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The music industry's best-known production app will soon be free

You've probably heard the output of Avid's Pro Tools audio production software, even if you don't know what it's like -- it's virtually a staple of the music industry, and spawned now-famous (or infamous) effects like Auto Tune. There hasn't been a cheap way to try it for nearly 15 years, however, …

Tiny magnetic keyboard delivers touch-typing with just eight keys

The portable keyboard has been reinvented once again, this time as the TextBlade, a miniscule magnetic click-together gadget with multitouch keys.<p>Typing on tablet and smartphone screens isn't everyone's idea of a good time. They're small, it's easy to tap the wrong key and you don't get the …

FlyKly electric bike wheel makes riding a bike feel like the wind’s at your back

Jumping on the bicycle, I was told to watch out: As soon I started to pedal, it would feel like I’d been pushed forward by a big gust of wind. So don’t be surprised, they said.<p>Good advice. While it maybe wasn’t quite like the wind, it was true — the bike, powered by the new removable “smart” wheel …

Electric Bikes

A revolutionarily simple app lets seeing volunteers be eyes for the blind

There are apps for to get wake up calls from strangers, apps for strangers to bring you things, and apps for hugs from strangers. Now a new app from Danish developers Robocat lets strangers volunteer their time in a refreshingly altruistic way.<p>The app—called Be My Eyes—asks people to do exactly as …

Apps

How To Make Sure Your Gmail Is As Secure As Possible

No one wants to deal with the stress and potential damages of having an email account hacked.<p>To decrease the likelihood of hacks, as well as the time it takes account holders to find suspicious activity that could be a precursor, Gmail has created a handy check list that all users should take the …

Apps

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Emerging Markets

Siemens makes the hearing aid smarter with EasyTek

Siemens has introduced the smart hearing aid, and it’s pretty nifty.<p>Smart hearing aids are part of the larger trend toward the Internet of Things, or adding connectivity and computing smarts to everyday objects. It makes them more useful and adds functions that you couldn’t get any other way. The …

Hearing Aids

Tunes and technology: How music tech mastered the science of sound

Tech Time Machine:<p>Music Technology<p>By Corinne Bagish<p>presented by<p>Few industries are as dynamic as the ever-changing music business. The different …

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For …

Renewable Energy

Senate wants more answers from feds about fake cell towers, other devices that collect smartphone data

The Senate Judiciary Committee wants more answers about law enforcement agencies across the country deploying surveillance technology, including trick cellphone towers, that gather cellphone data, according to a letter obtained Thursday by FoxNews.com<p>The bipartisan letter was sent to the …

Surveillance

Princeton student from Dartmouth nears 'holy grail' of green energy storage

When Danielle Fong was taking her PhD in plasma physics at Princeton University at the age of 17, she wasn’t driven to be the best — she was driven …

Review: Automatic, a Simple, Smart Driving Assistant for Willing Drivers

Can this little device help you save money on gas?<p><i>You’re driving too fast! You’re braking too hard! Slow your roll, woman!</i><p>For the past several weeks, I’ve heard little reminders that I’m being a little too aggressive behind the wheel, but they weren’t coming from a back-seat driver. Instead, they …

Volkswagen

This Speaker Upgrades Its Software So It Never Becomes Obsolete

Futureproof your sound system<p>Obsolescence is one of the most annoying problems in technology: You save up to buy the newest piece of hardware only to have it eclipsed by a newer, shinier version just a few months later. What if our electronics were built to evolve instead?<p>That’s the thinking behind …

Aphex Twin is making music software based on mutation

Aphex Twin (aka Richard James) is known for creating original, complex sounds whenever he can, but his next creation might just take the cake. He tells <i>Groove</i> that he hired a programmer to develop music software based on mutation. Once you give the app an audio sample, it automatically generates six …

Samsung's new 360-degree speakers look like friendly robots

A week ahead of CES 2015, Samsung has given us a glimpse of two new pill-shaped speakers it'll show off at the event. The speakers, which resemble a sleek cross between Eve from <i>Wall-E</i> and a <i>Portal</i> turret, can project sound in a 360-degree radius. Samsung says the effect, made possible with the …

Adobe Training Videos: Lifetime Subscription | Cult of Mac Deals

Details & Requirements<p>Length of time users can access this course: lifetime<br>• Access options: web streaming<br>• Certification of completion included<br>• Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase<br>• Experience level required: all level<p>Compatibility<p>Web browser, Flash Player, iOS device, or …

These pollution-fighting mushrooms eat plastic, and you can eat them

Feeling guilty about all the plastic you’ve been throwing out, and what it’s doing to the environment? Well it might soon be possible to eat that guilt away—or at least, eat some plastic.<p>That’s what a recent contraption from Livin Studio makes possible. Designers partnered with scientists at …

Pollution

Battery startup Eos Energy is raising another $30M

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Rennett Stowe, Flickr Creative Commons<p>Startup Eos Energy, which has been building a low-cost grid battery using air …

How Airplay makes Apple TV a great gift idea for Mac and iOS fans

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Since its reintroduction as a smaller set-top box running a modified version of iOS 4.1 on an Apple A4 chip in …

Smart TV

Energy storage enjoys a breakthrough day

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Katie Fehrenbacher, Gigaom.<p>While most Americans were paying attention to election results, news …

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

Transportation

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

There goes your last excuse for not biking to work.<p>Most folding bikes are still fairly large even when they’re folded up, and they’re awkward to carry on a crowded subway car or elevator. Folding electric bikes are even bulkier. But the Impossible Bike, a new electric bike now crowdfunding on …

Electric Bikes

The creative class is not screwed: Here’s how the Internet helps artists make a living

Digital doomsayers have it wrong: There is a way to find an audience, make money and make a living online<p>Converting audience appreciation into something you can use to pay for your kids’ braces is the crucial task for any artist. There are shelves full of MBA-program case studies and countless …

Osmo for iPad Review: Magical and Educational

We are all used to interfacing with a computer through mouse, keyboard, and in more recent times, touchscreen. Osmo has created an educational game system that allows you to interface with the iPad through physical objects. It’s a new way of using the iPad to engage children in learning and it is …

Spotify's Artist Explorer Visualizes Musical Relations Between Artists

Spotify has launched a new experimental tool that allows you to search for a specific artist to find out which other musicians are related musically. It also provides related artist info about their background and top hits.<p>Tweeted out today by Spotify, the Artist Explorer simply requires you to …

The Best Facebook Marketing Tips, Tried and Tested

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>As we work together to figure out the Facebook News Feed and to find organic ways to boost reach and engagement, we’re bound to come across a flood of tips on how to get more out of our pages and updates. There’s a ton of advice out there. Where …

An Update On The Viability Of iCloud Photo Library

All the trouble I took to set up iCloud Photo Library is paying off. I transferred 12,000 photos over to my iPad in order to have my complete photo library available on all of my devices, but one of my main concerns was how much space this would ultimately take up on my 64 GB iPhone 5S and Air …

Fujitsu Online Store - Welcome

The perfect productivity tool to scan your newspapers, magazines or books without cutting or damaging them.<p>$995.00<p>The perfect productivity tool for …

Scanners

8 Ways to Delight and Reward Your Email Subscribers

In this example, Williams-Sonoma knows that its subscribers signed up to receive weekly discounts and new product announcements. These emails are a great resource for the right subscriber, but they tend to be light promotions only applicable to online purchases delivered on a regular basis.<p>Now that …