privacy
The Studs on This Punk Bracelet Are Actually Microphone-Jamming Ultrasonic Speakers

You can prevent facial recognition cameras from identifying you by wearing face paint, masks, or sometimes just a pair of oversized sunglasses. Keeping conversations private from an ever-growing number of microphone-equipped devices isn’t quite as easy, but researchers have created what could be the first wearable that actually helps increase your privacy. Read More >>

gadgets
Blue’s Yeti Nano Is a Shrunken Down Version of the Popular Podcasting and YouTuber Mic

The prefix nano- calls to mind something microscopic. Tiny robots invisible to the eye, or an iPod many orders smaller than its predecessors. When I hear the word I expect tiny. Apparently when Blue, the respected studio microphone maker that has spent nearly a decade producing great USB mics, hears the word nano- it expects “slightly smaller than the big guy.” Read More >>

science
A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers—among other applications. Read More >>

reviews
Blue’s Tiny New Microphone Wants to Be Good at Everything

Blue has long been known for making USB microphones, namely the Yeti and its younger brother the Snowball. Both of those models function intuitively for people outside the audiophile community, while providing dependable recordings with little fuss. That attention to detail has been shrunken down even further with the new, £170 Raspberry. But what need does it fill exactly? Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Says it’s Definitely Not Listening to Your Phone’s Microphone to Target You With Ads

Facebook wants you all to know that it’s not listening to your microphone to covertly sell you ads, nope, no way, nuh-uh, no siree, no way! Read More >>

gadgets
Researchers Create Special Gloves to Make Blind People More Independent

Clever science/engineering-type folks have revealed a high-tech glove they claim is capable of helping blind and visually-impaired people make their way around independently. The team, made up of University of Nevada and University of Arkansas researchers, says its creation features cameras, microphones and temperature sensors, which combine to collect information about surrounding objects. Read More >>

audio
Gibson’s New Microphones Smear Colour All Over Your Recordings

Do you see the microphone built into your laptop? No? That’s because it’s incredibly tiny, and probably sounds equally unimpressive. Gibson’s Neat Microphones brand wants to change that with a trio of colourful new mics that promise to make you sound better on your next Skype call or podcast. Read More >>

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These Magic Words Will Wake Your Next Intel-Powered Computer

“Cortana, wake up”. Seriously, that’s it. Say those words to a snoozing Windows 10 computer with a sixth-generation Intel Core processor, and it’ll wake right up from sleep. That’s because the new Intel Skylake processors will always be listening for that command, thanks to a low-power digital signal processor (DSP) built right into the chip. Read More >>

gadgets
A Windscreen for Smartphones Means You’ll Never Shout Over a Breeze

The noise-cancelling software your smartphone uses to eliminate background sounds from your voice when making a call is surprisingly good these days, but still not good enough to deal with the deafening crackle from a sudden gust of wind. That's why microphones have those puffy foam covers on the end, and why these Windblockers for smartphones and tablets aren't a terrible idea. Read More >>

cameras
Pop-Up Stereo Mics on Zoom’s Q4 Help Ensure Your Videos Sound Good Too

If there's one telltale sign that a video wasn't produced by a professional, it's usually the crappy sound accompanying the footage. The microphones on a smartphone or a cheap camcorder are awful at best, which is why companies like Sony and Zoom are finally releasing models with stereo mics that will help your productions sound a lot less amateur. Read More >>

science
Incredible Disney Microphone Transmit Sounds Through Your Fingertips

When it comes to secrets, whispering just got outdated. Disney Research has come up with a microphone, straight out of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that doesn't actually amplify your ramblings, but instead turns them into a secret signal you can transmit by touch. Read More >>

HTC One
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The HTC One Could End Up Getting Banned From Europe By Nokia

It seems HTC just can't catch a break. It's got a stellar phone in the One, but it can't get them out the door quick enough because of supply issues, and now Nokia's attempting to ban it. It's managed to get a preliminary injunction against HTC, which could see it barred from sale in Europe. Read More >>

audio
Blue’s Hot iOS Studio Mic Will Make Your Sorry Skills Sound Good

Plenty of iOS and USB mics claim to capture rich "studio sound". Most of them suck. Blue Microphones' new Spark Digital is different, and you can tell just by looking at it. Read More >>

military
World’s Smallest Mic Makes Wearing a Wire a Lot Safer

Stoolies, rats, and snitches might one day have Bahram Azizollah Ganji to thank for not getting killed. Because he just created the world's smallest capacitor microphone, measuring in at just half a millimetre on each side. Read More >>