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IK Multimedia has the power: iRig PowerBridge charges as you play

Posted by Tom July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The latest innovation from IK Multimedia is the iRig PowerBridge – a device that acts as a musical interface for instruments and tablets/phones but now adds power to keep devices alive.

The original iRig has been a relatively affordable, quick and easy solution for using the likes of guitars and basses with tablets and phones for recording and effects. With the PowerBridge attached, the Lightning Port or 30-pin adapter of iPads, iPhones and iPods receive power to ensure they don’t cut out during the eight-minute of your killer improvised solo.

AS it’s powered, it now also offers support for 1/4-inch phantom power mic inputs and MIDI inputs, both of which need a power source to work.

It’s out now for $69.99.

Via sonicstate

Samsung applies for patent of phablet-netbook combo device

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung, fresh from its revitalized conquering of the smartphone world through the Samsung Galaxy S6, seems again ready to take on the world. On its sights now is the enterprise segment of devices, currently dominated by Apple’s iPad. Samsung may be planning to shake up that market a bit with a new idea for a device – a netbook which has a dock for a phablet, dual OS, dual purpose.

The idea is this, that a phablet – say a Galaxy Note device – will naturally run Android while on smartphone mode. When it docks with the netbook frame, the phablet switches to Windows OS – maybe even Windows 10 – and the phablet shall serve as the main processing unit for the netbook frame, even serving as the touchpad of the netbook in one configuration.


Now this will entail a few things. First, that the phablet’s specs will be robust enough to run dual OS. Second, that Samsung and Microsoft will get along and run with this. But if you’ve noticed, they already have – beginning with Microsoft apps being featured in the Samsung Galaxy S6. On the hardware side, we might be beginning to see processors and chipsets that are quite capable of this as well.


What Samsung is planning, is to leverage on a physical keyboard and possibly a better screen on the netbook shell, something that the Apple iPad can’t beat. Apple may actually be resolving that with a new partnership with IBM, and so we see Samsung teaming up with Microsoft at around the same time. Strap in folks, this one is going to get interesting.

VIA: Patently Mobile

Thanko fashion bracelet doubles as iPhone and iPad Lightning Cable

Posted by Tom May - 17 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

The bods at Japan’s Thanko have had their thinking caps on again and this time have come up with a bracelet that doubles as a Lightning Cable for iPhones and iPads. For them, this is a pretty sensible and straight-forward product.

The ‘Beaded Bracelet Lightening Cable’ are a cheap alternative to official Apple cables and actually look quite nice.

They’re shorter than a regular cable too so are useful for quick jobs on small desks.

The bracelets cost ¥1,280 (US$10) and come in a number of colours.


Via akihabaranews

Apple iPad Pro rumors continue: adds Apple A9 processor, Force Touch and NFC

Posted by Tom May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

“Insiders” have revealed some more rumored specs for the Apple iPad Pro tablet.

The slate, which is expected in the autumn, will apparently feature an Apple A9 chipset, which builds on the current Apple iPad Air 2 chip.

Also onboard is expected NFC connectivity for Bluetooth pairing, Force Touch – Apple’s haptic feedback control system – and a USB Type C connector.

It’ll be a large 12.9-inch tablet and will also apparently be open for a new type of keyboard.

Elsewhere the iPad Air should be the basic blueprint, with an 8MP rear camera and an LTE option.

Via tablet-news

Wacom be gone! Astropad turns your iPad into a pro graphics tablet for free

Posted by Tom February - 19 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Two ex-Apple engineers have created Astropad, an app that syncs your iPad with a Mac and lets the iPad operate as a professional graphics tablet.

To be used with a stylus, Astropad uses the company’s Liquid technology that was developed to offer excellent colour-corrected output and 60fps responsiveness that is more than twice as fast as AirPlay.

The free app works with any Mac program and works both wired and over WiFi.

Via astropad

Galaxy Tab S2 tipped to be thinner than iPad Air 2

Posted by wicked February - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

A new rumor is making the rounds that has to do with the next generation of Samsung’s high-end tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2. The original Galaxy Tab S launched last summer and was immediately compared to the iPad Air. According to insiders that claim to know what Samsung is cooking, the Galaxy Tab S2 will be very thin.

In fact, the insiders claim that the S2 will be thinner than the Apple iPad Air 2. Samsung is said to be using a metal frame on the Galaxy Tab S2 to make it feel more premium. Two screen sizes are tipped to be coming to market with a smaller 8-inch unit and a larger 9.7-inch unit.

Both of those screen sizes are slightly smaller than the existing options for the Galaxy Tab S at 8.4-inches and 10.5-inches. That will make the new S2 have a square 4:3 style display rather than the widescreen aspect ratio we are used to.

The rumors don’t include any hints at what hardware might be under the hood or what screen resolution the tablets might offer. We also don’t have any details on when the S2 will launch or exactly how thin it will be.

SOURCE: SamMobile

Synthesized synthesizer: Casio releases classic CZ synth for iPad

Posted by Tom January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

There’s a large number of multiple synth emulators on iPad but Casio’s bringing a dedicated app that recreates the Casio CZ synthesizer.

The first CZ, the CZ 101, was launched in 1984 and the series became popular among musicians throughout the ’80s.

Casio’s new app is dedicated to a quality sound output – four separate parts can be played using the Phase Distortion sound source.

36 types of waveforms are on hand and up to four virtual keyboards can be displayed. There’s also a mode that allows duets, with keyboards facing each way for two people to use it at the same time.

It’s also compatible with MIDI devices, as well as Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.

Happy synthing!

Via akihabaranews

Pushbullet launches apps for iPad, Mac and Safari

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Pushbullet has revealed its latest suite of applications, but this time they’re designed purely for iPad, Mac, and Safari. Just like its Android client, these apps for Apple products allow users to copy and paste text across multiple devices, mirror notifications from their smartphone to their computer, and instantly transfer files, links and photographs between hardware regardless of its operating system.

Hit the break below to see Pushbullet’s new apps in action.

Click here to view the embedded video.

We’d love to know what you think of the new apps — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Download: iPad, Mac and Safari.
Source: Pushbullet


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iBrailler Notes Braille keyboard for iPad arrives – Android version on the way

Posted by Tom January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Visually impaired tablet users have another way to portable computing thanks to the innovative iBrailler Notes keyboard for iPad, with an Android version on the way soon.

The keyboard uses Braille English Grade 1, Grade 2, and Six-Dot Computer Braille.

A standard physical 18-cell Braille keyboard costs anything between $1,800 and up to $6,000. As such, this free app should be a welcome addition to computing on the go.

It is currently in use in blind schools and institutes in the United States and Sri Lanka.

Via wired

Mobile guitar suite iRig 2 brings output and instant Android compatibility

Posted by Tom January - 8 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The guitar to smartphone hook up iRig has been around since 2010 but only got Android compatibility in November last year.

The new iRig 2 builds upon the original interface and adds Android compatibility off the bat, as well as a 1/4-inch output jack.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices, it also supports AmpliTube, the iOS guitar and bass multi-effects processor.

The iRig 2 also comes with a removable element that allows it to be mounted on a mic or music stand to save smashes.

It’ll be out in the first quarter of 2015 at the reasonable price of $39.99.

Via slashgear

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