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Radio Garden Lets You Listen to the Radio Anywhere

Radio Garden Lets You Listen to the Radio Anywhere

A new website that allows anyone with an internet connection listen to the radio anywhere in the world presents some really interesting opportunities to hear new sounds. In a world that is increasingly connected, Radio Garden provides a unique interface for exploring radio stations across the globe. Essentially Radio Garden lets you listen to the radio anywhere at any time that you want to.

Radio Garden enables fascinating new kinds of exploration with an interactive globe map that is easy to drag around to find different places. It’s easy to jump over to South America or Asia and listen to music that’s completely different, all while maintaining the sense of where you are in the world at the same time. It also makes it fairly easy to compare radio stations across a single country to see how stations are different within a single nation.

Radio Garden Lets You Listen to the Radio Anywhere

The main view is “Live” which allows for real time exploration of different radio stations around the world. There is also a History view which has some historical radio broadcasts from a few different parts of the world, this provides a cool way to listen in to the past. There’s also a Jingles option that gives a sense of commonly known local tunes. The final option is a Stories tab with in depth stories from different people around the world.

For each spot on the map and each new series of stations, questions arise like what is the culture like, what language is spoken, and what different kinds of stations are broadcast. It provides a unique window into what life is like in other places and from other perspectives. This speaks to how important music is across the globe, and also how people can be both different and the same at the same time.

The site radio.garden was built as a project by Studio Puckey and Moniker. The project was designed in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Nanotech Converts Conventional LCDs into Glasses-Free 3-D Displays

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near future, smartphones and other mobile devices will have the ability to show something similar, according to David Fattal.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/535376/new-display-technology-lets-lcds-produce-princess-leia-style-holograms/

Everything Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event in one handy list

We’ve just wrapped up our live coverage here in Redmond, Washington where Microsoft held its Windows 10 press event. If you missed the two hours of announcements, here’s our recap in one handy list. As usual, click the links for full details of each story.

Everything Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event in one handy list

The most popular suggestion from Web developers to Microsoft: stop IE development

Few people know that Microsoft offers a suggestion box for developers who build on its various platforms. As can be expected with any feedback site, sometimes things get out of hand.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/03/the-most-popular-suggestion-from-web-developers-to-microsoft-stop-ie-development/

Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear 2 Fit

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Samsung introduced some shiny new devices recently, namely the Galaxy S5, and three new wearables: Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit (though in an interesting move Samsung announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo  over the weekend while keeping the Fit a surprise).This was definitely one of Samsung’s coolest product launches in recent history.

Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 has some pretty awesome features, and definitely offers more than just the expected better camera and longer battery life. The GS5 boasts a heart rate monitor, water resistance, and an ultra power saving mode that turns the display black and white and purportedly can stretch a full 24 hours of standby on 10% battery (mentioned by Samsung during their unpacked 5 launch event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona). Though some may say that these are incremental updates more fitting of an intermediate model (like the iPhone 5S), there’s definitely some pretty cool features on the Galaxy S5 that other phones don’t yet have.

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Similarly to the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor, though Samsung has leveraged it to authorize mobile payments in an attempt to derive greater functionality from the technology than Apple has so far. On top of all that it does offer a better camera, with new features like HDR and advanced auto-focus,  and a much bigger battery.

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Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit

Another big announcement for Samsung was their new wearables: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit. Right off the bat one notices that the “Galaxy” name has been dropped, with Samsung choosing their own Tizen OS over Android. This means that interactions on the Gear 2 might be a bit different than the original, but it remains to be seen exactly how different.

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Some cool new features of the Gear 2 are a heart rate monitor, and the ability to play music without needing to be connected to a smartphone. The Gear 2 has a camera on the watch body itself (as opposed to on the strap like the original Gear), while the Gear 2 Neo has no camera.

The Gear Fit is a fitness tracker wristband with a curved screen. The Fit has a heart rate monitor and provides personalized coaching during exercise (although it remains to be seen if anyone wants to be coached by their fitness tracker). The Gear Fit displays notifications, and allows you to take simple actions like ignoring calls or dismissing alarms.  In terms of customization, the user has the ability to change the background color, clock design, or wallpaper.

A Good Day For Samsung

Altogether, Samsung introduced a strong group of new devices that provides many things consumers desire (large screens, fitness tracking, etc.). Many are predicting that Apple will introduce many of these same features with the iPhone 6 and the iWatch (stay tuned for an upcoming post on these!), and it will be interesting to see how Samsung’s new offerings will stack up.