Rock out with the jamstik+ smart guitar [Review]


jamstik+ MIDI guitar
The jamstik+ makes learning the guitar accessible and fun.
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Already thinking about how to fulfill your 2017 New Year’s resolution of becoming a rock god?

If so, check out the jamstik+. This MIDI guitar, and its associated collection of apps, promises to help anyone who wants to learn to play guitar or improve their existing skills.

PDF Expert, Ulterior, and other apps of the week


'Appy weekend everyone.As usual, that means we're counting down the top apps you may have missed from the previous 7 days -- everything from an update to a truly excellent game to a fantastic way to keep up to date with your Apple Watch.Without further ado, then, here are this week’s awesome apps!
'Appy weekend everyone!
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How’s it going, everybody? It’s the weekend — so sit back, relax, and let us introduce you to a few of the apps which were generating headlines over the past week.

Whether it’s a great update for an iOS PDF editor or a fantastic puzzle game you’re looking for, check out our picks below.

Garageband’s Chinese instruments are perfect for playing Game of Thrones theme


Anyone can create the Game of Thrones song in Garageband.
Anyone can create the Game of Thrones song in Garageband.
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HBO’s Game of Thrones is the hottest show on TV right thanks to Khaleesi and her dragons, now with the new Garageband update for China you can embrace your inner Westerbro create the entire GoT theme song in minutes.

Playing the theme song is actually amazingly easy now that Apple has added new instruments like the Pipa, Erhu, and Chinese Drum Kit that can more easily recreate the ancient sound much better than a Fender Stratocaster.

Apple superfan iPhonedo put together a quick guide on how to unlock the new Chinese instruments and create the Game of Thrones song in just minutes:

It’s all in the fingers for this ‘sick’ iPad drummer


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The fast-flying fingers of iPad drummer extraordinaire Appleman.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugHe has been described as the “sickest drummer in metal right now” with the speed, muscle and snap to become a legend — a legend on the iPad, that is.

This self-styled musician and Apple fanboy from Japan has raised eyebrows for furiously finger tapping through a catalog of rock drum solos, using the virtual rock kit on Garageband with eye-popping dexterity with a well-viewed YouTube channel as his stage.

Watch Tim Cook jam with one of China’s biggest pop stars


Tim Cook is ready to rock you.
Tim Cook is ready to rock you.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook will probably never win a Grammy for his erhu skills but he can say that he got to have an erhu jam battle with one of Asia’s biggest popstars.

During his star-studded tour of China, Tim Cook met up with JJ Lin to play a new song on the new Garageband app that’s been updated to celebrate China’s musical history with over 300 musical samples, and new instruments like Chinese percussions, pipa and erhu.

Checkout Cook playing JJ Lin’s new song “The Key” on his iPad:

GarageBand celebrates Chinese music with big content update


GarageBand just got an update with China in mind.
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Tim Cook’s in China right now, and what better way to showcase Apple’s dedication to growing its Chinese customer base than by updating GarageBand for Mac and iOS with new instruments intended to, “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music?”

The update adds 300 new Chinese musical loops including guzheng, dizi, yangqin and Peking Opera samples, as well as a plethora of Chinese musical instruments such as the pipa, erhu, and Chinese percussion.

Disqus, GarageBand, and other awesome apps of the week


What are the week's top apps?
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Is there a better way to spend Sunday than by checking out the latest apps to grace the App Store over the past seven days?

This week I’ve chosen to focus less on games than productivity apps (although there’s a neat Reddit client thrown in for good measure!) From a great custom keyboard to a full-to-bursting update for GarageBand, check out our picks for apps of the week below.

How to set up a quality Mac podcasting rig for under $300


Podcasting doesn't have to break the bank. Here  are some high quality rigs and Mac apps to get you started.
Podcasting doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some high quality rigs and Mac apps to get you started.
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