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.
Recently, market research firm Kantar WorldPanel released a report highlighting smartphone sales from August to October 2013, tracking smartphone sales from various markets. According to the report, the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c did boost Apple’s market share, but not as much as last year’s iPhone 5 release. According to the data, iOS market share is down to 40.8% in the U.S. in October 2013, compared to 47.2% in the same month last year, a fall of almost 6.4%.
OregonLive has reported that Consumer Cellular, an Oregon-based post-paid carrier, will begin offering the iPhone starting on December 13th. Consumer Cellular is a private mobile operator that has a majority customer base of senior citizens and serves them with a range of options that suit them. Consumer Cellular went ahead with a deal with Apple, primarily because its senior citizen base requested they be able to access their emails and the Internet on their mobile devices.
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.
Black Friday has come and gone, Saturday and Sunday haven’t yet been claimed by the marketing machine, but then it’s time for Cyborg Monday! I mean Cyber Monday! Cyborg Monday actually sounds pretty cool, especially if you’re a Janelle Monáe fan like me, but we’ll stay on topic and focus on all of the Black Friday deals for the Macintosh that have carried over through December 2nd, and highlight some new ones, too.
Apple doesn’t offer many product discounts, and it occurred to me on Friday evening that—being in the hunt for a new Mac system to replace my faithful late-2008 aluminum unibody MacBook—it would make good sense to take advantage of Apple’s Black Friday promotion. If I went with a new machine I could apply the $150 gift card deal to a new iPad, and would also get Apple’s iWork productivity suite bundled for just $50 more than a refurb unit.
Chuck’s Challenge 3D for OS X is packed with addictive and challenging tile-based puzzle games with improved 3D graphics. It’s designed by Chuck Sommerville, the same guy who created the 90’s game Chip’s Challenge. You’re going to play as Woop, along with his pets—Asida, Bebinca, Clottie, Dobos and Éclair—which Chuck considers killer monsters.