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Seline HD Product Review

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Looking for a creative musical composition and improvisational audio instrument that will keep your inner composer busy for hours on end?  Then check out Amidio's Seline HD, a new approach at turning the iPad into a synthesizer optimized for the iPad's screen and touch interface.

Fingering the ioGrid on-screen keypad that triggers notes takes some practice, just like learning any new musical instrument for the first time.  Odd notes are positioned for the left hand, while even notes sit on the right side of the split screen.  Pitch bends and vibrato effects can be incorporated into the playback by manipulating the circle inside middle diamond shape on the screen.  Notes can be stepped up or down using the up and down on-screen arrows accordingly. 



Print Vs. Digital

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I love Mac magazines! It feels like Christmas every time one arrives in the mail. I have been a subscriber to iPhone Life since the beginning, and MacWorld and MacLife for well over 10 years. I still have MacAddict cd's dating back to 2003. Remember when all the magazines included cd's with each issue?



XtremeMac Duo and XtremeMac Auto for iPad

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I love the XtremeMac line of products. I carry my iPad around in the XtremeMac Nylon Sleeve, which is sturdy, lightweight and protects my iPad extremely well.

Now, I’m using two more XtremeMac products: the InCharge Duo and InCharge Auto for iPad. These are both quality products and, better yet, they make my life simpler!



32 iPad competitors coming

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If there's any doubt that the iPad is a hit, that can be assuaged by looking at the number of iPad-like competitors hitting the market. Technologizer has posted a list, with images, of 32 "iPadversaries." The most astonishing is the Toshiba Libretto W100. It actually has two screens joined by a hinge. You can perch it like a laptop, and one of the screens becomes a keyboard. Just think, a year ago this market didn't exist, and now it's exploding with creativity.



Gaming and App news Tidbits...

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Lot's of new and updated apps and games to post up news items for so figured I would do a round-up again. The short list includes the seriously great LASW (see my review of iPhone version here) coming to iPad, Dodonpachi Resurrection 2-D Shooter, Grand Theft Auto also coming to iPad, a free version of a mail app called ibisMail, and an app from iStoryTime for easing your youngster into school!



Review of Math Tables Karaoke

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Math Tables Karaoke needs work, but it could be a great app with a little tweaking.



Sharpen Your Business Skills With Your iPad

A day or so ago I wrote a post about AppShopper and how you can scoop up some great apps for discounts. Well I came across this one today and felt it was such a good deal I had to let people know about it. It has been selling for $39.99 in the iTunes store and is free for a limited time.

This is an educational app that is a professional level business app for managers to learn financial concepts and  "provides a complete overview of the key financial topics every manager needs to effectively manage their organization’s assets".

It includes a course book, flash cards, and comprehensive tests to help you learn and retain the information.



Quick Look: ESPN Pinball HD

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I have always been a bit of a Pinball Wizard.  Something about the lights and sounds as that tiny metal ball goes pinging off the obstacles, racking up points.  It always seemed a bit magical to me.  As the digital age dawned, my love of pinball jumped with me to my laptop, as I discovered the fantastic pinball app which used to come prepackaged with Microsoft Windows Plus, among others.  Now, pinball has made its way to the iPad with ESPN’s sport’s themed (would you expect anything less) pinball app.



Slayer Pinball Rocks HD Review

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Pinball wizards who are fans of Pinball HD for the iPad will be happy to learn that the same developer has created a pinball table for Sony Music themed with the heavy metal rock band Slayer.

Fans of Slayer's music will no doubt find the pinball interpretation of their music and visual style worth investigating, but for those of us who are not Slayer fans yet still looking for a pinball fix beyond Pinball HD will be satisfied with this game.



Keep Up With What's New In The App World

If you're like me you are constantly checking to see what's new in the iPhone/iPad app world. I love it when new apps come out that help me enjoy my devices more.....and do things more efficiently. There are two apps that make my searching much easier. One is Appshopper which keeps an updated list of new apps. You can search by iPhone or iPad, review price history, look for only free apps and a whole lot more. You can add apps to a wish list so at any point you can see if they have dropped in price. But if you are really looking for a way to catch a deal as soon as it happens Appsniper is for you. This is not a universal app but still works on the iPad.



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.