Engadget posted about this interesting new device from Belkin at CES. The Podcast Studio basically turns your iPod classic into a mobile voice recording studio. It has a built-in mic, but more interestingly features 1/4″ and XLR mic jacks for using more serious external microphones. It also has gain controls and a built in compressor/limiter to help voice recordings sound more professional. Since it records directly to the iPod (in WAV format) you can transfer your audio back to your Mac just by syncing with iTunes, and thence to editing and compression. For their target audience of mobile podcasters this looks like it could be a very handy tool.

iClean(Source: TheAppleBlog.com) I have a two-year-old grandson who loves to touch my MacBook screen. And he is NOT into washing his hands (okay with me, he’s my grandson, he can do anything).

So I had to find a non-abrasive but effective way to clean my screen. The best product I’ve found — and believe me, I’ve tried everything — is a microfiber lens cloth made of ultra suede.

The Process

First, I use a monitor wipe.
Then polish the surface gently with the microfiber cloth. You may have to use a little bit of elbow grease if someone (not you of course) has touched the screen with sticky fingers.


An optimized version of iGoogle is now available for iPhone users. iGoogle, which can be customized to display RSS feeds, news on a variety of topics, crossword puzzles, weather maps, online tetris, etc. The iPhone optimized version lists all feeds and gadgets in one column (and if the TestiPhone.com site is to be believed, content is scaled to the screen) and you can select individual tabs at the bottom of the page (very similar to the traditional iGoogle set-up). The iGoogle iPhone address is http://www.google.com/ig/i and it is a significant improvment over the US-only Google Mobile page.

The new video for forthcoming single Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, directed by artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, is available from the official band web site now.

nickcaveandthebadseeds.com

First single – and the new album’s title track – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! is out on 18th February and will be available as a limited edition 7″, CD and download. The B-side features another new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds song, Accidents Will Happen.

Produced by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Nick Launay the new album, released on 3rd March, was recorded over the summer at State of the Ark studios in Richmond and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove in Chiswick.

    
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