These four free websites promise to provide enough noise to help you tune out the world and work.
Coffitivity.com, a one-page website that plays a loop of coffee shop sounds, says the "mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house" is what is needed to aid focus and creativity.
Coding.fm supplies, you guessed it, the sound of people writing computer code. The site allows you to select one of three settings, Monday morning coding, hackathon coding, and angry dev coding.
Raining.fm lets users customize their rain noise with volume sliders and multiple thunder and lightning settings.
If rain or clacking keys is too much for you, Simplynoise.com runs a loop of your choice of white, pink or brown noise with an optional sleep timer and "oscillation" setting.
VIDEO: Quake rattles Los Angeles TV station
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VIDEO: Odds of a perfect bracket
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VIDEO: Oklahoma high-speed chase ends in crash
Authorities in Oklahoma City, Okla. say a man who stole a pick-up truck led police on a high-speed chase reaching nearly 120 miles per hour before crashing into a mini-van and two other vehicles.Continued ...
Spring Madness: 3 apps to help manage your schedule
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Electric-grid attack fuels sniper-versus-hacker threat debate
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How local sports could change all of television
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- Thursday, March 13, 2014
Lean Cuisine sales drop as consumers shun freezer
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Both genders think women are bad at basic math
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Who belongs in the delivery room?
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Americans in poll don't believe Christie or Clinton
Americans aren't buying the explanations offered by Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton about controversies that could stand between them and the White House if either runs for president in 2016.Continued ...
VIDEO: Two dead at SXSW after car hits crowd
A suspected drunken driver fleeing police crashed through barricades at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, slamming into a crowd outside a nightclub and killing a man and woman on a moped early Thursday, police said.Continued ...
VIDEO: Wild car chase in Denver
Denver police apprehended a man who led them on a wild chase in three different stolen cars Wednesday after a four-year-old boy was reportedly kidnapped from a gas station.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Missing Malaysian jetliner confuses a world that's online 24/7
The disappearance five days ago of a Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd. aircraft with 239 people on board is confounding search teams and a global audience used to around-the-clock connectivity and real-time updates.Continued ...
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VIDEO: Aftermath of NYC building collapse
Footage from the New York Daily News shows firefighters responding to a building collapse at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem. At least 11 minor injuries had been reported late Wednesday morning.Continued ...
VIDEO: Double leads to runaway stroller at spring training game
A fan at a recent Marlins-Mets spring training game in Port St. Lucie was so intent on snagging the ball from a ground rule double by Chris Young that he forgot to hang on to the stroller carrying his young son, which then careened down a hill.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014
If you were a crustacean, would you feel pain?
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How virus sleuths and public health officials track the cause of a mysterious illness
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First Apple, now Google hit with kids' app lawsuit
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VIDEO: First month of Colorado pot legalization brought in $2M in tax revenue
The first month of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado brought in about $2 million in tax revenue, the first indicator of the earning potential of the U.S.’s premier legal pot market.Continued ...
VIDEO: NHL game postponed after player collapses
Monday's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars was postponed after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench shortly after completing a shift in the first period.Continued ...
VIDEO: Family rescued from ferocious feline
A family in Portland, Ore., called 911 after their pet cat scratched their son and "went over the edge," forcing them to take refuge in a bedroom.Continued ...
- Monday, March 10, 2014
In this tech age, how can a plane go missing?
Call 911 from the side of the road, and GPS satellites can tell dispatchers exactly where to send help. Airline passengers have access to detailed maps that show exactly where they are during their journey. Hop onto WiFi, and somehow Google knows whether you're logging on from Lima or London, and will give you detailed suggestions about what to eat.Continued ...
VIDEO: Skydiver, pilot treated after midair collision
A pilot practicing take-offs and landings got tangled up with a skydiver in Polk County, Fla., but amazingly, no one was seriously hurt.Continued ...
- VIDEO: Quake rattles Los Angeles TV station