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Apple boosts MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines with faster chips

Apple’s new smartwatch might be the focus of its ‘Spring Forward’ event, but the company still had time to surprise us with updates to its MacBook lineup. The all-new ‘Retina’ MacBook with its pressure-sensitive trackpad might get all the attention, but older MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models also got a few tweaks under the hood. They now boast Intel’s latest Broadwell Core i5 and i7 processors, more powerful graphics and improvements in the battery department, which means you can eke out over 10 hours with most of its new models.The new MacBook won’t be the only notebook to get Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, either. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will enjoy the same tactile controls as its counterpart, allowing you to “feel” what’s happening on the screen. You’ll be able to pick up the 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage today for $1,299, rising to $1,799 for for the 3.3 GHz version with 512GB of flash storage. The 11-inch MacBook Air can also be ordered today starting at $1,099, rising to $1,199 for the top-end model.

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Roger Linn’s futuristic MIDI controller, the “Linnstrument” may be the first realistic string emulation on MIDI!

Roger Linn, inventor of the legendary LinnDrum has designed an equally innovative midi controller that allows players new forms of expression! What resembles a lighted step sequencer is actually a new type of midi controller that allows for linear sliding pitch bends, much like using a slide on a guitar, pressure sensitivity, and timbre all at the tip of one finger.

I love how all these years Roger Linn is still coming up with new things! Check out some of these videos that shows how interesting this new technology really is. I think the slide guitar and pedal steel are especially impressive. I don’t think anyone had been able to control sounds this way in MIDI before now.

Very Very cool.