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April 30, 2013

Live 9 Update Fixes Bugs, Addresses Indexing Issues

Before any type of software is ever released to the public, it has to go through the scrutiny of individuals as well as the developers who worked tirelessly to create it.  The problem is that software which is meant to run on a machine almost never does so under the same circumstances.  Most software is designed to run at an optimal level, but will still survive with the minimum required settings.  This is really only the baseline test that they can verify – the software will eventually run into other problems that need to be fixed and worked out.

Many times, software is released to beta testers who are usually eager candidate who want first dibs at the new trial of software – but can they really be counted on to do their job of sorting the good and the bad within software?  Most of these people have little to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 30, 2013

Google Glass Ensemble: Viola Composition Made in Glass Videos

There are few cameras out there that can give you what the GoPro does.  At its most recent release, it comes in a smaller more compact size that was made to make navigation simple, without dealing with too many screen options.  Not only does the size make it desirable, it is the fact that it can be mounted in so many ways that makes it slightly better than the rest of the options out there that share its size.  The only issue with the mounting system is that it is still difficult to mount to the body – and even if you figure it out, you look ridiculous in the process.

Google glass has simplified the idea, hoping to compress the camera into the size of a pair of glasses.  With this type of system, the camera should feel like an extension of the body rather than a vestigial organ …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 30, 2013

RoughTrade, for Musical Delights

In the past, a trip to the music store was strictly that – a quick browse through the aisles for music that you wanted to listen to.  At times, these stores were smart enough to include headphones and devices that would allow you to sample new music.  The problem is that when CD stores tried to implement this idea, it left customers with a slight problem.  They wanted to listen to some obscure CD that was still shrink wrapped – but the store wasn’t very cool with them opening it just to sample the song.  Trace that back maybe twenty years or so and this problem was nonexistent with records.

In fact, it was encouraged that records could be sampled before they were purchased or picked up from the shop.  Some record and music stores are trying to reunite this idea of the store being a play store rather than …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2013

Geco Promises Music Applications for Leap Motion

Whenever a person tries to create a new form of communication the challenges are very apparent right off the bat.  Think of a conductor telling what the orchestra to do.  For those who know little about their responsibilities, it goes much farther than swinging your hands wildly in the air.  Those gestures actually have meaning and the conductor also incorporates his eyes and eye contact into the communication as well.  Now, controlling a piece of hardware or software with only the hands has its own set of challenges.  For one, each gesture must be defined down to a science; there cannot be any leeway in what the actual meaning of a gesture is.

The next difficult challenge is determining how to do this in three dimensions.  On a flat two dimensional surface you may only have to deal with up, down, left and right – but that third dimension adds …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2013

Brett Domino Trio – Purple Rain

There are some pretty silly instruments out there.  Even the ones that are based off a tried and true instrument like the piano can still be a laugh just to look at, let alone play or purchase.  Some instruments are only around because they are relics of our forgotten history – or maybe they are just staples of a bad time in musical history.  You see – even older devices that were innovative like the turntable or the theremin will still be around, and that is because they are truly originals.  There is nothing else like it except for the copied designs that were produced later.

When you have something like the Keytar, which takes elements from both the rock guitar and the keyboard – these really want to make you laugh inside.  Perhaps it is just the way they are shaped.  They don’t share any of the cool …