Netflix drops trailer for 2018 midterms doc ‘Knock Down the House’

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The Netflix doc Knock Down the House debuted at Sundance earlier this year, winning the Audience Award for U.S. Documentaries. Directed by Rachel Lears, it follows the midterm Congressional campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin.

Knock Down the House comes to Netflix May 1st.

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A peek inside the Huawei P30 Pro’s periscope lens shows off its clever zoom

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The periscope lens in the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro offers unprecedented zoom capability for a smartphone camera thanks to a simple periscope — and now we’re getting our first glimpse inside. As seen in a thorough teardown by YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, Huawei’s 5x optical zoom camera module has been cracked open, proving that a telephoto lens and mirror really can fit inside an extremely thin phone. That helps it achieve better zoom than any smartphone we’ve seen to date.

The periscope lens pictured above might not look very big, but to fit it inside of the phone, Huawei had to lay it sideways, as also revealed in an earlier teardown by iFixit. Traditionally, phone manufacturers position a sensor directly behind a lens, but there’s often a tradeoff.


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The new new web

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Over the last five years, almost everything about web development has changed. Oh, the old tech still works, your WordPress and Ruby On Rails sites still function just fine — but they’re increasingly being supplanted by radical new approaches. The contents of your browser are being sliced, diced, rendered, and processed in wholly new ways […]

Start making music in Logic Pro X with this producing course

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With the intuitive software out there today, anyone can become a music producer. You’ve probably heard that from any number of laptop impresarios, but you still have to know how to use the tools – and Logic Pro X is one of the best platforms out there right now. In order to get the most out of it, you’ll need either a seasoned mentor or a comprehensive course like the Ultimate Logic Pro X Music Production Bundle.

This roundup of eight courses is more than just a walkthrough on the software, though. There are lessons that give a firm foundation in the music theory you’ll need to craft those songs, covering chords, scales, composition, and lyrics. From there, it dives into the tech essentials. You’ll learn how to record vocals in your own home studio, handle third-party plug-ins and mix audio. There’s even a dedicated course on podcasting. Wherever you want to take your production career, you’ll get the fundamentals here.

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Bowers & Wilkins’ new Formation speakers are an ultra premium alternative to Sonos

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Bowers & Wilkins’ new Formation Suite, a luxury high-end audio system for the whole home, has officially launched today. It is comprised of five very expensive products — with designs that you’ll either love or hate — that can be wirelessly synced to each other a la Sonos. Each of the speakers in the Formation suite support high-quality 96kHz / 24-bit sound via wireless streaming, and Bowers & Wilkins touts that they feature a simplistic user interface to allow for easy setup.

For a broad look at what’s new, there’s a soundbar, a twin-pack of bookshelf speakers, a subwoofer, a wedge-shaped speaker for corners, and lastly, the most affordable product in the lineup is an analog-to-digital / digital-to-audio converter that supports AirPlay…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app has been having sign-in problems for days

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The Samsung Galaxy Wearable app has been down for the past several days, with hundreds of users reporting log-in and update issues. The issue affects Samsung Gear and Galaxy Watch Active watches, with the app freezing on a white screen when users attempt to sign in on their phones.

A thread on Samsung’s community forums, which was started last Thursday, now spans 65 pages of users reporting problems with the app. The issue appears to affect several Android devices ranging from Google Pixel phones to the OnePlus 6T, Moto G7, and the Xiaomi Mi 9.

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The Voyager Golden Record deconstructed on the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast

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The new episode of the always-fascinating Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is a play-through of the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials attached to the Voyager I and II space probes launched in 1977. Listen below.

The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach to Blind Willie Johnson to Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes to, yes, Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

This wonderful episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz features insightful track-by-track commentary by science and philosophy writer Timothy Ferris, producer of the original Voyager Record, and a rare interview with Linda Salzman-Sagan who compiled the greetings on the record.

Two years ago, my friends Timothy Daly, Lawrence Azerrad, and I released the Voyager Golden Record on vinyl for the first time as a lavish box set. Our project’s resonance with the public, and the Grammy that we were honored to receive for it, are really a testament to the majesty of the original record and the brilliance of its creators — Ferris, Salzman-Sagan, Ann Druyan, Frank Drake, and of course Carl Sagan who directed the project.

The Voyager Golden Record 3xLP Vinyl Box Set and 2xCD-Book edition is available from Ozma Records.

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How to control the lighting of your Logitech peripherals

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Nearly every gaming peripheral is equipped with RGB lighting, and Logitech’s G gaming brand is no different. Last year, the company redesigned its Logitech Control Center (LCC) app, which allows you to fully control its gaming equipment, and it gave the app a new name in the process: the Logitech G Hub.

If you are a fan of RGB lighting, then here’s how to control the LED technology, which Logitech calls LightSync, in your peripherals. This guide also covers how to apply color presets that aren’t distracting, how to create your own custom lighting configurations, and how to sync all of your peripherals to the same lighting scheme. If you’re not a fan of RGB lighting, then I’ll also walk you through how to shut everything off.

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The Book of Weirdo – a history of the greatest magazine ever published

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Robert Crumb launched Weirdo magazine in 1981. I bought the first issue from the comic book store I worked at in Boulder, Colorado, and it blew my mind. It had comics by Crumb (many people, including me, think Crumb’s work in Weirdo is his best), a selection of incredible illustrations from the late Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski’s bizarre theory about human evolution (Netflix has a new documentary about Szukalski produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), comics by homeless Berkeley cartoonist Bruce Duncan, tracts from the Church of the SubGenius (Weirdo was the first place I came across the Church), and Foto Funnies (starring Crumb and amateur models recruited from UC Davis). I had never seen anything like Weirdo and I instantly fell in love with it, looking forward to every issue.

Here’s the intro, where Crumb describes Weirdo as, “another MAD imitation, another small-time commercial venture with high hopes, obviously doomed to failure.”

Weirdo was partly inspired by MAD, but it really took the look and feel from the short-lived Humbug magazine, launched in 1957 by MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman. (Crumb drew comics for Humbug and became Kurtzman’s friend). Like Humbug, Weirdo had a small circulation (never topping 10,000 copies per issue) even though both magazines were loaded with talent (Terry Gilliam, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, and Will Elder worked for Humbug, and during its 28-issue run between 1981 and 1993 Weirdo ran comics by Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, Dennis Eichhorn, Mary Fleener, Drew Friedman, Phoebe Gloeckner, Bill Griffith, Rory Hayes, Gilbert Hernandez, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, John Kricfalusi, Carol Lay, Joe Matt, Diane Noomin, Gary Panter, Harvey Pekar, Raymond Pettibon, Spain Rodriguez, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Dori Seda, Art Spiegelman, Carol Tyler, Robert Williams, S. Read the rest

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