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Dual Bowls: Striking Mixed Metal Bowls Forged With the Ancient Art of Sand-Casting

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Fusing ancient techniques with contemporary aesthetic, Dual Bowls are one-of-a-kind vessels forged from a mixture of recycled brass, copper, zinc, or nickel in this new project from artist Kawther Al Saffar. The bowls are made in partnership with the Alwafi Foundry in Kuwait who utilize a variety of sand-casting methods
with sand acquired from the nearby Nile river. Instead of masking or eliminating imperfections left behind from the casting process, Saffar chose to highlight them, giving each bowl a unique design while referencing the inherent complexity of forging a single object from two different materials.

Saffar was born and raised in Kuwait and attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied industrial design, and you can see more of her work in her portfolio. Dual Bowls are currently funding on Kickstarter, and it looks like they smashed their funding goal almost immediately.

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MotherHydra
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I've now got a new project: to bug my jeweler friend to make me one of these bowls.
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Steve Lacy, Musician and Producer Who Prefers Creating Music on His iPhone

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David Pierce, writing for Wired:

A few minutes after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down in a plush leather chair in the control room. Vince, one of the studio’s proprietors, came in to show Lacy how the mixing boards and monitors worked. Lacy didn’t care; he was just in it for the chair. He picked up his new black-and-white Rickenbacker guitar, then reached into his Herschel backpack and yanked out a mess of cables. Out of the mess emerged his iRig, an interface adapter that connects his guitar directly into his iPhone 6. He shoved it into the Lightning port and began tuning his instrument, staring at the GarageBand pitch meter through the cracks on the screen of his phone. […]

It’s a weird recording setup, but it’s working for Lacy. Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy for executive-producing and performing on the 2015 funk-R&B-soul album Ego Death, the third release from The Internet and Lacy’s first with the band. He’s a sought-after producer, featured on albums like J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” and Kendrick Lamar’s new “Damn.” Earlier in 2017, he released his first solo material, which he’s playing as part of the setlist for The Internet’s worldwide tour. (Somewhere in there he also graduated high school.) The only connection between his many projects? All that music is stored on his iPhone.

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Steve Lacy keeps impressing, I anticipate a crazy trajectory for his career.
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Gorillaz / The Apprentice

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Gorillaz / The Apprentice
A bonus track from their upcoming deluxe edition LP Humanz, "The Apprentice" features heavy, layered synths backing up biting lyrics by Zebra Katz. Rag'n'Bone Man and RAY BLK also feature...

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MotherHydra
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More delish tunes from the forthcoming Gorillaz release, sadly no great animation attached. I'm really looking forward to listening straight through this diverse offering when it hits, here's to hoping Del has some good hooks on offer.
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Apple’s Identity and the New Mac Pro

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The Mac Pro was dead, or so many of us thought. Or so Apple thought, apparently, because rumor has it the decision to revive it was made fairly recently.

The implications of the Mac Pro’s presumed death were worrisome and left us with many questions. Did Apple care to serve a higher-needs market? If not, why? What machines were Apple’s own engineers using? What did this mean for the future of macOS and Macs in general?

Apple, being Apple, naturally sought to regain control of its narrative and did so with unprecedented transparency and humility. But I can’t help but wonder whether Apple itself fully realizes the implications of its decision to double down on pro hardware. This wasn’t just a product decision, with effects on staffing, component sourcing, and profit margins. It was a decision about the company’s identity. What is our core mission? Who is our audience? Answering those questions (and making sure every employee knows the answer to those questions) is like Running a Company 101. And yet Apple seemed to be confused.

Depending on when the initial decision to sunset the Mac Pro was made, it seems like a lot of this could have been avoided if Apple had utilized its own mission statement. Up until early June 2015, the company still ended every press release with “Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world…” Now filter “Should we kill our high end personal computer?” through that and the answer is an emphatic “Nope.”

Setting all of that aside, I hope Apple realizes that new hardware should only be the beginning. After all, for the most part, pros seem to want a Big Boring Box of Raw Power—a flexible cheese grater of the future. I’m sure Apple will find a way to make it look a little sexier than that, but what remains is that software needs to be the differentiater between the new Mac Pro and a suped up Windows machine. 

In other words, renewing a commitment to professionals involves more than just designing the perfect computer for professionals. It means designing an OS and a software ecosystem for professionals. For example, it’s not enough for Adobe to do cool stuff with the Touch Bar, or for the iPad Pro to act as a Wacom-like tablet input for the Mac. Adobe’s (and other high end software-makers’) products need to integrate with macOS in a way that makes them better and easier to use on a Mac than Windows. It’s Apple’s job to make that possible and to provide incentive for companies to put resources into it. 

So, Apple. Expand your Mac software teams. Fix the Mac App Store. Make sure some of that Workflow love makes it to the Mac. Focus on improving iCloud’s stability and features, because collaboration and remote work are the future and because RAW photographs aren’t getting any smaller (and your storage tiers are not friendly to even amateur photographers). 

Look, you may not be Apple Computer anymore but you have reaffirmed that you are Apple, a company that makes personal computers (among other things), and that your audience is everybody, and that you want to be the best. So do that. 

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Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke series delayed ↦

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by Dan Moren

Back in February, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said at the Code Media conference that the company’s Carpool Karaoke series would debut on Apple Music in April. But now the company tells Reuters that the series has been pushed back:

A premiere party for “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled for March in Los Angeles was postponed without explanation days before it was to take place. This week, the company again postponed its launch party, which had been rescheduled for Monday.

Apple, a company known for its precisely coordinated product launches, declined to explain the delays, but said in a statement that “Carpool Karaoke: The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year.”

This is a little bit surprising, given that we saw an extensive trailer that seems to suggest the series has mostly been shot, but perhaps it’s not quite done yet? Cue said Planet of the Apps was expected to appear in the spring—maybe Apple’s waiting to drop the two together to maximize attracting new subscribers?

Apple also recently bought the rights to a documentary about music producer Clive Davis; that film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, and it’s expected to appear on Apple Music sometime after that. Maybe Apple is getting all its ducks in a row for its big Apple Music video push.

[Read on Six Colors.]

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MotherHydra
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That's still a thing? Huh, wonder why it doesn't seem to be generating much smoke? Almost as if what everyone wants is just a nice line of Macs that get updated regularly. What a waste of money, so far Apple's original content ideas are mirroring their poor choices with regard to services. Will our future selves say that Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps are the MobileMe of original content? I'm betting yes. It's going to be hard to compete in the content arena with a company like Amazon, which isn't even approaching the level Apple would need to be at to be a Netflix. Of course Apple could just buy Netflix but I doubt they're thinking smart on this if the past few years are an indicator.
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sirshannon
21 hours ago
I thought Carpool Karaoke was already a thing. If so, it makes even less sense for this to be postponed.
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Here's an IRS Contract With a Dark Web Intel Firm

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The taxman is on the dark web.

Or, more accurately, the Internal Revenue Service has paid contractors to scour the dark web on the agency's behalf.

According to public records and a document obtained by Motherboard via the Freedom of Information Act, the IRS paid $65,000 for services from Flashpoint, a company focused on extracting intelligence from hard-to-reach areas of the internet inhabited by cybercriminals.

Although the contract isn't much to look at, it does highlight that an increasing number of agencies are paying so-called threat intelligence firms in exchange for information, and Flashpoint in particular. As Motherboard previously reported, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has paid $150,000 for Flashpoint's products. Public records also show that Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Secret Service have been customers.

Specifically, the IRS paid for access to Flashpoint's platform and API, according to the contract.

A screenshot of the contract. Image: Joseph Cox

"Flashpoint's offerings empower analysts with safe access to Deep & Dark Web communities where valuable intelligence can be gleaned. We provide a RESTful API alongside a multi-faceted web platform to cater to your most efficient research workflow," Flashpoint's website reads. The IRS' contract with Flashpoint will last until August.

The IRS has been involved in a number of dark web investigations. Last month a man was sentenced after advertising money laundering services on a Tor hidden service, and earlier this year a man pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell heroin on dark web marketplace AlphaBay.

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MotherHydra
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Wether it's distributing child pornography or selling malware, the United States government is everywhere you want to be on the dark web.
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