Incandescents have enjoyed a good century as the light bulb of choice, but times are changing. So too are efficiency standards, which are set to jump to a new, even higher threshold starting January 1st. Once that happens, it'll be time to bid adieu to 60- and 40-watt incandescents. Don't be too quick to mourn, though. Recent advancements in LED technology have brought prices down on these highly efficient, long-lasting bulbs even faster than anticipated, with some creeping down below the $10 mark. What's more, there's an increasing number of choices when it comes to color … Read more
Leko's TextCutie adds adorable cuteness to your Android text messages. This free app lets you customize messages with backgrounds, fonts, and effects that are easy to apply, and it works with practically any social media or messaging app, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Regular new releases include themes for holiday greetings. TextCutie 1.6.1 runs on most Android devices (2.2 and up) and is supported by ads.
TextCutie opened with a lace-trimmed pink text field above buttons labeled "Cutify" and "Store" and a four-leaf clover we could tap to randomize … Read more
Apple got a shellacking by Amazon's tablet in the latest display shoot-out by DisplayMate, but is this a sign of larger problems at Apple?
Apple failed to deliver an adequate color range -- referred to as color gamut -- on one of its highest profile and most anticipated products, the Mini Retina, according to Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate.
"[It] is incredibly disappointing because it produces noticeably subdued image colors. In fact, it's almost identical to the … Read more
The Retina iPad Mini can't compete with its bigger brother at showing the same wide range of colors, according to tests run by tech review site Anandtech.
Putting the new Mini through its paces, Anandtech discovered that its color gamut hasn't changed since the first model was introduced in 2012. Further, the Retina Mini's sRGB coverage is limited compared with that of the Air and with those of rival tablets, such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
"The difference is small but apparent," Anandtech said, especially to people accustomed to the … Read more
LoneColor changes the color of your desktop with one click. It doesn't require installation and it couldn't be easier to use; but whether or not you need this app's services will depend on your visual preferences.
Once you download LoneColor, all you need to do is place the file on the desktop. One click and the color of your desktop changes. All the colors we saw in the random draw seemed to be in the bright, bordering on neon range, and we have to admit we didn't keep any of them for long. There's no … Read more
If you've found the perfect color for the background of your new Web site but don't know the code or RGB values, ColorPix can tell you. It doesn't look like much and doesn't seem to offer the depth of features promised, but it accurately provided the color for any number of options we threw at it.
ColorPix installs without any problems, but the process seems a bit dated as does the program's layout. It may be a tool to help you build a more attractive Web site, but no effort has been made on ColorPix'… Read more
At a suggested retail price of $69.99, the Lumen definitely doesn't come cheap, although it does cost $20 less than what you'll pay if you … Read more
Two of the flashiest colors among Apple's new iPhones also have been the least popular, according to a new consumer study.
The gold iPhone 5S and the yellow iPhone 5C made up the smallest number of sales compared with Apple's other device colors during the past month of sales. That's according to a study of early buyers polled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
New research published by the research firm on Wednesday suggests 43 percent of iPhone 5S buyers went with Apple's space gray color, with another 30 percent going with silver. It was a … Read more
Simply Color Effects HD is a straightforward image editing tool that allows you to swipe and paint with colors or black and white effects on any image you take. The process is easy and while the interface can be unnecessarily complex at times, there are enough options here to make it a useful standalone app for color changes.
When you open Simply Color Effects HD, you can choose to take a photo or load a photo. That photo is then converted to black and white and you can swipe your finger anywhere to paint in the original color from the … Read more
Simple Color Chooser offers exactly what its name implies -- a very easy way of checking colors and choosing one for your project. The developer has a keen understanding of user needs, including a full range of color codes and hexes along with a streamlined method for choosing that color on the screen. What at first looks like a pretty stripped-down app is actually one of the better color pickers we've seen on the App Store.
After installing Simple Color Chooser, you can select the color range you want to look through -- red, blue, or green. From there, … Read more