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Record Online Meetings in Pear Note

While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:

  1. Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
  2. Download LineIn and install it.
  3. Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
  4. Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
  5. Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
  6. Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
  7. Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.

This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.

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ExtraBITS for 12 May 2014

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This week in ExtraBITS, rumors are swirling that Apple may buy Beats Electronics, the fashion-forward music company. We also have an extensive profile of Google co-founder Larry Page, and how he worked his way back to leading the search giant. Finally, in sad news, the App.net social network platform has laid off all employees, though the founders claim it will continue to live “on an indefinite basis.”

Why Would Apple Drop $3.2 Billion on Beats? -- Apple is reportedly set to buy Beats Electronics, maker of premium fashion headphones and the Beats Audio music streaming service, for $3.2 billion. Macworld’s Dan Miller suggests a few compelling reasons why, such as Beats’ curated music service and the industry credibility of co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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Larry Page and His Big Comeback -- Don’t call it a comeback, Larry Page has been there for years! Nicholas Carlson, writing for Business Insider, has penned an extensive profile of the Google founder, focusing on his ouster from — and return to — leadership of the search giant. With a net worth of over $15 billion, one thing is for sure: Page won’t die destitute like his hero, Nikola Tesla.

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App.net Sheds Full-Time Employees, Still “Self-Sustaining” -- App.net, the experimental, subscription-based social network, has announced that, while it’s not closing its doors, its first round of renewals were not enough to retain full-time employees, including founders Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg. The pair claim that despite no longer being able to afford employees, “App.net will continue to operate normally on an indefinite basis.”

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