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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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Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone

Here's a head scratcher -- Microsoft launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced "snippet") over the weekend. The app lets you subscribe to your favorite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalized stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own...

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ThisLife wants to store and manage all your photos

ThisLife is an intriguing and capable photo system from the folks at Shutterfly. It's been in beta for a long time, and we last took a look 2 years ago when the service was by invitation only. ThisLife is an end-to-end photo manager. It gathers photos from your local computer, cell phones, tablets,...

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Zillow's app can now help you buy a house instead of just look for one

Zillow has been the most popular real estate app since it was released for iOS in April of 2009. It helps you find a house, providing real estate details, pricing, and photos. Today, the Zillow Mortgage and Real Estate apps on iOS are being updated, and these new versions enable home shoppers to...

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PhotoPills is just what the doctor ordered for pro and serious amateur photographers

Outdoor photographers are going to love PhotoPills. This US$9.99 app is a treasure trove of information for photographers who do most of their work outside. The app allows you to plan your photography for any location on earth by letting you know where the sun and moon will be, provides depth of...

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Reverb: A unique personalized news tool for iOS

Personalization is the Holy Grail for news apps. Give the app an idea of what you want to hear about, and let it learn over time so that your news reading is always relevant. Reverb (free) bills itself as a personalized news discovery app. You can get an overview of the latest news, and the app...

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Lenshare offers iPhone photo sharing with audio and privacy

Many people seem to be drifting away from photo sharing systems that splash your photos all over the web for anyone to see. For some, it's an issue with Facebook and some of the other social networks, although other apps like Instagram can send photos directly without public postings. Of course iOS...

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Clima is a compact and useful weather app

Clima (U$0.99) packs a lot of information into a deceptively simple user interface. Enter a city or cities and you get temperature and sky conditions on a colorful background. Swipe left and you see an extended five-day forecast with high/low temperatures. Tap on the forecast to view future wind...

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Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image editor

I used to think that my photos needed color to be compelling, but a good black-and-white image can be very powerful. Of course, producing a monochrome image from a color one is not as simple as removing the color information. Talented photographers like the late Ansel Adams, who worked primarily...

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Timeful is a new calendar app that reinvents how you organize your time

Timeful (free) has launched today after a long development and beta phase. The app tries to capture everything that vies for your precious time and stores it in one place. It can import and sync your current calendars from iCloud, Google, Yahoo or Mirosoft Exchange. The app blends to-do's, events...

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The Great Photo App is not all that great

With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent, while others are just not that helpful. The Great Photo App (US$2.99) has some good ideas, but the...

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