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Here's a blog post I wrote on how our church uses Podio to manage a small team.
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Robert Scoble just published his circle of his 250 favorite photographers. Effectively, I just picked up 250 new photography mentors. Really cool. Putting on my Product hat, unfortunately any changes he makes won't be reflected in my circles. The ability to subscribe to a public circle would be terrific.
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I'm growing increasingly impatient waiting on Mint.com to release an app for the iPad. They had such a revolutionary and useful product a couple of years ago, and it seems like they're on the verge of tarnishing their reputation, because they haven't been able to ship an iPad app. Everyone who groaned at the acquisition by Intuit is looking more right by the day. Stranger yet, Intuit is known for innovation. I'm rooting for you, Mint.com, but I won't wait on you forever.
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The design of Delicious just got refreshed. Here are my bookmarks: http://delicious.com/wbright
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Wow, what a great app for musicians: Tonara

Check out this video. iPad app listens to musicians and follows along, so you don't need to switch sheet music. It does a lot more.

This is why the iPad is just so cool. Does your tablet do this?

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Reprinted from: http://www.building43.com/videos/2011/09/14/tonaras-ipad-app-for-musicians/ (they visited my house with a couple of pro musicians).


Playing a musical instrument can be challenging, especially for beginners. Trying to follow along with sheet music and having to turn the pages while playing only adds to the difficulty. Tonara has developed an iPad app that helps eliminate this burden while providing additional innovative features to assist musicians.

“This technology is called acoustic polyphonic score following,” explains Yair Lavi, CEO of Tonara. “Score following is the ability, given the scores of a certain piece or song and the live performance of this piece, to follow with very high precision the exact location in the score of the performance. Acoustic means that it works with acoustic instruments like the piano or violin. It doesn’t have to have a digital connection. And polyphonic means that it works with polyphonic instruments. A polyphonic signal is a signal that is composed of several notes being played together. A piano is a polyphonic instrument, and several instruments being played together is a polyphonic setting.”

As a musician plays music from a score, a cursor follows his progress through the song and moves from page to page automatically. It works regardless of tempo and filters out external noise. There are currently 250 pieces of sheet music in the system, and Tonara is adding to the library at a rate of approximately 100 to 150 pieces per month.

Because it works well even for beginners, it can function as a great educational tool, showing progress from playing one page correctly, to two, to three and so on. In future versions, the software will be able to display the notes that were played correctly and those that were played incorrectly, so students will have a clear picture of where they need to improve.

Musicians can download each part of a piece of music but choose which part they want to synchronize on the screen. For example, the trumpet player might choose to sync only his part, while the pianist might choose to see everything. In addition to instrumental syncing, the app also works with vocalists.

“Tonara has the only polyphonic score following technology today,” says Lavi. “We actually developed it [over] a couple of years, even before the iPad. During the last year, we ported it into the iPad, and we plan to port it into different tablets. The tablet is the ideal platform for the musician, because they can place it on the piano or the music stand.”

More info:

Tonara web site: http://tonara.com/
Tonara profile on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Tonara_App
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It's strange to watch Borders die like this. Funny, even with their clearance, they're still not yet price-competitive with Amazon.
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