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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac. He covers Google for 9to5Google.com, the best gadgets and deals on 9to5Toys.com, and delivers a weekly roundup of EV and solar news on Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series covering music making with Apple devices and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.

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December 20, 2013

Nike+ Running iPhone app gets new ‘Nike+ Coach’ feature w/ daily training programs & coaching tips

The Nike+ Running iPhone app, which allows runners to their progress & goals using the iPhone’s built-in GPS and accelerometer, was updated today with a new feature dubbed ‘Nike+ Coach’.

The new feature allows users to select from various training programs that range in difficulty and receive daily workouts, reminders, and coaching tips. The training programs include options for “beginners, intermediate, and advanced training levels” and let users set goals for 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon distances.

What’s New in Version 4.5.0

NIKE+ COACH Take on your next running goal and never look back. Whether you’re looking to take on your first 5K or smash your marathon PR, Nike+ Coach comes equipped with training programs, coaching tips, and daily workouts to get you race-ready. · Set your sights on the 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon distances. · Choose from beginner, intermediate or advanced training levels. · Get daily run reminders to stay motivated. · Track your progress and see what’s coming up next in your training.

Version 4.5.0 of the free Nike+ Running app for iPhone is available on the App Store now.

December 19, 2013

From 9to5toys:

In case you missed our last mega deal for Mac gamers, we’ve once again teamed up with our friends over at GameAgent to get an exclusive deal on one of the hottest Mac titles around. This time you’ll be able to get 75% off Borderlands 2 Game of The Year Edition for Mac. Here’s what you’ll get with the GOTY edition: expand full story

IMDb iOS app gets iOS 7 redesign, improved navigation & filters, Oscars section, more

The IMDb iOS app for iPhone and iPad gets a nice update today that finally introduces an iOS 7 style redesign for the app. On top of the new look and feel, the app also adds a bunch of new features that improve navigation and make it easier to track people and release dates using filters and wish lists:

What’s New in Version 4.0

– New iOS7 look and feel! – New navigation and homepages for iphone, including a sleek dropdown menu, accessible from every page. – Name lists! Finally, you can keep track of your favorite people! – New list sorts and filters (including the much requested Release Date sort for Watchlists). – Vote on interesting name trivia, title trivia, quotes, and goofs.

The updated app also includes a new section dubbed “Road to the Oscars” that includes “all your nominations and award season photos leading up to The Academy Awards®, including live results during both the Golden Globes and The Academy Awards® broadcasts.”

Version 4.0 of the IMDb app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

Logic Pro X adds new Drummers/Drum Kit Designer patches, redesigned EQ plug-ins & more

Update: This update includes a ton of new changes and features that weren’t listed in Mac App Store release notes. The full, massive changelog is listed below and on Apple’s website. The Logic Pro Remote iPad app also gets updated today with MainStage v3.0.2 support.

We already knew that a new version of Final Cut Pro would be debuting alongside the new Mac Pro, but along with FCP 10.1, Apple has also released updates to its other pro apps including Compressor, Motion, and now Logic Pro X. The latest update to Logic Pro X doesn’t change anything I had to say in our full review, but it does bring a couple welcomed improvements and new features.

Apple’s new virtual Drummer feature now includes three new “drummers” that will play along to your tracks, but what we really care about is 11 new drum patches included in Drum Kit Designer (the plug-in that powers the Drummer feature). Also notable in today’s update is big improvements to the Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ plug-ins including “redesigned interfaces that are also accessible within the Smart Controls area.” You can see the new slick Channel EQ UI pictured above.

The lack of redesigned plug-ins was something that we mentioned as a downside in our full review, but it looks like Apple does have plans to slowly upgrade some of its popular but aging stock plug-ins.

Other improvements included in the update get rid of a few small annoyances that were introduced with the latest version.

Version 10.0.5 of Logic Pro X is available on the Mac App Store now as as free update. For new users, Logic Pro X sells for $199. Here’s the full changelog:

Logic Pro X 10.0.5 update

New features and enhancements

  • Includes 3 new Drummers and 11 new Drum Kit Designer patches.
  • Significant enhancements to Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ plug-ins, including:
    • Redesigned, easier-to-use interface that’s also accessible within the Smart Controls area
    • Double Precision processing provides more accurate filtering, especially for low frequencies
    • Oversampling option improves high-frequency clarity
    • Option to apply EQ only to stereo left, right, middle, or side signals
  • There is now an option to set the Piano Roll to a light background color.
  • Selected notes in the Piano Roll are now highlighted by a selection frame.
  • When Logic is stopped or in Play mode, the glyph on the Metronome button in the control bar now illuminates to indicate that “Click while recording” is enabled.
  • The Shuffle commands are improved (see Logic Pro X Help for details).

User interface

  • There is now a command to assign region names to track names.
  • The waveform size in an audio region now adapts to the value of the region gain parameter.
  • Loops that belong to the same family can now be selected and changed using a new control in the region header.
  • Logic Pro X now assigns region and Mixer channel colors that are closer to the original colors when opening a project created in an earlier version of Logic.
  • Option-clicking a disclosure triangle in the Project Audio window now toggles all disclosure triangles in the window.
  • The Windows menu again lists all currently open windows.
  • The Mixer can now be reliably resized when in All mode.
  • Renaming multiple selected Mixer channels now reliably renames all channel strips in the selection.
  • When creating a duplicate track, the correct track icon and color are now assigned to the duplicate.
  • The song title is now automatically populated in the Share to iTunes dialog when sharing a song created in Logic 9 or GarageBand for iOS.
  • It’s once again possible to browse or load patches onto the Output channel strip via the Library.
  • The View menu items One Track and Selected Regions in the Piano Roll are now disabled when Link mode is disabled.

Performance

  • Improves processor balancing for multi-output software instrument configurations.
  • Improves handling of multiple displays on OS X Mavericks v10.9.
  • Resolves an issue that in some cases might cause audio clicks and pops when scrolling.
  • Moving an automation line while playing no longer spikes in CPU usages, or clicks and pops in the audio output.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause clicks and pops in the audio output when adjusting the gain or output level settings during playback in the various plug-ins.
  • Logic’s interface no longer freezes when using the Native Instruments Maschine controller to adjust two macro controls simultaneously.
  • Fixes an issue in which a warning about not enough memory might be displayed when performing Undo after editing a protected track.
  • Adjusting the frequency controls while playing audio through the Stereo Spread plug-in no longer causes audible zipper noise.
  • Improves the performance of scrolling when dragging regions in the Tracks area beyond the currently visible section.
  • Playing notes live into the Arpeggiator plug-in no longer sometimes leads to spikes in CPU usage.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause a spike in CPU usage when recording near the end of a project.
  • Logic 9 projects that contain a macro object in the Environment now behave more reliably when opened into Logic Pro X.
  • Multiple instances of the Scripter plug-in no longer have the potential to cause stuck notes.
  • The Scripter plug-in is no longer prone to causing stuck notes when using the Delay Note Until Next Beat preset.
  • Switching between presets in the Space Designer plug-in no longer sometimes results in noise.

General

  • Regions copied from a Track Stack can now be muted as expected even when they are within a Track Stack that is muted.
  • Deleting an audio Track Stack while it was soloed no longer leaves all the remaining tracks muted.
  • Entering a new crossfade value in the Region inspector for multiple selected regions now works as expected.
  • Region-based automation data beyond the end of a region is now chased properly even when playback is started after the last automation node within the bounds of the region.
  • Logic now maintains the correct relative levels when automation on multiple tracks belonging to the same Group are copied by dragging.
  • Resolves an issue in which track automation might be deleted when switching patches.
  • The default display setting when showing automation on Track Stacks is now Volume, instead of Display Off.
  • A track is now created as expected when using a control surface to set the automation mode of a channel strip not previously assigned to a track.
  • Moving a SMPTE locked region can no longer cause the automation on the track to move.
  • The position of the automation line no longer jumps unexpectedly when it is selected after creating 4 automation points with a Marquee selection.
  • Adjacent automation points of the same value are no longer sometimes inadvertently deleted when moving automation points on a grouped track.
  • The Repeat Section Between Locators command now includes automation on tracks that contain no regions in the repeated section.
  • When using Touch mode, Logic no longer writes unneeded automation points at the held value when holding a fader at the same position where there is an existing automation ramp.
  • Writing automation to an Aux not assigned to a track can no longer potentially cause tracks in a Track Stack to be rerouted to that Aux.
  • Copying multiple regions where only some affected tracks contain automation no longer activates Automation Read mode on the channel strips that have no automation.
  • Chase now works as expected for MIDI controllers on channels other than channel 1.
  • Takes are now shortened as expected when the take folder containing them is shortened by an edit operation and No Overlap mode is enabled.
  • Fixes an issue in which the visible area might jump unexpectedly when comping in a take folder that was not on the selected track.
  • Fixes an issue that caused some audio regions to be immovable when duplicate regions are packed into a take folder.
  • Packing regions with names containing non-ASCII characters into a take folder no longer creates garbled take names.
  • Numbers assigned to MIDI takes now increment reliably.
  • Expanding a take folder no longer potentially causes the playhead to fall out of sync with the audio output.
  • When using OS X v10.9, the playhead in the Audio Editor now consistently maintains the correct position when switching from Flex Time to Flex Pitch mode.
  • It’s now possible to set a loop to a length of less than 1/16 note.
  • The position of beat markers in the Global Beat Mapping track are now updated appropriately when using the various Cut/Insert Time commands.
  • Inserting a beat marker in the Beat Mapping track no longer creates unexpected tempo events in some circumstances.
  • Expanding a take folder no longer potentially causes the playhead to fall out of sync with the audio output.
  • Resolves an issue in which some MIDI notes might unexpectedly change position when Beat Mapping.
  • Adding a Beat Mapping marker no longer intermittently removes existing tempo events.
  • Inserting a fade-in using Shift-Control and the Pointer tool now works consistently.
  • Using the Fade tool to set fade-ins on multiple regions in a set of grouped tracks now works reliably.
  • Dragging regions on multiple grouped tracks with the Drag Mode set to X-Fade no longer potentially results in crossfades of varying lengths.
  • The Delete command now works as expected on selected regions that are inside a collapsed Group in the Project Audio window.
  • It’s now possible to add a green Apple MIDI loop to the Tracks area as an audio loop by dragging it from the Loops browser while pressing the Option key.
  • Logic Pro X no longer creates separate tracks for non-overlapping regions when unpacking folders in projects created by earlier versions of Logic.
  • Using the menu that appears when pressing the Metronome button in the Control Bar, it’s now possible to set the metronome to sound only during count-in.
  • Improves the reliability of Undo in several areas.
  • The Mixer window no longer intermittently moves when scrolling past the minimum or maximum value of the fader using a scroll wheel or gesture.
  • It’s now possible to select or open folder tracks in the Mixer.
  • Right-clicking an Aux or Output channel strip in the Mixer and selecting Create Track now behaves as expected even if the channel strip is not initially selected.
  • Command-click again works reliably to deselect a Mixer channel within a selected group of channels.
  • The display of audio waveforms of regions in a track no longer change unexpectedly when enabling or disabling the Groove status on a track.
  • Looped regions inside a folder now update the point they are supposed to stop playing after extending the length of the folder.
  • Overwriting an existing project no longer potentially leaves assets from the original project in place.
  • When creating a new project from a Logic 9 template, the default save path is no longer the location of the template.
  • Improves the mapping of Smart Controls to channel strip settings created in Logic 9.
  • The Follow Tempo parameter in the Region inspector is no longer incorrectly disabled for Apple Loops in songs last saved in GarageBand 6 or earlier.
  • Clicking and holding down on the upper-right corner of a region no longer unexpectedly enables looping in the Region inspector, with a loop length of zero.
  • The Region Inspector no longer displays a Loop checkbox for selected Track Stack folder regions.
  • It’s once again possible to disable Quantize in the Region Inspector for a region on a track slaved to a Groove Master track.
  • Saving a song created from a template no longer resets the tempo to 120 BPM.
  • Text for alert messages now always displays correctly on control surfaces.
  • Changing Region inspector parameters for MIDI regions on the main track of a Track Stack now behaves as expected.
  • It’s again possible to change the Transpose value in the Region Inspector using the + and – keys.
  • Logic now consistently responds to Play or Stop key commands when a floating Region inspector window is open.
  • It’s no longer possible to give the same name to more than one project alternative.
  • MIDI played from the Musical Typing Keyboard and Logic Remote is now routed through the Physical Input object in the Environment, which allows Environment processing of MIDI as it is being played into Logic from these sources.
  • Logic no longer adds 2 extra frames to the value when entering a SMPTE position in a project set to a non-drop frame rate.
  • Regions copied by option-dragging in projects with a start position earlier than bar 1 now end at the desired position.
  • Moving the first arrangement marker in a project no longer inadvertently moves other arrangement markers.
  • Resolves a rare issue that could cause the timing of a track in a project with many tempo changes to be altered after turning Flex on and then off.
  • Logic now asks the user to save the project when closing a project immediately after entering text into the Project Notes area.
  • It’s now possible to consistently add, remove, or edit plug-ins on tracks that were frozen in Source Only mode.
  • Pressing the Control key while dragging a region with the Snap Mode set to Bar now moves the region by beats instead of ticks, as expected.
  • Editing the left border of an audio region now behaves as expected when the Snap setting is set to “Snap Regions to Relative Value”.
  • Resizing a region with the Snap setting set to “Snap Regions to Absolute Value” now behaves as expected.
  • Resolves an issue that caused an event in the Event List to move later than expected when editing its position.
  • The “Capture as Recording” command now works as expected when multiple MIDI tracks are record-enabled.
  • It’s now possible to preview sections of an audio file outside the current region borders by clicking the area in the Project Audio window.
  • The tap-to-click option for trackpads now works reliably with all drop down menus.
  • The “Discard Recording and Return to Last Play Position” key command now reliably discards the recording.
  • It’s again possible to use the Tab key to navigate to the next control while working with plug-ins in Controls view.
  • The MIDI Activity display now shows chords as they are played when using Musical Typing.
  • All currently found audio files are now reliably saved with a project when using Save As or Save a Copy As with a project in which one or more audio files are missing.
  • The name of a project is now correctly updated after saving a project created from a template.
  • Fixes an issue in which clicking on the level LED in the track header did not select the track.
  • Resolves an issue in which changes made to the setup for Mackie Control and other MCU-compatible control surfaces were not saved by Logic Pro X.
  • Setting the Display Time preference to “SMPTE/EBU with Subframes”, “SMPTE/EBU without Subframes,” or “SMPTE/EBU with Quarter frames” can no longer cause the time display to jump unexpectedly.
  • Saving a project for the first time no longer resets the record path when it was previously set to an external path.
  • Performing undo in the Piano Roll or after deleting a flex marker no longer has the potential to unfreeze currently frozen tracks in the project.
  • Sample rate, tempo, and key information is now reliably stored within template files.
  • Fixes an issue in which the Repeat Regions dialog did not have key focus when opened, making it necessary to click it with the mouse before pressing Return to confirm the operation.
  • Individual MIDI Draw points in the Piano Roll are now easier to grab.
  • Deleting a track no longer has the potential to inadvertently delete regions on other tracks.
  • Cut/Insert Time edits no longer add unexpected tempo changes.
  • Scrubbing the SMPTE display in the LCD no longer moves the playhead to the wrong position.
  • Copying an arrangement marker to a position between two other arrangement markers now moves the end-of-song marker to accommodate the new section, as expected.

Audio

  • Audio regions now appear as expected in the Audio Editor, even when cycle is enabled and there are no audio regions within the cycle area.
  • Flex Pitch now correctly detects notes for take regions that have manually inserted flex markers.
  • The timing of notes played during the count-in on EXS24 or Drummer tracks is now more reliable.
  • Pasting an audio region into a take folder now correctly places the region on the selected take lane.
  • When saving an EXS instrument, the default save location is now ~/Music/Audio Music Apps/Sampler Instruments.
  • Editing the start point and anchor in the EXS audio editor now consistently alters playback as expected.
  • Logic no longer overwrites an existing audio file of the same name when performing a bounce with the option to create a split stereo file enabled.
  • Audio tracks assigned to output to a bus now consistently maintain that assignment when imported into a different song.
  • User-defined controller assignments now work as expected to control MIDI plug-in parameters.
  • The Record Repeat command now deletes the previous recording when used after recording in Cycle mode.
  • Quantize now operates reliably on takes that are displayed in the Audio Editor.
  • The Tuner window is no longer affected by the Content Link setting of other plug-in windows.
  • Audio now plays for multiple cycle iterations when using marquee selection to define the cycle area.
  • When the Edit command “Analyze Audio for Flex Editing” is used, Logic now properly resets any existing pitch edits on the selected audio files.
  • Command-clicking a selected note in Flex Pitch mode in the Audio Editor now deselects the note, as expected.
  • Setting a track to Flex Edit mode with the Slicing algorithm no longer processes the track with Flex if no edits have been applied.
  • It’s again possible to set Software Instruments to mono.
  • Logic no longer creates an extra audio file when merging or format-converting audio files.
  • Resolves an issue in which the Mixer did not show the 8th bus send on a channel strip.
  • Changing the input format of a stereo output channel strip to mono now creates a second mono output channel strip on the Mixer for the other channel in the stereo pair.
  • Setting an external recording path now reliably resets the Audio Assets setting. Conversely, enabling the Audio Assets setting now disables an externally set recording path.
  • The compressor meter in the channel strip is now in sync with the meter in the plug-in window.

Drummer

  • Improves the translation of articulations when an Ultrabeat-based patch is assigned to a Drummer track.
  • When a project starts on an upbeat, a Drummer region at the project start now automatically creates a fill at the beginning.
  • Changes to Drummer regions are now reliably applied when the regions are set to follow a flexed audio track.

MIDI editors

  • The Link mode button is now available for the Piano Roll editor.
  • The “Limit Dragging to One Direction” setting now works as expected in the Piano Roll.
  • It’s now possible to grab notes shorter than 15 ticks for editing in the Piano Roll.
  • Double-clicking a region with MIDI Draw enabled now consistently opens or closes a MIDI editor.
  • Resolves an issue in which recently recorded MIDI notes might disappear from view in the Piano Roll when recording with cycle engaged.
  • It’s again possible to alter the pitch of notes in the Piano Roll via MIDI input.
  • Using Option-Shift to edit the end points of multiple selected notes to the same position in the Piano Roll Editor now works as expected.
  • In the Piano Roll, it’s again possible to use Option-Shift in conjunction with the Velocity tool to set all selected notes to the same velocity.
  • An Event Float window that is linked no longer switches unexpectedly to the Region level when using arrow keys to move from note to note in the Piano Roll.
  • Pasting events in the Piano Roll when the playhead is to the right of the region border will not trigger the error “Illegal Region number”.
  • It’s now possible to copy a note in the Piano Roll to a different pitch at the same position when the note starts before the left edge of the region.
  • It’s now possible to move notes in the Piano Roll by increments smaller than 13 ticks when the “Limit Dragging to One Direction” setting is enabled.
  • User-inserted rests no longer incorrectly appear as notes in the Piano Roll.
  • Copying a muted note in the Piano Roll now creates a muted copy of the note, as expected.
  • Fixes an issue in which some note events might not be selectable in the Step Editor.
  • The contents of the Event List are now updated properly when deselecting a region from a multiple selection while Content Link mode is enabled.
  • The Event List now displays the correct LSB values for 14-bit pitch bend events.
  • Editing Release Velocity values in the Event List now behaves as expected.
  • The “Copy selected events” option in the MIDI Transform window now behaves as expected.

Score Editor

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the menu option for switching between Parts and Score view in the Score Sets window to disappear.
  • Double-clicking a region with the All Instruments filter setting active now reliably reveals all regions on that track, rather than just the single region.
  • The contents of the Event List editor are more consistently updated when changing the region selection from the Score window.
  • Newly inserted key signatures no longer display “xx Major” in some circumstances.
  • The Chord Grid Editor now correctly names Add 9 chords.
  • The clef menu no longer disappears for a Mapped Instrument staff style set to “No Clef”.
  • It’s again possible to create a new Chord Grid library that uses an alternate tuning.
  • It’s now possible to adjust the Velocity setting in the MIDI Meanings settings window by scrubbing the value with the mouse.
  • The length adjustment in the MIDI Meanings settings window can now be adjusted via a pop-up menu.
  • In the Staff Style window, the check marks indicating that a style is used in the current song now reliably update to reflect changes when Content Link mode is off.
  • Grace notes now scale properly when the scale setting of a Score Set is less than 100.
  • Resolves an issue that prevented reassigning instruments assigned to a Score Set after performing certain other edits.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented naming a floating score Part box set.

Plug-ins

  • Solo now works as expected on channel strips using an external I/O plug-in
  • Ultrabeat can now find samples that have been relocated from the default install location.
  • Ultrabeat now correctly applies the Fine Pitch adjustment to all triggered samples when trigger mode is set to Multi.
  • It’s now possible to halve/double the current rate of the Arpeggiator plug-in by clicking the Slow/Fast buttons.
  • The ES1 synth plug-in can now be set to offer 32 and 64 voices per instance.
  • The Scripter plug-in now allows System Realtime MIDI events to pass through.
  • The Scripter plug-in now offers an option to keep current control values when recompiling a script, rather than resetting all values back to their defaults.
  • The Scripter MIDI plug-in now includes a Set Parameter function.
  • Switching between Vintage Electric Piano patches while holding notes no longer potentially results in momentary jumps in level.
  • The Vintage Electric Piano no longer potentially creates audible pops when switching patches when the Drive is enabled and set to Type II.
  • It’s now possible to continue working with the Scripter editor window when Logic Pro X is not in focus.
  • The Surround Compressor plug-in now properly shows all the new circuit types available in Logic Pro X.
  • It’s again possible to copy or paste settings in the Space Designer plug-in window.
  • The order of controls in the Retrosynth Filter Envelope and Amp Envelope sections has been reorganized to improve usability.
  • The plug-in window no longer appears empty for Waves plug-ins opened in projects created in Logic 9.
  • Fixes an issue in which inserting a plug-in on multiple stereo Software Instrument channel strips would insert mono versions of the plug-in on some channel strips.
  • EXS24 or Kontakt settings are no longer removed from a song if the Audio Device buffer size is changed before saving the song.
  • Resolves an issue in which adjusting parameters on the Channel EQ while playing back might cause minor clicks and pops in the audio signal.
  • Moving an Amp Designer instance to a different plug-in slot no longer sometimes changes its sound.
  • “Save as Default” for Audio Unit presets again works as expected.

Video

  • It’s now possible to exchange movie files in a project by dragging a new movie file into the Movie window or the Movie inspector.
  • Logic Pro X can now work with the following professional video codecs, if OS X Mavericks v10.9 and the codecs are installed: Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRes, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM HD / EX / HD422, MPEG IMX, Uncompressed 4:2:2, XAVC.
  • There is now a Show/Hide Movie Window command in the View menu when the current project contains a movie.
  • Resolves an issue in which some movies that were compatible with QuickTime X did not play in Logic Pro X.
  • Exporting audio to a movie with a portrait orientation no longer causes the movie to rotate 90 degrees.
  • Logic is now  able to export surround AAC audio to a movie even if the original audio in the movie was originally kept.
  • The visible frame of a movie now updates as note lengths in the Piano Roll are changed.

Import/export fixes and improvements

  • XML projects imported from Final Cut Pro X now contain volume and pan automation when opened in Logic Pro X.
  • Exporting a project as an Final Cut Pro/XML file with the “Export as Final Cut Compound Clip” option enabled now behaves as expected.
  • Includes several improvements to the way Logic handles audio sample-rate conversion when importing Final Cut Pro XML.
  • Logic now shows a progress bar when importing large Final Cut Pro XML projects.
  • 32-bit float audio files in Final Cut Pro XML projects are now converted to 24-bit files during import so they play properly when imported into Logic.
  • The start time of imported Final Cut Pro XML projects is now consistently correct.
  • It’s now possible to export Music XML when the Score window is in linear view mode.
  • Logic no longer shows multiple alerts when importing a Final Cut Pro XML project containing videos in a format not supported by Logic.
  • Songs created in GarageBand 6 no longer load in Logic Pro X with an extra channel in the Mixer.
  • Fixes an issue in which audio in a song imported from GarageBand 6 might play back too fast in Logic Pro X.
  • Logic now offers to include embedded tempo and marker information when using Track Import to bring an audio file into a project that contains no other audio regions.
  • Simultaneously dragging multiple MIDI files into the Tracks area now behaves as expected when using No Overlap mode.
  • The default destination path for exported MIDI files is now the project folder instead of ~/Music/Logic.
  • When importing projects, there is now an Add All button in the Aux import dialog.
  • The user settings in the Bounce window are now retained after sharing to iTunes.
  • Split stereo SD2 files no longer incorrectly import as AIFF files when the WAV file option is enabled.
  • The “Share Song to iTunes” command now creates a playlist with the name entered if there is not already an iTunes playlist with that name.
  • MIDI events that precede the start point of a region are no longer included when the region is exported as a MIDI file.

Stability and reliability

Includes several fixes related to stability and reliability, including to resolve issues that could cause Logic to quit unexpectedly in these circumstances:

  • When changing the length of a time-stretched region
  • When importing tracks from another project
  • When recording with the color palette open
  • When bypassing an instance of the Maschine plug-in
  • When exporting Music XML after applying Enharmonic Shift to some notes
  • When changing the range on an Environment fader whose style was set to Text
  • When quitting a project that has a Surround Compressor inserted on a channel strip
  • When removing a control surface from the Control Surface setup window when the Logic Remote is also present
  • When changing the range value of a Smart Control during playback.
  • When reapplying a Time and Pitch operation after undoing a previous one
  • When dragging an audio region from a take folder to a new song

December 18, 2013

We’ve already heard from Michael, Zac, and Ben on their last minute gift picks for the holiday season. For my gift guide, I’ve decided to only include products that I’ve personally been using on a daily basis. I review a lot of products in all of these categories, and below you’ll find only the best of the best that have earned a permanent place in my setup for both at home and on the go: expand full story

Telltale’s ‘Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2’ arrives on iOS and Mac

The much anticipated Season 2 of Telltale’s official Walking Dead game, which some of you might have picked up for free in our bundle earlier this month, has today finally landed on both Mac and iOS. Telltale confirmed on its blog that the new season is now available to download for Mac and PC through Steam ($24.99), and the iOS version for iPhone and iPad is now available on the App Store for $4.99.

The sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in an unforgiving world. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – than the dead?

Experience what it’s like to play as Clementine, meet new survivors, explore new locations and make gruesome decisions in this five-part game series of choice and consequence.

Episode one is available now for Season 2, but Telltale notes that you can “Save 25% on additional episodes in The Walking Dead: Season Two by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5 bundle] via in-app in the ‘Episodes’ menu.”

December 17, 2013

Quick video: Tim Cook & other CEOs meet w/ Obama to discuss healthcare.gov, NSA surveillance, House of Cards

Update: Bloomberg caught up with Tim Cook on his way out of the White House today and reports Cook described the talk as “a great meeting.” Video report below.

Following yesterday’s announcement that Apple CEO Tim Cook along with other tech executives would be meeting with President Obama today, we now have some of the first images from inside the meeting.

While Politico’s report is light on details regarding what was discussed at the meeting, we get a brief video clip below showing Cook seated across from Obama (and next to Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings) as the President makes a joke about if Hastings brought advanced copies of Netflix show “House of Cards.”

“I’m just wondering if you brought advance copies of ‘House of Cards’?” Obama said to Netflix head Reed Hastings. The executive laughed and invited the president to show up for a cameo, according to a pool report.

“I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Obama said in reference to the show and its Machiavellian lead character. “This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

It looks like cameras were asked to leave following the brief introduction, but on top of the expected discussions regarding the controversial launch of Healthcare.gov, the report also notes that “industry leaders made it clear they wanted to prioritize” issues related to NSA surveillance programs. The White House also announced today following the meeting that it has hired former Microsoft Office exec Kurt DelBene to oversee fixing issues that still exist with the Healthcare.gov website.

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December 16, 2013

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The White House has announced (via TIME) that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with a long list of high-profile tech executives tomorrow to discuss the controversial rollout of the Healthcare.gov website as well as NSA surveillance programs that have recently come to light:

“Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” a White House official said. “The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures.  Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

First on the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook who will also be joined by CEOs from Twitter, Netflix, Dropbox, Yahoo and many others.

Last month Apple participated in an open letter signed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other tech companies expressing support for the USA Freedom Act that would limit the NSA’s ability to run its surveillance programs and keep them secret from the public. Another open letter to the President and congress was published earlier this month with support from Apple and other companies urging Washington to reform laws related to government surveillance.

The full list of tech executives scheduled to meet with Obama tomorrow is below: expand full story

Apple: Beyonce breaks iTunes Store record w/ 828,773 albums sold in 3 days

Apple today announced a new record for the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store with the latest release from Beyonce selling 828,773 albums in its first three days of release. The new ‘visual album’ featuring 17 videos was released unexpectedly late last week as an iTunes exclusive.

BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release. The album represents Beyoncé’s biggest sales week ever.

The self-titled album is Beyonce’s fifth and also takes the record for first week album sales in the US with 617,213 albums sold since its release on Dec. 13. Compare those numbers with the 310k copies Beyonce’s last studio album “4” sold during its first week.

Billboard previously reported that the album had sold 80,000 copies in just three hours on its first day of release.

December 11, 2013

Unlike its developer program and vast ecosystem of apps on iOS and Mac, there’s not much we know about Apple’s strategy for content on the Apple TV. There’s been a lot of talk that a much rumored refreshed Apple TV set top box— or perhaps even the rumored full-fledged TV set— might also come alongside a more open developer platform with app distribution.

For now, however, Apple is slowly and quietly behind closed doors making deals with select content partners that are building apps for the platform. How is Apple working with developers to build and approve these apps? Does it have an Apple TV SDK that could in theory be released to all developers? With Bloomberg TV today becoming the latest app to launch on the platform, we’ve talked with the people that built the app to get some insight into the Apple TV development process. expand full story

Following Apple’s steady release of new content and features for its existing Apple TV platform in recent months, this week it adds yet another as Bloomberg becomes the first channel to live stream business news 24/7 to Apple TV customers. We spoke with Bloomberg’s head of mobile Oke Okaro who told us all about the new Apple TV app.

The majority of the content you’ll find in the new app is the same Bloomberg TV content you’ll find on its website and in its mobile apps but specifically optimized for the larger screen. That includes a live stream of business news, on-demand content with a mix of full TV show episodes and clips, and a special live stream that will appear only for events and breaking news. While there is similar news programming already on the Apple TV through apps like The Wall Street Journal and SkyNews, Bloomberg will be the first to have a 24/7 live stream of business news. That’s compared to the WSJ app which often only live streams content on certain hours throughout the day. It’s also going beyond the other news apps by offering all of its content for free in full-length form in addition to integration with its iOS apps coming in a future update. expand full story

December 5, 2013

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has updated its Bluetooth specification to 4.1 with new features for both developers and users of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices. The update brings coexistence support for LTE, better connections, and improved data transfer, all of which lets you connect, stay connected, and interact with your Bluetooth 4.1 devices faster and more reliably. The improved connections, for example, means developers can control reconnection intervals so your devices will automatically disconnect when you leave the room and then reconnect when in close proximity. That in return could also bring better battery life: expand full story

December 4, 2013

After sending a letter to Tim Cook in October urging him to increase Apple’s buyback plan to $150 billion, billionaire investor Carl Icahn today announced he will soon issue a precatory proposal to call for a shareholder vote on an larger buyback. He won’t, however, be pushing for the $150 billion buyback he originally proposed:

Gave $AAPL notice we’ll be making a precatory proposal to call for vote to increase buyback program, although not at $150 billion level.

A precatory proposal is essentially a formal request asking Apple to hold the vote, but it means Apple executives wouldn’t actually have to implement the buyback even if the majority of shareholders approved it.  expand full story

German retailer claims new Mac Pro availabile starting Dec.16, kicks off preorders

While it’s certainly far from confirmation of a launch date from Apple, German retailer Conrad today posted an availability date of December 16 for the new Mac Pro (via Apefelpage.de).

The retailer is an authorized reseller, but we’re thinking this is more likely a placeholder date. The company is still advertising the Mac Pro listing on its homepage, so it’s not like the listing slipped out accidentally. It’s also taking preorders for two configurations of the device– not a bad way to get some press and capitalize on preorders before everyone else, even if they don’t really know the date. If the Mac Pro does go on sale on the 16th, Apple could have enough time to ship orders out for Christmas.

For now the only release window Apple has confirmed is “December”.

Apple will have several configurations and built to order options available for the next-gen Mac Pro including Quad 6, 8, or 12-core designs. The base model includes a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of DRAM, Dual FirePro D300 graphics, 2GB VRAM each, and a 256GB SSD starting at  $2999, and Apple will also sell a $3999 configuration with a 6-core 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 16GB DDR3 ECC memory (configurable up to 32GB), and Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each.

December 3, 2013

Honda is introducing two new technologies in its new 2014 Civic that will make it easier for  iPhone users to interact with content in the car in its first steps towards Apple’s iOS in the Car. The first part of the new smartphone connectivity is Display Audio Interface— a built-in 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone style apps— and the second is the next-generation of its HondaLink app platform that mirrors apps from your smartphone to the display and in-car audio system.  expand full story

We hear a lot about adoption of iOS updates vs the fragmentation that Android users are forced to deal with, but just how far behind are the top Android devices compared to iPhone when it comes to getting support? To answer that question, Fidlee.com has updated a chart that it first put together a couple years back in order to see if Android has become any better in recent years. It hasn’t.

In the chart above we see that many once flagship Android devices— the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, LG G2 etc— have still not received the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update. Most of the devices on the list have been an upgrade or two behind since launch or not long after. In comparison, only the iPhone 3GS fives years after its release doesn’t support iOS 7. We also get a look at how much longer Apple devices generally stay available for sale and continue receiving support– nearly twice as long as Android in most cases.

Not only did Apple claim iOS 7 was “the fastest software upgrade in history” with more than 200 million devices installing the OS less than a week after launch, but analytics firms also noticed adoption was much higher than previous releases. Currently iOS 7 sits at about 77% of users, according to the latest data from Fiksu’s iOS Usage Monitor. While the chart above is only for devices released last year, things aren’t much better for newer Android devices. In comparison to iOS 7 adoption, Google reports that its latest release, Android 4.4 KitKat, is at just 1.1% weeks into launch. The previous release, Android 4.3, is at just 4.2%, while the majority of users remain on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean first released in July 2012.

A couple more charts below from Fidlee showing just how bad things are on Android: expand full story

December 2, 2013

Paper by FiftyThree app updated w/ palm rejection, erase, & blend for new ‘Pencil’ stylus shipping this week

Last month creators of the popular Paper by FiftyThree iPad app announced that it would soon be shipping a $60 Bluetooth stylus for the drawing app called “Pencil”. With the first preorders for the device expected to start shipping this week according to the company’s Twitter account, today it has also updated the official Paper by FiftyThree app with features specifically for Pencil.

The app now supports new palm rejection, erase, and blend features for Pencil:

Palm Rejection— Pencil and Paper work together to produce the most sophisticated and effective palm rejection in any app available today. No setup, no calibration, just natural feeling writing and drawing.

Erase— Pencil’s unique built-in eraser lets you get down to what’s essential.

Blend— Pencil takes care of the lines so you can use your fingers to blend colors on the page and smooth rough edges without ever picking up a tool.

FiftyThree has been taking preorders of Pencil as an in-app purchase directly in the Paper iPad app as well as through its website. It’s selling a graphite model for $50 and a walnut model for $60. While the first preorders will begin shipping this week, an update on its Twitter account today notes new orders will take around in 3-4 weeks.

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple has purchased Topsy Labs Inc., an analytics company that makes various products made to search and draw data from conversations happening on social media venues like Twitter and Google+. According to the report citing sources familiar with the acquisition, Apple paid around $200 million for the company:

An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the deal but wouldn’t comment further. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” she said without elaborating further.

The report doesn’t provide any specific details on the reason behind the purchase, but it does speculate that Apple could possibly incorporate Topsy’s data from social media into services like iTunes Radio. For example, “to alert listeners to songs that are trending or artists being discussed on Twitter.” expand full story

When Apple introduced its all-new Mac Pro earlier this year, Marketing SVP Phil Schiller made a point of noting that machine would be capable of driving three 4K displays simultaneously. Since then, there has been much speculation over whether or not Apple will eventually introduce its own 4K displays as an update to its Thunderbolt Display. However, with the Mac Pro expected this month, it looks like displays from third-parties will be the only option at launch. Below we’ve put together a roundup of 4K displays already ready for the Mac Pro launch (which could be any day now –Apple said “December”), including a new model just launched by Dell today. expand full story

December 1, 2013

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With an iPad and few accessories, these days anyone can have a functional recording studio in their home for less than the cost of a Mac. Whether you’re just getting started and want a modest iPad recording setup in your living room, or you’re looking to setup a full-blown home studio with your Mac, our comprehensive gift guide below will walk you through all the essentials and save you some cash in the process. expand full story

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