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Supercapacitor-powered Bamboo speaker charges in minutes and lasts for hours

A few years ago, Portland resident Sam Beck built a bike-powered speaker that wouldn’t cut off when he stopped pedaling at stoplights. He accomplished such a feat with an amazing new technology: supercapacitors.<p>Instead of stopping there, however, Beck decided to bring his vision to the portable …

IK Multimedia introduces its new iRig Pads portable MIDI controller for iOS and Mac/PC

With the popularity of grid controllers on the rise, IK Multimedia has now unveiled the latest addition to its iRig line of recording and DJ gear. iRig Pads is an “ultra-portable” grid-style MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac/PC.<p>Head below for more on what the “ultimate travel companion …

Small States: The jamstik wireless MIDI guitar controller for iPad, iPhone and Mac, $560 worth of giveaways

<b>Update (9/27):</b> Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @broni, @phillsea and @EGHSPrincipalRI are our winners and they have been contacted.<p><i>Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States.</i><p><b>Introduction</b><p>Founder Dan Sullivan started the …

Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, a wireless ultra-compact portable scanner

Moving to a paperless life three years ago was an immensely liberating experience. Not only did I free up space by getting rid of a filing cabinet, but I had fast, easy access to all my paperwork no matter where I happened to be. Documents I need access to on the move are stored on my iPhone and …

Canon Laser Printers: ImageClass Color AiO $180 (Orig. $449), ImageClass Monochrome AiO $150 shipped (Orig. $299)

<b>Update 9/22 12PM:</b> The coupon for the Color ImageCLASS has expired.<p>Adorama has the Canon ImageCLASS Color All-in-One Laser Printer for $219. When you put in the coupon code: <i>1CAN8280</i> the price drops to only $180 shipped. That’s $269 off the original price, $49 less than Amazon, and the lowest we …

Is it possible to record the world's best-sounding music without a mountain of gear?

Todd Garfinkle started out as a musician and landed a recording contract with CBS/Sony in 1986, while he was living in Japan. The relationship with CBS/Sony didn't continue, so not long after that Garfinkle decided to start his own company, MA Recordings. He bought a custom-made microphone preamp, …

Live Sessions: Watch Justin Townes Earle Perform Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams'

Fleetwood Mac sounds better than ever<p><b>The son of alt-country star Steve Earle</b> and godson of Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle writes and records a blend of blues, folk, rock, and country that has been captivating us for a while now, and his new album, <i>Single Mothers</i>, doesn't disappoint. We caught …

Sonos adds Deezer high-resolution audio streaming to its wireless speakers in America

Sonos has announced today that it is bringing previously European-only streaming service Deezer to the United States, wrapped in a new service dubbed Deezer Elite. Deezer is known for its high resolution streaming of over 35 million songs, utilizing a format of music known as FLAC. The deal between …

The Future of High-Definition Audio Is Here

How to listen to the best of the best new Blu-ray and vinyl music releases<p><b>"We're barely getting five percent</b> of the what the artist recorded when we listen to music these days," David Crosby, the Byrds legend and one-fourth of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young told me when we sat down to talk about the …

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Review: Apple wireless keyboard for Logic Pro X from EditorsKeys

There are a few companies that make skins specifically for Apple’s keyboards to add icons for the various shortcuts that pros use daily in apps like Logic Pro and Final Cut. I’ve tried a few in the past, but the benefits never seemed to outweigh the tradeoff of putting a clunky rubber skin over …

Cataclysm in suburbia: The dark, twisted history of America’s oil-addicted middle class

How the same things that contributed to the rise of the middle class are also now leading to its downfall<p>Robert O. Self<p>August 30, 2014 9:00pm (UTC)<p>Houses, cars, and children. For a century, they have defined the family economy, and they have driven the national economy. They organize our lives and …

Evernote Business Notebook will thrill rich kindergartners

What’s the difference between a businessperson and a regular person? According to Evernote, a businessperson has secrets, whereas a regular person is happy to share everything. This somewhat cynical take is a pretty good model of the world, and it is embodied in the Evernote Business Notebook, a …

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3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack

For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won't drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a …

“War and Peace” tortured me: Facebook, email and the neuroscience of always being distracted

I used to be able to read for hours without digital interruption. Now? That’s just funny. I want my focus back!<p>Michael Harris<p>August 17, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This essay is adapted from “The End of Absence”<p>I’m enough of a distraction addict that a low-level ambient guilt about not getting my real work …

Samsung SL-M2020W review: A mini laser printer at an unbeatable price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Samsung SL-M2020W printer is small, relatively fast, and bristling with features, including Wi-Fi, NFC compatibility, and the ability to print from iOS and Android mobile devices.<p><b>The Bad</b> Replacement toner cartridges cost almost as much as the printer itself.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Samsung …

Elephant Steady Keeps Your iPhone Video Smooth As Silk

If you’re on YouTube at all, two things stand out. The first is that the iPhone might be the single most popular method of filming spontaneous action …

Exclusive: Sean Rowe's 'Shine My Diamond Ring' Video

<b>Sean Rowe is an intense man.</b> When he sings, shouts, bangs that guitar, you sit up and take notice, listen, absorb. You're right there with him, not gazing into a phone's glowing screen or pretending not to care. His kind of intensity pulls you in and keeps you there in the moment, until he's done …

6 Reasons Why The FLIR ONE Infrared Accessory Is A Handyperson’s Best Friend (list)

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably become very handy around the house. After all, doing things yourself saves money and provides you with this …

Get your photographic and video lighting right every time with The KICK [Deals]

In order to take breathtaking still pictures and earth shattering video, you need to have the proper lighting conditions. No one will see your fantastic photographic subject if the room is too dark. A lack of sufficient lighting also won’t do your videos any justice.<p>Now you can have the right …

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Sony RX100 III review: a fantastic point-and-shoot, but it'll cost you

There are good cameras that look cute, take passable pictures and don't cost an arm and a leg. And then there are incredible cameras that can really <i>do it all</i>, but come along with comparatively astronomical price tags. The Sony RX100 is the latter -- the original model, which cost $650 and first …

The next great financial crash: How our corporate overlords are setting us up to fail (again)

While profits soar, wages continue to stagnate and anti-tax zealots gut the safety net — a recipe for disaster<p>Thom Hartmann<p>July 4, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.<p>Although …

Mega-pedal serves up soaring vocal harmonies, impressive guitar effects

With guitar amp modeling as well as a wide range of on-board guitar effects like distortion, delay, chorus and reverb, I don’t even need to take my amp or pedals with me any more.<p>You can even mix these four different types of harmonies in one preset. The possibilities are staggering.

Finally go paperless with Doxie One [Deals]

If you’ve ever wanted to go paperless, then this offer from Cult of Mac Deals is going to make it easier than ever.<p>Everyone needs a scanner these days, whether it’s for daily use or the occasional random legal document, <b>Doxie One</b> couldn’t be a quicker or easier solution. Doxie One scans everything …

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tUnE-yArDs: Without an open Internet I couldn’t have become a musician

<b>tUnE-yArDs / Merrill Garbus (Holly Andres)</b><p>Merrill Garbus, the voice behind tUnE-yArDs talks about musical inspirations and the importance of net neutrality<p>Sarah Gray<p>June 23, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>"I have a deep fear of being homogenized and easily swallowed," said Merrill Garbus in an early Ink19 …

Sony Action Cams are ready to stream live internet video

Sony Action Cam owners: if you're eager to share your sporting adventures with the world, your moment has come. The company has just rolled out a firmware update for the AS100V (installable on Macs or Windows) that lets you broadcast live video on Ustream, complete with social network alerts when …

Eleven LEDs you can control on your smartphone (pictures)

Shoulderpod’s chunky S1 grip makes iPhone camera far easier to use

Do you like to wander the streets, camera in hand, ready to catch an amazing shot? Have you ever missed that shot thanks to the time taken to fumble your iPhone from your pocket and fire up the camera? Even if the answer to these questions is “No,” you should probably take a look at Shoulderpod’s …

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Review: Samsung’s U28D590D 28-inch 4k monitor finally brings quality 4k at an affordable price

Ever since the Mac Pro was released in December, we’ve faced an onslaught of 4k displays. We reviewed Seiki’s budget offering last year, and while we liked it overall, it did have more than its fair share of set backs. For instance, you could only use the full 4k resolution at 30Hz, which meant …