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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 163, featuring LSD, STS9, Explosions In The Sky, + more

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.  The 1975’s broody synth-pop ballad, “Somebody Else” uncorks this week’s Sunday sonic tonic. Lay back as the track funnels […]

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How Do I Use a Smart Speaker Without an Assistant Spying on Me?

Since this is the last Lifehacker tech-advice column before that big gift-giving day next week, it’s only fitting that this week’s question comes from a reader who needs a little help picking up a present for himself. Multiple presents, actually—and he doesn’t want any companies to spy on him after he’s set them up.Read more… […]

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How to Set Up Bluetooth in an Older Car (or a Newer, Fussier Car)

Maybe you bought a brand-new phone; maybe your phone just went through a major OS update. Either way, the result is the same: you can’t connect it via Bluetooth to your older car anymore, which means you’ve lost the ability to rock out, enrich yourself with podcasts, or make hands-free calls.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App

iOS: One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your […]

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You Can Now Use Wireless Headphones With Your Nintendo Switch Thanks to This Dongle

If your smartphone of choice has forced you to upgrade to wireless headphones, you probably hate having to swap them out for a corded pair when you want to play your Nintendo Switch with a little privacy. The portable console doesn’t come with Bluetooth, but a tiny dongle called the Genki does, theoretically making it…Read […]

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Let Ben Folds Teach You How to Rock in Garageband 10.3

Mac: GarageBand, Apple’s free virtual music studio, recently updated its Mac version to include free lessons from your favorite singers, songwriters, and rocking-outers. With these Artist Lessons, as Apple calls them, you’ll be able to learn a new instrument from some of the best around—including piano legend Ben…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Get Started in Google’s New Podcasts App

Android: There are plenty of people who don’t need bells and whistles when an easy-to-understand, well-designed app will do. And that’s my impression of Google’s new Podcasts app—teased for some time and finally made available for download as of yesterday.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Turn Your Mac into a Simple Sound Recorder

Mac: Sometimes, an app doesn’t have to do a lot to be incredibly useful. And that’s exactly why I like Simple Recorder. As its name implies, it allows you to turn your Mac into a miniature sound-recording machine, whether you’re looking to capture the noise blasting out of your speakers or the sounds of wherever […]

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Five Best Audiobook Services

If you’re looking for a great way to fit more books into your life, try picking up an audiobook. You can listen to it on your commute, on vacation, or just at home while you’re doing other things. Or, better yet, sign up for a service that gives you access to a ton of books […]

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We’re Mission to Zyxx, and This Is How We Work

Mission to Zyxx might be the best podcast. This science fiction comedy—a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—that leans on original jokes instead of references, is definitely the best of the current wave of fictional podcasts, partly because of its unique process. The cast improvises…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Which Audiobook Service(s) Do You Love?

Minor confession time. I have never listened to an audiobook. Music? Of course. Podcasts? When I’m driving, definitely. But an audiobook? I’m a bit of a speed reader, and I feel like I would just get bored hearing someone narrate text—even Benedict himself.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The True Story of How Laurel Became Yanny

the beginning, the laurel-or-yanny clip said laurel and nothing but laurel. Here is the original version of the clip, recorded by an opera singer working for Vocabulary.com. Chances are, you’ll hear it as laurel too. Let’s compare it to the viral clip and we’ll see exactly what changed, and why half of us hear the…Read […]

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Head to Head to Head with Three Add-On Headphone Mics

Weary of constantly swapping out my favorite headphones with a gaming headset for multiplayer games, I took a look at three great add-on mics. Depending on your setup and preferences, one of these premium mics will have you serving and receiving salt without sacrificing sweet audio quality or comfort.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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How to Customize Whether Windows Uses Speakers or Headphones for Each App

For many of you, a single pair of speakers or headphones is all you probably need for your desktop or laptop system. For others, rocking out, gaming, and listening to movies is a constant battle with Windows over which connected audio device the operating system should use to blast noise.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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