Show Notes – April 20th, 2015

Machinations and Manipulations: Bots, Big Data, and the Internet of Things an event that happened today at the the Open Society Foundation Philip N. Howard is a professor of technology and international affairs at Central European University and the University of Washington. A discussion of his latest book, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up – www.philhoward.org and tweets from @pnhoward. Is the fight for privacy over?

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Ameryn Media began in 2006 as a side project by founder Alex Ball, using an old turntable to convert LPs to CD for friends and family. After word spread about the quality of his work, it took to the web as Crystal Record Transfers, a mail-order business serving a regional clientele. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, Alex moved to Center City, Philadelphia. Shortly after, as business picked up, Crystal Record Transfers hired its first employees and rebranded as Ameryn Media to reflect its diversified focus and professional quality. Eight years later, we now transfer tens of thousands of records and cassettes each year from our South Philly location and are steadily growing to include a wider digitization portfolio.

 

Recent Going ones on the Internet-

Jeff Bridges Plans to Lull You to Sleep After Super Bowl

Squarespace Bridges

The whole album will be released following the game on Sunday in digital, vinyl, and cassette formats with 100 percent of proceeds going toward No Kid Hungry, an initiative close to Jeff’s heart that aims to end child hunger in America.

Squarespace, Jeff Bridges

 

Hackr.io Is a Crowd-Sourced Resource of Programming Classes

… We’ve seen plenty of collections of different programming classes and resources before, but Hackr.io mixes things up a bit by allowing users to submit their own picks and vote up others. The resources here cover everything from C++ to Google Analytics. The point is to gather together as many resources as possible in one place, which you can also add to if you want. It’s a great starting point if you’re looking for tutorials or just to share the knowledge you already have.
Check Your MacBook Pro’s Battery When The Trackpad Stops Clicking MacBook Pro users are all too familiar with a trackpad that doesn’t click properly. Sometimes it just wears out. Before you do an expensive repair, check your MacBook’s battery for bulging.Over at MacIssues, they list a bunch of reason your trackpad may stop working. Believe it or not, it may be the battery. Batteries often bulge as they get older, and since the battery is located right under the

Hackr.io Is a Crowd-Sourced Resource of Programming Classes We’ve seen plenty of collections of different programming classes and resources before, but Hackr.io mixes things up a bit by allowing users to submit their own picks and vote up others. The resources here cover everything from C++ to Google Analytics. The point is to gather together as many resources as possible in one place, which you can also add to if you want. It’s a great starting point if y

Code Kingdoms Teaches Kids JavaScript with a Puzzle Adventure Game Web/iOS: A growing number of apps now are geared toward teaching kids to code because it’s a valuable skill to learn. Code Kingdoms is another such app, but it’s wrapped in a game that kids would most likely want to play anyway (programming lessons or not).Code Kingdoms is targeted towards six- to 13-year olds and looks very much like your everyday puzzle adventure game. Choose an animal, walk aro

Chef Watson Dishes Up Unique Recipes Using Cognitive Computing IBM’s Watson is a cognitive computer designed to handle complex problems and learn from and interact with humans. And, with the Chef Watson app, it can create novel recipes through an understanding of food science and people’s taste preferences. Chef Watson takes Bon Appetit’s database of 9,000 recipes and can generate millions of new recipes based on quintillions of possibilities. The video abov

A Compact Semi-Portable Keyboard With Genuine Mechanical Keys There’s just nothing quite like the sound and feel of typing away on a keyboard with genuine mechanical switches under each key. But while most mechanical keyboards are giant and designed to permanently live on your desk, the TEX Yoda has a much smaller form factor and footprint making it easier to travel with so you’ll never have to settle for typing on a portable keyboard’s Chiclet keys ever ag

Netflix Is Adding Audio Tracks for Visually Impaired Customers After visually impaired Daredevil viewers tweeted critically of the fact that Netflix now has a show with a blind protagonist that blind… Read More

Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament SternisheFan sends this quote from the Washington Post: Gaioz Nigalidze’s rise through the ranks of professional chess began in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. In hindsight, the timing might not be coincidental. On Saturday, Nigalidze, the 25-year-old reigning Georgian champion, was competing in the 17th annual Dubai Open Chess Tournament when his opponent spotted something strange.

How to Make Sure Your Torrent Client Isn’t Secretly Mining Bitcoin If you use uTorrent for your torrenting needs, there’s a good chance your client is also mining Bitcoin without you even realizing it, and gobbling up your computer’s processing power. The good news is, roughly a month after quietly rolling out the feature, uTorrent has finally stopped bundling bitcoin-mining software into its torrenting client. But there’s a catch. Regardless of where you origi

The International Space Station (Finally) Gets an Espresso Machine coondoggie writes NASA this week will be sending its first espresso making machine into space, letting astronauts onboard the International Space Station brew coffee, tea or other hot beverages for those long space days. Making espresso in space is no small feat, as heating the water to the right temperature – 208F – and generating enough pressure to make the brew are critical in the brewing proce

Asus VivoWatch to focus on fitness tracking with 10-day battery Great battery life is one of the features that recently propelled the Pebble Time to the top of Kickstarter’s Most Funded list with over $20.3 million in pledges. Asus’ stylish ZenWatch can last for about a day or two depending on use which is unfortunately the standard for most smartwatches…

Nearly Half of Game of Thrones Season 5 Leaks Online HughPickens.com writes Paul Tassi reports at Forbes that the first four episodes of the new season of “Game of Thrones”, nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites. The four episodes appeared to come from a screener sent to reviewers with the digital watermark blurred out and are in 480p video format, equivalent to standard-definition TV, not

The PC market is shrinking again as companies stop upgrading It’s not a good time to be a PC maker… especially if you

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