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Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

Contact Management App 'Cardhop' Gains Support for Smart Groups, Printing Options and More Languages

Cardhop, the popular contacts management app from Flexibits, makers of Fantastical, today received its first major update to introduce new features and new functionality.<p>For those unfamiliar with Cardhop, it's designed to turn the standard Apple Contacts app on the Mac into an interactive …

This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.<p>Tinkerer and music box …

These apps will help you make the most out of your Apple TV

The Apple TV may not have topped our list of the best streaming boxes you can buy, but it’s still a great product, especially if you’re all-in on the …

Smart TV

Full transcript: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg onstage at Lesbians Who Tech

For this episode of Recode Decode, we go live to the Castro Theater.<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks with Kara onstage at the 2018 Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco, Calif. The two cover Russian election-meddling on Facebook’s …

Amazon makes those cool outdoor string lights now: 48-foot for $40 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Amazon offers its in-house 48-foot AmazonBasics Weatherproof Outdoor G60 Patio String Lights in black for <b>$39.88 shipped</b>. Today’s …

Landscaping

Apple offers look at the development of Portrait Lighting camera feature in new video

Apple this evening has shared a new video offering a look into the development process that led to the creation of the Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone X. The video shows how Apple used the “art of portraiture” to come up with the technology…<p>Apple explains that it worked with photographers and …

IPhone 8

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Silicon Valley

Pixel art coloring book apps are the newest App Store craze

Has your kid bugged you to let them download Sandbox Coloring? You’re probably not alone. The latest trend blowing up on the App Store is a new twist on the coloring book apps that have been popular for a couple of years. Now, instead of having users pick and choose their colors as before, this new …

Need to Calm Yourself Down? Try This Military-Approved Breathing Technique

Whether you’re dealing with co-worker chaos or pressure to perform on a project, it’s difficult to excel at work when you're extremely stressed. …

Mindfulness

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin’s Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum is a global computing network operating according to rules defined by Ethereum software.<p>Those rules allow the …

Cryptocurrency

A preview of the first wave of AR apps coming to iPhones

Over the past few weeks I’ve been steeping myself in the developer and investor community that is quickly sprouting up around ARKit.<p>There are a variety of reasons that people are excited about the possibilities but it’s safe to say that the number one positive that’s shared by everyone is the sheer …

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

Apple’s China Problem

Did you hear about the new Microsoft Surface Laptop? The usual suspects are claiming it’s a MacBook competitor, which is true insomuch as it is a …

IPhone 7

PlayStation at E3 2017: All the trailers from Sony’s conference

It was nothing but trailers!<p>Well, Sony didn’t drop the price on the PlayStation 4 Pro, and there was very little talking in the press event at all. It was just a rapid-fire barrage of trailers and announcements, but the energy level was surprisingly muted. The company also wasn’t helped by the …

Friday Labs Debuts New HomeKit-Enabled 'Friday Lock'

Friday Labs today announced the long-awaited launch of its Friday Lock, which was originally introduced in 2015 as part of an Indiegogo campaign for the "world's most advanced smart lock."<p>When the lock was first conceived, HomeKit-compatibility wasn't mentioned as a feature, but the release version …

Home Automation

Artificial womb grows lambs, could treat premature births

Researchers have designed an artificial womb called the Biobag, and used it to grow extremely premature lambs. Are human infants next?<p>For the first time, scientists have demonstrated an artificial womb that was able to successfully support fetal lambs at a developmental stage roughly equivalent to …

This health and fitness startup is now a Harvard case study

GOQii, India's No. 1 health and fitness startup, is now a case study on the famed Harvard Business Publishing platform, a subsidiary of Harvard …

Control a smart lock with your voice: Good idea or bad idea?

You can now control your August Smart Lock with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Is it safe?<p>After the Google Home smart speaker got some additional smart home device partners earlier this week, August became the first smart lock company to work with all three major voice control platforms -- Apple …

As esperanças do FMI com Brasil | G1 - Economia - Blog da Thais Herédia

Quando o FMI concluiu o relatório com suas perspectivas para a economia do Brasil, o americano Donald Trump não tinha sido eleito ainda. Um …

Meditation startup Simple Habit adds Android, web app

Mindfulness app Simple Habit has expanded its reach, launching an Android version and also adding a web app to widen the touchpoints for what the team is hoping to build into a platform for guided meditation — touting their Spotify style subscription model as a first for the mindfulness space.<p>The …

Here’s how China managed to lose $500 billion in reserves in one year

China lost $500 billion in foreign-exchange reserves in 2015.<p>$500 billion!<p>If that sounds like a lot of money to you (it is!), here is a helpful explainer from Macquarie Research on how that money left the country.<p><b>Chinese pay down foreign debt:</b> This was the main driver and accounted for one-third of …

Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, …

By the year 2040, embryo selection could replace sex as the way most of us make babies

Human reproduction is about to undergo a radical shift. Embryo selection, in connection with in-vitro fertilization (IVF), will help our species eliminate many genetic diseases, extend healthy lifespans, and enhance people’s overall well-being. Within 20 years, I predict that it will supplant sex …

I worked in a lying desk all day and was surprisingly productive, but I'll never do it again

Sitting at a desk is going to kill me. But standing all day isn't much better. And now new research suggests that maybe sitting isn't so bad after all.<p>Studies on the occupational hazards of working in front of a computer have been trickling in for years, and the results are far from …

We Heart It, The Image-Sharing Site Used By 40 Million Teens, Launches Its Second App, Easel

We Heart It, an image bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is out now with its second mobile application called Easel. The new app is designed to complement We Heart It’s main app, as it serves as a way to quickly create images using quotes that can be shared on We Heart It’s service or …

India’s Taxi-Hailing Firm Ola Adds Shuttle Service In A Bid For More Scale

While Uber dukes it out in China against Didi Kauidi, a homegrown rival in India is also piling pressure on the U.S.-based transportation app with global ambitions. Ola, a taxi app backed by the likes of Softbank and DST Global (coincidentally also both backers of Didi Kauidi), is launching a new …

Transportation

96.8 percent of new smartphones sold are either iPhone or Android devices

The latest quarterly smartphone sales data from Gartner is out today, and it tells a very familiar story. BlackBerry keeps shrinking, Microsoft is stagnating, and Google and Apple are tightening their already dominant grip over the entire market.<p>Out of 329 million recorded phone sales over the past …

Uber now offers its own car leases to UberX drivers

As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced …