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September, 2012 Archive

September 27, 2012 • Music Diary, News

MOTU Releases Digital Performer 8 For Mac & Windows!

Back at NAMM in January MOTU (Mark of the Unicorn) announced plans for their flagship DAW (digital audio workstation) Digital Performer to jump to both Mac AND Windows with the release of version 8. Original release was planned for the spring, but today MOTU announced that both Mac and Windows versions are now available – …

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September 27, 2012 • Gear Bits

Physics Wins, as 32 Out of Sync Metronomes End Up Synchronizing

This is a really cool video that operates on a principle of physics: that the transfer of momentum will result in alignment of motion. In other words, as the metronomes tick, they are transferring force to the table, and due to the design of the table that force is dampened and dissipated through the table …

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September 27, 2012 • Gear Bits, Music Diary

Stream Diana Krall’s Upcoming ‘Glad Rag Doll’ for FREE on USAToday This Week!

Diana Krall is a Grammy winning, million selling jazz vocalist and pianist, whose singing and playing have earned her accolades and made her one of the top-selling artists in all of jazz and pop music. We recently saw her live with Paul McCartney, and she had a major role in his latest album, arranging, playing, …

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September 26, 2012 • Music Diary, Reviews

Emily Remler a Retrospective Look at Her Music

Last week would have been the 55th birthday of jazz guitarist Emily Remler … had she not died in 1990. To commemorate this great jazz guitarist and one of the pioneering female instrumentalists, I wanted to do a retrospective of her musical legacy. There are way too many tales of artists who have died too …

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September 26, 2012 • Gaming, Reviews

Jumpster for iPhone and iPad Review

Type of app: Action-Platformer game Platform/where to buy: iPhone/iPad (Universal); available in the App Store Developer: Vogat / G5 Entertainment Description: Jump ship! As Jumpster, a cute little alien, is cruising through the galaxy, his ship is hit by a meteorite and springs a fuel leak! Poor Jumpster crash-lands on the planet Okadia and now …

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September 26, 2012 • Gear Bits

Wrapsol Ultra Screen and Back Protector for iPhone 5

Early reports suggest the iPhone 5 is having some issues with both the black and white coloring chipping off the sides and back. And with the device being so new, there haven’t been many options for protecting it. For that reason I have been treating mine with great care. I was thrilled when a Wrapsol …

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September 26, 2012 • Music Diary, News

Stream Muse New Album ‘The 2nd Law’ for FREE on iTunes This Week!

While most of us were not particularly enamored of the Muse Olympic theme or sure about the dubstep-y sounds previewed from their new album, there are millions of Muse fans waiting to check out the final product and hoping for the best. Well, before dropping $13.99 on iTunes to find out … you can stream …

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September 25, 2012 • eBooks, News

Barnes and Noble Goes Hollywood

Barnes and Noble needed something big to compete against the Kindle Fire, and today they announced one part of what that might be: NOOK Video. Details are light, but it sounds like this will be a streaming and pay for download service. In fact, it sounds an awful lot like Amazon Prime Streaming… The big …

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September 25, 2012 • Music Diary, Reviews

Griffin StudioConnect MIDI-Audio Interface System for iPad Review

If you plan to use your iPad as a recording studio, you need to figure out a way of getting signals in and out … Oh, and a way of holding your iPad steady while working. Or, you can just get the Griffin StudioConnect and take care of it all at once! Let’s take a …

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September 25, 2012 • Autos, Reviews

2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe in Steamy, Hot Magma Red

Certain automotive formulas work for some automakers. Porsche has its 911, Ford has the Mustang, BMW (of course) the 3-Series and for Nissan it’s the Z. Build a good car that is fun to drive, back it with a loyal customer base and the model line is set for a long lifespan – 43 years …

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September 25, 2012 • Gaming, Reviews

Torchlight 2 Video First Look Review

Type of app: Action-RPG Platform/where to buy: PC (Mac coming); available on Steam Developer: Runic Games Description: The award-winning action RPG is back, bigger and better than ever! Torchlight II takes you back into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets – and, once again, the fate of the world …

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September 25, 2012 • Gear Bits, Music Diary, News

iOS 6 Brings Loads of SIGNIFICANT App Updates

By now we all know the mantra – when there is a new iOS update, prepare for the onslaught of app updates. It used to be surprising … now it is expected. I have probably updated 100 apps on my iPad since last week. Oh, and I should mention that I LOVE the in-place updating! …

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September 25, 2012 • Gear Bits, News

Apparently People Aren’t Happy with the NFL Replacement Referees!

If you have checked your Facebook newsfeed on the last few Sundays or Monday Nights (or Thursday nights for that matter), chances are you have seen some significant rants about the ‘performance’ of the replacement referees brought in by the league while the normal officials are in contract talk lockout. The talk isn’t just the …

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September 25, 2012 • News

Give Your iMac or Thunderbolt Display a Lift with TwelveSouth’s HiRise

Twelve South has just introduced another great accessory for your iMac or Thunderbolt Display. The HiRise for iMac is “The first ever adjustable iMac Stand and Desk Storage System”. Here’s what the company has to say about it: HiRise radically transforms the look of your iMac or Apple Display by integrating the base into the HiRise …

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September 25, 2012 • Gear Bits, Health and Fitness

Global Bacon Shortage Coming in 2013!

In this age of global shipping and corporate farming conglomerates, we like to think that dealing with seasons and shortages of anything is a thing of the past. But now the British National Pig Association issues a warning that I am sure is being met with great consternation at places like Epic Meal Time: New …

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September 24, 2012 • Gear Bits

Apple’s Ping to Cease Operation Sept 30 in Case You Care … Which You Don’t

I was too busy with actual work to get to see the Apple iPhone event this year, so when I heard that Ping was ceasing operations on September 30th through an email … I just assumed it was one of those Apple ‘shutdown in 7 days’ things like we got for iWork and MobileMe and …

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September 24, 2012 • Crowdfunding

Cobra Wallet is a Modern Wallet that Compliments Your Phone

Project Title: Cobra Wallet: A modern wallet that compliments your phone Status: Open Closing Date for Funding: October 21, 2012 URL of the Project: Find it here. From the Creatives: The Cobra Wallet: We are entrepreneurs and frequent travelers. Josh works day to day with CAD models to bring hardware designs to life. Alex works …

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September 24, 2012 • Reviews

iHome iDM5 Bluetooth Keyboard Speaker System Review

Mike is in the midst of an iPad challenge to see if the tablet can serve as his 99% computer. (Read it, here!) The speed of the iPad 3 combined with the depth and breadth of the apps now available in the iTunes App Store make it easier to get to that 99% than ever …

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September 24, 2012 • Reviews

Blue Microphone’s Mikey Digital Review

One of the tables I visited at the Pepcom Holiday Showcase last week belonged to Blue Microphones. We’ve long been fans of their products, and I was impressed with the three that I saw. (We’ll be looking at each over the next few weeks.) The company was kind enough to send me home with one of …

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September 24, 2012 • Gaming, Reviews

Spec Ops: The Line Video Review

Type of app: Third Person Shooter Platform/where to buy: PC; available at Steam Developer: Yager / 2K Games Description: Spec Ops: The Line is a new original title from 2K Games that features provocative and gripping Third-Person modern military Shooter gameplay designed to challenge players’ morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations …

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September 24, 2012 • Gaming, Reviews

Borderlands 2 Video Review

Type of app: First Person Shooter Platform/where to buy: PC; available at Steam Developer: Gearbox Software / 2K Games Description: Borderlands 2 is a hybrid First-Person Shooter, RPG game focused on over-the-top co-op play, and set in the open-world game environment of the planet Pandora. The second game in the game series, Borderlands 2 raises …

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