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GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

If you’ve used a previous iteration of GarageBand for OS X, the update to version 10 of the software for OS X Mavericks shouldn’t require too much convincing. It’s essentially a new iteration of the same high-powered set of features with additional features to boot. But what about those users who want to pay the cash to grab this app from the Mac App Store for the full price - those that haven’t purchased a piece of OS X hardware in the past couple of months (and from this point forward) that haven’t had the GarageBand experience? For those of you there, there’s this.

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Human touch speaker system has Disney Research hearing with a finger

Human touch speaker system has Disney Research hearing with a finger

You'll not find another speaker system like the one presented by three designers and scientists working with Disney Research this week going by the name Ishin-Den-Shin. This expression means to communicate with an unspoken mutual understanding, and is humble in the face of the actual electric transmission this system is able to work with. All it takes is a special microphone, a whisper, and a touch with a hand - and the hand and someone's ear become the speaker.

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iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

Last week, a job listing for iTunes Radio surfaced, calling for a music programmer in Canada who would help with the platform, indicating that users in the nation would likely be seeing it soon. Now "people with knowledge of the situation" have surfaced, telling the folks at Bloomberg that English-speaking countries beyond the US will gain access to iTunes Radio early next year.

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London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

Pirates, you have scholarly advocates in the London School of Economics. The LSE's Media Policy Project has published a report entitled "Copyright & Creation: A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing", and it argues that copyright infringement is not harming the creative industries nearly as much as is common believed. The authors even go so far as to assert that putative laws aimed at curtailing the "inclusive collaborative digital culture" actually stymies artistic expression and, by extension, the industries' long-term economic prognosis.

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iTunes Radio for Canada surfaces in Apple job listing

iTunes Radio for Canada surfaces in Apple job listing

Though Apple has said it plans to launch iTunes Radio in a vast number of locations, the service has been limited to the United States thus far. Today a job posting was spotted on Apple's website looking for an "iTunes Canada Music Programmer", with the job summary specifically focusing on iTunes Radio. As such, it looks like Canada could be next on the list get access to the service.

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Google Play Music finally coming to iPhone and iPad this month

Google Play Music finally coming to iPhone and iPad this month

The Google Music app and ecosystem has been available on iPhone and iPad devices for some time now, but only here in October of 2013 will the company finally bring a native app to Apple's mobile devices. Having had the app for Android devices for well over a year now - since November of 2011, in fact - Google has apparently decided it's time to start moving in on Apple's iTunes and streaming projects like iTunes Radio.

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