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.
Add an Apple-style lock screen to your Android tablet or phone with iOS 7 Lockscreen Parallax HD. This free (but ad-supported) app from Apper Shopper replaces your usual lock screen with a close copy of iOS 7's parallax 3D wallpaper and functionality. With connectivity, battery, and camera buttons discreetly accompanying svelte time, day, and date displays, the Zen-like purity of the iOS design makes a nice alternative to the usual Android clutter -- once you're past some ads, that is.
As we noted, some ads stand between you and iOS 7 Lockscreen's setup options, and again when … Read more
iOS 7 adds a new interactive layer throughout the operating system. It can best be seen when looking at a wallpaper on your home or lock screens.
When you change the viewing angle of your device by tilting it in any direction, any graphics present on the screen will appear to move. This adds a realistic layer of depth to iOS 7. So realistic, in fact, it reportedly has been making some users sick. Should you be in the motion sick camp, or simply hate the new feature, you can always reduce the motion effects throughout iOS 7.
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Congrats to Nels S. of St. Paul, Minn., for winning a pair of HiFiMan HE-400 headphones in last week's giveaway. If you like geek toys, this week's prize will have you flying high.
We've got an Elev-8 Quadcopter Kit from electronics manufacturer Parallax. The kit includes a frame, mounting hardware, motors, speed controllers, propellers, and a control board for flight stabilization. You just need to provide the battery and the RC radio equipment (Parallax recommends a six-channel RC radio).
This kit's not for beginners, as building and flying this baby requires a moderate amount of mechanical skill. Once it's put together, the flyer measures about 3 feet by 3 feet and weighs 2.5 pounds. You can use it for land mapping and surveying, taking aerial video, or just looking cool. … Read more
Visual effects like parallax have been around since the 1980s and have been popularized as a development technique during the golden days of gaming in the 16 bit era. Parallax effects simulate depth by giving the foreground and background layers of an interface independent constraints in direction. An example of this is when you play Super Mario and the background seamlessly moves in reverse as you walk forward. The result is a multi-plane effect that makes for an illusion of depth.
Reverse wallpaper scrolling makes for a subtle but interesting experience on your phone. Android has had this capability for … Read more
When Apple unveiled iOS 7 during its annual World Wide Developers Conference back in June, one of the first features shown off was a background that moves as you move your phone. The feature, called Parallax, shifts the point of view of your background image and icons to match how you're holding the phone.
Instead of being a feature that adds needed functionality, this is strictly a feature for good looks. And for those who find it to be a pointless feature, it can easily be lessened. To get started go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
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Introduced all the way back in Android 2.1, Live Wallpapers provide animated, and often interactive, backgrounds that range from minimalist to downright busy.
As Android has evolved over the years and become more power-efficient, developers have created increasingly more robust Live Wallpapers.
Thanks to advances in the platform, these eye-catching backgrounds now also sip your battery charge instead of chugging.
I've put together a small collection of my favorite Live Wallpaper apps for Android, some of which are free. The apps mentioned here are uniquely different from each other and represent some of the best available for the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Elon Musk on the Hyperloop: "It's like getting a ride on Space Mountain."
- Hyperloop: Why can't we believe in the big ideas?
- SF-LA in a half hour via Hyperloop? Still at least 7 years away.
- Elon Musk pulled all-nighter to prep for Hyperloop unveiling.
- Peter Ha quit cable 2.5 years ago -- here's why he came back.
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Let's Cafe prints images on the top of coffee, turning your cup of joe into a whole new visual experience. Plus, we help lazy dog owners play with their dogs without getting their hands dirty, and we also try on the amazing Tetris LED tie. All that and a little more on this week's Crave. … Read more
Congrats to Gary M. of Las Vegas for winning a pair of Pick-Pocket Proof Pants from Clothing Arts in last week's giveaway. This week's prize is for the young tinkerers out there.
We're giving away a Boe-Bot Robot Kit from Parallax, a company that specializes in DIY robotics. CNET's Donald Bell and Seth Rosenblatt visited the Rocklin, Calif., electronics manufacturer earlier this month, and returned bearing this gift and others (stay tuned for another Parallax giveaway soon).
The Boe-Bot kit, recommended for ages 14 and up (and that includes you geeky grown-ups) lets you build and program your own rolling robot with a BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller for a brain. The bot uses touch, light, and infrared sensors to independently navigate its environment. … Read more