This Wearable Pauses Live TV If You Fall Asleep

Fitness trackers can tell you how many calories you're burning, but what if you just want to laze on the couch? Your future wristband of choice could make sure you never miss a minute of your favorite TV episodes. » 12/22/14 6:30pm 12/22/14 6:30pm

The Best Hidden Features of VLC

VLC is easily one of our favorite media players (and yours too). However, it's not just a one-trick pony. Under the surface, there's a wide range of features that you might not have known it could do. » 11/04/14 4:26pm 11/04/14 4:26pm

How an Atomic Clock Was Used to Record a House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the… » 7/30/14 2:45pm 7/30/14 2:45pm

Your Right to Record Movies Off TV Came 30 Years Ago Today

Today, DRM fears inspire a lot of jokes that reference George Orwell's 1984. But it was in that titular year, three decades ago today, that the U.S. Supreme Court reached a decision that defined and protected our right to record copyrighted material: Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., or the… » 1/17/14 6:00pm 1/17/14 6:00pm

Everyone Who Records Video on Their Phone Needs to Follow This Rule

I understand that when you take a picture or video with your phone, it makes a lot of sense to hold your phone upright. It's more comfortable! It's totally natural! And though Instagram has helped fix portrait mode pictures by squaring them off, we still haven't solved the portrait video problem. It's awful to watch… » 6/27/13 9:08pm 6/27/13 9:08pm

Why Your DVR Hates the Last Few Seconds of Shows So Much

There's nothing quite like missing the very last seconds of that show you so painstakingly DVRed. Especially if that show is a live sporting event, and you explicitly told the damned box to keep going for an hour or two afterwards. It shouldn't have to be that way, though. And as Slate explains, there's a better… » 6/22/13 1:00pm 6/22/13 1:00pm

Watch the Police Attack and Arrest a Man for Recording Them with a Cell…

Cameras are the new weapons, or at least that's what it seems like in the eyes of the police. Police officers from the San Diego Police Department pretty much attacked and arrested a man for recording them with his cell phone camera. Watch the video, it's pretty awful. » 4/11/13 1:00am 4/11/13 1:00am

Of Course Some Bar Is Already Banning Google Glass

There have been plenty of parodies exploring the creepier possibilities of Google Glass, so it should come as no surprise that it's already been banned in a Seattle bar, even though it's not even out yet. » 3/10/13 2:00pm 3/10/13 2:00pm

Testing Microphones with Rockstars from Apollo Run and OK Go

When it came time to review Blue's Spark Digital microphone, we could have put a few mics in a row, sang a little, played a little guitar, then scrutinized the sounds. Or we could have talented musicians from two amazing bands create an all-new song for us. » 12/17/12 11:00am 12/17/12 11:00am

This Interface Could Actually Turn Your iPad Into a Killer Portable…

We're skeptical of all of the cheap gadgets out there that claim to turn the iPad into a portable studio capable of "professional" recordings. If you've ever used professional gear you know those claims are misleading at best. But this little interface looks like it could be a winner. » 9/07/12 3:40pm 9/07/12 3:40pm

How Auto-Tune and Digital Recording Suck the Life Out of Music

For the bedroom musician, recording was a pain until software gave them an option that was fast, flexible and sonically indistinguishable to the untrained ear. Then the pros went crazy with all of that power and turned making music into a mad science of sonic construction. » 3/02/12 11:00pm 3/02/12 11:00pm

Lost Coves: Iceberg Firebird (Live)

Meet Lost Coves. I'm always at a loss for how to describe them. Experimental stoner rock? Hallucinogenic post-punk crash and bang? I'm not good with genres. What I know is that Lost Coves create soundscapes that suck you in. » 11/20/11 4:12pm 11/20/11 4:12pm

The Age of the $600 TiVo Is Nearly Upon Us

When they write TiVo's obituary, the last paragraph will be devoted to the Premiere Elite, a DVR that may cost more than your average 32-inch TV. But it recorded four channels at once, they'll cry. And we'll all solemnly nod our heads, and shrug, and immediately forget. » 8/12/11 4:59pm 8/12/11 4:59pm

What People Look Like When They're Using the Computer

Kyle McDonald, an artist, installed software that would grab pictures of people's faces while they were using a public computer. It's sorta creepy and invasive but also gives a unique look at how weird you look when you're on the computer. » 7/05/11 3:20pm 7/05/11 3:20pm

Google Honors Les Paul With A Recordable Guitar Doodle

Google created an interactive doodle that commemorates legendary guitarist Les Paul who was born on this date (June 9) in 1915. The doodle is a virtual guitar that lets you play a tune and save it for posterity. You can use your keyboard or mouse to compose your ditty, but you may have to live in the US to take part.… » 6/09/11 1:14am 6/09/11 1:14am

iRig Mic Makes iPhone Audio Recording Not-Horrible (Updated)

Your iPhone is a wonderful point-and-shoot cam, and grabs pretty solid HD video. Not so solid? The audio, unless you're recording something an inch away from you in a soundproof chamber. iRig's mic gives you pro-quality sound, mobilized. » 3/25/11 10:20am 3/25/11 10:20am

Twenty Years After Rodney King, Nothing Goes Unseen

Twenty years ago today, Rodney King was savagely beaten by a team of LAPD officers during a DUI arrest. The act itself was horrific—but affected only one man. What thundered across the country was, rather, amateur video footage of the act. In 1991, the act was an unspeakable sight. In 2011, it's unthinkable that we… » 3/03/11 7:00pm 3/03/11 7:00pm

Recording a Police Officer Could Get You 15 Years in Jail

Citizens recording their public interactions with police sure seems like the kind of thing that would prevent corruption, harassment and bad behavior by cops. Just don't do it in Illinois, where it's punishable by up to 15 years in prison. » 1/24/11 3:40am 1/24/11 3:40am

PSA: Please Turn Your Damn Cellphone Sideways When Recording Video

With more and more cellphone videos showing up online, such as the following one showing what happens if you drive up a steep hill that's covered in ice, I think it's time for a PSA in video. Turn. Your. Phone. Sideways. » 11/23/10 2:40pm 11/23/10 2:40pm

What Not To Do in Kanye West's Studio

Kanye West loves Twitter! But he doesn't want you Tweeting when you're hanging out in his Hawaii studio. Or viewing negative blogs. Or taking photographs, playing acoustic guitar, or wearing hipster hats, for that matter. » 11/22/10 3:40pm 11/22/10 3:40pm