The Apple Watch is one of the best wearable devices on the market, especially if you're an iPhone user. The device has many exciting features, but two stand out above the rest. The most important thing the Apple Watch can do is monitor your health and exercise habits. The device can be incredibly helpful if you want to lead a healthier life.
The other great feature is quick access to notifications. Owning an Apple Watch will allow you to spend less time checking your iPhone for notifications. The wearable will tell you when a new alert arrives, and you can decide whether to respond or not.
But to make the most of owning an Apple Watch, you'll need to know about a few hidden features that will make interacting with the wearable easier.
The legend of Bigfoot has existed for generations. All around the world, tales of a hairy, humanoid creature lurking in the woods have sprouted, some even offering video evidence. However, scientists believe Bigfoot's existence could have a very simple explanation. According to researchers, we can probably attribute these mysterious sightings to rare occasions of bears walking on their hind legs.
American black bears usually tend to walk on all four legs. However, they will stand on their hind legs to get a clearer view of the area, catch a whiff of something interesting, and even reach foods higher up than they are. Now, a data analyst believes they may be able to prove that most Bigfoot sightings are really just sightings of black bears walking on their hind legs.
Floe Foxon, a data analyst at Pinney Associates, has put together an intriguing piece of research looking at multiple sightings of the famous cryptid. However, according to the paper, which is still yet to be peer-reviewed, many of the sightings of Bigfoot could easily be explained away thanks to black bear populations in those areas.
Foxon isn’t the first to see a possible explanation for Bigfoot coming from animals, either. In 2005, another scientist compared projected black bear populations to Bigfoot sightings and found that perhaps another animal might be responsible for those misinterpreted sightings. Then, a paper in 2009 looked at the connection between Bigfoot and black bears once more. It showed a high degree of overlap between the two.
But, what’s really interesting is that Foxon’s rigorous data model shows that in many of the areas where black bears are very common and populous, sightings of the Bigfoot cryptid are more likely to happen. This could very well point towards the explanation for this mysterious creature coming down to misidentification.
But, there are still some Bigfoot sightings that can’t be explained away by simply waving your hand and saying it’s bears standing on two feet, as sightings have popped up in both Texas and Florida, where black bears are not known to breed or populate those areas. The explanation here, then, could be that we’re simply misidentifying multiple animals as mysterious and unknown species that don’t truly exist.
As such, Foxon believes that Bigfoot is really just humans misidentifying a bunch of different bears. Previously scientists have looked for explanations about other mysterious creatures, even testing Yeti DNA. Some even say it's possible that the Loch Ness monster is real, based on fossils found by scientists.
Today's top tech deals on Saturday include some of our favorite sales of the year so far. For example, a best-selling HP Chromebook is on clearance for just $70 renewed. Plus, there are terrific deals on Sony earbuds and Govee LED smart bulbs.
In this roundup, we'll include our 10 favorite tech deals of the day, as well as some bonus deals. Plus, in addition to all the tech deals, we've included a bonus sale that gets you a $20 Amazon credit when you buy household essentials everyone needs.
Last June, Netflix announced a reality competition show based on its original series Squid Game. The show, creatively titled Squid Game: The Competition, would feature 456 players competing in challenges similar to those from the Netflix series for a record-breaking cash prize of $4.56 million. Unfortunately, according to contestants, the competition show was a rigged disaster that mirrored Squid Game more closely than any of them could have imagined.
Was Squid Game: The Competition rigged?
On Thursday, Motherboard published a fascinating exposé about Squid Game: The Competition, which was already embroiled in controversy after The Sun reported multiple contestants had been injured. To add insult to injury, former contestants claimed the show was rigged from the start, and even explained to Motherboard how they came to that conclusion.
According to the contestants that spoke to Motherboard, they were discouraged from speaking to one another from the moment they arrived. Early in the morning, prior to the first game, they were all loaded onto a freezing bus to be transported to an airport hangar where the filming would take place. They were reprimanded for speaking to other contestants during the bus ride.
Once they arrived at the hangar, the contestants were provided with "weak coffee and breakfast sandwiches" that were all but frozen. They waited for two to three hours in a holding room, which is when they started talking and realized that while everyone had been given microphone packs, some of the mics didn't actually work.
The contestant that spoke to Motherboard talked with a number of other participants in that room. One had not applied at all but had been sought out by a producer. There were twins, a father and child, and a TikTok star among them. As they spoke, they realized that some of them already had flights booked for later that week while others didn't.
“I’m like, ‘Well, maybe it’s just cheaper for them to do that and do a change fee,” the contestant remembered telling the others, but many of them were skeptical. “I’m like, ‘But it’s a competition! They don’t know who’s going to win!’”
That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the chaos and confusion the contestants had to deal with while participating, so be sure to read the entire piece from Motherboard if you want to know more. Netflix has still yet to announce a release date for Squid Game: The Competition, but honestly, that might be for the best.
Well, this was all fun and games until this story popped up.
As reported by Vice, a judge in Columbia has actually used ChatGPT to assist in making a court decision. Judge Juan Manuel Padilla Garcia, a judge in the First Circuit Court in Cartagena, Columbia, confirmed that he used the AI tool to "pose legal questions about the case and included its responses in his decision."
After more than a decade of observations, Northwestern University astrophysicist Jason Wang has constructed an amazing time-lapse video of four planets larger than Jupiter as they revolve around their star, giving viewers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into planetary motion.
Wang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, pointed out that it can be difficult to detect planets in a rotating orbit, which is why this video of planetary motion is so striking.
Objects in our solar system, like Jupiter and Mars, are barely visible since we are in the same system and don’t have a top-down view, Wang explains in a statement. Planetary events occur too promptly or slowly, making it hard to capture video of planetary motion of this caliber.
However, the video captured here showcases these motions on a human timescale, showcasing over 12 years of planetary motion for viewers to take in. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, showing just how much more there is for us to learn about our universe.
HR8799, the system showcased in the video displaying the planetary motion, is located 133.3 light-years from Earth in the Pegasus constellation. This star is roughly 30 million years old and is 1.5 times more massive and five times brighter than our sun. In 2008, it became the first star system whose planets were directly captured in images.
From there, Wang began to watch the system, eventually capturing over 12 years of data which he has now turned into this time-lapse video showcasing the planetary motion within the system. And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen time-lapses of astronomical value popping up, either.
Given that the K-pop group BTS is pretty much the biggest music act on the planet right now, you can probably imagine how whenever the group's individual members talk favorably about a product ... boom! Its sales immediately go through the roof. BTS member Jungkook, in particular, has been given the affectionate nickname of "Sold Out King" for his Midas-like ability to talk about anything and generate massive buzz around it. That's exactly what he just did on a live stream Friday morning in the US, during which he ate fried chicken as he watched Netflix's new Korean reality seriesPhysical: 100.
We're not exaggerating here, by the way. As a matter of fact, Jungkook doesn't even have to talk, per se, about the things that make him the "Sold Out King." Also during his live stream, for example, members of BTS' "Army" -- the name for the group's passionate fandom -- spotted a particular candle that Jungkook uses which was visible during the live stream and ... you guessed it, it's already sold out.
Podcasting and otherwise recording audio is now easier than ever — meaning that you can start a podcast, a YouTube streaming channel, or any number of other kinds of media, with little effort. But doing so still requires a decent microphone — and that’s given rise to a series of USB microphones that allow anyone to get started recording. One of the latest of these is the new Rode XDM-100.
The XDM-100 is built to be on the higher end of home microphones. It works through USB, to be sure, but it also offers a larger build, a suspension mount, and more. And, it’s a bit more expensive than some of the competition, coming in at $250. To be fair, in the audio industry that’s not necessarily expensive — but as far as home microphones go, it’s not cheap either.
Is the Rode XDM-100 worth buying? I’ve been using it for a while now to find out.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Rode XDM-100 is its design, it’s a premium and professional-looking microphone. It has a sleek black-and-red color scheme, making it stand out from other USB microphones out there. It’s a little larger than many other microphones, but you’ll get used to the size and incorporate it into your workflow.
It also has a headphone jack on the front, with a dial to control volume. That essentially turns the microphone into a kind of audio interface. That’s great, because it can help cut down on having to run long cables back and forth, and it gives you quick and easy control over the volume without needing to be near your microphone.
In the box, there’s a suspension mount, a very nice USB-C cable, and a headphone extension cable. There’s also a pop filter that fits on the top of the microphone. The only thing really missing is a microphone stand, which you’ll have to buy separately. Any standard microphone stand should work, but of course, Rode sells its own desk-mount stand.
Generally, the design of the Rode XDM-100 is great — but many people will need to consider the larger size.
Rode Unify software
Because the X-Series microphones are built for streaming and other similar tasks, Rode couples it with a software tool called Unify -- which works quite well. Unfortunately, the software is currently only available for Windows. That doesn't mean that the microphone won't work on Mac -- it just means that you won't be able to control it with the Unify software.
If you do use the microphone with Windows, you'll be able to mix the microphone, game volume, different microphones, and more. I mostly use a Mac, so I didn't use the software extensively -- but I did test it a little, and found it to be intuitive and feature-rich.
Rode XDM-100 sound
The Rode XDM-100 has a cardioid polar pattern, which basically means it rejects audio from the back — which is what you would want from a microphone like this. It supports a sample rate of up to 48kHz, which is enough for most casual users, though purists, in a music studio situation, may want something higher.
Generally, the sound is great. It’s nice and full, with a good amount of bass, and enough clarity at the upper frequencies for spoken voice. It’s a bit warmer than some other options, which is nice, especially for spoken voice.
A good sound out of the box is helpful for a microphone like this, as it means that you don’t have to do a ton of tweaking or EQing in order to get a good sound — you can just be sure to set it up properly and you’re off to a good start.
I found that the microphone generally sounds better than most of the other streaming-focused options, which aren’t necessarily built by audio companies.
The Rode XDM-100 is an excellent USB microphone for anyone looking for high-quality sound for streaming and podcasting. The design and build quality are great, and it’s able to produce a great sound right out of the box. The headphone jack is a nice touch, as it helps cut down on the need to run cables back and forth. And, the higher price tag is fair, given the quality of the microphone.
That said, not everyone will want to spend this much on a USB option. If you have the money and want a higher-quality option it’s a great choice — but if you’re just starting out it may be worth saving your money.
The biggest competition comes from some of the gaming companies out there, like HyperX and Logitech. Blue’s microphones (Blue is owned by Logitech) are generally a great starting point, but they won’t quite match the out-of-the-box audio quality on offer by the Rode option.
Should I buy the Rode XDM-100?
Yes. If you want great audio quality and don’t mind spending some cash, the Rode XDM-100 is the way to go.
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