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  • Artiphon Instrument 1 musical instrument iPhone


    When is an iPhone accessory not an iPhone accessory? When it's a musical instrument.


    At first glance, you may think you've got Artiphon's Instrument 1 all figured out. On the surface it looks like some sort of mobile take on Guitar Hero that runs on your smartphone or MP3 player instead of a video game system.


    But as Mashable explains in their in-depth review, the Instrument One is most certainly more than just an “appcessory.” Instead, it's a real musical instrument in its own right. Scratch that, it's a real multi-instrument that uses your iPhone or iPod Touch “as its brain.”



    Made of genuine hardwood and sporting high-end speakers, it doesn't really look like a guitar, or a keyboard, or any other instrument per se, but that's the whole point. As Artiphon founder Mike Butera told Mashable, the Instrument 1 intentionally stays away from trying to replicate any specific instrument so that musicians are free to use it any way they want. So you can play it like a violin if you want, but it's really up to you.


    According to Mashable, “The Instrument 1 works with any core MIDI enabled app, but there are plans to release a companion app for more detailed / custom mappings in the future.”


    We're not sure what to make of the Instrument 1 yet, or whether we'd actually play one. But we've got to give it credit for being one case where the iPhone accessory outshines the device.




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  • With EQ setting, Beats headphones and the iPhone could be the perfect match. Image courtesy of MJ Rodriguez Photography.

     


    So, despite their massive popularity – which even extends to celebrities like Lebron James, Lil Wayne, Gwen Stefani, and other a-listers – the Beats by Dre line of headphones has got a sort of questionable rep since its release.


    The collection of high-end headphones has been criticized as having a sound that's too bass-y and artificial to warrant their equally high-end price tag.


    To be fair, Beats is a line released by hip hop legend and beat master Dr Dre. And anyone who's ever listened to a hip hop track with less than strong and present bass will probably attest to the fact that Beats seem like the perfect fit for that genre of music.


    Moreover, as Mashable notes, the headphones – which are compatible with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod – are probably better suited to a recording studio, where you get a range of sound equalizing options, than to a phone or tablet.


    Still, there are some who'd prefer a more balanced sound from the ragingly popular headphones, even if they're listening to tunes on their mobile device. And, according to Mashable, there is a "secret iPhone setting that makes Beats headphones sound better."


    We're not really sure how "secret" this is, but here's how to equalize your sound for your own tastes. By default, your iPhone has the equalizer (EQ) turned off. To access it, turn it on, and choose from two dozen settings, go to:


    Settings >> Music >> EQ.


    Go to Settings, then Music, then EQ. Play around til you're happy.

     


    From there, you can select Bass Reducer, to reduce the boominess of bass when listening to with your Beats. If you actually love bass and want even more of it, there are settings like Late Night and Bass Booster too, as well as settings for particular music genres, from classical to jazz, hip hop, and electronica.


    Just play around until you're satisfied. It's certainly no recording studio with its plethora of controls, settings and levels. We are talking about a phone after all. But it's certainly closer to the setup that Beats were probably intended for than your basic, un-levelled listening device.




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  • The most common and popular Android Smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X,  the HTC One S and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx  by Verizon Wireless. Here's some interesting facts about the Android Smartphones is that the total number of Android Smartphones worldwide is  268,000,000 and more than 800,000 Android Smartphones are activated each day. More than 35 percent of the Smartphone markets in the United States are Android Smartphone users, more than 15000 Android Applications are released each month, more than 62 percent of those Android Applications are free and more than 15 percent of all Android Applications are games. Here are ten of the most popular Android Applications for the Android Smartphones:


    Top 10 Applications for Android Smartphones


    1)     Google Music lets a user upload 20,000 songs from a PC or Mac to the cloud; the Android application instantly syncs those tunes and playlists, so there’s no longer any worry about plugging a mobile device into the desktop to download their music. Google Music is nicely integrated with the Android Market and features popular songs free and other titles for $.49.


    2)     One of the most unsettling features about Android Applications is their uncanny ability to often reach the market without any testing for malicious software. However, WEBROOT SECURITY AND ANTIVIRUS will take care of all of your malicious software worries and concerns. This application for Android users such as Sony Xperia Play, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, etc.. free version automatically scans a phone for viruses and blocks malicious Web sites and SMS messages and also includes a device locater feature, which is activated from the company’s Web site.


    3)     SWIFTKEY X which can be purchased for $3.00 is perfect if your thumbs don’t fly on a touch-screen keypad, and newfangled typing options like Swype do not work This Android Application also features offers corrections and predictions as you type, and it can scan your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and SMS accounts to refine its predictions.


    4)     ANY.DO is a free Android Application that is an Internet component reminder service that features an auto-fill feature to save keystrokes, and tasks can be rescheduled by dragging entries from one day to the next. Reminders come reliably on schedule, and when a task is complete, the entry can be crossed out with a swipe of the finger.


    5)     8TRACKS is a free Applications that allows Android users such as Sony, HTC, Samung, etc.. to listen to other people’s music. With 8TRACKS strangers are your new Disc Jockeys with the simple name of an artist or genre, and it delivers related playlists from other listeners.  It's like having a virtual audience of listeners before you, ready to indulge your musical tastes.


    Top 10 Applications for Android Smartphones


    6)     PAPER CAMERA allows users to see the world through a novel, original, stylish and captivating lens with real time cartoon and painting effects displayed on your camera feed. Paper Camera allows you to access the ultimate collection of cartoon/sketch/comic book/half tone/noir/neon and many other effects painted directly on your camera.


    7)     TEXTONLY — BROWSER allows smartphone users to intends to help you reduce your data usage by up to 90% through the displaying of readable content only, doing away with ads,scripts and images without taking away from your Smartphone texting limits. Most sites with good RSS feeds will be supported, and over 95% of websites are compatible with the TextOnly Browser.


    8)     BEWEATHER delivers quick, essential weather related information with a flick of the thumb. BEWEATHER forecast data is from Weather Underground, a service that has built a loyal following and a good reputation for reliability.


    9)     GOOGLE CURRENTS delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. Every Edition they include is free and features Publisher Editions such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, Popular Science, ABC, 500px, Fast Company, Scientific American, CBS, The Atlantic, your favorite blogs and feeds and Google trending editions.


    10)  SPEAKTOIT ASSISTANT is the next best thing for Android Smartphone users next to Siri, the personal assistant for iPhone 4S owners. However, while it doesn't have the same capabilities are Siri it does include, it opens a Google search with a few key words from your request, which is often faster than typing. Maybe it should have closer comparison to Dragon Naturally Speaking Software. 




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