I'm Up Alarm app rings until you scan a barcode in another room
Each device is paired with a specific QR code that can be printed out and stuck somewhere else in the house. The app developers also say they will be able to print the code onto mugs or magnetic buttons so they can be left in the kitchen to scan while ...
April 13, 2015
Here Are The 5 Coolest Features Coming To The Apple Watch
The watch doubles up as an alarm clock that you can tap to show the time, date and battery life. When the alarm goes off in the morning the Watch's side button and Digital Crown can be used as an off and snooze button. Don't underestimate the allure of ...
June 9, 2015
Hong Kong's MTR: Taking a ride on the world's most envied metro system
MTR generally doesn't release information about every delay or accident, but says the most common incidents result from passengers rushing train doors and sick commuters triggering emergency alarms. After this episode, the incident box is reset and ...
March 29, 2015
Her Majesty's Jihadists
Even as ISIS shocks the world with its public beheadings and its demolition of priceless archaeological sites, its ranks continue to expand, from Boko Haram in sub-Saharan Africa, to Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Afghanistan. In late February, when ...
April 14, 2015
Limey Liars & the Country That Doesnt Love Them
BBC World Service radio thought one way to cover a confusing election would be to invite a confused American to be confused about it. So I went to the U.K. to shine the clear, cold light of ignorance upon the situation. British politics used to be so ...
May 6, 2015
Time for an Apple Watch Software Update
Updates to the device's operating system allow wearers to further customize the watch face for the first time, displaying photos — their own, or time-lapse photography from major world cities. A new feature borrows an A nightstand mode allows the ...
Perry to Texas: Stop Being Insane
When I was reporting out that story, I reached out to a number of presidential contenders' camps for comment and got radio silence. Most of the candidates' spokespeople didn't even bother to reply to my email, and understandably—who wants to go on the ...
May 6, 2015
BBC World Service radio thought one way to cover a confusing election would be to invite a confused American to be confused about it. So I went to the U. K. to shine the clear, cold light of ignorance upon the situation. Since World War II most of the British electorate has voted for either the Labour Party or the Conservative Party—stick it to the toffs or stick it to the proles. The result was what the British call a “two and one-eighth party system”—Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrats (for people who can’t make up their minds and are proud of it). But according to the most recent polls, Labour and Conservatives... The prospect of a parliament where no party holds a majority, a “hung parliament,” is causing the British pundit class (which, like most British social classes, is larger and more obtrusive than any class of people we have in America except... More important than the election that swept Margaret Thatcher into office in 1979. More important the election that swept Winston Churchill out in 1945. So I was told. The election’s importance hinges upon the trap door of neither major party having a sane partner with which to form a coalition government.
Apple Watch’s software is getting an update that will give the recently unveiled device more watch faces and features and will allow developers to write software designed to run on the device. Apple’s Kevin Lynch took the stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference to showcase enhancements for the Apple Watch, which hit the market just six weeks ago. A nightstand mode allows the wearer to turn the watch into an alarm clock when it’s charging overnight on the nightstand. Apple tinkered with a core aspect of the watch, the health and fitness features, so that a workout recorded with a third-party app, such as Strava, will be logged in the device’s activity tracker — and the Siri digital assistant can launch a... Programmers will be able to access the watch’s microphone, play audio out of the watch speaker or watch a short video on the watch face. He said developers could tap into HealthKit to access the wearer’s heart rate data, so when a cyclist goes for a ride, the Strava app can monitor the watch wearer’s heart rate. With access to Apple’s home automation software, HomeKit, Apple Watch owners can now use it to control devices in the home.
An Infowars conspiracy theory about military takeover of the American Southwest might become a surprising wedge issue among Texas’s Republican presidential candidates. The Daily Beast detailed last week how the Jade Helm 15 military training exercises—wherein U. S. Special Operations forces will move throughout the Southwest preparing for atypical warfare conditions—have set off such a noisy panic that Texas’s... Concerns about those training exercises have been fueled by Alex Jones’s goofball site Infowars, which soberly suggested that this might be the beginning of a military war on the Tea Party. Greg Abbott of Texas stated he was directing the Lone Star state’s military to tail U. S. troops in part “to ensure that Texas communities remain safe. ” Abbott’s move generated much levity, with one Texas Democrat consultant suggesting that the governor’s next area of concern might be abominable snowmen. When I was reporting out that story, I reached out to a number of presidential contenders’ camps for comment and got radio silence. Most of the candidates’ spokespeople didn’t even bother to reply to my email, and understandably—who wants to go on the record awkwardly not commenting about a wacky conspiracy theory that has a small but vocal sector of the Republican base buying... On April 21, conservative Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson asked Kentucky Sen.
Technology nice but having the old-fashioned version helpful
MANY PEOPLE will argue that no matter how long they’ve tried to get interested in a digital book ... a landline for awhile yet. I use the alarm on my phone, but we still have a 30-year-old alarm clock radio in our bedroom. Tom has set it as a back ...
August 12, 2015
How to Break the Illusion of Urgency
From the moment we get woken by our radio alarm clocks, pick up the newspaper ... each other to become less dependent on needing to know what is going on in the world 24/7 and more dedicated to knowing what is going on with each other.
August 11, 2015
Can NPR seize its moment?
As on-demand digital listening soars ... also has NPR vets on board. In this new world, high-quality web productions like "Serial," "Mystery Show" and "Criminal" have as much appeal as popular public radio broadcasts. Stalwart "This American Life ...
August 11, 2015
World War II ended with dancing in the streets of Raleigh
Later, Governor Cherry officially requested the closings by radio, broadcast State-wide. Police Chief Ralph Hargrove called in extra patrolmen here shortly after 7 o’clock, and they were ... Only one such alarm had been received late last night.
August 11, 2015
Mobile-geddon! From cash to cameras, smartphones are killing off our everyday essentials
Torches and alarm clocks are set to become redundant. Sales of compact digital cameras have fallen by 40 per cent ... of a bungee jump or the joy of welcoming our first child into the world.' Dr Person believes that it's not just our cameras that will ...
August 11, 2015
Roundhouse Radio: Bringing the hyperlocal to Vancouver’s airwaves
This week, for Say, we check in with Roundhouse Radio, a soon-to-be-launched station that’s focusing on hyperlocal content in a world of podcasts and digital streams ... sitting in the chairs from 6 o’clock until midnight that have a lot to say ...
August 10, 2015
The Psychopath's Guide To Getting Ahead
While they're doing it with great conviction and the backing of science and real-world examples, you’re right to be asking yourself this question: how on earth did this happen? In 2010, Dutton was making a BBC radio documentary, based on his book about ...
August 10, 2015