App of the Week: TuneIn Radio the App that killed the Video Star…

Music, some say it is food for the soul while others claim it tames the angry beast, even in this fast changing digital landscape it is as essential as it has always been.

Leading this revolution of the audio kind are a number of well known services, Pandora and Spotify being the most popular, there is however a third name that is on the brink of becoming the new name in radio, TuneIn Radio.

Wanting to become the YouTube of the Radio World TuneIn is slowly taking over the airwaves, taking their easy to use interface and 70,000 stations worth of music to every internet connected device in the world.

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Microsoft Re-Surfaces Tablets, the PC Evolved….

Starting the build up to what will be an enormous Christmas for new products Microsoft has this week (Sept 23) announced a new generation of Surface tablets, re-vamping the Surface range.

Presented on this fine day in New York was the evolution of the Surface range, nothing radical but with the updated hardware and new accessories the Surface and Surface Pro are starting to make far more sense.  October 22 has been set as the release date (most countries) for the Surface tablets, with many of the accessories due in early 2014.

Watching elephants learn to dance is a highly amusing pastime we can all enjoy, although if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication they may finally have found a little rhythm. Can they turn their Surfaces into all they can be?

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Audio for the People: Caustic 2, Windows and Android Music Production Made Easy…

The touchy feely tablet revolution is spawning a new wave of audio applications, putting the power to make music in every tablet owner’s hands. Single Cell Software are riding this wave of change with Caustic 2, bringing affordable music production to Android tablets and Window PC’s everywhere.

Caustic 2 is far more than a virtual synthesizer or rack-mount simulation, with its touch screen interface and affordable price tag ($10) it is the gateway to success, add talent and time for best results.

Highpants in-house audio expert ‘Norbut Verse the World’ has put on his headphones and dived head first into a tablet full of Caustic. Turning out the tunes with a swish and a tap here is his take on this audio app.

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Military Escort UFO Video’s, a Curious New UFO Phenomenon…

Throughout the history of the UFO phenomenon there has been military involvement described by every witness, whether it is as security or transport the military’s involvement seems to be a common theme. Since the days of Roswell it seems the military has played a central role in every UFO report.

In recent years a new role for the military has been witnessed by the public, and captured in a number of incredibly compelling videos. Three short videos have been selected, videos that may have you questioning the,military’s true role in a story that is stranger than anyone has imagined.

Included for your viewing pleasure are three of the best examples of this new genre of UFO video. All three videos clearly show military air craft escorting highly unusual craft, craft that don’t appear to be man-made.

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When Advertising Goes Bad: Microsoft’s ‘A Fly on the Wall at Cupertino’…

In this latest episode of ‘When Advertising Goes Bad’ Microsoft has kindly provided the comical material, a video that seems to have been taken far too seriously by many people around the World.

The mighty MS received such an intense splattering of blow back from this advertisement gone bad that it has been shamed into pulling the video from circulation, claiming that it was just having a bit of harmless fun. Talking to CNET recently Microsoft explained the ad “was intended to be a light-hearted poke at our friends from Cupertino, but it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down.”

Called cringe worthy and painfully unfunny by many industry technorati, here at Highpants we think it was just plain hilarious.  We can see how it may not work as an advertisement for Microsoft, as no Microsoft products are mentioned, not even for comparison purposes but as a b-grade parody it rates highly in our books. On the poor taste PC scale it has to rate as a pretty minor stench, definitely not deserving the buzz it has generated and far funnier than many would suggest.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride thanks to Microsoft and their inability to predict how offensive they really are to the general populous. Don’t frown Microsoft, we still think you’re hilarious.

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Hilarious Moments. Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?…

MTV, a musical institution in the lives of many people has gradually changed, slowly transforming into a reality TV stalwart, albeit with music videos breaking up the high performance personalities that make up the shows. This has led many to ask ‘Why doesn’t MTV play music videos anymore?” A question that itself says much about those asking it.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video that will answer the question on everybody’s mind. With a little tongue in cheek social commentary the consistently hilarious comedy duo Brian and Maria bring us ‘Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?”, part of their series of YouTube videos ‘Ask a Network Head’. Taking the tough questions all the way to the top the comedy duo hit the nail on the head this time around.

Sit back, relax and hit the play button, be sure to be wearing your stretchy laughing pants this one may hurt.

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The Sony PS Vita TV, Micro Consoles Get Serious…

Just as the dust had settled on the next generation consoles Sony has shaken up the gaming world with the most unlikely and simultaneously most exciting gaming product of 2013. PS Vita TV is that new product, Sony’s now not so secret weapon in the next generation console war.

The Vita TV is in essence a stationary PS Vita, bringing with it all of the positives and negatives of the handheld it is crafted from. Vita TV however isn’t required to be the most powerful device in your home, that’s the job of the next generation console or PC. The Vita TV is instead a media streamer, light weight (micro) console and gaming thin client that can extend Sony’s home entertainment universe, yes that means Remote Play.

Has the magic returned to Sony, have they pulled a rabbit out of their hat? Will Vita TV be the ultimate entertainment extender or will it be just a key ring for the PS4, gadget bling?

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A UFO at the Ball Game, Even Aliens like a Day at the Game…

Take me down to the ball game, a cry called out by millions of baseball fans each week, a fan base joined this week by sports loving aliens. Twitter was sent a tweeting as the mass sighting unfolded, with many fans capturing and sending the footage to the world in near real time.

Net Bailey Stadium was the venue for this week’s big game that saw the Vancouver Canadians taking on the Everett AquaSox, both on the diamond to do battle with bat and ball. The 4000 strong crowd had prepared with all of the essentials, beer and hotdogs, settling in for the game.

The entertainment tonight wouldn’t be confined to the field. As the innings began to pass a strange light appeared above the horizon in the distance, moving slowly as it blinked. Spectators and cameramen all turned their cameras to the strange light in the distance over the outfield.

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