Smart record presses promise consistent audio quality at a global scale

Essentially, it’s a global test pressing, available everywhere simultaneously.

The tech is called PhonoHive. Labels will submit their record orders online, picking how many, where and when it needs them. The company claims that this will shave down production time and cut costs. Currently, there’s a six-month gap between a label placing an order and it arriving in record stores. “PhonoHive will be granted capacity for incoming orders at a set turnaround time of 6-8 weeks,” according to the company. That’s a 66 percent decrease in turnaround time.

As far as costs go, this will save labels on having to ship heavy boxes full of vinyl around the world; in theory this will allow for regional pressings. It’d benefit touring musicians too, allowing them to only buy and bring what they need when they hit the road, picking up extras along the way if necessary.

That extra four months is massive. Eventually that could lead to greater efficiencies thanks to economies [...]  read more

What next? Oh yes, turning a luxury car into a non-fungible token

We’ve seen more than one project use the immutability of blockchain to verify important physical things. So, for instance, a pioneer in the space, Verisart, has brought blockchain certification of high art to leading galleries worldwide, and other players are now entering this growing market. Codex Protocol is a new startup also putting art on the blockchain. The benefits are obvious: reducing the possibility that an artwork could be fake to near-zero. This is an incredibly powerful idea, especially at the high end of the commercial spectrum.

A relatively new idea is to take blockchain to the car market. Automakers are already starting to take an interest. BMW, Ford, Renault and General Motors recently joined a new working group of more than 30 auto companies to employ blockchain technology. The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative aims to speed up the adoption of blockchain, with use cases ranging from autonomous payments to ridesharing. But that’s not where blockchain adoption for [...]  read more

Surface Go vs iPad 2018: which 10-inch tablet is best for you?

It wasn’t long ago that Apple rose to meet Microsoft’s 12.3-inch Surface Pro with its very own, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. So, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft met Apple in kind with its own 10-inch tablet (again): the Surface Go.

The Surface Go seems tailor-made to combat the latest 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, both in the consumer and education realms. It features a brand new, Alcantara fabric Type Cover and support for the Surface Pen – not to mention a nearly identical power profile.

So, now that both Apple and Microsoft have tablets designed for learning and productivity (and play, too), which one should you buy? To answer that question, let’s pit these two tablets in a head-to-head match.

Design

Oddly enough, both the iPad and Surface Go remain largely unchanged in design from their forebears. Microsoft’s tablet simply takes the Surface formula and shrinks it, gaining more curved edges compared with the Surface Pro. The iPad, meanwhile, largely maintains the design [...]  read more

Charting Juul’s Face-Off With Legislators and Watchdogs

Interesting things come out of teens’ mouths all the time, but one of the most controversial things to emerge recently is the wispy tendril of nicotine vapor from a Juul, a compact and discrete vaping device. Legislators and the FDA have been slow to move on the vaping craze, which has left the door open for companies like Juul to advertise and position themselves without the oversight many feel is necessary for products that have been proven to be physically addictive. Juul’s platform in particular has taken root in our youth culture thanks to its popularity among influential internet celebs. All of this has led to a chaotic marketplace that’s benefitted the vaping startups but made things rather sticky for everyone else. Nitasha Tiku joins the show to walk us through the weeds.

Some notes: Read Nitasha’s latest story about Juul’s relationship with regulators and legislators. She [...]  read more

Busto Arsizio, benzinaio rapinato e ferito da colpi d’arma da fuoco

Il titolare di un distributore di benzina di Busto Arsizio (Varese) è stato ferito a colpi di arma da fuoco da due rapinatori, mentre stava rientrando a casa, intorno alle 20 di venerdì. A quanto si è appreso i malviventi, due con il volto coperto a bordo di uno scooter, avrebbero esploso quattro colpi di pistola in direzione dell’uomo di cui tre andati a segno. Dopo averlo rapinato dell’incasso giornaliero, sono fuggiti. Soccorso e trasportato in ospedale a Legnano, il benzinaio Marco Lepri, di 39 anni, è grave: i proiettili lo hanno raggiunto alle gambe, il ferito ha perso molto sangue. I rapinatori hanno atteso Lepri nei pressi della rampa che porta al garage dell’edificio in via Vizzolone e l’hanno aggredito.

20 luglio 2018 | 21:42

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What should competitive Fortnite look like?

Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster.

The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply because they couldn’t move. This tournament was for a total prize of $250K. That’s big money, and big frustration for pro players who were essentially eliminated by the whims of the server gods. But on top of the lag, the whole thing was, well, boring. A cardinal sin in any sport.

The fact is that when you put 100 pro players in a lobby together and tell them that the last man standing wins, most of them will simply sit in a fort and stay safe as long as possible. This does not generate a whole lot of action.

And when there is action on the map, there was no way for a spectator to know about it. There are, after all, a hundred people to watch out for, and jumping from one engagement to another is not only difficult but lacks a certain narrative [...]  read more