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Naim Introduces mu-so™

London 24th April 2014. The wireless music system to bring Naim musical enjoyment to every home. Naim today announced their long expected and awaited home music system, mu-so. Mu-so is a wireless music system designed to transform your music into incredible sonic experiences. Naim streaming, amplification and speaker technology combined to deliver the best music the world has to offer.

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Google Play Music Timeline

This really interesting chart shows popularity of music genres over time.  This is the explanation from Google

The Music Timeline shows genres of music waxing and waning, based on how many Google Play Music users have an artist or album in their music library, and other data (such as album release dates).

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Google Play Music Timeline

Naim previews Statement at CES

International CES Las Vegas NV, 7th January 2014. Naim Audio, the UK’s largest and most successful specialist hi-fi manufacturer, will preview its new reference pre and power amplifiers at an invitation only event at CES Las Vegas from today.

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Focal: Sound goes to Las Vegas!

Focal, the flagship of French acoustic quality, will once again be demonstrating its emblematic expertise and unique experience at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (CES) to be held in Las Vegas from 7th to 10th January.

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The best travel accessory ever

Flying for me is quite a painful experience. I struggle to get into a position where my neck doesn’t hurt after a very short period of time.

Yesterday I flew for 11 hours with only minor pain and managed to get some sleep – a real result.

The massive improvement is from a £10.99 neck pillow from Amazon

This memory foam neck pillow deforms to the shape you need it to be and offers support at the back and sides so wherever my head was positioned it was supported.

The best tenner I’ve ever spent.

Neck Pillow

Beware QNAP NAS Firmware upgrades

I’ve been a huge supporter of QNAP Network Attached Storage drive for years and they have been solid, reliable and quiet. What more can one ask?

However I’ve recently had problems with two of my NAS drives.  My backup music drive, a TS-212P with two 3TB Western Digital Red Hard drives failed to connect to any windows computer or a smb share from my mac  This after a firmware upgrade to Version 4.02.

A half hour or so on the phone to tech support fixed the problem with a reinstall of the same firmware.

Far more significantly, I recently upgraded my TS-469 Pro – including four 3TB Western Digital Red Hard Drives – to firmware version 4.05 and immediately could not connect to the two USB3 external drives I have connected to my NAS. Again a quick call to support confirmed the problem and enabled me to downgrade the firmware to 4.02 where everything worked again.

The strong recommendation is: Do not upgrade the firmware on a QNAP NAS drive until it has been available for a good long time and all checks on websites and forums indicate it’s safe.