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A beautifully minimalist website that creates ambient music of different themes. Great to work or chill out to.

The pieces featured on this site are not recordings. The music is generated by a different system created for each piece. These systems have been designed such that each performance is unique and plays continuously without repetition.

I questioned why the need for JavaScript audio APIs, but this is a good a reason as any.


Microsoft proves the critics right: We’re heading toward a Chrome-only Web | Ars Technica

One of the greatest fears when Microsoft announced that it was ditching its EdgeHTML rendering engine and switching to Chromium—the open source engine that powers Google’s Chrome, along with a range of others such as Vivaldi, Brave, and Opera—is that Web developers would increasingly take the easy way out and limit their support and testing to Chrome. That would leave Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari, and any other browsers, present or future, out of the fun.

Yep, this is what I expected to happen too. Just not this immediate:

Last week, Microsoft made a major update to the Web version of its Skype client, bringing HD video calling, call recording, and other features already found on the other clients.

And as if to prove a point, the update works only in Edge and Chrome. Firefox, Safari, and even Opera are locked out.

via Microsoft proves the critics right: We’re heading toward a Chrome-only Web | Ars Technica


#Trashtag: The online challenge cleaning places up – BBC News

It’s not often that a viral hashtag on social media goes, well, beyond social media.
But an online challenge encouraging users to clean up places has seen tens of thousands of people doing just that.
In the Trashtag Challenge, users pick a place filled with litter, clean it up, and post before and after pictures.
Volunteers have made beaches, parks and roads trash-free while also raising awareness of the quantity of plastic litter we produce.

via #Trashtag: The online challenge cleaning places up – BBC News

30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb? – World Wide Web Foundation

Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it’s understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. But given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.

via 30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb? – World Wide Web Foundation

This is the important part to me. The web is always evolving, its never finished. We can shape it how we choose.

F1 to award point to driver who sets fastest lap in a grand prix – BBC Sport

Formula 1 is set to change its scoring system this year by giving a point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in a grand prix.

The move is part of a bid to make F1 more appealing and increase audiences.

Bosses of F1 discussed the idea after fan surveys threw it up as one of many proposals that might add extra interest to races.

via F1 to award point to driver who sets fastest lap in a grand prix – BBC Sport

Having seen this make for some interesting racing in Formula-E, I’m OK with this. As long as it doesn’t lead to Mercedes being even more dominant – which, it may.

Embr Wave, An Ingenious Wristband That Automatically Regulates Skin Temperature — Laughing Squid

The Embr Wave is an ingenious wristband developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists that automatically regulates skin temperature, like a personal thermostat. This smart device is worn on the inside of the wrist to access the body’s thermoreceptors and can be easily be switched from hot to cool (or vice versa) on the…

via Embr Wave, An Ingenious Wristband That Automatically Regulates Skin Temperature — Laughing Squid

Really neat idea. Potentially more efficient putting a device on everybody’s wrist than trying to heat/cool vast spaces.

A Tape Dispenser Shaped Like an Old-School Turntable — Laughing Squid

Scotch has created a really cool tape dispenser in the shape of an old-school turntable complete with a mid-century woodgrain facade, a weighted base and a silver stylus arm that threads the tape through for easy tearing. Record player shaped tape dispenser with weighted base for easy dispensing White and woodgrain base with silver arm…

via A Tape Dispenser Shaped Like an Old-School Turntable — Laughing Squid

Flat wine bottles could cut costs and emissions

Made from recycled PET, the bottle has a plastic cap, making recycling easier. It takes up 40% less space and is 87% lighter than conventional bottles.

The company’s carton for 10 flat bottles, being launched at a packaging conference in Birmingham on Wednesday, would hold only four glass bottles of the same 75cl volume.

via Flat wine bottles could cut costs and emissions, says firm | Business | The Guardian

Some impressive savings from some innovative thinking – so much so that the wine industry have to put traditional glass bottles aside and look at this soon.

BBC and ITV set to launch Netflix rival

The new venture is not intended to replace the BBC’s iPlayer or the ITV Hub – the on-demand services where programmes are available for a restricted period of time.

It is expected to have box sets from the BBC and ITV archives.

There will also be some programmes commissioned only for BritBox. Shows would appear on the relevant channels, then on the on-demand services before going on to BritBox.

via BBC and ITV set to launch Netflix rival – BBC News

I’m not really sure what they are trying to do here? Two heads are better than one?

I can’t see huge numbers flocking to this service which then makes it tempting to force people to use this service by denying the content elsewhere – a net loss of their channel content, lower viewing figures, driving people to look at other VOD services content.

As others have pointed out, it doesn’t make the BBC look good having created the content with license fee money and then asking people pay again to watch it later.

And the name. The name.