Couldn't come at a better time as Cambridge museum remains closed Spotify is to music what Steam is to video games – sometimes you just want to spin some classic vinyl while picking through the liner notes, feel the gatefold between your fingers.…
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Chinese ecommerce titan Alibaba raked in a record $38.4 billion during its annual Singles’ Day online shopping extravaganza on Monday, beating last year’s figure by $7 billion.The total number of delivery orders during the world’s biggest shopping event also reached a new high: 1.3 billion, up from 812 million in 2018.Almost 300 brands each sold goods worth more than 100 million Chinese yuan ($14.3 million), including Apple, Nike, Estée Lauder, and Giorgio Armani, while the top 10 countries selling to China through Alibaba’s cross-border platforms included the U.S., Japan, Korea, Australia, Germany, France, the U.K., New Zealand, Italy, and Canada.— Alibaba Group (@AlibabaGroup) November 11, 2019Singles’ Day originated in China in the early 1990s as a way for those without a partner to enjoy special events together.The 11.11 date was selected for the occasion as it represents — you guessed it — a bunch of singles.
Chinese consumers collectively spent 268.4 billion yuan (US$38.4 billion) for Alibaba’s Singles’ Day, setting a new record for the 24-hour shopping extravaganza.The final tally for this year’s Singles’ Day was up nearly 26% compared to last year’s figure of 213.5 billion yuan (US$30.5 billion), as consumption during the festival remained robust despite a protracted US-China trade war – now in its 17th month – and a slowdown in the Chinese economy.Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping festival, which falls on November 11 every year, is the world’s largest of its kind, where shoppers scoop up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars.“Singles’ Day is becoming more recognized worldwide […] but since it is still very much a domestic holiday and event, it is a true test of Chinese consumer power,” said Benson Ng, EY Greater China digital advisory leader.While the company’s ecommerce marketplaces Tmall and Taobao are traditionally the mainstays of the annual shopping extravaganza, this year’s festival includes business-to-business ecommerce platforms like AliExpress as well as Lazada, Alibaba’s Southeast Asian ecommerce subsidiary, as the company taps international consumers.Gross merchandise value (GMV) for the Double 11 Global Shopping Festival is the total value of orders settled through Alipay on Alibaba’s consumer-facing core commerce platforms, as well as Lazada and AliExpress, within a 24-hour period on November 11.
To screen record on your Chromebook, you'll first have to download a Chrome extension.There are several extensions you can use to screen record on your Chromebook, including Loom, Screencastify, and Screen Recorder.And while that can help speed things up, it may also mean that you have to download extensions to do things that might have been a bit more seamless on other operating systems.Here's how to get it done with the Loom extension:Check out the products mentioned in this article:ASUS Flip 14-inch Chromebook (From $569.99 at Best Buy)
Whether you’re deciding between commercial vinyl sheet flooring or commercial vinyl plank flooring for your business, to luxury vinyl tiles for your home, we lay out the facts to help you make the right choice.One of the main reasons vinyl flooring has become such a popular choice is that it can be printed to mimic a wide variety of materials, including hardwood, ceramic tiles, and natural stone.In this article, we answer the following questions: - Whether you’re residential or commercial, is one better than the other?- What is the visual difference between roll vinyl and vinyl plank/tile?- What is the price difference between vinyl sheet and LVP? 
TCL is primarily known as a display manufacturer and TV brand — but it also makes phones under the Alcatel, BlackBerry, and Palm labels.If all goes according to plan, you’ll remember the name a lot better in the near future when it starts bringing its foldable phones to market, including this ambitious tri-fold model that it’s still working on.CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt got a chance to check out a prototype of TCL’s latest venture, which features two of the company’s DragonHinges to morph into a 10-inch tablet when unfolded: One folds in, and the other folds out.With two hinges, the device will naturally be pretty thick, but at least it’ll feel like a normal phone with a usable tall screen on the front, and a quad camera array on the rear.And as Dolcourt noted, the tri-fold design could allow for using one portion of the screen as a keyboard, while the other two portions could serve as a large display.That leads me to believe there might be something to this foldable madness after all.
The world of HBO’s Watchmen sequel is a bizarre one that is both contemporary and, technologically speaking, trapped a few decades in the past.So in that regard, it makes sense that the fantastic soundtrack for the show, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (of Nine Inch Nails fame, of course), is being launched exclusively on vinyl before it hits other formats.There was a lot to love about Watchmen’s premiere last night, as it danced around a jaw-droppingly kickass Regina King – and how deeply uncomfortable that kickassery is in the context of our own 2019 – and a relentlessly blunt examination of white supremacy and race relations through its masked vigilante veneer.But punctuating it all with a dizzyingly tense and eclectic, synth-tinged pulse was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ downright gorgeous original soundtrack.It’s just oozing with style, a soundscape that is almost off-putting in the uneasy tension its rhythmic pacing evokes – and yet at the same time it’s weirdly hypnotic, lulling you with a false sense of security with its slick beats (and even slicker basslines) as it burrows its way into your head.I’ve been listening to that end titles piece all day, and readers, I believe this is what the scientists categorise as “a jam.”
Recordings from yet another Amazon-owned smart home device are being reviewed by a team of human workers, again raising concerns that audio and video captured by such devices may not be as private as some customers might assume.Citing sources familiar with the program, Bloomberg reported today that “dozens” of workers for the e-commerce giant who are based in Romania and India are tasked with reviewing footage collected by Cloud Cams – Amazon’s app-controlled, Alexa-compatible indoor security devices – to help improve AI functionality and better determine potential threats.Bloomberg reported that at one point, these human workers were responsible for reviewing and annotating roughly 150 security snippets of up to 30 seconds in length each day that they worked.Two sources who spoke with Bloomberg told the outlet that some clips depicted private imagery, such as what Bloomberg described as “rare instances of people having sex.” An Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo that reviewed clips are submitted either through employee trials or customer feedback submissions for improving the service.“Using the ‘feedback’ option in the Cloud Cam app, customers are able to share a specific clip with Amazon to improve the service,” the spokesperson said in a statement.“When a customer chooses to share a clip, it may get annotated and used for supervised learning to improve the accuracy of Cloud Cam’s computer vision systems.
Chemicals in microwave popcorn are in your bloodstream, researchers discovered a $200 way to spy on you, and you can now make your own vinyl records.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.PFAS, known as "forever chemicals" are in your popcorn—and your bloodEver wondered why, when you microwave popcorn, the oil doesn't ooze out and the paper doesn't light on fire?It's because of the same stuff that makes carpets stain-resistant: a group of 4,700 chemicals called PFAS.Virtually all Americans have detectable levels of PFAS in their blood, and they have been linked to immune, thyroid, kidney, and reproductive problems, and can persist for two to eight years inside your body, not to mention lifetimes in the environment.
Call of Duty: Mobile has reached 100 million downloads one week after its October 1 launch, according to market analyst Sensor Tower.This is more than the first week of any other mobile game, beating the 90 million that Mario Kart Tour brought in.Most of Call of Duty: Mobile’s downloads are coming from iOS, accounting for 55.7% of the total.That leaves 44.3% for Android.Call of Duty: Mobile replicates the experience of Call of Duty multiplayer with classic modes like Team Deathmatch.It also includes a battle royale mode.
US Attorney General William Barr is leading a charge to press Facebook and other Internet services to terminate end-to-end encryption efforts—this time in the name of fighting child pornography.The open letter comes months after Barr said in a speech that "warrant-proof" cryptography is "extinguishing the ability of law enforcement to obtain evidence essential to detecting and investigating crimes" and allowing "criminals to operate with impunity, hiding their activities under an impenetrable cloak of secrecy."The new message echoes a joint communiqué issued by the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand (the "Five Eyes") from July, which stated:…it is imperative that all sectors of the digital industry including Internet Service Providers, device manufacturers and others to continue to consider the impacts to the safety of children, including those who are at risk of exploitation, when developing their systems and services.In particular, encryption must not be allowed to conceal or facilitate the exploitation of children.Facebook has played a significant policing role on social media, providing reports of child abuse imagery and attempts by offenders to groom children online to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2018, for instance.
Two places you’re almost certain to find single-use plastics (other than, you know, everywhere) are concerts and the beach.Musical performances are reliant on disposable bottles and cups for drinks, and ocean life often pays the price for similar behaviors by vacationers.Now agency Havas London is partnering with its Vivendi sister company in the music industry, Universal Music Group, and a British brewery to help highlight the epidemic of plastic ocean waste while also raising money for coastal protection group Surfers Against Sewage.With “In the Anthropocene,” Havas and Sharp’s Brewery in Cornwall have created the first musical record pressed from plastic waste reclaimed from Cornish beaches.The album’s single track is from musician Nick Mulvey but credited as a collaboration with “Keynvor,” which is actually a stage name of sorts previously created for the Atlantic Ocean by the agency, label and brewery behind this new project.“Cornish culture is built around the ocean—whether that’s seafood, surfing or even our own Atlantic Ale,” says James Nicholls, marketing controller at Sharp’s Brewery, in a statement about the record.
Hit that needle-scratch sound effect.Sales of vinyl records may soon start generating more annual income than compact discs for the first time since 1986, Rolling Stone reported on Friday.Yep, 1986, the year when top-selling albums included Madonna's True Blue, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, and the Top Gun soundtrack.Take my breath away, indeed.Not only have vinyl albums enjoyed constant growth in recent years, Rolling Stone reports, but CD sales have plummeted, according to the Recording Industry Association of America's 2019 midyear report.CD sales are still ahead of vinyl sales, but barely, and dropping fast.
Audio-Technica has announced a brand new high performance turntable with a price that belies its features, and two pairs of wireless headphones to increase its presence in this competitive space.This is Audio Technica’s solution for vinyl fans who want more than a cheap turntable, but can’t justify the massive price tags attached to range topping players.What makes the AT-LP5x special is the built-in phono/line pre-amp, so you can hook it up to a set of powered speakers, your existing stereo setup, or a computer and listen to records straight away, yet still having the option to buy a separate amp later on.The warm vocals paired with a sweet and punchy bass line made it a joy, especially with a pair of the company’s own ATH-W1000Z headphones running through an amp.The sleek, minimalist player is heavy enough that it stays planted on a flat surface, and the feet have suction cups to keep it in place.The J-shaped arm is a nod to Audio-Technica players from the 60s and 70s, looks suitably cool and retro, while the design helps to avoid tracking errors along with an adjustable anti-skate setting.
Audio-Technica has over 50 years of expertise in the field of record players, and its latest turntable, the AT-LP5x, combines the looks of the 20th century with 21st century technology.The successor of the popular AT-LP5, the new record player builds on the classic design of turntables from the 60s and 70s, while allowing you to digitize your entire vinyl collection via a USB output.We're at IFA 2019 - stick with us for the latest from the Berlin tech showA cable to connect the AT-LP5 to your PC or laptop is included in the box, as well as a download link for music recording software Audacity, which can be used to convert your precious records to MP3, WAV, and other digital formats.Audio-Technica is famed for its turntable cartridges – and as such, the stylus of this record player is fully customizable.It comes with the new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge, which is pre-mounted on an AT-HS6 headshell – this means your setup is pretty much ready to go straight out of the box.
Appropriately, it’s a double LP.As announced last week by Waxwork Records, an impressive vinyl release of the soundtrack for Jordan Peele’s Us is upon us, a double-LP release featuring the full score by Michael Abels, along with the movie’s distinctive remix of “I’ve Got 5 On It” by Luniz and “I Like That” by Janelle Monae.There will also be an included essay by UCLA professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond PhD.But the highlight of this collection, aside from that incredible music, is the packaging.With illustrations by Edward Kinsella, the package comes in two LPs, one in “Metallic Brass Scissors” and the other in the colour of “Tethered Red Jumpsuit.” And the illustrations themselves, as explained on the store page, are interactive: “[requiring] customers to use scissors to cut through family-member portraits to reveal their tethered doppelgangers lurking in the shadows.” Which might make this the only LP cover you’re supposed to cut open.If you’re interested, the LP is on sale now for the extremely reasonable price of $40 (£33).
Part of the core appeal of a turntable is that it’s pretty much the only way to listen to music through a completely analog signal chain (ignoring the fact most modern pressings are mixed digitally).But when Cambridge Audio, a British company with a storied hi-fi history, decides to make a Bluetooth turntable, I pay attention – even if that turntable costs $1,700.Vinyl plays to our senses of sight and touch; I believe there’s an ineffable quality to digging through a physical vinyl collection, enjoying the artwork, and seeing the motion of the record translate to music.Sure, some audiophiles do swear vinyl sounds better, but for others, it’s the vinyl experience that’s worth the mild step back in quality and a big step back in convenience.And while $1,700 is an eye-watering price for the average music-lover, it’s relatively midrange in the hi-fi world, especially considering all the Alva TT as a complete package.The Alva TT combines all of these in a package as easy to use as a cheapo turntable, but with the sound and build quality to match its price tag.
The Google Nest Hub Max hits store shelves on Sept. 9.Both the $230 cost and 10-inch screen dwarf the comparable numbers of the original Nest Hub (a 7-inch screen for $130, but it's usually on sale for much less).The Hub Max is looking to be a premium alternative, and the stats match those of the main competition -- the $230, 10-inch, second-generation Amazon Echo Show.It uses the same digital assistant (just called Google Assistant) as the Nest Hub and has the same voice enabled features as smart speakers like the Google Home Mini.You can ask questions, control your smart home, check the weather, play music, make a call, turn on the TV and much more with your voice.The touchscreen on the Nest Hub is particularly good at walking you through the steps of a recipe and showing off your family's pictures.
If you like taking your TV shows on the road with you, a new Sky Go app should make that simpler than ever.The mobile viewing companion to Sky's TV services is getting a significant update, which will make it easier to take your Sky Q recordings on the go with you.Pulling together features of the existing Sky Q app and rolling it in with the Sky Go app, you'll now be able to "view and control upcoming recordings and series links" on a new Recordings page of the UI.The interface as a whole gets a revamp, with the app now split into "one touch destinations" called Home, TV Guide, Browse, Downloads and Recordings.The Browse panel aggregates content from all channels served up by Sky Go, broken down by theme and genre.And if you're a Sky Cinema viewer, you'll now get recommendations based on what you've viewed before.