The new Zoom H6 Handy Recorder jams a lot of technology and features into a surprisingly compact device, and it sounds great. The H6 was designed for musicians, sound professionals, journalists, and videographers, but I'm sure there's a smattering of audiophiles who would really enjoy using this thing. I spent a few days recording street musicians performing in various parks around NYC, and one feature immediately stood out, the interchangeable microphone modules that plug into the top of the recorder. The H6 carries a retail price of $399, and that price includes two mic modules, X-Y, and MS (… Read more
Say what you will about the benefits or pitfalls of the digitization of medical records, but it seems inevitable.
SmartMetric has a new device that makes your records available anywhere, anytime. As long as you're carrying it, that is.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months.
- Update: Homeless guy accepted the NYC programmer's offer to learn how to code.
- "Boyfriend Tracker" app raises stir in Brazil.
- Whole Foods debases itself with social-media flash sales.
- Whole Foods has a record store now. Oh no?
- Whole Foods hack: Employees can give you free stuff at their discretion.
Tumblr has a new blogger within its sphere: The U.S. Intelligence Community.
That's right, the umbrella organization that oversees government intelligence agencies, like the National Security Agency, the CIA, and FBI, has started to blog. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper penned a post on Wednesday making the announcement.
"The goal of IC ON THE RECORD is to provide the public with direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the Intelligence Community," Clapper wrote. "In addition to comprehensive explanations of the authorities under which the Intelligence Community … Read more
Most of today's bands view recordings as promotional tools for their concerts, they have to stay on the road to make a living. That's just the way it is, but they make a lot fewer records than bands did before, and since most recordings lose money, studio time is limited and budgets are shrinking. That's too bad, recordings are the bands' only tangible legacy, and the great bands of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and early '90s have substantial back catalogs that continue to earn income long after the band breaks up. Performing is an important element in … Read more
Alcohol 120% rips and burns backup copies of your valuable discs and also creates and plays 31 different virtual discs: everything from Audio CDs to DVDs, with blazing access speeds. It records audio and converts data, too. Alcohol 120% is free to try for 15 days, though the trial version is limited to six virtual drives instead of 31, and to burning with only two drives, simultaneously. Alcohol 120% is compatible with Windows XP to 7, with a separate download for Windows 98/Me. You'll need an optical disc drive to use Alcohol 120%, too, though you'll only … Read more
No search warrant is required if law enforcement wants to track your whereabouts through your cell phone records.
At least, that was the ruling handed down by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Overturning an order by a federal judge in Houston, the Appeals Court found that your cell phone records actually belong to your carrier and are not protected by a probable cause standard as outlined in the Fourth Amendment.
Authorities must still get a court order to carry out a search of cell phone records. … Read more
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An iPhone application that allows users to record their screens, including screen activity while using third-party apps on your phone, has managed to sneak onto the App Store.
xRec, which was published on Saturday and costs $1.99 on (iTunes), can record screen activity in its entirety. The software requires an active Internet connection to work and, according to tech site Giga (Google Translate), uses code from jailbreak app RecordMyScreen, which offers a similar feature set and user interface.
The app shows a red, pulsing bar at … Read more
Take a good look at the picture of the Equator D5 desktop speaker. Do you see anything unusual about its design? Where's the tweeter? Look closer, there it is -- right in the center of the woofer! The D5's "coaxial" driver combines the tweeter and woofer into a single driver, and that's really cool. Equator didn't invent this type of driver -- I've seen them before on various KEF and Tannoy speakers, but the D5 is, by far, the least expensive desktop speaker I've tested with a coaxial driver. So what's … Read more