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Carry a tune: seven of the best portable Bluetooth speakers
Armed with a solid playlist, we test the quality of a selection of speakers with claims to superior sound fidelity Every reputable audio brand now offers portable Bluetooth speakers, alongside swaths of Amazon-fodder with names such as iClutch and The Broozr. The latter are very cheap and are (...)
[The Guardian]

How do you build a self-repairing city? – tech podcast
Leigh Alexander finds out how close we are to the end of potholes and road works. Could Leeds become the first city to repair itself, using new robot technology? Subscribe and review on iTunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast, or on your favourite podcasting app and join the discussion on Facebook (...)
[The Guardian]

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer – podcast
For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking? Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Continue (...)
[The Guardian]

The Ratio Club and the rise of British cybernetics – tech podcast
Alex Hearn takes a look back at the ‘no professors allowed’ informal dining club The Ratio Club which laid the foundations for the British cybernetics movement and, ultimately, artificial intelligence Subscribe and review on iTunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast, or on your favourite podcasting app (...)
[The Guardian]

Amazon's Alexa escapes the Echo and gets into cars
Amazon’s smart voice assistant takes to the road with new accessory for anything from music and audiobooks to shopping and smarthome control Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is making its way into cars in the UK, bringing voice controlled music and even the ability to remotely control smart home (...)
[The Guardian]

Ping! Psychology of tech compulsions - Chips with Everything podcast
We explore how our addiction to notifications and alerts influences how we use technology and go about our everyday livesWARNING: explicit language Subscribe and review on iTunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast, or on your favourite podcasting app and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter (...)
[The Guardian]

A really obscure forgotten audio format: "Talking rubber"
While common magnetic tape uses very thin, plastic-coated iron oxide, "talking rubber" uses rubber impregnated with iron oxide. Iron oxide (a form of rust) is ferromagnetic, which means in the presence of a magnetic field, the electrons in the iron oxide magnetically line up and stay that way (...)
[OSNews]

Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books
Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books.
[BBC]

Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books
Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books.
[BBC News]

Fifa: the video game that changed football – podcast
Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success? Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher Continue (...)
[The Guardian]

Forgotten audio formats: Elcaset
Back before all-digital music, back before the Digital Compact Cassette, back before even the Digital Audio Tape existed, there was a strange audio device that briefly captured the imagination of Hi-Fi freaks across the world. The Elcaset, as it was called, was an enlarged cassette that started (...)
[OSNews]

Samsung Set to Unveil the Future of Audio at 2017 CES
Samsung Electronics today announced its newest lineup of user-driven home audio visual products, including the H7 Wireless Speaker, a new soundbar and a new UHD Blu-ray player. With over ten consecutive years of market leadership in home audio and video technology, and with active investments (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

Amazon refuses to let police access US murder suspect's Echo recordings
Company has declined to provide audio recorded by smart speaker system at house where man died, according to a report Amazon has refused to hand over data from an Echo smart speaker to US police, who want to access it as part of an investigation into a murder in Arkansas, according to court (...)
[The Guardian]

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