A new high in high-end headphone amplifier design

The Fosgate Signature Headphone Amplifier is one of the very best-sounding amps I've ever used. It was designed by one of the greats, Jim Fosgate, a man who earned 18 audio related patents, founded a number of successful electronics companies -- oh, and he pioneered high-power car audio systems. He was also a big supporter of the very first home surround format -- quadraphonic -- in the early 1970s, and so committed to the format that even as quad was winding down, he designed the Fosgate Tate 101, arguably the finest quad processor of the era. Fosgate also created … Read more

How to extract Preview's signatures for use in other applications

The Preview application in OS X has an excellent option for capturing handwritten signatures and inserting them into PDF documents. This is great for signing forms, letters, and other items that require a signature. The process for doing so simply involves capturing a written signature with a Web cam, after which you can append them to any PDF document open in Preview.

Signatures that you associate with Preview in this manner are stored in an encrypted form, which is great for security but also means that Preview is the only program that can access them. Even though an inserted signature … Read more

Quickly sign any document with Preview

Legal forms, letters, and other documents are progressively migrating to digital media; however, the need for applying a signature to them is often still a requirement. While you can print these forms out, sign them and then fax, scan, or e-mail them after signing, another option is to apply a digitally saved version of your signature.

While one approach to doing this is to scan a document containing your signature and then crop it out and paste it in-line with your form, this requires that you keep the image of your signature readily available, and unless you have used transparencies, … Read more

How to set multiple e-mail signatures on iOS 6

Multiple e-mail signatures, a feature that should have been in iOS from day one, has finally been added to the operating system with the iOS 6 update.

Before iOS 6, users would have to set one generic signature and then add any extra information as they were sending the e-mail. Not anymore.

To set up your e-mail signatures, launch the Settings app and then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down until you find the Signature option and tap on it. You'll be presented with the option to set one e-mail address for all accounts, or to set a signature … Read more

The elusive paperless office: HelloSign says it has the answer

HelloFax CEO Jospeh Walla wants to kill printers and scanners -- doing away with them one digital signature at a time.

HelloFax is known for letting people send and receive faxes, request signatures, and fill out forms -- all without a physical document. From that service, the company is launching HelloSign, which lets people sign documents digitally.

Through HelloSign, Walla hopes to accomplish what many companies have tried and failed to do: create a paperless office. It was a dream born in the dot-com era but never realized, as workers still cling to physical paper despite the financial and environmental … Read more

Cannot access secured Web sites after OS X update

After updating OS X, some users have found they cannot access Web sites or other online content that is secured with a signed certificate. If you are experiencing this problem, when accessing such resources either through Safari or thorough applications like the Mac App Store, you may get an error stating that the Web site's identity cannot be verified, or that the certificate authority is an invalid issuer.

This problem is affecting a number of people who updated their systems from OS X 10.7.3 to the latest OS X 10.7.4 version. For some, it seems … Read more

HTC One S and crazy-expensive headphones are the top-reviewed tech this week

Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. In this week's roundup of CNET's top-rated gear, I'll explore some premium choices, but prepare yourself for sticker rage.

HTC One S shows T-Mobile customers how the other half lives Case in point: On T-Mobile, cheaper phone plans mean fewer high-end smartphone choices -- and by fewer, we mean no Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones at all...until now. This week, T-Mo joined the ICS club with the HTC One S, which our reviewer Brian Bennett calls T-Mobile's best phone yet. It's thinner than the iPhone 4SRead more

The 404 1,000: Where we enter the 2K (podcast)

Welcome to our 1,000th episode of The 404 Podcast! It's an exciting mile marker for the show, so we commemorate it with Wilson Tang--remember that guy?

This episode is packed with stories guaranteed to induce Wilson's chuckle that we miss so dearly.

And since we all know how much Wilson worships Apple, we're talking about a bunch of Idiots paying for a $0.99 service that adds a "Sent From My iPhone" signature to the end of every going message, YouPorn getting caught with their collective pants down, Google adding concert listings to their search results, and an ugly YouTube trend that takes advantage of self-conscious teenagers.… Read more

How to sign digital documents on Android and iOS

Digital document service provider, SignNow, recently released free mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. The apps allow you to import Word documents, PDFs, or photos, sign them, then send them back--no printing, no wasted paper, and no fuss.

Here's how to sign digital documents with SignNow:

Step 1: Download and install the Android or iOS version of the SignNow app onto your mobile device.

Step 2: Launch SignNow and tap the document icon to open a document.

Step 3: Choose to import a document from e-mail, Dropbox, or take a photo of a document. In this tutorial, … Read more

How to remove the default e-mail signature on the Kindle Fire

Mobile device manufacturers still seem to think that adding a default signature, letting the world know what device you sent an e-mail from, is a good idea.

By default, the e-mail client on the Kindle Fire adds "Sent from my Kindle Fire" at the end of all messages you send. Here's how to remove it:

Step 1: From the inbox of your Kindle Fire, go to Settings.

Step 2: Under the "Sending mail" section, select Composition defaults.

Step 3: Remove or edit the signature from the text box. If you prefer to turn off signatures, … Read more