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The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn't: The whole internet is protected by seven highly protected keys in the hands of 14 …

This Object Has Been Sprayed With The World's Blackest Material, And It's Freaking Us Out

Seriously, that's not Photoshopped.<p>Well, we've finally cracked it. Scientists have finally figured out how to paint a portal to another dimension, as …

What makes a speaker sound great?

As you might have guessed, I spend a lot of time listening to speakers to evaluate their sound quality. No speaker I've heard in 20 years of reviewing, and another 16 years of selling high-end audio speakers sounded exactly like live music. Of course some get closer -- a <i>lot</i> closer -- than others. …

Audiophile

Ableton release Beat Tools

Ableton has released Beat Tools, a new creative toolkit designed to provide all the sounds you need for beatmaking.<p>Available at the Pack store — or …

Sample Logic release Rhythmology groove engine

Rhythmology from Sample Logic pairs a dynamic, rhythmic sequencing and effects engine with a huge loop library comprising sounds suitable for a huge …

Music Production

Theory claims to offer the first 'evidence' our Universe is a hologram

Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren't new. Now, researchers claim to have found …

Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: The Honorable Mentions

Occasionally I write a post asserting that various songs are the “Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written” – often to others consternation and dissenting …

This stunning documentary shows the secret drone war at ground level

A new documentary, "National Bird," exposes the secret drone war being carried out in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere from the ground level of the strike and from the perspective of three military operators who used to pull the trigger.<p>"When you watch someone in those dying moments, what …

Video: A Simple Visual Explanation of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO

If you need a simple, straight-forward explanation of how the digital camera captures photos, look no further. This creative little animation by …

Skype’s real-time voice translation tool now works on calls to mobile phones and landlines

Microsoft is expanding its real-time Skype translation tool to cover calls made to mobile phones and landlines. The software giant has announced that Windows Insiders — those who have signed up to access early builds of the Windows operating system — can now access the new features through the …

Learn How To Use A DSLR Camera, With This Nifty Web Tool

Serious photographers know that even the best camera phones can't compete with a DSLR. Provided you know how to use one, that is. The myriad knobs, …

Photography

Watch David Blaine Freak Out Drake, Dave Chappelle, Steph Curry

Tonight, David Blaine premiered his new ABC television special, “David Blaine: Beyond Magic.” During the course of the show, Blaine performed a variety of magic tricks that freaked out several celebrities, including Dave Chappelle, Steph Curry, and Drake, who were all particularly freaked out by …

Another 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Batman

Over a year ago, we did an article called 15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Batman. Since nobody can actually say they know everything there …

Stephen King

Get iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode On iPhone 7 Or Older Devices, Here’s How

Want iPhone 7 Plus exclusive Portrait mode feature on iPhone 7 or older unsupported devices? Here's how you can!<br>[ Continue reading this over at …

How Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and Twitter count a video view

But with Facebook recently being caught out inflating one of its video view metrics, the debate around what should actually count as a video view has grown in volume.<p>Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, and Instagram all use slightly different methods to measure their video views, which …

Robert Galbraith

50 Most Powerful Superheroes List: EW ranks Top 10

We are living in the age of superheroes. Caped crusaders have smashed the confines of their comic-book cages and now dominate almost every corner of …

Comics

'Batman' is now chasing creepy clowns in the UK

As the creepy clowns craze sweeps across the UK, a caped crusader was summoned to chase the evil creatures and protect children.<p>In Whitehaven, …

This Justice League Sizzle Reel Is Filled With Awesome Behind the Scenes Footage

<i>Justice League</i> director Zack Snyder just posted a video to commemorate the final day of shooting the film in the UK. And while that’s all well and …

How To Create Outstanding Ostinatos In Logic Pro X

An ostinato is simply a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm, and they are a big part of contemporary music. Whether it is in pop songs, …

The iPhone's new chip should worry Intel

It is Apple, not AMD, that threatens Intel’s hegemony<p>In a game of chess, there are occasions when you’ll have almost your entire army of pieces still on the board, but positioned in such a way that their systematic downfall is all but assured. As <i>The Matrix</i>’s Agent Smith put it to an overweening …

8 things that everyone should know about music theory

<b>You don't need to know anything about music to cheerfully bang out choons on your Mac or PC, but understanding the basics of scales, chords and all</b> …

Fine Tuning Audio-to-MIDI in Logic Pro X

Most audio Time & Pitch editors include a feature to convert audio to MIDI—after all, once the audio’s been analyzed and divided into individual …

How-To: Create animated charts for Final Cut Pro X using Keynote [Video]

In our recent video about the upcoming dual camera feature on the new iPhone 7 Plus, we featured an animated graph charting iPhone camera improvements over the years. Instead of relying on Motion or a third party plugin to pull off the animation in Final Cut Pro X, we tapped into Keynote …

Former FBI hostage-negotiation trainer shares 6 tricks for getting people to do what you want

He'd pretend to be a suicidal policeman, holding a gun to his neck, threatening to take his own life.<p>His job was to challenge his audience — a room full of FBI agents and police officers — to talk him out of it.<p>"In the end, I always pulled the trigger, and then, from the point of view of that role …

Houston Rockets: Why Tracy McGrady deserves Hall of Fame

In 2016-17, Tracy McGrady will be eligible to be selected as a candidate for induction to the NBA Naismith Hall-of-Fame.<p>Tracy McGrady spent the prime …

Why most pop music sounds the same - News - Alternative Press

News outlet Quartz posted a video that might just explain why pop tunes make it to the top of the charts—and it's all because of the “millennial …

Stephen King's "Batman" Story Brought to Life by Stephen Lang

"Avatar" actor Stephen Lang reads "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation," a short story by novelist and horror icon Stephen King.

Stephen King

Chord Names Explained

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2 1/2 Hour 'Man Of Tomorrow' Re-Edits Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel' & 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

<b>Job Willins</b> is an editor who loves getting to the heart of the matter. He’s the hand behind recent re-cuts such as “<b>Ripley</b>” which reconfigured “<b>Alien</b> …

Man of Steel

5 Mistakes to Avoid For The One-Man Band / Solo Producer

1. Don’t Get Stuck in the Box<p>Fig 1 Mixing one or two live audio tracks into a primarily “in-the-box” arrangement can help provide a looser, more …