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CBS Admits to "Audio Error" for Adding Engine Noise to Tesla Segment

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CBS has admitted to an “audio error” in its 60 Minutes segment on Sunday night in which engine sounds were dubbed over a Tesla electric car.

Robert Sorokanich noticed some unnatural engine sounds during the segment and penned a blog post for Jalopnik that asserted something was amiss.

“It’s one thing to dub exciting motor noises over a mundane-sounding car, but to plop engine sounds on a car that most folks realize is nearly silent? That just seems . . . bizarre,” he wrote.

Teslas operate entirely on battery power and produce little noise. The segment itself went out of its way to point out that Teslas do not operate on traditional engines. Read more…

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15% of Websites are Responsive

Web performance optimization solution Restive released findings from its inagural State of the Mobile Web report recently which detail the readiness for an “increasingly mobile device operating environment.”

The most compelling findings reveal that 36% of all Websites are Responsive i.e. customized to work on mobile devices; 60% of these Responsive websites are hosted on dedicated mobile sub-domains, sub-folders, or domain names. This means that only about 15% of all Websites are Responsive to a single web address i.e. require no mobile redirection. In addition, only 6% of all Websites are considered Fast i.e. meet higher website performance optimization standards. Only 3% of all Websites are both Responsive and Fast. The report also finds that the majority of Websites require significant performance optimization with 67% requiring GZIP Compression and up to 83% requiring Minification of either HTML, CSS, or Javascript.

“The takeaway from this report is that Enterprise Websites, and perhaps Websites in general, still have a long way to go to attain readiness for a world where the Smartphone or Tablet is the primary Web access device,” said Obinwanne Hill, Founder and CEO of Restive LLC and author of the report. “It’s hard to believe that almost 4 years after Responsive Web Design and 10 years after Web Performance Optimization came to prominence, there is still very low adoption of these important techniques. Websites need to be both Responsive and Fast to deliver an awesome experience for mobile users and we’re currently working on user-friendly tools and technologies to help Web designers and developers make this happen sooner rather than later.”

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The American Painter George W. Bush Unveils His Masterpieces

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George W. Bush has been working really hard on his artistic expression since leaving the White House.

The former president unveiled his art exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” on the Today Show Friday morning. It will be on display starting April 5 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

His daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent on the Today Show, interviewed her father as he gave a tour of the exhibit. It is is filled with paintings, photos and souvenirs from Bush’s two terms in the White House. During the interview, the series is described as being “about friendship, as much as it is about art, and each portrait aims to capture the unique personalities, with whom he’s served.” Read more…

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Amazon introduces Dash, a scanner and recorder for Amazon Fresh

Amazon is has a new twist in its plan to enter the grocery market with a new hardware product introduced Friday: Amazon Dash, a combination barcode scanner and voice recorder that syncs up to the shopping cart on Amazon Fresh.

After connecting to Wi-Fi and linking to a valid Amazon Fresh account, the Amazon Dash can scan the barcodes of items and automatically add that item to a shopping cart. Users can also say a general name of an item, like “carrots” or “eggs,” and the Dash will send the corresponding product to the cart as well. Users must approve the items within the cart for delivery, and then the shipment will show up to the door within 24 hours.

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Screenshot from fresh.amazon.com/dash

Amazon Fresh has had an iPhone and Android app, available for iPhone and Android, that has this exact functionality, but it seems that Dash is designed to be kid-friendly and straightforward. It also shows that Amazon is taking this grocery business seriously.

Right now, Amazon Fresh serves the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle areas. Amazon Dash is available for free via invitation.

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