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IK Multimedia Announces iRing – the First Motion Controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Music Apps and More

Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

IK Multimedia, a global technology company and leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, today announced a new technological breakthrough in mobile music making and app control: iRing™, the first motion-tracking controller for iOS music apps and more. Now musicians and others can control sound effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from needing to touch the screen.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device's front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms built into an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position on the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution and a motion-tracking device that is accurate and affordable to anyone.

The iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers, comfortable enough to be worn while operating musical instruments or other traditional music controllers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can now operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

While there have been previous attempts to use a device camera to track hand positioning, they proved not to be reliable for real-world usage, due to the many variables involved in computer vision recognition and the available processing power of mobile devices. iRing solves these issues providing an accurate method for precision detection of hand position in a wide range of lighting conditions.

iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers, plus two complimentary apps for music applications, which target everyone from music lovers to knowledgeable musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

The iRing Music Maker app gives music lovers a new and incredibly fun way to create music and grooves using hand gestures, with no music knowledge required, whatsoever. Users simply launch the app and use the iRing controller to change the beats, control rhythmic elements, synth parts and effects, for hours and hours of quality entertainment. Creating music has never been so much fun!

The included iRing FX/Controller app targets skilled musicians and DJs, and converts the distance information from the rings into precise MIDI control information that can be configured by the user. This MIDI data can then be used by any compatible Core MIDI app running on the device, or even sent to a computer via Wi-Fi. Users can configure the app to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more.

The iRing FX/Controller app also doubles as a controllable audio effects processor with 16 powerful and creative effects including Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail. These effects can be creatively controlled by the iRing, and inserted into the device audio path for use with any music app that is Audiobus or Inter-App Audio compatible.

iRing technology will also be incorporated into core IK Multimedia apps such as GrooveMaker®, DJ Rig™, AmpliTube®, SampleTank®, VocaLive™ and more, so DJs, guitarists, vocalists, bass players, producers, keyboardists and engineers will have a new level of control to deliver powerful and unique performances.

For third-party developers that want to incorporate and implement iRing technology directly into their apps, IK is offering a free development kit and licensing program, which make it easy to take advantage of this new breakthrough technology. iRing can also be easily utilized beyond music for a wide variety of applications including gaming, health & fitness, utility and more. Developers can take advantage of the technology and improve the functionality of their apps by contacting IK via the link provided on the iRing product page.

iRing features:

Ring controller, in tandem with either of two included apps featuring advanced motion-tracking technology, allows remote control of iOS app and app parameters using hand gestures.

Great for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Includes two identical, two-pattern reversible rings, allowing for numerous control combinations and the control up to 6 effect parameters simultaneously with two hands.

Rings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit.

Included iRing Music Maker app allows novices to make music using hand gestures.

Included iRing FX/Controller app lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects when used together with other music apps via Inter-App Audio or Audiobus.

Pricing & Availability

iRing will cost $ 24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes), and will be available in Q1 2014 in three colors (white, green and silver) at music and electronics retailers worldwide. Pre-orders are now available on the IK Multimedia online store and selected stores. iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

For more information about iRing™ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, please visit:

Watch a video on iRing™ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:

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MacXDVD Unveils 2014 New Year Giveaway of MacX iPhone iPad DVD Video Converter Pack

(PRWEB) January 08, 2014

MacXDVD today kicks off a new-round promotion from now to Jan 15, 2014, during which 15K copies of MacX iPhone Converter Pack join in the new year giveaway list. The holiday promotion also highlights a Facebook contest and up to 70% software discounts, as a response to the increasing demand from customers who prefer to enhance the multimedia entertainment during the festive season.

MacXDVD has pledged to give away practically 1,000 copies of MacX iPhone Converter Pack per day all the way through Jan 15, 2014. Holiday shoppers can take advantage of the giveaway activity at:

The pack is given away in reward for customers' long-standing support. It is chosen as the holiday gift to meet Apple fans' rising demand for unconfined DVD and video enjoyment on iOS devices like the latest iPhone 5S/5C, iPad Mini, iPad Air with Retina display, Apple TV 3, etc.

The gift supports ripping both homemade and commercial DVD movies to MP4, MOV and M4V and converting holiday videos for playing on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc. In addition, customers will be able to convert camcorder MKV, MTS, M2TS and AVCHD video clips, transfer YouTube FLV videos, make funny slideshows with holiday photos, and edit videos for different uses.

For more information about the program, please visit:

In addition, other programs like MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, MacX Holiday Gift Pack, etc, can be found in the discount list during the holiday promotion. Specifically, the No.1 fast MacX DVD Ripper Pro is enjoying a lifelong $ 19.95 deal that customers have never been heard of historically. Moreover, holiday shoppers can get two bonus gifts for the purchase of MacX Holiday Gift Pack that is discounted by as much as 70%.

The new year giveaway and holiday coupon are not the only sweepstakes the multimedia company is running. It gives away 300 copies of MacX Video Converter Pro for Windows to its loyal fans on Facebook. Participants can click the "Like" button and share the exclusive Facebook contest to get the video converter with no cost.

Pricing and Availability

Every day MacX iPhone DVD Video Converter Pack each worth $ 79.90 will be free available to the first 1,000 visitors before Jan 15, 2014. Other holiday coupons and gifts also have a hand during the new year promotion.

About MacXDVD Software, Inc.

MacXDVD Software is a division of Digiarty Software Company, owns a professional multimedia software development team, providing a range of products for Macintosh Computer users, including MacX Video Converter, MacX DVD Ripper, backup tools, etc, series of apps for Apple video player, and iPhone, iPad 2D and 3D video games. More information, please visit


Pre-order iPad Air Cases from Mobile Fun Today

(PRWEB UK) 25 October 2013

Apple announced its updated iPad yesterday, the iPad Air. The iPad Air has a similar design to the iPad mini with the same casing. The Air is available in both Silver and Space Grey. Updates include a better camera, the famous A7 processor and is smaller in every way. Apple have kept the same size screen as the previous iPad but has made the bevel 43% smaller, meaning users get the same screen but the device itself is smaller. This new sized iPad means buyers will need a new case. iPad Air cases can now be pre-ordered from Mobile Fun right now.

For customers looking for something bold and great protection, the Trident Aegis is the way to go. The case consists of two parts: a black inner-layer of shock-absorbing silicone and a hardened blue outer-layer. This case offers great protection and a perfect fit for the new iPad Air.

For users looking for something a little more business and with an added feature, the Griffin Journal is a great product. This case allows the iPad to be carried like a personal notebook. It contains a hard shell for great protection and can be used as stand, perfect for typing and viewing videos.

The Gear4 CoverStand is perfect for those who want all-around protection. This case covers both the back and the front of the iPad Air. The case features a magnetic closure and a folding front piece to allow use as a stand in two different ways.

Finally if only Apple will do, Mobile Fun are also taking pre-orders on the new iPad Air Smart case, available in leather. The case fits the device perfectly and built in magnets mean it activates the sleep function of the iPad. The case can be folded in a number of ways, allowing users to get the perfect set up. The new Smart Case from Apple not only protects the front but also the back, meaning the device will stay looking brand new for longer.

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About Mobile Fun

Mobile Fun is the UK’s leading online retailer of accessories for mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices, offering a market leading product range from its extensive portfolio of international websites.

Headquartered in Birmingham UK, with a product range of 7,000 globally-sourced mobile accessories, Mobile Fun has successfully established a market-leading position within the competitive mobile, smartphone and tablet sectors.

Mobile Fun was ranked as the UK’s 7th ‘Fastest Growing Technology Based Company’ in the Sunday Times 2006 Microsoft Tech Track 100, was awarded the ‘Online Retailer of the Year’ title at the Mobile News Awards 2011 then again in 2012; won Best Online Business (Consumer) at the ECMOD Awards 2012, the Online Retail Awards 2011 and 2012 ‘Computers and Telecommunications’ category and What Mobile’s Best Accessory Retailer 2012. The company was also a finalist in the Online Retail Awards 2013 and is currently shortlisted in the What Mobile and Retail Week Enterprise Awards 2013.

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New License Package from Lavu Makes Premium iPad POS Features Attainable

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) November 14, 2013

Lavu Inc. has announced an update to their license levels: the Platinum license is being replaced by the new Lavu Professional (Pro) license. Lavu Pro will make it easier for small businesses to obtain a full-featured iPad POS system by reducing upfront cost. Larger businesses and franchises who desire the premium features will pay a significantly reduced license upgrade cost.

Lavu POS continues to be a full-featured point of sale system for any type of restaurant, from food trucks to upscale nightclubs and fine dining establishments. Silver and Gold POS Lavu licenses will remain available at the same prices.

The new Lavu Professional license will be available starting Nov. 20. New customers will be able to sign up for a Lavu Professional license from the Lavu iPad POS website, and existing Lavu customers can upgrade through their Admin Control Panel. Lavu Platinum Licenses will no longer be available for purchase after Nov. 20.

With Lavu Pro, customers will have access to the additional features and reports that are available to current Platinum license holders. The base price for Lavu Pro is $ 2,495 with a monthly hosting fee of $ 149 for three iPad terminal devices. For each additional terminal device, the monthly hosting fee will increase by $ 20. Lavu Pro will also allow for up to 20 handheld devices, including iPhones, iPod Touches, or iPad Minis in Tableside mode.

Lavu Sales can provide more information or assist in referring a local Lavu Certified Specialist. Lavu Certified Specialists will be able to access and upgrade customers to the Platinum license until January 7, 2014, when the Platinum license will no longer be available. Lavu Sales can be contacted at 855-528-8457 option 1.

About Lavu Inc.

Founded in Albuquerque, NM, and operating worldwide, Lavu Inc. was formed as a solution to common point of sale problems and restaurant industry issues. Lavu Inc. offers POS Lavu as a full-featured restaurant point of sale software solution at a fair price. Through cloud computing, wireless mobility, and multi-touch devices, Lavu iPad POS redefines the entire approach to restaurant business management.


QuikIO 3.0 Aims at Media Center Users with Full-Feature Music and Movie Streaming Capabilities for iPhone and iPad

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2013

QuikIO, a new mobile media content delivery application and service, today announced QuikIO 3.0 with the addition of several key media streaming functionalities for the media-centric users, making it the most complete personal media solution for iPhone and iPad.

Since launch, QuikIO has become a fast growing application with continuingly increasing number of downloads around the world. The popularity among its early adopters helped it to top #1 chart in several countries on Apple AppStore. QuikIO is changing how consumers access their personal contents by empowering them the ability to instant stream, transfer, or share their media collections on their computers through network connections.

"In response to the high demand by the QuikIO user community, we have focused QuikIO 3.0 efforts to bring the best media streaming experience to our users," said Michael Chen, QuikIO CEO and co-founder. "With the mobile music technology introduced in QuikIO 3.0, users can now stream to play their music collections even at the toughest mobile network conditions. Users can lose up to 20 minutes of network connectivity and still experience no interruption to music playback to their iPhone. This makes it perfect for daily commuters who listen to their music while driving or riding bus/train/subway."

QuikIO 3.0 allows users to save up to 80% of mobile data consumption for music streaming. This is achieved through extending QuikIOs patent-pending technology of live media conversion to music streaming. Music files are live converted using mobile-friendly music codec and streamed with no additional delay experienced by the users.

Other QuikIO 3.0 media features for iPhone and iPad include:


MacXDVD Rolls out 2013 Back to School Promotion with iPhone iPad DVD Ripper Giveaway

(PRWEB) August 13, 2013

Today MacXDVD got a jumpstart on its annual back to school deal to help customers save more. Starting from now to Sep 30, 2013, this shopping spree involves first-ever giveaway of MacX iPhone DVD Ripper and up to 75% discount on MacX New School Year Gift Pack, MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro, eligible for students, parents and teachers. More than expected, there are also special deals just for schools and institutions, which are qualified to get volume academic license with up to 90% off during the 2013 back to school promo this fall.

For detailed information of MacXDVD 2013 back to school deals and discounts, please feel free to visit:

According to NRF's 2013 Back-to-School Survey, 36.6% of school shoppers will turn to internet to save money and do more comparative shopping online as a result of tighter economy. With sincere wish to help budget-conscious customers out, MacXDVD initiates back to school online shopping revelry ahead the fall semester. This 2013 back to school deal is eligible for not only parents, teachers and students but also schools and institutions with the following great offers.

Giveaway and up to 75% Discount for Students, Parents and Teachers

The software in MacXDVD Back to School Sale 2013 includes MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, MacX New School Year Gift Pack, with up to 75% off. Aside from big discounts, MacXDVD awards parents, teachers and students with free-licensed MacX iPhone DVD Ripper upon sharing the back to school promo on Facebook. All these gifts allow individuals to rip DVD, download YouTube and convert video to MP4, FLV, AVI, MOV, etc for playback on iPhone iPad Android easily after class time.

More features about this iPhone iPad DVD ripper for Mac, please visit:

For individuals who have channel to sell products via blog, website, etc, its a golden chance to raise revenue by participating in MacXDVD affiliate program, up to 50% initial commission per sale.

Volume License with Great Discount of up to 90% off for Schools and Institutions

MacXDVD also highlights academy license program during the back to school deal to benefit schools, districts and institutions, which are on a roll to get multiple copies with up to 90% discount on DVD video converting software package, DVD ripper for Mac and video converter for Mac. One thing needs to be notified that the reseller contest is in full swing as another bonus for schools and institutions.

Price and Availability

MacX iPhone DVD Ripper is regularly priced at $ 39.95. But this software is now $ 0 during the back to school promotion. Individuals have the right to get the iPhone DVD ripper for Mac for free as long as sharing the 2013 back to school deal on Facebook before Sep 30, 2013.

About MacXDVD Software, Inc.

MacXDVD Software is a division of Digiarty Software Company, owns a professional multimedia software development team, providing a range of products for Macintosh Computer users, including MacX Video Converter, MacX DVD Ripper, DVD Author, DVD backup tools, etc, series of apps for Apple video player, and iPhone, iPad 2D and 3D video games. More information, please visit


Two Chicago Teachers Remix Music History with iPad Technology. Interactive Listening iBook Chosen as #1 Editors Choice by Apple

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

Interactive Listening announced today the launch of an ingenious new approach to music education with the release of its Interactive Listening iBook, recently named by Apple as the #1 Editors Choice in all categories of textbooks.

Interactive Listening is the brainchild of Pete Carney and Brian Felix, music educators and jazz musicians in Chicago, who were tired of the dead-end approach of using traditional textbooks to teach music. Instead they created a compelling iBook (interactive book) for iPads that remixes education with technology. At last, music history is fun! said Vandercook College of Music President Charles Menghini.

Created for digital-savvy students, Interactive Listening features Hollywood-style graphics, interactive 3-D instruments and computer games. At the same time, the iBook includes interactive educational content spanning 35,000 years of music, with sounds from every continent, from prehistoric cavemen to Beethoven to Coldplay. Ive never seen anything like it. Jennifer Foxx, President of the Phoenix Music Teachers Association.

In its early release in select markets in the United States, Interactive Listening is winning rave reviews.

Its thorough, and beautifully conceived, said Barbara Freedman, author for Oxford Press.

This book changes everything for education, not just music, said Mike Lawson, executive director of technology in music education in Nashville.

This book is the next step in education. Thanks for paving a way forward, Jay Berckley, music director at the Village School and TED Conference Speaker.

The Interactive Listening iBook was designed for schools that are replacing traditional textbooks with iPads. The self-published digital title is priced at $ 14.99, ten percent of the $ 149.99 textbook price Carney and Felix paid for a comparable textbook in college.

The Interactive Listening iBook is available immediately on the Apple iBookstore for downloading at $ 14.99, and available in eight countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:


About the Interactive Listening iBook

Music Educators Carney and Felix sought to create a more relevant, current experience for their students with Interactive Listening.

We used the tactile experience of gaming and visual graphics from Hollywood movies to help music teachers in high school and college compete in the digital world, said Carney, Listening to classical, jazz or Tibetan music can be an entirely fun new experience if youre receiving instant quiz feedback about your listening skills. We discovered that students had a blast playing musical games, such as dragging and dropping parts of a symphony into the right order.

Carney said students are more engaged and drawn into their new interactive way of conveying the drama, history and elements of music.

Instead of reading about the great composer Beethoven, we created listening homework for the digital world, said Carney, We found that students want to discover music, express themselves and test themselves, not read boring biographical fillers and factoids. The Internet is full of information about when Beethoven was born, but that doesnt teach you how to understand his music. We believe our interactive approach instantly brings home the impact of music to our students in way old textbooks never could.

The Interactive Listening iBook features:


Morton Subotnicks Pitch Painter iPad App Introduces Enhanced User Interface

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Morton Subotnick, the author of the highly acclaimed educational CD ROM series Making Music, announced updates to Pitch Painter, his award-winning musical painting application for the iPad designed for children 3 to 5 years old.

The updated Pitch Painter app features an improved user interface design and button layout. The new design makes it even more intuitive for kids to create music. Similar to finger painting, they can use their hands to create, erase, edit and save or load musical creations. Without needing instructions, children can instantly experience a variety of musical instrumental sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world.

Based on user feedback, the looping setting is now accessible from the initial menu within the app. Kids can easily hear their musical creations played back exactly as they drew them, or as a normal piece of written music, from left to right, or upside down, backwards and even scrub them like a DJ.

In addition, the new Pitch Painter version is optimized for iOS6 devices and features retina graphics.

Pitch Painter offers a new, intuitive way for children to create and learn about music. Using finger painting as a metaphor, they can turn the iPad app into an infinite canvas for their musical explorations, explained Morton Subotnick, the creator of Pitch Painter. The educational approach and design principle is to let children experience musical creativity at an early age before embarking on a formal musical education.

Last month Morton Subotnicks Pitch Painter received a 2013 ON for Learning Award from Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents and teachers manage the media and technology in kids' lives.

Pitch Painter is currently listed in Apple's iTunes store under New and Noteworthy apps for the iPad Education category and can be downloaded here.

For more information, please watch a video with Morton Subotnick, see pictures on how children are using it and visit the Pitch Painter website.

About Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers of electronic music and multi-media performance. He is an innovator in works involving instruments and interactive computer music systems.

His work Silver Apples of the Moon has become a modern classic, and in 2010 was entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress, which selected only 300 recordings in total for this esteemed archive.

Subotnick is also a pioneer in offering creative musical tools to young children. He has authored the educational CD-ROM series Making Music which has been widely used by parents and educators to let children experiment with the fundamentals of pitch, rhythm, sounds and styles of music. Pitch Painter is his latest endeavor in utilizing mobile technology to ignite the musical creativity of children.

Subotnick tours extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a lecturer and composer/performer.

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Panopto Expands Video Platform with New iPad App and Portable Video Capture Device

New York (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Panopto, a leading video platform provider, today announced at Streaming Media East 2013 the release of Panopto 4.4. The update includes a native iPad app, the first ever Panopto Certified video capture device, and software-based video switching.

Panopto Launches Native iPad App

With Panoptos iPad app, users can:


RepairLabs Releases Images of the Distinction Between the New Apple iPad Retina Display and Previous iPad Displays

Wichita, Kansas (PRWEB) November 07, 2012

As a leader in mail in personal electronic device repairs who place a special emphasis on Apple products, RepairLabs released images and its take on the impact of the new retina display on the 4th generation iPad and iPad Mini released today.

The images released of the comparison between the iPad displays can been seen here, and video here. RepairLabs continues to be a leader in demonstrating the real inside perspective of the secretive Apple devices, giving us less tech savvy peeps a way to understand what has changed.

There has been been much anticipation over the anticipated changes to the latest released iPad or also known as the 4th generation. RepairLabs dove in to take up close images of the difference. With the highly anticipated iPad mini going on sale today and with many of the rumors and hearsay flying about regarding its screen resolution, we thought wed put all of the iPad generations under the microscope to see whats really going on with the different display resolutions. not only from looking at the display with the naked eye but even more so under the micro scope you can see a significant difference in the quality of the picture said Taylor Huddelston who is the head repair technician. Mr. Huddelston went on to say the basics of the latest version of this iPad are the same but a few aspects like the retina display make a real difference. What RepairLabs did is compared the Retina Display with each of the previous generations of the iPad along with the new mini. This gives you an idea of what the real difference between them is.

When asked what kind of impact this could have on the durability and repair of these devices Mr. Huddelston said, the components are still basically the same, we dont foresee any problems with breakage or repair

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