The new version of this tiny synth has a built-in speaker and a headphone jack, making it so you can connect it to recording systems or a PA. It's iconic metallic keyboard/sound strip can be used with the included stylus, and a second one can be played with your fingertip. There are various dials and buttons that can shape the sound, including controls for LFO square and triangle waves, a low pass filter cutoff, sub octaves, envelope attack and delay, delay time and feedback and an X button pulse with modulation.This is the second revival of the Stylophone; when the manufacturer Dubreq reopened in 2003, it released the Stylophone X2 and the Stylophone Beatbox. This new Gen X-1 is a bit smaller than those versions, with a new layout for a more compact form. If you're interested in what little box can do, check out the video below. … [Read more...] about The updated Stylophone Gen X-1 synth comes to the US
A fresh update to the Play Store just started rolling out to devices and it has a few pleasant improvements. The most notable of the changes land squarely in the realm of visual refinements, but there are a couple of functional tweaks, as well. If you can't wait to get your hands on the new version, the download link is at the bottom. What's New Let's start with some visual changes. Landscape Layout For Content Left: old version, Right: new version Googler Kirill Grouchnikov called out one of the top changes earlier this morning. Now, when holding a phone in landscape orientation, the content for Play Store entries no longer reaches edge-to-edge and allows a bit of the featured background image to show through on the sides. An earth-shattering change? No... But it looks much better, and now resembles the tablet layout. Auto-Hiding Action Bar Left: old version, Right: new version The other visual change that came with this update now automatically hides action bars as users … [Read more...] about Play Store v5.3.5 Update Rolling Out With UI Tweaks, More Specific Preferences, And An ‘Update All’ Button For Notifications [APK Download]
Friends, we have some troubling news. Our realities are about to be forever altered by an unfortunate revelation that could very well change the fabric of video games for years to come: The “X” button on the PlayStation controller is actually called the “fork” button.Give it some time to sink in.The discovery was made by Reddit user Ian Mazgelis, who spotted the designation on a PlayStation controller’s circuit board. The other three buttons’ names are what we’ve been calling them for years — “square,” “triangle,” and “circle” — but now there’s “fork” where “X” or “cross” should be, taunting us. Laughing at us.Press “fork” to open a door. Press “fork” to pick up an item. Press “fork” to pay your respects. It sounds so wrong, but like the “correct” pronunciation of “GIF,” it’s now apparently … [Read more...] about PlayStation controller has a “fork” button, and it has been there all along
Now that we know Apple’s new iMac will be available starting Friday, November 30, it’s time to prepare yourself – especially if this is your first time using a Mac. Mac newbies will find that the homescreen appears foreign, the trackpad will do confusing things, and there will likely be a plethora of helpful tricks that you’ll never unearth. Luckily, we’re here to help. You don’t have to learn everything from scratch, but Apple’s OS X is different enough that you might just find this guide useful. Macs come with OS XFirst things first: You don’t need to install Windows on a Mac computer. You certainly can if you want to, but you don’t have to. Mac computers come with Apple’s own operating system (OS) called OS X, with versions named after big cats. Think Leopards, Lions, and, according to rumors, even Lynxes. The newest release to date, version 10.8, is called Mountain Lion.OS X isn’t a complete … [Read more...] about What a Windows user needs to know about Mac and OS X
Motorola's new flagship Android phone is a big, powerful device that costs half as much as competing smartphones. It also includes a slew of productivity-boosting features you won't find anywhere else. But how does the new Moto X stand up against other flagship phones? The Moto X has been reimagined as a 5.2-inch (13.2 centimeters) smartphone that dwarfs the original 4.7-inch (12 cm) version, which launched last summer. That's a plus for business users, since the big new screen gives you a lot more room to work on. Motorola also packed in a speedier processor and added metal trim to up the phone's premium appeal. But unique software features are the real highlights of this smartphone. That includes the best touchless controls you'll find on any mobile device. And all those features come on a device that starts at just $99 with a two-year contract. But the new Moto X isn't for everyone. Compared to the original 4.7-inch model, the big phone is harder to use in one hand. It delivers … [Read more...] about Moto X (2014) Review: Is It Good for Business?
Motorola has a new flagship smartphone in the 2014 Moto X, an updated version of last year's release that's bigger, faster and better in almost every way. But this month, the company also released the 2014 Moto G, an updated version of last year's budget-priced Moto G smartphone. The new 2014 Android phones are pretty similar: Both sport big screens and the same gently curved back, and they come with most of the same productivity-boosting software features. But the Moto X boasts better hardware and better performance than the more affordable Moto G. The flagship phone also comes with some killer exclusive features, like always-listening voice commands. But should business users pay a premium for the Moto X, or opt for the budget phone? Read on for a feature-for-feature matchup between the Moto X and Moto G. Display Moto X: The most noticeable difference between the original Moto X and the 2014 version is screen size. Last year's release came with a modest 4.7-inch display, … [Read more...] about Moto X vs. Moto G (2014): Which is Better for Business?
Apple has launched new versions of its iWork productivity apps for the iPhone, iPad and desktop Mac computers. The updates come as part of two big operating system updates for Apple devices. First is iOS 8, a new version of Apple's mobile operating system that launched recently on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; it's also available on all iPhones released since the iPhone 4s, and all iPads except the original. Then there's OS X Yosemite, a new version of the desktop operating system for Mac computers, which is now available to download for free. The iWork updates add a slew of new updates to the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet editor and Keynote presentation maker. Here's a quick breakdown of some of the most notable additions. Pages: Support for headers and footers, improved Microsoft Word compatibility, the ability to insert images into tables, a new sidebar for tracking changes during editing, and better support for Dropbox and Gmail Numbers: New tools for … [Read more...] about Apple iWork Updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite
The new Droid Turbo is a rugged, supercharged Android smartphone with top-tier specs and superlative battery life. Motorola's other flagship phone, the new Moto X, is sleek and affordable, but lacks the raw computing power of the Turbo. They're both great phones with a lot in common, but the Droid Turbo and Moto X, both made by Motorola, are very different beasts. Still, both devices offer big screens, fast hardware and a slew of productivity-boosting software features. So they're both excellent business phones — but which one is right for you? Design Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but for my money, I prefer the sleek curves of the Moto X over the beefy, rugged look of the Droid Turbo. You can buy the Turbo in one of two distinct designs: The first features a back made of tough, metallized glass fiber, which comes in either black or red. The other variation sports a black back made of rough ballistic nylon, the same material that's used to … [Read more...] about Droid Turbo vs. Moto X (2014): Which is Better for Business?
The Moto X Pure Edition has most of the credentials of a great smartphone, including a big 5.7-inch display, a premium design, handy software features and a very affordable starting price point of $399. But it doesn't do much to distinguish itself as a work phone. You won't find any extra security features, and the lack of split-screen multitasking functionality means you can't really take advantage of all that screen space. Below-average battery life doesn't help, either. The Moto X does have its upsides, but are they enough to make it worthwhile for workers? [For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.] Motorola allows you to make the Moto X yours by offering a variety of colors and materials, then lets you design your dream phone on the Moto Maker website before you place your order. For the back of the phone, you can choose between soft-touch silicone, leather and even real wood. You can choose white or black for the front of the … [Read more...] about Moto X Pure Edition Review: Is It Good for Business?
Adobe Reader X, the new version of Adobe’s popular PDF reading program, sports a lean look, offers better protection against ‘bad’ PDFs and is tightly integrated with Adobe SendNow, an online file sharing service.While you are reading a PDF document inside Adobe Reader X, you can send it to anyone using the built-in SendNow service without having to launch your email client. And though Reader X only supports PDF files, it still lets you share other non-supported file types like Office documents, images, etc. using SendNow.Adobe Reader X also gets a Protected Mode which, in simple English, means that your computer is safer from PDF related exploits. Some ‘dangerous’ PDFs may include scripts that will try change to your computer’s file system or registry settings and new ‘Protected Mode’ should be able to contain this.The other interesting change in Adobe Reader X is the lean UI – other than using larger buttons, they have rearranged … [Read more...] about One-Click File Sharing with Adobe Reader X