Mevo is the first camera with live Facebook video


Facebook is making it easier to stream live video from any device, but what about getting one of those devices? Don’t worry, as Livestream is stepping up to the plate. It just revealed that Mevo (formerly Movi) is the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. The move not only simplifies the process of hopping online, but gives you a wide audience right from the get-go — anyone who follows you on Facebook. Of course, you can still share directly through Livestream (other services are in the pipeline) if you’re not tied to one social network.

Aside from that, the Mevo’s selling point is its smart, on-the-fly editing. The 4K cam automatically detects objects (such as faces) and lets you switch between virtual camera angles either on its own or manually, through the mobile app. If everything goes smoothly, it’ll look like you have an elaborate multi-camera setup even when you’re the only person in the room. The big catch is simply the battery life: you’re limited to an hour of recording unless you get an add-on that brings another 10 hours.

Livestream’s camera ships in July for a hefty $399, although you can save $100 if you pre-order it now. That’s expensive if you’re just looking to document your personal adventures (you’re probably better off using only your phone). Mevo is more for video bloggers, businesses and anyone else that wants to produce professional-looking live video without a studio’s worth of equipment.

Via: Business Insider

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The “Addictive Personality” Is Mostly a Myth


You’ve probably heard the phrase “addictive personality” tossed around before. The general idea is that some people are more prone to addiction because of their personality traits. This is a bit misleading, though, and SciShow explains why.

The video explains that yes, there are some factors (mostly genetics and environment) that can make someone more likely to develop addiction problems. And, yes, there’s a correlation between some personality traits and addiction, too. However, there’s no causation. As SciShow explains, the relationship between addiction and personality is complex.

Addictions involve a lot of different factors…and they’re all tangled together in ways that researchers may never perfectly sort out. The concept of an addictive personality came into vogue in the early 1980s after the National Research Council published a book about addiction and included a chapter about what so-called personality factors might relate to addiction. The author of that chapter was Dr. Allen Lang, a psychology professor who reviewed lots of previous research and conducted his own studies into alcoholism and drug addiction. He concluded, and I quote, “there is no single unique personality entity that is a necessary and sufficient condition for substance abuse.”

While Lang’s research found there were certain traits that addicts had in common, it doesn’t signify a cause and effect relationship. In other words, it doesn’t show that those traits lead to addiction.

In short, there is a relationship between addiction and personality, but it’s a complicated one that can’t be chalked up to the phrase “addictive personality.” Check out the video for a full explanation.

Is There Such a Thing As An Addictive Personality? | SciShow (YouTube)

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Review: Boosted Board Dual+ flourishes in the streets of NYC


L1130585 I’m not the only one who thinks this way about riding a piece of bamboo with wheels and a motor. YouTube personality and entrepreneur Casey Neistat made it his main form of transportation around the city. If you’re a daily watcher of his vlogs, then you’re all too familiar with the Boosted Board, specifically this exact model. Price as reviewed: $1,499 at Boosted… Read More

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‘Textalyzer’ Wants to Be a Breathalyzer For Your Cellphone

'Textalyzer' Wants to Be a Breathalyzer For Your Cellphone

Distracted driving is a problem up there with drinking and driving, but with a problem for cops: Snapchat scores can’t be determined by smelling someone’s breath. A solution proposed in draft New York legislation would solve that, using a roadside phone analyzer.

The bill “provides for the field testing for use of mobile telephones and portable electronic devices while driving after an accident or collision”—after being involved in an accident, a driver would have to submit their phone for roadside testing, or face an automatic suspension of their license.

That testing would be done anonymously, using a device that would only look at metadata. The actual content of a message, picture, or game would not be revealed.

It’s unclear exactly how the technology would work, given the difficulty police currently have with unlocking cellphones. Some usage data can be extracted from cloud backups, but it’s almost impossible to imagine a solution that would work consistently with every cellphone, running every version of software.

Israeli firm Cellebrite, which is rumored to have had some part in unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, already has a device that claims to be able to pull call logs and contacts from devices in the field. The firm also told Ars Technica that it “looks forward to supporting DORCs and law enforcement–both in New York and nationally to curb distracted driving.”

Assuming the technology works—which is a big assumption—the proposed bill actually sounds pretty good. As it currently stands, a driver under suspicion of distracted driving will be under extreme pressure to unlock their phone to prove their innocence, giving officers full access to everything on a handset. A new system that took the investigative duties away from the officer and into the hands of an unbiased machine sounds surprisingly good.

[Ars Technica]

from Gizmodo

Here’s why Led Zeppelin is going to court over ‘Stairway to Heaven’


Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

Two members of British rock band Led Zeppelin will go to court in Los Angeles on May 10 over a copyright dispute regarding the song "Stairway to Heaven."

The case against Led Zeppelin comes from a trustee for the estate of a member of American rock band Spirit, who released a song named "Taurus" in 1968.

Michael Skidmore, representing the estate of Spirit member Randy Wolfe, claims that Led Zeppelin copied the introduction of "Taurus" and transformed that into the opening section of "Stairway to Heaven."

Led Zeppelin denies the claim and asked a Los Angeles judge to issue a summary ruling on the case, but it was only granted in part. That means the case will go to court.

One member of Led Zeppelin is already off the hook

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin’s bass and keyboard player, is no longer a defendant in the trial. The Los Angeles judge granted Led Zeppelin’s request for a summary judgment in regards to dismissing the suit against Jones and also against Warner Music.

There have been some pretty wild claims

Skidmore accused Led Zeppelin of "falsification of Rock n’ Roll history." That’s a pretty big claim, but it’s also difficult to prove legally. An April 8 decision by the Los Angeles judge says that the "plaintiff presents an inventive—yet legally baseless—claim … The Court has diligently searched but is unable to locate any cognizable claim to support this theory of liability."

It’s only about a specific part of both songs

Skidmore’s lawsuit specifically accuses Led Zeppelin of copying the introduction to "Taurus." Both sides of the case called expert witnesses to examine the musical structure of the songs. It all boils down to two letters: A and B. "Taurus" starts with an "AABAAB" structure, while "Stairway to Heaven" has an "AABAABAA" structure. 

In order to persuade the judge to grant him damages, Skidmore had to demonstrate that there was a "striking similarity" between "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven." But the Los Angeles judge decided that the songs were not close enough to rule on, but that they were similar enough that it should go to trial.

If you wanted to compare the two tracks yourself, you can listen to them below. First up is "Taurus" from 1968, then "Stairway to Heaven" from 1971:

It all comes down to whether Led Zeppelin had "access" to the song they’re accused of copying

Skidmore didn’t manage to prove that there’s a striking similarity, so now he has to show the jury that Led Zeppelin knew about "Taurus" and heard it before they wrote "Stairway to Heaven" in 1971. Led Zeppelin and Spirit shared festival bills three times between 1968 and 1970, and Skidmore says that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant socialised with the band after a Spirit show.

Led Zeppelin deny that they heard "Taurus" before 1971. Guitarist Jimmy Page said in a deposition that the nature of music festivals mean that the time spent preparing for shows and moving equipment means he never heard Spirit perform. Robert Plant says he couldn’t have gone to the pub with Spirit — as one band member claims — because the pubs in England closed before the shows they played ended, according to the deposition.

Funnily enough, Page recently discovered that he owns a copy of Spirit’s debut album. But he says that he owns "several thousand albums" and, "like a book collector," he doesn’t listen to them all.

The Los Angeles judge didn’t find Skidmore’s evidence about access convincing. On April 8, he wrote: "the Court finds that Plaintiff has not proffered sufficient evidence to raise a triable issue of fact that Led Zeppelin members had direct access to Taurus." 

However, the court does acknowledge that there is "a factual dispute" on the issue of whether Led Zeppelin heard "Taurus" or not, so that will go to trial on May 10.

The man whose estate is suing Led Zeppelin once said Led Zeppelin could have the beginning of Taurus "without a lawsuit"

Wolfe gave an interview in 1991 when he was asked about the similarity between "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven." According to court documents, Wolfe said that members of Led Zeppelin "used to come up and sit in the front row of all [Spirit’s] shows and became friends[,] and if they wanted to use [Taurus], that’s fine," and also "I’ll let [Led Zeppelin] have the beginning of Taurus for their song without a lawsuit."

But Wolfe’s estate claims that he actually he did want to sue Led Zeppelin, and an entertainment lawyer named Linda Mensch claims that he visited her in the nineties asking about how a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin would work, according to court documents. The Los Angeles court decided that Wolfe’s 1991 statement doesn’t constitute abandoning his right to copyright over the song "Taurus."

You can read the judge’s full order that sent the case to trial here:

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