PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Ondes: Expressive Electronic Instrument

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You may have never heard of the ondes Martenot. I’ve been an active musician, and for a time was a music major in college, but I had never heard the name until recently. You probably have, however, heard the sound that the instrument makes. It has been around since the late 1920s and is used in classical music, horror films, and was even used recently by Daft Punk on Random Access Memory for the song, “Touch.”

It is a piano-like instrument that uses a series of pulley controls to create an ethereal sound that is not unlike that of a Theremin. It creates an incredibly beautiful resonance that can be manipulated and altered by the frequency of oscillation.

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The Apple Watch: Different Looks For Different Lifestyles

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Apple finally made a watch. We all knew it was coming. We even had a pretty good idea of what it would be capable of. What we weren’t sure of was what it would look like. Yesterday, all was revealed. Apple was smart enough to realize that one watch does not fit them all. So, the company came up with three different shells and six different bands in multiple colors so we could find the right look for our style.

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Apple Watch’s User Interface Supports Lefties

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During Apple’s big media event, where the company demonstrated the upcoming Apple Watch, there was not a single left-handed orientation in the house, leaving some to wonder how this gadget is supposed to work for the 10 percent of the population who doesn’t wear a watch that way.

Some speculated that Apple simply forgot about the “lefties.” It turns out the company did think about left-handed users and those who need to wear the watch on their right arm instead.

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Vendors Release a Slew of New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

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Yesterday’s big unveiling by Apple did not produce anything we didn’t already know about the iPhone 6 in terms of size. Accessory makers were banking on the 4.7 and 5.5-inch smartphones from Apple and have already designed new cases for them.

So, if you have your eye on the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll be able to pick up a protective case before you even get the phone.

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Apple’s Live Stream Was a Mess Thanks to JavaScript

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At about 10:06 on Sept. 9, I was sitting on my couch, iPad in hand and laptop on lap, ready to find out whether all of those rumors were true, when suddenly everything on my television screen went black. Assuming something went wrong with my Apple TV, I loaded up Apple’s live stream on my MacBook Pro. Nothing. I tried it on my iPad. Blank.

As it turned out, it wasn’t my technology, or even a poor Internet connection in my neighborhood. It was Apple’s fault.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: How to Make Your Own Apple Watch

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Sure, this column is supposed to be for do-it-yourself projects made for the iPad, but in light of this week’s big unveiling, we thought we’d stray just a bit and tell you about a DIY project that showed up on the Internet about 20 minutes after Apple showed off its newest mobile device.

British comedian Ricky Gervais posted his DIY Apple Watch project on Twitter and it is very simple. All you will need is an iPhone and a sturdy (but flexible) cord.

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iOS 8 Will Be Available for Download Sept. 17

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At Apple’s big media event, the company launched two new sized iPhones and unveiled the long-awaited Apple Watch. The news of these devices overpowered everything else that was mentioned in the two-hour event. However, Apple also noted, although quickly, that iOS 8 is just around the corner. Users will be able to download the update starting on Sept. 17.

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Apple Unveils ‘Apple Watch’ in Three Categories and Two Sizes, Available Early 2015

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Well, it finally happened. The tech world has been buzzing about Apple’s wearable computer. It turns out that it is less of a health and fitness device and more of an iPhone companion. There are so many features with this new smart watch that Apple couldn’t even talk about everything. We’ve got a rundown of what we know so far.

Apple is calling the watch their most personal device yet. When it was finally unveiled. CEO Tim Cook beamed. He even brought back former CEO Steve Job’s “One more thing” catchphrase. During the liveblog, The Verge’s Nilay Patel said “This is the moment where Tim Cook completely took over Apple and stepped into his own legacy.”

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Apple Launches iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Two New Sizes, Available Sept. 19

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At today’s big event, the iPhone 6 and it’s larger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus, were revealed. Practically everything we read about the new smartphone has already been leaked, but here is a rundown of the official details of the two new products.

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Apple Gives U2’s Brand New Album Away to the World for Free

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Just a short time ago, U2 performed on stage at Apple’s big event and played a song from their new album “Songs of Innocence.” Shortly after the performance ended, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 singer Bono announced that the entire album will be available for download today for free.

Starting today, and lasting until October 13, users will be able in 119 countries to every iTunes Store customer. It is available right now in the iTunes store. However, it is taking a while to show up for some users. You can access it in the U.S. here. All you have to do is click on the “Free” button to begin the download.

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