Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown

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Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.You know how easy it is to start a podcast?And you know how easy it is now you can get the Blue Yeti Nano USB mic for only $79.99 (its lowest ever price)?When we reviewed this fancy device, we referred to it as “perfect for rookie podcasters and streamers” – and that was at its full $100 cost.If you’re looking to start your own show or do some amateur recording, now’s the time to pick up the mic.When I first started podcasting, I used the Blue Snowball and found it to be a wonderful starter’s bit of hardware.
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The day is drawing closer when Joaquin Phoenix will join the annals of superhero history as one of the few actors to portray the Joker in the flesh.Joker has entered the editing process, and to celebrate director Todd Phillips has posted a new, enigmatic image of the Crown Prince of Crime.The image, featuring the villain, presumably pre-Jokerification, thoughtful and pensive in an ornate living room.The shot is in black and white, and gives a fascinating impression of a film we’ve seen very little of.It’s formal, moody, a little regal, more British period drama than superhero flick.It’ll be fascinating to see what sort of vibe the famously eccentric Phoenix brings to the role, and how Phillips chooses to frame the character.
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Hewlett-Packard's explosive $5.1 billion lawsuit against the former executives at software company Autonomy kicks off on Monday in London's High Court.After nearly eight years of acrimony, HP and Autonomy founder Mike Lynch are finally heading for their $5.1 billion legal showdown on Monday.In a court battle that could last as long as nine months, and include explosive testimony from key players who have said little or nothing publicly about the case, HP's 2011 $11 billion acquisition of Lynch's enterprise software business Autonomy will undergo a forensic examination.In 2015, HP filed a claim in the London's High Court against Lynch and Hussain.It claims the pair were "engaged in fraudulent activities while executives at Autonomy" and were responsible for "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures, and outright misrepresentations."Lynch and Hussain both deny the allegations, and Lynch is countersuing for $150 million for reputational damage.
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I’ve played a lot of Beat Saber across the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR versions of the game.I am by no means a pro Beat Saber player and I don’t play daily, but I’d say I’m pretty good, at least among my personal peers.All that being said, I didn’t think Beat Saber on Oculus Quest would work very well, to be honest.I didn’t think the tracking would be good enough, the headset would be comfortable enough, or the controller weight difference would feel accurate enough.Thankfully, all of my concerns evaporated as soon as I tried Beat Saber on the Oculus Quest for the first time earlier this week at GDC 2019.I can guarantee that if the tracking had been subpar I would have noticed and would not have been able to hit nearly every note on Expert.
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Beats is reportedly planning to roll out a truly wireless version of its PowerBeats earphones in April, following Apple’s recent announcement of the new AirPods.The current PowerBeats 3 earphones are already wireless, though it has a connecting a cord with an in-line remote.The next PowerBeats, which will be announced next month, will take a page out of the AirPods playbook to go truly wireless, CNET reported, citing a person close to the retail channel.The same thing happened in 2016, when Beats followed the release of the first-generation AirPods with the BeatsX earphones.The original AirPods were powered by Apple’s W1 chip, which was also used for the BeatsX.It is expected that the next PowerBeats earphones will feature Apple’s H1 chip, which is also found in the new AirPods.
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Following the successful launch and Kickstater campaign in 2018, Alpina has added four new designs to its AlpinerX smartwatch, and made some technical alterations to make the watch more appealing to sports and outdoor activity fans.If you’re new to the AlpinerX, it’s a wonderful mix of mechanical Swiss watch and outdoor-focused smartwatch technology.Let’s look at the new colors first.The most eye-catching shifts away from the sporty look for a more everyday style.A light brown leather strap with off-white stitching matches the black glass fiber case and stainless steel bezel perfectly, and because the leather only has a nape on the top, it’s comfortable to wear.It was easy to forget the 45mm watch was on our wrist with this strap.
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While Netflix continues to add more anime to its streaming offerings, Crunchyroll remains the top dog of streaming anime providers.However, in order to maintain its lead and offset the increasing cost of running a streaming business, Crunchyroll is instituting its first-ever price hike.In the U.K, subscription prices will rise from £4.99 to £6.50 per month from May 1st, 2019.Unlike Netflix, which has been gradually raising its subscription fees for the past few years, Crunchroll’s new price hike would be the first of its kind since the streaming service launched in 2006.While a paid subscription isn’t required to watch shows on Crunchyroll, it does give you full-library access, the ability to avoid ads, and earlier access to shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan.Aside from anime, Crunchyroll also hosts live-action dramas from Japan, South Korea, and other countries that include anime spin-offs and various Asian soap operas.
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Just in time for March Madness, Best Buy has a host of TVs on sale this week.Even if you don't care about college basketball and haven't filled out a bracket, we are less than a month away from the final season of Game of Thrones, which is as good an excuse as any for a TV upgrade.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.This 49-incher gets its smarts by way of Roku TV and includes 4K and HDR.CNET called it "an excellent choice for budget buyers focused on streaming and simplicity."See at Best Buy Read the CNET review
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The perfect scenario for Google’s new Visual Position System, or VPS, is one you’ve probably been in already: Emerging from a subway station in a strange city.You’ve got your route planned out on your phone, but you don’t know which way is which, or the names of the roads—if you set off in the wrong direction initially, you can lose a lot of time retracing your steps.It’s designed to overcome the limitations of GPS in heavily built-up areas and remove confusion when you’re following walking directions.It’s not publicly available yet, but we’ve been able to try it, and here’s what’s coming.It’s also worth pointing out that it’s still labeled as an Alpha release—you should expect plenty of bugs at this stage, and plenty of improvements to come down the line.For access on Android or iOS at the moment, you need to be one of Google’s Local Guides at level 5 or above (that’s someone who leaves a lot of reviews and feedback on Google Maps).
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Tokyo, Japan - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have shown that the tunable hydrophobic nature of dense siloxane gels is strongly correlated with their catalytic activity, explicitly demonstrating how molecules with different hydrophobic nature at the molecular level interact differently with surfaces of differing hydrophobicity.This is also the first time a siloxane gel has been shown to be highly effective for the reaction of silyl ethers, commonly used as a protecting agent.Thus, a hydrophobic material is one which repels water; household examples include coatings for non-stick frying pans and smartphones.Hydrophobicity also plays a key role in nature, for example, how certain plants and animals harvest water from the atmosphere, and how long strands of DNA are efficiently packed into chromosomes.In recent years, it has also been revealed to be part of the function of acid catalysts, acidic materials which can speed up chemical reactions, widely used in the petrochemical industry.Though it was widely known that more hydrophobicity led to better catalysis, it was not clear why this was the case, due to the heterogeneous porous structure of the most common catalysts.
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The world's largest media conglomerate just got bigger.Late Tuesday night, Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox was completed.The $71.3 billion dollar deal is one of the largest media mergers ever, and comes with a huge haul of properties such as movies, a movie studio, TV shows, TV networks and even a controlling stake in the TV streaming service Hulu.This is in addition to brands that Disney already owns such as Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, just to name a few.Disney's own video streaming service, Disney+, is supposed to launch some time this year, meaning this acquisition primes them to have an immediate impact in the video streaming service landscape.Some argue this acquisition is a positive thing, as we will be getting better quality content and competition among the streaming services.
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Two angles facing left, which often indicate, "return to the beginning."You can use Apple's AirPods to listen to music and take phone calls if you have an Android phone.But you won't get the benefit of using special features like automatic pairing since they're designed to work best with Apple products.Apple's AirPods work best with iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to use them if you own an Android phone.When paired with Android devices, Apple's wireless earbuds can still be used to listen to music and take phone calls.Apple made a surprise announcement on Wednesday when it unveiled its second-generation AirPods, which start at $159 just like the older model.
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Thousands of Reddit users have joined r/deGoogle, a community dedicated to surviving on the internet without Google.Or you opened up the Safari browser, which uses Google as its default search engine (Google pays Apple $3 billion a year for that privilege.)In other words, it's really tough to avoid Google from the moment you pick up your phone from to the moment you put it down and go to sleep.Trying to avoid using Google requires constant vigilanceGoogle, or its parent Alphabet, now owns the most popular online video service with YouTube, the most popular email service with Gmail, the most popular mobile operating system with Android, and a number of popular cloud services with its G Suite apps."It's not always practical, but it's worth it in the long run.
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Schools and governments around the world are struggling to figure out how to deal with smartphones in the classroom.Last year, France passed a law that banned students from using smart devices at school, and now in the UK politicians are discussing joining in, with UK schools minister Nick Gibb recently saying there should be a new policy introduced to ban phones from schools.platform, I was invited to a round table discussion on the topic of ‘Tablets in the classroom.’ The conversation I listened to then is the same conversation I’m hearing now.As with Nick Gibb’s comments, there was a lack of focus on the real problem at hand.The conversation I frustratingly listened to in 2012 focused on replicating existing pedagogies (“let’s digitize textbooks!”) and preventing bad behavior (“they’ll just be on Facebook the whole time!”), rather than involving teachers and students to find out how a richer learning experience could be created.Instead of banning mobile phones from schools as a solution to distraction, it’s time politicians used their influence to empower the education sector as a whole to turn these powerful devices into genuine learning companions.
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Much more goes on here than you probably realize: some of Facebook’s apps are handled here in their entirety, like WhatsApp for desktop and the business-oriented Workplace app.I was there during Chinese New Year and I had multiple pork bellies.Tal is a technical program manager, in charge of the Release Engineering Team based in the Tel Aviv engineering office.Project management at Facebook – Why Scrum > WaterfallWhen looking at any large project, you need to consider your project management approach.This method prioritizes the work that matters most and breaks it into modular chunks.
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Today we are here to judge whether these hidden cameras can take a good shot or not.Oppo Find X camera specsFeatures: Time-lapse, Slo-mo, Portrait, HDR, Sticker, Panorama, Expert mode, Timer, AI beautification, filters.On a positive note, this helps with ease of use and intuitiveness, as you get nothing but a simple mode carousel with alternating settings on the top.The first issue is the lack of a settings menu, which means you can’t customize the experience much.There are certainly some things to look out for, though.
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The worst thing about digital distraction is that the problem keeps growing.The time spent, the distraction, the damage — the toll of smartphone addiction never stops increasing.I have come up with a simple solution that will not only improve your life, and the life of your company, but also get Google to buy you a brand-new phone every year — read all the way to the end to learn how.Smartphone addiction and overuse are rightly blamed for lost productivity, ruined relationships, declines in education, altered brain development, poor memory, lower IQ, car accidents, neglectful parenting, declining health, depression and even needless death.Phones even make us less likely to smile at strangers.And “extreme” phone users touch theirs more than 5,400 times daily.
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Anyone visiting the Gdansk Zoo in Poland reportedly now has the opportunity to observe a most uncommon creature – an albino penguin.The rare bird, who came into the world in December, is unlike many others in its breed in that it does not bear the traditional "tuxedo" black markings associated with the animal, according to The Associated Press.STUDY FINDS SOME PET OWNERS ARE FEEDING THEIR ANIMALS PLANT-BASED DIETSIts atypical look reportedly would’ve proved to be problematic had it lived in the wild because others penguins would not have accepted it and the likelihood of its survival would’ve been low.The baby penguin "would have become the very first to be attacked by predators," zoo director Michal Targowski told the outlet on Friday.At the zoo, the animal has its parents and two other friendly penguins.
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The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are just a few days away — the company will announce its flagship series on March 26.Although the tech giant hasn’t officially revealed the specs and features of the two devices, we already know a lot about them thanks to the many leaks and rumors.If you’ve recently been following Android Authority or smartphone-related news in general, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Huawei’s upcoming devices.This quiz will test out just how much you know about them.Click the Start button below to test out your knowledge, and don’t forget to share your score on social media at the end.Also, keep in mind that we won’t officially know anything about the Huawei P30 series until it’s announced, so please treat all the questions in this quiz as rumors.
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Mozilla has revealed a new version of Firefox for iOS that enables iPad owners to better control their browsing experience.The new version brings support for a number of features, including split screen, and improves convenience in other areas, such as offering one-click access to Private Browsing mode.As part of its announcement, Mozilla acknowledged that “iPads aren’t just bigger versions of iPhones.”The new Firefox for iPad product brings improvements that make it “look and feel like it was custom made for a tablet,” according to Mozilla, which has paid special attention to the unique ways people use the iPad in contrast to the iPhone.The software brings support for split screen, which enables two apps to be placed side-by-side.In addition, the new Firefox for iPad update improves the tab experience with a new tile-based tab management system.
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