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.

iRig Mic Studio large diaphragm pro mic now shipping

irigMicStudioIK Multimedia, has announced that iRig Mic Studio is now available and shipping. It’s an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone — with a 1” diameter capsule — that’s perfect for musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and anyone else who needs to capture professional quality sound. Designed for plug-and-play seamless operation with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android, now anyone can record with studio-quality results anytime and anywhere.

Its release coincides with the arrival of the new Mic Room microphone-modeling app for iPhone and iPad recently reviewed.
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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.

Gadgets and Gifts for your Golfing Dad

Gadgets and Gifts for your Golfing DadWith Father’s Day right around the corner, I don’t know of any Dad who wouldn’t be happy with a little gift that can help improve his golf game. And one gadget that can help him with that task is the Blast Golf Precision Motion Sensor. It’s a small easy to use waterproof sensor and golf club attachment that sits discretely atop almost any putter or driver grip.  It is so smart, it knows when Dad is moving and dynamically powers itself up and by using Blast’s proprietary motion detection algorithms, accurately collects real-time 3D action metrics.

The sensor works with Blast Golf Replay, the free companion app that connects via Smart Bluetooth that captures and analyzes Father’s putts and swings. And with Blast’s patented Smart Video Capture feature, it allows Dad to record his play and automatically clips the video when it identifies “high-energy” events to create a highlight series. It then overlays the data collected – like swings speed, lie, loft, rotation and more, onto the video, so Dad can replay and see what went well and how he can fine- tune his game. The app also allows Dad to set goals, track his progress and even share highlights on his favourite social networks with one easy touch.  READ FULL REVIEW at Tech News on G4.

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.

Major web upgrade comes to Netflix

The app like design provides consistency across platforms, including mobile devices

New_Netflix_Website_ENEDMONTON, AB Jun 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ – After four years, Netflix has finally decided that it was time for an overhaul of their website. Gone are those cascading box shots that scrolled right to left like moving sidewalks at the airport. They’ve been replaced with an interface that resembles a more modern app experience than a traditional series of webpages.

Now to be fair, the site was pretty cool when it was originally designed, but four years in technology is a pretty long time. The company says that it has redesigned to take advantage of the availability of more sophisticated technology that allows for richer visuals and animations. The app like design makes sense by providing consistency across platforms as more people watch Netflix on their mobile devices including smart phones and tablets.  Read Full Post at Troy Media.

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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