13 posts on CNET - Page 2


Review: SoX Wrap for Mac quickly converts audio files to one of over 40 formats

SoX Wrap for Mac offers straight-up conversion of audio files across 41 formats. Although outdated, the app's interface is usable and easy enough to understand. The conversion, itself, is speedy, but we ran into an issue where certain file types could not be read, even though they were supported. Overall, this can be a useful app, though it's by no means perfect.

SoX Wrap for Mac's menu features two groups of options: one for the input file and one for the output. You can add files via built-in file picker, or by dragging and dropping them from … Read more

Design of iPhone 6 'locked down,' claims analyst

A consensus of analyst speculation is building for an iPhone that's not quite 5 inches.

After a spate of recent speculation about Apple's next iPhone, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri has chimed in, claiming an iPhone 6 with a 4.8 inch display is locked down, as reported by AppleInsider.

That will also include higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

Updates to iOS may center on changes to iBeacon, Touch ID, and Passbook, as Apple pushes further into mobile payments, Arcuri said.

The screen size jibes, more or less, with that in an earlier research note from NPD DisplaySearch. … Read more

You bought a pair of audiophile headphones -- now what?

If you've laid down serious cash for a great pair of headphones but they're plugged into your phone or computer, you're missing out on a lot of the sound quality you paid for. Don't get me wrong, phones and tablets can sound acceptable, but their designers didn't focus on sound quality -- that's the last thing they worry about. The cure for so-so sound is straightforward: invest in a high-performance digital converter/headphone amp, like the Cypher Labs Theorem 720. It can be used with iPhones, Android phones, or computers via USB connection with … Read more

Review: Help your kids improve their basic math skills with Math Game for Smart Kids

Math Game for Smart Kids isn't terribly complex or interesting for adults, but it's a fine tutoring tool for younger kids. They may tire quickly of its repetitive style and low level of difficultly, but they will probably learn something on the way there. That will beat out other, less educational games in parents' eyes.

Math Game for Smart Kids shows off an adorable panda that asks a series of 25 math questions each round. Each set of questions involves basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) and scale from single to triple digit number problems. The game … Read more

That rumored 'iPad Pro' could be more than just a big iPad

If supply chain and analyst chatter is accurate, the rumored "iPad Pro" could marry the MacBook Air with the iPad.

That's what Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang thinks, according to a report at Barron's.

Arriving in fall '14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12" iPad. Powered by the A8 chip...this expands ARM's reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it.

Expect a 2-1 hybrid -- think iPad + MBA -- similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT's Surface.… Read more

Review: Vintage Camera for iPad offers a nice selection of vintage and retro-style filters

Vintage Camera for iPad is a photo filtering app that has been heavily stylized to obtain the look and feel of an old-timey camera. The result is fun to use, but doesn't actually transcend what other photo filtering apps already offer, nor does it give a compelling reason to use your iPad for photos rather than your phone. For those that need a basic photo filtering app on their iPad, however, it will prove effective.

When you open the app for the first time, you'll find a vintage camera and a handful of buttons. You can load an … Read more

Review: Zombie Face Maker offers a number of creepy faces for your photos

Zombie Face Maker does exactly as it sounds, allowing you to snap photos of yourself or others and convert them to zombies. The tools included are effective and the zombie faces are of decently high quality, so you can create some pretty mean and scary looking faces that can then be shared via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook with your friends and followers.

After installation, you can open the app and choose a photo or take a new one using your camera. After selecting a photo you'll be asked to pinpoint the eyes and mouth on the photo before moving … Read more

Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

commentary Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.

So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, edgiest designs should give us an idea (I'll put aside a discussion of competing operating systems and pricing for this post).

Weight: Like tablets, generally the thinner and lighter the laptop, the better. That's what the popular MacBook Air is all about and the reason the ultrabook was developed -- Wintel's (Microsoft-Intel's) response to the Air.

Enter the carbon fiber-based Sony Vaio Pro 11 and 13, which … Read more

Review: Change My Face gives you plenty of ways to decorate your mug

Change My Face is loaded with ways to twist, contort, and decorate your face into a goofy masterpiece. While the app's layout isn't great and causes a few performance issues, the app is so loaded with fun decorations and editing features that these issues are easy to ignore. Most people will have no problem using this app over and over for hours of photo-mashing fun.

Change My Face lets you do all sorts of edits to your photo to make it look as funny or bizarre as possible. You can shrink or expand your features, add goofy smiles … Read more

Review: iFileExpress HD provides tools for transferring files between desktop and iPad

iFileExpress HD is designed as a file transfer tool for your iPad, but it requires you to be plugged in and using iTunes. This limits the usefulness of the app and dates it against some other apps that offer immediate transfer over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections. While the app works as described and the transfers are fast, its uses will be limited.

After installation, you'll be given a full tutorial, showing you where all of the features are located and how to set up and make your first transfer. You'll need to have the app installed on your … Read more