IK offers free 96kHz firmware upgrade for iRig PRO and iRig HD

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While today is Canada Day, owners of the iRig Pro and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces have another reason to celebrate. These funky little devices that enable high-resolution audio sampling can now be enhanced via a firmware update to sample at higher 24-bit 96kHz, for free.

IK Multimedia, creators of the iRig HD and iRig Pro, announced today the no-charge update for registered owners of these devices, allowing them to double their original 24-bit 48kHz sampling rate. According to the company, the update will effectively now allow musicians to, “play and record with recording studio quality sound and capture even more of the subtle nuance and detail of analog instruments and other input sources.”  Read Full Article at: Canoe Tech Blog.

Did I just miss a call from myself?

CallerIdSpoofingIf I told you that I just missed the call from myself, you’d likely think either I had started Canada Day celebrations just a little bit early or I was totally losing it. But it’s true. My phone rang and my caller ID had my own number on it. However, it wasn’t me or my voicemail calling, it’s just another way that telemarketers and phone scam artists are trying to get you to pick up your phone.

I have to admit, it took me by surprise. I’ve become wise to the “unknown name unknown number”, “private caller” and the mysterious 1-800 or 1-888 numbers and even repeated calls that originated from my local area code. But when I got a call from my own number it caught me little off guard.

Wouldn’t you be curious enough to pick up the phone call coming from your own number?  READ MORE at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Epson WorkForce All-In-One inkjet rivals multifunction laser

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Attention all Dads. Did you end up with a gift card for Father’s Day and wondering what kind of gadget you might get yourself?  If you’re the kind of guy who likes to buy things that are both useful and practical for both home or office and that can also be shared with the family, then check out the Epson WorkForce WF-3640, an affordable colour inkjet all-in-one that fits those criteria and rivals multifunction lasers.

All-in-one really means 4-in-1.  It prints, copies, scans and yes, it even faxes for the few times you will actually need to. It’s pretty quick too, rated at 19ppm in black and 10ppm in colour and a little more than half that speed when printing double-sided.  It uses the latest DURABrite Ultra pigment ink so it shouldn’t fade or smudge.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Mic Room by IK Multimedia turns one mic into twenty

microomWouldn’t it be nice to be able to use a myriad of studio microphones to get the right sound without even having to unplug the one you’re currently using? Well with Mic Room by IK Multimedia you now can. Mic Room is a simple and clever microphone-modeling app for your iOS device that transforms your microphone. It can turn your iRig Mic HD, iRig Mic Field or even your iPhone’s built-in mic or even Apple earbuds into a Shure SM58, an AKG C12 condenser or even a classic foam capsule old-time late night radio mic and more.

It’s a great concept. If we think of classic tracks or the music we want to create, being able to have just the right condenser, dynamic or ribbon mic can make things sound exactly the way they should.  We have virtual amps, why not mics, too? Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Fathers Day gifts for gadget-loving Dads

Kinivo snapIt’s that time again finding the right gift for dear old Dad. If you’re looking for some funky socks, you won’t find them here unless they’re water-cooled or have embedded sensors, in which case I really should “get me a pair”. But fear not, there are certainly some really cool gadgets for Dad most of which I’m sure he’d be happy to share with the family.

Galileo Motorized Robotic Platform

If Dad loves to take pictures and capture video then Galileo by Motrr might be just the accessory he’s looking for. I wouldn’t call it a droid, but a closer description might be an app controlled motorized robotic platform. Galileo will allow Dad to not only prop up his iPhone or iPod touch or even GoPro but also help him zoom, pan, tilt and rotate up to 360 degrees remotely. This can be from either a nearby Bluetooth enabled handheld device or from the other side of the world through the Internet. You can also program Galileo with pre-programmed movements; face tracking and one touch panoramas. Imagine the incredible shots and virtual tours Dad could make. He could also use it for cool Google Hangouts or even a remote security camera. READ Full Post at CanoeTech Blog.

LG Announces 4K FreeSync Display

freesync-mu67LG has just announced a new 27-inch class Ultra HD 4K monitor that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and a huge 3840 x 2160 screen resolution intended to provide the ultimate gaming experience for both real-time strategy and first-person shooter games that have graphic intensive visuals and ultra fast paced action.

The monitor, the LG 27MU67 features AMD’s FreeSync technology designed to eliminate image tearing and stuttering which typically happens when the monitor’s refresh rate and the graphics card’s frame rate can’t keep up with the other each other and end up out of sync. With the inclusion of FreeSync, even with a refresh range of only 40-60Hz, the gamer will experience both a fluid motion and no loss of frame rate. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

iRig UA: First near-zero latency Android guitar effects processor

 

iRig UA _02Apple iOS has been the mobile OS of choice for many artists and musicians for many reasons with one factor being the inconsistency of Android devices/OSs with respect to audio latency – the time delay as audio passes through the system. So when IK Multimedia decided to create an Android version of iRig, their digital guitar interface and effects processor, instead of trying compensate for the myriad of Android flavours, they used a novel approach. The result: iRig UA, the first of its kind guitar and effects processor for Android devices with near-zero latency.  READ FULL REVIEW at CANOE TECH BLOG

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Apple recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers

BeatsPillXLIf you own Beats Pill XL headphones, it may be possible the battery might overheat and catch on fire. To that end, Apple announced today that they are voluntary recalling these speakers and will issue a full refund for customers.

While Apple says the occurrence is rare, they may still pose a fire risk. So not to take any chances Apple has requested that anyone who is currently using these speakers to stop using them immediately.

Apple says the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle and could come in any of the five colours: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.  Get full story at: Canoe Tech Blog.

Grid-It woven elastic system keeps you organized

Gridit LArgeIf you ever had to dig through your backpack or kit bag trying to find a cable or accessory, it can certainly be a real pain, especially when you’re in hurry. The solution, which at first you may not think novel, is elastic bands. But not just any elastic bands, but rather a purposefully organized system of interwoven bands by Cocoon Innovations appropriately called Grid-It.
Grid-It is the ultimate organizer. Grid-Its come in various shapes and sizes and while they were likely designed for gadgets like your iPhone and accessories like your earbuds and charging cable, you can use one for just about anything you could potentially tuck under or wrap in an elastic band.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: iKlip Grip multifunction video stand with Bluetooth shutter remote

iKlip Grip TallAccessory maker IK Multimedia is back with yet another addition to their iKlip product line, this time, the iKlip Grip that at first glance looks like just another monopod or selfie-stick. But it’s more than that. It’s a cleverly designed modular 4-in-1 accessory offering additional functionality as a desktop tripod, a handle/stabilizer and a tripod adapter with a Bluetooth shutter remote to boot.

In the package you get a handle/tripod, extender, a bracket/tripod adapter plus a remote Bluetooth shutter, that when paired with a compatible device allows you to take a snapshot remotely. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.