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5 Missing iPad Accessories

The iPad has many flaws. These gizmos will fix them

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5 Missing iPad Accessories

So, err, how to put this? We published a humorous slideshow about iPad accessories and said slideshow uses Flash, so our readers can't see it on an iPad. D'oh! So for those of you on an iPad, here's the story in an iPad-friendly version: good old HTML.

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Are you tired of cleaning fingerprints and greasy smudges off your iPad? Stop wiping and start iWiping. With iWipe, your slate will always be clean. Illustration: David Goldin

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Are you worried about using your new iPad in public? Introducing iCuffs. Now your iPad will never leave your hands—and vice versa. Illustration: David Goldin

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Did you know that falls are a main cause of iPad damage? Now avoiding crashes just got a lot easier. iChute gives your iPad a soft landing. Illustration: David Goldin

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Do your hands get tired while holding your iPad? Do you feel ridiculous using it on your lap? Don’t stress over it. Get a helping hand with iHold. Illustration: David Goldin

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Do your eyes hurt from the sunlight reflected off your iPad? Are you tired of squinting at the screen? Then you need iShade. (Includes iCupHolder.) Illustration: David Goldin
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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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