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Reveel: a portable headphone amp that promises to enhance your music

Have you ever been to a concert and bought a keep-sake CD? Did you find it somehow didn't quite conjure up the same heady, ethereal experience? Musician Barry Stephen Goldfarb evidently did, inspiring him to create Reveel -- a small device that claims to recreate the authentic live sound. By using …

Amped Wireless gets into the streaming audio market with BTSA1 Bluetooth adapter (video)

What do you do when you've conquered the nuclear-powered WiFi market? Well, if you're Amped Wireless, you stray across into the world of audio. The company is releasing the BTSA1, a chunkily-named Bluetooth audio adapter that packs in the same range-extending tech that you'll find in Amped's other …

'Poor people aren't making ends meet': inside payday lending

New School professor Lisa Servon worked at a check-cashing store and a payday lender, and was surprised by what she found<p>Lisa Servon is a professor of urban policy at the New School in New York who studies low-income communities. In 2012, she decided to take her research a little deeper.<p>"I have …

Man Behind Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Dies

Oregon highway engineer George Thornton, who in 1970 led an operation to blow up a dead beached whale with half a ton of dynamite, died this week at age 84. Thornton's decision resulted in a foul shower of whale blubber; video of the event has resurfaced periodically, often leading viewers to …

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Real Estate

'Last Night at the Viper Room': The Life and Death of River Phoenix

Exclusive excerpt from new book by Rolling Stone contributor Gavin Edwards<p><i>It's been 20 years since the death of River Phoenix at age 23. In</i> Last …

Stephen King

Michael K. Williams 'Goes Down the Rabbit Hole' on 'Boardwalk Empire'

'Wire' actor also starring in '12 Years a Slave,' MGMT video<p>Michael K. Williams won us over with <i>The</i> <i>Wire,</i> playing the indefatigable stick-em-up-boy …

Robin Hood

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

Cambridge Audio Minx Xi takes on Sonos

Cambridge Audio has launched its latest streaming media alternative to Sonos, the Minx Xi, a combination streamer and amp that claims audiophile …

Audiophile

Music News & Concert Reviews

Featured Articles<p>Tour Dates<p>Gov't Mule Announces 2018 Summer Tour Dates With The Magpie Salute<p>9:19 am PDT<p>Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule have expanded …

Rock Music

Televised Tune | Gov't Mule Visits Conan And Leno Welcomes Trombone Shorty

Wednesday night stands out as a big night on late night TV for two of jam acts of note. Conan O’Brien brings Gov’t Mule to his TBS show in support of</i> …

Music

Couch Tour Alert | Telluride Blues And Brews Festival

This coming weekend the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances from the likes of Karl Denson’s Tiny …

Rock Music

Microchip Found in Napoleon Bonaparte's Skull

<b>PARIS</b> – Scientists examining the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte admit they are “deeply puzzled" by the discovery of a half-inch long microchip …

Klipsch launches Status headphones and Gig Bluetooth speaker (hands-on)

Klipsch, worldwide enemy of fast-typing journalists, has arrived at IFA with two new audio products for our enjoyment. First up, the company is touting the Gig, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a clip-on arm that doubles as a stand. Packing AptX, NFC and a battery rated for 12 hours of life, the …

Philips launches two new sets of Fidelio headphones

Philips and audio gear go together like peanut butter and soya and linseed bread (<i>trust us</i>), so it's with little surprise to see the company unveiling two new sets of headphones for IFA 2013. The Fidelio M1BT is a pair of Bluetooth noisyboxes that shroud 40mm Neodymium speakers inside a leather and …

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Harman Kardon Onyx, JBL Spark and Pebbles speakers debut at IFA

A part of all its audio announcements during IFA, Harman's showing off new multimedia speakers. The $499 Onyx leads the pack with a leather-wrapped standing circular design, compatibility with Airplay and DLNA, Bluetooth (aptX and AAC) with NFC paring and a six-hour rechargeable battery. A duo of …

Oldest-Known Wild Bear in the World Dies in Minnesota at Almost 40 Years of Age

Changing Planet<p>The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of natural causes in the Chippewa National forest near Marcell, which is about 28 miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.<p>Black bears range through much of the northeastern part of the state, which is comprised of mostly coniferous …

Environment: News & features

Environment

Mexico and marijuana: A leaf out of Uruguay's book?

<b>Ten days ago, the lower house of Uruguay's parliament passed a law legalising marijuana, reflecting a growing sentiment in Latin America that the current prohibition on drugs should change. Could Mexico be next?</b><p>Arguably, Mexico has lost the most in the war on drugs, with tens of thousands of …

Cannabis

SYNC by 50 wireless speaker hits SMS Audio's store with $200 price tag

SMS Audio, the brainchild of Curtis "50 cent" Jackson, may be known for its pricey headphones, but the company is broadening its horizons with its first portable speaker, which you can now purchase for the not-so-humble price of $200. The SYNC by 50 wireless speaker boasts Bluetooth functionality, …

Sony's HT-ST7 soundbar melds HiFi with Bluetooth and NFC for $1,299

As of late, Sony's home theater soundbar offerings haven't catered to the higher-end of the market, but that changes today. The company's aluminum-clad HT-ST7 aims to take on speakers that cost much more, while offering NFC-enabled Bluetooth pairing and a plethora of wired connectivity options. The …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously …

French nuclear tests 'showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity'

French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the 1960s and 1970s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of …

Exclusive Early Listen: John Brown's Body - Kings And Queens

<b>JAMBASE EXCLUSIVE EARLY STREAM<br>AMERICAN REGGAE PIONEERS JOHN BROWN’S BODY<br>FULL-LENGTH ALBUM KINGS AND QUEENS<br>AVAILABLE APRIL 16TH ON EASY STAR RECORDS</b><p>As …

New Albums

Trey Anastasio Lobbies For Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Chant

<i>TREY ANASTASIO PITCHES IDEA FOR SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK<br>AT LAST NIGHT’S TOUR OPENER</i><p>Always one to get a big kick out of his own ideas and jokes, …

Seattle Seahawks

Rescue Chip Sent In To Save Broken Tostito Submerged In 7-Layer Dip

AKRON, OH—Calling the situation dangerous and a rescue operation “very risky,” authorities have confirmed they will now lower a rescue chip into a …