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iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

As powerful as our smartphones have become, there are still limits to what it can do. It isn’t exactly easy, for example, to use one for recording professional-sounding audio. Not easy but not impossible, especially when you have the right accessories for the job. IK Multimedia is renowned for its boxes and attachments that turn smartphones into portable or makeshift recording studios. And its latest iRig Mic Studio XLR brings that professionalism to audio recording, in a device that is not much longer than an iPhone.

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IFTTT moves over from Recipes to Applets

IFTTT moves over from Recipes to Applets

Just a few days ago, Microsoft fully launched Flow, which was its own take on the automation platform market but with an eye towards the workplace. IFTTT, who can be credited as having popularized the idea, isn’t taking things sitting down. But rather than aiming its guns specifically at the enterprise, it is trying to do one better. It is evolving its “Recipes” metaphor into “Applets”, and, while doing so, is also targeting enterprise partners, but not to the exclusion of regular consumers and power users.

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Android Studio 2.2 heralds the end for Eclipse ADT support

Android Studio 2.2 heralds the end for Eclipse ADT support

When Android started out, it didn’t burst into the scene fully formed and complete. That was true for the platform itself and especially its development tools, with Android development practically tied to a couple of pieces loosely bound together. Nearly a decade later, Android is all grown up and has its own integrated development environment or IDE. Now at version 2.2, Android Studio is the tool for developing for Android. And with that, Google is officially retiring the separate Android Development Tools (ADT) that allowed users to develop using Eclipse or other tools of their choice.

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Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper just announced that its Instapaper Premium service is now free for everybody, something we have to thank that somewhat recent Pinterest acquisition for. According to the company’s Brian Donohue, the company is able to make Premium open and free because the Pinterest acquisition has enabled the team to “focus on just delivering the best product to our users.”

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The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

Before mobile gaming was a thing, before even smartphones were a thing, gamers have been playing on the Internet in what was commonly regarded as MMORPGs, short for the wordy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Lineage, and more filled gaming news and chats, The advent of mobile devices, as well as the rise of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), have mostly pushed MMORPGs to the sidelines.

As smartphones become more powerful, Internet access move ubiquitous, and mobile users mode engaged, MMORPGs have started to make a comeback, but on a smaller screen and with somewhat fewer controls. Here are our top picks for this year’s best MMORPGs, with some dating back even older, proving their massively multiplayer appeal.

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Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

In an ideal world, users will only install software from, usually a single, blessed source, like a repository or app store, containing only trustworthy and quality software. But we don’t live in an ideal world and even with app stores like Google Play or iTunes, some questionable apps still manage to get through the cracks. In an attempt to protect the integrity and image of its Play Store, Google has announced new security measures to weed out fraudulent or downright malicious apps. But users also have a role to play in protecting themselves from such “soft” attacks.

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Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL include a set of cords that put the new MacBook Pro to shame. Even Apple's newest iPhone includes a dongle which connects Lightning to a headphone jack. Now, here in 2016, as Google makes its best effort at a consumer-grade phone, they've gone Pro. Meanwhile Apple has released a MacBook "Pro" with some distinctive non-pro features.

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iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

You’ve heard of horror stories of people, sometimes celebrities, “accidentally” sharing compromising photos of themselves online. But have you heard of one that accidentally shared an iOS bug online that nearly brought the US’ 911 system down to its knees? No? Well, that is supposedly the case for 18-year old Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai who did such a thing in the hopes of getting Apple’s attention and getting into its exclusive bug bounty program. He got attention alright, but the police’s, who arrested the young hacker for felony computer tampering instead.

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Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

This morning Microsoft presented their Windows 10 Creators Update, an update that'll enable 3D sculpting for all users. What users will be able to do is utilize creative tools unlike any available to the generations that've preceded them. If not in output, then in ease of use. Microsoft showed a video with a set of young adults trying out the tools for the first time to demonstrate.

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Duet Display Pro turns the iPad Pro into a Wacom Cintiq

Duet Display Pro turns the iPad Pro into a Wacom Cintiq

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil shook the tablet world, demonstrating that things that can be created digitally using a rather unassuming accessory. But while the Pencil might be precise and accurate, the iPad Pro itself sometimes becomes the bottleneck, especially for illustrators and artists who need more muscle than the mobile device can provide. Such creators usually go to their Macs or PCs to do “real work”, usually with a Wacom drawing tablet. With Duet’s new Duet Pro subscription, you can have all that without burning a hole through your pocket to buy a Wacom Cintiq.

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Samsung Pay adds online shopping, in-app payments

Samsung Pay adds online shopping, in-app payments

Samsung Pay just recently celebrated its first birthday, not an insignificant feat for a mobile payment system limited to a single device vendor and very few devices. Of course, Samsung’s work is far from over. Following Google’s announcement of Android Pay supporting Visa Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass, Samsung is similarly boasting of new support for buying things through the mobile web. But via Masterpass only this time. In exchange for a lack of Visa support, Samsung Pay gains support for in-app payments as well as three new countries.

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Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple's earnings call this afternoon included a mention of the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung's disaster of a recall therein. On the call that accompanied the earnings release, Apple made clear that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall wasn't affecting iPhone sales negatively or positively. This, they said, was because Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet current demand as it is - so nothing else is going to affect them either way.

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