I caught up with my old friend, mastering and recording engineer Bob Katz at the Audio Engineering Society convention held last week in NYC. He was there to proclaim an end to the "Loudness Wars," which refers to the overuse of dynamic range compression to flatten the soft-to-loud volume changes that naturally occur in music. Katz was way ahead of the pack in decrying the overzealous use of compression in mastering recordings, he has been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for more than 20 years.
Apple released a Golden Master version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks to developers late Thursday, likely the final release that goes out to consumers.
Apple has also released the Golden Master build of Xcode 5.0.1, which will be used for building Mavericks apps.
Originally expected to push out the release in September, Apple is now thought to be planning to launch its next-generation operating system at the end of October, people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans told 9to5Mac last month.
However, Apple has not confirmed a specific launch date for Mavericks, which … Read more
4frame Manga Master is a fun, easy-to-use app that allows you to convert any of your existing images, drawings, or photos into panels in a manga of your creation. The result is fun and easy to use with dozens of tools to augment and customize your manga panels to look however you want them to look. If you are a manga fan, artist, or just a comic book lover, this is a great app for you, despite some layout issues with the app's interface.
The major issue we found with 4frame Manga Master is in the interface design. Few … Read more
I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it delivers a clear, highly articulate sound, with a wide stereo image, and it's the most comfortable budget headphone I've tried in years. Comfort is crucial, because even if a headphone is a top performer, but hurts your ears after a while, you're … Read more
Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen Tony Swatton's work.
The smith's swords, arms, and armor have appeared in more than 200 films and television shows, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hunger Games," "Hellboy," "Constantine," "Mystery Men," "Blade," and a whole massive bunch more.
His most recent piece is one that is very dear to our hearts: the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. … Read more
Clean Master provides every possible tool you need to improve the performance of your Android device. It can eliminate hordes of junk files that riddle your device, quickly empty the cache, or simply uninstall a pesky application. This application is beautifully designed, cleverly engineered and technically perfect.
From the moment you install Clean Master you will know that you have something useful. Within seconds of the install you are able to get your device going faster. The main menu is divided into quarters. In the first section, an icon represents the cache files. Users must tap on this square to … Read more
Logic Master 100 Floors is an interesting app in that the interface, design, and setup are all very rudimentary; but the core logic puzzles are still challenging and rewarding. While you'll deal with pop-ups, ads, mediocre design, and a home screen that doesn't fit the device right, once you get into the logic puzzles, you'll be engrossed trying to solve and advance through the levels.
After installation, the app starts to an off-center home screen and a couple pop-ups. The app is free so there are ads, though they don't appear to intrude too heavily once … Read more
When it comes to mobile data encryption shareware like InterCrypto's Master Voyager, there are two ways of looking at things: 1) You get what you pay for, generally speaking; and 2) What's your data worth? Not to mention your privacy, security, and even your time--all of which can be compromised when your portable drive is lost, stolen, or copied. Master Voyager creates strongly encrypted, password-protected areas on USB drives and optical discs. You can distribute protected data to others who only need a password to open it on their own computers. Recent updates to Master Voyager include the … Read more
Ultra Passwords gives the user control over their password collection by storing it in a hidden, proprietary database powered by the Borland Database Engine. While mostly functional, the program doesn't seem to have the whole UI translated into English.
Ultra Passwords opens to a rather confusing interface where some information doesn't seem to be written in English, i.e. "Libelle" is a field that is not explained. The program requires that you choose a category for the secure Web site, type in your username, password, and Web site address, and then save that password in the … Read more
Black & White Master takes one of the most frustrating components of photo editing on the iPhone and makes it as intuitive and easy to do as possible, using swipe and touch gestures built into the app's interface. It is not the best photo editing app on the App Store, but certainly a very fun one to use.
Black & White Master performs exactly as it sounds, allowing you to turn your photos into black & white images (or take new ones in black & white). When you open the app, you will select or take an image, and … Read more