Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
When design firm Ideo creates a gadget or comes up with a concept, it's usually pretty interesting -- remember Apple's first mouse? Rather than going for the million-dollar cash-in or making a banal consumer product, Ideo seems to be more of the creative type.
A new project the firm has been working on is an iPhone video app called Spark Camera. While there are already tons of video apps out there -- like Viddy, 8mm, and not to mention social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram that feature video -- Ideo's app is a bit different.
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Dear governments of perhaps-slightly-less-democratic-than-it-appears regimes: the appearance of democracy is quite important. Just for, you know, appearances sake.
So, even though everyone might have an idea that your free and fair elections are as free as OJ Simpson and as fair as the average January day in the north of England, you have to at least pretend.
This is something that the oil-rich Azerbaijani government might have overlooked. Or, rather, whoever is in charge of its Central Election Commission election mobile app.
Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S? At least for Ben Weiss, the answer is yes -- but his app is unusually well suited to take advantage of the new processor's features.
The app in question is Iter9's new Frax app for generating lavishly detailed fractal imagery by running mathematics calculations on both the CPU and GPU. It gets a major speed boost on the iPhone 5S, Weiss said, evident in faster rendering times for the swirling psychedelic images laboriously calculated one pixel at … Read more
Free My Apps is not an actual app -- rather it loads in your Web browser and directs you to download certain apps to your device that you can earn points for trying. It's similar in a lot of ways to survey and shopping sites that have been popular on desktops for two decades; and for those that enjoy testing new apps anyway, it's an easy way to earn free gift cards for iTunes or Amazon.
To get started, just visit m.freemyapps.com and follow the instructions. Despite the complex-sounding nature of the service, it takes only … Read more
Candy Booth is a clown-themed face image editing platform with a number of issues that keep it from being a particularly useful app. Candy Booth is a free download that is ad supported, but has a significant shortage of features, a poor user interface, and limited paid options that are not worth the price.
Candy Booth is colorful, and the features you can add to faces (multicolored lips, hair, and so on) do indeed make faces look silly. But it is sorely lacking in features and functionality. There are only 16 total features you can add to any face, most … Read more
Microsoft officially released its updated YouTube app for Windows Phone on Monday -- the only problem is it's not that fetching. The app appears to be nothing more than a place where users get redirected to YouTube's mobile Web site.
Before people lay the blame on Microsoft, the problem actually stems from an ongoing back-and-forth the company has been engaging in with Google.
The skirmish between the two companies began last May when Microsoft fielded a YouTube app that it built itself for Windows Phone 8. While users were quite happy with the app, it violated Google's … Read more
If synthpop star Thomas Dolby's assumed stage name is a testament to his appreciation of sound, his new film, "The Invisible Lighthouse" honors his love of light, specifically a twinkling light from his favorite lighthouse on the East Coast of England, which lulled him to sleep, in childhood. But as satellite navigation now renders it obsolete and global warming and beach erosion threaten its very existence, the lighthouse is in danger of closure. In an attempt to stem the tide and save his cherished landmark, Dolby has produced the awareness-raising film "The Invisible Lighthouse" and … Read more
Flicker users will find two new enhancements in the latest version of the iOS app.
Released on Wednesday, Flickr 2.3 for iOS offers one new feature for all iOS users. Using the image editor, you can tell the app to automatically straighten a photo you've snapped. Don't like the angle the app has chosen? You can modify it manually through an adjustment tool.
Those of you running iOS 7 also can flip a switch so your photos are uploaded automatically to your Flickr account. Turn on the Auto Upload option in the Settings screen, and every photo … Read more