Mashable: What is brown noise? TikTok suggests it’s better than white noise.

I am linking to this because I have been Team Brown Noise since I knew about different noise colors, and I’m feeling vindicated. Yes, it’s petty. Mashable: What is brown noise? TikTok suggests it’s better than white noise.. “Whereas white noise encompasses sounds from all over the spectrum, including low, mid-range, and high frequency notes, brown noise uses only low frequency and bass-heavy notes. This makes brown noise much deeper in sound than white noise and more ideal for those who find the high frequency notes in white noise uncomfortable.”

The Verge: Amazon’s new ‘adaptive volume’ will make Alexa speak louder when it’s noisy

The Verge: Amazon’s new ‘adaptive volume’ will make Alexa speak louder when it’s noisy. “Amazon is working to solve a frustration with smart home speakers by introducing a feature called Adaptive Volume, which will make Alexa respond louder if it detects that you’re in a noisy environment.”

New York Times: Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That

New York Times: Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That. “The website, DQN Today, describes itself as a crowdsourced guide to help house hunters avoid neighborhoods inhabited by ‘stupid parents who let their children play on roads and parking lots.’ It is populated by maps visualizing the dorozoku, or ‘road tribe,’ a term that applies to people who block the way or wreak havoc in public.”

The Conversation: This is what lockdown sounds like

The Conversation: This is what lockdown sounds like. “Three days after the first lockdown began in the UK, I put out a call via social media to ask for help capturing sounds which had changed as a result of governments’ actions around the world to curb the spread of the virus. It struck me that the extraordinary times in which we found ourselves would be worth documenting as far as the changing soundscape was concerned.”

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database. “On December 15, 2020, the EASA launched the Aircraft Noise Certificate or Equivalent Noise Documentation (ANC) database, where the aircraft operators will provide the necessary information about the noise levels. The collected data will be available to airports, air navigation service providers, and other European authorities for operational purposes.”

Bloomberg CityLab: How the Pandemic Changed the Urban Soundscape

Bloomberg CityLab: How the Pandemic Changed the Urban Soundscape. “When cities went on lockdown during the pandemic, things got quieter, but they didn’t fall totally silent. Instead, the hooting of the scops owls became more distinct in Thessaloniki, Greece, where the sound of traffic once drowned them out. Birds in San Francisco sang in softer and clearer tones absent the honking of cars and rumbling of engines. Meanwhile in New York City, the humming of air conditioners from the towering buildings replaced the bustling noise of a once-packed Times Square.”

New Statesman America: The noise of time

New Statesman America: The noise of time. “The British Library Sound Archive preserves millions of audio recordings for future generations. But what does the past sound like – and can listening to it help us understand history better?”

ABC News (Australia): Google-affiliated drone delivery company clashes with Government over safety and noise concerns

ABC News (Australia): Google-affiliated drone delivery company clashes with Government over safety and noise concerns. “The Federal Government’s move to dodge responsibility for noise in the emerging drone-delivery sector has been met by opposition from a surprising source — the world’s leading drone-delivery company.”

TechCrunch: Ambient noise could be your next multi-factor authentication token

TechCrunch: Ambient noise could be your next multi-factor authentication token. “We’re all pretty used to two-factor authentication now, and it isn’t much of an inconvenience to have to type in a four-digit code when you log in from a new location. But some Swiss security researchers came up with a smart way to authenticate without even that tiny amount of work: ambient noise.”