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Synthesized synthesizer: Casio releases classic CZ synth for iPad

January 28, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

There's a large number of multiple synth emulators on iPad but Casio's bringing a dedicated app that recreates the Casio CZ synthesizer. The first CZ, the CZ 101, was launched in 1984 and the series became popular among musicians throughout the '80s. Casio's new app is dedicated to a quality sound output - four separate parts can be played using the Phase Distortion sound source. 36 types of waveforms are on hand and up to four virtual keyboards can be displayed. There's also a mode that allows duets, with keyboards facing each way for two people to use it at the same time. It's also compatible with MIDI devices, as well as Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. Happy synthing! Via akihabaranews

Humble Mobile Bundle 10 – now with added Sorcery!, iPollute and Tiny Bang Story

January 27, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The Humble Mobile Bundle 10 has expanded, adding Sorcery!, iPollute and Tiny Bang Story to the pay-what-you-want bundle. These games join the original Buddy & Me, LYNE, Doodle Kingdom, Sorcery! 2, King of Dragon Pass and OTTTD lineup. Some of the games are only available if you pay over the (low) average and proceeds go to charity. Via androidauthority

iBrailler Notes Braille keyboard for iPad arrives – Android version on the way

January 26, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Visually impaired tablet users have another way to portable computing thanks to the innovative iBrailler Notes keyboard for iPad, with an Android version on the way soon. The keyboard uses Braille English Grade 1, Grade 2, and Six-Dot Computer Braille. A standard physical 18-cell Braille keyboard costs anything between $1,800 and up to $6,000. As such, this free app should be a welcome addition to computing on the go. It is currently in use in blind schools and institutes in the United States and Sri Lanka. Via wired

Humble Mobile Bundle 10 brings more pay what you want Android games

January 22, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The first Humble Mobile Bundle of the year has arrived, and the first wave of pay-what-you-want games includes Buddy & Me, Lyne and Doodle Kingdom. Paying more than the average will score you Sorcery!2, King of Dragon Pass, OTTTD and more games to be announced. As ever you can choose how much you want to go to the developers, site and charity. Charities this time around include World Land Trust and Extra Life / Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Get the deal here

Anatomy of an app: developer Us2Games reveals figures behind Monument Valley

January 16, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

UK-based app developers Us2Games has a string of perfect mobile apps under their belt, including the still brilliant Whale Trail and 2014's hit puzzler Monument Valley. The company has released the numbers behind Monument Valley and it makes for fascinating reading. See below for sales figures across OSs, development costs, sales by country, player progress stats and more - all in a handy set of infographics. While the game has been played on 10 million devices, official sales figures cap at 2.4 million. 82% of sales came from iOS, so the easily piratable nature of Android software shows its colours here. Check out the full stats here: Via slashgear  

Mobile guitar suite iRig 2 brings output and instant Android compatibility

January 8, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Android, App News with No Comments.

The guitar to smartphone hook up iRig has been around since 2010 but only got Android compatibility in November last year. The new iRig 2 builds upon the original interface and adds Android compatibility off the bat, as well as a 1/4-inch output jack. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices, it also supports AmpliTube, the iOS guitar and bass multi-effects processor. The iRig 2 also comes with a removable element that allows it to be mounted on a mic or music stand to save smashes. It'll be out in the first quarter of 2015 at the reasonable price of $39.99. Via slashgear

No surprises in the Android 2014 download chart – big names reign

December 15, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google has released its "Best of" 2014 list. Those looking for insider tips and high-rated apps should look elsewhere though - this is a chart based purely on downloads. Unsurprisingly then, the top spots in each category are dominated by fairly mundane 'everyday' apps: the most downloaded social app is Facebook, Netflix was the most downloaded entertainment app and Candy Crush Saga took the top spot in games. Here's the winners of each category: Education:Duolingo (Free) Entertainment:Netflix (Free) Health & Fitness:MyFitnessPal (Free) Music:Pandora (Free) Photography:Flipagram (Free) Social:Facebook (Free) Sports:NFL Mobile (Free) Travel:TripAdvisor (Free) The most purchased movie was Frozen (the soundtrack of which also took top album). The top place bo

Oppressive fascist bureaucracy admin game Paper Please hits iOS this weekend

December 13, 2014 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

It's the weekend - fancy spending it working at a border checkpoint dealing with paperwork and terrorist threats? Perfect! Luckily the excellent Papers Please hits iOS this weekend so you can enjoy all the joys of a trodden-down worker from the comfort of your home. The PC version of the game hit the top-10 lists of plenty of publications last year. It's intense and grueling but most importantly it's loads of fun. It's a tough game to sell on description but take our word for it - it's ace. And this weekend it launches at $2 cheaper than list price at $5,99, down from $7.99. Via engadget  

Let a stranger wake you from your slumber with Wakie app

December 12, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

How does waking up every morning with a different guy or gal sound to you? New free iOS, Android and Windows phone app Wakie lets that happen safely and easily, replacing your alarm clock with a call from a willing participant somewhere in the world. Relying on the kindness of strangers is a novel way to wake but it's an interesting enough prospect to at least try. The app only allows up to a minute of chat, so things won't get awkward, but there's also a message board so if you take a shine to your stranger you can reach out publicly on there. Whatever it takes to shake you from your slumber. Reckon you'll use it? It's interesting enough to try, we reckon, so we're going to give it a go and report back on the MP4Nation forum. Try it yourself and let us know how you got on.

VR unit Google Cardboard is still alive in Google’s eyes

December 11, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, App News, Hardware News with No Comments.

What seemed like a daft gimmick, the makeshift VR unit Google Cardboard is still being taken seriously by Google itself, meaning us consumers can still get some cheap VR antics on the go for the foreseeable future. Google continues "working to improve" Cardboard and has launched a dedicated collection page on Google Play for Cardboard apps. App highlights include a Paul McCartney concert and a trip to Middle Earth. Developers are also encouraged to get involved, with a new Cardboard software development kit (SDK) released for Android and Unity. 2015 will also see a viewer calibration tool for developers and no doubt a fresh batch of apps. Via techradar

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