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Scottish company invites Skoogists to get their grooves on

Initially developed for kids with disabilities, Edinburgh-based Skoogmusic has spent the last four years delivering its colorful and tactile Skoog digital music-making instrument to almost 2,000 schools around the world. Now the company is eyeing the consumer space with the development of version 2.0, which benefits from a much-reduced cost of entry, new mobile companion apps, wireless capabilities and battery-powered portability.Read More

Computers

Now you can use a key to get into your Google account

There's an increasing recognition that passwords alone are not going be an adequate form of online security in the future. Two-factor authentication can vastly improve security, by simply introducing a second means of verification alongside a password. Google's new USB Security Key does just that.Read More

Mobile Technology

Qimini Deuce mixes portable battery pack and wireless charger

Wireless charging is still a relatively new technology in the portable electronics arena, but it is rapidly gaining steam. As a result, plenty of companies are embracing it and making use of it in creative ways. Once such firm is Qimini, which is launching a wireless charging device called Deuce that also features its own battery packed in its tiny form factor, allowing it to charge devices without wires while on the go.Read More

Music

Linnstrument and the next revolution in instrumental virtuosity

Roger Linn's wildly successful LinnDrum drum machine was a big part of the computer-pop revolution that sucked the soul and humanity out of pop music in the 1980s. Now, he's part of a group of innovators desperately trying to get soul, expression and instrumental virtuosity back into pop music with a suite of next-generation instruments. The Linnstrument has been many years in the making, and it's now about to hit the market – a MIDI controller designed to give as much feel and expression as an acoustic instrument, but with the wild sonic possibilities available through today's synthesizers.Read More

Bicycles

Programmable Mybell gives your bike a voice of its own

A conventional bicycle bell might be a good way to alert pedestrians to your presence on a quiet suburban walkway, but when pedaling through bustling city streets there's a whole lot of other noise to contend with. Not satisfied with the one-size-fits-all approach to bicycle crash aversion, Brooklyn-based inventor Peter Pottier has developed Mybell, a programmable horn and light designed to give your bike its own unique warning system by loading it with just about any sound file you like. Read More

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