The proliferation of truly mobile audio devices (post-Walkman/Discman), starting with the iPod, has made music-on-the-go a

The proliferation of truly mobile audio devices (post-Walkman/Discman), starting with the iPod, has made music-on-the-go a new norm, something taken for granted. Along the way, the audio quality declined rapidly thanks to compression, ear-bud junk masquerading as headphones, and the-listener-doesn’t-care-about-quality attitude as regards the digital to analog conversion on these devices. True, many listeners didn’t care that much or, in any case, went happily along with the mobility-over-fidelity trend, when this was an either/or proposition. With the two-pronged developments of a counter-movement against impoverished sound on the one hand and space-and-bandwidth-are-no-issue data storage/streaming on the other[1], that means lossy compression is becoming unnecessary and the situation has changed considerably. The majority of listeners may arguably feel well enough served by their iPhones or other portable devices as audio sources, with either Apple’s or other mediocre earbuds pumping in the sound, but even the mainstream market is trending towards more quality. The headphone industry has been the first to feel and demark a seismic shift. (See also: Headphone Exploration At Muni...

There are two beverages that I would be hard pressed to live without. Tea and Diet

There are two beverages that I would be hard pressed to live without. Tea and Diet Coke. I love tea, but I’m addicted to Diet Coke. I drink the 20 ounce plastic bottles from vending machines at work and cans at home. Even though I recycle, I often feel guilty at the number of bottles and cans that I go through in a week. For this reason, I happily accepted the offer to review the SodaStream Fountain Jet soda maker. I was eager to see if the machine would offer fountain style taste and if it would help me save money and reduce can usage at home. SodaStream sent me the Fountain Jet Starter Kit along with a selection of their soda mixes and favored water drops. The starter kit does not come with any soda mixes, so you’ll need to buy them separately. They are priced at $3.99 – $4.99, with quite a few flavors (20-30) to choose from, including diet and non-diet flavors. Since I am diabetic, I requested samples of the diet mixes and was sent Diet Cola, Diet Root Beer, Diet Creme Soda, Diet Cranberry Rasberry, and others. The diet mixes use Splenda. They also sent me some of their non-diet mixes and I was surprised that they are also made with a mixture of Sucrose and Splenda. The machi...

‘Second wave of renewables’ to drive 70 GW of coal retirements, Stanley says

Morgan Stanley forecasts 70K-190K MW of coal-fired generation is “economically at risk” from the deployment of a “second wave of renewables” in the U.S. “Driven by the surprisingly low cost of renewables, we believe that carbon-heavy utilities that have not historically led the pack in clean energy deployment will accelerate their earnings growth by pursuing a ‘virtuous cycle’: shutting down expensive coal plants and investing in cheap renewables,” Stanley analysts say, seeing American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), Dominion Energy (NYSE:D), Southern Co. (NYSE:SO), Pinnacle West (NYSE:PNW), PPL Corp. (NYSE:PPL) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) as the utilities with the “largest opportunity” to achieve a valuation rerating under this approach. “Now there is a much greater opportunity to achieve kind of a triple-bottom-line benefit in the sense of customers [through lower bills], the environment and shareholders,” Morgan Stanley’s Stephen Byrd tells S&P Global Platts. “There is an opportunity now that we think some utilities will seize… the benefit that other utilities have achieved with their sha...

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage review: Sublime sonics

The first soundbar from the Danish kings of minimalist cool, so naturally it looks gorgeous, but it’s also a superb sonic performer. The soundstage is expansive and despite the lack of separate subwoofer, it’s capable of deep bass. There’s no dedicated remote or DTS:X support, but otherwise this is an impressive debut.Read full verdict The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage is the first soundbar from the Danish manufacturer. Although it’s late to the party, it certainly hasn’t shown up empty handed. This all-in-one unit boosts the kind of sleek styling you’d expect from B&O, which is its real selling point. But that’s not to suggest it’s lacking in tech smarts: this ‘bar offers Dolby Atmos for immersive 3D sound, along with Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, for easy connection of your favourite content. The Beosound Stage is a stunning piece of industrial design, courtesy of Danish studio NORM Architects. The soundbar combines simple geometric shapes and a distinctive minimalism in order to fulfil its main purpose as a speaker, while also being extremely easy on the eye. The elegant frame is rectangular, curved in the corners, and runs all t...

Global Hoverboard Electric Scooter Market Insights 2019 – IO Hawk, Swagway, Phunkeeduck, Better Wheels, Razor Hovertrax

The report involves insightful data on the main sectors of the Global Hoverboard Electric Scooter Market. The report has segmented market, by its types and applications. Each segment has analyzed completely on the basis of its production, consumption as well as revenue. Further, it is classified on the basis of geographical areas which include: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The study on the Hoverboard Electric Scooter market provides complete report on changing market trends for this market. It offers market size and share of each separate segment in the market. Many companies are involved in this market. Top players are completely profiled in this report. Our best analysts have surveyed the market report with the reference of inventories and data given by the key players: IO Hawk Swagway Phunkeeduck Better Wheels Razor Hovertrax MonoRover Powerboard Skque Leray Two Wheel Cyboard Chic Robotics Street Saw Jetson Fiturbo Vecaro Space board Megawheels Bluefin HOVERZON Checkout Free Report Sample of Hoverboard Electric Scooter Market Report for Better Understanding: https://www.apexmarketreports.com/Consumer-Goods/global-hoverboard-elec...

Business : Sur ses 944,2 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, 321 millions sont réalisés par Free

Business : Sur ses 944,2 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, 321 millions sont réalisés par Free Mobile, dont la part de marché au 3e trimestre atteint 11% avec 7,435 millions d’abonnés. Le groupe Iliad, maison-mère de Free, se porte toujours aussi bien. Au 3e trimestre, son chiffre d’affaires a atteint 944,2 millions d’euros, soit une hausse d’un peu plus de 15% sur un an. Sur les 9 premiers mois de 2013, la croissance de l’opérateur est de 22,5% à 2,7 milliards d’euros de CA. C’est dans le secteur de la téléphonie mobile que la croissance est la plus forte au dernier trimestre (+34,7%), avec 321 millions de chiffre d’affaires dégagés. Free Mobile ne communique en revanche pas sur sa rentabilité. En termes de conquête, le 4e opérateur mobile a attiré 640.000 nouveaux abonnés, portant le parc total de clients de Free Mobile à 7,435 millions. Cela représente 11% de part de marché. « Le Groupe a accéléré sa conquête d’abonnés sur les utilisateurs ayant une consommation modérée (forfait mobile à 2€/mois) » commente Iliad. Mais si Free a continué de gagner massivement des clients, Reuters précise néanmoins qu’il s’agit du « nombre de conquêtes d’abonnés le plus faible dep...

LED Billboard Lights Market :Hitting New Highs Between the Forecast Period 2020–2024

“arcognizance.com” has added latest research report on “Global LED Billboard Lights Market”, this report helps to analyze top manufacturers, regions, revenue, price, and also covers Industry sales channel, distributors, traders, dealers, research findings, conclusion, appendix and data source. With the slowdown in world economic growth, the LED Billboard Lights industry has also suffered a certain impact, but still maintained a relatively optimistic growth, the past four years, LED Billboard Lights market size to maintain the average annual growth rate of 0.0198831017109 from 290.0 million $ in 2014 to 320.0 million $ in 2019, Report analysts believe that in the next few years, LED Billboard Lights market size will be further expanded, we expect that by 2024, The market size of the LED Billboard Lights will reach 350.0 million $. Request a sample of LED Billboard Lights Market report @https://www.arcognizance.com/enquiry-sample/781934 This Report covers the manufacturers’ data, including: shipment, price, revenue, gross profit, interview record, business distribution etc., these data help the consumer know about the competitors better. This report also covers all the regions and...

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. As scooter, moped and bikeshare programs proliferate around the country, safety concerns surrounding shared micromobility remain. Riders of electric scooters in particular have injury rates that both cities and service providers have struggled to address. And since most riders click away the scooter operator’s liability upon renting, users often have no practical legal remedy in the event that they are injured. But there’s a third path to make sure that injured riders are at least legally protected : a Mobility Claims Board administered by the city. The Mobility Claims Board would evaluate any injury claims involving shared mobility services where the rider alleges that either the provider or the city were at fault. For people injured on a shared bike or scooter due to an alleged product defect o...

Fujifilm’s XF 50mm f/2 WR is the third addition in the series that have affectionately become

Fujifilm’s XF 50mm f/2 WR is the third addition in the series that have affectionately become known as the “Fujichrons.” These are compact, lightweight, weather resistant, and have extremely fast autofocus. Made up of nine elements in seven groups, and formed in Fujifilm’s classicly-styled telescoping design, it is another diminutive lens that should appeal to X-Pro shooters and anyone looking for a tiny addition to their bag. Comparisons may be drawn to the other lenses in this series, and of course the daddy of X System portrait lenses, the 56mm f/1.2. Let’s take a look at this lens and then see how it fits into the Fuji line. Weighing a mere 200 grams, the 50mm f/2 WR feels almost back heavy on the heavier bodies like the X-T2 and X-Pro2. However, it is long enough that you can get a grip on both the lens and body with your left hand, where it sits comfortably and balances well. I have found that I actually prefer this lens on the heftier X-Pro2 rather than the X-T2. It seems to fit the body more comfortably. As with all Fujifilm X lenses, the construction is excellent. As the lens gets both the XF and WR designations, you can be assured that it ...

Post Malone, Missy Elliott, Lil Nas X Lead Super Bowl Synch Market

With inventory beyond sold-out and the cost of 30-second spots soaring to as high as $5.6 million just to secure ad time, the demand for Super Bowl advertising continues to reach new peaks in an otherwise fractured media marketplace. And music licensing is following suit, with multiple synchs surpassing the $1 million threshold, and an all-star lineup of musicians taking leading on-camera roles in many of the most-anticipated spots. Music publishers, who are involved in many of the Super Bowl synch negotiations on behalf of songwriters and music copyrights, are reporting healthy volume as of Friday afternoon. Universal Music Publishing Group has secured 12 synchs in national spots that will air post-kickoff, while Sony/ATV has 10, BMG has four and ABKCO has one major synch: Pepsi Zero Sugar’s hip-hop remake of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” with Missy Elliott and H.E.R. Meanwhile, Warner/Chappell, which didn’t provide specific breakouts upon request for comment, is expected to have several major synchs in Sunday’s game, too, while Kobalt had not yet confirmed as of Friday afternoon. Several synch negotiations with blue-chip brands were expected to stretch through late Frid...

FactCheck.org, Following CDC’s Example, Lies about Vaccine Safety

FactCheck.org claims that the mercury in vaccines is harmless and science has proven vaccines don’t cause autism, but its own key source says otherwise. On December 11, 2018, Mark Green, a member-elect of the US House of Representatives from Tennessee and a physician, told a town hall audience, “Let me say this about autism. I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.” By saying that he intended to push the CDC on the question of whether vaccines—and specifically the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal—might be contributing to the autism epidemic, Green committed the sin of heresy against the vaccine religion, and the mainstream corporate media was quick to attack him for it. The suggestion that vaccines might cause autism is “baseless”, declared CBS News. Green made the claim “falsely”, declared CNN. The website FactCheck.org also dutifully got in on the act with an article by Jessica McDonald stating that Green “inaccurately claimed that vaccine preservatives might cause...

Louisville KY Roofing Contractor Offers Free Roof Inspections

Abrams Roofing, of Louisville, Kentucky, whose website can be found at https://www.abramsroofing.com/ has just announced that the company is now offering free roofing inspections by its licensed inspectors for both home and commercial property owners. The company has been in business since 1959, and it serves the entire Louisville, KY region as well as the southern Indiana area. According to its website in some circumstances, they will serve outside of those areas. Kim Abrams, a spokesperson for the company, said, “We offer free roofing inspections by a licensed and trained crew, to homeowners just like you in and around the Louisville Metro area. When it comes to your roof, out of sight out of mind means serious long-term consequences. Prioritizing regular roofing inspections can prevent expensive future costs.” One of the most common roofing problems encountered is a leaking roof but unless the roof is leaking badly property owners may not be aware of the issue without an inspection. High winds can lift shingles and hail can damage them and effectively create a hole in the roof. The onset of winter can cause shingles to shrink which can cause breakage and when summer comes...

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