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Want To Record Audio On Your Mac?

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Your Mac computer is packed with plenty of useful in-built features, many of which are used by professionals to accomplish their specialized tasks. However, there is one piece of software that your Mac doesn’t normally come with – the advanced and specialized software that can capture audio on your Mac without distorting it in the process. Yes, there are plenty of third-party tools available on the web. In fact, the Internet is cluttered with them, but most of them promise a lot and don’t deliver. These often come bundled with a host of malware and adware that you would rather live without.

With Movavi Screen Capture Studio, you are now able to capture audio and video on your Mac without any strings attached. It doesn’t matter if it’s your own voice, audio streams or just plain old system sounds – if your Mac can play it, Movavi can record it.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t some specialized software that can already accomplish this, but they have a prohibitively difficult learning curve that an average user simply doesn’t have the time for. Movavi gives you the skill set of a professional audio engineer without going through the pain and hassle of learning all the tools of the trade. For more information, you can visit www.movavi.com/support/how-to/mac/capture-system-sounds-on-mac.html.

So how does Movavi Screen Capture Studio help you, again? Just follow these instructions:

Step 1) Installing the Software

The first step is to download and run the installer. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to install Movavi Screen Capture Studio in a directory of your choice.

Step 2) Running the Software

Once the software has been properly installed, run it and click on “Record Screen” when prompted. This mode lets you record all the sound that is outputted from your Mac, including songs from streaming services, microphone output and other sources of audio. If you prefer to capture isolated audio from the microphone only, you can choose the “Record audio” option to stop other sources.

Step 3) Adjusting the Audio Capture Settings

The “Record Screen” button will reveal a window with what looks like a recording frame. You don’t need this frame for audio purposes. Instead, ensure that that “System Audio” is activated if you want to capture all audio output from your Mac in an unadulterated form. To capture only audio, you can click on the “Microphone” button.

Step 4) Recording the Audio

Once you have configured your settings, it is time to start playing the audio that you want to capture. Once you are ready, click on the “REC” button. This will reveal two buttons, “Pause” and “Stop”, to let you control the recording process. Alternatively, you can also press the hotkeys 1 and 2 for pause and stop respectively.

Step 5) Saving the Audio Clip

A preview window will let you replay the audio clip. From here, you can also adjust the length of the audio recording process. Movavi Screen Capture Studio captures the ongoing screen as well, but you can discard the video and save the recording as an audio file.

Simply click on “Save As” and select the “MP3” format – or similar audio formats – in the pop-up export window. Now click “Save”.

Step 6) Editing Your Audio

Movavi Screen Capture Studio is a highly versatile tool that also lets you edit the audio track. To do this, simply select the timeline and double-click on it. You can adjust several settings on the popup “Audio” window. Some of these options include:

  • Changing the volume
  • Altering the tempo
  • Removing noise
  • Overlaying extra audio effects

Once you are satisfied with the changes, you should proceed by saving the results. Click on the “Export” button. This will reveal the export window once more. Open the “Save Audio File” button and select your preferred audio format. Now press on “Start” to activate processing.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio helps you capture the ongoing screen activity as well, giving you 100% lossless audio and video quality which normally doesn’t require any post-processing with advanced audio software.

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Amazon Turns Up The Heat This Holiday Season With Free Shipping For All

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This holiday season, Amazon wants you to skip the crowded malls and stores and instead shop for your loved ones from the comfort of your home. And for the first time ever, they’ve rolled out free shipping, not just for Prime members, but for EVERYONE!

In the past, if you wanted free shipping from Amazon, you would have to spend a minimum of $25, which usually meant adding something else to your cart that you really didn’t want/need. But in light of growing competition from Walmart, Target, and other e-tailers, they’re offering free shipping with no purchase minimum on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas.

“This holiday, customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas, including items from Amazon’s expertly curated Gift Guides across electronics, fashion, home and toys,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon.

Plus, tens of millions of Prime members can shop with FREE Same-Day Delivery, which is now available on more than three million items; the largest same-day selection in the US including the best gifts like toys, electronics, home, fashion and everything you need this holiday.

Can’t decide to get that special someone on your list, you can never go wrong with an Amazon Gift Card. Right now, you can receive a $15 promotional credit applied to your account when you purchase at least $50 in Amazon Gift Cards, which is a pretty awesome deal.

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Protect Your Personal Information From Hackers With Hotspot Shield

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There’s no question that public Wi-Fi has made it easier than ever to stay connected when you are traveling. But what most people don’t realize is that free, unsecured Wi-Fi comes with its own set of risks, and that your personal information can be compromised if you’re not careful.

Case in point. A few months back, my wife ordered some shoes from an online retailer while at a coffee shop, never giving it much thought. But a few days later, she got a fraud alert from her credit card company, as someone was trying to use her credit card to buy a bunch of stuff.

Being that she didn’t use this credit card very often, it wasn’t too hard to trace this back to the coffee shop, and the fact that she was connected to their unsecure Wi-Fi network. For hackers, this is all it takes to them to access your bank info, passwords, and more.

Scary stuff, right? But luckily, there’s an easy way to protect yourself. Hotspot Shield secures your devices from hackers, allowing you to send encrypted data over previously unencrypted networks (like public Wi-Fi networks). But that’s not all it does.

Hotspot Shield

In addition, Hotspot Shield protects your privacy by making your online activities anonymous. Your ISP can’t see what sites your visiting, and no one can share or sell your private data. And Hotspot Shield provides unrestricted access to the internet from anywhere in the world, so you can stream shows or access social media even while abroad.

The folks at Hotspot Shield recently invited me to try out their service and share my thoughts on it. As someone who travels quite a bit for work, I’m constantly putting myself at risk by trusting the hotel’s public Wi-Fi with my various passwords (Gmail, Facebook, Comcast, etc), so I was only too happy to test this out for myself.

First impressions? Hotspot Shield is super easy to install, and in just a few steps, I was up and running. To ensure that it was working correctly, I went to WhatIsMyIP, and it displayed my masked IP and fake location rather than my real info. Afterwards, I ran a Speed Test to see if there were any effects on my connection, and it came back plenty fast. Nice!

It would have been handy to have Hotspot Shield last month when I was traveling overseas, as I found myself geo-blocked from sites on more than one occasion. But with Hotspot Shield, I would have been able to click on the “Browsing from” tab and choose a server in the United States, “tricking” the sites into thinking that I was somewhere else entirely.

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Overall, I couldn’t be happier with Hotspot Shield, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants privacy protection, Wi-Fi security, unrestricted access to content, and much more. Over 650 million users in 200 countries access the Internet securely with Hotspot Shield, and if you want that peace of mind in knowing that your connection is secure, then you should too!

Visit www.hotspotshield.com for more information and to get started for free today.


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hotspot Shield.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro Is One Sweet Phone.. Too Bad You Can’t Buy It

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If you’re in the market for a smartphone packed with all of the bells and whistles, your choices are the iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Unless you live in the United States that is, in which case you can scratch that last one off your list, as the Chinese smartphone maker isn’t welcome in the US anymore.

And that’s a shame, because Huawei makes some great phones. So much so that after nearly a decade of iPhone loyalty, I made the switch earlier this year to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. The phone takes amazing pictures (which is most important to me), and it comes packed with cutting-edge features.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Now, Huawei is raising the bar with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with an even greater focus on AI, a Leica Triple Camera, a new 7nm chipset, a larger 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This phone features a 6.39-inch curved OLED screen with a 3120 x 1440 resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio).

Perhaps the most noteworthy feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is that Leica Triple Camera, which houses a 40 MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270 mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras, while still small enough to fit in your pocket.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro features the Kirin 980 processor, which gives a huge improvement in both speed and power efficiency over the outgoing model (which was no slouch itself). It also allows the phone to step up it’s AI efforts. Real-time image processing can be done on video now, not just photos, while real-time object segmentation is more precise.

Besides superb performance, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features some big improvements on battery life. The smartphone’s large, high-density 4200 mAh battery supports SuperCharge, giving the device a 70% charge in 30 minutes. It also supports Wireless Quick Charge, along with Wireless Reverse Charge – where the phone acts as a power bank for other devices. Neat feature if you need to charge up your Bluetooth headphones or something.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Much like Face ID the iPhone XS, the Mate 20 Pro gets facial unlocking, which can be used not only to access your phone, but for specific software too. App Lock will allow you to secure individual apps, while File Cabinet will do the same thing but for files. In addition, the Mate 20 Pro gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing you to press your fingertip against a certain part of the screen to unlock your phone.

All in all, the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro sounds like quite the phone, at least based on its specs. But seeing as how we can’t go to our local Best Buy or AT&T store to play with it for ourselves, it’s an expensive gamble to order one from Amazon sight unseen. And therein lies the rub.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

What do you think of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

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