Web

Brain.fm uses AI-generated music to help you focus or relax on demand

headphones as microphone for hackers laptop girl
Shutterstock
It may not be for everyone, but some people swear by listening to music while they work, whether it helps them focus or even if it just makes the work a little more enjoyable. At the same time, some elements of songs — lyrics, for example — can also prove to be distracting.

Brain.fm is a website that aims to harness all of the best parts of music’s effects on the brain, whether for focus or relaxation. Other services like Focus@Will have done similar things before, but Brain.fm takes things a step further, replacing musicians with artificial intelligence it calls “songbots,” which works similarly to an orchestra’s conductor, controls smaller “notebots” that make up the equivalent of instruments.

The website offers music in three different varieties aimed at focus, relaxation, or sleep — though obviously listeners can only choose one at a time. According to co-founder and CEO Junaid Kalmadi, focus is by far the most popular option. “Example activities include coding, studying, doing creative work, writing, or even plowing through emails,” he told Digital Trends.

The team behind Brain.fm has enlisted the help of a number of Ph.D.s, including psychologists, psychotherapists, and former NASA engineers to ensure the science behind its AI-generated music works as intended. The science behind the service relies on a number of concepts like dynamic auditory attending theory and entrainment — the phenomena of the brain’s natural rhythms syncing with the rhythm of music.

How effective the service is for an individual listener likely varies, but it shouldn’t take too long to figure out whether or not it works for you. The company says listeners should normally notice results within 10 minutes.

Like other similar services, Brain.fm isn’t free. The service costs $7 per month or $50 per year, though a lifetime subscription is also available for $150. Users do get seven free listening sessions, however, so you don’t need to pay unless you like what you hear. If you’re interested in giving it a listen yourself, see the Brain.fm website.

Product Review

Hue who? Nanoleaf Canvas brings a riot of color and vibrancy to the smart home

Fun and festive, Nanoleaf Canvas feature lighting adds personality and vibrancy to any room. Nanoleaf Canvas features squares that you can connect in any configuration you’d like. Sync to music, play games, or relax in soothing light.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Home Theater

Common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Computing

From beautiful to downright weird, check out these great dual monitor wallpapers

Multitasking with two monitors doesn't necessarily mean you need to split your screens with two separate wallpapers. From beautiful to downright weird, here are our top sites for finding the best dual monitor wallpapers for you.
Web

Google Translate updated to reduce gender bias in its translations

Google is changing how Google Translate offers translations. Previously when you entered a word like doctor, Translate would offer a masculine interpretation of the word. Now, Translate will offer both masculine and feminine versions.
Web

Encryption-busting law passed in Australia may have global privacy implications

Controversial laws have been passed in Australia which oblige tech companies to allow the police to access encrypted messages, undermining the privacy of encryption with potentially global effects.
Web

Can Microsoft’s Airband Initiative close broadband gap for 25M Americans?

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that 25 million Americans do not have access to broadband internet. Of these, more than 19 million are living in rural communities. Can Microsoft help out?
Computing

Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser may be adding your Chrome extensions

Fans sticking to Google Chrome because due to its vast extension library might be able to switch over to Microsoft's latest iteration of Edge, as a project manager confirms that the company has its eyes on Chrome extensions.
Computing

If you've lost a software key, these handy tools can find it for you

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.
Computing

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.
Mobile

5G: Why everything is about to change

Curious about the many ways 5G will change and enrich your life? Here’s our guide to all things 5G.