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March 30 2013


Tivoli Remix, The Hansen Family

Si chiama The Hansen Family. E’ uno studio Norvegese che realizza elementi d’arredo di design col legno. E poi c’è Tivoli Audio che realizza prodotti audiofonici, in particolare radio. Il risultato del mix tra i due si chiama “Tivoli Remix”, questo mobile dal design essenziale e dal gusto molto vintage. Impossibile da non desiderare nello studio o nel salotto di casa.

Per chi invece ha meno pretese c’è Sound Sideboard, il fratellino più piccolo. Decisamente meno d’impatto ma pur sempre molto elegante da tenere in bella vista.

The Hansen Family, Tivoli Sound Sideboard

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April 13 2011


Audio from “The State of Web Design & Publishing”

Jeffrey Zeldman has posted his SXSW panel talk online with discussions including the talented Dan Mall, Mandy Brown and Roger Black. Great to listen to as you work this morning.

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January 18 2011


The Web is Changing: HTML5 and Native Media Support

If you’re a web designer, you’ve almost certainly heard of HTML5 by now. The next big step in the HTML standard, HTML5 has been in the works since 2004, and brings a lot of changes to the web. Today, I’d simply like to acquaint you with some new media features in HTML5 in the hopes that you’ll begin implementing these features into your own design now.

Native video support

Until just recently, playing video on a website has been anything but simple. Depending on what site you browse, you may need one of several 3rd party extensions or software. Watching a movie trailer on one website may require Quicktime, while watching a video of a cat playing a keyboard on YouTube would require Adobe Flash.

While most of these software packages are pretty common and relatively easy to download, requiring additional software makes video less accessible to more people. While some users can’t be bothered to install a required extension for their browser, some devices won’t support software altogether(ie: Apple won’t support Flash on its iPad and iPhone devices.)

Browsers are now evolving to support video content by default, without any 3rd party add-ons. A new <video> tag allows developers to specify multiple file formats that allows different browsers and devices to play video depending on what codecs the browser is capable of playing.

The <video> syntax is very straightforward, and we won’t be going into detail here. If you’d like to learn more, Dev.Opera has a great piece on building a custom HTML5 video player.

Native audio support

Like video, audio is becoming natively supported by the next generation of web browsers. While this may not seem particularly exciting a feature to some of you (I expect many developers to groan at the idea of a new generation of websites that play music in the background), there will certainly be an emergence of new conventions for using audio effectively on the web.

What makes audio & video really exciting are some of the other new features in HTML5…

Media capture via browser

Consider the requirements (for the user and for the web application) to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Uploading a profile picture using a webcam
  • Sending a voice message to a contact
  • Having an audio/video conversation with a contact

All of these tasks seem super normal. Normal as they seem, these tasks all require additional software outside of a browser to make them possible. For taking a photo from a webcam, we need Flash or some webcam capture software. For having conversations over the web, we need an application like Skype or a Flash-powered chatroom.

While talented developers and companies have created solutions across multiple platforms to accomplish these tasks (ie: Skype for desktops and mobile devices), our limits are easy to see.

It won’t be long until next-gen browsers make these tasks possible without additional software. Many details are still being worked out, but it shouldn’t take much time before we are able to give our users the ability to select input devices to stream audio and video, take a profile picture via the web, or have video conversations from a web browser without plugins… from mobile devices.

To get an idea of what will soon be available, you may want to check out the W3C draft on HTML Media Capture. You may also want to check out this outstanding demo Ericsson Labs has shared showing off voice and video streaming using a custom WebKit build. It’s very exciting to see how this might actually work in the very near future.

We can start developing now

The new <video> and <audio> tags work in all modern browsers (and will also work in Internet Explorer 9). Progress on APIs for working with devices like microphones and webcams from browsers is coming along steadily as well. We’re at a point as developers where we really should be working these new standards into our own projects if we’re not already doing so.

Developers that have been waiting for these features: It’s time to stop waiting. The next generation of web applications has already begun.

A lot could be said in regards to why now is the time to start implementing these new features into your development, but I’ll save those arguments for another time. There is one item I’d like to address now, however.

When there are drastic changes on the web, adoption can take years. It’s inevitable that you’ll hear some people say, “I can’t wait for CSS3/HTML5/[Feature] to be supported for everyone.” Despite knowing that “X” Feature is exactly what they need to craft a certain experience, many developers will wait ages before implementing new features because they aren’t 100% compatible with all browsers/devices.

It’s not the late adopters that are praised for their patience. The early adopters are the ones who reap the benefits of creating ingenious new experiences and pave the way for conventions and cross-platform behavior.

Where to start?

Maybe you’ve already familiarized yourself with a lot of the new features and syntax arriving with HTML5. Outstanding. You’re already ahead of the game, and there isn’t a better time to start implementing these features into your work.

However, there’s no reason to be afraid if you’re not familiar with all the new stuff—in fact, even if you’ve never touched HTML before, you’re timing for getting started with HTML5 is impeccable. We’re at a bit of turning point in regards to site structure, and a lot of old conventions are going to be tossed out in the months to come. Please, please, please… start educating yourself now about HTML5 (and CSS3 + Javascript).

There are a lot of really wonderful resources available to help you get started. I’d highly recommend checking out Marcin Wichary’s presentation on HTML5. A List Apart has also published a really nice preview/primer of HTML5 that should help you acquaint yourself with what’s changing in the next iteration of the HTML standard. Finally, our friends at Smashing Magazine have also published a great look at HTML5 and the future of the web.

I wish I had some books to share with all of you today, but sadly, there aren’t many books on HTML5 available yet. The few I have seen, I haven’t had the opportunity to glance through yet. If you’ve had a chance to read a good book on HTML5, please be sure to share with us in the comments below.

To wrap this up, I’d highly recommend at least acquainting yourself with browsing through the W3C Specification on HTML5. They’re super content-heavy, difficult to read, and ultra-specific (as a specification should be), but there is a lot of useful information in the official specification. Learning to browse through the specification will absolutely be useful in the early years of working with HTML5.

Hope you all enjoyed this brief look into some new media abilities coming to the web. Please tell us if you know of any useful resources for getting started with HTML5. We hope to bring some more in-depth pieces on integrating new web standards in the coming weeks.

September 05 2010


A short course in audio branding

The graphics in this six and a half minute video aren’t great, but if you’re interested in branding, the subject matter should be (audio branding). Uploaded to YouTube a year ago, the video has racked-up just 4,000 views. I think it’s worth spreading a little further.

“Sound branding (also known as audio branding, sonic branding, acoustic branding, or sonic mnemonics) is the use of sound to reinforce brand identity. Sound branding is increasingly becoming a vehicle for conveying a memorable message to targeted consumers, taking advantage of the powerful memory sense of sound.”

Via Delphine Hirasuna, editor of issue">@issue

Audio branding elsewhere:
Building Brand Value Through the Strategic Use of Sound, on AIGA

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August 30 2010


5 Free Tools To Download Or Create Movie Subtitles

The subtitles for a movie serve an important purpose. If your hearing is impaired or if you do not speak the language used in a movie, reading the subtitles can greatly help in keeping up with what goes on in every scene. If you have rented a DVD, chances are that it includes subtitles. But if you have downloaded a movie it might not have subtitles accompanying it.

To get subtitles for movies and TV shows, there are a number of free tools available online. These tools help you obtain subtitles and, in some cases, let you add subtitles of your own. Check out the list of 5 such tools that we have gathered below. lets you search for subtitles for movies. You can choose your desired language of subtitles. Supported languages include Farsi, Hebrew, Slovenian, and many more. Most of the subtitles include file format and FPS (frames per second) with them.


DivxSubtitles is another online database for subtitles for movies. The site offers better search options that include language, file format, date of upload, number of CDs, minimum quality, and name of movie.


Movie subtitles are not that hard to find online. What are hard to find are subtitles for television shows. Through TVsubtitles you can look for subtitles for most popular TV shows. Subtitles can be found in a variety of languages including English, French, Polish, Italian, Romanian, and many others.


SubtitleSync lets you search for movies and TV subtitles. Additionally it offers online apps for synchronizing, splitting, and merging your subtitle files. If the only subtitles file you can find is out of sync, then these online tools can be of great help.


Aegisub is an advanced subtitles tools. The tool is installable and comes in version for Windows, Mac OS, and Unix. You can use Aegisub to create subtitles and position them exactly where you want in your video. You can also edit the font style and size using this program. Existing subtitle files can also be modified.

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June 22 2010


How To: Turn Android Based Phone Into Wireless iTunes Remote Control

The iTunes media player is used by many people. Its integration with the App Store allows you to easily stream and purchase the music you like. Although it has an unusually large download size (when compared to other media players), its interface features combine to form a competent media player that has many fans.

If you are an iPhone or any other Apple device user, you might already have stumbled across an application or two that enables remotely controlling iTunes. But if you own an Android smartphone, the chances to find an iTunes compatible app are very slim. TuneRemote however, is an Android application that is not only compatible with iTunes but also lets you control the player remotely through your phone.

Read on the following the 5-step guide to learn how TunesRemote can be used to wirelessly control your iTunes player.

Step 1: This is for Mac users. If you are a Mac user, you will first need to configure your firewall in order to enable remote controlling of iTunes. Go to System Preferences -> Security, then click on the Firewall tab. Click on the Set Access for Specific Services button and select iTunes from the Application list (click on the + to add application).


Step 2: This is the second step for Mac users and first for Windows users. Open iTunes and enter its preferences. In the Sharing tab, make sure the Share my library on my local network is checked. If you want tighter security, you can assign a password for the sharing.


Step 3: You can now start up TunesRemote on your Android smartphone. Most probably it will automatically find and add your shared iTunes library. In case the library is not automatically detected, you can manually add your library by accessing TunesRemote’s Manual Add option and entering your computer’s IP address along with the following pairing code: 0000000000000001.


Step 4: Now head back to iTunes where you will now be able to see an Android device option in the side pane. Click on this option and enter 0000 in the passcode screen; you will see a resultant screen confirming successful connection.


Step 5: You are all done. Congratulate yourself on being able to control iTunes through your Android smartphone. Now invite your friends over and show off your phone’s abilities.

You can search for TunesRemote at the Android Marketplace; if you cannot find it there, download the .apk from

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June 21 2010


Soundation: Full Fledge Browser Based Music Mixing Web App

If you are looking for a way to create music, you no longer need to master any instrument. All you need to know is how to use a computer and visit Soundation.

Soundation is a free to use website that provides sound loops and an interactive UI to play with those loops. You can overlap loops, modify their speeds, and do many other neat things to create wonderful new tracks. Although a signup is not required, it is better if you do register for an account. You sign up on the homepage of the site. When you first log in you are presented with numerous purchasable sound loop packs.


If you are planning to use Soundation professionally and extensively you might require at least one of these loops; however Soundation itself has an impressive number of free loops available.


This is what the Soundation player looks like:


All the fun part is in the right pane. This is where all the sound loops are. These loops are in WAV format and you can drag them to the middle pane, which is your sound canvas. It takes a little time for the sound loop to load up; during the loading you see a progress screen which shows you how much of the download has been completed.


Once the loading is finished you can see the file in your player canvas and can move it around wherever you want.


To overlap certain tracks, all you do is place them on top (or on bottom) of the other.


The way you place them determines what time the overlapping will begin.

The left pane of the Soundation player is something music professionals will take advantage of. This pane is for audio channels.


The bottom pane of the player is where you can play, pause, etc. your music.


These controls can be used to play back what you have just created. They also show the time duration of your audio clip. The second button to the absolute left lets you add / vary numerous parameters to the sound.


The second button to the most right presents a virtual keyboard which can be used to record sounds.


The third button from the right is where you can download your created music in WAV format. Alternatively you can publish your song on Soundation’s website and obtain the URL of your audio.


Soundation presents its visitors with a simple way to create music. Professionals and novices alike will have a lot of fun on the website. Click here to visit Soundation’s homepage and here to visit its player.

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June 09 2010


BlogRadio: A Tool To Convert RSS Feeds Into Audio

RSS feeds are a great way to catch up on website updates. You can simply have the RSS feed view all the latest material on a site without having to look for it manually. However reading many RSS feeds can get a little too tiresome for the eyes because of the extensive reading. To ease your management of RSS feeds, give BlogRadio a try.

BlogRadio is a freeware desktop application based on Adobe Air. The tool gathers your RSS updates and reads them out for you. It uses great text-to-speech techniques to produce almost natural male / female reading voices.


To get started with BlogRadio you will first need to download it. Since it is based on Air, it is multiplatform and can be used by Windows, Mac, and Linux computer users. After installation this is what BlogRadio will look like:


(* You can resize the window to suit your monitor’s resolution and view all BlogRadio’s buttons.)

Initially, BlogRadio’s main pane will be empty. You will need to use the “Add” button under the left pane of RSS feeds add new feeds.


After you have successfully added the feed, the updates will be shown in the left pane.


You can highlight any entry and its corresponding updates will be shown to the right, in the middle pane.


In this pane, you can click on any entry and use the button under this pane to start the reading.


Each entry will take a short amount of time to load up before it can be played so you might have to wait a while, depending on the speed of your connection.

To change the voice the feed is being read in, use the “Test the Voices!” button in the top row of buttons.


This button will show you options of voice which you can test out and select.


In conclusion, if you use RSS feeds and are looking for a way to improve their convenience level, BlogRadio will not disappoint.

Visit BlogRadio @ and get its desktop application.

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May 10 2010


3 Chrome Extensions To Enhance Your Grooveshark Music Listening Experience

Streaming music online lets us listen to any song without having anything stored on our computer. Moreover since the procedure takes place in our browser, it does not depend on our operating system so any OS user can stream music online.

One wonderful online music streaming website is Grooveshark. Visitors can quickly create an account (although an account is not necessary to start streaming music), then go on and create their playlist. Playlists are played within the built-in player of Grooveshark.

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My default web browser is Google Chrome and while using Grooveshark on it, I came across 3 wonderful Chrome extensions that enhanced my overall experience on Grooveshark. For the benefit of all my Chrome using readers (who are also Grooveshark fans), I am going to share these wonderful extension. Read about and install each one; they all serve an important purpose.

1. Ads-Free Grooveshark


Grooveshark offers paid and free plans to its users. Free accountholders are shown ads in their Grooveshark interface – something which is quite distracting and bothersome to some users. This Chrome extension does exactly what its name suggests: it removes those ads. What I liked most about Ads-free Grooveshark that there were no options to set up; the ads simply disappeared once I started installed the extension.

Click here to get Ads-free Grooveshark.

2. ChromeShark


ChromeShark is another Chrome extension that neatly complements the Grooveshark experience in Chrome. It places an icon in our address bar which, when clicked, shows us very basic audio player controls. These controls include previous song, play/pause, next song, and stop.

Click here to get ChromeShark.

3. keySharky


While we have the Grooveshark’s player open, we can use keyboard shortcuts which let us control the player like any other audio player. These hotkey shortcuts are introduced by keySharky. The extension lets us change the default hotkey combinations in its options.

Click here to get keySharky.

Using all these 3 extensions on your Chrome will surely enhance your Grooveshark experience.

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April 26 2010

13:16 Store & Access Your Music Anywhere With AudioBox Cloud Music Player

If you are an avid music fan like me, you will surely love the application I have got for you today. Today all music is electronically stores and there is a good chance that all your music collection exists as mp3 files. Mp3 files are portable and can be carried around in flash drives as well as cellphones and mp3 players. But what if you have none of these things with you and only the internet? What if you want to listen to your favorite songs?

Of course you could use an audio streaming website to listen to your song but who knows how long it would take to find your song. A much better alternative is AudioBox.


AudioBox is a free website that provides registered users with 1GB of online storage to host their music audio files. Once our music has been stored into our AudioBox account, we can use any internet-equipped computer to access and listen to our music. We listen and add our music using the in-browser tool and require nothing to download and install. Before we do any of this however, we must first sign up for a free account.


After signing up, you receive an email which you have to open and click on the confirmation link it contains. You will then be directed to your AudioBox dashboard.


To open your web player, click on the “Cloud Web Player” tab in the top row of tabs.


Here we can easily add, organize, and listen to the music on our computer.

Next time whenever we want to listen to our music, we can log on to AudioBox and access our stored music anywhere.

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April 24 2010


Cut MP3: An Introduction To Full Fledged Online MP3 Cutter

Before I started using torrents, I used to download songs from websites like MP3Raid. When I downloaded these songs, I transferred them onto my cellphone for later listening. However some of the songs were quite long and I wanted to cut them short. For this I used an MP3 editor to cut out a portion of the song. Even now when I have to extract a portion of the song for later listening or to set it as my ringtone, I use the MP3 editor which I have installed on my computer.

CutMP3 is a website that eliminated my need to have an audio editor installed on my computer for cutting out portions of songs.


CutMP3 is a website with a remarkable user friendly interface. The function of the site is quite simple: to enable its visitors to upload audio files and cut portions out of it. CutMP3 provides this service to its visitors free of any charge.

In order to use CutMP3, we must first upload a file using the “Open MP3” button


The file we upload is then presented in an audio player on the site.


We click on the “Play” button to start our recording and on the “Stop” button to end it. The sliders located at the bottom can also alter the length of our audio.


Finally we achieve our extracted audio and can save it onto our hard drive by clicking on the “cut” button.


CutMP3 is a simple to use website that will be a great help to anybody looking to cut off a portion from an MP3 audio file. Give the site a try and drop a comment to let us know what you think.

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November 26 2009


15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For

Today, we are going to say big Thank You to everyone who support us, appreciate us, love us and always be there for us when we need them. So, how can we forget those that makes our computer life easier and did the tremendous work for us. They delivered us those applications/softwares that help us to get the routine work done for our daily use. There are many that we can not count and list down exactly but we are tried to make a list of 15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For. And Yes! Happy Thanksgiving all of you too

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WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.



With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.


Firefox 3.5 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.



Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.



GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.



Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.



Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.


FileZilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, FTPS and SFTP client a lot of features, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server for Windows. It has a powerful Site Manager and transfer queue and drag & drop support.


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment. This is based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.


TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.This is a cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.



Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. It includes tools for modeling – fast subdivision surface and polygon tools, multi-resolution mesh sculpting, metaballs, NURBS, vector fonts, and curves; uv mapping; shaders and texturing – both paint based and node based; ik and fk animation tools with rigging, constraints, skinning, morph targets, drivers, deformers, and modifiers; simulation tools including hard bodies, soft body, cloth, and fluids; and particle systems including hair. Blender has integrated rendering with both its native renderer and the raytracer Yafray as well supporting many external renderers; and python based scripting.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together etc.



VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.



BitTorrent 6 is a client that transfers large videos, audios or softwares in a faster and cheaper way. A ‘client’ in this case is a computer program that follows the rules of a protocol. The BitTorrent 6 client will give you access to the world of content on the protocol in a lightweight, fast and reliable package.


Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Mozilla Firefox As An Open Source Faster, Safer And Smarter Web Browser


Mozilla Firefox is a fast and powerful web browser designed to run on both Linux and Windows. There are far fewer issues with spyware, adware, and pop ups making it far more secure than Internet Explorer.


Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver


Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

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