Back in the olden days, before there was iPod, and even before Sony made music collections portable with the Walkman, the kids were known to enjoy music on the go with the help of a transistor radio. Larger than a shirt pocket, but small enough to carry around, they were especially popular in the middle decades of the 20th century and produced a distinctive kind of sound—thin and tinny, with a narrow frequency response and a tendency to distort at high volume. The effect was anti-high fidelity…but it was portable.
Don't have an Intel-based Mac, iPhone, or iPod touch, but still want to sample Spore? EA has launched Spore Origins for iPods, available now. The $4.99 game mirrors the version for generic mobile phones, scaled back slightly from the upcoming iPhone edition.
iPhone fans everywhere are still clamoring over their copy and paste void. Who can blame them? Surely, one would assume that a smartphone would come equipped with something as useful as copy and paste. Apple recently announced that the function is in development for a future iPhone and iPhone 3G firmware update, but it is probably still considered low priority.
Thanks to the success of the iPod and the iPhone, more business environments are adopting Macs, which means that more and more cubicles are converting to Mac OS, according to a report released today by Forrester Research based on 50,000 enterprisers and 2,500 organizations surveyed.
Do you really need an iPhone 3G? We give you 5 reasons it’s the world’s best cell phone—and 5 reasons to wait to buy one or just keep rocking your 2G iPhone.
We admit it—after hearing Steve Jobs’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9, we all wanted an iPhone 3G. Badly. There’s plenty to like about the iPhone’s second coming, but we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t show you both sides of Apple’s newest smartphone, the good and the bad. In fact, the original working title of this article was “10 Reasons You Need an iPhone Now,” but in researching the story, we couldn’t look past the device’s clear downsides.
So in the spirit of the proverbial angel and devil that sit on either shoulder when you’re weighing a decision, we present both the good and the bad news about the iPhone 3G, so you can you make the most informed choice possible.
In addition to a metronome with tap tempo and a tuner that detects incoming pitch or plays tuned notes, a comprehensive chord chart shows the fingering for thousands of chords. You dial in any chord variation in the book, and the app will shows how to play it in as many as seven different ways.
This combo metronome/tuner provides both a flashing dot and optional audible click for the tempo. Rather than focus on guitar tuning, Orfeo lets you drag notes up and down a treble and bass clef from notes C2 to C6 and plays the tone for the selected note.
With seven types of guitar tunings available, two modes either auto-detect whatever string the input is closest to or let you choose which string to tune (with reference tones played in the earphones). A unique “waterfall strobe” tuner picks up very sensitive pitch fluctuations.
Choose from eight tunings, including standard guitar, banjo, cello and chromatic. Tones mode plays tuned reference notes for each string to listen to as you tune your instrument, while Tuner mode detects the pitch of the sound coming from the mic.
See the detected pitch in four ways: as a standard note (G2, F#4, etc.), as a string on a guitar (a green string indicates the correct pitch), as a note on a music clef, or as a waveform with its frequency in Hertz.
Metronome keeps time with a flashing red dot and an audible click. You can add presets to the eight included classically-named tempos (Adagio, Allegro, etc.). Buttons set the tempo to quarter-, eighth-, 16th- or 32nd-notes, and another button switches to double-time.
Selecting the string to tune on the app’s guitar headstock, TyroTuner’s meter shows whether you’re too low, too high or just right and as you tune. An alternate mode measures the tone coming in and highlights which string on the guitar you’re closest to tuning properly.