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moodscaper

August 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

moodscaper

I was doodling around with the moodscaper app on my iPad, and I came up with this tune. There are no edits except to trim some silence at the beginning. I played it straight through using only the moodscaper app to create the various musical tones. The app is suitable for both experienced and novice […]

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Sounds of CEATEC

October 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Sounds of CEATEC

What is it like to walk across a busy tradeshow floor? Apart from the visual stimuli, there’s a rich aural experience, as the various sounds swirl in and out of your hearing range. You’ll hear company reps touting the latest products, music that swells to a crescendo as presentations reach their peak, and bits of […]

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Your Robot Phone

October 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Your Robot Phone

At last week’s CEATEC tradeshow in Japan, Sharp previewed its new RoBoHoN (the name is short for “Robot Phone”). RoBoHoN is certainly an ambitious and groundbreaking product. It’s an LTE and Wi-Fi compatible cellphone that resembles a small robot, both in appearance and functionality. There’s built-in voice and face recognition, which allows the robot to […]

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Musical Tablet

July 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Musical Tablet

The iPad app that I’m playing here is TC-Data from Bit Shape Software. It provides a programmable interface that converts your finger touches into controls for a musical instrument. You can program the interface so that the distances, angles, rotation, speeds, and timings of your touches become expressive data. You can find out more about […]

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Sci-Fi Ringtones

July 9th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Sci-Fi Ringtones

I have a fondness for the clunky, analog sounds of vintage sci-fi films. Not the sophisticated soundscapes of recent blockbuster movies, but the low-budget, let’s-see-what-works audio from the 1950s and 1960s. Remember the room-sized computers that hum at alternating frequencies? The hum was offset by the whirring of the computers’ storage reels, which periodically spin […]

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Pinball Ringtones

June 10th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Pinball Ringtones

Looking for something different in an analog-type ringtone? How about trying the sounds of a vintage pinball machine? Since the 1970s, most pinball machines have adopted electronic tones, recorded sounds, and overly intrusive music. Earlier pinball machines used bells, bumpers, and metal sensors to create a calmer, less insistent aural atmosphere. In addition to ringtones, […]

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Sublime Sounds

January 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Sublime Sounds

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have ringtones that are simple and relaxing, instead of the jarring sounds found on most mobile phones? I’ve been searching for the ideal ringtones and audio notifications for my cell phone and tablet — and I think my search may be over. Imagine a bell-like ringtone that is […]

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Be Aware

April 6th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Be Aware

You like to listen to music while on the go. But there’s this problem. You can’t hear the world around you with the ear buds blocking your ears. You could place the ear buds loosely in your ears, but then you can’t really hear the music. So what do you do? If you use an […]

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Dial-In Comfort

February 26th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Dial-In Comfort

It’s a hot, new product that’s completely sold out for several months. The man who conceived the product was largely responsible for the design of the iPod. And just about every review of the product has been wildly positive. Sounds great… except it’s a thermostat. That’s right. One of the most innovative of the current […]

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Plant a Snapseed

February 26th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Plant a Snapseed

I’m a big fan of Nik Software’s plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom. In fact, I use Silver Efex Pro 2.0 for most of my black-and-white conversions. When the company announced it was releasing a $4.99 photo-editing app for the iPad, my first reaction was: How good can it be, if it’s only $4.99? Well, Snapseed for […]

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Oh, So Cosmopolitan

February 26th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Tech Notes | Leave A Comment »

Oh, So Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan has finally opened on the Las Vegas strip. The project was supposed to open in August 2008 at a cost of $2 billion. As it turned out, the Cosmopolitan is now opening in sections after possibly costing as much as $3.9 billion. I had a chance to walk through the Cosmopolitan during CES […]

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Pocket Cinema

Wow, it’s a pocket-sized pro-quality HD camcorder. Read my review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera in StudioDaily

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Vibrant Colors

This dye-based wide-carriage photo printer produces vibrant colors. Check out my review of the Canon Pixma Pro-100 in Computer Shopper.

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Keeping it RAW

Can this inexpensive photo-editing program compete with Lightroom? Check out my review of Corel AfterShot Pro at Digital Camera Review.

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Forge Ahead

Do you need to do some serious production-quality sound editing? You may want to read my review of Sony’s Sound Forge Pro 11 in StudioDaily