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Apple Announces WWDC Keynote Live Stream For June 8, 2015 & Updates Apple TV Channel

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Apple has announced that it will be live streaming the Worldwide Developers Conference kickoff keynote, which starts at 10 AM Pacific/ 1 PM Eastern Time on June 8, 2015. The company has updated its Apple Events application on the Apple TV to feature next week’s streaming video.

At the conference, Apple is expected to introduce iOS 9, OS X 10.11, Apple Music and new Apple TV hardware.

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How To Create Your Own Recording Studio

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Many individuals choose to cut down on recording costs by creating their own recording studios. With the right attitude, skills and equipment, individuals can make quality music in a personal studio. There are five simple steps for creating your own recording studio.

Have a Quality Computer

If you do not already have a fast computer you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, you just need to make sure that your computer possesses data at the appropriate processing speeds to handle the program that you will be running while you record.

Choose Your Recording Software

Selecting the right recording software is critical to your sound.  In this case, you get what you pay for. There are lower budget and even free software options available, however they will not create a high quality sound that professional software would. If you are just getting started, free or cheaper software is a good way to get your feet wet and get started, and you can upgrade as you gain more experience.

Install an Audio Interface

The audio interface is essential to the recording process, seeing as it connects the computer to all the recording parts. Depending on whether you use a MAC or a PC, you may need a specific type of interface. You also want to make sure that it has at least two input and two output jacks.

Purchase an Audio Mixer

The audio mixer is the piece of equipment that will manage all of the inputs, allowing you to adjust their outputs as necessary and to record. You will want to make sure that each channel on your audio mixer has adjustments for these essential parts:

– Panning

– Volume

– 3-band equalization

Select Your Microphone, Headphones and Studio Monitors

For each of these pieces there are a number of options available. However, there are a few things to consider that can help in your selection:

– Microphone: dynamic mics are better for recording voices, while condenser mics are better for capturing the sounds of different instruments

– Headphones: some headphones help to cancel out sound but provide less sound quality, while other headphones provide less sound isolation and a better sound quality

– Studio Monitors: monitors are of different quality, but you want to get monitors that provide a flat frequency so that you can hear the music as is, for the best mixing possible

While recording quality music is an intricate process, setting up your personal studio can be quite simple. By following the aforementioned steps you can create your studio and be on your way to composing your next big hit.

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The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers A Real Bionic Arm

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When it came time for 7-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, to be presented with a 3D-printed bionic limb developed by Albert Manero, Robert Downey Jr. wanted in on the action.

Dressed as bionics expert Tony Stark, the star greeted the young superhero fan in a hotel room, where Downey compared his Iron Man gauntlet to Alex’s new arm. “You know who that is?” a Alex is asked in the video below. When Alex responds “Iron Man,” the actor can barely contain his joy.

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Manero, a college student, is the founder of Limbitless Solutions, which develops affordable artificial limbs for, in Downey’s words, “families with kids who want to show the playground how badass they are.”

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“I’m probably going to start farming out a lot of my tech work to Albert, too,” Downey says in the video. “I feel like he could cut the price point down on one of my suits, which is right now, I don’t know, about a billion and a half dollars.”

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Sesame Go: A New Video On-Demand Service to Access Your Furry Friends in Full-Length Episodes, Anytime

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Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced Sesame Go, a new subscription video on demand service which provides the latest and greatest collection of full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street on the internet. Sesame Go is powered by the Kaltura MediaGo OTT Solution.

Sesame Go provides a safe, ad-free environment to watch your favorite Sesame Street content while using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Available as a web service through any internet browser, and optimized not only for Mac and PC computers but also for tablets and mobile devices, Sesame Go provides families with a child-friendly platform to instantly watch the latest full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street, plus hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volume 1 and 2. The service also includes episodes from seasons one and two of Pinky Dinky Doo, the animated series for children ages 4-6 produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, which uses storytelling and games to guide the characters through lessons in vocabulary and problem solving. Subscribe to Sesame Go at www.sesamego.com for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.

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Time-Lapse Video of The New Bigger, Faster Goodyear Blimp Being Built

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a time-lapse video detailing the building of the latest version of its iconic airship. The new Goodyear Blimp, which took its maiden voyage last month in the skies above Akron, Ohio, is bigger, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessors, hitting 80 miles an hour in that first flight, with the help of some tail wind.

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Created in collaboration with the Zeppelin company, the lighter-than-air-craft features a semi-rigid structure highlighting in the video, making the airship technically not a blimp.

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Beats Music, A New Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

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Beats Music is a new subscription-based streaming music service with a focus on curation. The service, which launched today, was created by Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as well as chief creative officer Trent Reznor. Beats Music is currently available on the web, iOS, and Android, and a Windows Phone app will launch on Friday.

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OneWheel Electric Skateboard

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The Onewheel is a self-balancing, single-wheeled electric skateboard that “gives you the feeling of flying”. The deck can go as fast as 12 MPH.

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Thanks to its 48V lithium battery you should be able to keep going for between four and six miles depending on the terrain. The Onewheel has already hit its Kickstarter target and sold out at the early $1,200 price.

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Chang-rae Lee’s “On Such a Full Sea” Features The First-Ever 3D-Printed Book Cover

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Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is available today (January 7, 2014) in a special limited edition with what the publisher, Riverhead Books, is calling the first-ever 3D-printed slipcover.

The result is a collaboration with the 3D-printing company Makerbot. The white slipcover, into which the book fits neatly, features the letters of the title rising off the surface at an angle, and the idea all along was to do something unlike anything ever seen in the world of publishing.

Designed by Riverhead’s art director, Helen Yentus, each individual slip cover took 15 hours to print and only 200 signed copies are for sale.

Lee will be reading from “On Such a Full Sea” on January 16th at 7pm at the MakerBot Store, in New York. Space is limited, so please register in advance HERE.

You can also order a copy of the limited edition for $150 by clicking HERE.

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Amazon Prime Air: Your Amazon Packages Could Soon Arrive By Flying Drones

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed tonight on 60 Minutes the company’s future delivery method: drones. You can watch the segment below (The drone portion kicks in at the 11:15 mark):

The goal of this new delivery system called Prime Air is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. The airborne robots will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds (86 percent of orders are apparently less than that) with a range of 10 miles.


As Amazon puts it, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations” and Bezos himself added in the TV segment that it won’t be before 2015 at the very earliest.

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Things You No Longer Need Because of Smartphones

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BuzzFeed takes a look several things that you no longer need now that you have a smartphone.

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