In our post about The Science Behind Earbud Tangles, we showed you that making cords thicker is one of four ways to keep wires from knotting up in your pocket or purse. So we're not surprised to see that one Pinterest user figured out that a super-easy string-knotting technique keeps her 'buds from bunching up.
When you're halfway through what could only be called "the worst day ever," it might seem like your impenetrably tangled earbuds are just another "screw you" from the Bad-Day Gods. But the truth is your knotted earbuds can be explained by science, thanks to a recent study out of UC San Diego. Now you know—and knowing is half the battle in the war against tangled cords.
Fall is here and winter is fast approaching. Now is the time to get outside and enjoy the remaining weeks of pleasant weather as we near closer to the day when it'll be a chore to step outside. In celebration of these final beautiful days, we decided to put together a small roundup of tech that can encourage you to step outside and enjoy the world around you in various capacities while listening to your favorite music.
We've always been fond of musicians' homes; where in our mind, it would be nothing less than the ultimate entertaining spaces for guests. Luckily, for those who can't afford to fit an entire band in their space, they can substitute by building in a custom hide-away DJ turntable island that'll be sure to impress.
Apple's iPod Nano has been the awkward middle sibling. It's more portable than a traditional iPod, but bigger than the iPod Shuffle. But the Nano is begining to come into its own, not only as a really great music player, but also a gym-buddy fitness device and—get this—a watch. Apple is embracing its MP3 player's new life as a wristband time keeper, and the new iPod Nano (as revealed at Tuesday's much-hyped iPhone event) comes stocked with 18 built-in clock faces. We've got close-up looks at each one in a gallery below the jump, along with a roundup of our favorite watchband accessories.
Looking for something a little different in the realm of home audio? Check out these "look ma, no power cord or battery" type of passive horn-shaped speakers. They'lll never match a powered set of speakers, but what they lose in audio quality they make up in retro style...
The worst is when you're at the tail end of the day and you've got to take a call, message someone or browse online with your smartphone and you realize you're on the last iota of power. "If I cut out, it means my battery went out" moments. Although integrated charger cases are useful, they're also bulky. That's why we like this lightweight, keychain lighter-sized solution which provides 700mAh of charging power...at least for iPod and iPhone users. Friends might be asking you for a "light", but really mean to tap your Juice Pack!
Name:Geneva S Price: $299.00 Rating: Strong Recommend*
Being the winner of the 2010 I.D. International Design Magazine Consumer Products Award surely piqued our interest in this diminutive audio system (at least compared to the other larger models in the Geneva lineup). Would it sound as good as it looked? Coming from a family of higher end siblings, like the Model L at $999 and $1,199 Model XL, this $299 unit seemed almost like a bargain...
Name:Bram D. Location: Wageningen, Netherlands Collection: Vintage radios
Over a year ago we spotlighted Bram's colorful living room for an IKEA living room hack, a room that mixed new and old in pop art fashion. We're back to spotlight a major component of his home's charm, his collection of vintage radios and other electronics strewn throughout his home. Bram was kind enough to let us showcase his Skittles-hued collection so we can all tune into his eye for yesteryear's tech...
With the numerous internet radio sites out there these days (like Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker, Spotify and Rdio), it may have been a while since you last tuned into the good 'ol FM airwaves (or at least outside of your car). While our phones can access music from the internet, content is rarely local and hardly ever live. Small battery powered radios are still the best way to get information during emergencies, so why not get one with some style?