The video-sharing website YouTube said it has started to “audit” the number of views a video has received. The move is aimed at preventing users from artificially inflating view counts which, YouTube said, mislead people about the popularity of a video. There are concerns that some viewers are using tools like “redirects” or “buying” views to boost their count. YouTube said it will now “periodically” validate the views on videos and remove the fraudulent ones from the total.
“Some bad actors try to game the system by artificially inflating view counts. They’re not just misleading fans about the popularity of a video, they’re undermining one of YouTube’s most important and unique qualities,” Google, which owns YouTube, said in a blogpost.
“While in the past we would scan views for spam immediately after they occurred, starting today we will periodically validate the video’s view count.” However, the firm said that it does not expect the new approach to affect “more than a minuscule fraction of videos on YouTube”.
Cambridge Audio have just rolled out their new top of the range DAC & it is already available to buy from Richer Sounds.
- ATF2 upsampling – All stereo sources can be upsampled to 24-bit/384kHz, kept jitter-free by proprietary, second generation ATF Adaptive Time Filtering algorithms co-developed with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland.
- Digital inputs – Six digital inputs (including coaxial, Toslink optical, BNC coaxial and AES/EBU), plus asynchronous USB and optional Bluetooth wireless ensure that the widest possible range of digital sources are supported, with input source quality of up to 24-bit/192kHz.
- All-metal chassis – Combines structural rigidity, careful damping and control of acoustic resonance.ritical low level gain stages, these offer far improved stereo separation and imaging – unheard of at this price point.
|ATF2 audio up-sampling to 24-bit/384kHz|
|Twin Analog Devices AD1955 24 bit DACs delivering superior sound-staging and stereo imaging|
|Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue audio outputs|
|Audiophile grade toroidal transformer delivering ultra-low low noise and distortion|
|Selectable digital filters – linear phase, minimum phase, steep|
|Full metal casework design with thick brushed aluminium front panel and dual layer damped feet, giving enhanced resonance control|
|Eco-friendly <0.5W standby power consumption|
|Azur Navigator remote control with Cambridge Audio 851 Series, Stream Magic|
|Headphone output with high-end, low distortion amplifier|
|Trigger out, control bus in/out for power syncing plus RS232 controllable|
It has a plethora of digital inputs & also has pre amp/headphone amp functionality & costs £999-95. @7.5 kgs build looks to be solid for a DAC
“…….. and the music industry certainly isn’t exempt from the annual round of hauntings, visitations, tricks and treats. In fact – rock stars, recording studios and venues apparently experience a fair amount of paranormal activity and contact from the “other side”.
Elizabeth Alker went to investigate:
Announcing the 3.7i: An improved 3.7 may come as a surprise given that the 3.6 had a 12-year run. But, this is unusual in other ways. The changes did not require retooling or significant cost increases. It did not warrant waiting for a major product change as a 3.8. So, we decided to pass it on now.
Yes, it is unusual, and it is the first time in Magnepan’s history that a speaker can be upgraded at the factory at a reasonable cost (details to follow).
But, what is not unusual— we don’t hype new models. Yes, it sounds better, but we leave that to you to describe.
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A woman who defrauded hundreds of customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000 has been jailed. Kirsty Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, took thousands of orders for the tablet computers between March and December 2012 after claiming she could source them at a reduced price. Teesside Crown Court heard how the 37-year-old was paid for the devices but could not provide them. Cox, who previously admitted four fraud charges, was jailed for two years.
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The latest addition to the Quad hi-fi range is the £600 9AS active speakers with built-in DAC (digital-to-analogue converter). The 9AS speakers feature a built-in amplifier in each unit, thus eradicating the need for an external power amp. Quad has also built a DAC into the speakers, which is able to support 24-bit/192kHz audio. Each pair comprises a ‘master’ and a ‘slave’ unit; both units feature a 100W Class AB power amplifier. The master accepts all audio inputs, as well as …
Matthew Sparkes writes as follows: A 3D printer capable of creating simple electronic components such as speakers in one operation paves the way for entire gadgets to be made cheaply and simply at home.
Well, we aren’t sure. However Dr. Bews hasn’t ruled out the idea. Here’s a comment we received from him tonight in response to a question about why his new DAC5 seems to ignore computer audio. Here’s what he said.
“If I manufacture a USB DAC, it will primarily be a USB DAC using the XMOS USB decoder capable of 384kHz 24 bit PCB (some DSD decoding maybe) and SPDIF digital input would probably be ignored.”
Somewhat brief, but then that’s his way. So … watch this space!
Neil McCauley / OLC editor
French café starts charging extra to rude customers: Manager of La Petite Syrah in Nice says staff were fed up with ‘customers being rude when they’re busy’
A small French café has taken the old adage that manners don’t cost you anything to its logical extreme – by charging extra to rude customers.
At La Petite Syrah in Nice, if you ask for “un café” it will set you back €7 (£5.80). If you also include the magic words “s’il vous plaît” you’ll get the same drink for €4.25, however – and it’s just €1.40 if you begin the order with a friendly “bonjour”.
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