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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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Apple Unveiled Three Different iPhones. Which One Should You Buy?

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Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS MAX, iPhone XR

Every year, we look forward to Apple’s September event, where they unveil their new phones and gadgets. Most years have been fairly predictable, with either an all-new iPhone model or an iPhone “S” model being introduced.

But this year was a little different, as Apple unveiled not one, not two, but three new iPhones, making this year’s choice perhaps the hardest one to date.

In the past, I would simply upgrade my iPhone every two years when my contract was up for the newest iPhone (if I had an iPhone 6, I’d skip the iPhone 6S and upgrade to the iPhone 7), and I was usually able to do an even swap thanks to generous trade-in deals, so my out-of-pocket cost was pretty close to zero.

This time around, Apple’s Tim Cook introduced the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, three phones that look similar but have some key differences between them. Honestly, we were a little surprised by the decision to release 3 phones at once. But Apple wants to offer a specific model for every need. Here, we break down the different models for you:

The iPhone XS (“Ten S”) is the successor to the iPhone X, and it retains the same design, with a 5.8″ Super Retina HD display and edge-to-edge design, along with that dreaded notch at the top. As with most “S”, the phone gets some minor upgrades, with a more powerful A12 Bionic chip, dual 12-megapixel wide and telephoto cameras for even better photos, and a new 512GB capacity option. Pricing for the iPhone XS starts at $999.

The iPhone XS Max is essentially the same as the iPhone XS, only bigger, with a massive 6.5″ screen, making it the largest display yet on an iPhone. But thanks to it’s edge-to-edge display, it actually manages it in a smaller form factor than previous “plus size” models like the iPhone 8 Plus. Pricing for the iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099.

Apple iPhone XR

Last but not least is the iPhone XR, and this is where things get a little confusing. You see, the iPhone XR offers many of the same great features from the iPhone XS, with a slightly larger screen (6.1″), but at a significantly lower price, starting at just $749. So how’s it $250 cheaper? By cutting a few corners along the way. The iPhone XR uses aluminum for the frame, with 6 colors to choose from. In addition, the XR features an LCD screen (which Apple calls “Liquid Retina Display”), rather than the OLED of the XS/XS Max. It also comes with a single camera setup rather than dual lenses, though Portrait Mode is still supposed to work.

While the iPhone XR seems like a good deal, until we’re able to compare both phones side by side and see how different the two phones are, it’s really hard to make a decision one way or another. And to further complicate matters, Apple is releasing the iPhone XS and XS Max nearly a month before the XR.

In the end, I’m not sure if Apple made the right move giving people too many options like this. Only time will tell I guess.

What do you think of the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR phones?

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Yuneec Introduces Its All-New Portable Folding Drone, The Mantis Q

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Yuneec Mantis Q drone

If you’re in the market for a drone that won’t break the bank, you’ve got to check out the all-new Yuneec Mantis Q, which is now available for pre-order in the US for just $499.99.

But don’t let that low price tag fool you, as the Yuneec Mantis Q offers cutting edge, advanced drone features such as voice control and facial detection in an easy-to-use, ultra portable package that’s small enough to tuck away in a bag. It also delivers up to 33 minutes of battery life and autonomous flight modes with top speeds over 44 miles per hour.

Yuneec Mantis Q drone

“Consumers will find that the Mantis Q seamlessly integrates into everyday experiences, and they will appreciate the incredible energy efficient package that allows up to 33 minutes of flight time to help capture every moment,” said Michael Jiang, CEO of Yuneec International.

Indeed, the Yuneec Mantis Q is ideal for adventurers, families and drone enthusiasts thanks to its portability, ease-of-use and superior flight time. With the Mantis Q’s foldable arms, it’s small enough to fit in your backpack. And while the flying time is great, if you need even more time in the air, simply pick up an extra battery or two to extend your effective flight time.

Yuneec Mantis Q drone

With the Voice Control feature, users can command Mantis Q just by using their voice. Voice control allows you to take a photo or record video all without having to take your hands off of the controls, making it that much easier to capture the perfect shot. You can say things like “Take a picture”, “Record a video” and “Take a selfie”. Pretty cool, right?

Another notable feature of the Mantis Q is its Facial Detection and Gesture Control. Users simply smile at the drone to activate face detection and as soon as the Mantis Q “sees” the user’s face, it will take a photo from up to 13 feet away for the perfect selfie. And in Gesture Control mode, Mantis Q will detect a hand waving and it will take a photo.

Yuneec Mantis Q drone

Using the built-in camera, the Mantis Q records high resolution photos and videos, with photo resolution as high as 4800×2700 (16:9) or 4160×3120 (4:3), and video resolution up to 4K, with electronic stabilization on video up to Full HD (1920×1080). The camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20° or downwards by 90° during flight. For cinematic camera flights, the Mantis Q also comes with automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me.

We’ve talked about the Mantis Q’s ultra-portable design, but just how small is it? When folded together, it measures just 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 inches and weighs just 1 pound. The Mantis Q is the ideal companion for big and small adventures alike.

Want to see the Yuneec Mantis Q in action? Then check out the video above, which shows off the drone’s various features and shows you the amazing footage it can capture.

For more information or to place your pre-order, visit Yuneec.com.

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Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Watch, And More At Unpacked Event

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Samsung Galaxy Note9

Yesterday, we headed up to Brooklyn for Samsung UNPACKED, where the company unveiled the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note9, the latest in Samsung’s premium Note series, along with a few other surprises thrown in for good measure.

First on deck was the Galaxy Note9, which expands on the popular Note8 with a bigger screen, larger battery, massive storage space, faster processor, intelligent camera, and new S Pen. It’s clear that the Note9 is gunning for the iPhone X, and it’s got the specs to back it up. Pull up a chair while we break it all down for you.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 features the largest edge-to-edge displays ever on a Note, with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display and stereo speakers tuned by AKG, to provide a truly immersive experience whether you’re playing games like Fortnite (which is coming to Android next week) or simply watching YouTube videos.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

While the larger screen is nice, the real story here is with the insane 4,000mAh battery, which promises to deliver all-day performance so you don’t need to be constantly hunting for a free outlet to recharge your phone. Leave that charging cable behind and live worry free!

Storage concerns are also a thing of the past, with the “base” model Note9 coming with 128GB of internal storage, and the upgraded model sporting 512GB of storage. Paired with Samsung’s upcoming 512GB MicroSD card, the Note9 can hold up to 1TB, so you will never have to worry about running out of space again. Seriously, that’s more space than my laptop has..

The Galaxy Note9 is powered by a 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, and they have upped the ante with the addition of a Water Carbon Cooling system, along with an on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to deliver powerful yet stable performance, keeping things cool no matter how processor-intensive your game or app is.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

More would argue that the most important thing on a phone is the camera, so Samsung pulled out all of the stops here, with a unique combination of advanced intelligence features and premium hardware. Dual 12MP rear cameras (one wide-angle, one telephoto) capture all the action, with a Dual Aperture lens that adjusts to light just like the human eye to deliver a crystal clear shot no matter the setting.

But it’s the Note9’s new “intelligent camera capabilities” that have us excited, taking the work out of getting the perfect picture. The Scene Optimizer automatically identifies elements of a photo, classifies it into one of 20 categories, and optimizes the photo accordingly. And Flaw Detection lets you know if there’s something wrong (someone blinked, the image is blurry, a smudge on the lens, etc) so you can take another picture before the moment is lost.

Lastly, the Note’s signature S Pen has evolved. What began as a tool for writing and drawing is now putting more power and control in your hands. Now, with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support, the new S Pen allows you to take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play music, and more with just a click. The S Pen charges in the phone in just under a minute, so it’s ready for you in a matter of moments.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 will retail for $999.99 for the 128GB version and $1,249.99 for the 512GB version. Both phones will be available for purchase starting August 24th online and in stores, and they’re currently available for pre-order.

In addition, customers who pre-order either phone between now and August 23rd can choose between a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones ($299 retail) or the Fortnite Galaxy skin with 15,000 V-bucks ($150 retail) or get both for just $99.

Overall, we think Samsung really knocked it out of the park with the new Galaxy Note9. Sure, it’s easy to get a case of sticker shock when you see the price tag. But for those power users who rely on their phones on a daily basis, we think it’s a no-brainer.

Visit www.samsung.com to learn more about the Galaxy Note9. And stay tuned, as we’ll have more about the rest of the devices unveiled at Unpacked in the coming days!

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