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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to remembering a thousand and one personal notes and work tasks, I’m a mess without some sort of organisational aid. Swipes is another personal organiser that promises to extend a helping hand when it comes to managing your ridiculous schedule. Utilising a series of gestures and a simple, time-saving approach; Swipes offers up an enticing alternative to Apple’s in-built Reminders app in more ways than one.
If you’ve not encountered much in the way of stop-motion animation and plastic building blocks, be prepared for a pleasant surprise. The production values, time, effort and scale of some productions is mind-boggling. Some people even go as far as recreating some of their favourite scenes from building blocks, but today we’ll focus on experts themselves – the “brickfilmmakers”.
These days we react to many situations by reaching for our iPhones, sliding back the camera icon and snapping away. You probably do it without even realising what you’re doing, I know I do. But what if I told you that strangers would pay you money for your iPhone snaps? Well that’s the idea behind 123RF On-The-Go, an app which not only lets you upload your photos to the 123RF stock photography service but also gives you the chance to enter contests and win money for your most creative shots.
While July 4 has passed for another year, there are plenty of other opportunities to catch fireworks around the globe in 2013 and beyond. With a few pointers, it’s possible to capture more than a few out of focus squiggles and digital grain. Here are my top tips for getting the most out of your camera during a firework display.
IFTTT is an acronym for “If This, Then That” and it’s pronounced like the latter part of the word “gift”. The service promises to put the web to work for you, using a system of triggers and actions to automate a huge range of actions. Finally, IFTTT has released an iPhone app along with some iOS-only channels. The iPhone app marks the first mobile outing for the platform, a result of our increasing eagerness to be able to control everything using our phones.
I exclusively choose to consume my video game news from sources I find put comedy before coolness. I couldn’t care less about your high scores or gaming finesse, just make me laugh and tell me things I don’t know. So my main sources of gaming entertainment, aside from Twitter and the inescapable mainstream, are Giant Bomb, RoosterTeeth and the the YouTube channel I’ll be featuring today, VideoGamerTV.
Occasionally we take some time out from reviewing web hosting packages, anti-malware apps and the latest gadgets to take a look at some more novelty aspects of geek culture. Foldable.me is one such Minecraft-inspired, web-to-print startup that adequately satisfies our desire for both great web design and geeky ornaments. Simply design and order your boxy effigy online and Foldable will send you a flat-packed cardboard counterpart to anywhere in the world, complete with free postage. The service usually costs $11.99 but we’re giving away 5 figures for a combined total prize pool worth $60!
Within hours of Facebook announcing that they had added the ability to shoot short, 15-second looping videos to Instagram, the words “RIP Vine” were trending worldwide on Twitter. Adding video to Instagram was not the death of Vine that many predicted. If anything, the addition of an alternative service on which to post your looping videos should be embraced – competition is good for business, after all. But what’s the difference between them? And why can’t you use both?
Xbox Live Indie Games are the product of hobby and folly, providing anyone with an idea and some programming skills with a chance to make and release a game. The platform went live in late 2008 when the first indie games were released. Since then the number of titles has surpassed 2,000, and despite all the terrible Minecraft clones and avatar games there are some quality titles to be found. Unfortunately, Xbox Live Indie Games won’t be around forever, so here are my must-play titles before time runs out.
The new umbrella channel takes Discovery’s penchant for science, nature and technology and repackages it for the online audience of the moment. The network showcases over 25 unique web series, a result of bringing together successful online stalwarts like Stuff You Should Know and Nature Hates You under the one unified heading.
While our smartphones are equipped with better cameras than ever before, we’re still stuck with the same digital zoom technology that’s been around for years. That’s because there’s no fixing digital zoom – it’s permanently broken, and has been all along. There are better ways of taking smartphone photos than to use digital zoom, avoiding blurry images and pixellated subjects. Today’s article is all about getting more from your iPhone, Android or other smartphone lens.
The number of iPhone email clients has exploded over the last year, ever since Apple’s “no two apps that do the same thing” rule appears to have been retired in favour of common sense. Apple’s default Mail app isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just a little old fashioned. Alternatives range from highly focused companion apps designed to get your inbox to zero in as little time as possible, to hybrid reminder apps that treat your inbox like a big to-do list. Here are six apps designed to solve a problem like your inbox.
The Computer Chronicles was an American television series that aired on the country’s public broadcasting network PBS from 1981 until 2002. More than 20 years of technological advancement in consumer electronics was recorded, discussed and now, thanks to the Internet Archive has been preserved indefinitely for your enjoyment.
I think it’s safe to assume most people take their smartphone cameras for granted, despite the leaps and bounds made in pocketable picture-taking technology. Unfortunately a lot of the time our smartphones produce overly blurry photos, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. A lot of the time blurry photos are the result of simple user error and sub-par stock software. With the right techniques and apps you can vastly improve the results provided by your smartphone’s camera.
I recently cancelled my Spotify Premium membership after a year of uninterrupted monthly payments to the company. This decision came about when I accidentally signed up for 14-days of free Rdio Unlimited. Quite frankly, I was left confused as to who I should be paying money to and after playing with both services there’s a good chance you would be too. If you’re choosing to take the Netflix-style “all you can eat” route with your music, you’ve got quite a selection of services to choose from – but who reigns supreme?