App snap – Windows 8.1 preview observations…

It’s been a while since Windows 8.1 preview has become available to the general public, and they have made incredible strides in improving the user experience. The Start screen is capable of housing tiles of a greater variety of sizes, the Start button has made a comeback, Charms have improved. Apps snap now happens at whatever widths the user likes, with minimum width limits of course. This has been quite a detour since Windows 8 where every movement was predictable. Windows 8.1 is quite predictable itself – only there are a lot more things to consider now.

iOS 7 – Radically different but familiar…

Whoa! What a keynote it was. It has been quite some time since we saw iOS grow immensely from its previous version – about 9 months ago. Really, has it been only 9 months? Here I was wondering what it was Apple could ever do to improve on the already fantastic iOS. For all intents and purposes, iOS seemed to have hit a plateau. That was until today when iOS 7 was finally revealed to the developers at WWDC and all of us who bothered to watch the keynote speech. Wait till you find out all its news, can you?

Well we can’t. Here are the highlights on iOS 7.

iTunes Store features unlocks for India…

The iTunes Store has finally brought purchases to India.

iTunes was already used by millions of users sporting iOS devices but were not able to make use of its store features. We couldn’t buy music, movies or TV shows from the store though we could already buy apps – although, I’m pretty sure paid apps were not needed anyways. Still, there were a few of us geeks – us included – who knew the key to unlocking those features.

MIDI – on to multiple instruments…

I have been having a great time concentrating more on my work with electronics. Seems like the days are getting better. Just recently, I was successfully able to make use of the MIDI protocol for creation of music and potentially a synthesiser.

It’s just been two days since I wrote codes and had fun with the result, and I somehow got bored playing the same instrument. I mean tubular bells is just the best, but not all of you might like it. So, I’ve decided to develop my MIDI music maker a little further; one that would let you decide what instrument you’d like to listen to. Most controls are the same; I’ve added functionality for instrument change and pitch amplitude manipulation.

MIDI – experiments on a digital orchestra…

This post is going to mark a paradigm shift in my blogging. Most of my earlier posts seem to deviate from the point I try to make. I’m not promising all my posts will be to the point from now, but you can certainly expect to get a higher content to crap ratio. In this edition let’s discuss about MIDI.

Well, there is not much about it really. MIDI is a protocol used to for digital music instruments to communicate with each other and it’s host. It is a beautifully thought out system that works by transmitting events on a music instrument as serial commands. Professionally well done instruments can allow many instruments to be connected in a daisy-chain like cascade.

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