The iPhone is quickly taking the place of the everyday point and shoot camera with their digital zooms and overall lack of features. There’s less and less reason to pick one up when you’ve already got the almighty iPhone – which camera improves with each updated model.
We wanted to see whether it’s possible to replace your DSLR with your iPhone, and with some tips, tricks and useful add-ons, the results are pretty surprising.
I went out on to the city streets armed with my iPhone 5s, battling against a professional photographer Sam Mills and his pricey DSLR, to see how close the iPhone could get to the quality of his professional images. Checkout the video below to learn the basic tips needed to get pro photos. Plus! We’ve got a great giveaway for you and more just below the jump!
Instagram soft-launched Bolt this week, its new app to take on Snapchat. The app is only available in Singapore, New Zealand, and South Africa right now while Instagram squashes bugs and gets it ready for everyone else in the world.
That doesn’t mean you can’t see what Bolt is like now. Cult of Mac reader @ravirajim sent us a bunch of screenshots of Bolt in action, which you can view above. We’ll let you know when Bolt ships to the App Store in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Transitioning to the college lifestyle can be awkward at first. Being away from home, having a heavy workload and still wanting to hangout with friends can be a lot to manage all at once.
Luckily, your Mac can help relieve a little of that stress throughout the school year. In today’s video, take a look at these five hot Mac tips that can make your new year of college easier: be prepared for thieves, find the best way to take notes and more.
Apple has put a massive amount of money and talent into the construction of its own content delivery network (CDN) for the last few years and its finally starting to pay off.
The new CDN has already gone live in the U.S. and parts of Europe, according to a report from Dan Rayburn, that has used trace-routes to discover Apple is now delivering some of its own content like OS X downloads, directly to consumers, but the company is barely starting to tap into its CDN’s true potential.
Lovely Planet is a twee little game for your Mac (or Linux/Windows box) that distills the essentials of the first-person shooter genre down to the basics: shoot, jump, run.
You’ll do this, over and over, across five distinct worlds and hundreds of levels armed with nothing more than your adorable little bow and arrow and a sense of adventure.
Be warned, though — you’re going to die repeatedly, especially at first, because while the visuals and soundtrack are kawaii as heck, the levels are designed as diabolical tests of your gaming sanity. But please, don’t throw your Macbook across the room when you have to re-start a level for the hundredth time. Maybe take a break.
According to findings by researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell, USB security may be profoundly broken, with no way around it.
Nohl and Lell have highlighted a flaw in USB devices which potentially offer hackers the ability to sidestep all currently known security measures used by a computer. Called the BadUSB exploit, the vulnerability allows hackers to meddle with the firmware which controls the functions of various USB plug-ins, such as mice, keyboards and thumb drives.
A few weeks back we wrote about Yo spoof Hodor, but it seems that there’s another more pressing clone out there, called Yolo, which Yo founder Or Arbel describes as “a complete fake copy of our Yo app.”
In response to Yolo, Arbel has filed a complaint with Apple, asking it to remove Yolo from the App Store since it allegedly infringes on Arbel’s copyright and trademark.
You already know that your Mac computer is one of the best designed machines on the market. Even the best machines, though, can fall victim to a variety of problems, either on the software or hardware side of things.
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Apple is set to open a new Apple Store in Toledo, OH’s Franklin Park Mall sometime during the fourth quarter of 2014. This will be Ohio’s eighth Apple Store, with its seventh opening last month in Dayton.
The company has already posted 15 job openings via its website, while it recently advertised a full-time retail general manager post via the website CareerBuilder.com.
When you hit the road, you take your iPhone charger. If you’re hitting the road for a long time, you might also take a portable battery along with it.
So redundant. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for you to roll up your charger and your portable battery pack into a single device? Now, thanks to Nomad, there is, and it’s so ingenious, I can’t believe that Apple hasn’t done this themselves.
Song recognition service Shazam has launched a cool new Mac app. Called, originally, Shazam for Mac, the always-on app lives in your Mac’s menu bar, and offers some neat features.
Constantly listening for songs to identify, Shazam for Mac springs to life whenever it finds a song you want to know about, creating a playlist as it goes along, and alerting users via a standard Notification Center popup. Once a song has been ID’d, the app gives you the option of one-click access to lyrics, music videos, or the option to buy the track on iTunes.
San Diego Comic-Con may be done and dusted for another year, but the memories will last forever: not least because some truly great announcements were made regarding the geekery that will be stealing our hearts, minds and cash over the next year or so.
With each year seemingly bigger than the last, it can be a tough call to pick out highlights (and, indeed, the soul-crushingly disappointing lowlights) of the world's biggest fan convention, but we've given it our best shot. Check out our gallery for the best and worst that San Diego Comic-Con 2014 had to offer.
Where better to start this list than the blindingly exciting Avengers sequel Age of Ultron? With convention appearances from the cast (Robert Downey Jr. threw flowers to the crowd as he appeared) and a scintillating teaser that makes us desperate for May 2015 to hurry up and come already, Avengers: Age of Ultron was an undisputed hit of Comic-Con.
Seemingly based on a comics ark spanning Avengers #19-22 -- pitting Earth’s Mightiest Avengers against a self aware artificial intelligence set on destroying humanity -- the pre-release handling of this blockbuster sequel showed everyone at Comic-Con how this sort of thing should be done.
Unlike the majority of modern movie blockbusters, which seem to come together based on little more than a successful indie comics launch, or maybe a name someone remembers from a once-popular arcade game, Mad Max: Fury Road sounds like its title could describe the journey of bringing it to screen. The first Mad Max movie in 30 years, hearing director George Miller describe it was enough to bring tears to the eyes of long-time fans. Watching the trailer was even better.
This looks a worthy successor to a series every self-respecting sci-fi movie fan loves.
It’s great when a movie you’re expecting to be good turns out to be great. In some ways it’s even better when a TV series you’re expecting to be mediocre turns out to be fantastic. The biggest Comic-Con announcement about Arrow? The fact that the show’s third season is set to feature no less a villain than Ra’s al Ghul. Revelations like this are the stuff geek dreams are made of.
As the excitement around Arrow shows, TV series commandeered our Comic-Con attention again this year: from Game of Thrones through the promising Batman spinoff Gotham. What was in somewhat short supply, however, were original TV series, rather than those adapted from bestselling novels or comic book properties. It’s into this niche that Ascension fits.
A six-hour mini-series about a top secret 100-year U.S. space mission launched back in the 1960s, it sounds like a truly compelling proposition. We’ll have to wait for more details to emerge, but this has the opportunity to become (at the very least) sci-fi’s next breakout cult hit.
Everyone knew Batman ‘66 was coming to DVD and Blu-Ray, but having it discussed at Comic-Con made the whole thing sink in.
But that’s not the real reason for this inclusion on the list -- which is reserved for the fact that Adam West took the stage not once, but multiple times during Comic-Con: perhaps most excitingly showing up to hype a special Batman '66 level in the upcoming Lego Batman game. This was a genuine feel-good moment at an event that seems to skew younger and younger with its target demographics each year.
I’ve always been a massive Turtles fan: from the original Eastman and Laird comics through the '80s cartoon, Jim Henson-puppeted movie series, toyline, and CGI TMNT reboot. This year’s Comic-Con represents 30 years since the launching of one of the least likely franchises of all-time: a one-note X-Men parody that somehow grew green legs and began a sensation.
So why exactly wasn’t the anniversary a bigger deal? Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t skipped over completely, but the 30th anniversary panel reportedly didn’t play as well as it could, the Hall H material was a damp squib, and co-creator Peter Laird (who sold his part in the Turtles franchise to Nickelodeon back in 2009) wasn’t there at all. It probably didn’t help that the Michael Bay-produced reboot is looking disappointingly subpar — not helped by a theme song that makes us long for the days of Vanilla Ice.
I was among those left underwhelmed by 2013’s Man of Steel movie, but I’m perfectly willing to accept that, in something of an anomaly, the second movies in superhero franchises regularly blow away the first entries: with Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and others serving as case in point. I’m therefore cautiously optimistic about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, despite the fact that its title alone makes it sound more like a preamble to Justice League than it does an epic movie in its own right.
With that being said, it’s difficult not to have the wind taken out of your sails by the movie’s presentation at Comic-Con. We got a brief 60 second clip, which was perfectly acceptable, only to have the film’s stars come out on stage to stare blankly at the audience. Ben Affleck, in particular, looked about as comfortable as Bruce Wayne enjoying a relaxing night in Crime Alley.
Remember how epic that third Hobbit book by J.R.R. Tolkien was? Wait, what’s that — there was no third book, you say? Stretching what is essentially a novella into three not particularly exciting movies has been a problem for The Hobbit ever since the first movie plodded onto screens in 2012. True to form, what should have been a poignant, compelling Comic-Con sendoff to Peter Jackson’s epic six-part Middle-Earth series turned out to be a slightly uninspired and dull panel that gave us few reasons to be excited about this December's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Hey, at least Tolkien enthusiast Stephen Colbert (who recited by heart a Tolkien poem onstage) did his best to inject a bit of life into proceedings.
Talking of Peter Jackson (sort of), it seems that we’re set to get a prequel to his 2005 giant monkey movie in the form of Skull Island, to be directed by Joe Cornish. While the movie could certainly turn out to be exciting, my initial reaction is far from positive: we’ve not yet seen a good remake of the 1933 original despite numerous tries; the moment prequels seems to have been missed; the Skull Island sequence was actually one of the least entertaining parts of Jackson’s King Kong; and we’re already overloaded with monster movies. But aside from that it could be good. Maybe.
Comics have played a smaller and smaller role in Comic-Con each year. This year, the announcements were few, far between, and generally drowned out by the noise of Hollywood movie deals and video game announcements. It’s tough to begrudge geek culture having reached its current zenith of popularity, but when comics represent an entirely throwaway part of something called Comic-Con, you know that can’t be good.
On the Mac, 1Password is a perfect Swiss Army Knife of tools for the forgetful and lazy, guaranteeing that they never have type in a password, address field, or credit card number into an online form ever again.
But on iOS, 1Password has been a more convoluted thing. Lacking deep integration with other apps, 1Password for iOS has never been as good as it’s Mac counterpart. But with iOS 8, that’s about to change, thanks to a 1Password app extension that any third-party app can use.
As has been seen time and time again, all Apple needs to do is hint at an area it’s interested in exploring (see: smart watches) and much of the tech world will trip over itself trying to beat it to market (see: Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch.)
The latest company to jump on this bandwagon is, apparently, VIVO, the Chinese manufacturer which previously released the world’s first QHD/2K smartphone. According to sources cited by the Chinese media, VIVO is taking a big swing at Apple (and, yes, the iPhone 6 was specifically mentioned) by rushing to release its new 5-inch flagship handset, with an all-metal frame and sapphire glass display.
With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios is spinning its movie empire forward into the future. Images courtesy Marvel Studios
A comic book movie about misfit space superheroes might not seem to have much in common with Apple’s long-rumored entry into wearable computing. However, for a handful of reasons, Guardians of the Galaxy is to Marvel Studios what the iWatch is to Apple –- a high-profile release that’s critical to the company’s future success.
Does the iOS-centric IBM-Apple deal equal the end of the road for desktops? Absolutely it does, if you believe Bob Tinker, CEO of the newly-public company MobileIron.
Discussing the recent alliance between the two tech giants during his company’s first earnings call, Tinker pointed to the IBM-Apple deal as something of a signal moment for mobile. “I think of it as a positive that IBM’s committed to building mobile apps for enterprises, switching away from Windows to mobile platforms,” he noted.
“This signals the end of the desktop era. IBM once made a deal with Microsoft in the late 1980s that ushered in the era of the desktop, and now they’re ending it with Apple.”
Big sound, small package. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
If you make music of any kind, or are just looking to upgrade your sound system from the decent-yet-not-audiophile Bluetooth speakers you currently use, you know you want a set of speakers that can handle the highest of highs, the deepest of lows and everything in between without sounding muddy or overly tinny, middy or bassy. You want a speaker set that can handle the deep boom of drum ‘n’ bass and the sweet, high melodies of a Mozart concerto along with any type of loop you can throw at it from your own collection.
Studio monitors are a big deal when making music, as they offer up sound that is as true to the source as possible. You want to hear everything going on in your mix so you can make sure to create the sound that best captures your musical vision, whether during the recording, mixing or mastering phase.
The Reveal 402 studio monitors from Tannoy promise to deliver unparalleled sound and fury without a huge footprint, letting you create music properly on today’s ultra-portable MacBooks. They also let you just plug in any sound source, from XLR to mini-audio jack, with ease, making these ideal for both music creation and plain old rocking out while you’re working.
Rolling with Cubr. Photo courtesy Sébastien Leidgens.
SAN FRANCISCO — Sébastien Leidgens wants to put a new angle on the business card.
His invention, Cubr, is a six-sided die that connects people through private mobile web chat. When a red, blue or green Cubr is tossed your way, you hit the website or download the app, then enter the code to start your instant message convo or share photos with the person who gave you the die. The enterprising Belgian, a former project manager at a digital marketing agency, is taking a gamble on the idea that people are tired of handing out one-dimensional cards.
“It’s a business card for non-business people,” Leidgens says in an English heavily influenced by his native French. “Young people don’t have business cards. This you can use for private situations in everyday life. It’s a lot more fun and outside of the usual public circles.”
Apple’s new smart music patent application would fit perfectly within a fitness-tracking device like the iWatch.
If you’re a runner or a gym user, chances are that at some point you’ve put together a workout playlist of some sort, full of the kind of Rocky-esque power ballads you want entering your ears and coursing through your veins as you strive toward physical perfection.
According to a patent application published Thursday, Apple could be looking to take a lot of the pain out of that kind of gain. The application in question deals with a handheld or wearable device capable of controlling the tempo of music so as to affect the mood and behavior of users during exercise.