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IK Multimedia unveils iRig BlueTurn – the first Bluetooth page turner with backlit buttons

January 5, 2016 Comments off

January 5th, 2016 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation and technology products, is pleased to announce iRig® BlueTurn, the first backlit compact Bluetooth page turning solution for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Android. Portable and streamlined, it’s a small foot controller with two highly visible backlit soft-touch buttons that musicians, performers and more can easily pair with their favorite device for use with a wide range of document viewing apps and software like IK’s iKlip Stage app.

Designed for use on stage and on the road, iRig BlueTurn runs on two AAA batteries and features a rugged, durable enclosure. It’s an ideal companion for musicians who perform from a score, guitar and bass players who practice with tablature, speakers who use notes, presenters who use slides and more.

iRig BlueTurn

Portable page turning
With iRig BlueTurn, it’s easy to take control from the floor. Once it’s paired to a device or computer, its buttons send standard HID messages over Bluetooth LE technology. iRig BlueTurn works with IK’s owniKlip® Stage setlist management app and it’s also compatible with many popular page turning and document viewing apps and software.

iRig BlueTurn‘s buttons can be used in three different modes: They can send Page Up/Page Down, Arrow Up/Arrow Down or Arrow Left/Arrow Right commands depending on whether scrolling or page turning is required. These different modes can be set directly from the hardware when powering up.

Light it up
iRig BlueTurn is made for performers. Its backlit buttons are incredibly handy considering that most performance situations take place in venues with a low amount of ambient light. These buttons have an unobtrusive glow that makes them well suited for use during digital slideshows, while performing music or giving a lecture.

Road ready
iRig BlueTurn is ready to go. It sports a small footprint and an enclosure that’s tough enough to stand up to the rigors of the road. It easily fits into any small bag or backpack, which makes it a great travel companion for the performer on the go. A mobile design, it’s powered by 2 AAA batteries, which last a long time thanks to its ultra-low energy consumption rate.

Pricing and availability
iRig BlueTurn will be available in February 2016 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $/€69.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information about iRig BlueTurn, please visit www.irigblueturn.com

To learn more about iKlip Stage, please go to: www.ikmultimedia.com/iklipstage

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Cyber Monday Deals on Portable Power from Jackery

November 25, 2015 Comments off

Jackery’s top portable cell phone battery rechargers; the Giant S, and the Mini Pink, both of which are on sale, now through Cyber Monday.

Looking for stocking stuffers? Give a gift that keeps on giving–portable power. Everyone in my family uses one (we have both the mini and the giant) and we take them everywhere we go: football games, school events, work, and on long walks. When you need power, but don’t have time to wait on power, take it with you.

Here are two special portable power deals from Jackery:

Jackery miniDEAL 1: Get the Jackery Mini Now just $11.99
The stylish small portable battery charger
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Use promo code: TZMIHCQJ
– Jackery’s very first pink color charger!
– 3350 mAh capacity
– Fully charges an iPhone
– Compact, portable & stylish and perfect for long flights, road trips, or whenever you need to charge your iPhone, iPad, or other smart device
 
 
Jackery Giant SDEAL 2: Get the Jackery Giant S, Now just: $27.99
The portable battery charger with quick charge and 2 ports
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– 12,000 mAh power capacity
– Charges an iPhone up to 5 times
– Quick Charge: Charges compatible devices up to 75% faster
– USB-C input technology, its support 3A fast recharge
– Dual charging output ports: charges 2 devices at once
 
Available from now immediately through Black Friday & Cyber Monday, until 11:59pm 11/30th.
 
Jackery portable cell phone chargers make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Jackery chargers make both practical and popular holiday gifts, because we are always on our mobile devices wherever we go, on long trips, for work, at school, kids activities etc. Jackery is a gift that everyone can actually use, and unlike a big scratchy red sweater, we imagine that people who get Jackery are more likely to be grateful.

 

About Jackery 
Jackery mobile battery chargers go the distance. From sports fans to students, moms to mountain climbers, Jackery empowers people on the go. Work and play longer than ever before with Jackery’s advanced battery solutions for smartphones and tablets. Jackery is a Silicon Valley company, committed to providing exceptional, affordable mobile battery chargers for those who go the distance. To learn more, visit http://www.jackery.com

See all of the Jackery portable battery chargers here: http://store.jackery.com

IK Multimedia adds ultra-compact iRig Keys MINI to the portable iRig KEYS range of universal MIDI controllers

November 19, 2015 Comments off

November 19, 2015 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to announce that iRig® Keys MINI, the newest addition to the immensely popular iRig KEYS universal MIDI controller range, is now shipping. iRig Keys MINI offers universal connectivity to a full-featured playing experience in an ultra-compact enclosure with 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys and full MIDI edit features, plus over $/€360 worth of included apps and software. Now players, producers, sound designers and audio engineers can plug in and create anytime and anywhere with compact convenience on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Mac or PC.

iRig Keys MINI

Ultra-portable performance
iRig Keys MINI is the smallest keyboard controller in the iRig Keys range. It provides 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys and essential features like a volume/data knob and Octave Up/Down buttons, plus MIDI edit functions. Its footprint makes it one of the most compact and portable keyboards on the market — it fits in any laptop or gig bag or backpack with plenty of room to spare. Its size, combined with its light weight and functionality, provides for an unbeatable combination of mobile convenience and playability.

Complete compatibility
iRig Keys MINI offers universal compatibility with all popular mobile and desktop platforms. It comes with Lightning, Micro-USB to OTG and USB cables. This means that it can be immediately used with Lightning-compatible iOS devices, Android devices and Mac/PC right out of the box. In addition, an optional 30-pin cable can also be purchased for use with 30-pin iOS devices. And no matter what device is used, iRig Keys MINI delivers a seamless plug-and-play experience thanks to built-in Core MIDI compatibility for iOS and USB class compliance.

Over $/€360 worth of Killer apps and software included
Creativity starts immediately with iRig Keys MINI thanks to its extensive suite of included apps for iOS and Android, plus software for Mac/PC. These apps are powerful IK Multimedia fan favorites and they all come with extra material for registered iRig Keys MINI users.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download a complimentary version of iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPad, a concert-quality multi-velocity piano app that comes with 2 world-class piano sounds. 15 additional studio-grade instruments can be purchased from within the app. iOS users will also get the complimentary version of SampleTank for iPhone and iPad, a complete mobile sound and groove workstation with 23 included sounds that cover acoustic, electric, electronic and beyond, plus additional instrument collections are available via in-app purchase.

Android users can download: iGrand Piano, a complimentary Android version of the aforementioned piano app that includes the same world-class sounds as its iOS counterpart. And like that app, it comes with 2 stock pianos. And, Android users will also receive a complimentary version of iLectric Piano, a studio-quality electric piano app with a library of multi-velocity stereo instruments sampled from some of the most iconic electric pianos ever made. Users get 2 pianos to start, and iLectric Piano is expandable with 15 additional studio-grade instruments via in-app purchase.

And, finally, computer users will receive SampleTank 3 SE, a special edition of the ultimate sound and groove workstation for Mac & PC with a 6.5 GB library of sounds that cover every instrument category from acoustic to ethnic, electronic to orchestral and beyond. Registration of iRig Keys MINI adds to this base library with a huge bundle of extra sounds in the form of The Grid add-on collection. Plus, users can choose 5 additional SampleTank instrument collections at no cost from its electronic-focused Elektronika and Beats series, and they receive 25 Custom Shop gear credits that can be used toward the purchase of additional SampleTank Instrument Collections.

iRig Keys MINI is also fully compatible with Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X, and compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software, like Samsung Soundcamp, Cubasis, MultiTrack DAW and more.

Keys to creativity
iRig Keys MINI is a part of the iRig Keys range of universal MIDI controllers. This range also includes iRig Keys, an ultra-slim and extremely portable MIDI keyboard controller with 37 mini-keys and iRig Keys PRO, a portable keyboard that gives players the luxury of 37 full-sized keys in a controller that can be easily carried in a gig bag or backpack. With compact size and advanced features, the iRig Keys line offers keyboard players a portable playing experience like no other.

Pricing and availability
iRig Keys MINI is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for $/€79.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information about iRig Keys MINI, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/irigkeysmini

For more information about iRig Keys range, please visit:
www.irigkeys.com

Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad

The myCharge RazorMax 6000mAh portable charger

April 6, 2015 Comments off

myCharge Razor Max RZ60G-ARazor Max RZ60G-A Portable Charger
myCharge
$69.99

I’ve reviewed so many portable chargers that sometimes I feel like saying no to the next pitch for one, but the myCharge Razor Max RZ60G-A 6000mAh portable charger (RZ60G-A) caught my eye. It caught my eye because it has not one but two USB ports for charging and it’s extremely thin. In fact, it’s just a little larger, heavier, and thicker than my iPhone 5.

The RZ60G-A is made of anodized aluminum that’s rugged and lightweight. Its dimensions are a diminutive 4.4 in x 2.6 in x 0.5 in and 0.38 pounds (6 ounces), which is perfect to stash into a purse, back pocket, any pocket, tote, or in your car. After seeing and using this charger, my days of lugging around brick sized chargers is over. It’s so small and lightweight that I actually I thought that I hadn’t brought it along in my camera bag on a recent video shoot.

Charging iPhone and iPadIt powered my iPad 4 and my iPhone 5 simultaneously all day long without issue. I never ran out of power for them. When I returned home, I plugged it in and I still showed two lights, which means that I only used about 50 percent of its capacity. 6000mAh is a lot of power. The charger’s two built-in USB ports deliver a combined 2.4A output–enough for a lot of charging.

Notable Features:

  • Smart-sense: ensures complete device compatibility
  • Max-power: maximum power transfer from powerbank to device
  • Power-stay: maintains battery power for up to 1 year
  • High-density battery: the smallest and lightest powerbank
  • Safe-cell: provides the highest level of battery safety
  • Pass Through Charging: will charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously

Why it’s Frugal: The RZ60G-A charger is frugal because it’s small, but it packs a huge amount of power. 6000mAh is enough to power multiple devices (up to two at a time) for at least an entire day. For $69.99, it’s a little pricey, but it delivers exactly as advertised.

The RZ60G-A’s capacity is 22.2Wh, with input at 5VDC and 0.7A to 2.1A, and output at 5VDC and 2.4A maximum.

RZ60G-A Portable ChargerOne interesting feature of the charger is that you can simply shake it to make the LEDs light up to tell you how much power you have left. Clever. That feature was an unexpected surprise for me. The RZ60G-A comes with its own mini USB charging cable and a Quick Start Guide. The unit comes with a one year limed warranty and is fully charged when you receive it.

In all, the Razor Max RZ60G-A Portable Charger delivers a powerful punch of on demand power where ever you take it and for any device that you can plug into a USB connector/charger.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: Buy it for all your charging needs. It’s portable and powerful.

Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition (Review)

April 3, 2015 Comments off

xPrintServer Home Edition from LantronixxPrintServer Home Edition
Lantronix
$99.95

The xPrintServer Home Edition box reads, “iPad & iPhone Printing Made Easy. Print From All Your iOS Devices To Virtually Any Printer.” And Lantronix has adhered to ‘truthful advertising’ because the xPrintServer Home Edition (xPrintServer) does exactly that and it does so without any fancy setup or hassles. It couldn’t be any easier to do so, with the xPrintServer’s two-step process.

  • Connect the xPrintServer to power, your network, and printer.
  • Print from your iPad, iPhone, or computer.

In addition to printing from your iPad and iPhone, you can also print from Macs and Windows computers. However, Windows 8 seems to have a problem with Bonjour printing and my Mac mini works at first and then doesn’t print again. Windows 7, iPad, and iPhone work great with it.

xPrintServer Home vs. Office Comparison

I’ve used other print servers, from the small generic and inexpensive ones on up to the ones costing several hundred dollars and the Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition falls into the category of an individual home use unit as advertised. I wouldn’t use it for a small business unless all of my employees used Windows 7 and iPads because it doesn’t seem to work consistently with Mac and I can’t get it to work with Windows 8.x at all.

That said, I’m not sure whether the failure to print is with the Lantronix unit , the Bonjour printing software, or perhaps with my somewhat outdated HP OfficeJet J3680 All-in-One printer. Since it does print with Windows 7 and our iPads, I have to assume it is the Bonjour printing software.

The xPrintServer takes up very little space. It has the approximate dimensions of an iPhone 5, but about two to three times the thickness. It does require its own AC power source, a network connection, and a USB connected printer plugged into it. So, while the unit is small, it still requires three wires for power and connectivity. That’s not a negative statement; just a fact.

The xPrintServer does what it’s supposed to do: print. For those systems it works with, it’s never failed or hesitated to work in any way.

Why it’s Frugal: The Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition is a frugal solution for home users who need to print from a short list of supported devices to a single printer and have no other means to do so. The $99.95 price tag is a little off-putting, but still within the range of a home-oriented gadget.

Here’s how it works from an iPhone:

Open File for Printing

Lantronix 1: Open File for Printing

Share the File

Lantronix 2: Share the File

Select Print

Lantronix 3: Select Print

Printing the File

Lantronix 4: Tap Print to Send to Printer

Open an app. I’m using PlainText. In that app, select a document to print. See Lantronix 1.

Tap the Share button at the bottom center of the screen to see the options given in figure Lantronix 2.

Tap Print from the screen as shown in Lantronix 3.

Finally, be sure that your printer is listed and then tap Print to send the file to the printer.

Apple devices should find the printer automatically and display it for you. The printer might not appear immediately, but if you attempt to find the printer by running through these four steps and then try again in a minute or two, the printer should appear for you to use.

The Lantronix xPrintServer is a good device and performs flawlessly. It offloads print jobs quickly and never hesitates or loses a print job. The web interface is simple and intuitive to use–that is, if you ever need to use it, which you probably won’t. Just know that it’s there if you need it.

Overall, I like the xPrintServer. I just wish that support for Mac OS X and for Windows 8 was there, but again, I don’t think this is necessarily the Lantronix product’s fault. I think it’s with the Bonjour software.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: If you have Windows 7 and iOS devices, buy it; it works.

Pelican Introduces Next-Generation Pelican ProGear™ Vault Cases For the Apple iPad Air® 2 and iPad mini® 1/2/3

March 31, 2015 Comments off

Pelican Vault for iPad and iPad miniMarch 31, 2015 TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To make sure your movies, music and apps are protected, Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions, has introduced its next-generation, rugged Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases for the Apple iPad Air® 2 (available mid/late April) and iPad mini® 1/2/3.

“The advanced Vault case design also gives users the freedom to use the tablet within a case as it’s meant to be, without sacrificing protection.”

Crafted with the same tried-and-true DNA found in all Pelican™ products, the next-generation Vault case provides the ultimate suit of armor without sacrificing device functionality. The slim, lightweight Pelican ProGear™ Vault is dustproof, water resistant, shock-absorbent and drop-tested to ensure that a mobile device can handle an active lifestyle. Made with high quality polycarbonate and an elastomeric copolymer rubber interior to expertly absorb impact, the case is designed to withstand a four-foot drop unscathed.

“You may well know the upset, frustration and cost of a smashed iPad. Our next-generation Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases are built with the same legendary toughness that Pelican is known for. As a result we have engineered this case to help make sure that the only thing you need to worry about is finding your favorite app,” said Lyndon Faulkner CEO of Pelican Products. “The advanced Vault case design also gives users the freedom to use the tablet within a case as it’s meant to be, without sacrificing protection.”

Pelican Vault for iPad and iPad miniPelican ProGear™ Vault Series Tablet Cases for the iPad Air® 2 (C11080) and the iPad mini® 1/2/3 (C12080)

The Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases for the iPad Air® 2 (C11080) and the iPad mini® 1/2/3 (C12080) protect each tablet in a variety of ways: with the lid closed, it prevents impact damage to the screen. Open, the lid provides the freedom of cover-free use, an impact absorbing case (Meets Military Specification MIL-STD-810G) and a protective seal against water and dust (IP54 rated). Additionally, users can flip the cover over the back of the case to utilize multiple viewing angles. The product boasts a water-resistant membrane to cover the microphone(s) and speakers, while still providing users with the utmost high-fidelity audio. Available in black with gray accents and gray with white accents, the Pelican ProGear™ Vault case for the iPad Air® 2 (Available mid/late April) has an MSRP of $99.95, while the Pelican ProGear™ Vault for the iPad mini® 1/2/3 has an MSRP of $79.95. Like all Pelican products the new Vault cases are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

For more information on these models and the full Pelican ProGear™ line visitwww.PelicanProGear.com or one of the authorized dealers. Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

About Pelican

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 19 countries, with 28 offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.pelican.com or www.behrmancap.com.

Trademarks and logos displayed herein are registered and unregistered trademarks of Pelican Products, Inc., its subsidiaries and /or affiliates.

iPad Air, iPad mini and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

Boinx Hits the 2015 New Media Expo Floor to Show Off BoinxTV 2 Beta

February 28, 2015 Comments off

Boinx SoftwarePuchheim, Germany – February 27, 2015 – Making their way to the site of one of the biggest broadcasting shows of the year, Boinx Software will be joining the ranks of innovators at New Media Expo 2015, taking place in conjunction with the NAB Show from April 13th through 16th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibiting at booth N8012 video experts from Boinx will be showcasing the latest version of its broadcast truck-in-box broadcast solution, BoinxTV 2. A plug-and-play broadcast production package, the Mac-based BoinxTV lets users combine live camera video, clips, photos, 3D graphics, lower thirds and audio to create recordings and stream live presentations, podcasts, concerts, sporting events and more. Boinx will also unveil the new BoinxTV Broadcast Graphics Machine.

To demonstrate its immense power and suitability for podcasters and broadcasters of all levels, attendees to the show can stop by to see BoinxTV 2 Beta in action as experts put on a production live from the NMX show floor. Taking productions to the next level, the much anticipated BoinxTV 2 features native streaming support via RTMP to YouTube, Ustream, Twitch.tv and more; direct manipulation via a newly designed, easy-to-use UI; and 64bit support, which makes running out of memory virtually impossible. Combined with the all-new BoinxTV Broadcast Graphics Machine, a hardware/software solution for broadcast graphics with support for SDI playout with alpha channel, booth visitors will see how BoinxTV 2 is the perfect solution for all of their live production needs.

Attend the Boinx Software Press Briefing or Schedule a Private Meeting
Boinx will be hosting an informal “Press and Friends” event on the morning of Tuesday, April 14th at 8:00am. Members of the media are invited to indulge in coffee and morning treats while discussing the latest broadcasting solutions from Boinx Software. To register for the event or to schedule a private briefing for those who cannot attend, please contact Anya Oskolkova atanya@zazilmediagroup.com.

Boinx TV

What’s New With BoinxTV?
BoinxTV 2 (Beta version scheduled for end of April)

  • Native streaming support via RTMP to YouTube, Ustream, Twitch.tv and more
  • New UI that makes using BoinxTV 2 even easier than before, with a modern look
  • Direct manipulation instead of fiddling with settings
  • More options for automation
  • 64bit support makes running out of memory virtually impossible
  • BoinxTV with integrated BoinxTV ATEM Controller, which supports full integration with production switchers from Blackmagic Design, including the ATEM Television Studio and ATEM Production Studio 4K

BoinxTV Broadcast Graphics Machine

  • Hardware/software solution for broadcast graphics based on a Mac mini with a Blackmagic Design DeckLink 4K Extreme card in a 19” rack mount enclosure
  • Playout via HD-SDI with Alpha channel support
  • Visualize real time data including sport scores, weather, stock chart, news feeds and more
  • 2D and 3D graphics
  • Integrate interactive elements such as a Twitter feed
  • Play any video format, scale, crop and convert to fit your needs

About Boinx Software
Located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany, Boinx Software Ltd. develops award-winning animation, video production and photography software for the Mac® platform and iOS devices including the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod®. Honored with numerous Apple Design Awards and coveted spots on the Mac App Store’s Best Apps of the Year list, the extensive family of Boinx apps includes iStopMotion for Mac, iStopMotion for iPad, FotoMagico, BoinxTV, Mouseposé, You Gotta See This!, PhotoPresenter for iOS, and PartySnapper, Boinx’s newest social photo wall for sharing and saving event photos. Boinx Software has also been instrumental in the developmental processes of popular apps including Heads Up!, Ellen DeGeneres’s charades party game, and the Leica T iPhone and iPad app, the elegant remote companion to the Leica T digital camera.

Follow @boinxsoftware on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, please visit the Boinx Software website.

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