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Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

If you like to make music there is plenty of hardware out there that will let you make your own tracks using turntables and vinyl records or digital devices like the iPad and MP3 tracks. Whichever route you choose, cool music can be made using a bunch of methods. If your tastes lean towards making digital music a new tool is coming soon called the Mixfader.

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Paper by FiftyThree getting new ‘Think Kit’ features next month

Paper by FiftyThree getting new ‘Think Kit’ features next month

After making Paper (now technically known as ‘Paper by FiftyThree’ because of Facebook’s app by the same name) free to download, FiftyThree is giving us more reason to want the app. FiftyThree is announcing a new series of add-on tools for Paper they’ve named Think Kit, which are aimed at producing a more finished conceptual design faster. Though they’re a bit tight-lipped about what the tools may offer, you may be picking up your iPad to sketch ideas more often with Think Kit.

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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

The simple messaging app Yo will soon be jumping on the Apple Watch bandwagon with its newest app for the smartwatch. If you haven't heard of Yo, it's a basic app that debuted last year to a mix of fanfare and confusion. Yo is an app that lets you communicate with friends, but limits you to just exchanging a "yo" instead of texting. Over 4 million "yo's" have been sent. Now, Yo is back in a new incarnation for the Apple Watch, and it lets users send more than just a "yo."

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Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Perhaps the easiest way to grab what’s happening on the screen of your Mac is Quickcast. The video screengrab app is easy to use, and even hosts your snippets so you can share a link with anyone who might want to check out what’s going on. It’ perfect for troubleshooting, where a customer might need help from an expert. Today, a company with a similar aim, Lookback, has announced they’ve acquired Reissued Ltd, makers of Quickcast, which is helping to power Lookback’s new Android and Mac apps.

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Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

While Google Now has grown a following thanks to its timely suggestions and relevant information, it hasn't exactly grown by leaps and bounds, partly because of the limited supply of apps that actually integrate with Google's smart assistant, if you could call it that. Things might change soon, now that Google has, at least informally, revealed that it plans to open up the API for Google Now for other app developers. It's a feature that is truly a long time coming, something that Google Now could have suggested to its own masters.

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Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an entirely new platform as well as a whole new hardware line. Like we’ve seen with just about all their other hardware and platform options, a support industry starts to pop up around the newest thing from Apple. Such is the case with Casetify, which are aiming to get you excited about watch bands. Like Swatch did so many years ago with swappable bands, Casetify wants to make Apple Watch bands unique, collectible, desirable, and fun. It looks the part, too.

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Gimbal adds iBeacon brilliance to SXSW

Gimbal adds iBeacon brilliance to SXSW

When you find yourself at an event, there’s good reason to drag your smartphone out of your pocket or bag. Not just because you’re filling awkward downtime, but doing so might actually put real-time, contextual information in front of your face. At SXSW this weekend, event-goers will likely want to pull their phone out of their pockets and fire up the official SXSW app, named SXSW Go. The reason? Gimbal has landed at SXSW, and they’re going to light the event up with iBeacon tech.

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Swarm adds direct messaging feature to iOS, Android apps

Swarm adds direct messaging feature to iOS, Android apps

When Foursquare split itself in half, it was an effort to build up two complimentary features of their platform independently. The Foursqaure app proper would be a Yelp competitor, while Swarm would serve as their check-in module. The success of that move is debatable, but both found favor with users. To help Swarm become a bit more social, Foursquare has updated the app to bring in a private messaging feature. Now, when you want to hang out with someone, you don’t have to ask out loud.

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