There are many types of headphones, and if you understand the pros and cons of each before you go shopping, you'll make a more informed buying decision. Closed- and open-back headphones sound very different and serve different needs. To learn more about how they differ I spoke with two engineers, Sennheiser's Axel Grell and AKG's Philipp Schuster, and thanks go out to them. Today I'll look at open- and closed-back headphones; I covered on- and over-the-ear headphones in yesterday's blog item.… Read more
This the the problem with the Web.
Every Tom, Dick, and Harry thinks he can administer justice. Or, indeed, Justin.
I have barely been able to retain consciousness since it was announced that more than 100,000 people had signed a petition at Whitehouse.gov to remove one of America's great icons.
Alright, he's a Canadian, but Justin Bieber is, for better or worse, a symbol of our nation and our times.
He's tried to make us all happy, he's really tried. But even he cannot do that when he's barely old enough to drive … Read more
American advertisers always want you to believe that their core is made of saccharine and honey.
Buy my American brand and your world will be more idyllic than a night spent with Jimmy Stewart.
The Brits, on the other hand, occasionally like to reveal a dark heart below their hardened upper lip.
How touching, then, that Jaguar, a quintessentially British brand now owned by India's Tata Motors, has decided to admit to its evil underbelly.
In a Super Bowl ad to champion its quite pretty F-Type sports car, Jaguar bares its soul.
Featuring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, and the … Read more
Over 4 million songs of the 20 million or so on Spotify have apparently never been played -- not even once. Now, a new service is trying to change that.
Dubbed Forgotify, the service launched this week and lets music fans stream a playlist of roughly 4 million "neglected" Spotify song. The site uses an embedded Spotify player and runs a program that searches for songs on Spotify with a zero popularity rating, Forgotify's Lane Jordan explained to Time. The program will be run on a daily basis and will remove any song that has been played, … Read more
I need to tell you about my dishwasher.
Sometimes it washes every dish, giving me a radiant feeling in several places. On other occasions, it spits, pouts, and leaves red plates brown.
There seems no reason why. It's just like that.
I hardly slept all night, for fear I'd miss the big reveal.
No, not the live-cam of Atlanta's streets slowly melting. This was far more important. Ellen DeGeneres would be revealing her new Beats Music Super Bowl ad. Yes, on her show.
I know that Super Bowl ads aren't supposed to be revealed until the game itself. But that's so analog.
In any case, as you know, Thursday was DeGeneres' birthday, so she can do what she wants. So she did.
In this opus, Ellen doesn't pretend to be cool (I hope). Instead, she is … Read more
Kids, you should stay in school.
Unless, that is, you've already sold your social abacus to Yahoo. In which case, I recommend the Turks and Caicos Islands.
On the other hand, Yahoo can't buy every teen's little startup, so you might have to stay in school, so that you can become CEO of Yahoo one day and buy teens' little startups.
Kids don't always want to stay in school, so that means adults have to find new ways … Read more
App Annie, an analytics company that monitors app rankings, found music app revenue jumped 77 percent last year from 2012, in a review of app data. The category moved up to the third most popular type of app last year, after being ranked seventh in 2012. Social networking apps moved up the same number of steps in the rankings to the No. 2 spot, with games continuing to dominate the chart.
That music-app growth was led by Pandora. Worldwide, the Internet's … Read more
The pop artist Prince is known for getting sue-crazy when it comes to copyright infringement of his work, but when he filed a $22 million lawsuit against some of his die-hard fans, it seemed he might have gone too far. Apparently, the artist has now dropped the suit, according to TMZ.
Prince originally filed the lawsuit in the Northern District of California on January 16 against 22 fans. He alleged that they linked to bootleg recordings of his concerts on Facebook and Google's Blogger platform and that each of them owed him $1 million for posting copyrighted material without … Read more
On seeing a happy, loving couple my first reaction is always one of teary admiration. My second, which arrives very quickly, is sniffy suspicion.
"Can they really be this happy?" I wonder. "How is it possible after 18 months? Aren't they bored of each other yet? She's a lot better-looking than he is, so, well, at least one of her eyes must wander." These are just some of the life-addled thoughts that pass into my consideration.