Traktor DJ Cable
Native Instruments, the company behind the fantastic suite of DJ software under the ‘Traktor DJ’ banner yesterday launched this Traktor DJ Cable to be used with an iPad or iPhone.
It is a high-quality audio splitter cable that sends one output to your headphones and another to your main speaker output and allows you to control the level of each independently.
While there are other, cheaper cables available in the market already, this one comes directly from the company that makes the apps and has a higher quality moulding than the cheaper cables. It’s just $20 and I’m trying to get my hands on one.
Rodeo — A Feed Wrangler Extension
A few days ago, just after I released Feed Rango, Ed Wellbrook showed me his take on an improved UI for Feed Wrangler. Although my attempt was just to make the existing Feed Wrangler UI better with minimal code, Ed had gone way further with his design and it looked gorgeous. Ed managed to even change the icons used on the site, which gives it an elegant look.
I helped Ed build his design into working browser extensions for Safari and Chrome, which he has released here.
I did email David Smith before releasing Feed Rango, but never heard back from him.
Google Reader Died Because No One Would Run It
While the company said Google Reader was shut down because of a decline in usage, a major reason for that was owed to the fact that the project lacked an engineering lead, in part because no one stepped up to the task and because Google leadership wasn’t actively looking for one. Even when Google Reader was still public, without a leader it was functionally no longer a live project at Google, with engineers focusing more on Page’s larger projects like Android, Chrome, Google Plus, and Search.
Condolence meet for Uttarakhand flood victims is a Party with Booze & Music
Senior officials and district hospital authorities of Shahjehanpur paid tribute to the victims of Uttarakhand calamity on June 26 in a unique way. They observed two-minute silence in the hall of Shahjehanpur District Hospital and then gorged on food and liquor especially arranged for the night.
They also organised a musical programme in which they played and sang “sad” Bollywood songs. Shah Rukh Khan starrer Devdas remained the highlight of the night with its songs being replayed on special demand.
This is where all your “support Uttarakhand” funds are going.
Apple’s Commitment to Customer Privacy
Apple has released a statement about its commitment to customer privacy after the whole NSA & Prism reporting in the media over the last few days.
Apple has always placed a priority on protecting our customers’ personal data, and we don’t collect or maintain a mountain of personal details about our customers in the first place. There are certain categories of information which we do not provide to law enforcement or any other group because we choose not to retain it.
For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.
Whisper’s Release Notes
Tell me those aren’t the best release notes you’ve seen for any app on the App Store.
Apple’s New TV Ad — Our Signature
So beautiful. So typical Apple.
Here’s the video that they played at the beginning of the Keynote yesterday.
I loved this quote from Troy Mcilvena (@mcilvena) on App.net
“Apple keeps everything simple by making decisions on behalf of users, like installing apps through a music player. And to make things even simpler, they preinstall the same app on your phone but it doesn’t play music or install apps.”
Flipkart’s Flyte MP3 Store is Shutting Down
NextBigWhat is reporting that Flipkart will be shutting down Flyte, their online Music store for the Indian market.
Mekin Maheshwari, Head – Digital Media and Payments, Flipkart told NextBigWhat
“We have realized that the music downloads business in India will not reach scale unless several problem areas such as music piracy and easy micro-payments etc are solved in great depth. Which is why, we feel that at present, it makes sense to take a step back from Flyte MP3s and revisit the digital music market opportunity at a later stage.”
I wouldn’t say this is surprising at all. Indians paying for their music is like an Eskimo paying for ice. There’s plenty of free stuff around you.
Update: Medianama tells us why.