Cybertainment: Double X-2, an alternative to alternative music


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A locally programmed online station is giving listeners a chance to hear the many flavors of alternative music.

Back in the '80s, alternative/new wave radio station WXXP-FM had a loyal following. It now lives online as Double X.

Now Double X has a digital sister station. Double X-2 is billed as "a different kind of alternative." Alternative rock is an umbrella for a wide variety of subgenres including post-punk, electroclash and emo. Double X-2 plays music from the past two decades and goes beyond grunge and other bands who became a mainstay of commercial alternative rock formats. Its playlist is a wide mix -- Amy Winehouse, No Doubt, Blur, Neon Trees, Kaiser Chiefs and The Network.

The original Double X online channel plays music from bands that were once heard on the radio station, such as The Clash, The Ramones and Wire. It airs archived recorded WXXP radio broadcasts on weekends.

Both channels are hosted on Live365, an online radio network where listeners can find a wide range of formats.

Double X-2: http://www.live365.com/stations/altexpert?play=1

Double X: http://www.live365.com/stations/xxradio


Even if you've never heard of ArtRage, you've probably seen it in action. It's the app that's being used to create the realistic looking digital painting in the new iPad 3 TV commercials.

Ambient Design has released a new version of the ArtRage painting software that's optimized for the new iPad's high-resolution Retina display.

ArtRage turns the iPad screen into a digital blank canvas, and realistically simulates the process of working with color and texture. iPad 3 users will notice more vibrant colors and crisp detail and realistic brush stroke textures and subtle watercolor tones.

Of course, the user still has to supply the skills as a painter.

The app also works on previous iPads.

There's a large collection of tools -- oil brush, palette knife, inking pens, paint roller and tube, crayon and more.

Files can be shared with desktop computers using iTunes, and there are Mac and PC versions of ArtRage as well.

The ArtRage app is available through iTunes at a discounted introductory price: $4.99 (regular price is $6.99).

http://www.artrage.com/artrage-ipad-features.html


Until now, there wasn't a Pinterest app available for Android.

A new version of the Kodak Gallery app lets Android users share their Kodak Gallery photos and albums on the popular Pinterest scrapbooking and photo-sharing site. They can now pin photos directly from their mobile devices to Pinterest.

It can be used by all Android users, regardless of whether they are Kodak Gallery members.

The free app is available at Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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