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Top 10 Hot Music Apps

Posted: October 30, 2011 in All Categories, Apps
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Apps may have started out as mere instruments of consumption – simple programs or casual games for tablets and smartphones. But, of late, these offerings have grown rather complex, and to such an extent that the music industry, for one, swears by them.

In fact, Bjork, an artist who has always pushed the envelope when it comes to her oeuvre, has released her latest music album ‘Biophilia’ in the form of an ‘appbox’. “It’s a fusion of nature, songs and an app suite for the iPad,” she says.

The Biophilia ‘appbox’ comprises ten individual apps. In addition to the songs, each app also includes animation, games, scrolls of lyric sheets and an academic essay about each composition written by musicologist Nikki Dibben. Here are some popular music apps I am aware of not to be rated since each one of them are good in there own ways. If you have some intresting apps to share post them in the comments section I will definitely review them..

GarageBand

Made by Apple, the GarageBand app packs together a virtual piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums into an easy-touse music suite for recording songs. The app is so good that it is actually capable of replacing a lowend music studio for new musicians.

Price: $5 (Rs 250 approx)

The History of Jazz

This ipad application is used to make a timeline of history for jazz in ipad. With this app the ipad looks more attractive for audio and video interfaces. With this app you can traverse the history of jazz with a art form and traverse through different genres very easily. The navigation in ipad is very easy and fun. You can have fun with multiple touches at a time.

The cost of the app is $9.99 (Rs 500) and its size is 69.4 MB,

Bebot

Bebot is a voice synthesizer that can create and tweak different sounds. It lets users play around on the screen with a tiny robot to create music. The app includes nine ‘instruments’ to choose from.

Price: $2 (Rs 100 approx)

Sound Cells

Sound Cells is an interactive music app that turns sound into visuals on a matrix. It lets users tap to create moving ‘cells’ that create sounds when they hit a wall in the grid.

Price: $1 (Rs 50 approx)

Peterson Strobe Tuners

These apps offer a great degree of precision as instrument tuners; the company claims it is a mobile equivalent to the long line of respected Peterson hardware tuners. The tuner also comes with built-in input boost and noise cancellation technology to ensure that your instruments are always tuned to the right note.

Price: $10 (Rs 500 approx)

Gravilux

Meant for artists/composers, this app lets users draw a star-shaped envelope that carries information about the song. Each star is a combination of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming. As users touch the screen, they can draw simulated stars of information with things like lyrics, videos, etc. Touching the edge of the screen, musicians can change parameters including gravity and number of stars that reveal different information every time they hit the screen.

Price: $1.99 (Rs 100 approx)

iElectribe KORG

The hip-hop group Gorillaz created an entire album on iPads using this app. It acts as a virtual beat-box system with controls that work like a vintage analogue synthesizer.

Price: $10 (Rs 500 approx)

Bubble Harp

Bubble Harp draws bubbles around songs, recording and replaying your movements while creating music. It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry, and gaming.

Price: $1.99 (Rs 100 approx)

SongPier

This app is a content and media management system for musicians that lets them add interactivity to songs. Songpier lets musicians create a web-based app for both Apple iOS and Android. But instead of being restricted to just tablets, these can be accessed from any web browser. Musicians can add song information, including pictures, events, merchandise as well as a link to the artist’s web site using SongPier.

Price: Free

DJ Rivals

This cool app is from US startup Booyah who had success with its facebook game called the Nightclub city and My Town iphone app. This application is up to reclaim the music. We can use rhythmic tapping moves, Flangers, Mashups, Rolls and other features to put an end to the Bland Corp in our own real town, this is really one of its kind RPG.And its Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and ix.Mac.MarketingName. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. The size of the app is around 42.5 MB and its completely free of cost.

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If you were thinking logging out of Facebook means the social network can’t track what you’re doing online? Think again..

Facebook has had privacy issues for a long time, and while the company has been working to improve its image, today’s episode will likely set it back once again. Thanks to a modified cookie, Facebook allegedly knows what you’re doing online even when you’re not logged in. Yes, Facebook uses cookies to track users even when they have signed out of the service. Evne though Facebook has denied allegations that it tracks users when they are logged out, saying it only uses tracking cookies to personalise content and to make the social networking site more secure.

An Australian technologist Nik Cubrilovic, recently claimed that when the user is logged out of Facebook, rather than deleting its tracking cookies, the site merely modifies them, maintaining account information and other unique tokens that can be used to identify its users. So Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit on the web. Even Facebook admit that it alters, but does not delete cookies when users log out.

After running a series of tests analyzing the HTTP headers on requests sent by browsers to facebook.com, we can easily see that Facebook alters its tracking cookies the moment you log out, instead of deleting them. Since your uniquely identifying account information is still present in these cookies, Facebook can continue to track you.

This means that if you log out of Facebook, you’re not really doing much. If you then head to a website that contains a Facebook plugin, your browser will continue to send personally identifiable information back to Palo Alto. Here’s Cubrilovic’s a explanation on this:

With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook like button, or share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies. You can test this for yourself using any browser with developer tools installed. It is all hidden in plain sight.

So how do you get rid of these Facebook cookies in a way that will still let you use the service? Well, you can delete them every time after you log out of the website. Alternatively, Hacker News user buro9 says you can use the following AdBlock Plus rules:

facebook.com^$domain=~facebook.com ~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
facebook.net^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
fbcdn.com^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
fbcdn.net^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net

This will supposedly limit your usage of the social network to just facebook.com. If you need to use it on another website, you can temporarily whitelist it with the AdBlock switch. If what Cubrilovic found today ends up being true, this could be a serious problem for Facebook. The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com.

Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit.

The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

Here is what is happening, as viewed by the HTTP headers on requests to facebook.com. First, a normal request to the web interface as a logged-in user sends the following cookies:

Facebook Cookie

Facebook Cookie

The request to the logout function will then see this response from the server, which is attempting to unset the following cookies:

Facebook Cookie Unset

Facebook Cookie Unset

To make it easier to see the cookies being unset, the names are in italics. If you compare the cookies that have been set in a logged-in request, and compare them to the cookies that are being unset in the log-out request, you will quickly see that there are a number of cookies that are not being deleted, and there are two cookies (locale and lu) that are only being given new expiry dates, and three new cookies (W, fl, L) being set.

Now If we make a subsequent request to facebook.com as a ‘logged out’ user:

Facebook Cookie Logout Call

Facebook Cookie Logout Call

The primary cookies that identify me as a user are still there (act is my account number), even though I am looking at a logged-out page. Logged-out requests still send nine different cookies, including the most important cookies that identify you as a user

This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean. Facebook are only altering the state of the cookies instead of removing all of them when a user logs out.

With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook Like button, or Share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies. You can test this for yourself using any browser with developer tools installed. It is all hidden in plain sight.

The social networking giant said that the logged-out cookies are used to identify spammers and phishers, detect when an unauthorised person is trying to access a user’s account, help users regain access to an account when it’s been hacked and disable registration for underage users who try to re-register with a different birth date.

What is your thoughts on this, is Facebook justified to track logged-out users, Leave your comments in the comment section below:

Boiling down two fanboy-filled worlds into an amalgamation of concentrated glory, a guy evil genius named Jeff Heimbuch has mashed up the demo video of Apple’s new virtual assistant Siri with the voice of Portal’s malevolent machine mistress, GLaDOS.

Sadly, such a mashup lives on only in cleverly edited videos (and that special place my consciousness goes to after I’ve drifted off to sleep) for now. While customizable voices are undoubtedly on every iPhone 4S buyer’s Nerdgasm trigger list, it’d be markedly un-Apple-like for Apple to implement any time soon (not to mention incredibly formidable to implement at all, given the complexity of Siri’s speech engine.) Some day!

And by the way in Japan, where Siri isn’t even going to be available when the iPhone 4S goes on sale there Oct.14, the word sounds a lot like ‘shiri’—which means buttocks, thanks to one of my friend who just returned from Japan 🙂

Iphone Siri

Iphone Siri

Visionary Leader - Steve Jobs

Visionary Leader - Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, who transformed the worlds of personal computing, music and mobile phones, died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The co-founder of Apple Inc, one of the world’s great entrepreneurs, was surrounded by his wife and immediate family when he died in Palo Alto, California. Other details were not immediately available.

His death was announced by Apple and sparked an immediate outpouring of sadness and sympathy from world leaders, competitors and other businessmen including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod, iPhone and iPad had stepped down as chief executive of the world’s largest technology company in August, handing the reins to long-time lieutenant Tim Cook.

He was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,” Apple said in a statement.

“His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Apple paid homage to their visionary leader by changing their website to a big black-and-white photograph of him with the caption “Steve Jobs: 1955-2011.” The flags outside the company’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop flew at half mast.
Jobs’ health had been a controversial topic for years and his battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer a deep concern to Apple fans and investors.

In past years, even board members have confided to friends their concern that Jobs, in his quest for privacy, was not being forthcoming enough with directors about the true condition of his health.

Now, despite much investor confidence in Cook, who has stood in for his boss during three leaves of absence, there remain concerns about whether Apple would stay a creative force to be reckoned with in the longer term without its visionary.
Jobs died one day after the consumer electronics powerhouse unveiled its latest iPhone, the gadget that transformed mobile communications and catapulted Apple to the highest echelons of the tech world.

His death triggered an immediate outpouring of sympathy.
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,” Gates said. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Outside an Apple store in New York, mourners laid candles, bouquets of flowers, an apple and an iPod Touch in a makeshift memorial.

“I think half the world found out about his death on an Apple device,” said Robbie Sokolowsky, 32, an employee for an online marketing company, who lit a candle outside the store.
Cook said in a statement that Apple planned to hold a celebration of Jobs’ life for employees “soon”.
APPLE, NEXT, IPHONE
A college dropout, Buddhist and son of adoptive parents, Jobs started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976. The company soon introduced the Apple 1 computer.

But it was the Apple II that became a huge success and gave Apple its position as a critical player in the then-nascent PC industry, culminating in a 1980 initial public offering that made Jobs a multimillionaire.

Despite the subsequent success of the Macintosh computer, Jobs’ relationship with top management and the board soured. The company removed most of his powers and then in 1985 he was fired.
Apple’s fortunes waned after that. However, its purchase of NeXT — the computer company Jobs founded after leaving Apple — in 1997 brought him back into the fold. Later that year, he became interim CEO and in 2000, the company dropped “interim” from his title.
Along the way Jobs also had managed to revolutionize computer animation with his other company, Pixar, but it was the iPhone in 2007 that secured his legacy in the annals of modern technology history.

Forbes estimates Jobs’ net worth at $6.1 billion in 2010, placing him in 42nd place on the list of America’s richest. It was not immediately known how his estate would be handled.
Six years ago, Jobs had talked about how a sense of his mortality was a major driver behind that vision.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Jobs said during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005.

“Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”