Grammy Award winning recording engineer Bruce Swedien received his first nomination in 1962 for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry," and Swedien went on to record and mix most of Michael Jackson's albums, including "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time. Swedien also worked with Donna Summer and has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammys.
If you're in business, you have to get used to criticism.
If you're in the gadget business, however, you're nobody unless Microsoft criticizes you.
What other conclusion can one reach after Redmond's assault on its various rivals?
Samsung, though, has been relatively free of Microsoft's barbed fire. Until now, that is.
For Microsoft has chosen the Thanksgiving weekend to give thanks that its own Surface RT … Read more
I know, times being what they are for the music business, it seems like a crazy, even contrarian thing to do. But Rough Trade just opened a 15,000-square-foot record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York. The store only sells new CDs and LPs, no used stuff, along with various music-related merch like books and magazines.
Rough Trade NYC is a big, wide-open, converted warehouse space -- it feels like it's been there for a long, long time. Rough Trade has a similar, but much smaller, shop in London, which opened in 2007, and it's doing fine. … Read more
Is it me or are the stores opening up for Black Friday shopping a lot earlier than ever before? I heard that one of the stores opened its doors at 5pm on Thanksgiving day with its "sweet door buster" deals, but is that really worth it? What are the extreme bargain hunters to do? Pick "deals" over friends and family on Thanksgiving?
Thankfully, I have rounded up some of the best deals out there as well as some exclusive deals just for Download.com users, so you don't have to choose deals over quality time … Read more
Congrats to Shea O. of Salt Lake City, Utah, for winning a Kanex Multi Sync Keyboard in last week's giveaway. You're not going to find a better Black Friday deal than this week's free prize, bargain hunters.
Sam's Club is offering up an 2.1-channel, 300-watt LG wireless sound bar that lets you squeeze bigger, richer sound from your home theater setup. In addition to a wireless subwoofer, the NB3532A has a Bluetooth feature so you can stream music from your smartphone and other enabled devices.
The audio system has a small footprint too, measuring just under 40 inches wide and weighing 17.7 lbs, so it will fit in just about any room where you like to blast your entertainment. … Read more
Here's what you need to know before Black Friday: All products that aren't from Microsoft and/or don't use Windows are substandard fakes created by arrogant, superficial children who smell bad even after a shower.
On the other hand, Microsoft's products are magical, revolutionary and filled with the sort of genius that is currently a touch underrated in a society that suffers from veneer disease.
This is the only conclusion to be reached by the latest spurts of advertising emerging from Microsoft.
First, there was the denigration of the Chromebook as "a brick."
Now, … Read more
3D-printed electric guitars and bass guitars are nothing new for Olaf Diegel, a design engineer and professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2011, he has been building gorgeously intricate custom electric instruments he calls ODD guitars using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing to craft the bodies.
He then adds a mahogany or maple wood core, a wooden neck, tuning pegs, a bridge, pickups, and controls for a fully playable instrument.
These guitars are available through Diegel's Web site, and now he's added two more to his range. The four will be played together live onstage at the EuroMold design fair in Frankfurt, Germany on December 3-6, by the "3D-printed Band" (band name subject to change). … Read more
Microsoft won't stop until Google's knees buckle and its egos bow.
The Redmond, Wash., company doesn't care if you don't like its attacks on its alleged rival, but it would prefer it if you'd at least wear a T-shirt that pretends you do.
There's no Google target that doesn't deserve spittle. The latest is the Chromebook.
The Chromebook is such a heap of insidious, useless technology that not even a pawnbroker will take it off your hands.
At least, this is the message of the new Scroogled ad from Redmond.
<A href=&… Read more
How many times has Microsoft tried to explain to you that iPads are terrible?
Well, if you've just been bought by Microsoft you might as well fall in line, might you not?
So here's a new ad for the Nokia Lumia 2520 that suggests that if you buy an iPad you are a drippy, paranoid numbskull who's never going to understand anything. Especially women.
Initially, our man tries to impress with his new tablet that's "thinner than a pencil." Now which tablet could that be?
But as his inner monologue reveals his true self, … Read more
There are so many things in life that render your feelings inert.
So, whatever your telephonic persuasion, I defy you to feel nothing on watching this work of (martial) art from Nokia.
Its apparent purpose is to help those who worry about taking the perfect photograph with their cell phones. It shows how to fight your way to the perfect camera position, in a revolutionary manner.
Please welcome the new martial art of Taekfoto.
Its master, Rez-Tu-Lo, explains: "You will have the moves you need to fight your way to the front row."
It is well-known that those … Read more