Smashing line-up for September iTunes Festival 2014

iTunes Festival 2014 signFor many, September means back-to-school, but for others, it’s iTunes Festival time and it’s back again for an 8th year, with 30 incredible nights of live performances from London’s historic Roundup stage. If you can’t be there, you can still experience the event by streaming it over iTunes or Apple TV. And best of all, it’s still free.

Apple announced today some of the biggest artists that will be headlining this year, including; Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde & many others.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

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iRig MIDI 2 1st portable Lightning /USB midi for iOS, Mac & PC

iRigMidi2 IK Multimedia has just released iRig MIDI 2, the first portable Lightning/USB MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Mac and PC.  iRig MIDI 2 adds a whole new level of portability and connectivity thanks to its detachable and interchangeable cable inputs, standard MIDI connectors and pocket-sized form factor. It’s the perfect mobile MIDI solution for the musician on the go.

iRig MIDI 2 is so flexible because all of its cables are fully detachable and interchangeable via its Mini-DIN connector: Users can swap out Lightning connector, 30-pin connector and USB cables on the fly, which allows for quick switching while on the move. All cables are bumper friendly, which means that iRig MIDI 2 can be plugged into mobile devices without having to remove any protective case. [Read more...]

Skype 5.2 for iPhone adds Voice Messaging Support

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It seems that since the release of Skype 5.0 for iPhone less than a month ago the good folks at Skype have been really listening and taking user feedback to heart.  According to their blog, Skype 5.1 for iPhone added some additional capabilities including the ability to edit a message, delete a conversation and add a contact filter that selects Skype contacts only. And now, the newly minted Skype 5.2 for iPhone adds a few more features and returns old ones that people have been asking for.

The first is voice message support, something that was lost with the revamped 5.0. When you get a new voice message it will automatically show up in the conversation. All you need to do to listen to it is press play.

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iPod touch prices down as Apple refreshes 16GB model

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While all the Apple talk seems to be focused on the rumoured big screened iPhone 6, there was good news out today for many iPod touch fans as Apple introduced slight changes to the iPod touch lineup. This is a good thing, as the iPod touch in essence gives you a number of features of the iPhone, like the ability to use apps, but without the phone.

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Review: iRig Voice & EZ Voice unleash your inner singer

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IK Multimedia, known for specializing in gear for musicians and artists released iRig Voice today. This affordable microphone designed for basic voice recording and ideal to pair with popular music apps, karaoke apps and in particular IK’s new EZ Voice - which allows you to sing along to your favourite tune and hear your own voice.

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Apple rolls out new budget 21.5-inch iMac

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21.5-inch iMac (left) 27-inch iMac (right)

Much to everyone’s surprise, there were no new hardware announcements at WWDC 2014 earlier this month, despite the rumour mill being flooded with them. Now today, two weeks later, although this one was probably already in the works, Apple unveils a new entry-level budget 21.5 inch iMac.

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Greg’s first Google Hangout as guest on Dotto Tech

Had a great opportunity to be a guest on Steve Dotto’s recently introduced Hangouts. What’s also cool i that this was actually the first Google Hangout I’ve participated in.  I guess resistance was futile. Seriously, this was simply just the first time.

Also joining the Hangout are Bosco Anthony, Gillian Shaw and Fraser Morrison.

We’re talking about Facebook being sued and Apple WWDC 14 amongst other things. Watch and and enjoy.

If you prefer or if you’re on the road, then you can listen to the podcast:

Apple WWDC Keynote highlight recap

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Another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) keynote has come and gone. While most of the rumour mills were shut down (i.e. there were absolutely no new hardware announcements), there was certainly enough fuel coming out of the Mac OS and the Apple iOS updates to fill up the two-hour live stream and then some.

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Watch Apple WWDC 14 keynote streamed live

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This coming Monday, June 2nd, will mark the start of yet another Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Like previous years it kicks off with an opening keynote and, as per usual, no prior information is revealed.  All we know is that it’s being billed as an Apple Special Event “with exciting announcements” and it will be streamed live starting at 10AM PDT (1PM EDT).

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Apple beefs up MacBook Air processors and battery life

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The MacBook Air still looks the same but under the hood they now have a little more zip, being updated with the latest power efficient fourth generation Intel Core processors.

All MacBook Air models now come standard with the fourth generation dual-core 1.4Ghz Intel Core i5 processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.7GHz and Intel Graphics HD 5000 video. They still feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage. iLife and iWork are still included.

For even more power, the configure-to-order options can give you an even faster 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB of solid state flash storage.

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