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Western Music Moves in Three and Even Four (!) Dimensional Spaces: How the Pioneering Research of Princeton Theorist Dmitri Tymoczko Helps Us Visualize Music in Radical, New Ways

Every musician has some basic sense of how math and music relate conceptually through geometry, in the circular and triadic shapes formed by clusters of notes when grouped together in chords and scales. The connections date back to the work of Pythagoras, and composers who explore and exploit those connections happen upon profound, sometimes mystical, insights. For example, the two-dimensional geometry of music finds near-religious expression in the compositional strategies of John Coltrane, wh...
Tags: Google, Math, Music, Science, College, Physics, Albert Einstein, John Coltrane, Brian Eno, Princeton, Einstein, Princeton University, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter, Stravinsky, Chopin


Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

 Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console that uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components. Read More
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Tech, Computing, Nintendo, Wii U, Nintendo 3ds, Nintendo Switch, Video Gaming


A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds

A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six years, stealing text messages, call logs, and files from journalists, military members, corporations, and other targets in 21 countries, according to a joint report…Read more...
Tags: Android, Security, Science, Privacy, Malware, Beirut, Countries Research Finds, Lebanese General Directorate of General Security


Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data To the Government

Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet of how Amazon still won't say whether or not it hands your Echo data to the government -- three years after the Echo was first released. From the report: Amazon has a transparency problem. Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders it received for customer data in a half-year period. While every other tech giant had regularly published its government request figures for year...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Zdnet, Zack Whittaker, Amazon Won


Dell announces partnership with AR headset-maker Meta to start selling its dev kit

 Dell is about to start selling an augmented reality headset that seeks to rival Microsoft’s HoloLens. The $1,495 augmented reality headset dev kit comes from the startup Meta and will soon be available for purchase on Dell’s website. It had previously only been available for order on Meta’s site.
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Dell, Augmented Reality, Meta


Diverse teams are still *really* good for business, McKinsey says

 Diversity is good for business — not just from the ethical standpoint, but from the perspective of a company’s bottom-line, according to McKinsey & Company. As a follow-up to its “Why Diversity Matters” study in 2015, McKinsey analyzed over 1,000 companies across 12 countries, looking at their respective profits and value creation. Companies in the top quartile… Read More
Tags: Tech, Mckinsey, McKinsey Company


Siri’s podcast-promoting ‘Give me the News’ feature is now out of beta

 A few weeks back, Apple added “Give me the news” to Siri’s repertoire of tricks in the latest beta version of iOS. The feature comes as the company is readying its smart assistant for the imminent arrival of the HomePod, the company’s first smart assistant-driven device. The feature is now out of beta here in the States and the U.K. Asking Siri for the news will default… Read More
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Siri, Tech, States, HomePod


Google is rolling out a fix for those Home-related WiFi issues

 In the latest of a recent spate of bugs plaguing Google’s most recent hardware offerings, a number of Home and Chromecast users have been reporting issues around their devices’ WiFi connectivity this week. Google has since acknowledged the issue on its support page, noting that “In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a… Read More
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Chromecast, Google Home


To my European comrades : 5 reasons why you should consider Austin to start with the American Dream

When I landed in Central Texas 11 months ago, I was far from expecting what I experienced in Austin so far. On a cold morning of March 2017, I recall my pap’ driving me to Charles de Gaulle airport in France and us talking about catching horses with a lasso, ending each discussion there with a western inspired punchline and then a look at the desert around me.We still can reminisce of these fantasized times in some cultural and physical manifestations, such as Fort Alamo or San Antonio’s rodeos...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Europe, Texas, Wisdom, Entrepreneurship, France, US, Austin, Cities, San Diego, San Antonio, Howdy, Sxsw


Peugeot plans 100 percent electrified vehicle lineup by 2025

 European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to offer electric and hybrid electric powertrain options for all of its vehicles by 2025, according to CEO Carlos Tavares. The chief executive also said that PSA will seek to re-enter the U.S. market, according to Reuters, and revealed that they company aims to offer partial autonomous driving features on 80 percent of its car lineup by 2030, with… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Psa, Transport, Automotive Industry, GreenTech, Peugeot, Citroën, Reuters, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Carlos Tavares, Groupe PSA


Enzyme.com wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups

 The FDA approval process can be like navigating a minefield for health startups hoping to get through regulations and begin selling to the American public. YC company Enzyme.io hopes to help these small businesses by automating the process for them. Biomedical engineer Jared Seehafer came up with the idea through his own experience consulting with health companies. Read More
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Data Collective, Rock Health, Refactor Capital, Science-exchange, Elizabeth Iorns, Y Combinator alumni, Enzyme.io, Soma Capital, Jared Seehafer


Microsoft’s AI is a robo Van Gogh that could change how designers work

Microsoft has developed an AI to draw entirely original images based on nothing more than text. You type it, a computer draws it, and we’re one step closer to a world where using software like Photoshop and Illustrator is a hands-off experience. Researchers created a text-to-image bot that spits out pretty amazing images when fed a series of descriptive words like “this bird is red with white and has a very short beak.” This was accomplished through the creation of neural network called an Atten...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Van Gogh


SEC cools traders’ hot plans for cryptocurrency-based exchange traded funds

 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has serious concerns about the securities industry’s plans to create exchange traded funds around cryptocurrency. In a strongly worded letter to the heads of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Investment Company Institute, the director of the division of investment management, Dalia Blass said that there were… Read More
Tags: Security, TC, Money, Finance, Tech, Economy, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Decentralization, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Investment Company Institute, Dalia Blass


iPhones are fragile — and so are their owners

As it has become clear just how luxurious life within the Apple ecosystem tends to be, so too has it become clear why Apple power users — often dubbed “sheep” — tend to behave in the ways that they do. They are the definition of people who pay premiums at every turn — with their time; with their money — they are the type of people who wake up at hours they shouldn’t, wait in lines others don’t, and pay amounts others can’t. As I noted in The Luxury Network, there is good reason for this; life wi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Tech, Syndication


Facebook Is a 'Living, Breathing Crime Scene,' Says Former Tech Insider

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network's laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform. "One of the things that I saw consistently as part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Atlantic, Silicon Valley, Tristan Harris, Sandy Parakilas, Facebook Parakilas


YouTube cracks down on Tide Pod challenge videos

Google streaming service says it will remove videos of teens eating laundry gel pods in "Tide Pod challenge" videos.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Usa, News, Usa Today


Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

Google's popular art selfie feature isn't available in Illinois or Texas. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matthew Kluger, a professor at George Mason University, about how biometric privacy laws are affecting tech companies in certain states.
Tags: Google, News, Illinois, George Mason University, Mary Louise Kelly, Matthew Kluger, Texas NPR


Meteor Lights Up Southern Michigan

New submitter Foundryman writes: Amidst fake missile reports in Hawaii and Japan, Michigan gets hit by something real. From a report via Ars Technica: "Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed through the skies of southern Michigan, giving local residents a dramatic (if brief) light show. It also generated an imperceptible thump, as the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that there was a coincident magnitude 2.0 earthquake. The American Meteor Society has collected more than 350 eyewitness a...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Nasa, Earth, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Detroit, U S Geological Survey, Southern Michigan, American Meteor Society, Foundryman, Japan Michigan, The American Meteor Society


Google inks patent deal with Tencent

 Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms pledged to work together on… Read More
Tags: Google, Asia, China, Tech, Tencent


Apple, Google Reroute Employee Buses After Series of Alleged Attacks Near San Francisco

Apple and Google have rerouted shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to their out-of-town headquarters after a series of possible attacks broke the vehicles’ windows in the past week.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, Crime, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Apple Google


Local SEO Tips for Attorneys [INFOGRAPHIC]

To realize the importance of being proficient at Local SEO, all you have to do is search for your area of practice on Google.  Without even typing in a city or state, Google will serve up law firms that match your search query that are geographically closest to you.  Google knows that if you are looking for a lawyer, it is highly likely you’ll want one that is close to you.  Hence the importance of optimizing your law firm website for Local Search. Of course, your competitors are probably gettin...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, Local Seo, SEO for law firms, Seo For Lawyers


Volumetric photogrammetry — big words, bigger impact on VR

 Virtual reality: Most people have at least a rudimentary understanding of what the term means. For consumers, VR generally means strapping on a head-mounted display, stepping into a new world and enjoying the experience. The enveloping nature of VR allows people to explore environments in 360-degrees, but for most, how these immersive worlds are created is a mystery. Read More
Tags: TC, Column, Tech, Virtual Reality, 8i, Volumetric Photogrammetry, DepthKit, VRt Ventures


Education quiz app Kahoot says it’s now used by 50% of all US K-12 students, 70M users overall

 With HQ Trivia continuing its viral and popular run, and education remaining a perennially strong category in app stores, it was only a matter of time before someone came along that combined elements of both to hitmaking effect. Kahoot, an app based out of Oslo, Norway that aims to teach its users across a wide variety of subjects and ideas by way of quizzes that they take in competition… Read More
Tags: TC, Europe, Education, US, Tech, Oslo Norway, Kahoot


Microsoft’s new drawing bot is an AI artist

 Microsoft today is unveiling new artificial intelligence technology that’s something of an artist – a “drawing bot.” The bot is capable of creating images from text descriptions of an object, but it also adds details to those images that weren’t included the text, indicating that the AI has a little imagination of its own, says Microsoft. “If you go to Bing… Read More
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bing


Maybe There's Hope for Apple's Hollywood Dreams After All

It looks like Kristin Wiig will soon star in a half-hour comedy series. Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s company and inspired by the upcoming Curtis Sittenfeld short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, the new project actually sounds like it might be kind of great. And guess what: it’s an Apple series.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Science, Reese Witherspoon, Apple TV, Kristin Wiig, Internet tv, Curtis Sittenfeld


What's Driving The Music Business? VR, AI, Blockchain, Smart Speakers, More [Bas Grasmeyer]

As we move forward in 2018, Bas Grasmayer takes moment to reflect on the leaps and bounds forward which music industry tech has made, and how these advances will shape major industry trends in the coming year. _________________________________   Guest post by Bas Grasmayer from Music Tech Future I am typing this article on my phone in an airport. Therefore this piece is going to be a bit different than my usual MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE post. It’s amazing what we can do on our pho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Snapchat, Bitcoin, Guest Post, Alexa, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Haan


Fortnite Battle Royale gets an updated map

 Fortnite, which has topped 50 million players, has released an update to the game in the form of version V.2.2.0. The patch is significant in that it brings a long-awaited update to the Battle Royale map. Fortnite Battle Royale quite literally takes a page out of the PUBG playbook. In it, 100 players are dropped into a map, where they loot for gear and try to take down the competition. But… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Tech, Xbox, Ps4, Battle Royale, Fortnite, PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale


Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

 Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to the Information, which first reported the news. Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Over a dozen of the 24 or so employees laid off today were part of the content team. Snap tells TechCrunch that… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, New York, London, Drama, Tech, Hiring, Snap Inc


South Korea, Italy also calling out Apple for slowing iPhones

 Apple continues to get into hot water over a power management feature that throttles performance on older iPhones to avoid unexpected battery shutdowns. Read More
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, TC, Mobile, Lawsuit, Samsung, Tech, Battery Life, Apple Inc, Performance Management, South Korea Italy


Mask to make you a deeper sleeper

It seems as though getting a good night’s sleep is somewhat of a dream these days, which is ironic. I find myself tossing and turning, trying app after product after app to “track” my sleep pattern in an effort to enhance it – but to no avail. Maybe Dreamlight’s Rechargeable Sleep Mask could be the answer to my troubles. Using light technology, Dreamlight helps you sleep and experience optimal rest.Like all good sleep tech, this sleep mask tracks your sleep patterns each time you use it. Conside...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Ces, Product Design, Sleep Mask, Ces2018, Dreamlight



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