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William Pursell, Musician of the Nashville Sound, Dies at 94
The two-time Grammy nominee was a studio pianist for country stars. His performance of “Our Winter Love” in 1963 hit the Billboard singles and album charts. He died of the coronavirus.
Raised in Tulare in Californias Central Valley, Mr. Pursell studied composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, interrupting his education during World War II to serve as an arrang… [+1461 chars]
Sam Roberts
2020-09-18 16:20:51




Roy Hammond, Soul Singer Who Birthed a Hip-Hop Heartbeat, Dies at 81
He wrote and produced the Honey Drippers’ “Impeach the President,” which has been sampled countless times and changed the sound of New York rap.
His music sounded like garage soul, said Joe McEwen, a former soul music journalist and radio D.J. and the senior vice president of A&R at Concord Music Group. There was something a little rawer … [+1121 chars]
Jon Caramanica
2020-09-21 21:54:32




Endel raises $5M to create personalized ‘sound environments’ that improve productivity and sleep
The pitch for Berlin-based Endel is pretty straightforward, according to its co-founder and CEO Oleg Stavitsky. “The way I usually describe Endel is: This is a technology that is built to help you focus, relax and sleep,” Stavitsky told me. “Of course, the wa…
The pitch for Berlin-based Endel is pretty straightforward, according to its co-founder and CEO Oleg Stavitsky. “The way I usually describe Endel is: This is a technology that is built to help you f… [+3703 chars]
Anthony Ha
2020-09-23 11:00:10




How to Find New Movies With Influences Similar to Your Favorite Films
If you’ve ever finished watching a movie and wished you had something similar lined up next, but aren’t exactly sure what that is, there’s a website that can help. It’s called Cinetrii, and it does more than your average “what to watch next” feature on stream…
If youve ever finished watching a movie and wished you had something similar lined up next, but arent exactly sure what that is, theres a website that can help. Its called Cinetrii, and it does more … [+3864 chars]
Elizabeth Yuko
2020-09-20 14:00:00




Google's latest smart speaker is the $99 Nest Audio
Google’s Nest Audio was all but revealed already when it appeared in a Walmart a week ago, but now it’s official. The company just announced its latest Google-powered speaker at its annual Pixel event. As you can tell from the pictures, the Nest Audio is a fa…
Google’s Nest Audio was all but revealed already when it appeared in a Walmart a week ago, but now it’s official. The company just announced its latest Google-powered speaker at its annual Pixel even… [+597 chars]
Nicole Lee
2020-09-30 18:13:10




Vinyl Sales Beat CDs While Still Managing to Lose
For a lot of folks, records (in the year of our dark lord 2020) are one of those things you either “get” or just don’t. While its resurgence has spawned its fair share of hate-fueled rants asking why we’re falling for the greatest scam ever played on us at t…
For a lot of folks, records (in the year of our dark lord 2020) are one of those things you either get or just dont. While its resurgence has spawned its fair share of hate-fueled rants asking why we… [+2855 chars]
Shoshana Wodinsky
2020-09-14 16:15:00




Google's Nest Audio speaker revealed early by Walmart
One of the products Google is expected to unveil at its September 30th event is a Nest Audio speaker. You don’t have to wait until that day to confirm that it does indeed have a Nest branding and to see what its packaging looks like, though: Twitter user Marc…
One of the products Google is expected to unveil at its September 30th event is a Nest Audio speaker. You don’t have to wait until that day to confirm that it does indeed have a Nest branding and to … [+1099 chars]
Mariella Moon
2020-09-24 08:55:39




5 of the best budget computer speakers for your home office
Now that so many people are working from home full-time, a lot of us are spending a lot of time in front of our home computers. And if there’s one thing that’s true about most computers, it’s that they have pretty terrible built-in speakers.  Chances are, you…
Now that so many people are working from home full-time, a lot of us are spending a lot of time in front of our home computers. And if theres one thing thats true about most computers, its that they … [+4943 chars]
Joseph Green
2020-09-09 04:00:00




Qualcomm hopes to topple AirPods Pro with ‘adaptive’ noise cancellation for true wireless earbuds
Qualcomm’s new Adaptive Noise Cancellation technology can automatically adjust the effectiveness of noise canceling based on how earbuds fit your ear — even if there’s not a tight seal.
Theyll automatically adjust the sound based on how they fit you Image: Qualcomm Qualcomm is today announcing Adaptive Noise Cancellation for true wireless earbuds, which it calls a new technology d… [+2024 chars]
Chris Welch
2020-09-03 07:30:00




Save over 50% on a pair of wireless Skullcandy earbuds
TL;DR: Listen on the go with a pair of Skullcandy Indy™ True Wireless earbuds for just $39.99, a 52% savings as of Sept. 25.  Wireless headphones are only as good as their battery life, which is why we like the Skullcandy Indy Earbuds: You'll get up to 16 ho…
TL;DR: Listen on the go with a pair of Skullcandy Indy True Wireless earbuds for just $39.99, a 52% savings as of Sept. 25.  Wireless headphones are only as good as their battery life, which is why … [+720 chars]
Veronika Kero
2020-09-25 09:00:00




If You Hate Your Ears, Then Why Not Build a Portable Floppy Disk Walkman?
There have been a lot of questionable portable music player formats over the years (does anyone remember the Iomega HipZip?), but Terence Eden’s homebrew Walkman that plays entire albums off of old-school 3.5-inch floppy disks is an obscure masterpiece. If yo…
There have been a lot of questionable portable music player formats over the years (does anyone remember the Iomega HipZip?), but Terence Edens homebrew Walkman that plays entire albums off of old-sc… [+1950 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2020-09-22 16:40:00




Lenovo is giving premium Android tablets another go
One of the devices Lenovo has announced today is a premium Android tablet that the company says is its most powerful one yet. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro has an 11.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. While Lenovo …
Lenovo’s new pro tablet will come with an optional keyboard and pen, as well as Microsoft Office apps. It also has four JBL speakers optimized by Dolby Atmos, as well as smart algorithms for user-fac… [+1058 chars]
Mariella Moon
2020-08-31 13:00:39




High-tech hearing aids for gadget lovers
At this year’s CES, I wrote about a new wave of smart hearing tech. Some were assistive devices designed for those with only mild problems. Others were full-fledged hearing aids stuffed with smart features. This year, hearing technology continues to move away…
Both the Phonak Paradise and the Widex Moment offer all the features you’d expect from a hearing aid, including different hearing modes/profiles, a discreet design and the choice of rechargeable or 3… [+13662 chars]
James Trew
2020-09-29 13:30:39




Bose introduces a new pair of sleep-focused earbuds
Sleep is tough to come by even when there isn’t a pandemic raging. Even when it doesn’t feel like the world is coming apart at the seams every damn day. Bose’s original Sleepbuds pre-date the current desperate moment of “coronasomnia” (not my turn of phrase, …
Sleep is tough to come by even when there isnt a pandemic raging. Even when it doesnt feel like the world is coming apart at the seams every damn day. Boses original Sleepbuds pre-date the current de… [+2078 chars]
Brian Heater
2020-09-22 15:25:19




If 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2' is a feast, local multiplayer is dessert
I take full responsibility for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 video uploaded to the Engadget YouTube channel this week. Everything except the editing -- which was minimal and lovely, by the way -- is entirely my fault. I like to think my video game skills…
Our combos and landing skills have improved since then, but the video remains a valid example of early-game THPS. It takes time and rhythm to play smoothly, to feel the weight of the skater falling b… [+1926 chars]
Jessica Conditt
2020-09-03 13:00:49




Sam Hunt’s Latest Country Hit: A 1950s Honky-Tonk Classic + a Hip-Hop Beat
The Nashville boundary-pusher and five all-star collaborators built “Hard to Forget” around a sample of Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass.” See how they made it sound modern in the latest Diary of a Song.
Hello. Hey. Whats going on? You face the criticism that youre not country enough. If the tone of a drum is the difference between country music and pop music, thats a pretty ridiculous statement to m… [+9064 chars]
Joe Coscarelli
2020-09-10 09:00:14




Beats' Solo Pro headphones are cheaper than ever on Amazon
Beats headphones can be a sweet spot for those that like bass-heavy audio but want the many conveniences that come with Apple’s AirPods. While Beats devices tend to be expensive, you can get one of the company’s most impressive headphones to date at an all-ti…
Beats made a lot of improvements to the Solo Pro that helped these models earn a score of 81 from us. First and foremost, the sound and ANC quality are excellent — there’s plenty of bass, a feature m… [+1642 chars]
Valentina Palladino
2020-09-08 13:15:47




CD Players Are Back From the Dead and Now Work With Airpods
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, sales of vinyl records surpassed compact discs for the first time since the ‘80s. What’s more surprising is that people are still actually buying CDs, and if you’re one of the loyal few who refuses t…
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, sales of vinyl records surpassed compact discs for the first time since the 80s. Whats more surprising is that people are still actually bu… [+2919 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2020-09-17 16:22:00




Listeners Found Beverly Glenn-Copeland. It Was Time.
In the 1970s and ’80s, his music went largely unheralded, but an audience finally caught up. A new career-spanning mixtape, “Transmissions,” traces the evolution of a life fully in bloom.
A lot of us fall in love with love because we dont want to be alone. Part of myself was not whole, he said. After my last relationship, I finally accepted that I was OK with being alone for the rest … [+1591 chars]
Grayson Haver Currin
2020-09-14 18:19:35




Gary Peacock, Master Jazz Bassist, Is Dead at 85
He was a free-jazz pioneer early on before becoming the enduring third leg of a Keith Jarrett trio, infusing American standards with a Zen sensibility.
Gary George Peacock was born on May 12, 1935, in Burley, Idaho, in the southern part of the state, and grew up in various places in the Northwest. His father, Edgar Peacock, worked as a business cons… [+1421 chars]
Giovanni Russonello
2020-09-09 22:56:14
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