Once upon a time, only tabloid newspapers and Soviet dictators had the power to make unwanted objects and people vanish from photographs. Thanks to digital photography and free tools like PhotoWipe from Hanov Solutions, though, anyone can send un-persons down the memory hole. You can also use it to remove signs and logos to meet copyright restrictions, reveal hidden details in your pictures, and make creative images, not just banish old flames and new enemies from your snapshots.
As is fitting for a simple-to-use, highly focused tool, PhotoWipe's interface is sparse; just a basic suite of file menus and … Read more
Apple has acquired Malmo, Sweden-based Polar Rose, a facial-recognition company with several products that could be integrated into Apple's current and future product lines.
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not comment on our purpose or plans," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET when asked about Polar Rose, all but confirming the widely reported acquisition.
Polar Rose closed down a free face-tagging service it operated on September 6, citing interest by larger companies in licensing its technology. Thijs Stalenhoef, director of solutions for Polar Rose, wrote on the company's Web site … Read more
Flickr is now hosting more than 5 billion photos, the company announced on its blog yesterday.
According to the Yahoo-owned photo site, user "yeoaaron" uploaded the site's 5 billionth photo on Saturday. The image shows the Woodwards Collage in Vancouver, B.C.
The big news this week in the world of iOS devices is that we are drawing ever closer to iOS 4.2, the update that will add new features and bring the iPad up to speed with the feature set on the iPhone 4.
As noted by our own Josh Lowensohn a couple of days ago, iOS 4.2 for iPad has been seeded to developers so they can get started bringing their apps up to date. With iOS 4.2 on your iPad, you'll be able to multitask like the iPhone, make folders for your apps, get connected with Apple's Game Center, and get an updated interface for iPad e-mail. Josh also pointed out in another story this week that the 4.2 update will turn the iPad's rotation-lock switch into a volume-mute switch just like on the iPhone.
Even more exciting, both the iPhone and iPad will receive AirPrint, a service that automatically locates connected printers on a network and over Wi-Fi without additional driver software. iOS 4.2 will also bring AirPlay to all iOS devices, letting you stream all of your multimedia to multiple TVs, computers, and set-top boxes.
iOS 4.2 is set to be released in November, but you can bet that Apple will have more tweaks before then.
This week's apps include an image collage maker with a ton of features and a driving game where the undead try to make you crash.… 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
Wow. Today's Cowboom deal is downright spectacular. I'm almost hesitant to post it because I know it'll sell out quickly. Anywhere, here goes.
Today only, Best Buy outlet store Cowboom has a Kodak EasyShare 8.2-megapixel camera and a 7-inch digital photo frame for $49.99 shipped. Both items are refurbished new; Cowboom doesn't list warranty information, but does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. And I can tell you firsthand that as gifts go, it's hard to beat a digital picture frame.
Today only, Pennywise.biz has a pair of refurbished Pandigital 10.4-inch PAN100T digital picture frames for $99.99 (plus a penny for shipping). That's two, two, two frames for less than what you'd pay for one of them elsewhere. (At Amazon, for example, they run $169 apiece.)
With a deal like this, you'd probably expect a couple of no-frills frames--and you'd be wrong. Let's start … Read more
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.
The companies that show their wares at the IFA electronics show in Berlin put a lot of attention into making their wares look nice.
That's because IFA, unlike most trade shows in the United States, is geared for the public, not just for industry insiders. People pay good money to be entertained at the show, and electronics companies of course hope they'll impress attendees enough to get them to buy some new products afterward.
Buying products can be a matter of looking at specifications and clicking a "buy" button on a Web site. But for 3D … Read more