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[ May 30 2017 | Comments Off on Lincoln’s Black Label fits new Continental very, very nicely ]

I was almost afraid to write my review on Ford Motor Company’s new Lincoln Continental. Will my readers believe me when I say I like this car as much as I liked the 5-Series BMW I drove a few weeks ago? That’s not possible, is it?
Think about that. A Lincoln, which was known for riding like a cruise ship instead of handling like a cruise missile, is now as good as luxury sedans that have …

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[ Apr 6 2016 | Comments Off on Like Trump, Bernie Sanders thinks Apple should make iPhones in US ]

In a recent  interview with the New York Daily News, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he wishes Apple would make its products in the United States.
He also said Apple is not paying its fair share of taxes here.
“No, Apple is not destroying the fabric of America,” Sanders is quoted as saying. “But I do wish they’d be manufacturing some of their devices, here, in the United States rather than in China. And I …

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[ Feb 2 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: She Rocks Awards celebrates women in music ]
She Rocks Awards group photo.

Friday, January 22, The NAMM Show celebrated outstanding women in music with dynamic performances and an array of honorees at the 2016 She Rocks Awards. The She Rocks Awards is held by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN); WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitar shredder Nita Strauss hosted this year’s festivities.
The evening’s list of artists and award winners was a broad one that comprised established and rising celebrities, music biz veterans and a host of their colleagues, family …

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[ Feb 2 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: The ONE Smart Piano teaches how to play ]
The One Smart Pianos on display at the 2016 NAMM Show.

Times, they are a’changing. Music education evolves right along with them. When we learned to play piano in an era long gone the best teachers granted lessons only to those of us fortunate enough to enjoy homes furnished with spendy upright acoustic pianos. Holy grail grand pianos were so out of reach for the average working parent they barely merit mention. The evolution of keyboards and synthesizers in the MTV ’80s heralded a slew of affordable consumer …

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[ Jan 31 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: IK Multimedia showcases mount, page turner, clip mic ]

This year we made our annual swing by the IK Multimedia booth where cool things are always afoot. Here are a few of their many offerings that caught our eye this year:
“The first smartphone broadcast mount for pro-quality audio/video.”
HANDY. That was our first thought upon taking a gander at the presser for this device. As smartphone technology rises to the demands of high-quality video, photography and recording, users now increasingly trust them to capture professional …

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[ Jan 31 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: Corning Optical offers high performance cables ]

High performance cabling is cool and all but we confess: We’re also in this one for the kitsch. Might this be the same Corning of CorningWare fame? That iconic white ceramic glass cookware with its blue flowery trademark that shaped so many childhood kitchen memories? Yep–and while Corning no longer owns the CorningWare line, it was that fun little connection that lured us to the booth; we’re quirky that way.
But we’d also done our homework. Corning, Inc., …

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[ Jan 30 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: A groovy return to Moog’s Island of Electronicus ]

The 70s were a groovy time.
This year Moog’s 2016 NAMM booth took us back to its seminal 1971 Moog Island of Electronicus, in tribute to the company’s first successful immersive marketing event/experience of the same name and vibe. The original Moog Island of Electronicus event was held on an island off the coast of Florida and was a success. Trippy, 70s, totally retro and replete with sky-high cacti, bean bag cushions, blankets and plenty of retro gear …

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[ Jan 30 2016 | Comments Off on NAMM 2016: Strumstick design ensures no wrong notes ]

Sometimes progress is achieved through reverse engineering, by the stripping down of the burliest thing to its leanest bones. The good folks at McNally Instruments’ Strumstick have done just that with their innovative, three-stringed instrument of the same name. Strumstick ensures that, fumble as you may across its fretboard, you simply cannot produce a wrong note. Daunted by the challenge of learning to play a traditional guitar? Wish there was an easy way to make cool-sounding music even if you …

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[ Jun 23 2015 | Comments Off on An iPhone with no home button? ]
An iPhone with no home button?

Could we be seeing a new iPhone one day that has no Home button?According to a report today from DigiTimes, Apple is working on some technology that would allow users to do everything they do now on via the Home button on the touchscreen, including using Touch ID.
Theoretically, this could allow Apple to narrow or eliminate the bezels at the top and bottom of the phone and drastically reduce the size of iPhones and iPhone …

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[ Jun 22 2015 | Comments Off on Janet Jackson’s new music, new tour and new direction ]

It’s been five years since we’ve heard any new music from Janet Jackson and seven years since she’s released a new album.
That all changed in the past few weeks, as Janet has been cryptically hinting on Twitter that when she’s ready to drop new material to not believe any rumors and that you would hear it from her lips.

If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) August 1, …

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[ Jun 10 2015 | Comments Off on Audi offers smaller Q3 with full size luxury benefits ]

Audi has been at the top of its game for the past decade, offering some of the finest automobiles on the planet. The company’s interiors are nearly unmatched and the exterior styling always turns heads.
Audi’s dip into the crossover and SUV pool has been as spectacular, so much so it’s now offering a smaller version of the successful Q5, the Q3. It is certainly handsome and well crafted but some may find it a bit …