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Chrome will 'intelligently' pause Flash content like auto-playing ads

Few things are more annoying on the internet than auto-playing Flash ads, especially if it has audio. If you don't already have an ad-blocker installed, then you might want to consider getting the upcoming version of Chrome. Google has announced today that it's been working with Adobe to introduce …

Here’s How Much Artists Really Make on Spotify

Music lovers take note: streaming a song on Spotify makes your favorite artists very little dough.<p>An analysis of data from December 2014 that Spotify …

The DJs of Silicon Valley who are changing music

Before Silicon Valley had an app for everything, and before the halcyon years preceding the dot-com bubble, Richard Quitevis and Ritche Desuasido were teaming up and making waves in the DJ industry. Disrupting, even. As DJs QBert and Yogafrog, respectively, both came up in the Bay Area mobile DJ …

Music Production

This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify

Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify; Tidal launched a new platform owned by artists, not record companies; and Apple is …

C.H.I.P. — the super tiny computer that only costs $9

If you thought the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 was a small and cheap computer, think again. Next Thing Co.'s open-source C.H.I.P. is an even smaller barebones …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

Cancer

Even hackers are concerned Obama's and Clinton's emails remain vulnerable

Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report<p>Read more<p>Cybersecurity experts are increasingly concerned that both President Barack Obama’s government emails and Hillary Clinton’s private, encrypted email system are too vulnerable to attack by sophisticated hackers who may be working for …

Security

Blend Launches Automatic Ableton Projects From Stems

Producers know very well that feeling when one hears a song and thinks, “I could make a killer remix!” After downloading the stems and before they …

Your Tor-based email isn't as secure as you think

A recent security breach just provided a painful reminder that Tor's anonymity network isn't completely foolproof against truly determined intruders. The email service SIGAINT is warning users that someone recently launched a sustained attempt to break into its servers and snoop on messages. While …

Is compression helping or hurting the sound of music?

Here's what you need to know about what dynamic range compression is doing to your music.<p>Compression has gotten a bad rap in recent times, but I'd wager nearly <i>all</i> of your favorite records are compressed. Some less than others, yet some of your most beloved tunes are massively compressed. Dynamic …

The White House Was Hacked -- Could It Happen Again?

On Tuesday it was reported that foreign spies likely breached sensitive computer systems in the White House and State Department. The attack is believed to have begun with a targeted phishing email; foreign agents tricked at least one American worker into taking unsafe actions that opened the door …

Cybersecurity

Cops are routinely using this secret cell phone tracking tool

Big federal agencies with ominous-sounding three-letter acronyms aren't the only ones that spy on your activities -- your local police might be doing it, too. Take for instance, the police department of Erie County, New York, which was recently caught using stingray devices in at least 47 instances …

Google warns of fake digital certificates issued for its domains and potentially others (Updated)

Google revealed today that it has discovered several fake digital certificates for some of its domains.<p>That’s bad, because any browser accessing these domains via transport layer security (TLS; the latest security protocol, and a successor to SSL) counts on a certificate in order to be sure that …

IT security

You can blame Lars Ulrich for the lack of bass on Metallica’s … And Justice For All

Although Metallica’s 1988 album <i>… And Justice For All</i> was mostly well-received by critics, it has one flaw that’s been cited time and time again by …

Indie Music

RadioShack is selling tens of millions of email and home addresses

The ghost of RadioShack may never leave us<p>Among the locations, trademarks, overpriced cables, and other assets that RadioShack is selling off as part of its bankruptcy filing are tens of millions of email addresses, home addresses, and customer names, all of which could end up in the hands of …

Jay Z & Roc Nation Purchase Tupac’s Entire Catalog For $384 Million

New York Shawn Jay-Z Carter has made another power move in the music industry. According to Joseph Borrino, CFO of Roc Nation, The label has recently …

Rap & Hip-Hop

De La Soul Start Kickstarter for New Album 'And the Anonymous Nobody'

<b>UPDATE 2:</b> De La Soul's monthlong Kickstarter campaign wrapped up May 2nd with the hip-hop collective raising over $600,000 for their new LP. "Thank …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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New backward-compatible audio file format can split songs into four tracks

Melody, bass, drums, and vocals<p>Native Instruments — best known for its DJ and music production software — is rolling out a new royalty-free audio format that could be a big deal for professional and amateur remixers alike. The format, Stems, can store up to four individual tracks within a single …

Music Production

With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

Meet Jellynote, a French startup that provides a new yet familiar experience for learning music. With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. But the killer feature is a Guitar Hero-like mode that takes advantage of …

Hone your drum machine skills with an HTML5 808

For the aspiring DJs and living room producers, there's now a way to craft your drum machine chops with nothing more than your favorite web browser. An HTML5-driven site lets you choose between iconic instruments like Roland's TR-808 and TR-909, alongside Elektron's Machinedrum, the LinnDrum and a …

10 Ways to Get Analogue Sound In The Box

The elusive analogue sound is a result many producers strive for, but achieving a true analogue sound is an expensive pursuit, especially for …

Ross Ulbricht Calls For New Trial, Alleging Feds Hacked Tor

Before Ross Ulbricht has even been sentenced for his conviction last month of running the Silk Road's massive online narcotics operation, his defense …

#RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery Parodies Famous Rap Album Titles After MSNBC Story

<i>Morning Joe</i> hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough suggest that rappers are the cause of the University of Oklahoma SAE fraternity brothers who …

Marvin Gaye's Family Seeks to Halt Sales of 'Blurred Lines'

<b>UPDATE:</b> On Tuesday evening, the Gaye family officially filed an injunction attempting to block the distribution and sale of "Blurred Lines."<p>Now that …

Music