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March 28, 2014

Band Using Silent Tracks on Spotify to Fund Tour

Los Angeles-based Vulfpeck is a funk band, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to the group’s latest album, Sleepify.

That’s because the entire album is silent.

It contains ten tracks, each about thirty seconds long. Not one contains a single note, or sound, or anything.

According to CNET, the group earns half a cent each time a track is played, equalling up to about five cents per album stream.

And if you keep the album on repeat while you sleep, as Vulfpeck asks, you could ultimately [...]

 
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March 27, 2014

Microsoft Announces Office for iPad…and Why it’s Too Little, Too Late

Well, it’s finally happened: Microsoft followed through on yesterday’s predictions and formally announced Office Suite for iPad.

And unless you have or intend to get a subscription to Office 365, there’s really no good reason to download it.

But before we dive into that, let’s cover the basics of Microsoft’s announcements today. As expected, the company pulled back the curtain on a touch-optimized version of its premier productivity software applications, including Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and all the rest of the [...]

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March 27, 2014

Driving Smarter: One Year In Automatic is Improving Our Driving Habits

About a year ago I pre-ordered the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant after seeing it talked about on Twitter, a number of months past and then in early August it finally showed up on my doorstep.  My early experiences with the Automatic were very positive, the Automatic is easy to install into your car and getting it connected to your smartphone isn’t much more difficult. And now, after using it for quite some time I can say the Automatic has definitely been a worthwhile purchase, my driving habits have improved which means [...]

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March 27, 2014

Amazon Invites Press to April 2 Event for ‘Video Business': Streaming Box On the Way?

That long-awaited Amazon streaming box may finally be making its way to your TV.

Photo credit: Re/Code

The folks at Re/Code got their hands on an invite to an April 2 event, sent by Amazon VP Peter Larson. We’ve embedded the image to the right.

As you can see, Amazon plans on talking about its “video business” at the event. This could go a few different directions.

The first and most obvious reason for the event is the Amazon streaming box. There were rumors that the [...]

 
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March 27, 2014

Obama Proposes Plan to End NSA Metadata Collection

This week, President Barack Obama has outlined his proposal to put a stop to the bulk collection of phone metadata. According to a post on the Verge, the president’s proposal will ultimately end the NSA’s routine collection of metadata, and instead the data will be held by the phone companies themselves. To acquire any specific records, the government will have to obtain permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The difference here, of course, is that now the data won’t simply be collected by the government en [...]

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March 27, 2014

New iPad Smart Cover Keyboard Detailed in Apple Patent Application

After a long wait, Apple may finally be ready to bring a new iPad keyboard solution to market.

The device in Apple’s patent application appears to draw some inspiration from Microsoft’s Surface Touch Cover.

A newly published patent application shows a new smart cover keyboard design that could be Apple’s first crack at an iPad keyboard since the dock it released back in 2010. Between then and now, third-party accessory makers have carried the torch, but aside from some [...]

 
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March 26, 2014

Review: Wren Sound Bluetooth Speaker Offers Big Sound (for a Big Price)

There are no shortage of Bluetooth-enabled devices in our homes. If you own a smartphone, chances are you’re capable of streaming audio to some other device if you’re not interested in listening to tunes on the phone’s small speakers. Most tablets, and even many PCs, have Bluetooth connectivity built in, and it’d be a shame not to take good advantage of all the wireless technology has to offer.

But Bluetooth isn’t enough—the target for your audio has to be up to the task of pumping out great audio without the benefit of physical [...]

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March 26, 2014

Video: HTC One M8 Hands-On Preview

This week, HTC unveiled its long-awaited follow up to its cellular success of last year, the HTC One smartphone. With this year’s model, now dubbed the HTC One M8, the company hopes to fix some of the glaring issues of the 2013 HTC One, while mixing in some additional innovation.

Now, without further ado, let’s look at how this bad boy is built.

The new One includes a full 1920×1080 hi-res LCD touch-screen with a wide viewing angle. It’s protected by a shield of touchable Corning Gorilla Glass. Powering it is [...]

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