What will ninety-nice cents get you? A handful of camera enhancements stuffed inside the Camera Genius app. While the digital zoom was hit and miss in our tests, there's much to like in this "genius," even if you pack an iPhone 3GS that already comes with digital zooming in its updated 3 megapixel camera.
An antishaking feature stalls the image until your hands quell the jitters. You can turn on guides to lay down ruled lines in any number of configurations, which can help you angle your shot. A timer makes taking group photos possible--assuming you've … Read more
Bears have some awfully funny inclinations. Back in 2004 there were all those wackynews stories about the bear who'd downed three dozen cans of beer at a campground and proceeded to pass out.
But this one takes the cake: this summer, when Vermont hiker Kris Rowley was approached by a bear and it kept following her, it proved more interested in chowing down on her iPhone.
Rowley, who serves as Vermont's chief information security officer, tells CIO.com: "In a semi-panic, I threw the phone at the bear."
The bear proceeded to ignore Rowley and started … Read more
Genius Maker Free Edition provides more than 30 calculators and tools for various physics, chemistry, and math problems. By giving an alternative to figuring problems out with a paper and pencil, this program ensures accuracy and saves time.
We completely skipped the instructional Help file because the program's interface was very intuitive. With great onscreen direction and a simple layout, high schoolers and adults will have no trouble navigating things. The various tools were broken into categories of Physics, Chemistry, and Math, with the bulk of the 38 tools in Math and Physics. Ranging from PH Calculators, to Graph … Read more
If you're thinking about buying a portable gaming system this holiday season, you should definitely listen to this show before making a decision. After a few weeks of teasing you guys about the new PSP Go, we've got all the details from the man who wrote the CNET review himself and now must defend himself from Sony snipers perched across the office. That's right, Jeff Bakalar breaks down all the reasons why the PSP 3000 is still the best Sony portable gaming device. The Go, on the other hand, didn't fare so well in Jeff's eyes. It costs more than the 3000, has a smaller screen, and an awkwardly placed analog stick, and worst of all: you can't play UMD games or use old PSP accessories! On top of all of that, the games take so long to download that you can probably watch a full length movie while you wait. Save your money and buy the best mobile video game console on the market today...the Apple iPhone.
Speaking of products that sound good on paper but don't actually work in real life, a guy in New York discovered something particularly disturbing about his iPhone: the average iPhone drops 30 percent of all calls. After taking his iPhone into an Apple Genius Bar for multiple dropped calls, the Genius informed him that it was indeed dropping 22 percent of outbound calls, which is actually excellent compared with the 30 percent average in New York. Listen in to hear us groan and moan about AT&T service and why Sprint or Verizon might be in my immediate future.
Finally, we want to give a huge thank you to Debbie from Toronto for sending us the image you see at the top of this blog entry. Deb, a long time listener and special guest of The 404 made a custom hockey jersey and goalie mask for her husband to wear during his Sunday game! Now, Wilson and I are the first to admit our zero interest in hockey, but even we can appreciate the time and effort that must have gone into the cutting and application of the logo onto the uniform. Debbie, you rock, and if there's anything we can do (short of flying up to Canada to thank you personally) to repay your kindness, please don't hesitate to let us know. Everyone else should be carefully taking notes from Deb and sprinting to the nearest phone to leave us a voice-mail. You know the number right? 1-866-404-CNET: GET ON IT!EPISODE 435 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
For users who have Genius Mixes activated in iTunes 9 but … Read more
Have you updated your iPhone to version 3.1 yet? Among the fixes and feature enhancements in the latest update, Apple added the Genius feature (formerly found in iTunes) to the App Store. Like its iTunes counterpart, Genius for iPhone apps looks at the apps you have on your iPhone and makes recommendations for apps you might like. I should point out that you need to digitally agree to Apple's terms and conditions, which you should read carefully before turning the feature on. The potentially objectionable part (that I have no objection to) is that Apple will track information, … Read more
Too often we see photo utilities that fall into the trap of having only one feature; they can crop or rotate, for example, and that's it. We feared something similar from Picture Resize Genius, but the program turns out to have many useful features that make it worthwhile.
The program's interface is quite intuitive, with all of its functions well organized down the left side. Users can select one image, multiple images, or a folder full of images to be resized, and the program lists them all by file name for easy access. Users then select the functions … Read more
The record industry better hope that Wednesday's Apple announcement is big news--pre-cut ringtones, a new digital album format, perhaps the addition of recordings from some obscure 1960s rock band who were apparently pretty good. According to an analysis in today's Billboard Online, the usual summer slump in digital download sales is more pronounced this year, and ringtone sales continue their steep decline. For an industry that's counting on digital to make up for declines in CD sales, that's very unwelcome news.
The author, Glenn Peoples, suggests that ringtones and a new album format on iTunes … Read more
Though Apple improved the camera hardware when it released the iPhone 3GS, we know that its simple point-and-shoot interface isn't going to win any awards. Luckily the developers at CodeGoo have released Camera Genius (iTunes link) to make the camera a lot more useful. It sells for only 99 cents, making this all-in-one photography app a nice addition to a photographer's camera bag and a useful replacement for Apple's Camera app.
When you launch Camera Genius it will activate your iPhone camera automatically. You now have access to an enhanced photography experience via the icon on the … Read more