New Products: Device Blends Music, Ambient Sound
Yes indeed Houston you have the music in you
A driving instructor/researcher accompanied 85 novice male and female drivers on six different 40-minute trips. On two of the trips, drivers played music from their own playlists; two trips involved background music that was designed by the researchers to increase driver safety; and the final trips involved no music at all. It should come as no surprise that teens love their music loud. Volumes in the car topped out around 100 decibels, and the group’s favorite music was “highly energetic and fast-paced,” according to Brodsky. But almost every driver (98%) averaged three deficient driving behaviors when cranking his or her own tunes, the researchers said, and a whopping 32% of them required a verbal warning or command. Even worse, 20% required assisted braking or steering from the researcher to prevent an imminent accident. Males committed more deficient driving behaviors than females regardless of which music was playing and were more often classified as aggressive drivers by the driving instructors. The most frequent errors included speeding, tailgating, careless lane changes and passing, and one-handed driving. Some music is better than no music You might be considering pulling the stereo out of your car completely, but it turns out that some music is actually better than none. The silent outings resulted in 92% of the drivers making errors, while driving to the researchers’ selections dropped errors by 20%. Unfortunately, the safe-driving mix tape is probably not going to be your teen’s new favorite. In fact, the average volume dropped to 82 decibels when it hit the speakers. The mix of easy listening, light jazz and soft rock, according to Brodsky, incorporates well-balanced musical elements with modest rhythmic qualities but does not include vocal performances or lyrics.
NQ Mobile™ “Music Radar” App Revolutionizes Music Search in China
EDT September 14, 2013 This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products. Olens Technologys Fuser costs about $30. (Photo: Olens) Sony video recorder captures high-quality audio Move speaker is small enough to clip to a backpack Logitech Keyboard Folio protects tablet, doubles as keyboard SHARECONNECT 17 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE DEVICE LETS IN NOISE Some people pay extra for headphones that minimize outside sounds. Others long for headphones that let in sounds from the outside world, be it office chatter, emergency sirens or ringing phones. One solution is Olens Technology’s Fuser , a small device that plugs into your audio player and mixes music with the surrounding sounds. Using the device’s microphone volume control, you can decide how much of the outside world to let in. The Fuser costs about $30. Sonys Music Video Recorder will go on sale in December for $300. (Photo: Sony) CAMCORDER TAKES MUSIC SERIOUSLY Ready for your sound check? Sony ‘s new Music Video Recorder is. Built with a 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone that can be tuned for clear recordings, the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder captures high-quality audio that lets you showcase your musical talents online. You can plug external microphones or instruments directly into the device and perform quick recording checks with the camcorder’s on-board speaker. Better yet, its Audio Lip Sync matches the music to the video playback, giving your music videos a polished look. Capable of capturing high-def video (1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second), the slim camcorder has a wide-angle 120-degree lens, a 2.7-inch color display and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Finance Sat, Sep 14, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT – U.S. Markets closed NQ Mobile “Music Radar” App Revolutionizes Music Search in China Next generation audio search technology now available for Android and iOS Press Release: NQ Mobile Inc. Fri, Sep 13, 2013 8:04 AM EDT 21.84 +1.7300 BEIJING and DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, today announced the release of “Music Radar,” a revolutionary content-based music information retrieval (MIR) application from one of its subsidiaries, Yinlong. The app is now available in China for both Android and iOS platforms, with plans for expanding the service into other countries in the near future. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121224/CN34262LOGO ) With Music Radar, NQ Mobile is addressing the evolving mobile and wearables markets, offering new forms of user interaction and the next generation of audio search technology. The app makes searching for music more accurate and convenient in the mobile environment. Features include: An innovative melody recognition engine; it can even find if sung or hummed Extremely fast music recognition On-the-go music listening and downloading capabilities Social sharing through Simple Notification Service (SNS) “We are pleased to bring a leading technology in the evolving category of mobile devices,” said Dr. Henry Lin, Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. “In addition to searching for music through traditional means like recorded audio clips and files, users can now also accurately search for music by singing or humming. As mobility trends continue to change the way in which we interact with devices and information, NQ Mobile will be at the forefront of technology innovation. We will also adopt this leading audio recognition technology for not only music search, but also to other areas related to radio, video and TV content applications.Many new mobile devices including “wearables” require new modes of user interaction and NQ’s technology is leading the way to enhance the applications and solutions around this market.” “This is an exciting new technology solution and application,” said Mr. Omar Khan, Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. “We are continuing to expand the way in which we can engage and ultimately monetize our growing user base.Adding innovative solutions that make a better user experience across a variety of mobile devices is an important part of this strategy.” About NQ Mobile NQ Mobile Inc. ( NQ ) is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services. NQ Mobile is a mobile security pioneer with proven competency to acquire, engage, and monetize customers globally.NQ Mobile’s portfolio includes mobile security and mobile games as well as advertising for the consumer market and consulting, mobile platforms and mobility services for the enterprise market. As of June 30, 2013, NQ Mobile maintained a large, global user base of 372 million registered user accounts and122 million monthly active user accounts through its consumer mobile security business, 87 million registered user accounts and 16 million monthly active user accounts through its mobile games and advertising business and over 1,250 enterprise customers.NQ Mobile maintains dual headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA and Beijing, China.
Music that Makes Teens Drive Worse
Yes indeed Yes Indeed is a celebration of Texas music (with a band from New Orleans joining in to add to the musical flavor). As this years line-up indicates, there is an abundance of Texas music just waiting to be heard, with much of it living and breathing in your own hometown of Houston. Yes Indeed is an opportunity for you to come out and experience the ample selection of local music available to you. The local music is out there and its thriving, but you wouldnt know it from listening to commercial radio in Houston. Commercial radio stations in Houston seem to be under the impression that Texas music stops and starts at Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top. Yes Indeed proves how wrong they are. Among all of the talented bands playing at Yes Indeed this year, there are three Houston bands that you shouldnt miss. Check them out These bands are Jealous Creatures, The Beans, and Electric Attitude. Each of these bands have crafted their own unique musical sound and style and they are excellent examples of the musical heart and soul of Houston. Click on the links below to read a review of each of these bands to see what you can expect. Click here to read a review of Bazooka, Jealous Creatures’ latest album. Click here to read a review of a live performance by The Beans. Click here to read a review of Skintight & Solid Gold, the first full-length album by Electric Attitude.