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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.

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iPhone users taking astronomical photos with the help of NightCap Pro

Taking pictures of stars and deep sky objects with an iPhone would not have been something I thought would have worked, but as Apple hardware improves with better low light camera performance, apps are there to exploit it and push the envelope. Several users of NightCap Pro, an app designed for n...

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My favorite "on the road" picks

It's another holiday, and for many of us that means driving, gas and food stops, and kids who need to be entertained. I've been thinking about the most useful travel-related apps and hardware I use, so before you head out onto the road, check out my list of favorites and see if any of them can hel...

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BioDigital Human - 3D anatomy views on iOS

BioDigital Human (free with in-app purchases) is an astounding 3D map of the human body, all rendered in real time so you can explore, zoom and rotate anatomically correct illustrations. The body can be dissected virtually, and layers can be added or removed. Illustrations can be annotated and share...

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Weather or Not gives you weather forecasts for events on your calendar

What a clever idea for a weather app! Weather or Not (US$2.99) takes two things important in your daily life -- weather and your schedule -- and blends the two. On its own, Weather or Not is a very nice weather app with beautiful animated graphics. You get the temperature, wind and humidity at wh...

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Swipe N Clean: A low-cost and efficient iOS photo editor

Swipe N Clean (US$0.99) is a new full-featured photo editor for iOS that is easy to use and can be a one-stop app for many iOS photographers. The app contains 75 filters, tools for cropping, adding text and emoticons, and basic controls for brightness, contrast and saturation. One tool I don't se...

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The Audioengine B2 Bluetooth speaker has premium sound

There are oh so many Bluetooth speakers out there. Little plastic ones that sound tinny, larger battery-operated speakers that you can take with you and improve the sound quality. In a departure from the small and the portable is this new speaker from Audioengine (US$299.00). The company, which h...

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A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR

Apple's new Time Lapse feature in iOS 8 has spawned several apps that want to improve on the basic time lapse capability. That brings us to the aptly named Time Lapse with HDR app (US$1.99) from Lucky Clan. It's an additional feature for the company's Time Lapse app which I reviewed this summer. ...

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MapItOut is a feature rich app for runners, travelers and map mavens

MapItOut (US$1.99) is a very enhanced map program for iOS. You can search almost any city on Earth and then easily find places to go. You save those destinations, and the app creates a customized map for you complete with directions. MapItOut can be used to create a whole travel plan for a trip, or ...

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BeWeather 2 is a very customizable app with a widget

BeWeather 2 (US$1.99) is an attractive collection of weather information that can be customized both in the data presented and the look of the app. It as features similar to many other weather apps, but BeWeather's overall presentation still makes it compelling. You get detailed current condition...

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Kimiko Pro Color Cam is a solid camera app for iOS

Although there are a mountain of photo apps for iOS, I always like to see fresh ideas, and Kimiko Pro (free) definitely has some. As opposed to a post-processing tool, Kimiko Pro lets you frame your picture and make changes in real time before you snap away. With a pinching motion, you can ch...

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