If Jony Ive designed a Bluetooth speaker, it might look like this. Then again, if Jony Ive designed a soup can, it might look like this. The HiddenRadio blends into its surroundings, with no visible buttons or controls. You twist it on its sturdy base to reveal the speaker, and control the volume the same way: more speaker showing means louder music, and you just twist it all the way closed to turn it off. It connects via Bluetooth 2.1 or a hidden aux-in jack, and we got the best results leaving the audio device at around 80 percent volume, and then fine-adjusting by twisting the HiddenRadio.
It’s been an interesting week in the tech world, particularly for fans of “personalized reader” apps who now have a trio of solid choices that work on screens small and large (thanks to the new Google Currents and both Zite and Flipboard going universal on the iPhone). Hey, maybe you’re even reading this right now from your Currents app -- if so, you probably want to get on with the day’s news, so here’s the best and brightest from Friday, December 9, 2011.
Donna Summer put it best when she said that love is found on the radio. And sure, in this generation we've got stations like Pandora and Last.FM, but those stations ask us to dictate what it plays. The radio's best feature was just that: the way it could spontaneously change our moods based on the next song the DJ'd decide to play. With that, here are three free apps to help take you back to that time before the iPod was permanently tethered to your car stereo and you kicked the good ol' FM radio to the curb.
We haven't listened to the radio in years. Often there are more commercials than songs, and blocks of commercials can last forever. Then you get to hear the same twenty hit songs over and over. If you live in a city with great radio, you're lucky, as media consolidation homogenizes everywhere else.
People complained that the iPhone didn't have an AM/FM tuner in it, but what if your radio wasn't just limited to your immediate area? What if you could spin that dial and tune in to stations all over the globe? If you're a radio aficionado, that's an app worth having.
If you’re a fan of old-fashioned terrestrial radio, you’ve probably already discovered ooTunes Radio, one of the biggest and best iOS apps that pulls in live AM/FM broadcasts from over 150 countries -- and thanks to a new 4.0 update, looks good on the iPad while doing it.
With Verizon Wireless offering the iPad coupled with their CDMA-flavored MiFi 2200, it’s not a surprise to hear rumors that the next generation of Apple’s tablet may come with a CDMA-compatible radio baked right in alongside GSM so 3G can be used anywhere in the world.
While iPod nano users have been enjoying the ability to tune in FM radio for quite some time now, the users of other Apple devices such as the iPod classic and the iPhone have been left out the over their air audio party. A new patent for the Cupertino-based company in the area of HD radio may signal that this bizarre exclusion's days are numbered.
Internet radio offers options well beyond the powers of old-fashioned
broadcasting, but something’s still missing--that’s because many music
apps don’t go the extra mile themselves to let you record
internet-radio streams. Radio Gaga plays and records thousands of
stations, but the more you try to do with it, the more you’ll only hear
Great design is often about subtracting unneeded elements. Logitech has
taken the opposite approach, building up the Squeezebox Radio from a
bucket of buttons and features like a child trying to attach every last
Mr. Potatohead part. As we navigated clunky menus and pecked at the
various controls, we were disappointed with many aspects of this music
streamer. But after we got it going, the Squeezebox Radio did a good
job of booming out an unlimited supply of tunes and talk in spite of