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iPhone apps continuing to secretly record your screen could face Apple’s ban hammer

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Update: Apple is reportedly instructing developers to either inform and request consent from users to record user screen data, or remove the code entirely. Apps that do neither will be removed from the App Store, according to follow-up TechCrunch coverage.

It’s not unusual for apps to collect your data whether it’s to create targeted advertising, help with technical support, or to learn about the demographics of customers.

However, it looks like some companies have taken their data collection practices even further, by recording your screen when you use their iPhone apps. 

According to reports by TechCrunch and the App Analyst, iOS applications from the likes of Air Canada, Abercrombie and Fitch, Singapore Airlines, Expedia, and Hotels.com have used "session replay" technology from data analytics company Glassbox to record user's screens while using their apps.… Read the full article

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Remaster Class: Superman

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In part because it has now endured for 40 years, but also because it is the sort of thrilling cinematic entertainment we never seem to tire of, Superman has appeared on just about every home entertainment format, and deservedly so. The first comic book blockbuster, director Richard Donner’s visually stunning epic stars Christopher Reeve as the only survivor of a brilliant but arrogant alien culture who finds his place in our world as a god-like protector.
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Lyn Stanley's “London Calling…A Toast To Julie London” set for release on Valentine’s Day weekend

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Lyn Stanley London Calling A Toast To Julie London

Award-winning vocalist Lyn Stanley follows her top-selling Moonlight Sessions with an ultimate tribute to Julie London

Set for release on Valentine’s Day weekend, Lyn Stanley honors the Great American Songbook icon with 17 classic songs on London Calling…A Toast To Julie London

Limited Edition 33.3 RPM 180 gram two-disc vinyl and Super-audio CDs

In this stunning new collection—London Calling…A Toast To Julie London—listeners will discover a side of singer Lyn Stanley that they haven’t heard before. The 17 tunes on this recording explore phases of romance from first glance, in “Blue Moon,” to a missed chance, in “Cry Me a River.” Most of the wide-ranging material presented here was originally recorded by singer/actress Julie London, along with a couple of offerings that Stanley feels would have been perfect for the sultry songstress, such as “It’s Impossible,” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

With her distinctive sound and approach, Lyn Stanley brings to mind a method actor, mining the stories and feelings in each tune and getting to the heart of the lyrics.… Read the full article

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Google will encrypt locally stored data with Adiantum

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google has launched a new encryption mode called Adiantum to help protect user data in the event that a device falls into the wrong hands.

Since the release of Android 6.0 in 2015, the company has required device manufacturers to include storage encryption on most smartphones using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). This is why most new Android devices have hardware support for AES using the ARMv8 Cryptography Extension.

However, there are more than 2bn monthly active Android devices and many of them use low-end processors such as the ARM Cortex-A7 that do not offer hardware support for AES. 

On these devices AES would impact performance to the point that they would feel sluggish and distract from the user experience which is why Google created Adiantum.… Read the full article

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Apple pushes out iOS 12.1.4 to fix Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As expected, Apple has rushed out a fix for a bug that allowed folks to eavesdrop on others through Group FaceTime. While Apple had already addressed the issue on its servers, AppleInsider pointed out, iOS 12.1.4 fixes this exploit on devices.

Apple had swiftly disabled Group FaceTime after news of the bug started trending on social media. In the days following, it was discovered that the mother of US teen Grant Thompson alerted the company a week before it took action; Apple is reportedly rewarding the family per its bug hunting policy.… Read the full article

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Acoustic Geometry Pro Room Pack 10 Acoustic Treatment Package

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Acoustic Geometry Pro Room Pack 10 Acoustic Treatment Package

Acoustic Geometry is a recently launched subdivision of Acoustical Surfaces, one of the oldest and largest suppliers of acoustic products for noise control to recording studios, band rooms, houses of worship, businesses, and industrial facilities. The Acoustic Geometry division offers a full line of individual acoustic isolation and treatment products, as well as packages designed to treat entire rooms. AG was founded by John Calder, a musician turned recording engineer turned studio designer. John has many A-list record credits, including being mix engineer on Neil Diamond’s four-million-seller Beautiful Noise.… Read the full article

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Canon EOS RP leaks reveal new shrunken full-frame mirrorless camera

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Rumors of the Canon EOS RP are boiling over and now we may know everything about this upcoming compact full-frame mirrorless camera.

A series of images of the Canon EOS RP leaked on Nokishita, reveal what is essentially a compact version of the company’s first (and currently only) full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R

From the included pictures and specs, we can surmise that the EOS RP will be smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The new camera will purportedly measure 132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm in dimensions and weigh only 1.07 pounds.… Read the full article

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The Ortofon Windfeld Ti Cartridge – 100 Years in the Making, Well Worth the Wait

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Ortofon is a Danish company celebrating 100 years of commitment to excellence in the manufacture of audio related products, best known for its Analog Cartridges. Included in the extensive cartridge line up are tone arms, step up transformers, DJ related gear, and a host of micro manufacturing capabilities spanning many different industries. 

In the beginning

“….On the 9th of October 1918, the two Danish engineers, Axel Petersen (1887-1971) and Arnold Poulsen (1889-1952) founded the Electrical Phono Film Company with a few capable and foresighted businessmen who would support the organization financially.… Read the full article

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MacBook Air 2019: what we want to see

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After years of waiting, the new MacBook Air finally released in October 2018. And, with it, Apple made some changes to the MacBook Air lineup, like an awesome new fingerprint sensor, but we think more could have been done to bring the popular laptop into the modern age. And, that’s why we can’t wait to see what Apple does with the MacBook Air 2019 – if a MacBook Air 2019 does indeed come out. 

We’re not sure what Apple is planning for 2019, which is not out of the ordinary, so we’re not sure a MacBook Air 2019 will even happen.… Read the full article

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Preparing for the Florida Audio Show

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

It’s noon and a sunny 76º, and already people are setting up for the inaugural Florida Audio Expo at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. No sooner do I walk into the Dynamic Sound Associates room than someone asks me if I can please hold three long and hefty Luminous Audio power cables. With those monsters hanging over one shoulder, I snap my first photo.

Next I encounter show promoter Bart Andeer in the lobby. Despite a few cancellations—one exhibitor has the flu, another is recovering from pneumonia, and a third, from Japan, encountered Visa issues—Bart believes we still have 40 exhibit rooms.… Read the full article

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