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How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last

In the first part of this series, we learned about designing products that use good triggers and motivators to get users like Joe to engage in healthy behaviors. Now, how can we ensure that these new behaviors become long-term habits?<p>In this second part, we return to Nir Eyal’s Hooked model to look …

Brain Imaging

Quietest chipmaker ESS Technology is making noise in high-end audio

ESS Technology has been the quietest chipmaker in Silicon Valley. While its competitors grew huge, ESS shrank and almost disappeared from the face of the earth. But the company is bouncing back. In fact, it is now profitable and has found a niche as a boutique chipmaker in high-resolution audio …

These headphones were designed by audiophiles, and they're glorious

Fostex and Massdrop were, I confess, unfamiliar names to me before this November. But their collaboration on a glorious new product has turned me into an immediate and enthusiastic fan. I’m talking about a set of headphones designed by the audiophile community at Massdrop and built by the pro audio …

Audiophile

Huawei Mate 8 is a 6-inch behemoth with plenty of battery life

You know who's been the world's third biggest smartphone manufacturer for nearly three years? Huawei, that's who. Despite strong competition from …

Raumfeld's wireless speakers have good sound and sharp looks, but poor support for streaming services

Sonos remains the wireless speaker system to get<p>In the world of multi-room audio, one name has dominated the industry for years. Sonos’ speakers have been the go-to solution for getting sound in every room of your home without any pesky wiring or advanced installation. The company’s dominance is so …

Audiophile

Why The New Economy Really Is A Social Economy

From roughly the time of Jesus to Napoleon, life changed little. Then the industrial revolution replaced muscle power with steam power and human existence was transformed. Incomes, life expectancy and population, which had long been locked in Malthusian conflict, began to reinforce each other and …

Artificial Intelligence

Win an Onanoff Sound Cover to Amplify Your iPad's Sound

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Onanoff to give away a Sound Cover for the iPad Air or iPad Air 2. Onanoff's Sound Covers are cases that are designed to amplify the iPad's volume by up to 400 percent while also offering protection for the iPad.<p>The Sound Cover includes built-in flat …

Samsung refreshes multiroom line with 360-degree speakers

Samsung has replaced its Shape mulitroom speakers with a new range of 360-degree models.<p>Samsung has announced its new range of wireless multiroom speakers, with a new 360-degree design.<p>The range, which replaces the existing Shape series, starts with the $199 R1 and is followed by the $299 R3 and …

Smart Homes
Gear & Gadgets

Size matters: Are your speakers too big or too small for your room?

It's an audiophile conundrum: are your speakers too big for your room, or is your room too small for your speakers?<p>At the time one of my audio buddies bought a pair of Snell Type A speakers, he had a large, by New York standards, studio apartment. Those 4-foot (1.2 meter)-tall speakers sounded …

Audiophile
Crowd Funding

Review: JBL’s new Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker slims down for an ultra-portable form factor

JBL has been tweaking and adjusting its Bluetooth line-up of speakers for years. Instead of coming out with completely new form factors every 12 months, it has subtly adapted its previous generations with improvements. Following a big week at IFA 2015, JBL has released the third generation Flip …

Wilson Sabrina speakers: Undoubtedly high-end, but gives music effortless clarity

The Audiophiliac rekindles a love affair with Wilson Audio speakers.<p>I go way back with Wilson Audio speakers, I sold lots of them when I worked as a high-end salesman. I loved the sound, but couldn't afford a pair for myself. Instead I would come in early, before the store opened, so I could listen …

Audiophile

AIAIAI's Modular TMA-2 Headphones

Copenhagen-based audio company AIAIAI has been riding the success of their TMA-1 headphones since 2009. Today however the brand unveiled the next iteration and their vision for the contemporary headphone: the TMA-2 Modular. Aiming to suit the unique needs of each user, the system allows you to …

Audiophile

Stalk Everyone You Know With Crystal's Eerily Accurate App

Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us.<p>What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts …

Lego brick master turns heads with turntable

Standing in front of a classic turntable, you might not expect to be impressed by the brick work<p>But it’s the first thing that comes to mind when beholding the sci-fi hi-fi created by Korean Lego artist Hayarobi.<p>No detail is overlooked on Hayarobi’s record player, which he called The Planet. It …

White Label App for Hip-Hop Should be Made for Every Genre

White Label is a music discovery app that charts the most popular hip-hop being listened to and discussed online daily.<p>The app works by monitoring engagement between Twitter and SoundCloud hourly, allowing you to scroll down from a song you are playing to see ongoing discussions via Twitter. You …

Twitter makes its first venture capital investment, in a rival to Android and Apple

Twitter, the company better known for its short status updates, is learning to embrace the long term with venture capital investments.<p>On Monday, …

PSB Alpha VS21 VisionSound review: Big base price for small sound base - CNET

Big base price for small sound base<p><b>The Good</b> The PSB Alpha VS21 is an unusually compact sound base speaker with stereo 1-inch dome tweeters, 2-inch midranges, and 4-inch woofers; there's a dedicated RCA subwoofer output; the stereo analog, optical digital and Bluetooth connectivity options should …

Audiophile

A new audio app claims to treat tinnitus

Tinnitus affects the ears but it originates in the brain. The condition, which causes ringing in the ears, is mainly triggered by age-related hearing loss and prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. But neuroscientific studies reveal that tinnitus is a symptom of abnormal hyperactivity in the …

BuzzFeed’s CEO Says Modern Media Is About Pushing Actual Content, Not Links

“Because so many publishers build their businesses on banner ads, they have to get people back to their site to make money” says BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. But that misses much of the value of social media. “You should be using this distribution channel to show them content, not just a pointer to …

Media Industry

Meltwater relaunches its PR-watching system for the age of tweets

The newest entry into the social monitoring ecosystem is Meltwater’s completely rebuilt media intelligence platform, which launched today after a $25 million development effort by this veteran collector of news clips and brand mentions for corporate-communications departments.<p>The new release …

What is Meerkat? The live-streaming app taking SXSW by storm

If you have used Twitter in recent weeks, you may have noticed a lot of people using a new service called Meerkat.<p>The app, which is the brainchild of …

Are “Smart” Clothes the Wearables of the Future?

Smart glasses, smartwatches ... smart pants?<p>“Here, put these on,” marketing manager Jake Waxenberg told me shortly after I arrived at the offices of Athos, a Redwood City-based wearable-tech company.<p>He handed me a pair of black, capri-style women’s athletic pants. These were a prototype version of …

Wearable Tech

In Search Of European Unicorns

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Fred Destin moved to London to join Accel Partners in September 2014 after 10 years at Atlas Venture in Boston.</i><p>When you look at the returns of a typical VC fund, they may appear somewhat evenly distributed. For instance, 25 percent of the portfolio may be worth zero, 25 percent may …

Venture Capital

Amazon Has Quietly Acquired 2lemetry To Build Out Its Internet Of Things Strategy

Amazon is taking another step into the Internet of Things. TechCrunch has learned, and confirmed, that the e-commerce and cloud services giant has acquired 2lemetry, a startup based out of Denver that has developed an enterprise-focused platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other …

Internet of Things

GSF India Is Now Hunting Internet Of Things Startups For Its Accelerator Program

GSF India, the Bangalore-headquartered accelerator program and angel investment firm, is broadening its scope to cover young startups in India’s internet of things space. The organization has partnered global tech giant Cisco for batch four of its incubator program — and, importantly, extended the …

Startups

YC-Backed Lully Built A Device To Prevent Night Terrors

Lully cofounder Andy Rink grew up with a twin sister who suffered from night terrors. Each night, like clockwork, she would experience a terrible nightmare, but instead of waking from it instantly like most kids, she had to suffer through it.<p>That’s why Rink and his cofounder Varun Boriah teamed up …

Sleep

Hands-on: Staying focused (or not) with the Muse brain-sensing headband

Muse is one of a growing number of consumer electroencephalography (EEG) headsets that serve a variety of purposes. Last year Gizmag covered the …

Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.<p>It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. …

JavaScript