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  • Aug 05, 2017

    VR and Recording Tech Advances, and Apple Stock Soars | #157


    Apple is flying high above its competition with a quarterly profit increase of 12%. We speculate about what may be driving this progress, from new features on the latest iPhones and iPads, to an increased interest in augmented and virtual reality. The iPhone isn’t just making AR and VR more accessible, but it’s making musicians’ lives easier as well. We discuss IK Multimedia’s new iRig iterations, the Pro Duo and Pro I/O, and the amazing features of GarageBand, the premier music creation studio on the App Store. Then, Jason fills us in on RED Digital Cinema’s upcoming Hydrogen One smartphone, a media content creator’s dream device. Speaking of cameras, multiple criminal cases in Baltimore were recently dropped after body cam footage recorded an officer allegedly planting evidence. What does this mean for the future of law enforcement and the camera industry? Tune in to find out more!

    ·[00:00:00] Apple’s Stock Climbs, AR is Upon Us
    ·[00:06:32] Apple Tapping Into Augmented Reality
    ·[00:12:30] Apple Continues to Tweak iPhone Design
    ·[00:19:51] GarageBand and iRig: Making Music Easy
    ·[00:30:08] RED Digital Cinema: Phone of the Future
    ·[00:35:57] Body Cams Catching Dishonest Officers


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    [00:00:00] Apple’s Stock Climbs, AR is Upon Us

    Do you have any Apple stock? If not, you may want to remedy that now. Apples profits climbed 12% to $8.7-billion this quarter. We speculate about what could be driving Apple’s revenue increase, pointing to new and improved iPhone and iPad models, the Apple Pencil, and the superior support at Apple stores? Apple is also sinking its teeth into augmented reality, with CEO Tim Cook focusing on the iPhone as the ideal platform for that venture. The augmented reality age is upon us, and we discuss the widespread, if not short lived, craze of Pokémon GO, what it could mean for the future of AR, and the multitude of other uses for this burgeoning technology.


    [00:06:32] Apple Tapping Into Augmented Reality

    Apple has been generating a lot of buzz in the augmented and virtual reality arenas. If the Nintendo Switch is any indication of the popularity of handheld, on-the-go gaming, then it only makes sense for Apple to tap further into this market. Apple already makes a pocket-sized computer, the iPhone, which may be the most used gaming device. Also, Jason fills us in on the leaked upgrades of the newest iPhone, currently dubbed the iPhone 8, including possible facial recognition and the removal of the home button and blackout bars along the sides of the screen. Are you ready for a bigger, better iPhone?

    [00:12:30] Apple Continues to Tweak iPhone Design

    iPhone 7s, iPhone 8, or iPhone Pro, what is the real name of the new iPhone? We speculate about the true identity of the recently leaked iPhone, and whether there could be multiple releases this year. Change is constant in the smartphone world, and we take a look back at how Apple handled one of their most controversial changes, the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Jason says it hasn’t been a big issue for him, thanks to the inclusion of their EarPods with Lightning Connector, and Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. Listen in as we bid farewell to the long-lived eighth inch audio jack.


    [00:19:51] GarageBand and iRig: Making Music Easy

    It’s a wonderful time to be a musician. Gone are the days of the lavish recording studios, now, you have one in your pocket! Apple users have access to two of the most invaluable tools a musician could ask for, GarageBand and iRig. Jason Masters speaks from experience when he says GarageBand’s multitude of functions are well worth the $5 price of admission, like its drum beat generator and hundreds of built-in synthesizers. Jason also sells us on IK Multimedia’s newest iRig iterations, the Pro Duo and Pro I/O. You will not find a better recording setup for under $1,000 dollars.


    [00:30:07] RED Digital Cinema: Phone of the Future

    Photographers and videographers rejoice! Creators of the high-quality cameras used in the filming of the Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Stranger Things, RED Digital Cinema, have a new phone tailored specifically for you. This state-of-the-art smartphone comes with a host of amazing features, like a holographic view that doesn’t require a wearable display, and multidimensional audio powered by its proprietary H30 algorithm. Set to be released in 2018, a lightweight titanium version will cost a whopping $1,595, while the aluminum variant comes in at $1,195. While these price tags may seem exorbitant, the Hydrogen One is much less expensive than an iPhone 7s coupled with a high end DSLR camera. Get your hands on this phone ASAP!


    [00:35:57] Body Cams Catching Dishonest Officers

    From the pages of The Verge: “Dozens of Cases Dropped After Body Cams Allegedly Show Baltimore Cops Planting Evidence.” Officer body cams aren’t perpetually storing video, they only retain the previous 30 seconds when the camera is activated. Unaware of this fact, one Baltimore cop allegedly planted evidence immediately prior to activating his camera. This has lead to a multitude of cases being dropped, with many more under review. While infuriating, this news does provide hope that the bad apples in law enforcement can be weeded out. Find out more here.


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