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Acoustic interface promises lossless recording of oldschool guitars

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Fellow buskers: Would you pay $70 to be able to record your music with the same sound and body available to electric-wielders? If so, Alesis AcousticLink might what you're looking for. With a clamp-on acoustic pickup, Cubase LE software and integration with GarageBand, Protools or Studio One, Alesis’ new acoustic recording equipment also eliminates the need for costly and troublesome mic-ing trials.

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3D hard on the eyes: Journal of Vision

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Do 3D movies hurt your eyes? How about your 3DS' or 3D smartphone’s screen? If so, you may not be alone. According to a new study in the Journal of Vision, the small screens on mobile devices, as well as stereo-3D, can be very hard on the eyes, causing discomfort, fatigue and headaches.

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Apple’s new rules might kill in-app shopping

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Gone are the days of in-app book and music purchases thanks to new rules from Apple. The scheme, which came into effect this month, deducts 30 per cent of each in-app sale – say, ebooks, mp3s or extra levels in game apps. The decision has led Amazon, Kobo, Rhapsody and various other companies to remove the ability to shop from within their apps. And it drove ebookstore and reader app iFlow out of business.

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Mozilla enters the OS realm with its Boot to Gecko

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Mozilla has announced a new project: Boot to Gecko, or B2G for short. The intent is to create an operating system based on the most basic hardware-related aspects of Android with web-standard technologies for everything else. Somewhere between iOS and Adobe AIR, the “Gecko” operating system will initially be used for smartphones and mobile devices – though it seems positioned to grow into Mozilla’s own Chrome OS equivalent.

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Researchers predict gas prices will drive consumers to EVs

gas prices drive consumers to EVs

Texas-based research company Zpryme released a new report today predicting that oil instability in Libya and the Middle East, contrasted with the less-volatile electricity prices and federal initiatives, may drive consumers towards electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to replace their current vehicles over the coming years.

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MacBook Air: Good enough to replace the MacBook?

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Reviews are pouring in about the new MacBook Air, the notebook launched alongside Apple’s OS X Lion, positioned by the company to replace the popular, entry-level white plastic MacBook. And the reviews so far have been enthusiastic, to say the least. Even the 11” model is blowing minds.

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Phosphor Appear’s Crystal Display Not So Liquid

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Phosphor’s new “Appear” watch takes LCD to a new level: Not Liquid Crystal Display, but Literally, Crystal Display. The face of the watch is blanketed by a downright kitschy amount of Swarovski crystals, some of which actually, physically flip to reveal a black, pink or red side in order to tell time.

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