Microsoft unveiled their IllumiRoom technology at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show as a proof of concept. The demo was one of the most impressive showcases during the show but Microsoft has since been mum on the subject – until now. Ahead of this week’s CHI 2013 conference, Microsoft has released… …
Since 2005 the SXSW music festival has published thousands of free tracks from participating artists.
For some of the first releases the festival organizers created the torrents for the artist showcases themselves, but since 2008 this task has been handed over to the public.
Luckily all of the SXSW showcase MP3s are still freely available on the festival’s site for sampling purposes, so it only takes one person to get a torrent up and running.
For the past four years Ben Stolt has taken the time and effort to put all the MP3s on BitTorrent, and this year two torrents containing 1,210 tracks have been released.
That’s 7.39 gigabytes of free music in total.
All the tracks released for the previous editions are also still available for those people who want to fill up their iPod without having to invest thousands of dollars. The 2005 – 2013 archives are now over 45 gigabytes.
Every year the SXSW torrents are a great success, with many thousands of music aficionados downloading the gigabytes of free music from both established acts and upcoming bands in virtually every music genre.
This year’s SXSW music festival takes place from March 12-17 in Austin Texas.
For those interested in even more free music to fill up their MP3-players, there’s always Jamendo with nearly 370,000 free-to-download tracks. That’s a few terabytes of free music, good for years of continuous play.
Source: SXSW 2013 on BitTorrent: 7.39 GB of Free Music
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At its best, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest showcases the power and grace that make fans jones for basketball. At its worst, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest does something else entirely. That something else may or may not involve layups.
Perhaps some of the cringe-worthy moments in the history of the contest are the result of participants putting too much thought into their dunks and creating moves too complex to pull off. Or maybe the also-flew contestants found themselves stranded in the spotlight without enough of a plan. Regardless of the explanation, Darrell Armstrong still took a layup in 1996 and Larry Hughes failed to flush a single dunk in 2000.
Then, of course, there was Chris Andersen. In 2005, the Birdman needed nine attempts for his first dunk and six attempts for his second, causing the TNT announcers to crack up laughing.
Good news for Mariah Carey fans. A teaser of the singer’s track for “Oz: The Great and Powerful” has been released — take a listen below.
Called “Almost Home,” the song was recorded by Carey for the upcoming “Oz.” The upbeat track showcases Carey’s impressive range and powerful voice.
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