Mac users, maybe you've been thinking about going the way of the new Motorola Droid X available at Verizon. And if you think that it's impossible to have an Android phone with a Mac, well you're wrong! The Missing Sync has been updated to add support for Mac users and their Android phones. The software also works with the HTV EVO, Google's Nexus One and the Samsung Moment.
Following numerous Looptastic iterations on iPhone, Sound Trends compiled all its portable music creation knowledge (and loop sets) into Looptastic HD, an approachable music creation suite for iPad. Using a simple drag-and-drop interface, Looptastic HD lets you arrange loops from a variety of genres into original creations, with the ability to swap between song parts in separate zones, apply special effects, adjust the tempo, and even record your own loops with the iPad mic or a Bluetooth headset.
While not as meaty or fully featured as the actual newspaper (or its website), The New York Times' first stab at an iPad reader is a clean and easy-to-read digest of handpicked news stories, features, and editorials. Whether in portrait or landscape orientation, NYT Editors' Choice scales nicely to your preference, delivering clear text, sharp photography, and simple commands that let you quickly change pages with a single tap or swipe.
Microsoft has updated its Bing iPhone application to contain even more goodies than before. Bing is slowly winning us over when it comes to searching, but this application might have been the tipping point. Not only are there social networking features packed right in, but there's also a new search option called Visual Scanning that lets you scan books, movies, and more to see relevant results.
Last week, we were discussing writers as a tortured bunch, but maybe we jumped to conclusions. After all, isn't it the artists that are the tortured ones? No matter. As long as they've got the proper mediums to express themselves, the Internet will gladly receive any expression of their many, varied emotions. The tortured artist is nothing without his precious Macintosh. And here are a few applications (and a web app!) that will surely bring out that inner artist.
Guitar amplifiers have been going through an identity crisis lately. For years, one amp with a good sound was all fine and dandy, but then digital technology figured out how to capture and cram the sounds of many amps into one program--and who doesn’t like choice? Now the realm of digital amp emulation comes to Apple’s handhelds with AmpliTube, aided and abetted by the iRig adapter, and the results are rocktacular.
For better or worse, personal email is dying. Two decades ago, email was the future--and now it’s beginning to feel like the past. Between Twitter, Facebook, and other sharing tools, my email inbox has become a repository for sales pitches, a few residual mailing lists I can’t seem to get off, Facebook alerts, and spam. Almost all of the personal emails I used to exchange with friends and family have moved onto social networks.
It’s summer, so that must mean heat, humidity--and, in 2010--time for a new update to the Adobe suite of apps, including the flagship of the fleet, Photoshop. The CS5 iteration is a significant step forward, for reasons big and small, and overall, it’s one of the strongest upgrades in the 20 years that Photoshop has graced hard drives around the world.
If you’re a fan of buddy-cop movies, clichéd puns, and slapstick humor, you’ll feel right at home in Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, Episode 1: The Penal Zone. It’s the first episode in a five-part adventure series, as the rather lengthy name suggests. In this first installment, the kooky pair of freelance investigators deals with some equally kooky characters, including the main villain, an alien named Skun’kape who lands on Earth in peace but clearly has an ulterior motive. It’s up to Sam and Max to find out the true reason for his arrival and banish him to another dimension.