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New Resource for Music Artists

The new resource YouTube for Artists is intended to help musicians with their public debut. It is said to be just one of the numerous resources YouTube plans to launch for the benefit of artists and video publishers. The site, among other things, features tips on how to get discovered, attract fans and earn money from creative work, how to advertise music shows, raise funds and sell merchandise. Plus it includes information on available free production resources.

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The answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.

A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.

The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.

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Toshiba has crossed the line. New 7-inch Windows tablet for $120

Evolution of Windows-based tablets is a long tale about how to make device… smaller and cheaper. Indeed, every new product sets a record in price and new 7-inch Encore Mini by Toshiba is not exclusion. Priced for only $120 it passed the lowest $200-line common for 8-inch tablets. However, do not expect high-end specs for such a price: based on Windows 8.1, Encore Mini has a quad-core 1GB RAM Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1024 x 600 display, 16GB of storage, 2MP main camera and 0.3MP frontal camera. It’s a bit heavier than Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but nevertheless it won’t be a problem to keep additional 350 grams in your bag.

Definitely good news that purchase of Encore Mini grants you with a free year of 1TB storage on One Drive and either Office 365 service. Moreover the tablet is designed with additional microSDXC slot, so you can increase the storage up to 128GB.  Producer did it best to improve the scaling, thus you will always feel comfortable to work with on-screen objects in desktop mode. Attractive price, compact size, a plenty of storage – if you are tempted, Encore Mini is already in stores.  

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New Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech. Want to connect three devices simultaneously? Easily!

New Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480 is the best choice if you use several devices and want operate them simultaneously with keyboard. Logitech K480 allows you to connect up to three devices so you can switch for example between PC, phone and a tablet which are put in special row on the keyboard.

At $50 you will get great functionality and attractive styling:  fluorescent ergonomic keys, compact size, two color options and wireless connection above all. Logitech K480 will be a real gift for those who want to swap between devices and main computer without KVW switches and other yesterday’s tools. Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard should be available in late September. 

 

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Dubai Police Demands CCTV Installed in all Buildings

Setting up a term of 3 months to complete the task, Dubai Police has ordered owners of both residential and office buildings to equip their premises with security cameras, referring to Act No. 10 of 2014 and amendments to Law No. 24 of 2008 on service providers and security regulations.

The Police also emphasized CCTV cameras were to be to their specifications as follows. First, they should be installed at all the entrances, including emergency ones, so that they could get a proper picture of a person entering or leaving a building. Secondly, cameras should be properly fixed and stable, no obstacles in their way, obscuring vision. And, finally, CCTV cameras should cover lobby areas, sections close to elevators, reception areas, entrances to health clubs, and parking places. In the latter case, cameras need to be able to capture number plates with enough precision. Besides, it is essential that all the cameras should keep, at least, a month’s footage.

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Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.

It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.

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The launch of the new payment service is expected to take place this autumn already, just at the time of iPhone 6 premier. The service will be integrated into iOS8 and is to use existing iTunes accounts. Purchasing books, software and films through the Apple store is to become still easier, with all the required payment data entered automatically. Under the project, Visa will be responsible for payment transactions and anti-fraud protection.

Apple has long been talking about launching its own mobile payment system. In particular, it is supposed to use the iBeacon service and a fingerprint sensor. The iBeacon will allow keeping users informed about discounts and rebates, while the sensor will protect those from intruders.

According to Josh Beck, an analyst for Pacific Crest, Apple has been closely collaborating with Visa, using great many of its accounts, which provides for an opportunity to further expand the payment platform. The new payment system is to become a ‘Passbook on steroids.’

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The new U32D970Q Samsung monitor boasts ultrahigh resolution (3,840х2,160 px) and a 10-bit PLS matrix of 31.5-inch diagonal. Besides, the monitor has 4 digital video ports and a USB hub with four USB3.0 outputs. Among its other specials are the Picture-by-Picture mode and the innovative Quad Picture-by-Picture function providing for simultaneous signal processing from four sources. The special design stand makes it possible to adjust the monitor for height, to tilt it, rotate it tablewise and use it in the portrait mode.

Supporting over 1 billion colours and 11 colour models, including sRGB, AdobeRGB, DICOM, DCI, the monitor is an asset to professionals in graphics, photo and video. Additionally, it offers the DualColor mode for advanced color correction, enabling simultaneous display of two colour models. Users can also adjust gamma, backlight uniformity and white balance at their option.

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According to Sean West, an American, this time is enough to charge his newly invented battery, which is based on lithium-ion capacitors. And it is not only the charging speed that makes the battery stand out but also its safety and diversity of possible applications. The battery, while being the same size as a regular AA battery, lasts just as long as any conventional battery of the same type.

However to be able to use the battery users also need a special charging device as no regular ones are suitable for the purpose. Anyways, the set of a battery and a charging device is expected to cost not more than 25 USD.

The inventor intends to present his first products this October already, the range including both standard AA batteries, AAA batteries and batteries of other typical sizes.

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BlackBerry is launching unusual smart phones

We have used to Canadian BlackBerry smartphones, which are always distinguished by their design and “stuffing”. The most common distinguishing features include the presence of QWERTY-keyboard, rather classic design, the presence of the most important functions. However, the new release is something great. On the photo above - John Chan - CEO of BlackBerry. He has shared with two completely new and unlike communicators, as an annex to the quarterly financial report.

The release of these models is scheduled for the autumn. In his left hand John Chen holds BlackBerry Classic, which is a final design of smart phone Q20, announced in the beginning of 2014 (February). It looks like an ordinary Canadian communicator, which has QWERTY-keyboard, 3.5-inch display, touch control etc. This model, users can purchase in September this year. In his right hand, John Chen holds BlackBerry Passport. The prototype has been called Windermere. Like all Canadian smartphones, it is equipped with QWERTY-keyboard, all the main functions, only it has quite unusual appearance. The display is in the form of a square, just like a passport.

The communicator BlackBerry Passport will certainly have all the necessary specifications for the smartphone: 4.5-inch display, photo resolution 1440x1440, 454 ppi, and software BlackBerry OS 10.3, support of android apps from Amazon Appstore. Thus, the owners of these smartphones will get the access to 240 thousand of applications, compared with 130 thousand at BlackBerry Store, but the majority of these applications has forgotten what an update is. Therefore, IT Company will not have to spend money to broadcast the music, videos, pictures, etc.; they can be simply borrow them from Amazon. The release of this model is scheduled for November this year.

It is surprising that this company once was a giant, but in spite of its downfall, it is gradually reaching its rightful place in the IT and mobile devices market. This year for the BlackBerry can be considered as the starting one, and in the following, the company will be able to compete with the global companies. A new smartphone Manitoba will become a worthy assistant in this difficult task: 5.2-inch display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 8 cores, improved OS 10.4. The release is scheduled for the third quarter of next year.