ReviewAspiring musicians looking to learn to play guitar with the aid of lessons on their iPad, iPhone or Mac should check out the Zivix Jamstik, a small, convenient and unique MIDI controller that uses technology to offset the learning curve associated with learning an instrument.
In the past, learning to play the guitar usually involved going to a music shop and learning from a professional teacher. This is still a solid means of learning, but digital music lessons have increasingly become the norm.
We’ve got clones, they're multiplying, and Sarah Manning is losing control.
In the Season 3 premiere of Orphan Black, the male clones slowly but surely started taking over, but they’ve only affected one of the sisters so far.
Surprisingly, their creepy and bloody antics weren’t the craziest part of the season opener — it was all of the body-swapping that went down at the DYAD Institute. In order to keep a "cleaner" named Ferdinand (True Blood alum James Frain) from sounding an alarm, Sarah had to pose as Rachel and Alison had to pretend to be Sarah. It was supposed to be a quick wolf in sheep's clothing act, but Sarah uncovered much more than she bargained for in the process.
If you've been wondering how Russian cyberattackers could compromise the White House and other high-profile targets, the security researchers at FireEye have an answer. They've determined that APT28, a politically-motivated Russian hacking group, used unpatched exploits in Flash Player and Windows in a series of assaults against the US government on April 13th. Patches for both flaws are either ready or on the way, but the vulnerabilities reinforce beliefs that APT28 is very skilled -- less experienced groups would use off-the-shelf code.
Whether or not APT28 is linked to the earlier White House breach isn't apparent. FireEye says it can't comment on the connections, since that's classified information. If there is a link, though, it'll be clearer than ever that the US is up against a particularly fierce digital espionage campaign.
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We’ve been living in a bundled world. ESPN packaged with Nickelodeon, healthcare tied to employers, learning wrapped up in colleges and degree programs. We’ve grown up surrounded by so many bundled products and services that it’s easy to become blind to the flexibility and value presented by unbundling.
Bundling can occur for a couple of reasons. One scenario is when companies try to force consumers to buy something they don’t really want by packaging it with something they do — like albums that only contain one good song. But bundling can make sense when transaction costs for individual products or services (monetary or otherwise) are too high to justify buying those products separately.
While some may decry Chromebooks, claiming they have limited uses, we know that there’s more to it than that. For a very affordable price, you can get a lot of functionality from a Chromebook, and when you combine that with long battery life and portability, you have a winning combination.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Chromebooks, systems that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run the lightweight Chrome OS. No matter which system you go with, make sure to upgrade to 4GB of RAM. You’ll thank us when you’ve got 11 tabs open.
The Dell Chromebook 11 checks off almost every box for what you want out of a Chrome OS device. The keyboard is responsive and comfortable, it looks sleek and professional, and Chrome OS runs buttery smooth. When it comes to performance, the version with an Intel i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM smashes the expectations of what a Chromebook can do, and doesn’t break a sweat even when you throw a ton of tabs at it. The battery life doesn’t suffer as a result, boasting one of the longest quoted use times in its class. The only real downside is the screen, which only has a resolution of 1366×768, but it’s more than enough for most of what you’ll use Chrome OS for.
Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.
Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.
On Thursday, WikiLeaks unveiled a new portal for the entire archive of leaked materials from the 2014 Sony hack, many of which, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange claims, are “newsworthy and at the center of a geopolitical conflict.” While the rumor of a Super Smash Bros. movie probably doesn’t rank high on the list of geopolitically-important fallout for the multinational corporation, it ranks pretty high on my personal list of rumored movies that really need to happen right now.
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They say that people are nastier on the Internet than they would ever be in person — but it appears that the comments section of any gadget site came to life this week, when police were reportedly called to the bloody apartment of a pair of Tulsa roommates who had broken beer bottles and stabbed each other with them in a drunken fight about the merits of iPhone or Android. It’s unclear whether one side won or lost the argument, except for humanity.
Spare me all diversionary complaint as for "loaded" terms used below: it's axiomatic that "copyright minimalists" will object to ANY balanced view. You'll only be stating that are no moderates here. -- And skip history "lessons": just deal with TODAY.In my view, to be regarded as a "copyright moderate", one must stake out a position. If won't state a position, then you are RIGHTLY characterized as a moral-less pirate.
I've long stated is much bad to evil in practices of corporations and individuals using statute for monetary gain and censorship. I'm actually way out in front of most for wishing to hang lawyers and tax the hell out of the rich. Stop saying I'm a "maximalist" for corporations, you "moderates". It's a lie.
Now YOU go positive. Yes, it's a trap. Not stating is too...
The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects made of thin layers of stiff, brittle plastic fused together. Of course, hard plastic isn’t ideal for all projects, so that’s why researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have developed a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.
Disney’s fabric 3D printing method starts by taking a 3D model of an object, and “slicing” into printable layers—a typical part of the 3D printing process. Next, the printer laser-cuts shapes out of adhesive fabric that correspond to the sliced layers, then transfers that layer onto the printer’s build platform. It then applies heat to each layer to “activate” the fabric’s adhesive.
The printer repeats this process to cut, stack, and adhere each layer until it completes the model. TechCrunch characterizes the printer as being “as much a laser cutter as it is a 3D printer.” The output is a bit rough, but it’s an impressive process nonetheless.
Yesterday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, The Washington Post reports.
The primary method is still lethal injection
Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it's pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It's also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports.
A federal judge issued a stern rebuke Friday to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's method for breaking up an illegal online betting ring. The Las Vegas court frowned on the FBI's ruse of disconnecting Internet access to $25,000-per-night villas at Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino. FBI agents posed as the cable guy and secretly searched the premises.
The government claimed the search was legal because the suspects invited the agents into the room to fix the Internet. US District Judge Andrew P. Gordon wasn't buying it. He ruled that if the government could get away with such tactics like those they used to nab gambling kingpin Paul Phua and some of his associates, then the government would have carte blanche power to search just about any property.
"Permitting the government to create the need for the occupant to invite a third party into his or her home would effectively allow the government to conduct warrantless searches of the vast majority of residents and hotel rooms in America," Gordon wrote in throwing out evidence the agents collected. "Authorities would need only to disrupt phone, Internet, cable, or other 'non-essential' service and then pose as technicians to gain warrantless entry to the vast majority of homes, hotel rooms, and similarly protected premises across America."
Apple was the first major mobile company to personify its voice assistant when Siri was announced as the flagship feature of the iPhone 4s. That was back in 2011, but just last year Microsoft attached a personality to its own voice assistant on Windows Phone (and soon Windows 10). It’s called Cortana, just like the AI in the Halo video games. Use of Cortana is still restricted to Microsoft products, but two industrious hackers have managed to coax Cortana into working on Android.
It’s not the prettiest implementation of a voice assistant, but the system (dubbed Portaña) gets the job done — in Italian. That’s the only language it speaks right now. Also, you need to be online for it to function. Portaña makes use of a hardware proxy to trick Microsoft’s back end servers into working with the ported interface. There are also some custom SSL certificates and DNS spoofing involved. See? A little messy, but impressive nonetheless.
The mod comes by way of a hacker group calling themselves OrangeSec. They demoed their creation at Droidcon 2015. There’s a remote possibility that there is some fakery going on, but everything looks legit in the above video — the slides are English, but the speech is Italian. Since the data is all coming from the same cloud platform used on Windows Phone, Portaña could be capable of all the same things eventually.
For example, start composing an email message on your Mac in OS X Mail and a symbol will appear on your iPhone's lock screen to continue writing on the go. Open a webpage in Safari on your iPhone and a Safari icon will appear in your Mac's Dock to load the same webpage. Or start reading a story in the official AppleInsider app on your iPhone, and quickly continue on your iPad.
Handoff works with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote as well as any enabled third party apps. Some examples of apps you can try with Handoff are Pocket, Wunderlist, and the NYTimes app.
For this week's awesome stuff, we're trying out a slightly different format. Instead of gathering three new crowdfunded products, we're going to focus on just one and take a slightly closer look at its progress and prospects. Please let us know in the comments if you like this approach, or if you prefer the old format.
This week, we're looking at Loxet: a smartphone-controlled proximity lock for your car.
The Loxet is a device that installs in any car with a central locking system and, along with an accompanying iOS or Android app, allows you to lock and unlock the doors and control ignition access with your proximity to the car. It also bills itself as an advanced sharing system, allowing you to grant time-limited access to the car to other people.