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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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Something new for iOS - Handwriting input with Mazec

There have been a lot of keyboards added to the App Store since Apple allowed third parties to offer unique capabilities, and the Mazec keyboard is the most unique yet. It allows you to enter text using handwriting input. It reminds me of the late, not lamented Newton MessagePad, only the Mazec ...

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Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color a photo

Exposure (US$1.99) is a slick iOS app that lets you selective apply effects to your photos. Of course the app also lets you globally apply an effect too, like sepia tint or black and white effects, but the nice feature here is the ability to use your finger to paint out an overlay and substitute a c...

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Maps 3D PRO is a best in class GPS/Nav app for outdoor enthusiasts

There are so many navigation apps available now that one can wish for a navigation app just to find one in the app store. Most are variations on a theme; get from point A to point B efficiently, with information about stops along the way. Maps 3D PRO (U$4.99) is a entirely different animal. Desig...

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Music Center lets you select music from your lock screen or any app

Music Center (free) is a very cool little app that lets you see your iOS music library from your lock screen or inside any app. It's a notification center widget, and it works quite well. You load the app, and you can select lists by song, album, artist, and playlists. Then go to your Today noti...

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FastCustomer can help get you out of customer service hell

FastCustomer is a free iOS app that has been around for awhile, but just got a recent update. The app has a list of 3,000 frequently called companies and can break through the endless phone trees and frustration of being on hold for customer service. The app is simple to use. Select a company you...

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Mel's 2014 holiday gift ideas

My assignment: Suggest gifts for family, friends and even yourself. My list is things I use and adore, or things I want to buy. I'll offer some thoughts on hardware and software. Let's get right to it. Prop 'n Go iPad stand I bought a new iPad Air 2 this year, and it's a joy. But the Apple...

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Wickr adds a Mac client to its free ultra-secure messaging family

I took a look at Wickr for iOS more than a year ago. It offered free and extremely secure messaging between others with the Wickr app. At the time of the review, I longed for a Mac client, and now one has just been released. It has all the features of the Wickr iOS app, and there now are apps for ...

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Zen Shopping is a full featured and capable shopping partner

For many, the holidays mean shopping, and that prompts a hunt for deals. Fortunately, you can use apps to keep you fully informed and speed you along on your shopping journey. Zen Shopping (free) is a solid entry in the growing field of shopping apps, and one you will want to take a look at. ...

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The character of what we buy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday is changing

That's the word from data analysts at Localytics. Data they collected over the last few days makes clear that the days of lining up for those Black Friday sales is gone. With major retailers like Walmart and Amazon starting their deals a full week before Black Friday, the big shopping day appears to...

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Cool Wallpapers HD offers more than 8,000 free images

Wallpaper apps are commonplace, but so many have really second-rate images. On my own iPhone I prefer to use photos I have taken, especially landscapes, but Cool Wallpapers HD (free - ad supported) has some simply beautiful images that are tempting me to add them to my library. The photos work wi...

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