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I have been in love with Incase since purchasing my very first pack several years ago. The quality and attention to detail rivals that of the Apple products they are built for. This Campus Pack is one of my favorite packs they have come out with. The colorway, pocket structure and overall design is just awesome.
A couple months ago with the release of the iPad and several DJ apps I was wondering if any serious DJs would actually be using the iPad to perform. Well, I guess my question has been answered. Here is a video of Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman doing a sound check Movement in Detroit. It’s not clear as to what application he is using, but it certainly makes me curious.
I recently upgraded to the new MacBook Pro and I am loving it even more than I thought I would. I am sure I am not the only DJ to drop $1,800 on a new laptop and be a little hesitant to take it to my next gig in a dirty, rowdy club full of drunkards. So I am thinking one of the investments I will be quickly be making is the Incase Hardshell Case. The design of the case looks to be very unobtrusive and still providing a lot of protection. They offer several different colors and the price tag is $49.95. A small price to protect such a valuable piece of equipment.
The release of the iPad will certainly change the way we view media, but will it also be a useful tool for creating media? The midipad software for the iPad actually converts the device into a virtual midi controller allowing you to control music software on your Mac or PC. The coolest part about this software is that is allows you to control your software over a wireless connection. This means it’s possible we may see DJs or producers performing live using iPads, and it would give them the flexiblity of not being tied down by a bunch of wires and cables. Read more over at Create Digital Music.
I am not by any means what you would call a gamer, however there are the occasional video games that seem to get me hooked. EA recently released Sim City for the iPhone and I have been having a hard keeping my battery charged ever since I downloaded it. At first I was a bit hesitant to spend $9.99 on the application. A lot of the reviews I read said it was buggy and they were having problems with it crashing. But I have found it to be nothing less that absolutely additive.
Poladroid is one of the coolest little applications I have found in a long time. For those of us who were saddened when Polaroid announced they would be discontinuing the production of their film, Poladroid helps fill a small part of that hole left in your heart. The application, which is only available for Mac OSX at the moment (available for Windows in November), creates very realistic looking “fauxlaroids” of any digital photo. Simply drag and drop your photo into the neat little app and it virtually processes the photo for you. It’s available for free download, and they also have a Flickr group full of cool photos.
Incase has been making quality products for years. Not only are they high quality, but they look good and are always designed well. In general I am not super keen on iPhone cases. Most of them are bulky, rubbery and really detract for the iPhone’s sleek design. However, If there was one iPhone case I would use it would most likely be Incase’s Slider Case. The case is protective with its internal rubber gaurdrails, but doesn’t detract too much from the iPhone’s sleekness with its 1mm thin plastic case. The case shown above is a special new design done by the artist Parra. It will be available October 24th at the Incase webstore, select Apple Stores and Arktip.
In The Mod is a small application that every designer will love. The application comes in four different editions: The Flickr Edition, Webcam Edition, Your Images Edition and the Online Edition. The concept of each edition is essentially the same, creating swatches from various photos from either various Flickr photos, photos from your webcam, and photos in your personal library. Have you ever been inspired by the color way of your favorite sneakers, or by a photo that you took of a building in you neighborhood. In The Mod can import and use photos to create a swatch of 1-1,000 different colors, and then export the swatch to Photoshop of Illustrator. A handy little tool in any designers collection of apps.
I have had my eye on the web browser/music player hybrid Songbird for awhile now. Songbird has recently released version 0.5 and it’s looking pretty awesome. Songbird brings you features of other music players like iTunes, playing music from your hard drive and iPod. In addition to these features Songbird also doubles as a web browser that can play/download MP3s directly from music blogs or other music sites. Although I can’t really see using Songbird as my primary browser, it is built using the Mozilla platform so you definitely could. Overall I think the new version of Songbird is a solid tool for browsing MP3 blogs. Additional features include downloadable skins or “feathers”, iTunes Library Import, LastFM Audioscrobbler plug-in, Album Art Manager and a long list of other available plug-ins.
[Available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux]
Desktoptopia is an awesome little desktop/wallpaper manager that will automatically update your PC or Mac with fresh wallpapers directly from their online vault of wallpapers. Simply install their free software and set your preferences to how often each wallpaper changes and which libraries you want them selected from. They claim to have a panel that only selects the best of wallpapers submitted, and most of them I have seen so far have been pretty cool. However, if for some reason you aren’t liking the selected wallpaper you can easily skip to the next.
[Via: Josh Spear]
Along with new features that are being added to the iPod, comes new accessories to compliment them. Such as the Griffin Centerstage Flip-Stand. The case not only protects your iPod with it’s tough polycarbonate case, but it also features an anodized aluminum flip-stand that allows you to stand your iPod while watching movies. The case of course allows you access to all your ports and controls, and comes in four sleek colors.
Waking up to that super-annoying alarm clock beeping just doesn’t seem like the right way to start of your day. I’ve been looking for alternatives for a long time, even the radio alarm is annoying most the time. I recently got clued-in on an application for the Mac called Awaken. This nifty little app allows you to set the alarm time, and then customize a specific iTunes playlist that will slowly fade-in to the volume you choose. Not only that, but Awaken allows you to set a sleep timer as well, so you can fall asleep and awake to and music you choose.
[via: The Don]
I have always thought it would be cool to have an easy way to transport your iMac. The computer is so light and compact, it seems it wouldn’t be too hard. Recently while searching for a way to take my iMac overseas I found the iLugger. This is a bag designed for the 17 and 20 inch iMacs that makes is easy to take your iMac with you. The bag also provides a hard plastic screen protector making it safe too. So if you are a DJ wanting a bigger display than your MacBook is giving you, the iLugger may be your ticket. The actual design/colors of the bags looks like it could use some work, and the price seems a little much, but hopefully the iLugger will inspire better bags to come.
With the release of the MacBook Pro, the world went crazy. Okay, so maybe just hardcore Mac fans but it still caused quite a stir. Now, the new MacBook in both black and white is starting to make me question things and makes me want to throw my seemingly old 12-inch iBook away. The 13-inch beauty comes equipped with iLife ‘06, a glossy 13.3 inch screen, and the Front Row feature which allows you to navigate around with a remote among other things. This laptop is also perfect for iPod owners who want to match their iPod’s with their laptop. Personally, I think the black MacBook is gorgeous and requires a second look. So all you PC users out there, take the time out and think about getting a Mac. Not only does it function well, it looks damn fine. The MacBook starts at $1099.
When it comes to design everyone knows Apple has their shit together. There are few corporate companies out there that that can match the style and design that Apple products have. However, there are times when the default white or brushed metal just isn’t what you were looking for. So if you want to really stand out, check out ColorWare. ColorWare has plenty of ways to customize and color your iPod or MacBook Pro, and for all those not cool enough to use a Mac, they also customize Dell products.
Update :: Just found another site that gives you even more freedom to customize your laptop by allowing you to submit your own design to have printed on your laptop. The site is called (very unoriginal name) Pimp My Laptop.