The mobile wallet is becoming one of the holy grails for any company even remotely tied to smartphone payments, and Thursday saw PayPal step into the fray in a big way with a completely updated version 5.0 of its iOS and Android app. Will eBay's e-commerce service be able to knock Google Wallet and Isis aside and capture the crown? Read on to find out more and then try it for yourself.
When you picture an audio interface, it’s usually a box connected to your computer, with inputs for your audio gear, right? Do you ever imagine yourself standing on it? Probably not. IK Multimedia’s StealthPedal CS is a USB audio interface and controller for the company’s AmpliTube software, with a cool wah-pedal form factor.
Several attempts have been made to design a tiny keyboard for laptop-toting musicians. Generally, the results haven’t proven all that impressive: either the unit boasts too few keys, or the keys are too small for comfortable playing, or both. The iRig Keys aims to combat the former (and more musically compromising) complaint by shoehorning in three full octaves worth of keys, one more than the two-octave standard for this general form factor. As a result, of course, the unit ends up considerably larger than its most direct competitor; at about 20 inches long it’s small enough to fit in some backpacks and maybe large messenger bags, but only just.
Let me tell you, back in the day, when we bought an effects pedal, by golly, if it was a distortion pedal, it stayed a distortion pedal. These two newfangled pedals can be reprogrammed to just about any effect you desire. (Without even needing to trudge through the snow, uphill, both ways.)
Back in July, we reviewed IK Multimedia's iOS-centric DJ hardware, the iRig Mix. While there's plenty to love about the sturdy, portable mixer, the lack of an iPad app to work in congress with the device seemed like a bit of a misstep. Thankfully, the new DJ Rig for iPad will finally provide a bit more breathing room when you're laying down tracks.
The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, where a gaggle of new technology products have already been unleashed over the weekend. Computer music technology firm IK Multimedia decided to save their announcements for opening day, with a volley of iOS accessory hardware for DJs and musicians alike.