Last month I asked readers to submit essays for my "You can be the Audiophiliac for a day" contest. I received a lot of thought-provoking pieces, and I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to write. You guys are a smart bunch, but there can be only one winner, and I selected John O.'s "Chasing the Ultimate Sound System." His perceptive examination of the audiophile quest for great sound will reverberate with a lot of folks. The only thing I'd like to add is that the only person you need to … Read more
Pandora's mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated with a new feature for tired users.
The company on Thursday announced that its app, version 4.5 for the mobile platforms, now supports a Sleep Timer. Pandora says that the feature was one of the most-requested options from users.
With help from Sleep Timer, users can determine how long they want music to play as they are falling asleep. After the timer is up, the music turns off.
The addition to the app might be helpful for users, but it's also self-serving for Pandora. The company pays … Read more
Parents can be frightful.
Blind to the deficiencies of their children, they idolize them to the point at which those kids join startups and think they know everything.
In a new ad, due to debut Sunday, Microsoft entertainingly shows us how this all starts.
Parents buy the wrong phones -- or even, perish the very concept, iPads -- and think they can photograph their little sir or madam in the school play.
The intention here being to promote Windows Phone -- and specifically the very fine Nokia Lumia 1020 -- you know that the pictures will be poor and control … Read more
In a world of despair, betrayal, and terrible covers of famous songs, you need soothing.
Often, there's no one there to do it. Sometimes, though, Google has this sweet habit of trying to do it for you.
So August 22 will be a day when, whatever bad comes to pass, you can take a moonlit stroll down a riverside, with Achille-Claude Debussy's "Clair De Lune" as your background music.
Debussy was born 151 years ago Thursday. And, as is Google's desire sometimes, its doodlers don't care which birthday it is. They just believe it'… Read more
Apple TV is reportedly getting ready to launch a Vevo channel to showcase the music site's vast library of music videos, but it won't be likely be alone.
Echoing rumors from earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Vevo has signed deals to provide programming to Apple's set-top boxes and Samsung television sets. Apple's TV app could be released as early as this week, while the launch of Samsung counterpart could be a few weeks off, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.
CNET has contacted Vevo for comment and will update … Read more
There are two lines from the new Avril Lavigne video that storm the mind and capture the soul.
One comes from Danica McKellar (you might know her as Winnie from "The Wonder Years"): "No one could lick his own balls like he could."
The other comes from Lavigne herself: "Oh, my new Sony phone is ringing."
It's a curious turn of phrase, riven with a certain sense that someone in a suit might have ordered her to use it during this, the visual debut for her originally titled song "Rock N Roll.&… Read more
"Big Data" is a business buzz phrase used to describe mass amounts of information. It's also an electronic-music duo that enjoys playing with the crossover between music and technology. The band's latest single, "Dangerous," comes with an interactive music video that customizes itself based on your Facebook profile.
First, you have to allow access to your profile by clicking the big "connect with Facebook to play video" button on the Facehawk site and agreeing to let it gather your data. It won't post to your wall without permission.… Read more
Kids, listen up.
You'll soon be going back to school, in a desperate attempt to get some kind of job, before all the jobs in America lean toward being unpaid internships.
You need to garner every advantage to cast down your fellow students toward penury in Peoria.
So when it comes to taking notes in class and playing FarmVille at the same time, you have to make sure you aren't silly enough to buy an iPad.
That's a fail, youthful ones. Do not be downward dogs.
You need a Lenovo Yoga, a machine that lets you multitask … 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
Pandora says it isn't sweating the coming of Apple's iTunes Radio later this year. In fact, it's looking forward to it.
"I think there are a lot of benefits" from the introduction of iTunes Radio, Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said Wednesday at the Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference in Boston, Mass. iTunes Radio will bolster the exposure of digital radio and accelerate the move to it from traditional broadcast radio, he said.
Herring also compared the entrance of Apple's long-awaited radio product to the introduction of another behemoth's online music service: iHeartRadio from … Read more