On today's show, we've got a new meme, new details about the Comcast/NBCU merger, and new comments from Apple dismissing Android tablets as both "bizarre" and "vapor." Ok, guys, whatever you say. Verizon offers $200 off iPhone 4 upgrades, in case that takes the sting out a little, and we discuss the rise of universal app stores, consumer confusion over 4G, and sharks in the streets of Australia. It's a wide-ranging show, folks. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
When iOS 4.2 was released, I didn't update my iPhone right away. I waited until I was back from Thanksgiving vacation, where I could sync my iPhone on my home computer. Once I got home, like any responsible iPhone user, I backed up my iPhone first then hit the update button. From there it went through its usual process of downloading the update, some rebooting of the phone, and the rest of the updating procedure. Everything seemed to be running smoothly until the end. That's when I got an error (1013) and my iPhone went into recovery … Read more
Everyone's in the studio this week as Donald shares a little too much about his wraparound interactive plasma screen marital aid concept, and a vision for a phone you wear on your face. Fan-created Disneyland blueprints potentially point the way to a secret drug den, and a watchmaker potentially rakes in the dough by making things crooked. At the end, we explore gastronomical extremes that have us reaching for the bucket.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
With Jasmine away covering CTIA, Donald and Eric fully nerd out with robots, robots, more robots, and a vodka bottle that attracts women with colorful blinking lights. If the vodka doesn't work, there's always a $150,000 replica of the original Batmobile with a working flamethrower. Really, what woman could resist the Batmobile?Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
We were pretty jazzed about Apple's addition of an HDR-photo mode in the iOS 4.1 update--until we learned it was for the iPhone 4 only.
However, those with older models of the smartphone don't have to be left out in the cold completely. Naturally, there's an app that can help. In fact, a quick check of the App Store reveals there are several apps, all designed to endow the 3GS with HDR photography goodness.
Pro HDR is our favorite so far. For a mere $1.99, it delivers simple high-dynamic-range tools for novices and experts alike. … Read more
This week on Crave, it's a "things Donald loves" episode: vinyl, action cams, and beerbots. First up, the ultraportable turntable is making a comeback in the form of the Crosley Revolution Sound Burger, and Donald's sporting the shirt to prove he's a true audio geek. Next, we take a look at some compact camcorders that attach to ears or helmets. Also, Eric isn't exactly champing at the bit to get this week's bit of "Star Wars" paraphernalia: an oddly phallic Boba Fett backpack. But things take a turn for the better when we check out a robot that can pour drinks (read: beer). Finally, Jasmine hates the Nano, but does she hate all other electronics as well? Watch on for the answer.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
After a brief hiatus, the Cravers are back on task and in full form. We couldn't resist starting off the episode with a little love for the MP3 Insider of yesteryear; new iPods are the hot topic this time around, and Jasmine has some very strong feelings about one of them. Also this week, military backpacks are looking heavier and heavier these days, an HDR video demonstration freaks us out, and a telepresence robot is a bit too douchey for Eric's liking. Plus, it turns out that manta rays have kleptomaniac tendencies and Mario's pretty pissed about turning 25. And it wouldn't be a show without some man-meat to cap it all off.Subscribe in iTunes SD Video | Subscribe in RSS SD Video… Read more
I was pretty jazzed about Apple's addition of an HDR-photo mode in the recent iOS 4.1 update--until I learned it was for the iPhone 4 only.
No worries. As I should have guessed, there's an app for that. In fact, a quick check of the App Store reveals there are several apps, all designed to endow the 3GS with HDR photography goodness.
Pro HDR is my favorite so far. For a mere $1.99, it delivers simple high-dynamic-range tools for novices and experts alike.
In case you're not familiar with it, HDR photography combines an under-exposed photo with an over-exposed one, culling the best elements of each to produce a final, third photo.
Like iOS 4.1's new tool, Pro HDR snaps two shots in rapid succession. However, Pro HDR gives you the option of using Automatic or Manual mode: the former handles the exposure settings for you while the latter lets you set it by first tapping a bright area of the preview image and then tapping a dark area. (My take: Automatic works just fine; you'll rarely need to mess with Manual.)… Read more
A San Francisco team has married two cutting-edge trends: the ethereal look of high dynamic range photography with the relatively new ability to record video on SLR cameras.
HDR combines images taken at multiple exposure levels to better show information that might otherwise be lost in murky shadows or washed out in bright highlights. But the production process can also be used to create an eerie, post-apocalyptic, grunge look, and that's what Soviet Montage Productions did.
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in Apple news, notes, tips, tricks, and rumors. This week Apple shows off its latest iPod lineup, including redesigned iPod shuffles, iPod nanos, and iPod touches, the new Apple TV (not iTV), and iOS 4.1. Check out the iOS 4.1 walk-through, including HDR photos, Game Center, and Ping.