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Entries in podcast (3)

iRig MIC Cast for Mobile Voice Recording and Podcasting

Have you ever tried recording a lecture, talk or podcast conversation on your iOS device? If you have, you'll know that results can vary and ambient noise plays a big part.

IK Multimedia want to help you out with the newly announced iRig MIC Cast

It features a narrow field unidirectional mic for cutting down on ambient noise, they even recommend using it for VOIP calls.

Like the iRig Mic, the MIC Cast has a headphone socket so you can monitor what is being recorded.

The iRig MIC Cast even comes with a stand for your iPhone/iPod Touch, but you should be able to use the device (without stand) on your iPad too.

IK Multimedia are also bundling their iRig Recorder and VocaLive software with the device, both very useable and solid apps in our experience.

More details and images of the $39.99 device are available on the website.

What do you think, is this going to be useful to you?

Gameloft provides a sneak peek of Sacred Odyssey and StarFront: Collision

Gameloft have created some of our favourite iPad games, there can be little doubt that Gameloft has enriched our iPad gaming experience with classics such as N.O.V.A. 2 and Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. 2011 is looking to be quite a special year for gaming on the iPad, especially if recent talk of a dual-core CPU/GPU powered iPad 2 turns out to be true. Gameloft will surely make the most of the current iPad hardware and iPad 2 with their 2011 line up.

This new video podcast gives us a sneak peek into two potential iPad classics, Sacred Odyssey and StarFront: Collision. The podcast also contains an interesting interview with a 3D artist and a fun fan-made animation.

iPad Wi-fi Problems? This might help.

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We don't do very many 'techtip' type of posts here, but we thought this might help some of you if you have been getting wi-fi issues with the iPad, plus it is weird!

If you are having problems connecting to your wi-fi network, take a moment and check your brightness level. Is it all the way to the left? This might be your problem.

Apparently, a number of people have been having issues when the screen is dimmed, especially if you are trying to use the iPad in a darkened room without waking/disturbing your partner, as did Scott from the PadCast show, which is a great podcast all about the iPad, and also where this tip comes from (Episode 12 at 48:21).

Scott recalls that his old Newton MessagePad 2000 would make an audible hum when used with a dimmed screen, and it seems that a similar thing might be happening with the iPad when the screen is dimmed. It is this electrical hum that is creating interference and preventing a good wi-fi connection.

It sounds a bit strange, but Scott says in the podcast that he and others have seen an immediate improvement in signal strength on the iPad as soon as they turned the brightness back up.

Apple have even cited this as one of the reasons that you may experience wi-fi issues in their support article, so it is official.

We hope this helps someone (plus it gave us a chance to include a picture of the classic Newton and plug a good iPad podcast). However, we cannot be held responsible for the consequences of flood-lighting your darkened bedroom while your other-half is trying to sleep, you're on your own with that one!

If you have tried this and it helps, or even if it doesn't work for you, let us know in the comments.