Apple's iOS 7 launched with a revamped design and new features galore. Not all features were welcomed, with some users pleading for the ability to revert back to iOS 6 or turn off some of the more "annoying" features. One such feature was the motion found throughout iOS 7, including the motion found on wallpaper images across all home screens.
Looking to bring its wayward financials back on track, Zynga revealed a handful of surprises during its 2013 fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday. While Zynga CEO Don Mattrick announced the acquisition of British gaming company NaturalMotion, he also said the company had to tighten its belt with company-wide layoffs. This comes with news of a 43.3 percent decrease in Zynga's revenue from a year ago.
Black frame insertion (BFI) is, to put it simply, inserting full-screen black images between the original frames of a source.
Hmm, OK, that didn't really put it simply, and I'm pretty sure I defined a term with the term.
How about this: black frame insertion is a way to reduce motion blur on LED LCD and OLED devices, which is definitely a good thing.
Here's what it does.… Read more
VLC for iOS brings the popular open-source media player to your iOS device, letting you watch videos from almost any format directly, and connect with streaming and cloud services to access your video library. This latest update gives the app a facelift to better fit with the iOS 7 aesthetic, and also adds several features for easier video watching.
Don't be alarmed, but when you first launch VLC for iOS, there is nothing to watch or listen to, nor is there any way to explore video content. VLC is a player, not a browser, so you'll need to … Read more
Trying to tap a precise spot on your iPhone while you're walking, jogging, or riding in a car can be a challenge. Apple may have a solution in the works via a new patent.
Awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, a patent dubbed "Variable device graphical user interface" envisions an interface that changes and adapts in response to your movement. The goal is to enlarge or adjust certain on-screen elements so they're easier to tap while you're on the go.
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors would detect your motion … Read more
Standing just 6 inches tall and weighing in at about 13 ounces -- about the size of a large coffee -- Canary is a little device that's big on tech. In addition to an HD night vision camera, Canary boasts motion detection, temperature and humidity sensors, and an integrated microphone and speaker, along with an accelerometer for good measure. Using the free Canary app, you'll be able to … Read more
Most of today's home automation options come in the form of old-guard systems like Insteon or crowdfunded Internet startups like SmartThings. The Iris Home Management System, a descendant of the UK-based AlertMe, is a little bit different, as it has the full backing of US retail giant Lowe's. You can order Iris online, or pick it up from one of the hundreds of Lowe's across the country that showcase the system, along with the multitude of compatible Z-Wave switches and sensors you can add to it.
As a system capable of working with such a wide range … Read more
With its advanced features and clean interface, iStopMotion for Mac enables you to create stop motion and time-lapse animations with ease. This premium app is fast, accessible, and delivers a good user experience, making it appealing for casual users. Having been built specifically for Mac OS X, the app has deep integration with other OS X features and applications.
At the end of the straightforward installation process, iStopMotion for Mac plays a short video that highlights the majority of the features it offers. Due to the nature of video editing, the app may refuse to run on old systems -- … Read more
Curious about home automation? If so, you'll want to be sure to consider SmartThings. With a variety of helpful, multifunctional sensors, wide product compatibility, and a slick-looking smartphone app to control it all, last year's Kickstarter-born startup is one of the most appealing smart-home offerings yet. At $99 for a standalone SmartThings Hub and with sensor-rich kits starting at $199, it's a relatively affordable option, too -- especially given the fact that SmartThings doesn't charge its users a monthly fee.
This is a system that takes full advantage of home automation's immense potential. The sensors … Read more
Originally published 12/17/2013, updated today with new video.
If you love being a mother hen, here's a family surveillance kit you can't do without: a home sensor network that's easy to set up and very versatile.
Mother from France's Sen.se is a smiling Barbapapa-style hub with a litter of Motion Cookie sensors that can go just about anywhere.