I bought a Linn LP-12 way back in 1978, and used Linn turntables until five years ago, when I bought a VPI Classic. Turntables last practically forever, which is one of my favorite things about high-end audio gear: the best products have incredibly long lives. As I recall, the LP-12's initial claim to fame was conceptual; Linn promoted the idea that the "front-end," aka the source -- a turntable, CD player, or cassette deck -- would make or break the overall sound of a music system. If the source's sound quality was poor to start with, … Read more
Video Trimmer and Audio Cutter has the right idea but the wrong execution. With too many ads, lackluster performance and crashes, it hardly seems worth the fight to get it to work.
This app's basic interface lets you choose a starting point and a stopping point for your video or audio and then trim off the rest. It will let you choose where you save the video, but you have to know the exact name of the file folder. It doesn't show you your destination options. It also doesn't show you the video once you've finished, … Read more
Rumors about a larger iPad are gaining steam. The latest claim is that Taipei-based Quanta is working with Apple to develop a large iPad.
Quanta Computer, known primarily as a manufacturer of laptops, and Apple are eyeing what a Chinese-language udn.com calls a 12-inch class device.
Earlier reports in May had cited a 12.9-inch tablet.
News from the Asia-based supply chain of manufacturers is notoriously inconsistent, as companies frequently change plans before a product actually enters high-volume commercial production.
That said, it does appear that Apple is toying with the idea of a larger iPad-like device as demand … Read more
Chicken Factory Free offers very straightforward gameplay that can be addictive in its ease of use, but ultimately lacks the depth needed to be a long term iOS game. The idea is that yellow and orange chicks will roll down the conveyor belt and must be sorted into one of two boxes. As the game progresses, the conveyor belt speeds up and you have to move faster. If you miss three of them or they fall off the conveyor belt, you lose -- though there are ways to pick up new lives along the way.
The game's premise is … Read more
Cameragram is like an Instagram filter for your videos, but with more varied filters to choose from. This app is loaded with options and because it shows all of those effects in real time as you record, it's easy to see how the final image will look. Many apps fail to do this so it's nice to have one that will allow you to run the filters in real time without slowing down the app.
When you open Cameragram, you can start editing photos and videos right away or you can choose a filter and start recording. While … Read more
Photo Candy is a prime example of how to build a proprietary free photo app for the iPhone that looks good, runs fast, and allows you to create great-looking photos. This app consists of numerous unique filters and background editing tools that will result in some very good-looking photographs. While there are some tools here that could use additional options, in general, Photo Candy is one of the better and more unique free camera apps on the App Store today.
What sets Photo Candy apart from so many other apps on the App Store is that it doesn't strive … Read more
The photobook is a very well-made app with a number of useful, fun features to create custom photo books or get prints of your photos and books on your iOS device. The major issue you'll run into when using the photobook is not the functions or features of the app, but the at-times slow load speed when selecting a layout, choosing photos from your library, or finalizing the layout of a new photo book.
When you open the photobook you immediately notice the sleek, laid-back design of the interface. It's easy to find what you're looking for, … Read more
Video Downloader & Media Player offers a number of ways to download media files from Web sites and remote servers to your iOS device; and while these functions work well, there are issues with speed and performance. How much this impacts your ability to use the app will depend almost entirely on what you want to download and from where. For those with minimal needs or a remote server connection, it works quite well.
After opening Video Downloader & Media Player you'll be prompted multiple times to download other apps or upgrade this one. None of the upgrades are … Read more
InstaMagiCut is a picture framing app with a twist -- allowing you to warp your photos by swiping and dragging your finger across the screen. The number of editing options is limited and the frames are often rather basic looking, but it goes above and beyond some other framing apps and it is still free like most competitors in this category.
When you open the app, you can choose a frame and then load an image from your photo library. Alternately, you can take a photo with your camera app and then load it into a frame of your choosing. … Read more
Tablets have come a long way, baby, and the flood of portable devices isn't slowing down anytime soon. With new, speedy processors, razor-sharp HD screens, and ample apps for working or playing hard, tablets are the gadgets PDAs always wished they were.
Competition in the tablet market is becoming fiercely saturated, however; the available devices run the gamut from big-league sluggers to bush-league slackers. The good news is that, along with the greater, varied selection of tablets, prices are becoming more competitive. Buying a tablet has never been more on the consumer's side.
Initial product announcements sometimes lack … Read more