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Mel Martin

Now doing consulting and recently wrote a book on film producer Samuel Bronston who made El Cid and Fall of the Roman Empire. I also did the commentary on Fall of the Roman Empire with Bill Bronston, the son of the late producer. I'm an amateur astronomer, and take lots of high resolution photos of galaxies and nebula from my backyard observatory in Arizona.

Mel Martin's Latest Posts

Apple Watch to ship early in 2015 and there's an SDK due next month

Apple still isn't letting too many details out about the forthcoming Apple Watch. At the Apple event today, CEO Tim Cook reiterated that the watch will appear in "early 2015". Cook did say the SDK, critical for developers to get apps running on the Apple Watch, will be available in November, the...

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The old iPad 2 is still the most used iPad

That's a surprising metric coming out of new research from Localytics, and pertinent as we expect to see new iPads from Apple. According to the study's data, the now discontinued iPad 2 has the largest share of online use at 27%. Both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display, released last...

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CleanUp for iOS will quickly trash unwanted photos

CleanUp is a terrific, free utility for iOS that has only one job -- it quickly deletes photos cluttering up your iDevice. You might wonder why you'd need such a thing. The answer is that Apple's method is a bit cumbersome. You can get a thumbnail view of your photos, and check off the ones you want...

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WorldRelay Tuner lets you create your own micro-channel on iOS

WorldRelay Tuner (free) is a fascinating variation on the many radio tuner apps available. This app gives you audio and video streams, lets you save favorites, and watch or listen to what you want. It also includes live streaming cameras from a variety of spots around the globe. I set up...

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Here's a first: A video app that takes HDR

I've always liked the flexibility that HDR photography provides in difficult lighting conditions, and I've often hoped I could use the same technology for video. If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you don't have to wait. Live HD/R (US$2.99) is an app that can shoot High Dynamic Range videos...

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PhotoDirector: Impressive new iOS photo editing app

PhotoDirector (free with one in-app purchase) is new to iOS but the company that created it, CyberLink, has an impressive product line that features photo editors for Mac and Windows. The app debuts with some impressive editing features including smart object removal, which is similar to...

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Yovo can keep your photos and messages private

Yovo (free) is an interesting app developed by ContentGuard, a leading company in the field of protecting electronic communications. With Yovo, you can pick a photo on your iOS device and send it to someone. They see the image in their mail or in text messages, but the photo is blurred,...

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PicPlayPost is a versatile little collage maker for iOS

PicPlayPost has been around a while, and the iOS app continues to evolve and improve. This free app (with one in-app purchase option) creates lovely collages that can contain video, audio, and even GIF animations. I like collages, and create them all the time with my landscape photos, but they...

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News Republic challenging established iOS news apps

News Republic is the new kid on the block, challenging Flipboard, Zite and other popular news readers/aggregators. The app claims to have an advanced algorithm with semantic and learning intelligence, reviewing millions of news items to create a news feed for each specific reader based on his or...

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Weather Wow probably won't 'wow' you

Weather Wow (free with in-app purchases) has a nice GUI but that's about it. Pop up ads, sometimes full screen, mar the work that went into the graphic niceties. Weather Wow lets you set other cities besides your own location, but the default settings have weather sounds. Since it was raining...

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