iTunes users may one day be able to send apps, music, videos, and books as gifts to other people -- at least, that's what Apple envisioned in a recently published patent filing.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called "Media Gifting Devices and Methods" describes a couple of ways to give your favorite iTunes user a present.
In one method, you'd select a specific item from the iTunes Store, such as a song, movie, or book. Your own account is charged the cost of the content, while your recipient … Read more
Some kids these days expect a bit more from their literary adventures than a simple book can offer. The makers of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books are looking to modernize the format for new fans by turning the series into an interactive cartoon app. A Kickstarter project is underway to provide the funding.
The Choose 'Toons project uses the familiar format of a second-person adventure with various crossroads where the decisions you make impact the outcome of the story. The first story, scheduled to be released as an iOS app, involves a child who finds a robot named Gus.… Read more
First Jackie Chan, then Jet Li... and now Godfrey Gao? Already a major celebrity in China -- he's Asia's premier male supermodel and the star of a number of Chinese films and TV shows -- Gao aspires to become the East's next biggest export. With his good looks, charm, and role in the much-anticipated film adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," he just might be. In the movie, based on the YA bestseller about a teenage half-angel locked in an epic battle against demons, the Taiwanese actor/model plays fan-favorite character Magnus Bane, … Read more
It wasn't all that long ago that a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back of your smartphone was reason to show off. Now, phone-makers like Nokia and Samsung are forging a new frontier of mobile photography aimed at incorporating the technology of a point-and-shoot into the smartphone bundle.
Nokia gets camera savvy with the Nokia Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel sensor and software that saves huge images for lossless cropping. With the niche Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the electronics giant derails from the streamlined smartphone shape by essentially cramming a cellular radio into a point-and-shoot camera with a 10x optical … Read more
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since RuPaul first dragged drag into America's living rooms via the "Supermodel (You Better Work)" video, an MTV staple back in 1993. As for the haters who regarded her success as a fluke or her debut album title, "Supermodel of the World," as hubristic, RuPaul has proven them wrong and then some.
Following the initial hoopla with a slew of hit dance tracks -- "Back to My Roots," "Snapshot," "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous," "Workout," "People … Read more
When purchasing a giant Ikea shelving system, there's always that concern it will turn your living room into a habitrail. Ikea's 2014 Catalogue app offers a new augmented-reality function to help you ensure that what you're buying is just the right size.
To use the free Android or iOS app, you just need to place a printed copy of the catalog booklet in the room you want to decorate. Using the camera on your phone or tablet, the app then captures an image of the room, using the catalog as a size guide, for the virtual furniture that you can place in the room. … Read more
There are many photo storage services available out there competing for the right to hold our digital memories. Apps like Instagram and Flickr were designed to make sharing photos online easier but were not specifically designed for private storage. Cloud depositories like Dropbox or Google Drive work amazingly well with documents and spreadsheets but not with images or movies. Loom comes onto the scene with a fantastic app to tackle a specific problem in a great way.
The Loom app automatically uploads all of your photos and videos from your iPad and iPhone to be shared interchangeably. The Web and … Read more
Android is marching its way toward outright dominance in the smartphone operating system market.
During the second quarter of 2013, Android captured a record 80 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, research firm Strategy Analytics reported Thursday. Out of the 229.6 million smartphones that shipped during the period, 182.6 million of those were Android-based handsets. Apple's iOS came in second place with 13.6 percent market share on 31.2 million shipments. Windows Phone was able to nab 3.9 percent share on 8.9 million unit shipments.
"Competitive licensing costs, numerous hardware partners, and a … Read more
Technology, software in particular, has taken us places never thought imaginable. So it wasn't surprising when a conversation about apps took a turn into a deeper dialogue about art, childhood, and deep-seated insecurities. The aforementioned discussion took place between Download.com and Alex Karpovsky, in late July, in San Francisco, while he was on a promotional tour for his film "Red Flag," a smart satire about...a moviemaker (Alex Karpovsky) on a promotional tour (his 2008 film "Woodpecker," following a brutal breakup).
Karpovsky, best known for his role on the hit HBO series "Girls&… Read more