Teenage Engineering adds vocal and sampler options to pocket synth line


We’ve been massive fans of Teenage Engineering’s affordable pocket-sized synthesizers since their debut. The company has added new, more capable models over the last couple of years, too, adding more sounds to individual units and import/export capabilities. They’ve always come in at an impulse-friendly $60, though, until now. The new additions to the metal series — the PO-33 K.O! sampler and the PO-35 vocal sampler — not only comes in silver and copper, but they now cost a less-budget conscious $90.

The two new metal synths complement the existing gold-colored PO-32 drum machine for a trio of synthy goodness. The PO-35 speak voice synth and sequencer has a microphone for sampling anything you like, 120 seconds of memory for those samples, eight voice characters and the same number of effects, will let you transpose and change the scale of your sequences and includes replaceable drum sounds that you can buy separately. The PO-33 K.O! micro sampler has 40 seconds of memory, a built-in mic, eight slots for melodic samples and eight drum slots. It includes 16 effects.

All three Pocket Operator units have a microphone, sequencer, parameter locks, a built-in speaker and 3.5mm audio jack, jam sync to connect and use multiple devices, an animated LCD screen, a folding stand, a breakaway lock tab, and a clock and alarm. They’re all powered by two AAA batteries that should last you a month with a two-year standby time. The new $90 units are available for order now, with a shipping date of February 7th. You can also pick up all three in a bundle with cases and mini cables for $319.

Source: Teenage Engineering

from Engadget http://engt.co/2rFBwTL

Monkeys Cloned For The First Time Ever, Could Humans Be Next?


Two Monkeys Rhesus macaque


Humans may have taken a step closer towards cloning homo sapiens. On July 5, 1996, humans created Dolly the sheep, which was the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell. Since Dolly, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows, and ponies. Now, scientists have made a tremendous breakthrough; for the first time ever humans have cloned a primate. Two healthy monkeys were created in a lab and now it begs the question: “Is the next step cloning humans?”

Two identical long-tailed macaques were born eight and six weeks ago at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in China. However, there were several speed bumps along the way to creating the cloned monkeys. The process took 127 eggs and a total of 79 different transfer attempts to engineer the healthy cloned primates. The monkeys named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are the first to be produced using the single cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) process, which involves “transferring cell nucleus DNA to a donated egg cell that is then prompted to develop into an embryo, and is the same process used for Dolly the sheep.”

“The barrier of cloning primate species is now overcome,” said Muming Poo of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. Poo said the goal of his team’s work is to create lots of genetically identical monkeys for use in medical research because they’re the animal most like humans. Researchers could clone monkeys with the same cancers, diseases or certain genetic defects to study treatments. “You can produce cloned monkeys with the same genetic background except the gene you manipulated,” said Dr. Qiang Sun, the scientist who led the team that produced the research that was published in the journal Cell.

Poo said his research team has no intention of clone humans and believed the procedure for people would be banned by society for ethical reasons. But there could very well be other scientists or companies who may push the limits of cloning in humans to create human organs and even entire humans. There are numerous ethical and legal questions regarding cloning humans, while others argue that cloning could wipe out babies born with birth defects and even duplicate a dead child. When do we get Jurassic Park?


from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2rCtDyl

3 Ways to Access a Locked Car


Locking your keys in your car is one of those bone-headed moves we’re all bound to make at some point. No matter how smart or careful you are, mistakes happen. Knowing how to get back into your car without calling a locksmith is an opportunity to make up for your careless error. Depending on the type of door locks your car has, and on the tools and materials you have at your disposal, there are several methods you can try to get back into your vehicle. Below we highlight three of those methods. 

The String Method

The string method only works on cars that have post-style door locks. Furthermore, it only works on post door locks that have a small knob at the top that will allow a knot to grip them. If this is your car and you’ve got some string, you’re in luck.

The Wedge and Rod Method

Most effective on newer cars that have automatic door locks or buttons along the door’s armrest, the wedge and rod method is also the most likely to damage your door if done the wrong way. Take caution when wedging the door open to not put too much pressure on the window, causing it to break.

The Hanger Method 

Using a hanger is one of the most classic ways to get into your car. It’s especially effective for older cars using the method described here, but it can also be used as a rod for the wedge and rod method described above.

Illustrations by Ted Slampyak

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This Burger King video is the net neutrality explainer you never knew you needed


Burger King might seem like an unlikely source for a pretty darn good net neutrality explainer, but their new video is just that. 

In “Whopper Neutrality,” a Burger King rolls out a change in Whopper prices that gets customers pretty pissed. If they want their burgers immediately, they’ll have to pay more money; if they pay the basic Whopper price, they’ll have to wait.

“Whopper neutrality was repealed,” explains a restaurant worker. “They voted on it.”

The restaurant charges Whoppers in tiers of “MBPS,” or “Making Burgers Per Second,” with fast lanes and slow lanes. 

“My god! This is the worst thing I’ve ever heard of!” a distraught customer yells.

The video is intended to educate patrons and viewers about the FCC’s decision in December to repeal net neutrality. Thanks to that vote, internet providers will now be able to charge customers and companies more for faster access to certain websites. 

Many opposed this ruling, as does Burger King, it seems. The video drives users to a Change.org/SavetheNet. And in the video’s description, it writes:

“The Burger King brand believes the Internet should be like the Whopper sandwich: the same for everyone.”

Hear, hear.

from Mashable! http://on.mash.to/2DHJbps