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July 17, 2009

MTV launching new track upload feature for Rock Band

Create Your Own Rock Band Tracks | GameLife | Wired.com This will be awesome. In a nutshell: bands and labels will be able to author tracks, pass them on to the developers at Harmonix to review, and then get them loaded to the Rock Band servers. The bands will split the proceeds with the devs. I've been lamenting the lack of any new good tracks for Rock Band. I think I know now where they've been hiding.
In late August, Harmonix will launch an open beta of the Rock Band Network, which will work with Microsoft’s XNA Creators Club to let musicians create and sell their own tracks on the Rock Band platform. Harmonix plans to recruit and train an army of designers and reviewers from the Xbox indie development community who will create and peer-review the tracks before passing them on to Harmonix for final submission. This is not, as in Activision’s “GH Tunes” feature for Guitar Hero, about creating MIDI music using pre-canned sounds. You’re taking the stems from a ProTools session, the original recorded music, and turning it into a track that is indistinguishable from Harmonix’s own work. In an extensive interview with Billboard, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos says that he expects both indie bands and major labels to use this service. Currently, Harmonix can only create about 10 new songs per week for Rock Band. By opening the process up, major labels that want to get in on the act can instead choose to have the community of Harmonix-trained indie developers work on their songs — or hire their own in-house staff of song creators.

US Videogame Sales Slid Again

The Raw Story | US videogame sales slid again in June: NPD
US videogame sales in June slid for the fourth consecutive month as the previously recession-defying industry yielded ground to tough economic times, according to NPD Group. Videogame sales of 1.17 billion dollars in June were 31 percent less than those in the same month a year earlier, the greatest such drop since 2000, the industry-tracker reported. "This is one of the first months where I think the impact of the economy is clearly reflected in the sales numbers," NPD analyst Anita Frazier said in a statement.

July 14, 2009

CSS Fairies Just Granted Fritz's Number 1 Web Design Wish

" href="http://www.slate.com/id/2222745/pagenum/all/#p2">Typography on the Web is basic and dull....

July 13, 2009

Slick Crypto Progress Coming out of IBM

Schneier on Security: Homomorphic Encryption Breakthrough The breakthrough is a...

Apart from the Paranoia Triggers, This is Quite a Nice Hack

BBC NEWS | Technology | Snooping through the power socket...

July 11, 2009

Pretty Lil Twitter Visualization Tool

Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations. Now with added prettiness! What...

July 09, 2009

Hulu Video Downloader Saves Your Favorite Shows for Offline Enjoyment

Hulu Video Downloader Saves Your Favorite Shows for Offline Enjoyment - Hulu - Lifehacker
Windows only: Hulu Video Downloader is a free application that saves Hulu videos to your desktop and converts them to virtually any popular, device-friendly format you might want—at least in theory. Just copy and paste the URL to any Hulu video you want to download into the Hulu Video Downloader application and click Add. The application itself is kind of horrendous in the looks department, but you shouldn't judge a software by its chrome. Unfortunately I had some trouble getting the actual application to work in my tests (kept sticking at the Please Wait notification); I decided to go ahead and post it with a your-mileage-may-vary disclaimer, since it would be a great app to have on hand if it did work, and you may have more luck than I did.

July 01, 2009

Flickr adds new Twitter functionality

Flickr2Twitter: Flickr Enters the Twitter Stream Goodbye, Twitpic, you were fun while you lasted.
Flickr has just released their long awaited feature for posting photos to Twitter. It’s been in beta over the past few weeks, but now it’s live for everyone. It’s not exactly like other photo tweeting services like TwitPic (Twitpic), which lets you sign-in using your Twitter account. To use Flickr2Twitter, you first need to sign-in to Flickr, and then authorize the service to post to your Twitter account, which can be done from your settings page.

June 30, 2009

How To: Make Your Own Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen