WMC06 Session: FinalScratch 2/Traktor

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2006, 17:24
Category: conference

wmc06-fs2-traktor.jpgThe following article is from one of the conference sessions at Winter Music Conference (WMC) last week in Miami where the PowerPage was covering the mobile music scene, digital DJing and the pervasiveness of PowerBooks in the Electronic music community.
Miami — Another fantastic conference session at WMC here was given by Greg Chin (a.k.a. DJ Stryke). In it he exposed us to the wonders of Stanton’s FinalScratch 2, a combination hardware and software product that allows DJs to import all their vinyl into a laptop and play all of their records via two “control records” on traditional turntables. The process saves hauling crates of heavy vinyl from gig to gig and gives DJ’s access to features not possible with traditional vinyl.
FinalScratch 2 lets you play digital music files from any analog turntable or CD player with the natural, tactile feel and response of spinning vinyl. FS2 makes cueing, mixing and scratching feel as natural as spinning all your old school wax – without having to change records.
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WMC06 Session: Audio Lab – Abelton Live

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2006, 17:54
Category: Software

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The following article is from one of the conference sessions at Winter Music Conference (WMC) last week in Miami where the PowerPage was covering the mobile music scene, digital DJing and the pervasiveness of PowerBooks in the Electronic music community.
Miami — Dave Hill, Jr. one of the foremost experts on Ableton and author of Ableton Live 2 Power took us on a journey through Live 5 showing us how to get the most out of the software.
Live is an audio creation, production and performance application used by electronic musicians like Sasha and Gabriel & Dresden. Live 5 is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that boasts a bunch of new features that add to its creation, production and performance capabilities, including improvements in remix, organization, instruments and effects.
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The Apple Core: The Beatles in court (again) with Apple

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2006, 08:21
Category: The Apple Core

apple-corps-logo.jpgThe Beatles record label, Apple Corps Ltd. was in court for the third time in as many decades with Apple Computer, Inc. this wee. The record label claims that the Cupertino, CA computer firm has breached an agreement dating back to 1991 preventing it from entering the music business. In the 1980’s Apple Corps Ltd. took Apple to court over the use of their logo.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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What’s on my N90?

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 23:08
Category: Uncategorized

nokia-n90.jpgI’ve been using a Nokia N90 S60 smartphone for almost a month now. I have the full unlocked 3G version from Europe, not the crippled cracked out one you can buy at Ritz Camera in exchange for a new contract with T-Mobile.
I routinely change things up, get new devices, but I always seem to come back to S60. I think this is largely because the devices are just so damned usable and functional, especially when compared to BlackBerry devices, the Treo, UIQ devices such as the Sony Ericsson P910 and the like.
Some of the built-in applications on the N90 are quite good. For example, the email client is fantastic. It supports IMAP, IMAP-IDLE, and email gets pushed to me as fast as my BlackBerry ever got it. I have no complaints there, really. The input device doesn’t even bother me that much because a lot of my email when I’m mobile is consumption anyway, and I rarely have to type out a huge edict or anything unless I’m at a desk. Even the built-in browser is quite good. I have also installed Opera and Opera Mini but honestly I use the built-in browser most of the time.
But like any smartphone user, I have managed to accumulate some favorite applications over the last month that I feel are very useful, so I’ll be outlining them in this post.
This post is a doozy. Get comfortable.

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Dell Latitude D820 with Intel Core Duo Processor

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 20:07
Category: Uncategorized

Engadget’s got a review of the new Dell notebook with a Intel Core Duo processor. The cool part is that it has 3G networking (and an optional fingerprint reader). I’ll stick with my MacBook Pro, thanks.

PC Magazine has taken Dell’s entrant in the 15-inch Core Duo laptop category for a spin, and although it doesn’t knock the IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T60 from its Editor’s Choice throne, it still manages to grab four out of five stars and a "very good" rating. As you’ll probably recall from our previous coverage of this model and the D620, the D820 is a Core Duo-packing replacement for the Latitude D810, and its 2.16GHz T2600 bested the older model by an impressive 59% in PC Mag’s benchmarks. Also noteworthy were the pixel-rific 1920 x 1200 widescreen display (remember, those are packed into just a 15.4-inch screen), 5 hour battery life, and built-in WiFi sniffer that not only works when the machine is shutdown but helpfully informs you when security-disabled networks are in range. Overall, the theme for this $1,300 desktop replacement seems to be choice; you have the option of: a fingerprint scanner or SmartCard reader for security, trackpad or pointer nub for navigation, PC Card or Express Card for expansion, and Verizon EV-DO or Cingular HSDPA for 3G. Wow — this one’s already looking like a contender for one of the coveted 2006 Engadget Awards (only to get voted down in favor of a MacBook, we’d imagine).

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Daylite Turns Three

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 15:01
Category: Software

Marketcircle has announced Daylite 3, the successor to their wildly popular Business Relationship Manager for the Mac. Daylite is more than a contact manager, it’s also a calendar, opportunity, task and project manager that features multiple pipelines, activity delegation, smart lists, powerful reports and super-tight integration with Apple’s Mail.app.
I have been using Daylite for two years now and highly recommend it to anyone that needs to keep track of contacts, relationships and sales opportunities – and who doesn’t?
The new Daylite 3 Productivity Suite bundles Daylite 3 with Marketcircle’s Daylite Mail Integration Module (DMI 2.0) for US$189. Sold separately, Daylite 3 retails for US$149 and DMI 2.0 for US$49. A 30 free trial is available from www.marketcircle.com.

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The Apple Core: Apple adds volume limiting to iPod

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 11:17
Category: iPod

volume-limit.jpgI’ve been ranting on the effects of loud music on hearing loss for a while now and it’s refreshing to see Apple take efforts to help limit the hearing damage potential caused by the iPod – too bad it took a lawsuit to make them do it.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: A field guide to digital audio recorders

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Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2006, 11:07
Category: Accessory

m-audio-microtrack.jpgI’ve recorded live music events on DAT tape for years and recently started thinking about ways to modernize the process and skip the tape altogether. I’ve been looking for a portable audio recorder to tape interviews and record podcasts but have been frustrated with the options. Following is some of my research.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: ChargerChecker Fixes MagSafe Interruptus

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2006, 10:14
Category: Software

charge-checker-icon.jpgLast week I wrote about one of my pet peeves about Apple’s new MagSafe power connector: the fact that it comes out too easily without you noticing causing untold hardship when you find your battery completely discharged the next day.
Read about an excellent new donationware app that is the answer to my prayers on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Best Buy Canada Clearing Out Powerbooks

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2006, 10:00
Category: retail

Best Buy Canada’s new weekly flyer (out today) is having a “Final Clearance” on all PowerBook G4’s, and Mac mini G4’s. Could this mean that 17″ and 12″ MacBook Pro’s are not far off?
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