Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers (even though surveys indicate most people prefer receiving greeting cards hand-delivered in the mail, considering a physical card to be more meaningful than the electronic alternative). Whichever sort of greeting you decide to send, here are some more ways your Mac or iOS device can help.
We’ve heard several rumors now that Apple is working on an oversized iPad, possibly 12.9-inch, due in 2014 along with the purported iWatch. Well, according to this new rumor, Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, manufactured five prototype iPads featuring 2K and 4K resolution with a screen size of 12.9-inches.
In Strike Force Heroes: Extraction the only person you need to worry about getting out is you. This runner/shooter will pit you against bad guys with guns, jumps from building to building, and firefights with multiple baddies while you hide behind cover. If you can get to the end of the round and jump into the void you will find your chopper-flying-friends waiting to snatch you out of midair and take you home.
iOS device docks with streaming capability are a hot category these days. I’ve tried out quite a few of them, and Pure’s Contour i1 Air is one of the best. It provides all the functionality one wants from this sort of product, with a great look and at a fair price. With the Contour i1 Air, pure has come up with a very functional, easy-to-use and cool-looking streaming product.
Packed with functional scanning and expense tracking features, Haave Oy’s Piikki for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to scan and upload receipts to popular storage and productivity tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote for easy archiving and record keeping.
Mobile musicians in the know are likely familiar with IK Multimedia’s iRig KEYS mobile keyboard already. Today, IK Multimedia has two announcements. The first is that the iRig KEYS mobile MIDI keyboard is gaining Lightning cable support, which is fantastic news indeed. But even more exciting is the announcement of IK Multimedia’s even better mobile MIDI keyboard for iOS: the iRig KEYS PRO.
Sometimes the old saying is really true: simpler is better. Taking an absolute minimalistic approach to game play, Unravel from Aleksandrs Zavalnijs is a deceptively easy game to play, but will draw you in to work out each puzzle. Simply designed and brilliantly executed, Unravel is a must-have in your collection!
The FineGrain team is back on Kickstarter with a new iPad accessory, the COBURNS iPad stand. Minimalist to a fault, COBURNS is a set of two wooden slats that can be used to hold your iPad at any angle without adding bulk to your iPad. Even though they use less material than FineGrain’s cases, the materials in each COBURNS are no less exotic; not only will your iPad stand up, but your iPad will also stand out with a pair of these fine looking wooden beauties attached.
Originally launched as a Kickstarter project, the Flote iPad stand aims to take you handsfree when browsing, watching, or chatting. Flote isn’t another small desktop style-stand; its heavy, weighted base keeps it firmly in place on the floor, while its adjustable arm lets you place your iPad anywhere from four to seven feet off the ground.
When you’re an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owner, every day is Cyber Monday! (Except for Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday.) Listen, the point is that there are always deals to be found, and you’re always shopping online. But this Cyber Monday is special, because there are some great deals for apps and accessories. Head inside to see what deals are worth wasting your precious work hours for.
This review is largely about my wife and her iPhone. Having spent her every winter in Ohio, she doesn’t mind being out in the cold, provided she’s dressed to handle it. Her latest gloves of choice, in this regard, are the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves. They keep her hands fairly warm, but more importantly, they allow her to use her iPhone without exposing her fingers to the cold.
If you’re looking to buy a gift this year for a musician, your iPhone and iPad options have never been better. Digital input adapters for connecting instruments like guitars and the like to iOS devices are now much easier to find, but this year also brought us other musical accessories. And thanks to Apple’s Core MIDI in iOS 7, many of these accessories are able to interact with just about any musical app on the App Store (as long as they support Core MIDI). Let’s cut to the chase, here are my favorite iPhone and iPad accessories for musicians released this year.