Lightning-connected audio recording accessory for iPhone, iPad as well as iPod touch
Audio accessory maker Zoom has launched its iQ5 microphone for iOS devices this week, offering the ability to capture high-quality audio in 90- or 120-degree fields, adjustable by a switch on the device. Including two microphone elements in a mid-size configuration,the iQ5 records 16-bit/44.1kHz audio with an analog-type mic gain wheel. Fitted with a Lightning connector, the microphone has three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack to avoid any latency in monitoring.
Skulls of Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition now ported to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Originally released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam, Skulls of Shogun is now available for iOS users. The Bone-A-Fide edition of Skulls features five episodes of single-player content, and 36 multi-player maps, playable over the Internet through the turn-based Skulls Anywhere mode, or pass-and-play with up to four people.
Best Buy, Walmart to offer Apple product promotions
Black Friday, a major US shopping event, offers consumers major sale prices to kick off the Christmas holiday gift buying season. Several retailers that offer Apple products -- such as Walmart and Best Buy -- have begun advertising upcoming deals for iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros. Best Buy is currently advertising up-front discounts, such as $200 off 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, whereas Walmart is offering gift cards in varying amounts with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad mini and more. Black Friday begins the day after American Thanksgiving, on November 29 this year.
Unfiltered Google, Bing search sets arrive in PB3
DEVONtechnologies has released a third beta of its DEVONagent 3 intelligent-search software. The app uses standard and specialized search engines, returning focused summaries or a wide swath of results in a topic map. It can also archive search results or add them to a database. The latest beta sees the app move into the menu bar for constant availability and easy access. Search results can be launched into the full DEVONagent app or into a web browser with one click.
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Movea has unveiled a new app that can turn an iPhone 4 into an air mouse for presentations and HTPC use. The Air Mouse app ($2, App Store) works with MotionTools software, which allows users to customize, activate, and control desktop applications. The app allows for scrolling, panning, and zooming, as well as for pen drawing, image stamps, and highlighting.
New database engine keeps files in original format
DEVONtechnologies has released updates to its information manager and note-taking software, launching DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0. DEVONthink manages documents, messages, notes and bookmarks, while allowing users to annotate PDFs and cross-references documents to track relationships between them. DEVONnote can be used to write notes in plain or rich text and clip data from documents and web pages. It provides options for searching or finding similar items, while integrating a web browser within the interface.
XMenu, EasyFind updated
DEVONtechnologies has released two freeware updates, launching XMenu 1.9 and EasyFind 4.5 with new features and bug fixes. XMenu has new menu icons for easier recognition and also adds a snippets menu in a cascading structure that supports the user's inserting plain and rich text snippets, clippings, and Internet location files as single menu choices. From that point large numbers of rich text can be quickly accessed for retrieval and use. Meanwhile, EasyFind 4.5 adds Quick Look support and adds extended Boolean operators found in DEVONtechnologies' lead applications.