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World Backup Day, and speakers from iothinks

In an effort to promote safe computing, March 31 is “World Backup Day”. You can get more information about it at http://www.worldbackupday.com

We play Name That Term…but this time, it’s the “networking” edition.

And we talk about iothinks.com which has developed speakers smart enough to stream music, read news, talk to other gadgets and more…automatically, when you want and need…based on your habits!

Compete for prizes (headphones and clothing) on Pinterest!

Like fashion? Like headphones? Like Pinterest?  Well, then…

A “MOMENTUM for beautiful people” contest is now in progress. Prizes are Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones, and Drykorn clothing vouchers. Per the press release:


To enter the competition…create Pinterest mood boards that showcase designs, fashion ideas and products that they feel complement the new MOMENTUM headphones and this season’s Drykorn styles.”

How it works? Just repin one of the MOMENTUM versions with complementary clothing or accessories from Drykorn. Then, its time to exercise your good taste! Find 5-10 items to pin on your personal mood board that best reflect the lifestyle and look of our signature items. Make sure to tag all the items pinned to your board with the hashtag #MOMENTUMforbeautifulpeople – then you’re ready to submit the URL of your board to us. As inspiration, Sennheiser has created pinboards for both the MOMENTUM Black and MOMENTUM Brown including matching Drykorn items, showcasing the pure design language and vision behind the award-winning headphones.

…Four winning style boards will be chosen and each winner will receive a pair of Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones and Drykorn vouchers worth $650.

…Follow Sennheiser on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/sennheiser) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Sennheiser). The MOMENTUM Style competition on Pinterest will run between 22 April and 6 June.


Slice and dice MP3s really nice!

I’m impressed…and that’s not easy to do, ’cause I tend to want too much.

A press release was sent to me about the MP3 Toolkit:

“…a free and powerful Windows app includes MP3 converter, CD ripper, tag editor, MP3 cutter, MP3 merger and MP3 recorder for users who want to handle MP3 files easier.

“You can use MP3 Toolkit to convert audio…fix tag information, rip Audio CD, record sound or merge audio pieces to a complete MP3 file.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I’ll install it and check it out…one day.

That day did come…it was at 5 A.M. that day (finding free time ain’t easy with my schedules)…

“MP3 Recorder is designed to…record any sound from the microphone to standard MP3 format without any limitation on length. Also it’s possible to record streaming audio provided that the sound card supports sound mixing…select sample rate, bitrate and channels…”

“CD to MP3 Ripper…choose bitrate, maximal VBR bitrate, encoding quality…rip the audio from CD to MP3, WMA, APE or WAV…”

“MP3 Converter…MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AC3, AAC or AMR…customize other settings such as bitrate, rate, audio channel…It can also extract the audio stream from popular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, etc.”

“MP3 Merger…select files in MP3, WAVE, FLAC or OGG, specify the output settings such as bitrate, rate, audio channel…offers a batch mode that enables merging multiple files in the fully unattended manner…”

“MP3 Cutter…It also has the ability to cut a part of music from a video file, or a movie.”

“MP3 Tag Editor…It supports all ID3v1 and ID3v2 versions. Also, the editor will allow you to edit album photos and lyrics.”

I’ve been looking for something like this: I want to record audio “letters” or “diaries”, stitch them together…and then send the file (or files).

(Some of the formats that are) Supported are…

MP3 Toolkit Input Audio/Video Formats:

MP3 Toolkit Output Audio Formats:
MP3, AC3, AAC (Apple Audio), OGG, AMR, WMA, FLAC, APE, WAV, MPG (Audio)

MP3 Toolkit is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, 2003, VISTA and 7…and Windows 8.



Philips and O’Neill “Stretch” headphones

A brown, plain box was delivered and then was handed to me.  Sometimes, you never know:  it could be a good thing, or…

It was the Philips | O’Neill Stretch SHO9561 headphones.  And they are a great thing.
Of their new line-up (see below), these are the toughest:  they’re impact, and stress/crack, resistant. “The headband is constructed with TR55 superstretch polymer…ensuring these headphones are extremely tough and flexible.”

Really?  I thought they were making it up.  Until I found:
Klegecell TR 55 High-performance Expanded Polymer Foam Core Material

OK.  It’s for real.  Durability:  “check”…

The Stretch headphones have an open acoustic system with 40 millimeters dynamic drivers to provide clear audio, and very deep bass.  The frequency response is 12 – 24 000 Hz.
The cord connected to the headphones is about 2 inches (50.8 mm) long.  It’s very convenient for when you need/want to disconnect from the source of the audio and move away for an extended distance:  you don’t need to take the headphones off, and take a long cable/cord with you.  A 4 foot (1.2 m) fabric cable is provided.

“Inspired by the latest in ski technology the cable quickly disconnects from the headband whenever the cable is caught”…the 3.5 mm stereo connectors on the cables are reinforced to prevent breakage.

The Stretch headphones have an auto-fit, stretchable, cushioned inner band.  The ear cushions are very soft, and isolate sound so noises outside of the headphones won’t interfere with what you’re trying to listen to.  I wore them for hours, and have no complaints.  I even wore them to dampen the noises that others were making around me…and in the hope that they would see the headphones and not try to talk to me (I wanted to ignore them, and for them to ignore me…it worked).

They are available in “Black Bordeauh” and “Powder White”.


The Snug model doesn’t have the suspension-type, cushioned, inner band.  And could be a better choice for some who tend to wear their hair in a very large “afro” style as I often do (see pictures on our website:  http://TechtalkRadio.com).

The Covert is an in-ear model with controls for iPhones, and The Specked has tough cords.

Before you go to their website, turn down the volume on your computer speakers.