Review: Expect functional problems from Photo Reflection HD Free

Photo Reflection HD Free promises to add reflection effects to your photos. Despite its many features, the app didn't produce results that we were particularly happy with, and some functionality issues further interfered with the app's use.

Photo Reflection HD Free's interface is fairly straightforward, with buttons across the bottom for editing features, shadow, size, reflection direction, and saving your work. We chose to work with an image from our iPhone's photo album, which the app opened on a background with an abstract green and yellow swirl pattern. The app creates the reflection by just doubling … Read more

Samsung announces new IP cameras in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung has just announced that two more Wi-Fi IP cameras will join its home security roster -- the $179 SmartCam HD and the $229 SmartCam HD Outdoor. Both cameras offer 1080p streaming and wide angle lenses with 128-degree fields of view. That should mean that you will get to view crisp, clear footage of your home and the surrounding outdoor area all from a Web browser or the free Android or iOS SmartCam app.

The $179 SmartCam HD sounds very similar to the $199 DropCam Pro and to a slightly lesser extent, the $229 all-in-one security system, … Read more

Sharp at CES 2014: Join us at 9 a.m. PT Monday (live blog)

LAS VEGAS -- Sharp is known for abiding by the "go big or go home" mantra each year at the International CES, showing off the largest and most outlandish televisions in the mode of "because we can" more than any other strategy.

And it pays off. At last year's CES, Sharp stole the show with its eye-popping line of Aquos smart LED televisions -- including the Aquos 90-inch set that clocks in as "the world's largest LED TV" -- and touted its monstrous 85-inch 8K prototype the year before.

This year, as … Read more

6 things we'll see at CES (whether we want to or not)

It's that magical time of year: Lists are made and checked twice, little eyes sparkle with anticipation, and countless children (at heart) prepare for the unveiling of something new and incredible.

I speak, of course, of the Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers from around the world show off their upcoming products.

And let me tell you, the onslaught of nonsense is incessant. Don't get me wrong, we're going to see a lot of cool stuff. We're also going to see a lot of crap, polished and sold as daisies.

This list is some of both.… Read more

Review: InstaLomo HD for Instagram lets you create and post interesting photos

InstaLomo HD for Instagram isn't a bad photo editor by any means, but it doesn't have enough filters or features to beat out countless other options. It's prone to glitches and slower performance, as well. There's just not much here to pull you away from your current photo filtering app of choice.

Though this app references Instagram, it's not connected to it at all. This means that while you don't have to log in, you don't get any of the polished Instagram features, either. Instead, you'll get a handful of Instagram-esque photo … Read more

Review: InstaMirror HD offers numerous filters for flipping and reversing images

InstaMirror HD is a filter app that works closely with Instagram to create mirrored versions of photos you have taken with your camera. The interface combined with the feature layout makes the app very intuitive, and while the number of mirror options is minimal in the free version of the app, the basic layout and tools are solid enough to get a decent experience out of the app.

After installing InstaMirror HD you can open it up and start creating new mirrored images right away. Choose any of the filters that are unlocked (some will be locked pending a paid … 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

Amazon Studios to begin shooting original series in 4K

As the world moves into higher and higher digital resolution, production companies have to keep up. Amazon Studios appears to be looking to one such company to lead the charge in shooting its television series with 4K technology.

The company announced Monday that it plans to shoot all of its 2014 full-length original series, as well as any new pilots, in 4K ultra HD.

"As a premium original content creator, we're excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year," Amazon Studios director Roy Price said in … Read more

'Doctor Who' fans petition to rename new planet 'Gallifrey'

"Doctor Who" fans sure know how to work a petition.

Not long after petitioning to have the Empire State Building lit up in Tardis-blue, fans are now pushing to have a newly discovered planet renamed "Gallifrey," in honor of the Doctor's home world.

You don't have to be a "Doctor Who" nut to know this is a good idea. The planet is currently known as "HD 106906 b," which sounds more like a really good password than an actual name. The planet is currently the most distantly orbiting planet around a single Sun-like star that astronomers have been able to identify.

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Kobo Arc 10 HD tablet packs a ton of features for readers and weighs like it

The Kobo Arc 10 HD could be a tablet worthy of replacing your bookshelf, if the damn thing didn't feel like holding a bookshelf itself. The 10-inch slate includes useful e-book-centric software that will appease avid readers seeking an Android experience, but its brute force design misses the mark with an uncomfortably heavy and thick build.

It houses a fast Tegra 4 processor, super-sharp screen, and despite its corpulent build, the matte faceted back is actually pleasing to the touch. Its inclusion of a nearly pure version of Android 4.2.2 is only enhanced by Kobo's useful … Read more