Audio News for December 23, 2016

by | Dec 23, 2016 | Audio News

Suggested VR Social Platform –  MyVR users can discover, save, stream or share online content including news articles, music and videos. MyVR, available free, enables owners to visit others’ virtual rooms, and hold group voice chats while browsing the web, watching videos, reading articles or listening to music.  It is available for iOS devices at: and Android users at:

New users can choose from five pre-set rooms for their profile. After the coming update, users will be able to use real-life items to design their room. When complete, users select different items in the room to access different feeds of content – such as selecting the TV to watch viral videos or the music player to listen to their favorite songs. Hundreds of trending articles, recipes, videos, photos, music and more will be available the moment they are published. MyVR will bring everything people love to do online into a run and social virtual reality world, taking advantage of the platform’s voice and motion recognition technology to make finding and sharing interesting content easier and more intuitive.

Pono Will Re-Invent Itself as a Streaming Service – Neil Young will change his his Pono hi-fi service to a hi-res streaming one, but other details were not given. Potential users moved on to the streaming service when development of the original download service took too long. Most of the catalog is already online, but the present format is probably not what will be ultimately streamed. It’s not sure that people will pay a premium for something they’re not sure they can hear in the first place. Competitors Tidal and Deezer offer hi-res premium tiers already. The Pono download store went offline in July and there are no predictions when the new streaming service will be launched.

Restricted Chemicals Found by Swedish Lab in Cheap Electronics – Kemi found that almost four out of ten low-price electrical and electronics products examined contained prohibited chemicals. The agency checked 154 products from 84 companies. Phthalates and lead were among the substances of most concern. Lead soldering is not covered in the exemptions, and a high level of lead was discovered inside several products. Short-chain chlorinated paraffins were found in some plastic cords, hazardous to the environment and suspected of causing cancer. Plasticising phthalates were found in several plastic parts. A spokes-person said “Our enforcement project shows that it is common for cheap home electronics to contain prohibited chemicals.”

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