Go Wireless – OontZ Speaker

oontzCambridge SoundWorks – is highly regarded for designing some of the best sounding high-end home speakers, home theater systems, WiFi music systems and now the OontZ family of Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers.

The acoustic engineers of Cambridge SoundWorks designed these proprietary high quality lightweight speakers that deliver excellent sound quality, with distinct mid-range and clear crisp highs. They offer a number of wireless speaker products ranging from the low end OontZ curve, the mid-range OontZ Angle and the premium Oontz XL.

The speakers offer good battery life (10 hours), built-in speaker phone capabilities and an attractive design. A carrying pouch is included with all models along with an audio cable. What sets these speakers apart is their bigger than size sound and their competitive price structure if you buy directly from their website.

Features include wirelessly connecting to any of your portable gadgets, skip ahead and pause your music, and there is an auxiliary input for non-blue tooth devices.

Overall these are good speakers if you need to boost your portable device with better sound quality. All in all a good purchase if you have a need to listen to your music in an attractive product that can fit nicely in your car, desk or backyard oasis.

While a great innovative product that can definitely help your wireless solutions for music, we will reserve our review to a solid 4 stars as a good value, but not necessarily a great price considering the high-end model lists for $99.95. If you have been looking for a product like this we would highly recommend the XL which has an extra bass feature as well as the best sounding of this line of wireless speakers.

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Llewellyn the Last

Llewellyn4Llewellyn ap Gruffydd couldn’t have known it during his tumultuous life, but he would become known to posterity as Llewellyn the Last. He was the last native born Welshman recognised as the sovereign Prince of Wales, before Wales was finally conquered by Edward the 1st in 1282.

Now the title is little more than an honorific bestowed upon the eldest son of the King or Queen of England, a final insult dreamt up by King Edward to make certain that Wales knew its place in the new order. But in Llewellyn’s day, it was not something that came by birth right, but something he took by force of arms, strategic alliances, and breath-taking diplomacy.

Llewellyn came from good stock to claim the title. He was the grandson of Llewellyn ap Lorweth – Llewellyn the Great – who had ruled Wales successfully for nearly 40 years before his death in 1240, and had been one of the many lords responsible for getting King John to sign the Magna Carta. But Llewellyn the Last was no primping heir apparent. While his farther, Gruffydd, was indeed the oldest son of Llewellyn senior, he was an illegitimate child born to the Prince’s mistress. This wouldn’t have been a problem a few years earlier – in Medieval Wales sons were sons, whether born in wedlock or not – but Llewellyn the Great had dedicated the last years of his life to ensuring that only his legitimate son, Dafydd, would follow him as ruler of Gwynedd, even amending Welsh law to make sure this happened.

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Caitlín and Ciarán: East Coast Tour

Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are coming to America for a U.S Tour. Be sure to checkout their tour page with many Northeast gigs starting on February 28th, 2014 through March 24th, 2014. You will not be disappointed with their music and dancing which is full of spirit, soul and life. Perfect to warm up this cold and long winter that is gripping the Northeast with some of the best traditional fiddle, concertina and dance direct from Ireland!


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King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced

King Richard

The genetic code of King Richard III, the medieval monarch whose body was found buried under a parking lot in Leicester, England, is set to be sequenced.

Researchers at the University of Leicester announced the project Tuesday. The goal, they said, is to catalog as complete a genome as possible from the king to learn more about his ancestry and health.

“It is an extremely rare occurrence that archaeologists are involved in the excavation of a known individual, let alone a king of England,” Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester who will lead the project, said in a statement.

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Neanderthals Live On in Us…


When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human produced offspring, because the genomes of people living outside Africa today are composed of some 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA.

Two studies published concurrently in Nature and Science on Wednesday suggest that while the Neanderthal contribution to our genomes was modest, it may have proved vitally important.

Some parts of non-African genomes are totally devoid of Neanderthal DNA, but other regions abound with it, including those containing genes that affect our skin and hair. This hints that the Neanderthal gene versions conferred some benefit, and were kept during evolution.

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