Physics Professor and Jazz Musician Dr. Stephon Alexander - BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Stephon Alexander on Background Mode

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist specializing in cosmology, particle physics and quantum gravity (String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity). He received his BSc from Haverford College and Ph.D. from Brown University. He also explores interconnections between music, physics, mathematics and technology though recordings, performance, teaching and public lectures.

Stephon tells his story about growing up in the Bronx amidst a very diverse group of students. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, he showed great curiosity and intelligence. Still, as person of color, he faced many challenges as he worked towards his Ph.D. We chatted about the mind of the physicist, physics intuition, music, the role of mathematics, String Theory and Loop Quantum Gravity as well as events before the Big Bang. If you are a young student, dreaming of becoming a physicist, this show is a must – full of inspiration and insights.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Unveils ‘Atlas of Surveillance’

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The EFF unveiled the Atlas of Surveillance today. It’s a database of surveillance tech used by law enforcement across the country. Anyone can use it to see what spying technology their state’s LE uses. You can download datasets, too.

We specifically focused on the most pervasive technologies, including drones, body-worn cameras, face recognition, cell-site simulators, automated license plate readers, predictive policing, camera registries, and gunshot detection. Although we have amassed more than 5,000 datapoints in 3,000 jurisdictions, our research only reveals the tip of the iceberg and underlines the need for journalists and members of the public to continue demanding transparency from criminal justice agencies.

'The Morning Show': Cast and Crew of Apple TV+ Show Discuss Series's Relevance

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In an hour-long video released over the weekend, the cast and crew of Apple TV+ flagship series The Morning Show took part in a virtual panel. They discussed the show and what the relevance of it is today, in the midst of a pandemic and following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The discussion features stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Guga Mbatha Raw, Desean Terry, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Showrunner Mimi Leder also took part in the conversation, as did CNN’s Brian Stelter, on whose book Top of the Morning the series was based.

4-Panel Foldable Solar Phone Charger and 10,000mAh Power Bank: $34.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

4-Panel Foldable Solar Phone Charger & 10,000mAh Power Bank

We have a deal on a portable power bank that comes with a 4-panel, foldable solar charger. The portable battery has a 10,000mAh capacity and smart charging. It can also be charged through a micro USB port, and it features two USB charging ports for charging your devices. It’s $34.99 through our deal.

Apple Tackles The Whole Working From Home Thing

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Apple tackles our current work from home environment.  Of course, Apple products are essential to navigating the situation, helping users work creatively and productively.

SiriusXM Buying Stitcher in $325 Million

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Satellite radio platform SiriusXM is continuing its push into podcasts buying Stitcher. The deal is worth $325 million, according to The Verge.

Stitcher is not only a popular podcasting app with a premium, ad-free subscription service, but it’s also a network that, combined with its other entity Earwolf, produces shows like Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. Scripps also combined Stitcher with Midroll Media, a podcast ad company that sells ads for other shows like The Dream and Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness that it acquired in 2015 for $50 million. The Sirius deal will give it ownership of all these companies, which, in some cases, could be redundant with what it already owns and operates. For one, Sirius owns Pandora, which it acquired in 2018 for $3 billion. Pandora, of course, is a popular place to listen to music and podcasts and also has its own exclusive content deals, like one with Marvel that was signed last year. It also owns AdsWizz, a podcast ad technology company that places ads in shows.

Apple TV+ 'Greyhound' Review

· John Martellaro · Editorial


Tom Hanks explained the concept behind his film Greyhound, but critics still didn’t get it. John offers his review.

Idris Elba Signs Apple TV+ Deal

· Charlotte Henry · News

Idris Elba

Idris Elba’s Green Door production firm has signed a ‘first-look’ deal with Apple TV+ under which it will produce series and features.

LateNiteSoft Introduces ‘REC’ Pro Video Camera App

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The developers of popular camera app “Camera+” have a new camera app specifically for videography. It’s called “REC” and it gives you advanced controls to customize shooting to your liking, like automatic camera stabilization, locking exposure and white balance, controlling the bit rate, controlling resolution, controlling format, and more. You can also control the audio for your videos, like the sample rate, format, and which microphone it uses. REC is currently available for preorder at US$3.99, and it launches Friday, June 17.

LateNiteSoft Introduces ‘REC’ Pro Video Camera App

ICE, ICE, Maybe? — Mac Geek Gab 824

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 824 episode image with 3 ice cubes and text

Is your mail forwarder secure? Are you sure? How about your Internet? These are just two of your dozen-or-so questions that John and Dave tackle this week. It’s not just questions, of course. There are Quick Tips, regular tips, Cool Stuff Found, and even some router fun. Press play and enjoy listening to your favorite geeks while learning at least five new things!

The Real Story Behind Apple TV+ 'Greyhound'

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Tom Hanks Greyhound Apple TV+

Greyhound is an exciting movie on Apple TV+, designed to make a splash. But, as with any historical presentation of war, there’s a lot more behind the scenes to know about.

Apple AR Lens Development Reaches Key Stage

· Charlotte Henry · News

Apple’s AR attempts are reportedly at a crucial milestone, with prototypes of semitransparent lenses moving beyond into trial production.