IK Multimedia wants you to play the piano on your Android device

If you’re a digital musician, you have probably heard of IK Multimedia’s solutions for guitarists and their Android (or iOS) devices. They made the iRig, which interfaces your guitar with your smartphone or tablet device – either for recording, effects processing, or even performances. Now they’re coming up with solutions for piano and keyboard players as well, with the iGrand Piano and the iLectric Piano apps for your Android devices.

Google devs add Runtime Permissions in time for Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google is making some changes to setting permissions on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Actually, it's not just some as the Internet giant said the development is one the largest changes to the current permissions model. At present, the platform follows the install time permissions model but it will soon be replaced by a new one. This will particularly target those apps running on Android Marshmallow devices and one that targets API 23.

Vine incorporates more music elements for posts in latest update

There have been several Vine superstars that have gone on to make music records. Some musicians have used the video sharing app to get more followers and sell records as well. One of the most common comments in vines is “song?” whenever they get interested with the music used. It’s easy to see that music is a big part of Vine’s social identity, so it’s about time that they added more audio-centered features. The latest update does just that.

Withings now integrated with Sony Lifelog lifestyle tracking app

No one fitness wearable or app can live alone. More often than not, these various apps, programs, and even devices will have to work together in order to give the consumer the best information they need and to meet their needs wherever they are. Sony said during the CES earlier this year that they wanted to build a more evolved wearable portfolio, and that means going into business with third-party partners. Now they’ve launched their first partner card with Withings.

Waze now cautions drivers approaching dangerous intersections 

A lot of drivers nowadays rely on navigation apps to help them reach destinations faster or drive around unfamiliar areas. Waze is one of the more popular ones available for mobile and so 5 major cities in the US are now partnering with them to caution drivers as they approach dangerous areas, based on data from the waze itself and from the local governments. This will hopefully eventually remove those areas from that category as fewer incidents should occur there.

Trekkies rejoice! Star Trek themes now available on Swype keyboard

Before all your Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones fandoms, one of the most die-hard group of geek fans out there are the Trekkies or those who love the Star Trek universe. And while fanboying/fangirling is now more mainstream than ever, that hasn’t doused the ardor of these fans, even though some weren’t that happy with the reboots. Another way you can aim to please Trekkies is by giving them digital bonuses, and now virtual keyboard Swype has done that very thing with their latest update.

Rockchip develops Light Work OS, mimics Windows OS

Manufacturers of tablet devices are trying to beat the drop and looking for features that can give them an edge in a cutthroat tablet market. One of Rockchip’s solutions could be an effective, if not necessarily an original one – that is, offer an Android version that mimics Windows OS so that it can become more “work friendly”. The result is what the Taiwan-based chipmakers call “Light Work OS”, and it is set to be featured in a tablet device soon.

Some more press renders of Xperia Z5 leaked, 23MP camera confirmed

The Sony Xperia Z5 is coming. Oh we’re sure of that and we know that Sony will be making a grand reveal at the IFA 2015 next week in Berlin. We’ve seen a number of renders and leaked images but the latest set available is the closest so far to the real thing that we’ve been imagining. Sony already posted a teaser image on social media and now, some press shots of the Xperia Z5 give us an idea that next flagship will have a slightly rounded frame and a 23 megapixel camera.

Metallic variants of LG G4 launched in India

LG G4, the newest flagship of the Korean OEM, is a pretty good new smartphone, and it has made a name for itself, particularly because of its leather back. The unusual style of the device made it stand out from the market. But now, they are releasing variants of the smartphone that don’t carry that distinctive feature, but instead, these are metallic versions of the device and will only be sold in the Indian market.