Tag Archive: Listening


What does an “Always Listening” smart speaker really mean?

Your home assistant isn’t spying on you unless you tell it to.

Voice-activated home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant are some of the most exciting “new” tech to appear in a very long time. It’s not what they can do, but how they do it that makes them so very different than anything that came before them. Saying “Hey Google do that thing” is reminiscent of 1980’s sci-fi where people talked to their home and  [Read More…]

Roku OS 8.1 adds free live news and private listening for multiple people

The Streaming Stick+ is also coming to Canada in May.

Roku, one of the biggest players in the home streaming market, is getting a significant upgrade this May with its Roku OS 8.1 update. The new software was announced on April 24, and while everything looks the same, there are two big things you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

First up, live news streams are being added to the Roku Channel. The Roku Channel launched  [Read More…]

Spotify revamps its mobile app, adds on-demand listening for free users

Free users are also getting recommended playlist creation and a low-data mode.

During a recent event in New York City, Spotify talked about a heap of new goodies that are in the works for its mobile app and free users.

Looking first at the new app, there are visual changes in tow for just about everything – including the search page, now playing tab, and more. The bottom navigation bar is also less cluttered, and Spotify says  [Read More…]

What’s your favorite app for offline music listening?

All your music, no Internet connection required.

As great as music streaming apps can be, constantly streaming your favorite songs without being connected to Wi-Fi can quickly eat up your monthly data allotment if you aren’t subscribed to an unlimited plan. Plus, even if you do have unlimited data to burn through each month, accessing your library of songs can be impossible if you run into an area with poor cell coverage.

Thankfully, there are plenty of  [Read More…]

The luxury Debussy headphones aim to eliminate the need for other listening devices

There has been no shortage of intriguing new headphones announcements at CES 2018. But the Funky Sound Studio’s Debussy are a different breed of headphones. Named after the French composer, Debussy is a brand of luxury audio products that aims to make you forget about your other listening devices including your smartphone, mp3 player or […]

Here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this week

How we’re spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you’re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it’s important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what’s caught our attention recently!

Ara Wagoner

Oooh boy,  [Read More…]

Listening to the LG G5 with its Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module

The Bang & Olufsen HiFi audio module lives up to its promise of premium sound — now we only need a price and release date.

We’ve had a look at the European version of the LG G5 and spent some time with the elusive “Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play” module. While the G5 plays music and other audio files without any problem on its own, the 32bit Sabre ES9028C2M DAC and Sabre9602c amplifier inside the HiFi  [Read More…]

Pandora announces One Day Pass, ad free listening one day at a time

Do you have a road trip coming up? Maybe an event where you’re in charge of the music and you don’t want to try too hard? Well, Pandora wants to help you get rid of those pesky ads for the day.

On September 9th, Pandora listeners will experience a “Listeners Love Day” which celebrates Pandora’s 10 year anniversary by getting rid of the ads for the day. (Presumably there will still be ads telling you it’s their 10th anniversary and  [Read More…]

Pandora’s Day Pass will offer ad-free listening for a dollar a day

Pandora has a new way for infrequent users to listen ad-free with the newly-announced Day Pass.

This smart LED bulb packs a 3W speaker for easy listening with custom lighting

The PLAYBULB Color can be controlled straight from your smartphone for unique lighting that goes great with your favorite playlists.

Taking smart lighting to the next level is the PLAYBULB Color, similar to its sibling the PLAYBULB Rainbow, only with a 3W speaker added around the bulb that provides easy listening anywhere you decide to twist it in. Compatible with standard E26 and E27 screw base light sockets, this light connects to your Android or iOS  [Read More…]