Google Launches Chrome Music Lab To Encourage Everyone To Learn Music

first_imgLearning about music is now more accessible than ever. As part of this year’s Music In Our Schools month, Google Chrome is testing out new technologies that allow everyone to learn music, so long as they have a computer and the Internet. According to the website, Chrome Music Lab is a “collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API.” Science Confirms That People Who Play Music Are Smarter Than Others [Watch]So far, users are able to to create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser without any plug-ins. You can see what sound looks like, how melody works, create rhythms, and can even turn your own drawings into music. Take a look at some of the technology they’ve incorporated to make this possible.Still in it’s experimental phase, the program is currently open-sourced to allow coders to go in an build their own ideas. Check out what Chrome Music Lab is capable of, and explore the site yourself. Watch the demonstration video below:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Autopsy finds cop suffocated black man as US braces for more fury

first_imgAn autopsy found Monday that an African-American man whose death has set off nationwide unrest was suffocated by a police officer, contradicting a preliminary ruling, as cities including New York imposed or toughened curfews in expectation of fresh fury.Violence has erupted for three straight nights outside the White House, where a holed-up Donald Trump has brushed aside the traditional unifying role of a president, and one person was shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky, whose mayor fired the police chief.One week after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, an autopsy blamed his videotaped death squarely on a white police officer who pinned him down with his knee for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe!” Curfew in New York, death in LouisvilleNew York, the famed “City that Never Sleeps,” became the latest city to impose a nighttime curfew after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars.In the upscale SoHo district, Elliot Kurland, owner of the Leica photography store, said his entire shop was emptied by looters including clients’ property. He estimated his loss at $1 million.”I hope I have insurance,” he said.”My brother heard about it. He called me. I had been about to come here at three o’clock in the morning. My brother warned me, ‘Don’t go down. You’ll get killed.'”New York, like other cities, had just been emerging from weeks under lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic. Kurland said he was still paying employees who were not reporting to work.More than 40 cities have imposed curfews. Washington’s mayor, Muriel Browser, said a curfew will start Monday at an unusually early 7.00 pm in hopes of preventing a repeat of the destruction in the US capital — which included a fire at St. John’s, the two-century-old “church of the presidents” across from the White House.Apple, along with several other major retailers, temporarily closed most US stores, and California shut government offices in crowded areas as a precaution.It was the most widespread unrest in the United States since 1968, when cities went up in flames over the slaying of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and rekindled memories of 1992 riots in Los Angeles after police were acquitted in the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King.But unlike in Los Angeles, the latest unrest has primarily targeted property, although both protesters and police have reported non-life-threatening injuries.One person was killed, however, in Kentucky’s largest city Louisville. Police chief Steve Conrad said officers and the National Guard “returned fire” just after midnight after being shot at as they dispersed a crowd in a parking lot.The dead man was David McAtee, the owner of a popular barbecue business, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, which quoted his nephew.Louisville, the home of Muhammad Ali and Kentucky Fried Chicken, has seen especially passionate protests due to the police killing in March of an African American woman, Breonna Taylor, in her own apartment.The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead after police barged into her home, alleging that drug dealers had used the apartment to receive packages.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday he had fired the police chief, Steve Conrad, because officers did not record body-camera of the episode. Week of memorialsFloyd, 46, had been accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit bill and his aggressive arrest was caught on a cellphone camera.The autopsy revived demands for the arrest of three other police officers who stood guard for Chauvin as Floyd pleaded for his life.”We are tired of this happening. This generation is not having it. We are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old African-American woman at a peaceful demonstration at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul.Pointing to her three-year-old son, she said: “I want to make sure he stays alive.”Officer Derek Chauvin, who had remained in the police force despite persistent complaints about his behavior, had been due to appear in court on Monday but the judiciary said the initial hearing had been postponed to June 8.The delay outraged many activists, although Minnesota has made clear that it seeks to punish Chauvin and has tasked the prosecution personally with the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, a prominent former US congressman. “The evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause of death, and homicide as the manner of death,” Aleccia Wilson, a University of Michigan expert who examined his body at the family’s request, told a news conference.An initial finding cited in a criminal complaint pointed to pre-existing conditions, outraging the family.Shortly after the independent report, Hennepin County’s medical examiner released its official autopsy that called his death a homicide caused by “neck compression,” although it also said he was intoxicated and pointed to heart disease.A memorial for Floyd will take place on Thursday in Minneapolis before a service in North Carolina and a funeral on June 9 in Houston, where he grew up, family lawyer Ben Crump said.center_img Trump combative While presidents traditionally seek to bridge national divides during tumult, Trump was again holed up at the White House tweeting attacks on his political rivals and the media.In a conference call with governors that was quickly leaked to several media outlets, Trump told state leaders to “dominate” and said they were “going to look like a bunch of jerks” if they are too soft.The governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, is heard reprimanding Trump directly, saying he was “extraordinarily concerned” by the president’s “inflammatory” rhetoric.Trump has blamed the violence on Antifa, the loosely organized collective of far-left activists who advocate aggressive action to stop what they see as the rise of fascism and white supremacists.Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic opponent in November elections, met Monday with black leaders at a church in his home of Wilmington, Delaware and promised to form a police oversight commission in his first 100 days as president.”Hate just hides. Doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” Biden said. Topics :last_img read more

Portland midfielder Blanco named MLS tourney’s best player

first_img Read Also: Zidane to decide fate of 11 Real Madrid stars MLS staged the event, played without spectators in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as a return from a COVID-19 shutdown last March after only two weeks of the regular season. MLS announced an all-tournament team that included Blanco, striker Jeremy Ebobisse, midfielder Diego Chara and defender Larrys Mabiala from Portland; Blake, defender Mark McKenzie and midfielder Brenden Aaronson from Philadelphia; LAFC striker Rossi and Orlando’s Nani and defenders Ruan and Joao Moutinho. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Argentine midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who helped the Portland Timbers capture the title, was named on Thursday as the Major League Soccer is Back Player of the Tournament. The 32-year-old playmaker scored three goals and assisted on five others in the tournament for the Timbers, who defeated Orlando City 2-1 in Tuesday’s final. Blanco won 40.86% of the total voting, 75% from a media panel and 25% from fans ballots, to 37.54% support for Orlando’s Nani. Blanco led the media voting while Portugal’s Nani topped fan votes. Los Angeles FC’s Diego Rossi, the Golden Boot winner from Uruguay with seven goals, was third with Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake of Jamaica fourth. Blanco scored the game-winning goal in Portland’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 13, converted a penalty kick in a winning shootout over Cincinnati in a round of 16 knockout match, scored in a 3-1 quarter-final victory over New York City FC and added another match-winner in a 2-1 triumph over Philadelphia in the semi-finals. Loading… center_img In more than three seasons with the Timbers, Blanco has scored 25 goals and set up 33 others. Promoted ContentInsane Japanese Tech That Make You Wish You Lived In JapanThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel Heroes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Annenberg hosts talk on countering extremism

first_imgCatherine Liang | Daily TrojanIn the wake of terror attacks in Europe this summer, tensions have risen in the international community as countries around the world face a daunting task : counteracting violent acts organized by terrorist groups. On Wednesday, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted an event to discuss how social networks have become platforms for extremist organizations to spread their agenda, and what can be done to counter this shift. “The number of people espousing hate on social media is rising,” said Todd Helmus, a senior behavioral scientist from the Research and Development Corporation.Helmus and Erroll Southers, a professor in the practice of governance at the Price School of Public Policy, led the conversation.Helmus, who specializes in Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, defined it as a field that focuses on proactive actions to counter efforts by extremists to recruit, radicalize and mobilize followers to violence. He explained that observing the rise and fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria can allow researchers to understand the challenges of countering extremism online. ISIS, Helmus said, is the first extremist group to use new media technologies on such a grand scale. He explained that the group’s use of Twitter, among other factors, was instrumental in allowing it to reach out to the public in ways that no other terrorist group previously had.A major turning point, Helmus said, was when Twitter began to remove pro-ISIS accounts. This significantly reduced the flow of pro-ISIS content on social media. Several groups and organizations are also working to eradicate ISIS’ ideology, from anti-extremist production companies to community outreach programs.“Having a local approach means that culture is always baked in,” Helmus said. Helmus added that a problem with some earlier attempts to counter extremism was that organizations and the U.S. government did not have an approach that was sufficiently refined. Southers noted that program workers were not attached to the communities and therefore could not reach their audience as effectively. “The Somali-American community in Minneapolis is very different than the one in Columbus, Ohio,” Southers said.Helmus cited movement to private messaging apps, which is much more difficult, if not impossible, to intercept. He added that many have also voiced concerns about the anti-extremist programs, saying that they are too focused on Muslims.Helmus added that both  right-wing and left-wing extremists in the United States are growing bolder online.This issue, Helmus explained, has not received enough attention and funding. Technology companies, however, are beginning to help address these new issues. Twitter, for example, is moving toward removing racist content on its platform, according to Helmus.Ultimately, Southers said, the bigger modern threat might be white nationalists. “They are now outperforming ISIS in every social metric online, both in Twitter follower accounts and tweets per day,” Southers said.last_img read more