updated 06:40 pm EST, Thu February 21, 2008
IK Multimedia Plug and Mix
In brief: We have a review of the Logic3 JiveBox, Apple comes in 12th in Web traffic, the IK Multimedia Plug and Mix promo has been announced, dates have been set for the Lasso Developer Conference 2008, and Aperture/Sony Alpha 700 RAW tests have been posted ... We have posted a review of the Logic3 JiveBox. This all-in-one cube houses a 2.1 speaker system that delivers a surprising amount of volume for such a compact system. The JiveBox comes complete with IR remote, 3.5mm line in cable, AC adapter, and an assortment of docking cradle plates to fit various iPod sizes new and old. The focal point of the JiveBox is the 7-inch glossy black block that encases all of the speakers and neatly hides the cables underneath the unit. A changeable glowing LED light strip that can be changed to red, blue, or green complements its simple design.
Apple 12th in Web traffic
comScore, a leader has released analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties for January 2008 from its comScore Media Metrix service. The month saw increased visits to tax, politics, career, real estate and travel-related sites. Yahoo! Sites continued to lead as the top property with more than 138 million visitors, followed by Google Sites with nearly 135 million visitors and Microsoft Sites with 119 million visitors. Apple Inc. came in 12th, right behind the New York Times, with 48,413,000 unique visitors.
IK Multimedia Plug and Mix promo
IK Multimedia has announced its "Plug and Mix Madness" promotion. Starting on February 21st and lasting through April 30th 2008, customers may purchase and register any of the qualifying IK Multimedia plug-in based music production software, hardware combinations or bundles and they will receive one free IK effect plug-in download of their choice, such as AmpliTube 2 - Guitar Amp and FX Modeling Plug-in or Ampeg SVX, Bass Amp & FX Modeling Plug-In.
Lasso Developer Conference 2008 announced
Aperture/Sony Alpha 700 RAW tests
IT Enquirer has tested the Sony Alpha 700 RAW image quality at high ISO values (3200 ISO) with 7 different RAW converters (Aperture 2, Capture One 4, GraphicConverter, Lightroom, SilkyPix Developer Studio, LightZone and Sony's own RAW converter. DXO Optics Pro 5 was also on the list, but was still not yet released. The reivew says "Apple's Aperture 2 came in a close third, especially the default (automatic) setting seems to be a good choice as it seems to strike a good balance between noise and smoothness without reinforcing the "blobbiness' of the in-camera noise reduction."