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For those of you who missed Miss Cellania's fun post yesterday listing 10 Alternative Electronic Gifts, go check it out here. I'd been meaning to write a similar post, but she not only beat me to it, she did a much more comprehensive job than I would've.

But there are two that were left off the list that I'd like you all to know about, in case you're still having a hard time deciding what to get your kids, spouse, friend (or even yourself) this holiday season.

First we have the super-cool, 007-esque rechargeable USB Cell AA Batteries. I'm buying these for my wife, who has a wireless mouse that seems to need new AAs more often than an SUV needs fill-ups.

laptop400.jpgBefore turning in for the night, you flip back the tops and recharge them in your computer's USB slots. Five hours later, the Nickel Metal Hyrdrides are good to go.

lrg-1-dragonfly.jpgThe second, Flytech's Dragonfly, deserves attention if only because of this line, which I heard on their TV commercial: "Powered by technology, inspired by biology," which seems very Flossy. You can catch the commercial on their Web site and see what all the fuss is, or just take my word for it: a cooler-looking radio-controlled insect you've never seen! I'd get one for my son Jack, only I think the brilliance of "˜em would be lost on a four-month-old.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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