We just saw the ‘computer of the future,’ and it’s one of the best gadgets at CES this year

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Razer has a history of bold experimentation. At last year’s CES tech industry trade show in Las Vegas, Razer showed off an outlandish three-screen gaming laptop concept that was a bit too crazy to end up in consumers’ hands.

This year, however, Razer’s concept product is somewhat tame, but in a good way. In fact, the San Francisco-based gaming company may very well have figured out how we’ll be using computers in the not-too-distant future.

Razer’s "Project Linda" is essentially a docking station for its Razer Phone smartphone that turns it into a laptop with a 13.3-inch display and keyboard that can also charge the phone.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Check it out:

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new 146-inch TV called ‘The Wall’ can change sizes

The concept is that smartphones will become the only device you’ll ever need for leisure and productivity.

You can do the basic stuff with your smartphone, like perusing the web, social media, and apps. And when you need to be more productive — writing long emails or documents and switching among multiple browser tabs — you can place the Razer Phone into Project Linda to benefit from a larger screen and keyboard.

Project Linda is a docking station for the Razer Phone that takes the form and has the functionality of a laptop. It’s genius.

The phone fits in an enclosure where you’d usually find a laptop’s trackpad.

Once in the enclosure, a simple button press extends a USB-C connector into the Razer Phone’s USB-C port — and just like that, you have a laptop.

I’ve seen a dock that lets you connect a smartphone to a monitor and run apps as you would on a computer.

But with Project Linda, the dock, like a laptop, has everything you need in one portable package.

This has been done before — but the Palm Foleo in 2007 never shipped, and 2011’s Motorola Atrix, which had a laptop dock as well, was a total failure.

The phone acts as a trackpad.

Unlike with the Palm Foleo and the Motorola Atrix, the Razer Phone’s screen acts as the trackpad in Project Linda, and it worked well when I tried it at CES 2018.

It’s incredibly responsive to your finger movements and feels just like your laptop’s trackpad, albeit much smoother because of the phone’s glass display.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Work During Your Hours of Peak Productivity

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With 2018 here, you’ve probably got a list of resolutions you’d like to keep, goals you’re itching to accomplish, and habits you’d love to cement into your daily routine. Of course, these monumental tasks and projects will take some time, but it’s better to know when you’re most likely to get them done to keep yourself from struggling on a huge task at the end of the workday. The reason? According to Redbooth, a project management software developer, your productivity isn’t constant throughout the week, or even throughout the day. If running out of steam when five o’clock rolls around sounds like a part of your routine, don’t fret: it’s part of being human.

After anonymizing and analyzing the productivity habits of its “hundreds of thousands” of users and their collective 28 million completed tasks over a two year period, Redbooth discovered some interesting patterns related to when people got work done. 11 a.m. is the most productive hour according to Redbooth’s data, when nearly 10% of the day’s tasks are marked as completed. So if you’re hoping to get some high priority tasks out of the way before you run out of steam, you’re better off taking care of it before the lunchtime rush.

After that? Productivity declines and fewer tasks are completed as the day’s end approaches. By 4 p.m.,very little gets done, and the percentage of completed tasks drops precipitously. Mondays are the most productive days, while everyone waits for the weekend on Friday, making it the least productive day of the week.

Winter Isn’t Great For Getting Things Done

While people become more productive as the year goes on, that comes to a peak around October,. Once November hits, however, you can say goodbye to your normal number of accomplished tasks. Whether it’s due to an approaching winter, the upcoming holiday season, or mood changes caused by the decreasing sunlight, you’re probably not getting as much work done as usual (along with everyone else in your office).

When in Doubt, Find Your Own Performance Schedule

Redbooth’s findings aside, not everyone fits the mold when it comes to finding their most productive hour. Night owls especially might find it hard to fit into a normal workday schedule if they’re most productive when the sun goes down. You can alleviate the potential timing issues by automating particular tasks, or handling more in-depth projects during the evening when your productivity is at its peak. Tactics like the Pomodoro technique also help in keeping you focused by building in breaks after each session of focused work.

People without a traditional 9-to-5 gig can keep track of their most productive hours using an app like Rescuetime, or by keeping a running list of your completed tasks and accomplishments throughout the day. Just don’t expect to maintain that steady pace when you’re at your peak performance level. You’re only human.

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This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

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We saw a small mountain of cool stuff at CES this week, but this one is still on my mind a few days later.

It’s a ring you wear while playing a MIDI keyboard. By wavering your hand or sliding your fingers up the keys, you can change the vibrato or intensity of your notes. It’s an effect perhaps best demonstrated on video:

Note the way his hand gestures impact the sound. It reminds me a bit of ROLI’s Seaboard, but with a standard MIDI keyboard.

Built by a small team out of France called Enhancia, the ring has nine integrated sensors that pick up your gestures and send them back to a hub plugged into your keyboard. The prototype they had on display was wired, but the Enhancia team says it should be fully wireless by the time it ships.

The Enhancia team says they expect to show up on Kickstarter by March… alas, they haven’t figured out the pricing just yet.

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Beginner Photography Mistakes to Avoid

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When you’re just starting out in photography there are so many things to learn it can be overwhelming. Here are two videos with some tips on common photography mistakes and how to avoid them.

Mistakes to avoid as a beginning photographer

This video by Serge Ramelli will give you 6 things to avoid doing as you start out in photography.

  1. Shooting during the daytime instead of sunset or sunrise.
  2. Not using an ND filter when shooting the ocean.
  3. Not using a tripod for night photography.
  4. Putting too many elements in your photo, not telling the story well.
  5. Shooting JPG instead of Raw.
  6. Not using Lightroom or its presets.

10 More beginner mistakes to avoid

If you’ve got those things covered, here are 10 more beginner mistakes to avoid including:

  1. Forgetting something at home.
  2. Not arriving early enough to the shooting location.
  3. Not scouting the location ahead of time.
  4. Shooting in the wrong lighting (see mistake #1 above from Serge!).
  5. Not moving around enough.
  6. Images that aren’t sharp (use a tripod, etc.)
  7. Going home too early. Stay later than you planned.
  8. Forgetting to set your camera back to zero (default settings, ISO, exposure compensation, etc.)
  9. Don’t worry so much about shooting in Manual mode.
  10. Not getting close enough to the subject, being too shy.

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Ableton Live 10 now in public beta; here’s what you need to know

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Electronic musicians have been living with the idea of Live 10 for a while. Now, the actual software is available in a public beta. Here’s how it works.

Who can join the public beta?

You need a registered copy of Ableton Live 9 Standard or Live 9 Suite. Earlier versions and entry level/bundled versions of the software don’t qualify.

How do I join in?

Ableton uses bug tracker Centercode to share current in-development testing builds of their software, and to collect data on how you’re using it. If you have one of those Live 9 serials, you can sign up directly:

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Why is it a public beta?

Ableton say they use this stage of the process to collect data on how you’re using the software and how stable it is. So, they are actively looking for bugs.

Back in the day, that meant you had to write extensive reports for developers to know what wasn’t working in the software. Now, a lot of that process is automated (though if you encounter some very specific bug, for instance with a particular third-party setup, you may want to write some report to Ableton).

Is it stable?

Okay, officially, it’s beta software, so strictly speaking it isn’t as stable as a finished release.

But Ableton betas are unique, in that certified trainers, some members of the press (hi there), Ableton employees, and some artists have been using Live 10 since the fall. I’ve probably opened Live 9 only a couple of times since September, and have played with Live 10 onstage and finished tracks in it.

Just be advised that any really essential files you’ll want to keep in Live 9; once you save as a Live 10 file, you can’t go back. And you can keep Live 9 and Live 10 installed side-by-side on the same machine. I’ve done that on both my Mac and PC and intend to leave it that way until Live 10 ships (and maybe a few months after).

Where can I find out what’s new?

Our monster guide covers pretty much everything:

Ableton Live 10 in depth: hands-on impressions, what’s new

Plus Tom Cosm has an extensive video walkthrough at the bottom of that post, and a handy, printable quick reference guide to shortcuts and new features – which is great for getting more productive in the refreshed Arrange view!

I’ll do an updated round-up of videos next week, and you can expect more guides in words (because reading is cool) around the release.

What’s up with Max?

Live 10 also includes the new version of Cycling ’74 Max/MSP, Max 8. Cycling haven’t revealed all of the new features in Max 8, and in particular what hard-core Max users will get from the authoring tool, but a pre-release version of Max 8 is shipping with Live 10 – meaning Ableton and Cycling ’74 are testing the new generation of each of their products at the same time.

That’s one small step in the direction we confirmed Ableton and Cycling intended to take as the two companies merged efforts:

Exclusive: Ableton acquires Max maker Cycling ’74; what you need to know

A conversation with David Zicarelli and Gerhard Behles

What’s the best feature that no one would immediately imagine is the best feature?

Drum Buss. (Search your feelings: you know it to be true.)

Enjoy the beta.

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This Is The First Thing Most Self-Made Millionaires Do Each Morning When They Wake Up

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If you aren’t paying attention to the lives and habits of self-made millionaires then you’ve got the wrong idols, bro. These are the people who have amassed fortunes out of nothing. Who worked their way up from the bottom into the 1%, America’s financial elite.

By studying the steps that self-made millionaires take on their paths towards success we can gain an understanding of what it takes to do it ourselves. Author Tom Corley spoke with Business Insider about the one thing most self-made millionaires do when they first wake up in the morning. Corley called it an ‘investment’ but that seems a little bit misleading here since we’re dancing around the topic of Finance. But the ‘investment’ he is referring to is something that almost every self-made millionaire does each morning to enrich his or her life. Here’s what he had to sya:

Here’s the transcript from Business Insider YouTube:

Tom Corley: What I found in my research is that in the morning, this is where self-made millionaires really create a lot of their wealth. They invest in themselves in the morning and what do they do? They do things like meditation. They do things like brainstorming — they’re brainstorming over obstacles, problems, issues that they are having either in pursuing their dreams or their goals or in their business or in their career.
They’re also reading what I call facts. They’re studying facts. And the reason to why they study the facts is they do this so that they can maintain their knowledge base and improve their knowledge base. They’re also trying to read uplifting, motivational, inspirational things to get them in the right mindset and this is so important. I’ve mentioned several times in my articles, if you have a positive mental outlook, then you have a greater chance of being successful in life and in order to get that positive mental outlook, sometimes you got to do certain things to put you over the top and one of them is meditation, the other one is reading inspirational, uplifting information. (via)

I recently downloaded the ‘Headspace’ app. It’s a meditation app which takes 3 minutes every day. Until I started using this app I always thought that meditation was VooDoo nonsense. That it was just a way for needy people to take a break each day. Now that I’m using Headspace I’m realizing that you actually gain a ton of clarity in your daily life when you are able to train your mind to shut out all the chatter for moments at a time. If you’re not using Headspace yet I’d encourage you to give a shot and then come back here to tell me what you think!

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