source or around 8 hours when using sunlight.

But just because the device takes a while to charge the battery doesn’t mean it takes a long time to charge your actual devices. When charging an iPhone 4, it took approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes to charge the iPhone from 56% to 100%. That’s not too bad. And considering the solar charger’s battery is 1800mAh and the iPhone 4′s is 1420mAh, this will theoretically double the battery life of an iPhone 4.

The design of the solar charger is quite nice, coming in the form of a newer smartphone (?). As mentioned earlier, this will work with virtually all devices that can be charged via a USB cable. For a large list of what’s compatible, click here.

Overall, this is a great product. It’s priced right, does what it’s intended to do, and it does it well. There are a number of great uses for this device. For example, if you’re out at the golf course all day and would like to charge your phone while playing, this is great. You can also be at the beach and start charging your device without having to worry about whether or not the battery from the solar charger has any juice. This really is a great product, and I would easily recommend it to anyone who’s planning on charging their mobile devices while out on the go.

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Microsoft Surface RT vs iPad 4

Microsoft is finally ready – finally – to take on the big daddy of the tablet PC arena, Apple’s iPad. At least, that’s what it claims. Is there any truth to Microsoft’s assertions? Let’s find out.

Hardware
The Surface’s VaporMg casing feels silky smooth to the touch, and seems to be fairly excellent when it comes to avoiding fingerprints. It’s a solid device, weighing roughly the same as the iPad at 1.5 pounds. The display sits neatly flush with the surrounding bevel, which is angled so as to give the Surface RT a slight wedge shape. The screen is vibrant, pushing 1366×768 pixels under a glossy GorillaGlass 2 protective layer. The screen feels smooth and pleasant, and the ClearType HD technology running the panel itself responds swiftly, with no noticeable ghosting or stuttering.

The iPad’s stainless steel reverse has a powdered texture to it, which feels cool and rich beneath your fingers. Because so much of the device is crafted from one block of material, heat dissipation is uniform. The device feels strangely cool to the touch, as if it has been dropped by some futuristic oddity. The display, which pushes 2048×1536 pixels, is class-leading. Each pixel is so small they cannot be distinguished individually at a reading distance of around a foot, which makes the whole display look like a bizarrely high-saturation glossy magazine. It’s a weird, but pleasing effect. The glass display front feels strong, and the oleophobic covering – designed to minimise fingerprints – makes the whole device front supernaturally smooth. It’s a tactile pleasure to use.

There is no question that both devices have taken radically different routes. Which is ‘best’ is, of course, a matter of opinion – but for us the choice is fairly clear-cut. The iPad is one of the industrial design icons of the 21st century – it’s ridiculously well engineered. Microsoft have produced a beautiful device that outstrips the original iPad – but it’s just not up to the heat, three iterations on.

Software
Windows RT is relatively fresh out of the gate, and that means there isn’t much of an ‘ecosystem’ of apps and utilities to support new users. This is frustrating, as the minimal UI and subtle typography makes for one of the most pleasant Operating Systems we’ve ever used. Ninety-degree angles make a welcome return after years of rounded rectangles, and the ‘flow’ of the operating system gives a sense of immediate connection with the interface environment. It’s a work of art, but hindered by a lack of content (for the time being).

iOS, on the other hand, has been around for ages. Now in its sixth iteration, we haven’t seen any design overhauls since 2007. That’s starting to show – the skeumorphs that made the device so friendly and accessible three years ago now seem jelly-like, overstated and unsubtle. Say what you like about the inclusion of ‘real world’ features in digital interfaces, iOS’ take on the user interface is starting to look fragmented, and tired. The calendar app looks nothing like the alarm app. The notification center has a completely different UI to the home screen. Siri lives in a UI world of its own. There’s no coherence any more, and that makes for an over-egged and, at times, frustrating user experience.

The problem with the Surface RT, though, is that it’s locked down in a similar way to the iPad. In fact, the words ‘jailbroken’ and ‘Windows RT’ appeared quite recently in the same news headlines. If Microsoft were trying to build a walled garden to take on their age-old competitor, they might have succeeded. However, the lack of downloadable content is kind of a deal-breaker.

Another real problem with the Surface RT is how schizoid the entire experience feels whenever you’re forced to slip back in to the regular old Windows 7 desktop environment. Metro is cool, fluid, touch-efficient, beautiful: Windows 7’s touch interface is anything but. It’s clunky, it’s unpleasant, it looks tired and old. It reminds us of Windows 98: everything is right-clicking and window management. Those things should be defunct in the post-PC, touch-driven era.

Conclusion
It’s not difficult to recommend the iPad above the Surface RT, but doing so seems strangely unfulfilling. For one, both of the devices are seriously lacking features that we’re expecting around about now. Both have fragmented and, occasionally, unpleasant User Interfaces. Both feel slightly dated, even though they represent the most advanced consumer technology to date. In reality, it’s easier to recommend an ultrabook over either of these – something like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – or even to point out other tablet PCs hitting the market right now. Either way, the next iteration of these machines had best be spectacular from both Windows and Apple – or they’re going to start to lose their sheen as premium innovators at the top of their field.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Hands-On

If you’ve been scoping the market lately for a full fledged tablet computer, then the Pro 3 of the Microsoft Surface Series should be right up your alley. According to the latest technology news, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest installment of their super tablet line, and quite frankly is pretty impressive considering the extra bucks needed to acquire it.

The Design

With a thinner chassis and slick design, the Surface Pro 3 has managed to pull off a unified device to end all other devices, (for the time being). With a larger 12-inch, 2160×1440 high resolution display, and a aspect ratio of 3:2, the difference in the Surface Pro 3 is immediately noticeable, especially while it’s being used in notebook-style (which is more laptop-like than its previous version. The Surface Pro 3 also feature a cool new kickstand which makes it easier to set up and use, and this version is also optimized for a digital pen, which is a nifty additional.

The Hardware

Considering a thin (9.1mm) chassis, the Surface Pro 3 features some serious hardware. Along with having i-series core options of i3 and i7, the Pro 3 still runs on a 15W Haswell ULT SoC. And if you go for the i5 option, you will get a dual-core/4 thread Haswell part along with a 3MB L3 cache. According to the latest technology news regarding the Surface Pro 3, the top speeds of all variations of its CPU cores are 1.9GHz base frequency and 2.9GHz max turbo, which makes it a pretty impressive machine which is able to perform at low thermals for the serious users. Both 64 and 128 GB of storage come with 4 GB of RAM, while those with 256 or 512 GB storage feature 8 GB of RAM.

Since the keyboard is an important component in all laptop/Tablet devices, the Surface Pro 3 type cover is clearly designed for improved precision for both artists and inkers alike.

Storage
For the techno geeks out there, the 64 GB version has more than 36 Gs’ of available disk space, and the 128, 256, and 512 GB variations come with the 96, 211, and 450 GB, respectively. In terms of storage, the 64 GB Surface Pro can be compared to a 32 GB iPad. That being said, the Surface is way more powerful. The surface features a full-size USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, along with a MicroSD card slot as well, for up 128 GB of additional storage space.

Battery Life
The pen uses a single AAAA battery and two coin cell batteries, while Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 3 features a battery which allows it to get juiced for the whole day after a single charge.

The Verdict
So, the one question that has been bugging some people is the SATA-based drive and why Microsoft hasn’t switched to PCI-E yet. We think that the reason might be that PCI-E SSDs are a bit longer than the mSATA SSDs.

It seems that Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella has taken the route of Apple Inc., which is that using cutting-edge technology only leads to an increase in prices (and not to mention a reduced profit margin). So, if it’s fast enough already, why push the tempo by adding hardware which will only lead to the device being more expensive than it already is.

Bottom Line
Since the latest, MacBook Pro is around 4.5 pounds, (which is one super heavy tablet) and considering all other Tablets, Android or otherwise cannot be considered as super-computers, which is a serious deal breaker especially for the pros, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 seems like the obvious choice for those who want to enjoy the latency and transfer rate of a high-end Tablet computer with real practical usability.

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Linn Kiko a Premium Sound System with Superior Sound

There are plenty of speaker systems out at the moment that offer good sound plenty of options for connections from Bluetooth to Apple’s AirPlay and all come at a nice enough price. These focus mostly on having variety and the streaming, and arguably save money in the audio department where though the sound can be above average, to get the best you have to pay a little more money.

The Linn Kiko is a sound system that looks more to the high end of the price scale and concentrates on the audio aspect and the looks of the system which some would argue is just as important. When these systems are made to fit into your living room you need it to look good, and the Linn Kiko definitely fits that bill.

Build
The Kiko sound system is a high end model in not only sound but also looks. With its elegant and fashionable look, with curves in all the right places you should find no problem in fitting this into your living room if this is the placing of choice. Colours available are silver, champagne, blue (dark and light), white and black so there is plenty of choices to fit your personal needs. One drawback (or could be a positive based on your needs for the system) is there are very little controls visible at all, no high tech touchscreen here. Just a blue LED display and power switch, it’s a minimalistic look to fit the design. For most of the functionality you’ll need your computer, smartphone or tablet though there are a few controls available for skipping songs etc. on a remote that is provided.

Features

The main aim of the Kiki is to be able to play your music easily and quickly without having to spend too long installing anything. This is done through your network, so it’s easy to connect to things like AirPlay, internet radio services and music apps like Spotify. Software is provided by Linn (Kinsky software) this allows connection through tablets, smartphone and your computer. One of the surprising things though is there is no wireless internet for the Kiko, it will have to be wired up to your router by an Ethernet cable. This is quite against the minimalist design in a way. What this does though is improves sound quality and connection speed as you’ll have no problems that Wi-fi can sometimes have.

Connections
As well as the connection to your router to connect to your network there are also HDMI ports available as well as phono audio and coaxial digital inputs. This means that you can connect the sound system up to your television and Blu-ray player to use the Kiko’s audio system for output. The one problem with the Kiko as hinted above is that there are going to be wires coming out of the system, the speakers for example have quite a thick wire going to each. Part of getting the look of the Kiko right for your home will obviously be finding a place to hide these wires. Once they are hidden of course they won’t cause many problems at all.

Audio Quality
For an expensive audio system like this you’ll be expecting high end sound and that’s what you’ll get with the Linn Kiko. For a system that uses speakers that are quite small the small amplified drives pack plenty of punch and show why the Kiko is such a special system. Ranging from the quiet listening experience to the loud there is still plenty of punch and high quality sound that shows where your money went.

Verdict
The big problem you’ll have with the Linn Kiko is finding the excuse to spend £2,500($4,048) on it, but for a premium audio system it’s definitely worth it. The drawback of having to use the Ethernet connection to connect to your router and the internet is a drawback but once the system is up and running and you hear the sound quality it makes it worth it.