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What's the biggest factor determining the sound of your music: Recording, mixing or mastering?

The Audiophiliac interviews mastering engineer Dave McNair about who should get most of the credit for great sounding recordings, and his answer may surprise you.<p>A lot of audiophiles believe that mastering plays an absolutely decisive role in the sound of recorded music. I'm not sure how this …

Music Production

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

HP made a smartwatch in 1977, and you can buy a prototype for $14,500

Long before we were debating the merits of Android Wear and the rumored iWatch, companies were experimenting with quartz technology, LEDs, and miniaturized circuits to create the ancestors of the modern wearable. HP — which made some of the most important calculators back when calculators were a …

5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

A TRAVELBREAK original post by Stephanie Be.<p>Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who.<p>You've gotta meet new people.<p>Here's what's worked for me:<p><b>1. Carry a deck of cards.</b><p>"Hey, have you ever played …

Eastern Europe

7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to win

We don't know much of anything about Apple's upcoming smartwatch, or even if such a thing exists. But as hype, rumors, and expectations reach the pre-release fever pitch we've come to associate with a new Apple product, it seems all but certain that Tim Cook will take the stage this fall to …

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

Phew! Google prevents Terminators from killing Larry and Sergey

If you see a killer robot (including one that looks like a certain former California governor) making threatening movements toward Google's founders, there's no need to worry.<p>Pay attention, conspiracy theorists: The company that may most closely resemble SkyNet has taken action to preserve the …

SEO

What Silicon Valley refuses to learn from Steve Jobs

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love?<p>Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm, or investment company in Silicon Valley, and you’re sure to hear people say how much they admire Steve Jobs. They’ll say that he …

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

Hilarious Face Swaps of Film and TV Characters

<i>Faceswap</i> is the art of digitally swapping the faces of subjects in an image. Some common subjects are celebrities and beloved characters from popular films and TV shows. Looking at this collection of Faceswap images, it might take a second to register what's so strange about your favorite …

Toy Story

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

MacBook Air

Shuairan 35m Sail Yacht Is A Combination of A Motor Yacht and A Sailing Yacht

<b>Shuairan 35m Sail Yacht</b> blends the technology of a motor yacht with the world of sailing yachts. This concept yacht wants to give you the benefits of …

Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent …

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

Facebook is trying to save you from embarrassing posts

One of the first things I do before I post anything on Facebook is to make sure I know exactly <i>who</i> will see it. If it's a vacation photo of me and my husband, I restrict it to friends and family. If it's just a link to something funny on the internet, I might post it for all the world to see. It's …

Neos vs. ÖVP: 'Haselsteiners Denken ist 20. Jahrhundert'

<b>Die Presse: Herr Lopatka, wählen Ihre drei Kinder schon Neos oder noch ÖVP?</b><p><b>Reinhold Lopatka:</b> Erstens gibt es ein Wahlgeheimnis auch für Kinder von …

Google Naps: A Parody That Helps You Find Places To Snooze

Google Maps helps you find your way, but Google Naps — a parody based on the popular mapping service — is helping you discover the best places for a snooze.<p>A group of Dutch users created Google Naps to uncover “the world’s coziest and coolest places to take a well-deserved nap.” These napping …

How to enable Drunk Mode on iPhone

You are out for a night on the town with your friends, and perhaps you’ve had one too many Long Island Iced Teas or Peppermint Schnapps. We’re not …

Turkey blocks Twitter as people use social media to share corruption evidence

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Turkish officials have blocked access to Twitter(s twtr), after people used the microblogging service to disseminate evidence …

These Extraordinary Photos Of U.S. Skylines Show Cities As You've Never Seen Them Before

If you've traveled to major cities in the U.S. or around the world, you probably have a favorite skyline. Some feature massive skyscrapers that jut into the clouds, forming an outline of the city's core on the horizon. Others are marked by bright lights that radiantly broadcast the essence of the …

This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking

Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application …

You're Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens

The first person to twist apart an Oreo, or sit backwards in a chair, or pretend a tennis racket was a guitar — visionaries who recognized that …

Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder at The Boiler

WARD SHELLEY and<br>ALEX SCHWEDER <i><br>In Orbit</i><br>28 February – 5 April, 2014<br>at The BOILER, 191 N. 14th St. (Between Berry and Wythe)<p>Opening Reception: Fri 28 …

Russia Today Anchor Resigns Live On Air

"I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin."<p>WASHINGTON — Russia Today America anchor Liz Wahl resigned Wednesday live on air, saying she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.<p>Wahl said she …

Adventures of a LEGO Photographer Taken with an iPhone

Just about everybody loves LEGOS. The building blocks are great inspiration for a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter replica; they inspire hilarious poster illustrations; and, recently, they have been fun to watch in animation at the movie theater.<p>Photographer Andrew Whyte has found a new way …

Lego

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.<p>A termination fee is attached to the deal …

Can Europe go its own way on data privacy?

<b>Europe could soon be operating its own cordoned-off portion of the internet if proposals by German Chancellor Angela Merkel win support.</b><p>In her weekly podcast to the German nation, Ms Merkel floated the plan to ensure European data stays on European networks.<p>She suggested this required beefing up …

Edward Snowden

Meet The All-Star Team Of Medical Experts, Scientists, And Designers Apple Hired To Build The iWatch

Investors, and consumers, are getting restless. They want a new category-defining product from the company that reinvented the MP3 player with the iPod, the mobile phone with the iPhone, and the personal computer with the iPad.<p>So, what's it going to be?<p>All signs point to Apple tackling the watch …

Wearable Tech

What Your Brain Looks Like After A 20-Minute Walk

In "Choose Yourself!" I describe a practice I use called "The Daily Practice," and I explain how it's made my life COMPLETELY DIFFERENT every six months.<p>I describe four legs: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.<p>Some people ask: which leg should I focus on? My answer: ALL.<p>Just don't make it that …

The Brain