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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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PhotoFlip! annotates iPhone photos but needs work

PhotoFlip! (free) is a really clever idea that lets you add notes to any photo. By just creating a shell around your existing photos with metadata, it doesn't re-copy the photos wasting space on your iOS device. Notes can be at the top or bottom of the photo, and photos can be shared with or without...

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NuForce NE-600X earbuds improve the sound of your tunes (Updated)

With iPhones being used more frequently than iPods for listening to music, people have begun to look at ways to improve on the EarPods included in every iPhone box. NuForce is a small California company that has a rather complete line of audio equipment, from pre-amps and amplifiers for home stereo...

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New study has surprising data on how we interact with apps

Localytics, a firm that tracks statistics about app usage, has released a study today that is of interest to users and app creators. The data tracks how people react to new apps, and tries to predict which apps will attract users and which won't. Here are some of the key findings: If you buy or...

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Aviary updates iOS app, gives developers new tools

Aviary (free with in-app purchases) has always been an excellent iOS photo editor. On top of that, the company provides an SDK (software development kit) that allows other camera app creators to include the Aviary processing engine in their software. Both the app and SDK have received a major update...

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MediaFire slashes cloud sharing prices

The war for your cloud hosting business just heated up, as major player MediaFire has cut prices to generate more business. MediaFire is a Mac and iOS friendly cloud service that allows you to store and share files. Users can get 10 GB storage for free (ad-supported downloads) and 1 TB of space is...

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iPad is going to make photographers very happy

As mentioned in my post earlier today, Adobe Lightroom has come to the iPad in the form of Lightroom Mobile. If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, the app is free. You download it from the App Store, sign in with your Adobe ID and you are ready to go if you have also updated your Mac...

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Adobe releases Lightroom Mobile for iPad today

Lots of Adobe pro users and serious photographers will be thrilled with this news: as of today, you can download Lightroom Mobile for iPad from the iOS App Store. It syncs with Lightroom on your desktop or laptop, and while not meant to be a replacement for the Mac app, it does allow photographers...

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Videoshop is an excellent video editor for iOS

As Video editors go, Videoshop (free for a limited time, typically US$2.99) is first rate and easy to use. I prefer it to iMovie on iOS and just about anything I have tried. You can start a new movie or load an old one. If it is one you have loaded you can add narration, music, sound effects,...

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Battery Diag helps you keep an eye on your laptop battery

Battery Diag is a nice, free utility from the folks at Rocky Sand Studios and is available on the Mac App Store. The app runs in your menu bar and gives you a quick look at the current status of your power supply and the health of your battery. You can see the current charge level, your battery...

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SkinneePix trims some bloat from your selfies

How often do your hear that the selfie you did with your iPhone makes you look 'so much heavier'? It's not just a tired excuse. Often times a subject photographed at close quarters can elicit 'barrel distortion'. A majority or standard lenses aren't really optimized for extreme closeups, so your...

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