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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

Scanbot for iOS gets an update and improves your scans

Scanbot (US$1.99) advertises it can pretty much eliminate your desktop scanner, and it's hard to argue with that. My colleague Steve Sande looked at an earlier version of Scanbot and was impressed (he scans all paperwork that comes into his home with Scanbot), as am I with this latest iteration. The...

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Logoist 2 puts you in the logo creation business

Logoist 2 (introductory price of US$14.99 on the Mac App Store) is a terrific logo creation program that can help you turn out professional looking logos for stationary, presentations, invitations, postcards, just about anything where you need something artful. I took a look at the original version...

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Yahoo updates its weather app

Amid all the other software excitement this week, Yahoo has updated its popular Yahoo Weather App. The company says, "By using technology typically only experienced in video games, Yahoo is taking the award-winning experience for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch one step further, and bringing the...

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iOS 8 brings new 3rd party keyboards and Swype is one of the coolest

Users of iOS 8 no longer have to be happy with just the default Apple keyboard. Developers are now allowed to create keyboards with features Apple that doesn't provide, and we'll see a catalog of new keyboards now that iOS 8 is out. Dave Caolo reviewed one earlier today, so the flood of keyboards is...

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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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