Pro-Ject RPM 10 Turntable, Sumiko Songbird MC Cartridge, VTL TP-2.5i Phono Stage and VTL TL-5.5 Series II Line Stage, Meridian 218 Zone Controller, Vandersteen M5- HPA Monoblocks and Vandersteen Quatro Loudspeakers, AudioQuest Cabling
Since the internet’s early days, web pages have used the same image file formats – JPEG and GIF. Developed in the 80s and 90s, these particular ‘dinosaurs’ remain a very successful species. Recent data from W3Techs shows that JPEG, GIF and PNG are far and away the most popular formats found on websites today.
At the same time, a new species is emerging to support the modern web. Lightweight, high-performance formats like Google’s WebP and High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) are optimised for today’s digital experiences.… Read the full article
Cyberpunk 2077 has always been a game full of surprises. From its initial debut, to the trailer that showed completely destructible environments, to Microsoft’s press conference that had Keanu Reeves on-stage to talk about the game – Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the strangest, most interesting games we’ve seen in the last few years.
And it’s about to get even weirder.
Samsung is rounding out its budget and mid-tier smartphone offerings in the US with the Galaxy A50, which borrows and even exceeds some features from the more premium Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e. Alongside the A50, Samsung is also bringing the Galaxy A20 and Galaxy A10e to more carriers to offer consumers budget options.
The Galaxy A50 will come first to Verizon on June 13 for $349. It bring a premium design with Samsung's Super AMOLED Infinity-U display style applied to a massive 6.4-inch screen.… Read the full article
Security researchers have discovered a critical flaw in WordPress Live Chat Support which can be exploited by an attacker without the need for valid credentials.
Alert Logic first discovered the critical authentication bypass vulnerability present in version 8.0.32 while investigating a set of other vulnerabilities in the WP Live Chat plugin for WordPress. The new vulnerability allows unauthenticated users to access restricted REST API endpoints as a result of critical authentication bypass flaw CVE-2019-12498.… Read the full article
Clearaudio has released the Smart Power 12V, a battery-based d.c. power supply designed to improve the performance of Clearaudio Concept Series and Performance DC turntables. (Click image to enlarge.)
When it’s being used to power a compatible Clearaudio turntable, the Smart Power 12V completely isolates the turntable’s electronics from the mains power supply, whilst it delivers a clean, exact 12 volts of direct current to the turntable. ‘The Clearaudio Smart Power 12 provides clean power that is independent of the voltage variability and inherent noise of the mains supply,’ said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio, which distributes Clearaudio in Australia.… Read the full article
Don’t Mess with Success
Armed with a seemingly boundless reservoir of engineering creativity, a healthy dose of professional humility, and keen market instincts, the stealth-like stalwarts at San Francisco-based Parasound continue to re-calibrate accepted price-vs-performance expectations in the high end. The firm has survived (and thrived) not by touting revolutionary design advances to its broad lineup of amps and preamps (few of which ever pan out in the high-end, by the way), but by conservatively delivering incremental improvements to established product platforms, and then, only when said improvements provide genuinely better sound and/or ergonomic performance. … Read the full article
AWS customers will soon be able to add greater personalization to their online stores as the company has announced that Amazon Personalize, which was announced during last year's ASW re:Invent, is now generally available.
Using its API, developers can easily add custom machine learning models to their apps, search results and direct marketing even without previous machine learning experience.
Amazon Personalize actually utilizes algorithms originally created for Amazon's own retail business but the company says that all of the machine learning data will be “kept completely private, owned entirely by the customer.”
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Vice president of machine learning at AWS Swami Sivasubramanian highlighted the fact that customers can implement AI services without prior machine learning experience in a statement, saying:
“We are excited to share with AWS customers the expertise we’ve developed during two decades of using machine learning to deliver great experiences on Amazon.com.… Read the full article