Amazon, and its bigger rival in online streaming video, Netflix, have been one-upping each other over kids content, both doggedly pursuing an audience that can be a major lure for parent subscribers. When Netflix let its licensing deal with Viacom, including popular kids programs like "Dora the Explorer," lapse, Amazon was quick to snatch it up. Netflix returned with a deal for a trove of more than 300 hours of Dreamworks television. … Read more
FX Photo Studio is a stripped-down but very easy-to-use photo editing tool with a number of fun features and a level of polish you don't often see in free iOS editors. While the core functionality is to add special effects to your photos, there are quite a few things you can do, including adding text, highlighting colors, adjusting coloring and saturation, and cropping or rotating the image within a frame. The app also works to make images Instagram-ready with square-preset formatting while taking new photos.
Nothing FX Photo Studio does is particularly new. Cropping images, rotating those images, swapping … Read more
Zortam MP3 Media Studio Portable lets you organize your MP3s into libraries and find, add, and edit MP3 tags, including both ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags, song lyrics, album cover art, visualizations, and more. It rips and burns CDs, creates playlists and lyrics albums in HTML, and processes files in batches. As the name indicates, Zortam MP3 Media Studio Portable is completely portable, and it's freeware, too. But it's not like most portable freeware we've tried. Instead of running from any directory without installation, Zortam MP3 Media Studio Portable is specifically designed to be installed on, and run … Read more
The concept of a Mad Max open-world action adventure title, first revealed at E3 2013, initially delighted, before one problem arose. Max had an American accent in the game version of the classic Australian film, and not everyone liked that idea.
We can only assume the majority of footage for this gameplay trailer was compiled before this happened, because Max is curiously silent, with just an American voice-over for a little exposition. … Read more
ArtStudio provides an artistic platform and canvas loaded with tools that allow you to create a number of different types of drawings and paintings. The result is a fun-to-use, and surprisingly powerful app that can emulate any number of real-world art tools--from different sizes and styles of brushes to spray paints, pencils, pens, and more.
There is no setup process for ArtStudio. Simply install the app, open it, and start drawing on the canvas that appears onscreen. On an iPhone it feels a little small, especially with the menus at the top and bottom of the screen; but with a … Read more
One of the surprise announcements of E3 this year was an open-world action adventure game set in the same post-apocalyptic universe of the "Mad Max" film series.
There was just one problem: Max had a generic American accent. Deliberately so.
Tuesday morning, Christofer Sundberg, founder and executive producer of Avalanche Studios, capitulated to the fan outcry. He tweeted:
Attn. fans who want Max to have … Read more
OAK PARK, Ill. -- Before Frank Lloyd Wright became the most famous architect in the world, he was a struggling employee who had to borrow money from his boss to build his own house.
That house, and the adjoining professional studio, make up the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in this posh suburb of Chicago. I got a chance for a behind-the-scenes tour Monday as part of Road Trip 2013, and as a Wright fan who has toured other favorites like Taliesin West in Arizona, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, and the Marin County Civic Center in California, this was a … Read more
I'm usually a sound-first guy, but this time I have to talk about the way these Marten FormFloor speakers look. The stunning, three-sided cabinets looked spectacular at the Wes Bender Studio in Brooklyn. The sleek, apartment-friendly towers are works of art.
Luckily enough, the sound is no less brilliant; their astonishing purity really enhances the experience of listening to music. Bass definition and "speed" are exceptional, and vocals sound present, like the singer is in the room with me. With jazz CDs the spontaneity of the band's improvisations was captured with unusual fidelity. The 43-inch-tall towers … Read more
Virtual DJ Studio looks and feels like a professional mixing tool, but it's missing some of the more advanced editing tools you might need. True to that, it boils down some of the most common mixing tools into a few basic steps for rookies, although it would benefit from better labeling. The bigger downside is that you can't save your work without an upgrade.
Virtual DJ Studio opens with a relatively obnoxious audio file playing and a tutorial waiting for you. It lets you control nine different audio files at once. You can adjust the volume, add effects, … Read more
By being able to craft just about every element of the song, including lyrics and multiple instrumental layers, Anvil Studio makes it almost too easy to compose songs. Its interface isn't very attractive, but with great user guidance and a wealth of features, it's an awesome app for any musician.
Despite being loaded with features, this program downloads really quickly and is light by most standards. Anvil Studio has a great tutorial that opens when you get inside. It's helpful for finding all of the program's cool features, but it doesn't make you click through … Read more