Gary Numan is well aware that most Americans know him only for his "Cars" single. It's his only US hit, charting at No. 9 back in 1980. But when people call the electro pioneer a one-hit wonder, it drives me crazy. If "Down in the Park," "Are 'Friends' Electric?" "Me! I Disconnect From You," and "You Are in My Vision" (with Tubeway Army), "I Die: You Die," and "We Take Mystery (To Bed)" didn't chart in the US, it's not for lack of … Read more
One nice perk of using OS X and iOS is that Apple supplies support for higher-end cameras' raw photo formats, which offer photographers higher image quality but require programmers to decode each camera's proprietary format. So why did Photosmith, an independent iPad companion app to augment Adobe Systems' Lightroom, shift from reliance on iOS' raw support to its own code package?
In short, because Apple's interface and camera support aren't up to scratch, according to Mike Wren, Photosmith's user advocate and and evangelist.
Apple's ALAssets interface for accessing photos and videos has bugs and is … Read more
Blog publishing platform Medium will unveil an iOS app next week, its first foray into mobile since its 2012 launch, according to a Fortune report.
The app is designed for consumption of content rather than creation on the platform, at least initially, Medium co-founder and CEO Evan Williams revealed Thursday night during Fortune's Brainstorm Tech dinner in Menlo Park, Calif. The report did not indicate when an Android version would be available.Williams, who also founded Twitter and Blogger, said that the platform's user base has experienced rapid user growth in recent months, ballooning from 9 million unique … Read more
It's a fallacy of the superhero genre that a new costume accompanies every power boost the hero earns. That's also the case with a major upgrade to Marvel Unlimited, the preferred (and only) subscription-based comics reading app for fans of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America.
Scheduled to be announced on Sunday afternoon's Marvel panel at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, and currently live in Apple's iTunes Store, the new version of Marvel Unlimited looks a lot like the old version of Marvel Unlimited. Don't let that fool you, though, as the changes … Read more
DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is based on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segment that appeared in the classic "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" cartoon. The movie follows dog father Mr. Peabody and his biped boy Sherman in a race through time to repair a hole in the universe that jeopardizes the entire space-time continuum. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, and Allison Janney; state-of-the-art CG animation and 3D; a great score by Danny Elfman; and a smart storyline that should charm children and parents … Read more
In my youth, I wanted nothing more than to make movies. But the tools just weren't available -- not on my budget, anyway. And even if I'd had a movie camera, special effects were out of the question. UFO invasions, dinosaur attacks, bomb explosions -- these were the purview of Industrial Light & Magic, not little Ricky Broida.
Oh, to be a kid again. Armed with nothing more than a smartphone and the right apps, you can shoot in razor-sharp HD and add all kinds of startlingly good special effects.
You handle the storyboarding and final edits; I'… Read more
When you're checking out Instagram in a Web browser, it's easy to save a photo that you like. Videos might require a bit more work, but are still relatively simple to obtain. However, when you're using an Android device, saving photos and videos is a bit more difficult. Your choices are to crop screenshots or root your device.
Enter EasyDownloader, an app that will let you snag any photo or video you desire from your Instagram feed without the need for cropping or rooting. Instead, saving content is just a couple of taps away. Let's get … Read more
The next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system is expected to come out sooner rather than later, and there was some talk that Apple would align its release with the its concert at the South By Southwest festival.
The company is holding its iTunes Festival -- featuring the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull -- starting March 11 in Austin, Texas. Apple will stream the performances to iOS devices via an app, but Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber wrote earlier this week that someone had told him … Read more
Clinkle, the mobile-payments startup that doesn't want to talk about what its product actually does, has snagged yet another noteworthy figure in tech: the guy who used to lead Twitter's design efforts.
Clinkle has hired Josh Brewer to be its vice president of design. This will be the fifth senior-level hire for Clinkle in the last six months. The company, which is backed by many influential investors, has nabbed former Netflix and Paypal executives in the past.
Brewer has more than 10 years of design experience, with his most recent stint at Twitter. He was responsible for the … Read more
Google has updated the iOS Gmail app to address a pressing concern: the need for speed.
In a blog post Wednesday announcing the update, Gmail software engineer Melissa Dominguez said that the Gmail app now supports "pre-fetching" so that messages are synced before you open the app. To take advantage of the feature, you must be using iOS 7 and make sure that you have background app refresh activated.
Equally important for usability, the Gmail app now allows you to use single sign-on for Google apps on iOS. This means if you sign into Gmail, you'll also … Read more