Belgian synthesizer master Mario Mathy in action

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Mario Mathy still lives, but even when he is gone, the jumping dance will live forever. Mathy was recently Keyboard Mag’s featured artist.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CRAZY VIDEO WITH KEYBOARDS AND HORSES: The video clip for “Jumping Dance” was actually a joke between my wife and my record company. Of course I also realize that my videos were exaggerated, but that was the only way to stand out in Belgium. My wife who is 23 years younger than me put that clip on YouTube together with my record company. And of course, it became quite popular after 32 years! It featured only Casio instruments like the CZ-3000 and 5000 and the CZ-1, because I was Casio demonstrator.

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This vintage Halloween safety video from 1985 is a real treat

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This Halloween safety video from 1985 starts with puffs of dry ice smoke set to funky music. It then cuts to floating disembodied masks, and it just gets better from there.

Oh, Coronet Films, you’ve made a masterpiece.

While you’re at it, rewatch the one from 1977. I crack up every time I see that little girl frown after her mom throws her witch mask in the trash (starting around the 4:50 mark). Read the rest

Boost the storage on your Xbox One or PS4 with these SSHDs

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Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare offer hours of cinematic gameplay. They’re so engaging you might not want to play anything else, which is great because with all the disk space they take up, you might not have room to download other titles on your console.

That’s why a good hard drive has become a necessity even for casual gamers these days, and Fantom Drives are among the best.

It’s simple enough to offer space for your save files and games, and Fantom’s drives certainly have that. Their storage hubs for Xbox One and PS4 include a Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD that packs 2 TB of data space, accessible with a lightning-fast 5Gbps transfer rate.

But there’s plenty of flexibility beyond that. The Xbox One hub is also outfitted with three USB 3.0 ports, suitable for charging controllers or adding even more storage. The PS4 model also works with the PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, and PlayStation 3, and it allows you to convert your original PS drive into a portable SSHD. In either case, they’re easy to install, without external power cords.

Right now, you can get the Fantom Drives Xbox One Storage Hub + 2TB Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD for only $119 (normally $140) and the Fantom Drives PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit with 2 TB Ultra Speed Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD for just $99 (normally $140) today. Read the rest

Use this script if you’re tired of taking Medium posts too seriously

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One of Medium’s biggest strengths is its sleek design, which can give anything published on the platform an air of legitimacy, regardless of whether it deserves it or not. Now, one Twitter user has released a script that breaks this illusion, which gives every Medium post a gaudy purple background, individual paragraph frames, and, of course, formats every post in Comic Sans.

“Medium.com’s design and typography can create an illusion of legitimacy and polish for ideas that might not deserve legitimacy,” the script’s author @eyes_low wrote on Twitter, “I made a userscript that kills @Medium’s design so that critical thinking takes precedence over eye candy.”

Once you’ve got it installed, the script makes every Medium post look amateur…

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The Verge Guide to the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch has become the standard by which all other smartwatches are measured. It provides you with information about your fitness, heart rate, and general health; lets you listen to your favorite music and other audio streams; notifies your friends or family in case of emergency; lets you access texts and email; and even (if you have an LTE-equipped version) allows you to make and take phone calls.

It’s got style, as well. You can take your pick of a wide variety of watch cases, bands, and faces. Some of those faces give you immediate feedback on your steps, the weather, or the position of the Moon. Others simply tell you what time it is — but with flair and imaginative designs. You can even have your watch show off your…

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AirPods Pro teardown confirms that they’re just as disposable as ever

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iFixit has completed its traditional teardown of Apple’s latest AirPods and, just as Apple promised, it’s bad news for repairs. The organization awarded the noise-canceling buds a big fat zero repairability score, noting that their “non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts makes repair both impractical and uneconomical.” That’s the same score as both versions of the original AirPods.

This means that once the battery in your $249 AirPods Pro degrades and eventually dies, you’ve got no other option but to dispose of them. When you do, the best thing to do is to send them back to Apple for recycling knowing that you’re doing the environment a little favor.

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Once disassembled, it’s…

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Nintendo’s Switch Lite helps boost hardware sales by more than 50 percent

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Nintendo’s third-quarter earnings are out, and they reveal that the company sold 4.8 million Switch consoles between July and September, a year-on-year increase of just over 50 percent. 41.67 million units have been shipped in total as of September 30th, meaning the Switch will almost certainly overtake the SNES this holiday season to become Nintendo’s second most popular home console ever.

This quarter saw the release of the Switch Lite, a new handheld-only version of the console that can’t dock to a TV but costs $100 less. The Lite sold 1.85 million units, while the regular Switch — which also got a new version with better battery life — sold 2.85 million.

Nintendo has continued to put out solid content for the Switch, and this…

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Visualizing the evolution of the Nvidia GPU (VIDEO)

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This is a simple but wonderful little original video that shows each incarnation of the Nvidia GPU, from 1995 to 2019.

The company’s GPUs, or graphics processing units, are iconic for gamers because they enabled new kinds of visually rich video games.

Nvidia GPU evolution (OC)

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Learn how to target your ideal web audience by mastering Google SEO

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Want an online presence that matters? As the graveyard of fallen start-ups can attest to, having a fancy website and a sleek logo isn’t worth much unless people actually start engaging with them.

Even on the fast changing web, there are ironclad strategies for marketing that can adapt to any platform. The best way to get them ingrained into your business plan is to pick up the Complete 2020 Google SEO & Growth Hacking Bundle.

This 7-course online package is a blueprint for building your brand. There is, of course, a comprehensive lesson on Search Engine Optimization that takes into account all the ways Google finds and ranks their results. But it goes far beyond just what keywords to use, teaching you innovative ways to get picked up by established news outlets..

There are also courses on social media marketing, with a special emphasis on Facebook. With the strategies they outline, you’ll be able to make your copywriting more effective and create viral content that amplifes your message.

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Cosplay of Greatness: ‘Isaac Clarke’

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Stupendous dedication and execution on this cosplay masterpiece.

A wonderful Isaac Clarke cosplay build by IMGURian @buu342 for this year’s Comic Con in Lisbon, Portugal.

“The entire build took about three months of work, and a few extra weeks for planning and material gathering.”

They shared an incredible step-by-step gallery of images showing the many steps and tools and techniques required to pull it off.

Materials used:
1cm thick EVA foam
0.5cm thick EVA foam
0.2cm thick EVA foam
1.2cm diameter acrylic tube
0.8cm diameter acrylic tube
Plastic hose connection pieces
Small Magnets
Push button
3 12v batteries
3 blue LED’s
12V LED strips
Furniture Cups
Googly Eyes
Electrical Cable
1cm wooden dowel
Small nails
Sewing needles and line
artifical leather
light gray fabric
Velcro strips
Foggy plastic (used to bind books)
Aluminum Foil
Paper
2cm thick styrofoam

Clothing used:
Horseriding boots
Sweatpants
Black gloves
Leather belt
Grey wool jacket

Paints used:
Black Plasti Dip Spray paint
Copper Spray paint
Silver Spray paint
Bronze Spray paint
Gold Spray paint
Dark Orange Spray paint
Black acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint

Tools used:
x-acto knife
lots of x-acto knife blades
Heat Gun
Hot Glue Gun
Wood Glue
Dremel
Handsaw
Various paint brushes, from small to large
Poly Max
Electrical Tape
Painters Tape
Soldering Iron
Pens
Rulers

Software used:
Blender
Paint.Net
Photoshop
Microsoft Word

Isaac Clarke Cosplay Build

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Apple will soon let you tack an iPhone onto your monthly Apple Card bill

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In Apple’s Q4 earnings call, CEO Tim Cook announced that later this year, you’ll be able to buy an iPhone on an Apple Card, pay for it over 24 months with zero interest, get your 3 percent cash back on the purchase, and manage payments in the Wallet app with one fell swoop.

Apple already offers a number of ways to finance the cost of the iPhone, such as the iPhone Upgrade Program, and it seems like only the “manage payments in the Wallet app” portion is truly new. Apple already offers Apple Card holders 3 percent cash back when they make purchases at its stores, and lets you pay for phones in 24 installments while getting the cash back if you make those payments — on time — with an Apple Card.

With a timeline of “later this year” for…

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Steam’s redesigned library is out now for everyone

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In September, Valve launched a beta for a redesigned Steam library, and today, the company said that redesign is available for everyone. The new library has a refreshed visual look, intended to make it easier to find your games, see what your friends are playing, and follow news and updates from the games in your library. (You might have to relaunch your Steam client once or twice to get the update.)

Here’s one image of what it looks like in practice:

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The new Steam library.

I think the “What’s New” section could be a particularly useful new feature — it seems like a handy way to quickly see updates about games I already have. Developers can post updates to this What’s New…

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It might be safe to update your Apple HomePod now

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Two days ago, we brought you the news that a new iOS 13.2 update to Apple’s HomePod would finally be able to tell different users’ voices apart. But that same evening, the update disappeared — probably because of numerous reports that it was bricking HomePods. Thankfully, it appears there’s now a new iOS 13.2.1 update, rolling out now, that picks up where 13.2 left off.

As MacRumors notes, iOS 13.2.1 has the exact same changelog, which suggests the only actual change is a fix for the bug. It’d be nice if Apple came out and said that, but perhaps the company’s hoping we’ll forget there was ever an issue at all.

Keep in mind that we don’t actually know if this update comes with a fix — it’s just highly unlikely that Apple…

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