streaming audio from digital downloads or locally stored HD music files

Take a look around you. Notice how you’re seeing an awful lot of people walking round wearing headphones?

Maybe you’ve got a big collection of CD’s and discovered no one seems to be selling high quality CD players and transports any more. That’s because we’re in the middle of the next digital revolution. It started with CD way back in the eighties. If you listened to the marketing hype instead of the music, you’d have believed CD was the new age – the future of music. Ten minutes of comparison with the vinyl it was replacing would have told you otherwise.

But the marketing men dragged the hifi manufacturers out of their analogue world and into the bright LEDs of digital. It was a triumph of convenience over quality. But it was never going to last. There had to be something better than that compressed, clinical, plastic sound. And its arrived. Its called Digital Streaming.

What is Digital Streaming?

Digital Streaming is about serving digitally-stored music, converting it and sending it to your computer or handheld device, such as a smartphone or tablet or to your hifi. Where its stored though isn’t important; its getting it ready to be listened to it that’s the tricky part. The music can be streamed from online services like Spotify, Tidal, or Apple’s new incarnation of iTunes, now called Apple Music.

But maybe you’d prefer to buy downloads from the many excellent new sites like HDTracks or if you’re not fussy about quality, even Amazon and keep your music local on a hard drive or SSD – or even a USB memory stick. You can do that too.

Digital music can offer simple, low quality MP3 files up to top original studio quality content – sometimes direct from the studio master tapes – stored in FLAC format offering the potential to hear music just as the artists themselves did when they recorded it. Yes, it really can be that good.

Re-engineer your CD collection

All this sounds great, you may be thinking, but many people have made a huge investment in CDs over the years. Digital Streaming is the solution for this, too. By ripping – a process where a CD or other musical format is converted to a digital music file – all the music you know and love can be replayed as digital streaming media. It can also be “upscaled”, a process where hidden musical detail can often be recovered to let you hear more from your old music. The good news is that converting your old music this way needn’t cost you a penny. You probably already have the tools to hand already.

Once you have your music files stored, you’ll need a way to move it around. A decent broadband or mobile connection (3G, 4G), a home wifi or Ethernet network will do. Now, you need the right steaming devices and you’re ready to listen to music like you’ve never heard it before – or at least, approaching how it used to sound on vinyl. OK, I accept that some may say vinyl will never be beaten – but that’s a whole different topic!

How zenscape can help you

If you care about your music and want to listen to it simply, conveniently and in high quality, you need to make the right choices. Some of this stuff is bafflingly complex and you could end up spending big money. But you don’t have to. I can help you make the right choices and get you listening to digital streamed music at a price to suit your pocket. Why me?

Because I love music and have followed the industry from the beginning. I’m not here to sell you stuff – I’m here to help you choose. That’s all.

spark kickstarts its new ear buds product on KickStarter

Detroit, USA — Since its crowdfunding campaign launched last month, Spark has had a lot of interest – and raised a lot of money – for its first product: Spark Headphones. Spark’s cool glowing earbuds are aimed at runners and cyclists wanting greater visability while out at night. Both runners and walkers are excited about the glow headphones, which offer a unique appearance that can help them be safer on the road even when they are unable to hear their surroundings while listening to music.

A few more weeks (June 2017) remain for the crowdfunding campaign, and the company is hopeful that it will meet its goal.

“We’re thankful for the support we’ve received so far and we look forward to more support,” said the founder of Spark. “Spark Headphones were designed in order to bring a one-of-a-kind music experience to listeners.”

Spark boasts originality in design and the company’s new headphones possess a patented technology in which the headphones flash with the rhythm of the music. Made with luminescence wires, the technology offers a gentle glowing light without giving off harmful electromagnetic radiation.

Owners of the new earbuds may set them to their preferred lighting mode at any moment. Three settings are available: glowing, flashing and regular non-glow mode. Both the glowing and flashing settings may be used for up to 5 hours before the headphones need to be recharged, while the traditional non-glow setting does not require battery usage. The flashing laser light setting allows the light to glow to the rhythm of the music being played. The finished product offers music listeners a way to express themselves.

The smart headphones also include all of the features that are expected in modern headphones. With a built-in HD microphone and control on the wire, the user can answer phone calls and experience a clear conversation. The product’s intuitive controls also allow the music listener to change the volume and switch songs. Comfort and stability were considered in the design of the new product, as well. This combined with the ability to deliver exceptional sound, makes the Spark Headphones an up-and-coming accessory for runners and music listeners.

Want to support this great new product?

Head over to Spark’s crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter. Not only will you be supporting innovation, but you also be in line for steep discounts on the headphones themselves and cool company gear.

Back the campaign and you’ll be among the first to own a pair of the glowing product.

About Spark Headphones

Spark launches its first product in 2017: Spark Headphones. With great originality in design and materials, the company strives to deliver fashionable headphones, which offer an awesome experience.Visit Spark Headphones to learn more…

smartnanny - the smart baby basket!

Its every new parent’s nightmare. A baby who won’t stop crying.

There must be a reason, but its lost on new parents. If only someone could tell them what was causing their little loved one distress.

This was something one particular father faced when his newborn baby couldn’t be consoled. He decided to do something about it. He came up with Smartnanny, an adaptive baby basket that soothes babies and learns to respond to their crying…

Now you can buy a 512Gb memery card for your camera. But when do things become too big?

SanDisk, one of the world’s biggest and certainly one of the most innovative memory companies has released a memory stick with a 512Gb – that’s half a terabyte – capacity. Great you might say, but do you need it. Seriously, do you?

This memory arms race seems to be running parallel to the other big push at the moment. Cloud storage and connectivity. But herein lies the problem. While the per-Gb price of this card may be fairly low, the purchase price will actually be in the high-hundreds of pounds. That means its a premium purchase and the kind of person buying it will almost certainly have a premium camera to match. Most of which now feature wifi connectivity to allow uploading images directly and as soon as they’re taken. So in effect, there is no need to store so much stuff locally.

Beijing, China – We’re used to seeing China produce hardware for Western big-hitters like Apple and Google, but more and more we’re seeing innovative designs coming from this Eastern technology powerhouse as well.

Tablet growth is showing no sign of slowing, with reports predicting that sales of the devices are set to grow another 25% in 2015 – that’s an estimated 321m units expected to fly off the shelves in a year. For the greatest challenge is keeping your digital world powered up. Very often battery life is a major factor in device choice. So this is a greta time to launch something to help. So take a look at this.

Here’s MOAB – Mother Of All Batteries, ready to keep your juices flowing.

The MOAB is a dynamic new portable charging device that can charge up to four USB mobile devices at once – making it a must-have for all tablet users that rely on their device to navigate everyday life. Plug-and-play functionality and a lightweight construction weighing in at just 1.65lbs mean that the MOAB has become the key accessory for all tablet users hoping to get a little more power from their device.

Now, everyone loves the cool look of the Apple keyboard. It just oozes class and compared to its PC equivalent, well, its just in a different league.

But its not just designers and other creative types who feel the Apple love. What if you’re a big league number cruncher and you’re there, stuck with the standard wireless keyboard that’s missing the numeric keypad?

That top row over the alpha keys just isn’t going to cut it, or handle your numeric workflow. Fear not. Help is at hand in the shape of a cool add-on from US-based NewerTech.

the ideal add on for number crunchers and programmers!

NewerTech asked accounting professionals, traders, financial analysts, programmers, students and teachers what they’d like to see in an expanded keyboard and this is what they came up with.

The keyboard attaches to Mac Keyboards with a simple bracket, which is included and requires no tools or techie knowledge to fit, simpluy pairing through Bluetooth. So who is NewerTech?

Ever heard of NFC, or ever used Google Wallet at the cash-out?

No, neither have most people. Using a phone to pay just doesn’t make sense. Its much slower than a card or cash, complicated to set up and just plain risky. But how about this?

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Want to waste your money? Ask for an update to an old website.

I’m not talking about wanting to renew or design a brand-new site. What I mean are the changes to a site designed some time back. The site that “doesn’t seem to be working any more”.

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Once, all web designers had to do was to produce a creative design, wrap it in a bunch of HTML code and present it to the client.

Of course, it had to work with every web browser and still look great. No one ever had to worry about responsive web design.

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Which Smartphone would you get next week, next month, next year. How big will the screen be and what will it do?

Don’t worry if you don’t know. Because neither does anyone else. We just know it’ll beat what’s around today and it’ll do stuff better. And that’s the problem with mobile development.

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Funny. I’ve always had a kind of uneasy feeling about Adobe’s Flash. Maybe because I saw it as some strange black art practised by weird geeks in back rooms. Flash never felt right, somehow.

Seems my unease about it was justified. Adobe’s just said it’s pulling the plug on part of its giant Flash product portfolio.

Only their Flash Mobile product, that is. Now you might say, so what? But this move suggests a more seismic event to follow.

With Adobe now working on the technology to replace Flash Mobile, desktop Flash will soon find itself the next in line product for the axe. But why’s that such a big deal. After all, technology changes regularly. Why worry about Flash?

Flash has long been king of Animation City. But Flash is a proprietary product you had to buy to use. Its not the agonising death of another corporate cash-cow that is bothering me. It is what will take its place. And that’s HTML5/CSS3. Which few really know much about.

We could see a real slow-down in site development as people try to get up to speed. That’s not occurred before and it comes now, when the Internet is seeing its fastest growth.

But this isn’t all doom and gloom. HTML5/CSS3 has great potential, such as search engine-friendly sites which can actually be updated – once we decide on the final video format, that is…

Don’t go for Flash – but don’t expect cheap HTML5/CSS animation. Because no one’s found the HTML5/CSS3 can opener yet!

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I went to one of those business get-togethers this week and someone asked me what I did. I said I was a Internet strategist, which received a blank stare – so I tried to explain why people need Internet strategy – and what qualified me to offer it.

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