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Ruth Johnson 2021-06-25
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Amazon is capitalizing on the renewed interest in vinyl records by offering its own subscription service.
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Brian Plymel 2021-06-29
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Nontraditional investors, which include anyone outside of traditional VC firms investing in venture capital deals, are increasingly making their presence felt in the investing community.
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Nicholas Patton 2018-06-20
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Move opens up new advertising market for owner Facebook amid teen shift to Snapchat, Youtube

Instagram users are no longer restricted to 60 second videos.

The Facebook-owned social media giant – which today announced it had topped one billion global users – has rolled out a new “IGTV” feature that allows users to share videos of up to 10 minutes long; 60 minutes for those with large audiences.

IGTV has been designed around mobile and can be downloaded either as a separate app or used within Instagram.

(A poll of US teens aged 13-17 last month by Pew Research found that Snapchat was the most regularly used platform at 35 percent.

Youtube second with 32 percent, Instagram in third place with 15 percent and Facebook on 10 percent.)

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Dennis Masters 2016-08-01
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The vinyl revolution has officially reached the stratosphere, as Jack White s Third Man Records has now officially played a record in space for the first time.

The effort, which was previously hinted at by White s label earlier this month, used a weather balloon and a specially designed record player payload called Icarus, reaching over 94 thousand feet above Earth s surface.

The gold-plated LP played at that altitude was a mix of A Glorious Dawn by composer John Boswell, and included audio of Carl Sagan talking about the wonders of the universe.

The Icarus payload took more than three years to design, and Third Man partnered with engineer John Carrico to help with the project.

They knew that as the record player rose high into Earth s atmosphere, the temperature and lack of oxygen in the air could cause big engineering problems for vinyl playback, most notably constant shrinking and expansion of the playback surface.

In fact, the record wasn t coated in gold for the material s good looks — it was to make sure that the vinyl held its shape during the physically taxing journey to the stars.

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Brian Plymel 2017-07-03
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500 Startups has apologized to its Australian LP LaunchVic after the U.S. firm admitted that it failed to disclose an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims against co-founding partner Dave McClure.

LaunchVic is a $40 million-plus entrepreneurship scheme backed by the government of Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state.

It’s a major investor in 500 Melbourne, 500 Startup’s first accelerator and VC fund in Australia, after it committed over $2 million in financing to the project.

That’s despite the fact that 500 Startups had began an investigation months before into complaints about his behavior from women he had propositioned, according to McClure’s fellow co-founder Christine Tsai.

McClure and fellow VC Chris Sacca were two of the most recognizable figures named in a New York Times report that exposed a culture of sexual harassment among some male investors in the U.S.. McClure has since penned an apology, and he remains a part of 500 Startups.

In the immediate aftermath of the Times’ story, Tsai said McClure had switched his role a few months earlier and was now “fulfilling his obligations to our investors as a General Partner,” leaving the day-to-day management to her.

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Dennis Colella 2016-11-21

If the ten GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards from MSI weren t enough to choose from when they launched in October, the company has added two more units to make selecting the right model even harder.

They are the Low Profile GTX 1050 2GT LP and the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP cards, and appear to focus on small desktops and small wallets, adding VR-capable graphics to compact solutions without breaking the bank.

For starters, here is the GTX 1050 2GT LP:

182mm x 69mm x 35mm

7.16 x 2.71 x 1.37 inches

Now here is the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP:

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Brian Christy 2018-05-31
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A new LP documenting a live performance by electronic musician Suzanne Ciani is being released as a quadraphonic mix, and it's packaged with a piece of hardware that lets you listen to it in old-school, four-channel surround sound.

If you had a quadraphonic rig in your living room (or bachelor pad), you could set up a pair of speakers in front of you and a pair behind you, then bathe in every note from one of the thousands of quadraphonic LPs available at the time—stuff from people like Santana, Three Dog Night, and Pink Floyd, along with reams of classical music.

But everything old is new again.

In the box, you get a 180-gram vinyl pressing of Suzanne Ciani's 30-minute live electronic music performance.

You plug in the stereo outputs from your turntable, then connect the board to four powered speakers and place them around you, putting one in each corner of the listening environment.

This quad decoder, custom built by the Australian high-end audio company Involve Audio, sends the appropriate signal to each of your four speakers, lending a more defined sense of space to the music.

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Ralph Knotts 2017-05-16
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p Now that LPs are back in style, you need a way to play those records while still being able to stream music.

After decades of moving away from records and the old-fashioned record player, history is repeating itself.

But this isn’t your (great-great) grandmother’s phonograph — rather, the Seed promises to inject a heavy dose of modernity into a nostalgic piece of technology with its all-in-one multi-function turntable system.

Promising top-notch sound quality, high output, and wireless streaming, the makers of Seed think this is the only setup you need to play your latest LPs.

“We believe that enjoying music should be relaxing, effortless and accessible for everyone,” the Seed team says on its Kickstarter page.

“We want great output, and we want high-quality vinyl sound; we want warm analog, and also digital streaming; we want simple and sleek design, and all within accessible range.”

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0
Mark Maynard 2016-05-28
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There's no doubt that vinyl has been enjoying a wave of popularity for the last few years, especially as super special editions of artists' albums and new soundtracks.

Now Star Wars is getting in on the artistic packages, with a new vinyl release of the soundtrack for The Force Awakens.

But while many records use unique or exclusive artwork in the packaging, Star Wars has placed it directly on the vinyl itself, in the form of 3D holograms.

They hired holographic artist Tristan Duke, known for creating similar etched artwork on the record in Jack White's Lazaretto Ultra LP.

As the records spin, if you look at them from the right angle, you can see wireframe forms of the Star Wars ships floating and rotating.

Buyers can expect to pay $50 when it's released on June 17th through Disney Music Emporium and Amazon.

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Jackie Brown 2016-05-20
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Lamborghinis are for making statements.

I took the 580-2 to Angeles Crest Highway outside Pasadena, California to find out.

Since it's propelled only by its rear wheels instead of all four, it weighs 66 pounds less than its more potent brother, the 610-4.

It is the cornering, snappy throttle and raucous engine exhaust note that makes the 580-2 worth loving.

Although I love its jet fighter-inspired interior with tons of toggle switches and an ignition button that makes you feel like you're firing a sidewinder missile every time you start the car, it's not without its faults.

And that's because 99.9% of the car is good and I'm left looking for trivial issues like the composition of the interior plastic bits.

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Thomas Nye 2020-08-31
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What if we replaced the material and the head with something else?
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Leon Bailey 2018-03-20
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To celebrate the 67th anniversary of the LP format being sold in Japan, hi-fi audio brand Technics gathered 30 world class DJ's to remix a classical record using only turntables.

The group is called The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra.

The post Watch The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra make a symphony out of turntables appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Carlo Prine 2016-09-26
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Carl Sagan s Voyager Golden Record may be the most limited release album of all time.

The iconic record, which NASA developed to represent humankind to alien civilizations, was printed onto gold-plated copper and launched into space aboard Voyager 1 back in 1977.

Today, it s nearly 13 billion miles away from Earth.

Apparently, even Sagan, who chaired the committee that created the record, couldn t get a copy.

Until now, thanks to a Kickstarter-funded reissue of the historic album.

In a stunning recreation of the original, David Pescovitz, an editor and managing partner at Boing Boing, teamed up with Timothy Daly, a manager at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, and Lawrence Azerrad, a graphic designer who has created album packages for Wilco, Miles Davis, and Sting to produce a 40th Anniversary edition vinyl box set of the Voyager Golden Record.

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Marc Anderson 2017-06-17
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Call me an audio snob, but I never thought Crosley turntables were in the same league as Audio Technica, Music Hall, Pro-Ject, Rega or U Turn turntables.

Crosley's seemed to come from a different, less audiophile oriented mindset, so when I heard they were getting serious about competing in that market I was curious.

The C10 is a two speed, belt-drive design that plays LPs and 45 rpm singles.

My sample's medium-density fiberboard base is finished with a light real-wood veneer, but the C10 is also available in mahogany.

The turntable's aluminum tonearm, which is marked "Pro-Ject" on the arm tube, comes with a premounted Ortofon OM5e moving-magnet phono cartridge.

The C10 also features a metal platter, which is a cut above the particle board platters I see on some budget turntables.

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Ruth Reed 2017-06-15
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500 Startups has announced the close of its fund for Japan, more than 18 months after it was first unveiled.

(Yes, that really is the name of the fund, which is aiming to use about $1 billion in public money over its lifecycle.)

Initially U.S.-based 500 Startups targeted a $30 million close, but it has reached a total of $35 million thanks to strong interest from investment partners, so says James Riney, its Japan-based partner who runs the fund.

“As an outsider coming in, having the government’s investment is a validation.”

In particular, Riney said that 500 Startups will work with CJF to open up opportunities for its portfolio companies further down the line: that chiefly means funding.

“No matter where they want to expand to, we have someone locally who is well connected to help them hit the ground running.”

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Robert Woodward 2017-04-21
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Some believe the recent sales spike is ushering in a new renaissance of sorts, breathing life into a seasoned format that barely survived the ’90s and the early aughts, as more convenient digital music formats appeared.

Others say vinyl owes its renewed vitality to new-age audiophiles with a penchant for superior sound — or maybe it’s simply a hipster fad, like double-rimmed glasses, mustaches, and fixie bikes.

Doing so will not only preserve the record for future listeners and allow you to take entire albums with you on the go, but it will also give you a convenient means for cleaning up noisy records using a bevy of simple software applications.

That’s not to say you can’t convert your vinyl to a digital format without an integrated USB output, but opting for a turntable built with said output makes the process far easier.

If you’ve deeply invested into a large collection of vinyl records, though, it might be worth your money.

If you’re an audiophile, this is simply the best choice.

collect
0
Ruth Johnson 2021-06-25
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Amazon is capitalizing on the renewed interest in vinyl records by offering its own subscription service.
Nicholas Patton 2018-06-20
img

Move opens up new advertising market for owner Facebook amid teen shift to Snapchat, Youtube

Instagram users are no longer restricted to 60 second videos.

The Facebook-owned social media giant – which today announced it had topped one billion global users – has rolled out a new “IGTV” feature that allows users to share videos of up to 10 minutes long; 60 minutes for those with large audiences.

IGTV has been designed around mobile and can be downloaded either as a separate app or used within Instagram.

(A poll of US teens aged 13-17 last month by Pew Research found that Snapchat was the most regularly used platform at 35 percent.

Youtube second with 32 percent, Instagram in third place with 15 percent and Facebook on 10 percent.)

Brian Plymel 2017-07-03
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500 Startups has apologized to its Australian LP LaunchVic after the U.S. firm admitted that it failed to disclose an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims against co-founding partner Dave McClure.

LaunchVic is a $40 million-plus entrepreneurship scheme backed by the government of Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state.

It’s a major investor in 500 Melbourne, 500 Startup’s first accelerator and VC fund in Australia, after it committed over $2 million in financing to the project.

That’s despite the fact that 500 Startups had began an investigation months before into complaints about his behavior from women he had propositioned, according to McClure’s fellow co-founder Christine Tsai.

McClure and fellow VC Chris Sacca were two of the most recognizable figures named in a New York Times report that exposed a culture of sexual harassment among some male investors in the U.S.. McClure has since penned an apology, and he remains a part of 500 Startups.

In the immediate aftermath of the Times’ story, Tsai said McClure had switched his role a few months earlier and was now “fulfilling his obligations to our investors as a General Partner,” leaving the day-to-day management to her.

Brian Christy 2018-05-31
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A new LP documenting a live performance by electronic musician Suzanne Ciani is being released as a quadraphonic mix, and it's packaged with a piece of hardware that lets you listen to it in old-school, four-channel surround sound.

If you had a quadraphonic rig in your living room (or bachelor pad), you could set up a pair of speakers in front of you and a pair behind you, then bathe in every note from one of the thousands of quadraphonic LPs available at the time—stuff from people like Santana, Three Dog Night, and Pink Floyd, along with reams of classical music.

But everything old is new again.

In the box, you get a 180-gram vinyl pressing of Suzanne Ciani's 30-minute live electronic music performance.

You plug in the stereo outputs from your turntable, then connect the board to four powered speakers and place them around you, putting one in each corner of the listening environment.

This quad decoder, custom built by the Australian high-end audio company Involve Audio, sends the appropriate signal to each of your four speakers, lending a more defined sense of space to the music.

Mark Maynard 2016-05-28
img

There's no doubt that vinyl has been enjoying a wave of popularity for the last few years, especially as super special editions of artists' albums and new soundtracks.

Now Star Wars is getting in on the artistic packages, with a new vinyl release of the soundtrack for The Force Awakens.

But while many records use unique or exclusive artwork in the packaging, Star Wars has placed it directly on the vinyl itself, in the form of 3D holograms.

They hired holographic artist Tristan Duke, known for creating similar etched artwork on the record in Jack White's Lazaretto Ultra LP.

As the records spin, if you look at them from the right angle, you can see wireframe forms of the Star Wars ships floating and rotating.

Buyers can expect to pay $50 when it's released on June 17th through Disney Music Emporium and Amazon.

Thomas Nye 2020-08-31
img
What if we replaced the material and the head with something else?
Carlo Prine 2016-09-26
img

Carl Sagan s Voyager Golden Record may be the most limited release album of all time.

The iconic record, which NASA developed to represent humankind to alien civilizations, was printed onto gold-plated copper and launched into space aboard Voyager 1 back in 1977.

Today, it s nearly 13 billion miles away from Earth.

Apparently, even Sagan, who chaired the committee that created the record, couldn t get a copy.

Until now, thanks to a Kickstarter-funded reissue of the historic album.

In a stunning recreation of the original, David Pescovitz, an editor and managing partner at Boing Boing, teamed up with Timothy Daly, a manager at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, and Lawrence Azerrad, a graphic designer who has created album packages for Wilco, Miles Davis, and Sting to produce a 40th Anniversary edition vinyl box set of the Voyager Golden Record.

Ruth Reed 2017-06-15
img

500 Startups has announced the close of its fund for Japan, more than 18 months after it was first unveiled.

(Yes, that really is the name of the fund, which is aiming to use about $1 billion in public money over its lifecycle.)

Initially U.S.-based 500 Startups targeted a $30 million close, but it has reached a total of $35 million thanks to strong interest from investment partners, so says James Riney, its Japan-based partner who runs the fund.

“As an outsider coming in, having the government’s investment is a validation.”

In particular, Riney said that 500 Startups will work with CJF to open up opportunities for its portfolio companies further down the line: that chiefly means funding.

“No matter where they want to expand to, we have someone locally who is well connected to help them hit the ground running.”

Brian Plymel 2021-06-29
img
Nontraditional investors, which include anyone outside of traditional VC firms investing in venture capital deals, are increasingly making their presence felt in the investing community.
Dennis Masters 2016-08-01
img

The vinyl revolution has officially reached the stratosphere, as Jack White s Third Man Records has now officially played a record in space for the first time.

The effort, which was previously hinted at by White s label earlier this month, used a weather balloon and a specially designed record player payload called Icarus, reaching over 94 thousand feet above Earth s surface.

The gold-plated LP played at that altitude was a mix of A Glorious Dawn by composer John Boswell, and included audio of Carl Sagan talking about the wonders of the universe.

The Icarus payload took more than three years to design, and Third Man partnered with engineer John Carrico to help with the project.

They knew that as the record player rose high into Earth s atmosphere, the temperature and lack of oxygen in the air could cause big engineering problems for vinyl playback, most notably constant shrinking and expansion of the playback surface.

In fact, the record wasn t coated in gold for the material s good looks — it was to make sure that the vinyl held its shape during the physically taxing journey to the stars.

Dennis Colella 2016-11-21

If the ten GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards from MSI weren t enough to choose from when they launched in October, the company has added two more units to make selecting the right model even harder.

They are the Low Profile GTX 1050 2GT LP and the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP cards, and appear to focus on small desktops and small wallets, adding VR-capable graphics to compact solutions without breaking the bank.

For starters, here is the GTX 1050 2GT LP:

182mm x 69mm x 35mm

7.16 x 2.71 x 1.37 inches

Now here is the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP:

Ralph Knotts 2017-05-16
img

p Now that LPs are back in style, you need a way to play those records while still being able to stream music.

After decades of moving away from records and the old-fashioned record player, history is repeating itself.

But this isn’t your (great-great) grandmother’s phonograph — rather, the Seed promises to inject a heavy dose of modernity into a nostalgic piece of technology with its all-in-one multi-function turntable system.

Promising top-notch sound quality, high output, and wireless streaming, the makers of Seed think this is the only setup you need to play your latest LPs.

“We believe that enjoying music should be relaxing, effortless and accessible for everyone,” the Seed team says on its Kickstarter page.

“We want great output, and we want high-quality vinyl sound; we want warm analog, and also digital streaming; we want simple and sleek design, and all within accessible range.”

Jackie Brown 2016-05-20
img

View photosMore7bd92a812a464a4ba8210b07f1d72262

Lamborghinis are for making statements.

I took the 580-2 to Angeles Crest Highway outside Pasadena, California to find out.

Since it's propelled only by its rear wheels instead of all four, it weighs 66 pounds less than its more potent brother, the 610-4.

It is the cornering, snappy throttle and raucous engine exhaust note that makes the 580-2 worth loving.

Although I love its jet fighter-inspired interior with tons of toggle switches and an ignition button that makes you feel like you're firing a sidewinder missile every time you start the car, it's not without its faults.

And that's because 99.9% of the car is good and I'm left looking for trivial issues like the composition of the interior plastic bits.

Leon Bailey 2018-03-20
img

To celebrate the 67th anniversary of the LP format being sold in Japan, hi-fi audio brand Technics gathered 30 world class DJ's to remix a classical record using only turntables.

The group is called The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra.

The post Watch The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra make a symphony out of turntables appeared first on Digital Trends.

Marc Anderson 2017-06-17
img

Call me an audio snob, but I never thought Crosley turntables were in the same league as Audio Technica, Music Hall, Pro-Ject, Rega or U Turn turntables.

Crosley's seemed to come from a different, less audiophile oriented mindset, so when I heard they were getting serious about competing in that market I was curious.

The C10 is a two speed, belt-drive design that plays LPs and 45 rpm singles.

My sample's medium-density fiberboard base is finished with a light real-wood veneer, but the C10 is also available in mahogany.

The turntable's aluminum tonearm, which is marked "Pro-Ject" on the arm tube, comes with a premounted Ortofon OM5e moving-magnet phono cartridge.

The C10 also features a metal platter, which is a cut above the particle board platters I see on some budget turntables.

Robert Woodward 2017-04-21
img

Some believe the recent sales spike is ushering in a new renaissance of sorts, breathing life into a seasoned format that barely survived the ’90s and the early aughts, as more convenient digital music formats appeared.

Others say vinyl owes its renewed vitality to new-age audiophiles with a penchant for superior sound — or maybe it’s simply a hipster fad, like double-rimmed glasses, mustaches, and fixie bikes.

Doing so will not only preserve the record for future listeners and allow you to take entire albums with you on the go, but it will also give you a convenient means for cleaning up noisy records using a bevy of simple software applications.

That’s not to say you can’t convert your vinyl to a digital format without an integrated USB output, but opting for a turntable built with said output makes the process far easier.

If you’ve deeply invested into a large collection of vinyl records, though, it might be worth your money.

If you’re an audiophile, this is simply the best choice.