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Jan 201522

Logic Pro 10.1 Offers Incredible New Features

by Josh C

Logic Pro app for Mac

A free update for Logic Pro X was released today that brings major updates to how musicians work in Apple’s premier music creation software. New features include enhancements for creating different styles of dance music beats and new synthesizer options. Other improvements have been made to features like the Piano Roll Editor and new options to remotely control Logic Pro via an iPad.

Coming in at just $199.99, Logic Pro X is a full featured music creation software used by musicians and artists around the world to create the music we hear every day. Since it’s 2013 release, Logic Pro X has seen a steady stream of free updates, improving the workflow and interface of the software based on feedback received from everyday users.

Existing Logic Pro users can get this free update by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your Mac. Choose “App Store” from the menu and then click on “Updates” in the top right corner of the App Store window. Then click on the “Update” button next to the Logic Pro X 10.1 update.

Here are just a few of the over 200 improvements included in the 10.1 update:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in for customizing electronic drum kits
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders in the mixer
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces

The complete (and extensive) list of notes and updates to Logic Pro can be found here (

Jan 201508

Rollover Data Comes to AT&T

by Josh C

AT&T and iPhone customers rejoice! Rollover Data is here. Starting as early as January 25th, you can expect to see any unused data from your plan automatically rollover into your next billing period. What do you need to do take advantage of this incredible benefit? Not a thing. Mobile Share Value customers will automatically be enrolled.

How does it work?

Let’s say you have used 1 gigabyte of your 3 gigabyte data plan during the current billing period. The unused 2 gigabytes of data would then automatically rollover into the next billing period.

The math breaks down a bit like this:

February Billing Period

3GB data plan – 1GB used = 2GB rollover

March Billing Period

3GB data plan + 2GB rollover = 5GB data

When does AT&T use my rollover data?

When you’ve exhausted all of the data in your regular data plan.

How long can I keep my rollover data?

AT&T allows you to rollover unused data for one billing period. In short, that means that data from two months prior will not be available. If it’s March, January’s rollover data is no longer available to use.

How do I track my data usage?

By calling *3282# or by downloading the My AT&T app.

How do I find out more?

AT&T have put together an in depth list of frequently asked questions on this new feature and how it will change your existing plan.

Dec 201410

Free Update Brings UFC, DailyMotion, and more to Apple TV

by Josh C


The hits just keep coming. Another free update to Apple TV brings four new options to the already stellar lineup of channels. will be familiar to fans of ultimate fighting with free and paid video options starting at $54.99 for 6 months of hard hitting fights. The Scene offers digital shorts from major outlets like Forbes, GQ, The Weather Channel, and many more, all free and right on your television. Fusion offers a variety of content from pop culture to news, while DailyMotion bring streaming video from the service to Apple’s favorite little hobby device.

Not seeing the new channels on your Apple TV? Visit Settings, then General and Software Update to make sure you are running the latest version of the Apple TV software.

Dec 201409

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 Update for iPad and iPhone

by Josh C

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A small update was released today for iOS 8 on the iPad and iPhone. This update fixes an issue with purchased ringtones disappearing from devices and a number of other miscellaneous bug fixes.

You can download this simple and quick update to iOS 8.1.2 by visiting Settings, then General and Software Update on your iPad or iPhone.

Oct 201422

What’s new with the iPad Air 2?

by Shane Roberts

So, you’ve seen the news about the new iPad Air, but you are wondering – “What’s the difference?” Well, I’ll break it down for you a bit right here.

The size

iPad Air 2 is a smaller iPad than the iPad Air. No, the screen isn’t smaller, but the body of the iPad is thinner. Apple has shaved 18% off the body of the iPad, making it a remakably 6.1 mm thin, and only .96 of a pound.

The screen

Apple tweaked the display to not only achieve the thinner body, but also to give much more vivid colors and better overall contrast. The iPad Air 2 also has an improved antireflective coating to help with any glare you get when looking at the screen.

The under the hood performance

iPad Air 2 got a very good speed bump with the addition of the brand new Apple A8X processor. Faster than even the iPhone 6 chip, the A8X is really designed to improve the graphic perfomance of the iPad Air 2. Not only is the iPad going to be much more snappy and responsive, but also with apps that handle video and graphic rendering things will look sharper and run better. Overall, the new chip in the iPad Air 2 is 40% faster than the original iPad Air, and it also has 2.5x faster graphics performance.

Touch ID

Apple has integrated Touch ID into iPad Air 2, so now you can login and authorize various things with just a touch of your finger. You can also use Apple Pay for in-app orders (app support required) with the addition of Touch ID.

Better Cameras

Apple has added a much improved camera to the iPad Air 2. The iSight camera on the back is 8 megapixels, and has the same focus pixel technology as the iPhone 6. Apple has also added features like super slo-mo (120-fps), Time-lapse video, high resolution panorama, and more to the new iSight. The FaceTime HD camera on the front also was improved. Apple improved the aperture on the FaceTime HD camera to allow for cleaner, clearer photos/videos in lower light conditions.

Faster Wireless

Just like iPhone 6, Apple added improved WiFi to iPad Air 2 with 802.11ac, which can be up to 3x faster than before. Also, Apple has added better LTE on cellular models, which is also faster, up to 150mbps.

Capacity selection

Now, if you choose an iPad Air 2, you can select from three different capacity sizes – 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The 32GB option is no longer available.

Color choices

You can still pick from the regular silver or space gray, but you can also pick a gold option as well.

For all pricing and options, click here to see the various iPad Air and iPad Air 2 choices now available. 

Oct 201420

What’s new with iOS 8.1

by Shane Roberts


Apple released iOS 8.1 on Monday, and they added and improved a couple things. Here is a brief list of everything that Apple updated with 8.1.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is now live! If your bank is on board, you can use your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay for items either on Apple Pay approved apps, or Apple Pay approved retailers. Check with your bank to see if they are supporting Apple Pay.

SMS to Mac/iPad

Still have some friends that send you those ugly green bubble text messages, and you wish you could use your Mac to message them like your iPhone friends? Well, now you can with iOS 8.1. This is what you do to turn that feature on:

Go to Settings > Messages > Turn on ‘Text Message Forwarding’ > follow steps on the screen.

iCloud Photo Library

Apple is taking all of your photos to iCloud with iCloud Photos. In iOS 8.1, Apple released the beta for iPhoto Photos, which will allow you to view your photos not just on your iCloud enabled devices, but also on To turn that on just go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > iCloud Photo Library.

Camera Roll

Apple tweeked the way we view the pictures we take on iOS 8. Well, with iOS 8.1, Apple brought back the Camera Roll that we’ve all been familiar with for so long. You may have to toggle iCloud Photo Library off and on to get it to show up, but it’s now back.

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