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Classic keyboard Korg M1 arrives on iPad

May 27, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

Korg has released an iOS app version of its classic Korg M1 synthesizer - the original of which was heard on countless records, including The Show Must Go On by Queen and Snap's Rhythm is a Dancer. There's nothing quite like the chunky sound of a classic synth, and Korg promises this app to be a "complete reproduction" of the mid-'80s to early-'90s keyboard, with the added extras of a Kaoss pad function and a whole load more effects. The app supports MIDI controllers such as Korg's compact keyboards. This is a quality piece of kit and the price reflects that: it's out now for $20/£15 on the App Store. Via engadget  

Secret Sega app cull: get your classic games now before it’s too late

May 12, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

In the next week or so Sega will pull an undisclosed amount of games from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, No specific titles have been mentioned, Sega has simply said that it will cut out the games it no longer feels matches up to today's quality. These are likely to be ports of old Mega Drive/Genesis games that use old virtual button control systems. However they control in your pocket, these are nostalgic gems and sometimes worth having for the music alone. So if you're a fan of Sega's old arcade and console games and haven't filled up your smartphone or tablet with little nostalgic nuggets, now's the time to do so. Via slashgear

Pay what you want Humble Mobile Bundle 12 for Android packed with classics

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

Humble Bundle has announced the Humble Mobile Bundle 12 for Android and it's a great one. Worth getting for two games alone, namely 21st century frantic parlor game Spaceteam Premium edition and the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley. Also in the bundle are The Last Express, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous, Blek, Joe Danger and more to come. Some games require you to pay above the (very low) average to unlock, and as some of the money goes to charity, it's a win-win as always. Check it out here.

Write on your dog with iOS and Android jacket app!

April 30, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

If you've been to a park after dark of late, you've probably spotted the glowing neon collars dangling from the necks of dogs. PARTY have taken that idea one further with a Bluetooth dog jacket studded with LEDs that can be customised to a number of pattern displays as well as running text that can be typed in on owners' smartphones. The project began on Kickstarter and swiftly made its money so it'll be in parks near you soon. There are a few other nifty ideas, such as an automatic 'LOST DOG' warning sign when it strays too far from the Bluetooth. So, how long until the first lewd message creates a real-life rude dog?   Via akihabaranews

Kanye West jumps ship from sinking streaming service Tidal

April 23, 2015 by Tom in App News with No Comments.

Star-studded streaming service Tidal is finding its stars falling off as the celebrity injection fails to result in downloads. Touted in shorthand as Jay-Z music service after his company bought it back in March, a celebrity-heavy relaunch that featured the likes of Madonna and Kanye West thrust it into the public eye but now Kanye West has removed all references to it from his Twitter feed. The app dropped out of the top 700 this week, while the likes of Spotify and Pandora continue to show strong figures. Via nme and gawker

Humble Mobile Bundle 11: Pay what you want Android bundle features Kingdom Rush Origins and Riddick

April 9, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Kingdom Rush Origins, the third installment in the best tower defense series on mobile devices, Kingdom Rush, leads the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, which is back with its pay what you want scheme. For any amount you can get Bounden, Auro and Avernum: Escape from the Pit. Pay above the average price (which is never more than a few dollars) and get 80 Days, Kingdom Rush Origins (worth it for this alone) and Riddick: The Merc Files. More games will be announced soon, too. As usual each game is DRM free and proceeds go to charity and the developers as you see fit. Via androidauthority

Music streaming service Tidal reshuffles subscription plan options

April 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Jumping on the attention it received after Jay Z got involved and the Spotify-shirking Taylor Swift allowed her music on, music streaming service Tidal has restructured its pricing plans with different offers for regular and lossless customers. While Tidal previously charged $19.99 per month for lossless quality streaming, it has now launched the half-price Tidal Premium service, which offers standard sound quality and high definition music videos for $9.99. Do you want your streamed music high quality or are you happy with standard? Let us know on the MP4 Nation forum. Via engadget

Microsoft moves in on Android with pre-installed Office, Skype and more

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Microsoft, Samsung with No Comments.

Microsoft has announced that 11 Android smartphone and tablet manufacturers will ship their devices pre-loaded with Microsoft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. Partnership companies include Samsung, Dell, TrekStor and Hipstreet. This means the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones will launch with hard to scrape off apps. Via liliputing

Humble Bundle 12 PC & Android launches with Shadowrun Returns, VVVVVV and many more

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The excellent pay what you want Humble Bundle PC & Android 12 is now available and the basic pack features the games Tetrobot and Co., Titan Attacks!, The Inner World and the perfect platformer VVVVVV. Pay more than the average to unlock Costume Quest, Ironclad Tactics, Eufloria HD, Solar Flux and Toast Time. For $10 or more you get Shadowrun Returns and all of the above. As always proceeds are split between charity and the developers. This bundle's well worth it for VVVVV on its own, all the rest are a bonus. Via humblebundle

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” for Pandora-esque music playback

March 25, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

The Amazon Prime Music streaming service has incorporated a Pandora-style playback service for its iOS amd Fire Tablet app, as well as for PC and Mac. Prime Stations is ad-free and has unlimited skips. This'll build upon users' Prime songs, playlists and albums, to create a stream of music suited to the user's parameters. The thumbs up/thumbs down controls are familiar and liked tracks can be added to your regular library. Stations are currently only split by genres. Via slashgear

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