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Volkswagen has developed a way to turn its cars into giant metal DJs. When plugged into a Volkswagen GTI, the German vehicle manufacturer’s Play The Road iOS app uses a swathe of data from the car — including its velocity, engine revs, and location — to create a soundtrack that changes as it’s driven.
The app’s responsive sounds were created by electronic music pioneers Underworld. At low speeds, the app produces calming synth sounds. As the driver turns, it plays scales that sound like an electronic waterfall, cascading as the driver turns left to take the scales higher, and right to take them lower. At higher speeds, the synth is joined by pounding drumbeats. Go even faster, as Volkswagen’s test driver does in its 17 minute test…
As everyone knows, roadies are hired to set up gear, tear down gear, drink, and tune guitars. Now roadies can do one less of those things and do more of something else. The Roadie is an automatic tuner for any stringed instrument that uses the iPhone to listen to your guitar and a motorized accessory that turns the machine head to exactly the right position. It’s going to put a lot of real roadies out of business.
Created by Bassam Jalgha of Band Industries, the Roadie was incubated at Shezhen’s Haxlr8r and is nearly ready to ship. The product can tune almost any guitar or stringed instrument perfectly and can even support alternate tunings. A useful wind/unwind feature will spool the string off the peg in a few seconds, shaving off a few moments of downtime during your excessively loud guitar solo gone wrong. A pledge of $ 69 gets you an early bird model.
These sorts of tuners are nothing new but this is the first “smart” tuner that can do more than set up a guitar in one configuration. A feature called the Instrument Doctor can tell you if strings are going bad and whether the guitar needs repair or a tune up. It charges via MicroUSB and can tune 6,000 times on one charge. It’s compatible with iOS and Android and uses Bluetooth to communicate with the phone.
Jalgha expects to ship in June, just in time for summer rock season. Although I’m a tune by ear kind of guy – which usually fails – I’d use one of these in a heartbeat. At least my caterwauling git-fiddling will be slightly in tune.
For anyone that won’t be attending Nokia’s incoming New York event, you won’t have to sit in silence until the news breaks, because the entire event will be streamed from Nokia’s own Conversations site. There’s nothing going on at the link yet, but you can at least bookmark it for now and we’ll be there in person to report on all the important announcements, presumably including a photo-loving, zoom-reinventing new Windows Phone.
Source: Nokia Conversations
For virtually as long as Apple ’ s iPhone has actually been in existence, analysts have declared to see visions of a low-cost version of the device aimed at establishing and prepaid markets. It ’ s easy to see why these visions have expanded in magnitude and got a more vocal following over the years: getting in that market would, in idea, widen Apple ’ s potential appeal by hundreds of millions of brand-new consumers. However I refer to the inexpensive iPhone as a “ siren track ” for a reason– there ’ s a significant potential disadvantage if Apple attempts such a gadget and fails to excite.
The current buzz around a spending plan iPhone gadget is being created by a brand-new investor note from Morgan Stanley expert Katy Huberty (via Business Insider), who provided three reasons for why she and her company see a low-priced iPhone on the horizon. The iPad mini ’ s success in China and Brazil, Chinese customers moving to the most recent iPhone over older models, and surprise iPhone 4 demand were all considereded as indications that Apple will go spending plan in the near future.
Huberty met Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer before penning the report, however she doesn ’ t directly attribute any of her reasoning for a cheaper iPhone to him straight. Various other encounters in between analysts and Apple execs have additionally left similar impressions, and Tim Cook even presumed regarding tell Bernstein ’ s Toni Sacconaghi that eh business had specific “ smart things ” prepared to target the prepaid market, which the company wasn ’ t “ ceding any market ” despite its continued efforts to target higher end smartphone buyers.
Recently, there have been more indicators that Apple might be going low-cost with a new iPhone design, consisting of reports from the supply chain that a brand-new model will bring out a plastic body and design hints from the current iPod touch. More trustworthy sources consisting of the Wall Road Journal and Bloomberg have actually likewise chimed in (though they ’ ve thrown out the exact same idea in the past, in fact right around when Tim Cook made his original statements to Sacconaghi).
An economical iPhone is a tantalizing story because it ’ s a tantalizing product, for investors, for customers and for Apple itself. But Apple ’ s concern isn ’ t beating competitors on cost, as it has said time and time once again; it ’ s about delivering a no-compromise experience. So long as it could do that at a cost point that makes more sense for the prepaid market, it would be happy to field such a gadget. The iPad mini is another instance of Apple waiting to develop a product individuals clamored for until it could possibly get the experience up to its requirements, and waiting has proven the right technique there.
With a low-cost iPhone, striking that balance is even more vital. Apple has to deliver an item that enables it to keep its track record as a mobile platform with the best consumer experience. Doing anything else would welcome comparison to various other “ sufficient ” budget products from opponents, which would undermine all Apple ’ s efforts to brand itself as a premium maker of hardware and software. It ’ s a slippery slope, which is why in spite of allusions made by Cook 2 years ago to an approach that welcomes the pre-paid market, we ’ ve seen little, if any deviation from its standard course since then.
Analysts adore the concept of a low-cost iPhone due to the fact that it appears like ripe, juicy low-hanging fruit. But Apple is rightfully mindful because it has actually developed a brand on produce from higher up in the tree. Huawei and ZTE have revealed how it could be challenging to begin as a budget brand and claw your way up in consumer eyes, and their marketing struggles are probably a great indicator of why Apple, if it is visiting pursue the prepaid crowd, will have to doing this extremely, really carefully to prevent being lost in the deep.
Cooling followers are the bane of numerous a notebook individual’s existence. The tiny things are commonly over-taxed right out of the box and, after a year or two worth of dust and detritus enters them, they whine more and more loudly. As much as we detest them, engineers despise them more, as they take up priceless space beneath the keyboard and draw priceless juice from the battery. GE has a better solution, so-called dual piezo cooling jets. They’re just 1mm thick, could eat a portion of the power of a follower and consist of no relocating parts– a minimum of, not in the conventional sense. As a demo of their prospective, GE created a prototype Center i7-powered laptop computer, cooled only by these jets. Click on with for our impressions.
As aggressive as Google has actually been about pushing updates to Google Maps for Android, large swaths of those additions have actually been unavailable to third-party app developers. They’re now on a more equal opportunity now that a version 2.0 Maps API is rolling out the door. The revamp is more accommodating of tablets and other big-screen gear with support for Android Fragments; numerous of Maps’ more sophisticated information layers, such as indoor maps, are likewise exposed to those who do not work at a Google campus. The additions are currently finding their way into applications from Trulia and a handful of others, but every other mobile designer with a cartographic bent could strike the source to upgrade their handiwork.
In an (all too rare, if you ask us) occurrence, US Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner has tentatively decided to dismiss an Apple patent infringement case against Motorola. Both sides were seeking damages in the case, and the decision to dismiss it “with prejudice” would mean neither side could refile these claims again. According to his ruling in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, neither side could credibly establish its damages so he’s putting a stop to things before it ever goes in front of a jury. That said, he will issue a more in depth ruling next week and noted that he could still change his mind. For our sanity alone we hope he does not, although it ultimately won’t matter much with so many other smartphone patent lawsuits involving these companies filling up dockets in courts around the globe.
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Things have gotten interesting in the world of CS updates. Recently, Computerworld reported that Adobe had informed folks using an older version of its famed Creative Suite — CS5 and CS5.5, to be exact — they’d have to shell out the CS6 upgrade fee in order to get a fix for some recently discovered bugs. Apparently, Adobe took notice to its customers’ dissatisfaction and updated its initial blog post with a changed tune, stating, “We are in the process of resolving these vulnerabilities in Adobe Photoshop CS5.x, and will update this Security Bulletin once the patch is available.” The same is true for both Illustrator and Flash. This kerfuffle started after Adobe handed out warnings for eight “critical” vulnerabilities found in certain versions of the three applications — some of which are said to be exploitable and could potentially be used to “take control of the affected system.” We’ll see how it all plays out over the upcoming days, but in the meantime hit the links below to see if you need to take any action.
James Trew and Joe Pollicino contributed to this post.
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