You Can Now Record Studio-Quality Songs On The Go
Spire Studio for iOS devices is a portable, wireless, professional-quality recording studio designed to keep you in the creative zone. Use the Spire Studio’s built-in Wi-Fi network to pair with the Spire app, and start recording, editing, mixing, and sharing your music with the world. More on how it actually works at http://www.spire.live/content/spire/en/how-it-works.html.
|You Can Now Record Studio-Quality Songs On The Go – That Eric Alper|
Best KDE Linux Distributions For Your Desktop
KDE remains one of the most popular desktop environments (well as voted at http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/5-best-linux-desktop-environments-with-pros-cons) available for Linux users. KDE prioritizes aesthetics and modernity with a user-friendly computing experience. It also comes with a host of applications and features that complete the experience. But which distro does KDE best? I certainly do not know the right answer but what I can do is share some of KDE's best distros in the market now. Some distros certainly do KDE better than others and if you’ve been burnt before, I bet one of these might change your mind.
For the uninitiated you get various distros such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse Linux, Linux Mint, Manjaro, etc and each of these then offers various flavours of desktop environment such as Gnome, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, etc. So switching from Mint's KDE to Manjaro's KDE will give you a very familiar desktop look and feel.
I am personally using the Manjaro KDE 64-bit release.
|Best KDE Linux Distributions For Your Desktop
KDE remains one of the most popular desktop environments available for Linux users. KDE prioritizes aesthetics and modernity with a user-friendly computing experience. It also comes with a host of applications and features that complete the experience. Bu
'Walkie talkie' app Zello tops App Store during hurricanes
An app that enables people to have live conversations in large groups is being used as an unofficial rescue co-ordination tool during the US hurricanes. An app that enables people to have live conversations in large groups is being used as an unofficial rescue co-ordination tool during the US hurricanes.
"If your phone battery is under 30%, turn off Zello. That way, it won't use any power, and if someone sends you a message, you will still receive a push notification," it added.
|‘Walkie talkie’ app Zello tops App Store
The app was downloaded one million times in a day as people sought rescue during the US hurricanes.
SocialPilot – one of the few reasonably affordable post schedulers for G+ Collections
One of the problems with Collections is that most services count each Collection as a "social media account" so most free plans are really not usable. I was using Friends+Me but their new pricing plans now cost quite a bit more. And there are very very few services actually supporting Collections.
does a lot more than just Google+, but it is its Collections feature that really sets it apart. Posts can be scheduled for future times and your computer need not be on for the posts to go out (unlike DoShare used to require).
Their basic plan costs $10/pm (or $100/pa) and gets you:
– Up to 10 connected profiles
– 50 posts sharing per day
– 1000 posts in scheduling queue
– Choice of URL shortener
– Browser extension
– A fully functional mobile app (unlike Hootsuite's that can't handle G+ on their app)
Ladies, Apparently We Should Be Shaving Our Faces
Women are stepping up their game. They are going all out with the blade, grown-man style, and they are loving it and refuse to go back to the days of getting dipped in hot wax. While shaving doesn’t last as long as waxing or laser treatments, it is less painful, cheaper, and you can do it in the privacy of your own home in just a few minutes.
Shaving doesn’t just remove the hair, it is an exfoliant and leaves your skin super-soft and smooth (your makeup will go on like butter), and it gets rid of any dead skin cells hanging around your skin’s surface.
If you are worried your hair will grow back thicker and darker, fear not. It’s a myth. Dr. David E. Bank, founder and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, tells BuzzFeed, “Neither waxing nor shaving causes hair to grow in faster or thicker. We have a certain number of hair follicles in the skin and, if you don’t destroy them with lasers, they will continue to grow in at the same rate and with the same thickness.”
Using a traditional wet shaving method will also mean no harsh chemicals, but instead using more natural shaving soaps and creams.
|Ladies, Apparently We Should Be Shaving Our Faces
The truth is, we all have facial hair. And science says shaving that mini-mustache can be good for your skin.
Brain Composer: 'Thinking' melodies onto a musical score
Under the title of "Brain Composer", a group led by BCI expert Gernot Müller-Putz from TU Graz's Institute of Neural Engineering shows that experiences of quite a different tone can be sounded from the keys of brain-computer interfaces. Derived from an established BCI method which mainly serves to spell – more accurately – write by means of BCI, the team has developed a new application by which music can be composed and transferred onto a musical score – just through the power of thought. All you need is a special cap which measures brain waves, the adapted BCI, a software for composing music, and of course a bit of musical knowledge.
The basic principle of the BCI method used, which is called P300, can be briefly described: various options, such as letters or notes, pauses, chords, etc. flash by one after the other in a table. If you're trained and can focus on the desired option while it lights up, you cause a minute change in your brain waves. The BCI recognises this change and draws conclusions about the chosen option.
The short video "Sheet Music by Mind" gives an impression of composing music using BCI: https://www.tugraz.at/institute/ine/research/videos/
|Brain Composer: ‘Thinking’ melodies onto a musical score
TU Graz researchers develop new brain-computer interface application which allows music to be composed by the power of thought. How this works is shown in the current issue of the journal PLOS ONE.
The Music Industry Bands Together To Finally Get Paid Online… Using Blockchain
The "information gap" refers to the data around who helped create a song. Publishers might keep track of who wrote the underlying composition of a song, or the session drummer on a recording, but that information doesn't always show up in a digital file's metadata. This disconnect between the person who composed a song, the person who recorded it, and the subsequent plays, has led to problems like writers and artists not getting paid for their work, and publishers suing streaming companies as they struggle to identify who is owed royalties. “It’s a simple question of attribution,” says Panay. “And payments follow attribution.”
Over the last year, members of the OMI — almost 200 organizations in total — have worked to develop just that. As a first step, they’ve created an API that companies can voluntarily build into their systems to help identify key data points like the names of musicians and composers, plus how many times and where tracks are played. This information is then stored on a decentralized database using blockchain technology — which means no one owns the information, but everyone can access it.
|The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online
A group called the Open Music Initiative is figuring out artist payments for digital platforms.
Manjaro Linux Now Has Its Very Own Laptop – The ‘Station X Spitfire Manjaro Special Edition’
Linux users who’ve dreamed of buying a laptop that runs Manjaro Linux can wake up happy — one has just been announced. The ‘Station X Spitfire Manjaro Special Edition’ is the first Manjaro-based laptop from UK-based computer sellers Station X.
Described as the ‘ultimate marriage of software and hardware’, the UK-based computer company explain that Manjaro created a new spin of its XFCE-based distribution that is ‘fully tuned’ to the Spitfire’s hardware. “From intricate kernel tweaks, to streamlined settings, and even custom changes to the battery, CPU, and sound settings – our humble Spitfire has now become the ULTIMATE Manjaro Machine.”
There’s an all-aluminum chassis with a laster-etched Manjaro logo on the lid, a 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, and backlit keyboard (complete with Manjaro super key). The internals pack an 7th generation Intel processors (either an Intel core i5-7200u @ 2.2GHz or Intel core i7-7500u @ 2.7GHz); up to 32GB RAM; Intel HD graphics; and a choice of storage options.
While there is currently no word on pricing for this special edition you should expect to pay roughly the same as for the standard version of the Station X Spitfire, which retails from £850, when pre-orders open on October 13, 2017.
Manjaro is currently my favourite desktop distro. Being an Arch Linux based rolling distro you should never have to do a complete upgrade install as it keeps getting incremental updates.
|Manjaro Linux Now Has Its Very Own Laptop
Linux users who’ve dreamed of buying a laptop that runs Manjaro Linux can wake up happy — one has just been announced. The ‘Station X Spitfire Manjaro Spe
Three History Podcasts That Aren’t “Hardcore History”
Nothing against Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History,” but it seems to eat up all the publicity for history podcasts. That’s a shame, because the podcast format is a fantastic way to dive into a thirty-hour history of the French Revolution, or snack on a 12-minute account of how Warren G. Harding, betrayed by his corrupt Cabinet, publicly projected all his feelings onto his dog Laddie Boy.
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Next-gen Nissan Leaf electric car for SA: 380km battery range!
The zero-emissions vehicle — which Japanese automaker Nissan – unveiled in the US late on Tuesday (September 5) and in a Tokyo suburb on Wednesday — promises a range of 400km in Japanese driving conditions before needing another charge. That's up from 280km for Leaf models on sale now.
"Our local product planning team is in discussion with our parent company regarding plans for introduction in Southern Africa. At this point we are looking towards the last quarter of CY18, however this is not confirmed."
For the first time ever I spotted a Nissan Leaf in Cape Town on te N1 today with a CA numberplate… maybe they are finally making it to Cape Town too.
|Next-gen Nissan Leaf electric car for SA: 380km battery range!
Nissan says its new Leaf electric car driver further on a charge and comes with a new type of technology and the possibility of single-pedal driving.