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If You Can't Afford a Hellcat, the Challenger Scat Pack Won't Disappoint

485 is still a lot of horsepower.<p>In days of yore, a car with 485 horsepower would be considered an outrageous amount of power for a car straight from the factory. But now that Dodge has the 707 horsepower supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8, 485 seems like an economy car.<p>Thing is, if you can't afford the …

Weekly Recap: Ford Ranger, 'Dodge' Barracuda poised for returns?

Plus: Notes On Justin Wilson, The Army's New Tactical Vehicle, And Used Car Prices<p>Rumors flew this week that several of Detroit's favorite nameplates, the Ranger, Bronco, and Barracuda are set to return.<p>The Ranger could be built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, the <i>Detroit News</i> …

GOAT Lets You Cop Kicks Without Getting Jacked

Yesterday on Facebook, a man named Matt Neal sent out a plea. He’s 26, his blood type is B+ and he has a failing kidney. His ask? “One working kidney from a true sneaker head.” His offer? A pair of some of the hottest sneakers on the planet at the moment, Yeezy 350 Boosts.<p>The pair of sneakers is …

Why the new Apple TV will kill your Xbox or Playstation

A new report gives us our best insight yet into the radically improved Apple TV expected to be launched next month, including the fact that it will ship with a motion-sensitive controller similar to the Nintendo Wiimote — but a hell of a lot sleeker. And that’s just to start.<p>In an exhaustive report …

'I've never felt more isolated': The man who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion reveals the empty side of success

Sklathill / Flickr<p>It's the dream of many a startup founder: Make something people love and wind up wildly rich, selling the company for billions.<p>But after you do that, what comes next? It could be a sense of hopeless isolation.<p>So says Minecraft founder Markus Persson (aka "Notch") in a strangely …

Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks

A team of Princeton and Harvard researchers analyzed the phone call records of 15 million users in Kenya -- not to spy on people, but to study the spread of seasonal disease. The team wanted to see if the movement of phone users can predict outbreaks of seasonal diseases like rubella or German …

Disease

Here's what it's like to use Facebook's virtual assistant, 'M'

Facebook unveiled ‘M’ its virtual assistant that lives in Messenger this week, which is a conversational assistant that can do anything from tell you jokes to ordering concert tickets.<p>M is still in beta and is not available for everyone yet but Jackson Fall, head of product at Wealthcoin, already …

Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 stays & gets new streaming service

<i>Rough mockup of fourth Apple TV vs. third Apple TV by Michael Steeber</i><p>With the official debut of the next-generation Apple TV less than two weeks away, sources have provided additional details on Apple’s pricing, availability, and product lineup plans for its set-top devices. According to sources, …

Smart TV

The 54 best VST/AU plugin synths

Granted, this is all quite subjective and there are a few notable synths missing; but if you’re new to VSTs or aren’t 100% sure what’s come out in …

Facebook

Alex Martin – Maschine Body Music

Playing around some EBM oldschool beats with sounds from “Monark”, “Battery” and “Absynth” (KOMPLETE 9) on the MASCHINE STUDIO.<p>Facebook Comments

Batteries

Korg Volca Sample

Korg is really making products I like these days. There is a new Volca and it’s a sampler. It’s called the Volca Sample. Being an old Akai S950 guy I …

Ambient Music

Roland FA-06 Synthesizer: The Ultimate All-In-One Workstation

Roland’s new FA-06 synthesizer is a highly-evolved redesign of the music workstation; Streamlined for effortless real-time power, ultra-fast …

Synthesizers

NI Komplete 10 & Komplete Kontrol

Native Instruments today released the Komplete Kontrol S-Series control keyboards and Komplete 10 and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.<p><b>Key Features:</b><p>…

Music Production

AKAI Rhythm Wolf

This Rhythm Wolf performance video features Richard Devine – acclaimed sound design guru, synth aficionado, and artist. Watch as he integrates two …

Synthesizers

Radiophonic Workshop – The Music of Doctor Who – Me, You and Doctor Who

At the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Matthew Sweet learns how Doctor Who’s distinctive background music was created.<p>Facebook Comments

Doctor Who

MIDI Basics With Steve Porcaro

In this 1986 instructional video, Toto keyboardist & composer Steve Porcaro talks about MIDI basics.<p>While the video is dated, it offers a vintage …

Music Production

Arturia Beatstep Pro

Arturia today introduced the BeatStep Pro — a flagship controller and dynamic performance step sequencer that they call ‘a sequencing powerhouse’. …

Toro y Moi Drops Free, Surprise 'Samantha' Mixtape

Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick has dropped a surprise 20-track mixtape titled <i>Samantha</i> as a free download, just four months after the singer released his …

UC Berkeley

'I'm Not Scared Of Learning': FKA Twigs On Submission And Control

FKA twigs, the singer and producer, left home at the age of 17 to become a dancer. She spent years dancing alongside pop stars in big-budget video before she realized she really wanted to <i>make</i> music – and now, she is. Her songs are a blend of electronic and R&B, with threads of punk and even choral …

Skrillex, Deadmau5 Headline Hard Day of the Dead Fest

Skrillex, Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, Future, A$AP Ferg, Hot Chip and Glass Animals are among the artists that will perform at this year's Hard Day of …

Skrillex

'Late Registration' by Kanye West 10th anniversary: 5 best non-singles

Kanye West needed just 18 months to follow his soulful debut, <i>The College Dropout</i>, with 2005’s <i>Late Registration</i>. Instead of dipping back to the proven …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Flying Lotus Chats With Jaden Smith on Beats 1

<i>Photo via Beats 1</i><p>Jaden Smith has a show on Apple Music's Beats 1 called "MSFTS Frequency", and on today's show, he sat down for a conversation with Flying Lotus. They discussed the origins of <i>You're Dead!</i>'s concept, the video for "Never Catch Me", and working with Kendrick Lamar. They also talk …