Archive for October, 2008

The War of the Worlds

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Seventy years ago, Orson Welles aired The War of the Worlds. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the Mercury Theatre on the Air series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network.

Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds.

The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual Martian invasion was in progress.

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Google Earth on the iPhone

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As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.

Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.

Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.

Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?

Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.

Will Android change everything?

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As the first Android enabled smartphones are about to hit the streets, the buzz is heating. Apple’s iPhone 3G is a success, RIM launches new smartphones, Windows Mobile 7 will be available… in a year…

Google’s open source OS stands a chance of dominating the handset software market in part because of its wide support. Google’s brand power, and the fact that it’s not aiming to be a mobile handset maker are prime reasons for Android’s likely rise.

A recent report from J. Gold Associates predicts Android will reach 4.8 percent of business market share in the next three years. According to ABI, the current smartphone market accounts for 14 percent of of worldwide handsets.

Unless crisis reshuffles the game…

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Fring for the iPhone 3G

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About one year ago, I already mentionned why I loved Fring. now Fring has recently released an official version (V1.0.1.4) for the iPhone 3G or the iPod Touch.

It installs in a snapshot and off you go… Once signed in, I recovered all my previous settings and contacts. When used for a call, you will be prompted which service to use for each call – Skype, SIP or Cellular in my case – could not be easier.

Pros:

  • Straightforward install for the Apple AppStore
  • Support of numerous services
  • Access to the iPhone contact list

Cons:

  • No resident software, software needs to run to receive incoming calls
  • WiFi only, no calls when connected on 3G or EDGE networks

Arturia Origin

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A special post to welcome the launch of Origin by Arturia.

Arturia Origin

Most powerful synthesizer on the market, Origin goes beyond the traditional definition of synthesizers. It is a hardware DSP system that houses several synthesizers in one machine. Some of these synths come from the past, such as the Minimoog, some are totally new and innovative.

Loaded with modules extracted from the best synthesizers of all times, Origin lets you combine these modules and take advantage of the additional possibilities put onboard. The result: a new type of sound accessible through an extremely intuitive interface.

A glimpse at the specifications:

  • Create your own synthesis patch by connecting independent modules. These modules are either innovative modules we introduced (such as Galaxy) or taken from the best synthesizers ever made (such as the Moog Modular, the Yamaha CS-80, the Roland Jupiter-8, the Minimoog, the ARP 2600, the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and Prophet VS).
  • Alternatively, use an existing synthesizer recreation: the Minimoog, the ARP 2600*, the Jupiter-8* or the Prophet 5*
  • Superb audio quality with TAE® engine in a hardware chassis. 24 bits/44.1 kHz supported.
  • High-Quality Real time Effects: Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, Parametric EQ*, Bit Crusher*.
  • 500 presets created by a selection of international sound designers
  • 16/32 step advanced sequencer allowing you to program three sub-sequences at a time and to perform live.
  • Multi mode allowing you to play 4 instruments at a time, for example a Minimoog, a Jupiter-8*, a modular patch and an ARP 2600*.
  • Creative Macros, advanced LFO’s, innovative modulation sources, different Joystick modes.
  • Advanced Preset browser.
  • Analog Audio Connectivity: 2 audio ins, 10 audio outs.
  • Digital Audio: SPDIF out, USB 2.0
  • Built-in expression pedal and footswitch control inputs
  • MIDI : In, Out, Thru or USB 2
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony
  • Also a MIDI controller offering 33 encoders, 21 potentiometers and 1 joystick
  • Ergonomic hardware design and quality manufacturing in France and Germany.
  • Origin lets you open dedicated software on your Mac and PC in the form of Origin Connection an ergonomic application allowing to archive preset, exchange data, upgrade firmware.
  • 160 pages manual in English.

A keyboard version is planned to be released too.

Let’s wish Origin will find its market, the team behind it really deserves it.