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Nokia Has An Adorable New Bluetooth Speaker To Go With Its New Lumias

To match its new Lumias, Nokia has announced this cute little Bluetooth speaker too — with 15 hours of playback and an asking price of just $US55. Available in the same colourful palette as the new phones — including, obviously, this bright orange — the MD-12 (no idea either, sorry) measures about the size of a hockey puck.


Moog Spent Three Years Building A $90,000 Copy Of Keith Emerson's Synth

Keith Emerson’s massive modular synthesiser was the centrepiece of his persona as the virtuoso keyboard player in progressive rock super group Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. The custom rig was his throne. Moog just spent three years reverse-engineering the thing. Who’s got $90,000 lying around to buy it?


Why Vinyl Is The Only Worthwhile Way To Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record store after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It’s obsolete.


A Collapsible Speaker That Might Double As An Emergency Cup

Even your most basic outdoor store will sell you a collapsible silicone drinking cup that helps keep your backpack as light as possible when hiking. And it turns out that same strategy can apply to portable speakers too, like the making them even easier to stash in a bag when not in use.


Why Neil Young's New Pono Music Player Doesn't Make Any Sense

Neil Young is a lover of music, and so he has embarked on a well-intentioned quest to improve the quality of digital music. His Pono player is based on a good understanding of the problems with digital music — but its prescription for a solution only half-way makes sense.


Neil Young's New Pono Music Player Will Cost $400

Neil Young’s new music player, Pono, has been on the cards for some time. But now, there are finally some real details: from 15 March, you’ll be able to pre-order one on Kickstarter for $400.


Cone: A Speaker That Knows What You Want To Hear Before You Do

Music is personal. It’s tied to our identities, our emotions, even our friends. So the idea that a complex algorithm could make us smarter about music is counterintuitive. The creators of Cone, a wireless speaker that learns what you like and builds on it, think they’ve cracked the code.


New App Will Prevent Your Distracted Butt From Getting Hit By A Car

We spend our days walking around in a state of distracted bliss. It’s dangerous. Let’s not die, OK? While you’re rocking out with your EarPods in, you’re in danger of failing to heed the hazards of the world around you. A forthcoming app turns your phone’s microphone into a second set of ears to keep you from going splat.


Yamaha's New High-Tech Concept Store In WA Looks Absolutely Beautiful

Yamaha has a brand new concept store in Malaga, Western Australia, a few minutes from the centre of Perth. Operated by West Coast Hi-Fi, the Yamaha Sound Centre opened its doors on Saturday, and it looks utterly stunning. We’re used to fancy stores from the likes of Apple, Bose and Samsung, but Yamaha has come out of left field with this one.


Roland Aira: The Future Of Drums, Beats And Crazy Electronic Sounds

For a month, Roland has been teasing its mysterious “Aira” products with a series of videos that invoke the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, classic beat machines that are amongst the best-sounding hardware, even 30 years after they first hit the market. But it turns out the new Aira series is hardly a throwback. This is the future of electronic music — and it’s for everybody.