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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

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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

iPad Air clone runs Android KitKat, Windows 8.1

Posted by wicked January - 2 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

I’m not really a fan of clones because I feel they are violating copyright and infringes on many legal things. But then again, seeing popular gadgets being cloned is interesting because most of them can be funny. Apple gadget look-a-likes running Android are nothing new so this Android-powered iPad Air clone is not really surprising. The iPad Air is still pricey but the design is one of the best in tablets today ( not that Apple’s design has really changed over the years). If you dig the iPad Air but is a hardcore Android fan, you can get this alternative from China for only $193.

Officially called as the Onda V919 3G Air, this iPad Air-like tablet is not bad for a mobile device that is under $200. The basic model already boasts of 64GB built-in storage and 3G cellular data connectivity (sorry, no 4G LTE yet). It doesn’t only run Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s dual booting so you can switch between Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1. Of course, it won’t run iOS so don’t expect to hack the tablet and run iOS apps.

Specs of the Onda V919 3G Air include a 9.7-inch 4:3 display screen, 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, aluminum unibody, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2.16GHz 64-bit Intel Bay Trail-T Z3736F quad-core solution, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, and WCDMA band support. There’s really no 4G LTE band support but the tablet is good enough for its affordable price.

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SOURCE: Tmall

Chromebooks now more popular than iPads in U.S. schools

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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For the first time ever, Chromebooks surpassed iPad sales to U.S. schools. According to IDC, 715,000 Chromebooks were sold to U.S. schools in the 3rd quarter as opposed to 702,000 iPads for the same period. It might not be by much, but the spread is likely to grow.

It’s obvious the lower costs that Chromebooks enjoy is a big factor. Schools can buy Chromebooks for as low as $199 vs the iPad Air, which runs $379 after educational discounts. Let’s also not forget the full keyboard that makes things a lot easier. Last but not least, Chromebooks are easier to manage.

IDC analyst Rajani Singh said, “Chromebooks are really gaining traction. The growth of Chromebook is a major concern for Apple’s iPad. As the average age of the student grows the need for a keyboard becomes very important.”

If there is one advantage that Apple has though, it’s the number of educational apps. There are over 75,000 educational apps in iTunes. However, Google recently launched Google Play for Education, which could make a run for the money especially since Android apps can be adapted to Chrome OS.

source: Financial Times
via: 9to5Google

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Apple iPad Event Live Blog!

Posted by Kellex October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

I know that you all have a hangover from yesterday’s wave of Nexus and Lollipop announcements, but our work is not done. There will be more Nexus and Lollipop news today, guaranteed. However, before we get back on that train, we first have a live blog of another Apple event to get through! That’s right, one of our favorite collaborations in the world is happening once again – live commentary between the DL staff and readers during an Apple product unveiling. Few things are as entertaining as this. 

So, here is the deal. Apple is likely going to announce new iPads, new Macs (iMacs and Mac minis?), and hopefully, a stable release of Yosemite. That certainly doesn’t sound all that interesting to Android enthusiasts, but trust me, we always make it a good time in our chat (which is embedded below). Unintentionally hilarious things will be said (and mocked). There will be misleading slides galore. Invention will arrive. Reinvention too. Magical-ness. Yes.

The event kicks off at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). Apple will stream the happenings live at their site, which you need Safari or an Apple device to watch.

Join us!

Apple iPad Event Live Blog! is a post from: Droid Life

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad launches on Wednesday

Posted by Tom September - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Wednesday September 17 will see the release of the popular Android keyboard app, Swiftkey, on iOS devices.

Lauded as the best custom keyboard tool on the market, SwiftKey will make the transition to Apple iPhones and iPads, allowing a new degree of customisation – one Android users have already grown used to.

SwiftKey Cloud will also be available, allowing personal dictionaries and preferences to be saved across devices. It can also trawl your emails, tweets, etc. to find out how you write and customise autocorrects to your style and quirks.

Via slashgear

Apple is not so safe after all, right?

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The whole world gives Android the cold shoulder when speaking of privacy and security. It’s often said viruses and attackers can get all over your phone and take all your information. It has been proven time after time that Apple’s hardware and software are far from being foolproof.

Last weekend was the perfect example of the misunderstanding revolving the tech community. Nude photographs of popular celebrities were posted all over the web, originally shared via 4Chan. This event was cleverly named as “The Fappening”, a day that will forever be remembered in the tech world.

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The hackers mention over 100 celebrities were affected, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Selena Gomez and many others.

The trouble for celebrities is that much of their personal information is not so secret.

While no information is 100% confirmed, hackers mention these images were taken straight form the users’ iCloud accounts. For those without knowledge of iCloud, it’s Apple’s cloud service, which syncs your images and videos across Apple devices through your account.

Metadata does show most of these images were taken with Apple devices, but iOS seems to be the standard OS used by most celebrities.

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Experts believe this could have been due to poor password choices or a vulnerability in one of Apple’s services. Others, like Rik Ferguson, believe the hacker probably already knew the affected users’ iCloud-linked emails, then simply used the “I forgot my password link” and answered a security question (which are often public knowledge for celebrities).

These are all assumptions, of course. The main argument here is that this person(s) claim to have pulled the images out of iCloud. We don’t intend to blindly bash Apple and fanboy our way into an attack towards the iPhone maker.

We just want people to know the claims that Android is less secure than Apple are, in most cases, pure bogus. Every platform has its defects and vulnerabilities, just like its strengths. Hackers have many ways of reaching you, but you can make it insanely hard on them if you know your tech.

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Many users are not vey strict with their password standards, for example. There’s a list of about 500 most-used passwords in the world. Can we really not get more creative? Also, we must consider our cloud services’ nature and know how to use services.

We are learning far too slowly to take care of our online persona. For example, even if you’ve deleted an image from your smartphone, it’s still out there somewhere on the internet…

I wouldn’t upload private images to any of my cloud services. And if I did, I would make sure they are not reachable, especially if I was a celebrity. You can easily turn off auto-upload, which is an easy solution.

We also don’t want to turn around the blame and say these celebrities are responsible for this. Of course, this was an attack and no one should access your information (even if your passwords is “123456789″). All we are saying is: in a world were information is worth more than possessions, we need to learn how to protect our private data.

Meanwhile, Apple says it is actively working on this issue and some patches have even been implemented, making iCloud more secure.


Via: Metro;

Samsung Galaxy Tab S goes to the street, compared with iPad Air

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Samsung released a video yesterday that took its premier tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S – to the streets of New York and asked seemingly random people to compare it with Apple’s current gen iPad Air. We say “seemingly” because, all things aside, it’s still a Samsung-produced video. Then again, we’ll give them half the benefit of doubt.

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab S launched, the South Korean gadget giant hyped a lot on the tablet’s fab looks – it’s sexy thin to ridiculous proportions. And it has a vibrant display, which it claimed was better than what most high-end tablets out in the market had. Now it was a matter of taking the Galaxy Tab S and have the people of New York compare it with Apple’s premium tablet.

It’s a marketing video, for all it worth. And of course, they showed the people who gave their tablet glowing reviews. But a couple of things are factual, though – the Galaxy Tab S is visible thinner than the iPad Air. More than that, it is comparably lighter, and this is a real-world variable that people consider from using tablet devices. Lastly, out in the New York sunshine, the Galaxy Tab S showed a better display – most likely by virtue of its higher pixel count.

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Overheating rumors aside, we can grant that most people would probably choose the Galaxy Tab S if on looks and display alone. When seen beside the iPad Air, the Galaxy Tab S looks undeniably fab – razor thin and that much lighter. Actual usage would take into consideration apps, processor performance, operating system and all that – that is when you can really say which the better tablet is. But for now, let’s allow Samsung this – they made a good looking tablet, that’s for sure.

SOURCE: Samsung