Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated music-related software of the past few years is Bitwig Studio, a full-featured DAW (digital audio workstation) designed by former employees of Ableton, the company that made the popular program Ableton Live. It bears more than a passing resemblance to that application, with a slew of additional enhancements and unique features to clearly differentiate it and make it a viable tool for live and studio work...
Mad Catz’s F.R.E.Q. M purports to be a gaming device — which the longtime peripheral maker is known for producing — but it’s actually a rather versatile all-purpose headset for iOS (or Mac) users. The foldable cans pump out great stereo sound with music and movies as well as they do with games, and the built-in mic means you can take calls with decently clear back-and-forth audio without having to shed the headset. But all of that functionality comes at a rather steep price — one that makes for a tougher sell than expected.
For all intents and purposes, there are but two names in the desktop-presentation app business: Keynote and PowerPoint. Deckset wants you to consider a third option. With a stripped-down interface that stays far out of the way as you work, Deckset puts a fresh spin on the standard formula that skips the fancy graphics and hypnotizing animations, and focuses on what really matters: what you want to say.
Anyone who lived through the ’80s will remember those ridiculously large “portable” boom boxes that were popular toward the latter half of that decade. If you’re still sore after years of carrying a briefcase-sized stereo on your shoulders, Logitech has a new wireless speaker so small and light that even your chiropractor would approve.
Thanks to Siri, we’re all getting familiar with voice recognition. Where the technology really comes into its own, though — in a business sense — is in OS X, where Dragon Dictate is the long-time leader in converting what you say into neatly typed documents and accurately executed commands.
Ever viewed a photograph that partially came to life with motion? These so-called “cinemagraphs” are a relatively recent innovation that typically require hours of painstaking effort for deceptively simple results, but can now be created within minutes. Cinemagraph Pro allows Mac users to import QuickTime movies and turn them into a breathtaking “living photos.”
It’s somewhat ironic the iPhone has made many owners less reliant on traditional means of communication like talking on the phone, instead favoring messaging, surfing, or social networking. But if your iPhone winds up glued to your ear all day, there’s a new case on the market that will have you swiping for joy.
Despite the best efforts of mobile wallet providers, consumers continue to largely ignore technology in favor of old-fashioned payment methods. The folks at Loop think they’ve found a better way, but can it become the one solution to pay everyone?
For those who capture audio out in the field — reporters, podcasters, musicians, etc. — a nice recorder is a must. One of the most trusted brands in the audio-recorder world is Zoom, whose H4n is the go-to gadget for podcasters such as Marc Maron and Chris Hardwick. Recognizing that folks may not want to carry a bulky recorder with them in addition to their iOS devices, Zoom has released the iQ5.
Apple’s iWeb has long been a godsend for those wanting to design their own website but who didn’t have the coding skills to do so from scratch. So, when Apple announced that it would no longer be supporting or developing iWeb in 2012, the quest for a suitable replacement began in earnest. EverWeb, from RAGE Software, aims to be just that — and, for the most part, it’s right on target.