Archive for May 2, 2017

iRig Recorder 3 Audio/Video App Released for Android

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

IK Multimedia is proud to announce the release of iRig Recorder 3 for Android™ devices, a professional quality field recording app which supports video recording and includes a wide collection of pro audio effects, expanded sharing capabilities via online services and social media as well as professional exporting features. iRig Recorder 3 offers users the ability to produce superb sounding audio/video recordings directly on their device, share them with the world or export them for further editing.

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iRig Recorder 3 is the perfect companion to IK Multimedia’s iRig digital microphones and audio interfaces for Android. iRig Recorder 3 in combination with an IK microphone or interface offers everything needed to get professional quality sound while recording mobile audio for video, interviews, concerts, podcasts and more.

Offering an expandable collection of up to 17 effects, iRig Recorder 3 can be enhanced with professional processing options such as Normalize, Stereo Imager, Compressor and 3-band EQ as well as creative audio effects including Morph, Reverb, Chorus and Delay. They can be applied to audio recordings for sound optimization or creative use, doubling the number of effects available in the previous version of the app. Another new feature allows users to add text and photo markers to recordings in real-time to make editing easier than ever.

Record “selfie” videos, live performances, lectures, speeches, interviews and much more at the touch of a finger. iRig Recorder 3 is the go-to app for both professionals and enthusiasts who need a tool capable of greater versatility when it comes to creating high-quality video with great audio that can be shared via social media immediately.

One of the features that truly makes iRig Recorder 3 stand out from the crowd is its ability to export the recorded content in separate files for convenient editing in a DAW or third-party video editing software. Content can also be easily shared via a large selection of online services and social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, DropBox, Google Drive, Twitter, E-mail, Wi-Fi, or FTP file sharing, in a variety of sizes and formats.

Pricing and availability
iRig Recorder 3 for Android is available as a free downloadable app from the Google Play Store with the option of expanding the effects collection via in-app purchases.

For more information, please visit: www.irigrecorder.com

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Spark Headphones Now Live On Kickstarter

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

Spark has designed unique laser headphones and has started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in order to make them available to all. For many months, the company has worked on developing the headphones and creating prototypes. The glowing LED lights of the headphone wires provide more visibility for runners on the road, helping them feel safer. Upon reaching its crowdfunding goal, Spark will be able to deliver the headphones that spark” in blue and pink. If the campaign exceeds its goal, the company will be able to offer more colors.

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Spark Headphones offer a gentle glow with technology made from luminescence wires. The glowing does not release electromagnetic radiation; therefore, the headphones are very safe for continuous use. Music listeners may keep their headphones glowing for 5 hours before needing to recharge.

Listening to music on the regular non-glow mode does not require batteries. With three settings, music listeners may express themselves in a unique way. The wires may be set to a glowing, flashing or traditional non-glow mode. The flashing mode illuminates to the rhythm of the music.

Useful functionalities that are expected in modern earbuds are incorporated into the Spark Headphones design. The product’s cable control includes a built-in HD microphone, available for phone conversations. Users are also able to switch songs and change the volume with the product’s intuitive controls. All of these functions combined with exceptional sound, excellent ear comfort and lasting construction make the unique glowing headphones a desired new product.

Supporters can obtain the new product by pledging to the Kickstarter campaign, and receive a hefty discount on the fashionable headphones.  Visit http://sparkheadphones.com/ or the Spark Headphones Kickstarter campaign to support the campaign and be among the first to own a set of Spark Headphones.

The IT Nerd Mothers Day Gift Guide For 2017

Posted in Commentary on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

For the fourth year in a row, I am posting a Mother’s Day Gift where I’m offering up some high tech gift ideas for mom:

For Moms, providing the healthiest home possible for their families is a top priority. The Healthy Home Coach is the perfect accessory to help Moms do just that. Whether monitoring the air quality level to make sure the home environment is healthy, or the right humidity levels for a child with asthma, the Healthy Home Coach measures what matters, highlights potential problems, and tells Moms how to fix them. You can read my review of the Healthy Home Coach here. Expect to pay $119 for one.

 

Indoor security camera Welcome has face recognition technology so Moms on-the-go will always know who’s at home – whether it’s loved ones or a stranger. Even remotely, busy Moms can know if their children are back from school and who are the friends they come home with. Welcome sends the names of the faces it sees to Mom’s smartphone, and alerts them in the event of an intruder. You can read my latest review of the Welcome camera here. Expect to pay $219 for one.

 

If Mom needs a great smartphone, have a look at the ZTE Grand X 4 which is a phone at a low price that packs a lot of value. You can get it for $99 on a two year plan if the plan is $45 or more and you get flagship phone level features as part of the bargain. Read my review of the Grand X 4 here.

 

The Tile Mate & Tile Slim will help Mom keep track of all her stuff using her smartphone. It’s easy to set up and works with Android and iOS phones. Pricing is $25 for each Tile Mate and $30 for the Tile Slim. Read my review here.

 

NewerTech has a variety of options for Mom. Starting with these sweet looking laptop covers which start at $17.99 and keyboard covers which start at $11.99 that can add a dash of style to Moms MacBook or MacBook Pro. If she’s more of an iPad person, how about a premium leather case for her iPad starting at $129.99? If she’s an iPhone person, the NuGuard KX cases for iPhones starting at $49.99 may be more her style.

 

Learning a new language might be something that Mom could really go for. There’s no better way to do it than by using Babble. Mom can use it on her computer or smartphone to learn a number of languages easily. Read the review that my wife did on Babble here.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for Mom? If so, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

 

CaptoGlove Announces Pre-Sale Deal & May Retail Rollout

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

In only a few months since its first public unveiling, the ground-breaking CaptoGlove has impressed leading VR experts; wowed gadget-lovers and gamers at CES and GDC; was 163% funded on Kickstarter and secured another successful round of private investment.  Now the world’s first wireless wearable controller for video games, virtual reality, smart devices and more has entered production and is expected to begin hitting retail outlets such as Amazon and Gadget Flow later this month.

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Starting today and running through May 21, CaptoGlove is celebrating this milestone by offering consumers a final opportunity to buy the glove for a discount of $40 off of one glove from CaptoGlove.com.

 

The first CaptoGlove prototype was created more than five years ago as an innovative way to help regain coordination and mobility after a stroke.  Its success in health rehabilitation was extraordinary and its incredible precision allowed the glove to be applied to military pilot training.  Again delivering unparalleled results with the neurocognitive aspect of flight simulation, CaptoGlove was then enhanced to become a next-generation controller for video games, virtual reality headsets, mobile devices, drones, healthcare and professional training, smart home products, and almost any modern device that connects via Bluetooth.

See a wide variety of videos of CaptoGlove in action, including controlling video games, virtual reality, FlightSim, smart devices, as well as the story behind the glove’s creation on their official YouTube channel.

CaptoGlove key features include:

  • Intuitive Control – CaptoGlove interprets natural hand movement as control gestures, which allows for a quick and easy learning curve.  Create up to 20 control gestures per glove (or 40 with a pair). All gestures are completely customizable through the free iOS/Android/PC app;
  • Gaming Ready – CaptoGlove can be used to play any past, present or future PC game, delivering a uniquely immersive experience on a variety of platforms including VR, AR, XR, first person shooters, flight/racing sims, and more;
  • Plug & Play – Connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to virtually any device.  No need for a specially prepared area or additional equipment such as trackers or cameras. CaptoGlove delivers up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single battery charge;
  • Endless Application Potential – Its smart design and upcoming SDK release will offer tech enthusiasts a wealth of potential uses.  From health rehabilitation and smart home device control, to piloting drones and professional training for police, first responders, pilots, doctors, etc.;
  • Quality – Textile developed in Italy with world-renowned sports glove maker Reusch.  Comfortable, breathable and made from high quality textiles that can be washed by removing a single sensor.

 

Introducing the NEW Kobo Aura H20 just in time for Summer

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

Relaxing takes many forms, and many agree that reading is key, especially when it takes place near water whether in the bath, on the dock, by the pool, or at the beach.

In the service of relaxation and just in time for the summer reading season, Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announces its newest addition to the family, the new Kobo Aura H2O—an updated version of the original crowd-pleasing waterproof eReader. The new device allows booklovers to easily read in direct sunlight due to its anti-glare E Ink display, for a print-on-paper like reading experience. ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light spectrum, so while nail-biting thrillers may keep you up at night, the new Kobo Aura H2O will not.

The new Kobo Aura H2O will be available in black and will retail for $199.99 CAD (MSRP) in Canada at www.kobo.com (pre-orders will be available as of May 15) and select retailers starting on May 22; the device will also be available as of May 22 in the US, the UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, and Turkey; as of June in Sweden; as of July in Australia and New Zealand; with Philippines, Mexico and Brazil to follow later this year.

Typically, technology and water don’t play well together, but this summer, they do. The new Kobo Aura H2O is the season’s must-have accessory to let avid readers enjoy their favourite stories in more places—relaxing in the bath, by the pool, or while on seaside excursions. The device is waterproofed with HZO Protection for worry-free reading near water. The coating technology applied to the device’s interior allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers.

For night owls, ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light exposure through the course of the day, so they can read even longer without it affecting their sleep. This innovative technology was introduced with the launch of Kobo Aura ONE last year, winning the seal of approval from Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, who said devices that eliminate blue light work well for those who enjoy reading before bed; for more from Dr. Carney, click here.

Not sure which book to take on your daily adventures? Take them all. With 8GB of storage, the new Kobo Aura H2O stores up to 6,000 eBooks. A forgotten charger on cottage trips is no longer a cause for concern; with weeks of battery life, readers can enjoy a full book before needing a charge. The Freescale SoloLite processor ensures page turns are quick and seamless. What’s more, the 6.8” Carta E-Ink touchscreen displays print-quality text beautifully (265ppi).

No two booklovers are alike, and a customizable reading experience is a must. With TypeGenius, readers have many options to choose what suits them best, such as weight and sharpness settings, and the ability to choose from 50 font sizes and 11 font types. In addition, they can adjust margins, highlight passages, write notes, or look up a word with the built-in dictionary—all with the tap of a finger.

For a kick-start on summer reading lists, Kobo’s bookselling team has compiled captivating options to suit any reader’s taste: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/p/beachbookready