Raumfeld One M Review

Raumfeld One M review: wireless speakers don’t get any better

October 15th at 12:00 PM

Raumfeld One M review: wireless speakers don’t get any better

For years, there’s been one name in the world of expensive wireless speakers that effortlessly fill your house with sound. But there’s a new king on the block, and its name isn’t Sonos.

German manufacturer Raumfeld has been around for a while in Europe, but it’s only just getting around to doing North America properly. The company makes a whole catalogue of wireless speakers for your house, ranging from tiny kitchen units to big tower speakers for serious listening.

The one common factor — apart from the price tag, which is universally steep — is the lack of wires. All the speaker units connect to your home Wi-Fi, and using Raumfeld’s excellent app, you can stream music from your phone or from all of the popular music streaming services.

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If you listen to the the digital prophets, the future is all about wearable computers and smart clothing and, uh, internet-connected kettles. That might be true by the time the robots have taken over, but right now, most 3-D printed dresses or wearable technology is part marketing start, part terrible abomination that should never have left a lab.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little skeptical about anything that claims to be smart clothing. But after playing with a technology-wielding cycling jacket from startup Lumo, I don’t really want to wear dumb clothing any more.

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Amazon has a serious problem with paid-for reviews

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Amazon has a serious problem with paid-for reviews

The reviews system is one of the things that makes Amazon good. Thousands of crowd-sourced, supposedly unbiased reviews take the guesswork out of buying sight unseen.

But a new study is shedding light on the dark underbelly of incentivized Amazon reviews. Those are reviews where the reviewer has received an item for free, which according to the results of the study, introduce bias into the system. A lot of bias.

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How Much Do Yelp Reviews Matter

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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, my grandmother ran a restaurant. It was in the middle of nowhere North Carolina, a solid 20 miles from any town of size in either direction. The exterior wasn’t much to look at, and the view was simply fields upon fields upon fields. Inside, however, was a different story. Inez’s Restaurant (simple times called for simple names, folks) was home to hand-patted hamburgers, hand-cut fries, apple turnovers, and a soft serve ice cream machine that I attempted to deplete daily while growing up. Farming was the family business, but it was Inez’s fixins that generated solid revenue regardless of the weather. More →

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