Hey Alexa where’s my half-caf Venti Macchiato?

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Do you like being able to order your Venti half-caf Caramel Macchiato with a twist, in advance, before you arrive at your friendly neighbourhood Starbucks? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Siri and Alexa may soon be able to take your order as Starbucks recently announced Voice Ordering coming soon to an iOS app or Amazon Alexa platform near you. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Toastcaster 67 Ummo App: Your Harvard Developed Personalized Speech Coach

UmmoTeamPhotoCrop[27:46] Ummo App is your personalized speech coach & crutch-word finder developed at Harvard University. Greg speaks with two of its developers from Dehli, India and the Bay Area in California, Anshul Bhagi and Sam Li who tell us what the app’s about; how they developed it and how IBM’s Watson plays a role.

They also tell us how you can use it to analyze and improve your speaking skills and share how Boston Toastmasters have been involved and what the future has in store for the app.  You can find more Toastcaster Podcasts at Toastcaster.com or iTunes.

iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO go universal

irigkeys_universalOctober 1, 2015 – IK Multimedia announced today that its iRig Keys range of mobile keyboard controllers is going universal, meaning they will be compatible with Lightning-compatible iOS devices and Android devices as well as Mac/PC right out of the box and at the same price as before.

Both the ultra-portable iRig Keys and mobile full-size keyboard iRig Keys PRO controllers will now come with a Micro-USB to OTG cable for Android devices in addition to their Lightning and USB cables. (30-pin cable is still available as an option)

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Whistle iOS app helps you discover your fitness buddies

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Whistle is a new location-based social discovery iOS app determined to bring both die-hard and aspiring fitness enthusiasts together within their community. It’s designed to help alleviate the challenge of finding partners to workout with or to find a time that would work best for all.

“I know first-hand how frustrating it can be to be pumped up to exercise, only to have your workout partner cancel on you at the last minute. When you’ve got plans to workout with friends and family, they are often more likely to skip out on breaking a sweat,” says Laura Davidson, founder of WHISTLE. ” Our app makes it easy to find people interested in similar forms of fitness, with a similar schedule. And we’ve found that our users are much less likely to cancel on a new partner than a friend or family member.”      Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Speedo, Misfit partner in new swim tracker Speedo Shine

speedo-shine-man-Misfit, the makers of Shine, the slim-lined activity and sleep tracker, has partnered up with swim apparel and accessories giant Speedo and have introduced the new Speedo Shine. The Speedo Shine takes a page or all of the pages really from the original Shine, incorporating all the same functionality plus new features designed with swimmers in mind.

Specifically, it adds proprietary lap counting algorithms, driven by its 3-axis accelerometer, embedded right into the device’s firmware. It’s designed to work for all stroke types and more accurate than general-purpose devices having been validated by Speedo in-pool testing. Olympic Gold Medalist and Speedo athlete and fitness ambassador, Missy Franklin, has also endorsed it. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech 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.

Zepp announces Softball app and partnership

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Softball, sometimes looked at as the poor cousin to Baseball, gets a well-deserved little shot in the arm, with an announcement today by Zepp, a provider of wearable sports technology. The company has teamed up with some of the most-revered softball players and coaches in the country to develop tailored training content for the often-overlooked Softball community.

The Zepp Baseball-Softball app has been updated to include Softball-specific features, created in partnership with two-time Olympian, Natasha Watley, US Olympic legend, Jennie Finch, and collegiate coaches Tim Walton (University of Florida), Heather Tarr (University of Washington), and Sue Enquist (former UCLA head coach).

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HOOKED ON PHONICS celebrates back-to-school with 98% off iOS & Android Apps

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School is back in session, and many parents and teachers have been feeling the strain in their wallets, outfitting kids for their first day or supplying and decorating their classrooms in preparation for the return of students. American Express’s annual survey on back-to-school spending finds that parents fork over an average of $1,151 for their children before school even starts — compared with $1,094 in 2013 and $867 in 2012.

A recent United Federation of Teachers (UFT) survey found that teachers are spending an average of $500 out of there own pocket each year purchasing supplies for their students.

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Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App 2013

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Love the action that happens on New Year’s Eve in Times Square but just can’t be there?  With the free Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App 2013by Countdown Entertainment, you can get virtually close.

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GarageBand 1.1 now universal across all iOS devices

Garageband appGood news for GarageBand lovers. Apple has rolled out version 1.1 that features a number of welcomed enhancements, but best of all, GarageBand is now a universal app, which means that you can now run it on your compatible iPhone or iPod touch as well as your iPad.

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