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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

TravelbyArt lets you discover the Paris of famous artists

TravelbyArt (free with one in-app purchase) is a unique iPhone app designed for seeing Paris through the eyes of some of the artists who worked there. The app contains detailed looks at the lives of Ernest Hemingway, Edith Piaf and Pablo Picasso during their years in Paris. You'll be led to...

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Numerics Business Dashboard adds features, goes freemium

I praised Numerics in a review earlier this year. The app lets you build business-oriented displays which can be easily constructed using plugins that will display data in numeric or graphic form. You can choose a variety of data sources like Google Analytics, Salesforce, Basecamp and many...

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Orbital Wars takes me way back

Shades of Space Invaders from my lost youth and many lost quarters: Orbital Wars (US$0.99) really did bring back memories of those many hours I spent in front of an arcade console and some of my home video consoles playing that classic game and fighting off endless hordes of aliens descending on my...

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Will you be able to use the new VoLTE service on your new iPhone 6?

VoLTE is coming to Apple iPhones for the first time with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- maybe not right away, but the service will roll out as time passes. VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, and it brings together voice and data together in the same spectrum. For Verizon subscribers it...

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iPhone gets new camera sensor with improved performance and features

You knew that Apple would improve the camera in the new iPhone, and it has. The iPhone 6 will feature a completely redesigned sensor, not adding more megapixels, which is a bit of a surprise, but adding new tech to make photos better. The 2 new cameras offer True Tone Flash, 1.5 micron pixels, a...

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New iPhones boost LTE specs and add WiFi calling

The 2 new iPhones have rather dramatically enhanced cellular capabilities. The LTE connectivity is 150 Mbps, up from the 100 in previous Apple phones. The new phones offer 20 LTE bands, which tops any smartphone in the world. The new phones work on more than 200 carriers around the world. The...

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Fuzel Collage creator goes universal and adds many features

I was enthusiastic about Fuzel Collage last year when I looked at it. It's been updated to version 3 now, and it has finally become a universal app so iPad users can get in on the creative collage-making fun. The new version is a complete redesign, and it looks appealing. Fuzel Collage is very...

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Where To? updated with loads of new features

Where To? (currently on sale for US$1.99) has always been one of my favorite points of interest (POI) apps. The older version I fell in love with has now been put to rest and a completely rewritten version has hit the App Store with many desirable features. While the old app still runs on iOS 8...

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iOS 8 Camera app: Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse photography is often one of those things some of us think about, but never do. There are several apps offered in the App Store for iOS, including HyperLapse from Instagram and Time-Lapse! that I reviewed last month. Now Apple is offering a Time-Lapse feature in iOS 8. It's one of the...

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What's going on with Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay was announced by Apple in March with great fanfare and high interest from iPhone users. The technology was expected to put Apple Maps, music and other iOS apps on the built-in screens on a host of auto models, including cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Late last month Apple...

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