JBL Pulse Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

JBL has been in the sound industry for a long time. Recently JBL entered the Bluetooth speaker world and has impressed with their products. The latest Bluetooth speaker launched by JBL is the Pulse. A very unique design that really inspires your party spirit when you rock to tunes and have a visual experience to go along with it. We would say the pulse is one of the top ten bluetooth speakers released this year.

Design and Features:


The JBL Pulse is a can shaped speaker kind of like an energy drink. The speaker has a dimension of 7.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches and a weight of only 1.1 pounds. The speaker can be placed vertically and horizontally. The main controls are located on the “top” of the speaker and this is where you will find your volume, Bluetooth pairing, light and power buttons. Also there are two rows of color and intensity buttons for manual control of the pulses lighting effects. Additionally the there is the light button which presets up to 5 different light effect shows. The speaker has a rubberized bottom so the speaker can be placed flat. On the bottom of the speaker you will find a micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm aux input.


The JBL Pulse is a quality built speaker. The speaker feels really good in the hand. Wrapped with a metal grille which makes the colors pop out and look pixelated. The Top and bottom are a mix of rubberized plastic and regular plastic. When the speaker is turned on you get greeted with a light show. The speaker is fairly tech savvy packed with 72 individual LEDS inside the Pulse. The Pulse only comes in a black color. The speaker runs on Bluetooth 2.0 technology with NFC so you can use it with any Bluetooth smart device. The battery life runs for about 10 hours which is pretty great considering the amount of tech this speaker has going on.

JBL has also introduced an app called “JBL music flow” for IOS and “JBL Music” for Android. In this app you can create your own preset color themes for your pulse and play around with various effects which we found is the easiest way to customize the color options to your preference.

Sound Quality:

The JBL Pulse produces its big sound from two 40mm drivers and a customer tuned bass port to provide loud and punchy sound.

The Sound from the JBL was Loud and powerful and also very balanced. Sound wise we thought there was enough bass, a Clear and punchy mid-range, and fairly crisp higher frequencies. At some of the highest volume levels there was a bit of distortion especially when you play hard rock or even a classical orchestration of some sort you can kind of hear a bit of “fuzz”. The Bose SoundLink Mini for example definitely has some better clarity when it comes to the upper registers and can handle top volume. The JBL Pulse is definitely powerful enough to fill a small to medium room.

The JBL Pulse is a unique addition to the Bluetooth speaker market providing a solid audio experience and also providing a quality visual experience which is a first in the Bluetooth speaker market.

Guake – A Drop-Down Terminal (in the Style of the Quake Video Game) for Linux

As a pretty “normal” Linux user, I very often have a Terminal open. Not always, but often enough that I always have a Terminal shortcut close at hand. Usually it’s pinned to Docky, so it’s only a single click away. But today I finally tried out a program called Guake that places a Terminal only a keyboard combination away, and after using it for just a little bit, I have to admit I’m hooked.
Guake (and Yakuake, written with the KDE desktop environment in mind), were both inspired by the dropdown terminal in the video video game Quake. How Guake works is once started, it can be called up by clicking its panel icon (if you’ve chosen to make it visible), or by a customizable keyboard shortcut. By default, once started, Guake can be shown by simply hitting the F12 key, but that can be changed to any keyboard combination not already in use by another application.

Once the shortcut it typed (or the panel icon clicked), Guake becomes visible at the top of your computer monitor. It stretches the width of the screen, and a certain number of lines down. By default it is transparent, so if you need to read the names of folders or files on the Desktop, or whatever window happens to be open, you can.

An opened Guake terminal window is just like any other Terminal on your system. It can be used to launch programs, compile software, copy and move files, update your applications, connect to FTP servers or download files from the Internet. Whatever your “regular” Terminal client can do, so can Guake.

Guake also supports tabs, so you can have many Terminal sessions open at once. And if you want a special interpreter, such as sh, dash, bash, rbash or a few others, Guake can be set that way as well. You can start a lengthy process such as updating your software or compiling a program, hide Guake, then come back later. It keeps working even when not visible. It supports popup notifications at startup (particularly useful if you have chosen to hide the panel icon), and practically everything about it is customizable, from its height, color theme and transparency to the number of lines cached in memory.

There are a variety of keyboard shortcuts available besides toggling its visibility. Guake can go fullscreen, above all applications and new tabs can be created or closed (and you can navigate between them), all from the keyboard.

In a very real way, Guake is not much more than using the standard Terminal client that you access and manage using custom keyboard shortcuts. In fact, many of the keyboard shortcuts in use are the same as what you’d find in Gnome Terminal, for instance, the default Gnome client for Terminal sessions. But that doesn’t matter. The wider window, the easy way to toggle visibility and the large number of customization options all make Guake a very nice Terminal program to have installed. For anyone wanting an easily accessible Terminal client (or anyone who loved Quake, I suppose!), Guake is an excellent choice.

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