Rogue Amoeba does amazing things with your Mac audio — Macworld|iWorld 2014

Rogue Amoeba makes working with audio on the Mac ridiculously easy. Whether it’s capturing a stream and recording it, pausing and playing audio live, making quick edits, or just putting the sound you want, where you want, including on the internet, Audio Hijack Pro, Piezo, Intermission, Fission, AirFoil, and Nicecast have you covered.

Live from Macworld|iWorld 2014 I talk to Paul Kafasis about what’s new, and why, some 7 years later, Apple and the App Store still aren’t giving him the access he needs to make the same great apps for iOS.


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Retina iPad Mini Review: A Sight for Sore Eyes

Retina iPad Mini Review: A Sight for Sore Eyes

Last year’s iPad mini was very nearly perfect in every way, except the one you needed it to be. Its display was porridge next to the bright retina cornucopia of its bigger iPad brother and its tiny tablet competitors. This year? We feast.

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Retina ​iPad Mini First Impressions: That’s More Like It

Retina ​iPad Mini First Impressions: That's More Like It

The original iPad mini featured a flawless design undermined by an unforgivably subpar display, an antique frame wasted on fingerpaint. Good news. This year’s iPad mini is, after a short time playing with it, picture perfect.

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Omari Akhmedov moving down to 170 after ‘Fight of the Night’ performance in Brazil

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GOIANIA, Brazil — Omari Akhmedov didn’t disappoint in his first UFC appearance.

In a first-round war against Thiago Perpetuo at UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil, on Nov. 9, Akhmedov showed a huge heart to overcome a pair of knockdowns and score a knockout victory in his rival’s country, earning himself the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.

“I didn’t see the shots that were coming and he did catch me with the hook, I think, and it made me much more angry so i just started fighting back,” Akhmedov said after the fight. “I never think about giving up.”

Undefeated in MMA as a middleweight with 10 stoppage wins, Akhmedov plans to drop a few pounds and compete as a welterweight in 2014.

“My biggest concern was about the weight because my opponent was way bigger than me,” he said. “I naturally weigh 185 pounds, but the UFC offered me this fight, and I never refuse to fight. But, for my next fights, I’m going to fight at 170 because this guy was huge.”

“I don’t cut much,” he continued. “But on the high level performance, in the best promotion, I think I need to cut more because all these guys are bigger than me and it’s really tough to fight with them.”

Akhmedov is only one of the new Russian fighters that are calling the fans’ attention inside the Octagon. Rustam Khabilov and Khabib Nurmagomedov are also coming off big wins under the UFC banner, and Akhmedov believes it could help the promotion if it decides to do a UFC card in Russia in the near future.

“I wish it really happens,” he said. “If UFC gives Khabib a title shot, I think they’re putting a show in Moscow.”

“They are all my friends, good fighters. Definitely, one of these guys will get the UFC title soon. And I think they will give (Nurmagomedov) a title shot soon.”

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The Engadget Podcast is live at 3:30PM ET!

We’re all busy gearing up for Expand NY this weekend (you’re coming, right?), but Brian, Peter and Terrence are taking a few moments out of their day to talk the week in tech. You can join along in the chat, just after the break. …

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Wes Anderson premiere to open Berlin film festival

Berlin (AFP) – An all-star romp by US director Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, will open the 64th Berlin film festival in February, organisers said Tuesday.

The period piece, filmed in part in Germany, features Ralph Fiennes as the concierge of a famous hotel and tells the story of the theft and recovery of a priceless painting against the backdrop of Europe between the wars.

Three-time Oscar nominee Anderson, known for his ensemble movies such as “Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, recruited Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel and Jude Law for the new picture.

The British-German co-production will screen on February 6, launching the 11-day event known as the Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year.

“With unmistakeable Wes Anderson charm, this comedy promises to kick things off in a big way,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.

The Texas-born Anderson has a strong following in Europe and “Moonrise Kingdom” opened Cannes in 2012.

This year, the Romanian family melodrama “Child’s Pose” won the Berlinale’s prestigious Golden Bear top prize.

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‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ Kicked Off The Air

Television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to supporters as he enters Egypt’s state prosecutors office in March of 2013.

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Television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to supporters as he enters Egypt’s state prosecutors office in March of 2013.

Amr Nabil/AP

First, Bassem Youssef, a satirist known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart,” angered the Islamists; now he’s angered the military that ousted them.

Here’s how The Wall Street Journal tells the story:

“Mr. Youssef, currently one of the most widely watched comedians in the Arab world, was taken off air just minutes before the second episode of the season was scheduled to air. The decision comes a week after influential comedian delivered some pointed jabs at the Egypt’s powerful, ultra nationalist military in his first episode of the season. …

“In his show, Mr. Youssef typically targets both sides of Egypt’s divided political scene. Mr. Youssef and members of his show’s media team were not available for immediate comment. Shady Alfons, a comedian and cast member on the show, told The Wall Street Journal that he and the team were made aware of the decision ‘just like everyone else’ watching TV that evening.

“The TV station, which is funded by some of the most influential and wealthiest investors in Egypt, issued a statement on its network saying it had decided to suspend Mr. Youssef’s ‘Al Barnameg,’ or ‘The Show’ after content planned for the night’s episode had ‘violated what had been agreed upon’ with the station.”

Al Ahram reports that the production company behind the show denies breaking its contract with the TV network.

Youssef, you may recall, has been in trouble before. Back in March, he got in trouble for criticizing President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military. Then in April, we told you that the Morsi government was threatening to pull the TV station’s license for insulting the president and Islam.

Youssef came to national prominence here in the United States when Jon Stewart criticized Morsi’s actions and the U.S. embassy tweeted a link to the monologue.

After his latest show, Al Jazeera reports that Egypt’s top prosecutor announced he was investigating Youssef for harming “national interests by ridiculing the country’s military on his TV show.”

NPR’s Rima Marrouch tells us that like Youssef has done in the past, the episode that was supposed to air Friday, was posted on YouTube. When we go to the link, however, it looks like it’s been taken down.

Note: This post was updated to fix the spelling of Jon Stewart (rather than John; thanks, readers).

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Kim Kardashian Takes a Selfie While Screaming on a Roller Coaster — Picture

Hold on to your phones, guys and ghouls! Here is a shot of Kim Kardashian taking a selfie while screaming on a roller coaster.

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The Kardashian/Jenner family rented out a theme park on Oct. 29 to celebrate Kendall Jenner‘s upcoming 18th birthday. The birthday girl — flanked by amicably separated mom and dad Kris and Bruce Jenner, big sisters Kim and Khloe, birthday girls Kendall, plus brothers Rob Kardashian, Brody and Brandon Jenner — enjoyed a goofy afternoon filled with crazy rides, games and pictures to document the fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif.

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Newly-engaged Kim, who like her family members posted social media updates from the bash, shared this Keek video while on a roller coaster. “Alright, I hope this isn’t too scary,” said the 33-year-old reality star as the caboose slowly inched its way up a steep incline. “We better not drop our phone.” Like a true pro, even as the screaming commenced, the mom to 4-month-old North West managed to keep her phone and subsequently shared the experience on social media.

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Although her fiance Kanye West was unable to join the somewhat-private affair, Kardashian reciprocated the rapper’s lovey-dovey, recent interview with Ryan Seacrest in her Oct. 30 appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. “I’m very happy right now,” she shared. The star also confessed to Leno how the fat-shaming she endured while pregnant with her first baby was damaging to her soul.

“It changed how I am in public,” said the bombshell. “I’ve tried to live more of a private life.”

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Rebecca Walker Hurries Love In ‘Adé’

Rarely as the rush of romance felt so, well, rushed as it does in Rebecca Walker’s maiden novel Adé: A Love Story. It’s a wild ride along with an unnamed (more on that later) biracial college student who’s traveling through Africa with her white best friend. Our unnamed narrator falls in love with a Swahili man she meets on an island just off the Kenyan coast, grows apart from her friend and closer to her lover’s family, and must struggle with the brutal realities of life under brutal Kenyan leader Daniel arap Moi – all in 112 short pages.

The irony here is that Walker is an insightful writer whose two major non-fiction books — Black White and Jewish and Baby Love — had the heft and the narrative flow of the best fiction. But with Adé, Walker has penned a novel that feels abridged; more like a truncated treatment than a fully fleshed out book. The result is a too-brief love story about the kindling of love which, reads as though it was designed for the Kindle.

Part of the problem is that Walker’s such a gifted storyteller that I wish she’d take the local streets instead of always opting for the expressway. Her sketch of the intellectual namedropping – Kahlo, de Beauvoir, Borges and, of course, Bob Dylan – in an Ivy League student’s life is dead-on, as is her take on the casual cruelty college kids can exhibit. Walker’s narrator and her friend espy a cute young man – “a little James Dean cum Jackson Pollock, very drunk and emotionally cut off, and thus, very manly” at a party, and engage him in a ménage-a-trois. But as soon as it’s done, he’s kicked out of the bed and, it turns out, the book as well. His character was there solely to serve to show the two women getting closer and nothing more. But because of Adé‘s brevity, the callous memory of that act lingers perhaps longer then Walker intended, and undermines some later dramatic turns.

The two women decide to spend a couple of years traveling around Africa after graduation.. In Egypt, Walker’s narrator begins to change as she interacts with the folk of color around her, and there are some lovely passages about her experience. But too much falls through the cracks as Walker races ahead towards the ‘meet cute’ moment between the narrator and Adé.

She spots him from behind, “his slender hips” to be exact, and is instantly enthralled. After a few meaningful conversations, her friend has literally been sent packing to travel alone and Adé – who has decided his beloved needs an Arabic first name – and the newly and finally named Farida are now an item.

Rebecca Walker’s previous work includes he memoirs Black, White & Jewish and Baby Love. Ade: A Love Story is her first novel.

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Rebecca Walker’s previous work includes he memoirs Black, White & Jewish and Baby Love. Ade: A Love Story is her first novel.

Amanda Marsalis/Courtesy of Little A / New Harvest

While the gesture is both sweet and meaningful – as Adé says, the name Farida “means the woman is exceptional, a jewel” – it would have had more import had the reader known her given first name from the get-go. Then Farida’s decision to shed it would be truly transformative. But the only way to do that is give her a fully developed backstory — and instead, Walker is content to drop hints of Farida’s life before Adé: her African-American mother’s a writer based in Northern California and her Jewish father’s an attorney with a practice in New York. (Sound familiar?)

The book’s deftest characterizations are of Adé’s family. Much of Walker’s best writing is about Adé’s mother Nuru Badi and his sisters, who consistently test Farida to see if she is worthy of the man whose name means “royal.” Farida’s acceptance of these tests and these women as an extended family, as well as her gradual adoption of Muslim tradition is well-rendered. And the contrast of that familial love with a brief, tense encounter with Adé’s estranged father is beautifully done.

It’s when Adé insists on meeting Farida’s parents in the U.S. that Walker’s pacing shifts into frenetic overdrive. The hellish depictions of Kenya under President Moi — the corruption and violence — as Farida tries to get a passport for Adé are chilling, but they fly by at such an accelerated clip that the horrors don’t sink in. We’re already on to the next terrible circumstance, whether it be malaria, an unsanitary hospital or a military crackdown. And the book’s denouement raises more questions than it answers: Farida’s so-called clear-eyed assessment of life in Africa struck me as rather insensitive and – unfairly or not – a reminder of her previous incarnation as the college student who coldly kicked that boy out of her bed.

Will the novel hold your interest? Absolutely. Walker’s too good a writer not to. But with some additional fleshing out, Adé: A Love Story could have captured our hearts as well. Instead, I’m reminded of an old Frank Sinatra song: “We’re on the road to romance, it’s safe to say, but let’s take all the stops along the way.”

Harlem-born and Brooklyn-bred, Richard Torres is the author of the novel Freddie’s Dead. He has written for many publications including XXL, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and The New York Times, and has also penned album liner notes for a number of artists including Marvin Gaye, Richard Pryor and Dave Brubeck.

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Arcade Fire’s Takes A Dancey Turn Down A Well-Trod Path

[unable to retrieve full-text content]With a new record, the band Arcade Fire is trying to top their 2011 release, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Critic Will Hermes says that on Reflektor, they turn to dance music to try to reinvigorate their sound.Source:
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