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Audio News for May 12, 2015

Spotify Now Available on DTS Wireless Home System – The now CD-quality option Spotify streaming service has joined the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem. Their Premium subscribers can now stream their music at CD quality over their existing Wi-Fi network to their favorite connected speaker brands using Play-Fi technology. This includes Definitive Technology, Polk, Phorus and Wren. They can stream lossless audio from any device to multiple rooms, zones and devices at the same time. Spotify has more than 30 million songs available to more than 15 million Premium subscribers. The Spotify app shows and controls all enabled speakers. The technology also works over Ethernet, Powerline, and other IP-based networking technologies, with no need then for bridges or routers. It is compatible with Android, iOS and Kindle Fire and has access to over 20,000 radio stations, podcasts, media servers, and select cloud-based music services.

Electronic Devices Kept Plugged In When Not in Use Waste Money – Those devices around your home which you leave plugged in when they’re idle could be wasting $19 billion a year across the country. The Natural Resources Defense Council produced a report saying there’s been an explosion of always-on electronic devices, appliances, and other plugged-in equipment that constantly use energy even when they’re not in operation. This idle load is a huge energy drain and much of it is energy waste. The council said such electricity consumption could translate to a per-home cost of $165 a year. Among offenders are TVs, modems, computers, AV devices and printers and copiers. Also household fans, lighting, recirculation pumps and aquarium equipment.

Home Depot to Put Apple Pay in Its 2000 Stores – The largest retailer yet to accept the Apple Pay mobile-payment platform hopes to add it soon to the stores in their chain. Other retailers who have adopted the platform are Macy’s and Whole Foods Market.  Some others are betting on the Merchant Customer Exchange, founded in 2012 by Wal-Mart and Target. That option is still being developed. The biggest banks and credit-card networks see Apple Pay as a way to accelerate the adoption of mobile payments. It works with the newest versions of the iPhone, essentially turning them into digital wallets.

May 1946 – Sony Electronics Founded In the Ruins of Post-War Japan – Mr. Morita tracked down his friend Mr. Ibuka after reading that he had invented a shortwave converter. They had worked together on a heat-seeking guided missle system during the war. With the equivalent of around $1500 they founded Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, and their first consumer product was an electric rice cooker, which failed commercially.

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