Apple has gotten into creating technology that assists baby boomers: hearing aids.
The tech giant has partnered with Danish company GN ReSound to design the first "Made for iPhone" hearing aid, dubbed LiNX. Using Bluetooth-like technology, this hearing aid connects directly to iPhones and is the smallest wireless device GN has ever made.
One of the companies' goals is to de-stigmatize the use of hearing aids. According to Reuters, GN's partnership with Apple started last year and the two companies have since met frequently to work on and improve LiNX.
"ReSound LiNX again underlines our core … Read more
I've lived in NYC since birth, so you might think I wouldn't have a hard time with noise. It's always been part of my life, but restaurants used to be a lot quieter than they are now. The noise isn't just an annoyance; in some places it can reach dangerous levels, according to standards set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The noise is generated by the restaurant's sound system and people talking, in an acoustic setting too often designed to exacerbate and reflect, rather than absorb noise. Bare floors and … Read more
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While a guy plays the "Breaking Bad" theme song with gear you'd find in a meth lab, we surrender to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia as random people edit entries that get turned into audio. Also, get excited about the Ubi Interactive, which turns any surface into a touch screen. All that and much more on this week's Crave show. … Read more
Between massive car stereo systems, loud concerts, and rampant headphone use, plenty of people regularly put their hearing at risk, studies show. If you're wondering what toll your activities have taken on your ears, you can take a quick test on YouTube.
The "How old are your ears?" hearing test from AsapScience plays a series of tones at increasing frequencies and gives you the average age group that can hear them. You'll find out pretty quickly just how good (or bad) your hearing is.… Read more
In an institution already cloaked in mystery, puzzling happenings seem to be afoot at Guantanamo Bay prison.
Not only have many legal files suddenly disappeared from the defense team's computers, but also hundreds of thousands their documents have landed on the prosecution's computers, according to Reuters. This debacle has caused several pretrial hearings in the prison's military tribunals to be delayed.
It's not clear how the files vanished or if there was any illegal action behind the disappearance. It could have been a simple computer blip, IT issues, a security breach, hackers, or one of the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Makerbong? 3D printing is getting stoned.
- Bloomberg's next ban may be loud headphones.
- A petition to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's 2003 hit "Ignition (Remix)."
- 404 Archive News: 404 Redditor fanbanlo posted a link to download 1,217 archived episodes of the show. Canoy took care of a search for all 404 episodes on CNET.… Read more
Now that I've spent the past week using Able Planet's newly released behind-the-ear "personal sound amplifier," I've learned that I don't hear as well as I like to think. Everything sounds crisper and perkier with the device.
Of course, that isn't necessarily what I want in every environment. I'll spare you the details, but you don't really need to amplify sound when you're going to the bathroom. Nor should crossing your legs in corduroys or pulling a slice of bread out of the plastic bread bag feel so... tingly. With the rather clumsily named PS1600BTE, sometimes the smallest background noises become so bright that it's downright distracting.
In the intended noisier environments, however, these amplifiers feel like magic, even to someone who likes to think she's got stellar hearing. What's interesting is that it wasn't until I removed the device from each ear that I realized how much duller and more jumbled the sounds in noisy environments were. The PS1600BTE is like icing on a cake I didn't know existed.… Read more
LAS VEGAS--My stepfather doesn't have the best hearing, and phone calls can be a trial. He tends to crank the speakerphone volume to MAX.
Clarity, a division of Plantronics, is trying to help the tens of millions of people with hearing loss with its new Ensemble phone, which displays real-time captions of what the other person on the line is saying.
Developed with ClearCaptions, the Ensemble is an amplified phone with a 7-inch touch-screen tablet display for the captions.
While there are other caption phones on the market, the Ensemble is being billed as the first of its kind with a tablet interface, and is on display at CES 2013. … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Can phones come back from the dead to nibble at your bottom line? If you're Samsung, that's become a very real threat.
The company faces both an injunction on some devices found to infringe on Apple's patents as part of a jury verdict here in August, as well as adjustments to damages on devices it has long since put to pasture.
"They're seeking an injunction on all 29 products, even though Samsung only sells three products," Samsung's attorney argued.
Those three products consist of about 77,000 units of … Read more