One of the most important factors in selecting the right hi-fi components is room size. If you're lucky enough to have a big living space (over 500 square feet), I'd recommend floor-standing speakers. Big rooms also soak up amplifier power; smaller rooms need a lot less. Here in NYC, most folks live in small apartments, and they'll get terrific sound with midsize bookshelf speakers and small amps.
Microsoft's Xbox Live hub is one of the most robust, well-developed social gaming spheres out there, and it's about to go more mobile in a big way.
The company is looking into bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games, rounding out the cross-functionality of the service and extending it from Xbox consoles, Windows phones, and machines all the way to iPhones and Android handsets, according to a report from The Verge Monday.
The news was originally hinted at in a recent Microsoft job listing that read, "We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, … Read more
Are people more obsessed with reducing clutter now than they were in times past? A mastering and recording engineer friend recently told me he was selling off all of his CDs and LPs, and from now on Spotify would be his only music source. I was taken aback by that remark; this man has spent his entire working life making the best-sounding music he could, but from now on he'll be streaming tunes. So I asked if he heard something new on Spotify he really liked, would he buy it? He just smiled and said, "Why?" So … Read more
Typically, to view super small objects like molecules, the samples must first be dipped in a chemical preservative bath of death that keeps all parts entirely locked in place and thus viewable via very sophisticated tech such as X-ray devices and electron microscopes. The problem, of course, is that those molecules don't behave the same in death as they do in life, so while our current views of life at the nanoscale level are extremely detailed, they're technically speaking views of death, or at the very least, life frozen.
Now scientists at the University of Göttingen … Read more
Mobolive is a smooth-enough launcher, but its major strength is how developed its marketplace and environment is. It sports plenty of themes, lots of apps for you to download, and so many ways to customize. While you'll have to make some sacrifices to get the most out of it, it's still one of the most advanced launchers available for your phone or tablet.
This app replaces your default home screen and launcher in Android, giving your phone a whole new interface. You can add custom widgets, folders, and apps right on your main screen just as you would … Read more
Muzei Live Wallpaper is a free app from developer Roman Nurik. His name may sound familiar, as he is also the developer of the popular DashClock widget.
Taking the same approach that he took with DashClock, Nurik has made Muzei Live Wallpaper free and open to developers to integrate with various services.
After installing Muzei, you'll have the option to select a service from which the app will pull random images. The default option is featured art, updated once a day. You can also select a photo album on your device, and increase the frequency of your wallpaper changing, … Read more
I admit it: most of the time, I'd much rather listen to recorded music than live music. I've seen my share of great shows: the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, the Pixies at the Beacon Theater, Ray Charles at the Blue Note, the Philip Glass Group at Lincoln Center, Laurie Anderson at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few. But most live shows aren't worth the ticket price: they're way too loud, too crowded, too hot, too cold, or too something-or-other. The night I saw Led Zeppelin the sound was awful, and when … Read more
In what can only be described as the best thing to happen to Valentine's Day, about 12,000 people are participating in a collective game of Pokemon Red on the live game-streaming service Twitch, all by simply typing in directions in the comment box in a messy frenzy. Not every single one of the viewers is mashing in commands of course, but because anyone with a Twitch account can comment on a public stream, any viewer is a potential player in this wacky experiment.
Believe it or not, the team effort has already gotten the group past the game'… Read more
Seasons Wallpaper is a fun treat for people who like to decorate for the holidays -- no matter what the holiday. It lets you set your phone to the current season to get a cool animated wallpaper that puts you in the right frame of mind. Though it's missing a few holidays, it's still a neat app if you're into animated wallpaper.
This app decorates your wallpaper based on what season it is in the world around you. It was winter when we downloaded it, so the wallpaper treated us to a snowscape complete with snowmen and … Read more
LivingSocial CEO and co-founder Tim O'Shaughnessy announced Friday that he's leaving the discount deals company.
The company's board started the search for a new CEO immediately with hopes of finding someone within the next six months, according to a memo sent to staff that was also posted on the company's blog. O'Shaughnessy will remain as CEO throughout the process.
The news was first reported by the Washington Business Journal, citing an internal memo sent to staff.