New earbuds give you super-hearing

Listen to this: The world of earbuds is about to be transformed by startups whose products let you customize what you hear.

Instead of earbuds, which typically deliver music and voice sounds through a wire, and hearing aids, which boost certain frequencies (lost to the elderly who listened to loud music through earbuds in their misspent youths), the new hearables — wearable devices that live in your ears — enable the customization of environmental sound. You can cherry-pick which noises you want to hear better, and which you want silenced.

Here’s what you’ll hear.

Doppler Labs Here Active Listening System

Doppler Labs’ Here Active Listening earbuds run the sound in your environment through digital processing, then play it back to you almost instantly. That gives you the ability to make changes to what you hear using the company’s app. You can essentially customize real-time environmental sounds.

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Cheap Macs, lightweight Macs, powerful Macs: How to pick the best Mac for school

You’re probably still enjoying your summer vacation, but that first day of school is creeping up on you. Sooner of later, you’re going to have to start getting ready to go back to school. I know it’s a bummer, but let’s look at the bright side: Back to school is a great opportunity to buy a new Mac. Yay!

But wait, how do you decide which Mac to get? Don’t worry. Here are the ideal Macs for students, with reasons why you’d want each model. Pick the one that fits for you, and be on your way. After all, you have only a few days of summer left before class starts.

On a budget: 11-inch MacBook Air

Priced at $899 (128GB flash storage) and $1099 (256GB flash storage), the 11-inch MacBook Air is a capable laptop for everyday use, and it won’t break your bank. It has a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor that can easily handle writing apps, presentation software, Internet access, email, and a lot more. It can even process video and audio projects, though you’ll have to wait a little longer than with a more powerful Mac.

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Back to school on a budget: Choosing a cheap laptop to fit your needs

Bargain back-to-school laptops exist for a reason: Not everybody can afford a $2,000 laptop. Honestly, most people don’t even need a $2,000 laptop.

For this set of reviews, we’re looking at the other end of the spectrum—basic laptops that let you work and browse without crippling your budget. We asked a number of the biggest PC manufacturers (HP, Lenovo, Acer, Dell and Toshiba) to send over their best laptops costing $500 and lower. There’s no need to point out that we’re pitting an Atom-based machine against one with a Core i5. This is about price point, not conformity. If we missed your personal favorite in this tier, let us know and we can try to take a look at it.

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Cheap Macs, lightweight Macs, powerful Macs: How to pick the best Mac for school

You’re probably still enjoying your summer vacation, but that first day of school is creeping up on you. Sooner of later, you’re going to have to start getting ready to go back to school. I know it’s a bummer, but let’s look at the bright side: Back to school is a great opportunity to buy a new Mac. Yay!

But wait, how do you decide which Mac to get? Don’t worry. Here are the ideal Macs for students, with reasons why you’d want each model. Pick the one that fits for you, and be on your way. After all, you have only a few days of summer left before class starts.

On a budget: 11-inch MacBook Air

Priced at $899 (128GB flash storage) and $1099 (256GB flash storage), the 11-inch MacBook Air is a capable laptop for everyday use, and it won’t break your bank. It has a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor that can easily handle writing apps, presentation software, Internet access, email, and a lot more. It can even process video and audio projects, though you’ll have to wait a little longer than with a more powerful Mac.

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Stop the Flash madness – 5 bugs a week

On August 11, 2015 Adobe fixed 34 bugs in their Flash Player software. Many of the bugs enabled a computer to get infected with malicious software simply by viewing a web page.

This most recent round of bug fixes comes 28 days after Adobe fixed two other Flash bugs, and 34 days after they fixed 36 bugs. Putting this in perspective, the Flash Player has been updated a dozen times so far this year (below).

  1. August 11, 2015 Fixed 34 bugs
  2. July 14, 2015  Fixed 2 bugs
  3. July 8, 2015  Fixed 36 bugs
  4. June 23, 2015  Fixed one bug
  5. June 9, 2015  Fixed 13 bugs
  6. May 13, 2015  Fixed 18 bugs
  7. April 14, 2015  Fixed 22 bugs
  8. March 12, 2015  Fixed 11 bugs
  9. February 5, 2015  Fixed 15 bugs
  10. January 27, 2015  Fixed 2 bugs
  11. January 22, 2015  Fixed 1 bug
  12. January 14, 2015  Fixed 9 bugs

This adds up to 164 bug fixes so far in 2015, a year that was 223 days old when the last group of patches were released on the 11th. In round numbers, this comes out to 1 bug fix every 33 hours for 2015.

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