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Just Japanese: Most Popular Vocaloids

A vocaloid is a singing voice synthesis made by Yamaha and a computer software. The software allows users to put melodies and lyrics in order to synthesize singing. In other words, with this technology, singing can be produced without a singer using fragments of voices recorded from actual singers called the Singer Library. They have created musical pieces and have released them on Nico Video and YouTube. With these releases, vocaloids became extremely popular. Also the UGC (self-produced content) grew at a fast pace. From there, CDs with vocaloid songs entered the top-seller lists and became popular songs for people to sing at karaoke, The software and music created from it have created a music culture in itself. Vocaloid technology has grown stronger and now few people can tell their voices are fake. Vocaloids became so popular that they found a way to turn them into holograms for concerts. (Paraphrased…

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Update: Do You Think You Know Your Teachers?

Voice 1: “Hey! Watch out for turtle crossings and being tackled by tilapia!” Is it Mr. Chagan, Dr. Z, or Mr. Tozer? Voice 2: “Do you have gum in your mouth?!” Is it Mrs. Guenther, Mr. Barry, or Ms. Kenealy? Voice 3: “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” Is it Mr. Fifer, Mr. Terrell, or Mr. Barry? Voice 4: “Beau is wearing a Penn State sweatshirt?” Is it Mrs. Crowley, Mr. Tozer, or Mrs. Quinn?   UPDATE: ANSWERS Voice 1: Dr. Z Yep, folks, that was Dr. Z. If you got that right, kudos to you! That one was all about what she said, not what she sounded like! Voice 2: Mrs. Guenther Yep, Mrs. Guenther. Also about what she said! Voice 3: Mr. Barry Did you hear the accent? Voice 4: Mr. Tozer Did you get it? If you would like, share your scores in the comments…

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App Unwrap: Homework App Roundup

This “App Unwrap” features homework apps that can be used to increase your daily productivity. For each of these recommended apps we include the price and some features of the app. We also rate each app from -5 stars to 5 stars. We hope all of these apps will help you keep track of your homework. Enjoy the list! (One note: Avoid costly apps because you can get great apps without spending any money! All of the apps below are free.) Recommended Apps Homework List (Free) Features: Notifications when homework is due Date changes color as due date comes near App Store rating:  ⭐️⭐️ Hugh’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mekkhi’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Calendar (Free; pre-installed on your iPad) Features: Syncs with haiku Has a calendar view Reminders can be enabled for certain times Hugh’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mekkhi’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Console Wars

PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Introduction Sony and Microsoft released their new systems, PlayStation4 and Xbox One, at around the same time in November. Sony and Microsoft are trying to outsell each other by making better games, better softwares and better designs. The Xbox One starts at $500 including Kinect whereas the PS4 starts at $400. Xbox One and PS4 are still gaming consoles but Xbox took a turn to multimedia capabilities, while PS4 still focuses only on gaming. Both consoles are extraordinary, so choosing the one that is right for you just depends on what you value. PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Console The PS4 has a nice, sleek black design which can be propped vertically or horizontally. The PS4 also comes with a Blu-ray player so the owner can watch Blu-ray discs. Additionally, it has two USB ports in the front for headphones or charging stations. The PS4…

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