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WiFi, or wireless fidelity, may be the most physically—yet virtually—ubiquitous technology we use to experience music. Today, with streaming services, one can listen to music without even downloading it to one’s phone, as long as one has a WiFi…
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Cassettes are constructed from two spools inside a plastic casing. Between the two spools is wound a flat plastic tape that is coated with ferric oxide. Once this tape is magnetized, it remains magnetized for as long as the cassette remains intact.…
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Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1887 by connecting a thin membrane to a needle, which touched a cylinder covered with tin foil, prompting sound waves connected to a diaphragm. This process would move the needle which would then carve…
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By the late 1920s, more than 60% of Americans owned radios. An instrument featured as prominently in the home as the square grand piano once was, the radio became the center of family life in living rooms around the country. By 1940, there were 765…
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The jukebox is much older than one might assume. In 1887, Louis Glass, who owned a gin joint in San Francisco, thought to combine Thomas Edison’s Class M electric phonograph with a showy oak cabinet, and the jukebox was born. This technology did not…
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Approximately 300 years ago, Bartolomeo Cristofori combined the hammered dulcimer with the harpsichord to create the pianoforte. In 1760, a piano was built were shaped like a rectangle, which would evolve in the 19th century into the square grand…
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The starting point for the practice of Dzogchen is to receive a ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher. This ‘Direct Transmission’ is the means by which the teacher introduces us directly to the true nature of our mind: our primordial state or…
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National Treasure (Chinese: 国家宝藏) is a 2017 Chinese cultural exploration program that aired on CCTV-3 and CCTV-1 in China. The Palace Museum, Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Museum, Hunan Provincial Museum, Henan Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Hubei…
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Bilibili was established in 2009, it is a video-sharing website where users can submit, view, and add commentary subtitles on videos. This website uses an Adobe Flash or HTML5 player, which can be manually switched, to play user submitted videos…
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On April 8, 1984 China launched its first experimental geostationary orbit communications satellite Dongfanghong II. This has laid the foundation for China's development of satellite television. It also helped China to improve its broadcast quality…
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Started in 1983, the Spring Festival Gala has the largest audience of any entertainment show in the world, and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most watched television program. The Gala normally runs for about four hours on the…
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In 2007, a Japanese web designer Nobuo Kawakami built a website where users can upload, view and share video clips. Unlike other video sharing sites, however, comments are overlaid directly onto the video, synced to a specific playback time. This…
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In 1939, the National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) introduces the electronic television to the American public at the World's Fair in New York City, with a live broadcast of the opening address by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After this television…
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Digital Television is an advanced broadcasting technology that has transformed the television viewing experience. DTV enables broadcasters to offer television with better picture and sound quality, and multiple channels of programing. Digital…
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What Happens When You Upload? When you upload a video your computer or device packages it into IP packets. Packets are fragments of information containing both data from your video and the address you are sending it to, in this case YouTube. The…
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The envision and growth of the satellite industry and satellite television was made possible by a variety of factors, from major technological developments such as the advent of the space program, advances in digital technology and successive…
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Embroiled in a copyright battle with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for almost four years, Limewire finally lost, and subsequently shut down. The last popular file sharing site to be ousted, Limewire gave way to the current era…
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Total Request Live (TRL) accepts viewers' votes, at first through phone calls and by 2001 online, to determine the top 10 music videos of the day. Young people were very much in charge of the kind of music they wanted to hear--as long as those…
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CBGB, heralded (by many, contested by just as many) as the birthplace of punk, only accidentally became one of the most visible breeding grounds for the burgeoning genre. Originally intended to be a "Country, Blue Grass, Blues" venue, the club…
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No history of musical influence, cliche be damned, would be complete without the Beatles. Their influence on youth culture in Britain and in America, politicized rock music, and (somehow) seemingly universal appeal revealed a shift in the way young…
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