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IK Multimedia NAMM Slam

IK Multimedia NAMM Slam Sale!

As the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show happening later this week in Anaheim, CA, we are starting to see news of new products and updates trickling out from manufacturers – which will quickly turn into a deluge. We’re also starting to get app sales notifications – including an awesome 75% ‘NAMM Slam’ sale from IK Multimedia!

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More Star Wars Games Land on GoG.com This Week!

More Star Wars Games Land on GoG.com This Week!

There are few gaming franchises more beloved than Star Wars universe. From the 1983 arcade classic ‘Star Wars’ through Knights of the Old Republic and LEGO Star Wars, generations have grown up playing in a galaxy far, far away. Last fall GoG.com teamed up with Disney, now they’re making another set of ‘lost classics’ Star Wars games available to enjoy!

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Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6 Is Three Products in One

One of the great things about being around the tech world is watching the way in which companies and product lines evolve. The TwelveSouth BookBook for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a perfect example. The original BookBook was nice but flawed; a few product generations later, and the new BookBook is nothing short of a home run.

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Club Nintendo Closing Up Shop; New Program Coming

Club Nintendo gave gamers extra real-life items (with free shipping) for their purchases when entering/registering codes as members in this Nintendo customer loyalty program for about six years. Now, Nintendo has informed U.S.A. and Canadian members that they can earn more “coin” amounts before Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and spend their remaining amounts before Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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Retro Arcade Indie Platformer Spirefall Launches on iOS!

I remember when MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) launched in the late 1990s, allowing us to jump back to the joy of the games we loved in the early 1980s arcades. MAME has provided nostalgic fun for millions of gamers over the last two decades, but even better is games like Spirefall that recapture those feelings in a new experience!

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IK Multimedia’s GrooveMaker 2 Now Available for Android Devices

As I wrote about during CES week, IK Multimedia is making major advancements on the Android platform for making music. They have been working on their ‘zero latency’ initiative, and the latest output of that is the availability of Groovemaker 2 for Android. Groove maker 2 brings the beat-making and remix app to nearly all capable Android devices.

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The Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag: Power on the Move!

It’s not that uncommon for us to review laptop bags that retail for $150+ and to add our own extended battery packs to the mix, but the $199 Phorce Freedom is the first we’ve reviewed that came with its own built-in 15,000 mAh power source. Why should you get this bag instead of creating your own with available components? 

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The Negative Aspect of Software in Smartphones and Other Devices

There are some negative aspects to using embedded software in hardware.  A few sites have written that about how phones or tablets still on Android versions below 4.4 are at risk for a vulnerability in the default browser. Don’t blame Google for this; blame the OEMs and carriers, as Google fixed the issue. However, there’s much more to this story.

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Handle This Cup Aims to Solve the Problem of Warm Beer

Regular readers of Gear Diary may remember that I’ve mentioned before that I played a lot of rugby in my college/post college years. Besides blood and dirt, the defining substance of rugby is probably beer. Ruggers love their beer. So the Handle This Cup Kickstarter project has my attention as a way to hold beer AND keep it cold!

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A MacBook/iPad User’s Take on the Toshiba Chromebook 2

This post about the Toshiba Chromebook 2 has been a long time coming. It isn’t because I don’t like the machine. I do. Rather, it has taken time because I tried to see how it might fit into my workflow. I’ve come away from the experience impressed by what Google and Toshiba have done. Still, I need to come clean…

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