Fun new iOS app is like karaoke for movie fans

Actor Edward Kerr brings stardom - or just fun - to the small screen with his iOS app ROLR.
Actor Edward Kerr brings stardom - or just fun - to the small screen with his iOS app ROLR.
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A star of silver and television screens wants to help others become stars of the small screen – their iPhone screens that is – with an iOS app that lets users act out their favorite movie scenes.

Actor Edward Kerr on Tuesday rolled out ROLR, a new video collaboration app he created to help people connect around the world through a universal love of films. An in-app teleprompter feeds you your lines from scenes from a selection of classic films, you record your part and then invite members of ROLR community to be your co-stars.

Fitness apps obsess over running, but is it really good for you?

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To run, or not to run? That is the question.
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Millions of people go running with their iPhone or Apple Watch every day. Logging runs is one of the main features of just about every fitness gadget on the market.

So should you join the sweaty masses and start using a running app? Not so fast. Not everyone is suited to running, and it won’t develop all aspects of your fitness. Plus, there are loads of other kinds of exercise you could be doing instead. What makes running so special?

How to make sure your iPhone fireworks photos go off with a bang

These tips will help you take better fireworks photos.
These tips will help you take better fireworks photos.
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Last year’s Fourth of July fireworks made you say ooh and ahh, but when you look at your iPhone photos from that night, the sound you make is more of an ugh.

Don’t blame Siri or some engineer in Cupertino. The iPhone camera, as mighty as it is, can’t do all the thinking for you, especially in challenging lighting conditions like a fireworks display. But with a little thought and preparation, you can make this holiday one worth reliving on your iPhone camera roll.

Below are some simple tips to make your fireworks photos sizzle.

App world goes bananas for art app that turns photos into Van Goghs

The Prisma app for iPhone lets you apply the painting style of a famous artist.
The Prisma app for iPhone lets you apply the painting style of a famous artist.
Photo: Prisma

An AI-powered app that turns any boring photo into an art masterpiece is taking the app world by storm.

Prisma is an iOS app that not only transforms an ordinary photo into a painting, it does so in the styles of different famous artists, from Van Gogh and Picasso to Edvard Munch of “The Scream” fame.

Developed in Russia, the app is taking off like a rocket, doubling its servers, topping the charts and inspiring the #Prisma hashtag. It even counts the Russian President among its enthusiastic users.

Week’s best Apple deals: Apple Watch for $49, MacBook Pro for $999

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It's the best deal yet on Apple Watch (but there's a catch).
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It’s the cheapest Apple Watch we’ve ever seen by far … you just have to buy an iPhone to get the astonishing $49 price tag. That screaming deal, a great student discount on a MacBook Pro, and more are in this week’s roundup of the best Apple bargains.