Nektar announced on Tuesday that it is shipping the Panorama P1, a compact USB control surface for Cubase, Nuendo, and Reason. This pretty little thing has 66 real-time controls, a TFT color display, and it was designed specifically for the three music creation applications above. If you're using ReWire, you can switch back and forth between the apps and the P1 will switch between Mixer, Instrument, and Transporter mode as needed. Pretty cool! It's priced at US$349.99/€289.99/£244.99, and it's available now.
Absolute Software has introduced Computrace Mobile Theft Management (MTM) an iOS loss management and theft recovery solution. Currently, the service is limited to iPad and iPad mini in K-12 education. Computrace MTM goes beyond the built-in iOS features to initiate rapid response service and start the investigation process to obtain evidence for police, all leading to physical recovery.
A Florida woman has launched a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of knowingly and willingly selling the iPhone 4 with a faulty power button. Debra Hilton filed the suit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose, and she's seeking US$5 million on behalf of iPhone owners.
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It's easy to be cynical about class actions launched at Apple, but there do seem to be a lot of people concerned about this issue.
It's crazy. The watch pocket in a pair of jeans is an anachronism dating back to 1902 when it first appeared. Although, famously, Steve Jobs did once pull an iPod nano out of the watch pocket of his jeans. (Here's the YouTube video where he does that at about 1m56s.)
Anyway, nothing much has changed with jeans in over a hundred years. And because many guys prefer to carry their smartphone in a jeans pocket, getting that smartphone out, quickly and easily, when needed can be a problem. I/O Denim, a Kickstarter project, has the solution, Their new jeans, 100 percent cotton from North Carolina, premium denim (hence the price), feature a special pocket on the left-hand side, in between the knee and the hip along the seam. The pocket is big enough to handle any of the iPhones with a slim case and also most Android devices. For now, men's cut only and limited sizes.
Problem solved. Very cool indeed.
Hang your iPad on an exercise bike, a microphone, a camera tripod, in your garage, or under your car while you work on it. Where is up to you. How is built into the Monkey Kit.
BlackBerry will be extending its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this summer, finally bringing its popular messaging service to Apple's mobile platform. When BBM for iOS ships it will mark the first time BlackBerry will have offered its messaging service outside of its own devices.
This is a smart move for BlackBerry that should've happened long ago.
Apple informed U.S. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh late on Monday that it wants to add the Galaxy S4 smartphone to its patent infringement case against Samsung. With a 22 product limit imposed on each company by the Judge, however, that means Apple will have to drop one of the devices it has already targeted in its complaint.
The Galaxy S4 is Samsung's newest big thing in the smartphone world, so it isn't a surprise that Apple wants to add it to this patent infringement case. Of course, Samsung would like to see the S4 left off the list, but it's pretty likely the company won't get what it wants.
Apple rumours have become almost beyond parody, an industry in themselves with websites, twitterfeeds and column inches dedicated to digging them up and dishing them out. Charlotte Henry thinks that may be behind some of Apple's rushed products, and Apple fans, media and bloggers are to blame.
Daft Punk's long awaited new album, Random Access Memories, isn't due for release until May 21, but anyone in the United States can stream all of the tracks now for free through iTunes. Unlike the usual 90 second previews for trackson other albums, you can listen to complete songs as often as you want, although you can't download any yet. Random Access Memories is available for pre-order at the iTunes Store and is priced at US$11.99.
Reader John has a hard disk gone bad and needs to recover some files off it before he moves on to a newer, more reliable disk. With that, though, he's having trouble deciding which data recovery software to use, in part because there are no good reviews of any options out there.
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