Audio News for May 13, 2016

Classical Music Blaring from SF Store Curbs Crowd – Studies have shown that classical music can help calm nerves, enhance memory and make pets more calm, but a Burger King in downtown San Francisco is using works of Vivaldi and Bach to help clear a troubled street corner of the mobs that used to hang out there. The music blares out of multiple speakers until 3 AM most nights, although the music is turned down at 11 PM to allow guests are a nearby hotel to sleep.

Amazon Offers Content Creators Video Direct – The new Video Direct service will be a competitor to YouTube, with more flexibility in how content is managed. There are four ways to do it: if everyone is welcome to watch, then your video will be ad-supported, If can also be rented, offered as an add-on subscription, or be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, with the creator getting part of the per-hour royalty fee. The subscription-type option pays content creators 50% of the earned revenue. So far the service has gained favorable reactions from Conde Nast, How StuffWorks, the Guardian and Business Insider.

Hardware Invention: Jack Caps, to Benefit Musicians and Music Lovers – World Patent Marketing announces Jack Caps, a hardware invention to prevent jacks in cables from getting damaged by dust and other harmful elements in the environment. They are made with high quality materials which do not easily deteriorate. The housing is further compartmentalized wth a front and rear portion. When the audio device is not being used, one simply slips it into the Jack Caps.

America’s Dangerous Dead Electronics – Dead electronics make up the world’s fastest-growing source of waste, and the U.S. produces more e-waster than any other country. Toxic materials such as lead and mercury can harm environments and people. Americans send about 50,000 dump trucks’ worth of electronics to recycles each year, but a Seattle-based waste watchdog group concluded that often businesses are exporting electronics rather than recycling them. About a third of the tracked electronics went overseas to Mexico, Taiwan, China and Pakistan. Often they traveled across the Pacific to rural Hong Kong. Many U.S. consumers got their first glimpse of what happens to their discarded electronics in Jim Puckett’s 2001 film Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia. It captured an area in southeastern China that has become known as the world’s biggest graveyard for America’s electronic junk.

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