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Google Tone Sends URLs To Nearby Computers Using Sound

Google has published a Chrome extension that allows you to share URLs in an interesting new way. Click a button and a simple chirrup from your computer’s speakers sends the link to other devices in earshot.


Smart And JBL Crammed A Concert Hall Into A Tiny ForTwo Hatch

Smart is all about being compact and efficient, so when the company teamed up with audio provider JBL, it naturally wanted to see how much sound it could squeeze into one of its little hatchbacks. The resultant ‘smart forgigs,’ which boasts 5720 watts of amplification, is a mobile concert hall guaranteed to give any struggling DJ an audience.


Hear How Your Name Sounds As A Hip-Hop Beat

With Typedrummer Kyle Stetz created an incredibly simple website that still has the power to destroy your day’s productivity. The idea is simple: turns whatever you type into a hypnotic sequenced drum beat. You can create the humble beginnings of a hip-hop track by simply mashing your keyboard.


Hands On: Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones

Sick of listening music through your ear canals like a chump? It turns out you can actually hear via the bones in your skull instead.


Disney Invented A Way To Control Your Phone Using The Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolithic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller.


This Bluetooth Adaptor Streams Music Through Your Record Player

If pressured, Jesse England might have a tough time justifying the existence of his unique creation — known as the Universal Record. What looks like an extra-thick piece of vinyl is actually a Bluetooth adaptor for record players. But instead of transmitting sound from a turntable through a wireless speaker, it allows sound to be transmitted and played through the turntable’s needle.


This Wristband's Tactile Vibrations Let Musicians Silently Keep The Beat

During a performance a band is completely reliant on its drummer for setting the rhythm, but what about during rehearsal when a musician is practicing alone? Or when a musical group doesn’t have a drummer? That’s where this new wearable comes in. It doesn’t tell time, it doesn’t have notifications, and it can’t run apps. All it does is precisely keep the beat using strong but silent vibrations.


You Probably Can't Hear What Jay Z Is Selling -- But You Can Try

Jay Z’s newly acquired and relaunched streaming music service Tidal claims only one difference from Spotify and the rest: superior audio quality. Is it worth switching? Here’s a simple test that will help you decide whether it’s worth forking over $US20 a month for the best of the best quality.


LittleBits' Tiny Toy Synth Kit Now Works With MIDI And USB

Launched in late 2013, the littleBits Synth Kit lets you snap together the different components of a synthesiser into an extremely minimal modular instrument. Today, littleBits is adding three new modulates to its lineup, allowing its toy synth to connect with other musical tools like, uh, your computer.


If You Try The HTML5 Drum Machine, It's All You'll Do For The Next Hour

This dead simple drum machine that runs in your browser is so much fun.