The Infinite Jukebox: This Website Will Extend Your Favorite Song Indefinitely

The Music Hack Day event in Boston wasn’t a complete waste this year. It yielded The Infinite Jukebox — a website that creates infinitely long versions of uploaded tracks without making them “suck”. You have a couple of options, upload your own MP3 or play from a selected list.

The Infinite Jukebox was created by Paul Lamere, the director for music intelligence company Echo Nest. The app uses a music service that breaks the entire MP3 into separate beats and segments, then using a “smart” algorithm, it puts it back together after it matches them against other beats in the song that sound the same.

The song then plays the beats and jumps around to different areas depending on what it feels is the “best” place to make it suck less. You see the image at the top? the way it has the arches spanning from one side of the ring to the next? well, these arches determine where the song is going to jump to next. The really cool part, is that it doesn’t jump to that same area all of the time, instead, it randomly selects weather it wants to jump there or not. This randomization keeps the song interesting and new.

The app is designed to work with any song, but it works best if the song has repetition loops. The higher the number of loops, the longer the song is. You can listen to “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillas for over 30 minutes. I love the way this works, I can’t wait to see this in a cellphone app so I can listen to the same – different – song while I travel across the state!

The all seeing Golden-i from Motorola

Motorola’s headset Golden-i is being slated for released for law enforcement agencies along with implementation into the medical field. While the dynamics mirror those of the Google glass project (and it’s not surprising considering who owns Motorola at the moment, to begin with) the functionality of the Golden-i is slightly different. Given its interesting functionality, some are questioning whether the Golden-i’s existence will be all peaceful or if it’ll be another step in the world of tracking.

All’s well in paradise?

The headset has an inch large display and can help user surf the internet or play videos. However, its main purpose lies in the specialized tasks that it’s meant to perform, which is where the medical and law enforcement side of things play in. Since it runs on Verizon, a representative from the company helped demonstrate how the Golden-i would work during the Consumer Electronics Show held last month. The demo involved locating a missing child through the Golden-i which helped make the situation cleared by outlining a map of the building, and through access to the security cameras in the area. While this sounds impressive, one has to wonder whether there’s a potential for misuse. We live in a world plagued by cell phone spy apps, pc monitoring software and other privacy invading diseases, and given the nature of the tasks  the Golden-i is meant to perform it can help take privacy invasion to a whole new level – both in the hands of those who are meant to wield it, and in the hands of those that have no business using it.

Sound the alarm bells?

At present the Golden-i is still in development phase and it remains to be seen what other functionality is added to it before release. Whenever it’s released it will be a huge life saver for both law enforcement agencies and medical centers, however, the manner in which it’s used will be of prime importance. Earlier this year law enforcement agencies came under fire for tracking criminals without warrants which subsequently led to it being made illegal. Something that can pull out maps and lay out blueprints can help but there needs to be a definitive boundary set in place so that the privacy of those involved, along with innocent bystanders is not trampled on. The device has a camera attached to it which users can use to make videos as they go along. It could make any peeping Tom the talk of the town. How would anyone go up to someone using the Golden-i to confirm what they’re doing with it? The best part is that even though it’s meant for specialized tasks the device is all set to be released to the average consumer who can do what he/she pleases with it.

While it could save lives the Golden-i could prove to be a Pandora’s box. If we had to weight the good against the bad we would chose the good, but measures need to be introduced to somehow keep it in check.

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Natalia David, an author significantly contributes towards Cell phone security Software, cell phone spy software, android monitoring software (visit website) and spy software for blackberry. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter@NataliaDavid4

Mountain Lion: ravaging the digital cities of the tech world

The latest launch of Mac OS X Mountain Lion by Apple is loaded with some new features for Apple fans, for the skeptics however, this new operating system does not represent much of a change for iPad and iPhone users, as the new feature has a lot in common with iOS. On the contrary, the change that Microsoft promises to bring this fall, while moving on from Windows 7 to Windows 8 operating system, is expected to be huge as this new version is supposed to be compatible with touch capable tabs along with PCs. Regardless, Apple users will be able to identify a number of iOS features integrated into the Mountain Lion, like AirPlay Mirroring, Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, Messages, Game Center and Dictation.

To upgrade or not to upgrade?

The updates include improvements in the Safari browser along with better incorporation of Twitter and Facebook. The company has put a ‘share’ button in apps throughout the new OS that allows users to share photos, videos, links and documents. It is also the first version of Mac OS to come out since the introduction of iCloud service by Apple. Various users who have upgraded their OS X, remark that the number of changes brought about by Mountain Lion are worth the meager price of $19.99.

For all those users who are looking to upgrade to this OS version it is imperative to note that the device must meet the system requirements, that is, iMac/Macbook Pro dating to mid 2007 and earlier, Mac Pro from early 2008 or before, Mac mini from early 2009 or before and MacBook/MacBook Air prior to late 2008 are not eligible for the upgrade. All others can download the new OS from Mac App Store and upon purchase the OS can be installed on all their personal Macs. The new Macs will obviously have the Mountain Lion pre-installed, while the ones bought since 11th June can enjoy a free upgrade.

New Features

The OS upgrade, as tested, runs smoothly on the compatible Macs taking about 20 minutes. Further operating system updates will be channeled through the Mac App Store instead of Software Update, according to Apple. The AirPlay Mirroring feature, as tested on a MacBook Pro, is capable of allowing a wireless display of the Mac screen on any high definition TV, through an optional Apple TV box. Power Nap, another newly introduced feature is capable of keeping the PC updated with regards to mail messages, calendar, store and other updates secretly while it is on sleep. The iCloud which is Apple’s cloud based service and was launched last fall has nearly 125 million accounts now. In order to set up the service you can simply log in to your computer with your Apple ID and copy your settings, accounts and other work done on various devices to your Mac. Another way to make use of this service is through the Documents In the Cloud feature by storing your documents from different apps supported by the feature. Changes made to the documents from devices using iOS or Mountain Lion are shown when the document is launched from other machines. Naturally, there are others vying to get more users for their cloud based services, including Microsoft and Google. There is a host of other features integrated into the new Mac OS X, in conjunction with iOS that the users will find really helpful in this version.

Apple devices have generally been hostile towards most security threats, be it a computer monitoring software, a cell phone tracker, or any other malware or virus. The new Gatekeeper security technology aims to keep this new Mac operating system stronger than ever against any security threats.

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Natalia David contributes towards cell phone security Software, computer and internet monitoring software  andcell phone tracker. If you want to know more about her you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4

 

Man Falls Asleep on Airport Baggage Belt and Goes Through X-Ray Machine

Everyone knows that airports are a giant pain in the ass, and that most adults would rather deal with a busy Chuckee-Cheese than a busy airport. But dealing with long flights with even longer layovers is almost a right-of-passage to some people, even if it means sitting in an uncomfortable, upright position for hours behind a fat guy with gas, and in front of a kid practicing his soccer kick over and over, or dealing with that pesky airport security, barefoot next to your luggage, in a line with 200 other barefooted people. Those lines can get so tiresome that it can be tempting to just lay down and take a nap! And that’s just what one Norwegian tourist did recently.

A newly popular image of a man going through the X-ray machine on a baggage claim at Rome’s Fiumicino airport is getting quite a bit of Internet attention in the last couple of days. The man in question has remained anonymous, but apparently traveled 15 minutes and nearly 160 feet on a conveyer belt and through security X-ray machines before being noticed.

Notwithstanding the fact that this raises a few security safety issues, this is apparently not that unheard of. Crazy, right? Similar incidents have been reported happening from drunkards and people who have psychological disabilities. And, even in this case, that seems to hold true, for the man was discovered to be drunk, holding his backpack and a beer.

Other than getting a few laughs and head scratches, this sort of thing would definitely be one of the more interesting things to watch happen at the airport. Via: Yahoo News

Georgia Tech’s Chicken Deboning Robot – Would You Still Eat It?

With the advents in robotics, and “self-driving” technology, I never through the process of deboning a chicken would be so complicated for a robot.  Apparently, deboning a chicken “efficiently” requires the human touch and can only be performed by a skilled chicken deboner.  Sure, robots can drive a car, perform surgery, fly planes, but when it comes to deboning a chicken, we’re still the superior being – for now.

Gary McMurray from the Georgia Institute of Technology has been working with his team for eight years to develop a robot that can debone a chicken AS/OR better than a human deboner. China has a machine that can debone chickens pretty quickly at a little over 1k chickens per hour, but while it is very fast, it sacrifices the best “cut.” – think quantity over quality – According to McMurray, the problem with robots is that the bots don’t have the hand eye coordination that humans have when it comes to placing the blade into the meat.  A trained factory worker can feel and cut around the edges of the bone to produce the best cut.  The higher the quality of the cut, the more trained workers you need to get that cut, which increases the prices on chicken. Basically these chicken companies have to pull off a balancing act, and hopefully skilled robots can make that act cheaper for everyone across the board.

In June of this year, the team of researchers will get the chance to test out their product on real chickens, if this works, they would have a tide changer between quality v/s quantity in the industry. “This machine, equipped with robotic arms and a surgical blade, is guided by a three-dimensional imaging system that can determine in a split second the size of each chicken and where its skin, meat and bone are,” The ultimate goal is to make the robot as efficient as a human, so the test is going to be dependent on two things – How fast can it be done, and how high is the quality of the cut.

I know what you’re thinking, and I’m the same way. I don’t care about the quality of the cut, when I get it home it’s frozen and then I cut it into smaller pieces when I’m ready to cook. But really, the people that care about the cut are the deboning companies. They want to get as much meat as possible from the chicken before they discard the remains. In this kind of business, the QUALITY of the cut produces a higher QUANTITY of the product.

We may have a whole bunch of people that will lose their jobs, but there will always be companies that hire workers and go off on a marketing scheme selling “Ethical” chicken cuts over “robotic” cut chickens. VIA: WSJ

Awesome Quadrotor Flying Machine Gun!

I’m not sure how Russian this guy is, but he definitely is Russian enough to not be messed with. The FPS Russian people made an awesome video of a Quadrotor prototype that is equipped with a machine gun as its main striking power, and enough explosive devices to destroy a full vehicle. I’m sure you’ve seen videos online of quadrotor-copters doing some pretty awesome things, but this is the first of its kind. The drone wasn’t developed by some high tech company, but it still gets the job done fairly well. In a few years, I can see the US military taking on a quadrotor copter rigging it up with some awesome weapons – if they don’t already have that.

The FPS Russian actually takes the small drone around shooting some “unwelcomed strangers” which are buster like dummies with C4 explosives inside them to make them detonate – you know to add to the awesomeness.

Aside from the machine gun that it uses as its main weapons, the drone has enough dynamite to explode and take out a good size vehicle when it receives the detonation signal. Maybe the US Air Force should incorporate this into their designs, especially after the Iranians reverse engineered a drone and now have the instructions on how to rebuild it.

Snail Batteries

Evgeny Katz, a chemistry professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and his colleagues at Ben Gurion University have turned a snail into a living battery. The snail has been implanted with a battery, and its body’s blood sugar is what will “recharge” the battery. This is first time according to Live Science that researchers have been able to create sustainable electricity in a living creature’s body.

They implanted the snail with Buckypaper, which is thin sheets of nanotubes that are turned into electrodes to conduct electricity. The electrodes and “certain enzymes” combined with the snail’s blood glucose and oxygen in the snail’s hemolymph node to create electricity.

The snails are not harmed. They are able to move about and live their lives pretty much as normally as possible.  The only difference now is that one: there is a battery inside their bodies; two: they are captured for a short time each day to measure the electrical movements. When the snails rest and eat it recharges the battery.

Currently, the snails’ electrical output is less than that of one AAA battery; however, there is hope to boost this amount through new experiments. One of these experiments already being conducted is to try and use different substances in the snails and other small creatures.

One goal of the cyborg snail is to help power medical devices hopefully sometime soon in the future, said Katz.

Katz and his colleagues plan to attach the batteries on the outside of the creatures they are using in their next experiments. The goal is that snails or insects could carry recording devices on their backs, and send that information back wirelessly.

The full study was published at the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Next Xbox to not use discs??

Yes people, you read that correctly! According to a new report, Microsoft’s Next generation console (codename: Durango) will not feature a disc drive! This means goodbye DVD, Blu-Ray, and all of  the classic physical copies of your favorite gaming titles. This must be a tough blow to hardcore gamers with an extensive collection of past Xbox titles, but I cant say that they should be shocked. The future of all of our media seems to be going digital and to be enjoyed through the cloud to give us the consumer more devices and accessibility to enjoy our media wherever we are.

Apparently the new console is to employ “interchangeable solid-state card storage,” but it is yet to be knows weather this is going to be some sort of standard format, such as SD or CF. You must be asking yourself how we all got a sneak peek into this great information, well it seems one of Microsoft’s developmental partners is squealing all of the inside information (guess he was just so excited he could not wait for E3). He also gave us an insight of when to be expecting this new disc-less entertainment console, which according to the report is “100%” confirmed for a 2013 release! ha yea like we did not see that one coming.

Microsoft wasn’t going to sit back and read these claims without commenting and they did as such with this official response:

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Pretty heavy! Other claims say Microsoft will actually release two! yes two, versions of the new console! One is rumored to be a download driven set model whilst the other to be a more traditional “core gamer” system. This “core” system should support physical copies of games and also Blu-ray! so we have one console that would be “streaming only” and the other to cater to our more traditional experiences with physical media and enhancing it with Blu-Ray technology.

Until the next Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 we wont know for sure and all of these “rumors” will be just that…rumors.