MATRIXSYNTH found Pinball DJ, a new physics soundtoy for iPhone. The app itself might not seem compelling, but that's okay! You'll still want to check out the awesome demo video, which has nothing to do with the app!
PinballDJ iTunes Description:
With PinballDJ you can create your own music by building tracks of elements known from classic pinball machines. PinballDJ introduces a revolutionary physical music-engine, that allows you to use what you know about stuff hitting other stuff in the real world to make great beats and musical compositions.
PinballDJ includes everything you need to get started - but you can add a wealth of new sounds, get more tracks and even add a recording function with in-app purchases.
All PinballDJ compositions can be shared via simple posting or sending our special PinballDJ formatted images from within the app. Also, you can import compositions from friends via importing PinballDJ-images from your local photo library.
With the free download of PinballDJ you'll find two sets of sounds called toolkits - "Toxik" with synthy electronic sounds, and "pong" with a host of sampled and processed ping-pong balls. Other available toolkits with sounds are: "Beepbox" - cool beatboxing, "Modular" - samples of modular-synths, and "Dubstep" - a wobbling dub step toolkit.
Teenage Engineering are ramping up to release PO-12. At $50 this highly-portable drum machine will be $800 cheaper than their coveted OP-1. Moog just released this demo video of the new device running through their whole range of Minifooger pedals. This is really more of a demo of the Minifoogers, but the only other PO-12 video has audio through a PA from a camera phone. No release date for the PO-12 has been set just yet.
The New York Times had a couple of striking articles appear over the weekend. In an OpEd written by the journal's Editorial Board, they call for an end to marijuana prohibition in the United States. Depending on how influential you think the New York Times is, and they certainly seem to feel the answer to that is greatly, this could be the last cultural hurdle for legalization.
The second article will be no less controversial.
Harvard economics professor Dr. Sendhill Mullainathan, and PhD candidate student Laura Trucco, have what they consider to be evidence for Apple's forced obsolescence. Long theorized, there has always been the suspicion in the community that Apple was crippling older versions of the iPhone with new iOS updates. Laura figured that if this was really a global phenomenon, rather than isolated anecdotes, you should see pattern in Google searches around the time of iOS updates.
The results are damning. Pictured right is a graph of searches dating back to 2008. The bars on the graph represent the release dates for new iPhones, which always coincide with new versions of iOS. The pronounced spikes clearly demonstrate thousands of owners suddenly finding their phones are slow, and looking to Google for answers.
The article is really worth a read in its entirety. They're doing some very diligent research here, exploring other possible causes for the search trend; such as users simply feeling inadequate after the marketing push of a new phone. They even compare against Samsung's Galaxy phone. The "iPhone slow" searches are the only ones that have this spiked pattern.
They even go so far as to offer a possibly benign conclusion; that the iOS updates are merely optimized for the newer hardware and that older device owners are collateral damage. This irks me no less. When Apple attempts to force these updates on users, they should make damned sure they do not break the investments of those users. As fans of music apps we're beholden to Apple's ecosystem, but we don't have to like it. Keep this in mind when iOS 8 comes out in a few months and I make my perennial warning against hastily upgrading.