My engineer friend George is not having a good week.
His dating life is taking on the same flavor as Google's Franz Kafka doodle.
The more women that offer him their huffy, puffy Jennifer Lopez, the more he turns into a cockroach and delves into the Web's darker crevices for succor.
He has happened upon the flaming box known as Tinder. Should you be unfamiliar with this app, it allows you to scroll through faces of your target gender that happen to be in your vicinity.
Should any face you like happen to like your face, a match … Read more
Though it's still new, LINE camera stuns by having great filters, editing tools, and other ways to create a really awesome photo. It combines the effects of several other photo-editing apps into one robust, fun download. The only drawback is that some of the too-cute stickers might rub you the wrong way.
The app fits in with the rest of LINE's apps that have been storming the Android charts lately. LINE camera's goal is to decorate your photos with text, frames, and stickers. There are lots of stickers, although many of them are overly cute. Many of … Read more
LineIn for Mac enables those with good speakers on their Mac systems to play audio from external devices. While some operational glitches exist, this application adds some functionality to Mac systems, but ultimately not enough to recommend it for most users.
The program's small size allowed for a quick download and installation. LineIn for Mac is free, which is readily apparent in its basic interface. There are few graphics to guide users and the lack of a tutorial is noticeable. The menu has a line for input and another for the output. Once the appropriate option is selected, an … Read more
At the moment, sending data via fiber means blasting a light signal down the line. The farther you want the data to travel, the more power you need to put into the light beam. However, higher-power data signals can actually interact with the material of the fiber line, getting noise degradation into the signal.
The researchers, working out of Bell Laboratories and led by Xiang Liu, tried a technique similar to the way noise-cancelling headphones work to improve the data signal quality across longer distances.
Instead of one light beam, two beams that are mirror images of each other are sent through the fiber. Each beam will gather noise per usual, but that distortion will also be mirrored, so when the two beams are recombined at their destination, the noise is cancelled out. … Read more
Power line networking basically turns a building's existing electrical wiring -- the wires that carry electricity to different outlets in the house -- into network cables, meaning they also carry data signals for a computer network. And this means virtually all households, in the U.S at least, are "wired for" power line networking. It doesn't replace a regular network, so you'll still need a router, but it's a good way to extend … Read more
If you're looking for a fun, engaging game to while away the hours, look no further than this neat, connect-the-dots app. Flow Line Branch presents a really challenging spin on the Flow format that's gaining steam in mobile gaming. It's not only fun, but your mind will definitely get a workout solving these tough puzzles.
Unlike other flow games, Flow Line Branch requires you to connect multiple lines to the same multicolored circles. Since you don't have nearly as much room as you'll need to do it easily, you'll need plenty or trial and … Read more
While the need to locate a specific line in a text file may not be a very useful feature in regular prose text, for managing structured code such as scripts and XML files that are common in OS X, being able to identify a specific line or two may be quite useful.
If you have attempted shell scripting in OS X, you may find that when your scripts run into errors you will be given a brief description of the problem that includes the line where the problem occurred. While the use of BBEdit, TextWrangler, and other powerful text editors … Read more
You have plenty of choices when it comes to tools for editing the EXIF metadata contained in your digital images and other files, everything from dead-simple freeware to pro-level applications running into three figures. ExifTool definitely belongs among the freeware, but whether it's a simple tool depends on how you feel about the Windows command line. If you have no idea what that is, ExifTool is not for you; much friendlier metadata tools aren't scarce. But if you can handle Perl or have no problem with the Command Prompt (or typing characters and spaces) then ExifTool offers a … Read more