13 posts on CNET - Page 7


Advancing the state of the art for in-ear headphones, at a lower price

When I first reviewed the 1964 Ears V6 custom in-ear headphones earlier this year I not only loved the sound, I got the distinct feeling the company tries harder to please its customers than other custom in-ear makers. For example, 1964 Ears V6-Stage headphones are sold with a longer warranty (two years) and lower prices than the flagship models from more established high-end headphone competitors. 1964 Ears doesn't make universal-fit in-ear headphones, all of their designs are custom-molded to your ears for the best possible fit and maximum isolation from external noise. The headphones are hand-crafted by 1964 Ears … Read more

Rumors of larger iPad gaining currency in Asia

Rumors about a larger iPad are gaining steam. The latest claim is that Taipei-based Quanta is working with Apple to develop a large iPad.

Quanta Computer, known primarily as a manufacturer of laptops, and Apple are eyeing what a Chinese-language udn.com calls a 12-inch class device.

Earlier reports in May had cited a 12.9-inch tablet.

News from the Asia-based supply chain of manufacturers is notoriously inconsistent, as companies frequently change plans before a product actually enters high-volume commercial production.

That said, it does appear that Apple is toying with the idea of a larger iPad-like device as demand … Read more

Review: Thomas Analog Movie Camera offers numerous filters for video recording

Thomas Analog Movie Camera is an easy-to-use video camera for the iPhone with numerous filters, but it offers limited options in its free iteration. For recording basic, short movies, however, it performs well on many levels, offering a clean interface, push button recording feature, and numerous unlockable filters that you can pay for as you need them.

The app opens to a camera screen that instructs you to press and hold the screen to record. Release at any time and it stops recording, very similar to apps like Vine, but without the time restrictions. Once you record a video, it … Read more

Review: Photo Montage Free is an often unresponsive montage creator for iOS

Photo Montage Free initially appears to be an effective app, but with numerous performance-related issues, it struggles mightily in execution. Designed to create montages with your photos, along with a number of editing tools, unfortunately the app often freezes up, buttons don't respond to your taps, and your changes can be lost if you don't agree to save images while in progress.

When you load Photo Montage you can choose to load images from your library, take new ones, download them from the Web, or open an existing montage. After some basic cropping and editing, you can drop … Read more

Review: Signmatic automates creating personalized signs with your iOS device

Signmatic takes a number of popular, meme-worthy signs and makes them customizable with your own photos, text, and more. The result is a fun and feature-rich app that, while occasionally hard to navigate, is very rewarding and offers significant depth. Whether you want to create a fun image to upload on Facebook or something more serious for use on a Web site or to send to a friend, this app can help you do it.

When you open the app for the first time, there are numerous onscreen guides to show you where features are and how to use them. … Read more

Review: Photo Sketch Free provides numerous hand-drawn effects and filters

Photo Sketch Free is a fun photo editing app that manages to perfectly capture the style and theme of the filters it uses in the interface and design. The result is an attractive, well-made, and quick app that offers a number of editing tools with only a handful of issues. If you enjoy filtering your photos and want an app with new and fun options for doing so, this is a good place to start.

When you open Photo Sketch free, you see immediately what you're working with. The interface and design features are all hand drawn and they … Read more

Review: Wise PC 1stAid solves some of the most common PC problems

Wise PC 1stAid is an efficient, intelligent troubleshooting tool that helps users find solutions to some common computer problems. That includes errors related to desktop icons, the task manager, the registry editor, Web pages, and a host of other issues.

Wise PC 1stAid opens to a picturesque interface divided into two sections. The main section contains links to all of the main problems it solves, while the section to the right contains a link to the contact form through which users can contact the tech support forum in case their problem has not been solved. Clicking on each "problem&… Read more

Review: Monthly Budget Planner offers budget tracking tools with few extras

Monthly Budget Planner is supposed to help you track your expenses, budget, and income, but it lacks many of the tools needed to do so efficiently. While there are plenty of categories and options here to set up your expenses and income levels, the lack of a clean interface, no clear instructions, and a single input method limits who can use this app and how effective it will be in streamlining your recordkeeping.

The home screen for Monthly Budget Planner lists your Budget, Expenses, and Cash Withdrawals. You can add a new budget, edit your expenses, or change your cash … Read more

Review: FatBits eases creating icons with touch screen display of single pixels

Fat Bits is a fun, cleverly-made app that allows you to create and edit icons pixel by pixel with great effect. The resulting images and icons you create are unique in a number of ways, but most importantly, you can make them with a few basic taps of the screen. There are no pallets or overly-complicated tools needed. Just tap and drag and pixels change colors at your whim.

The interface for FatBits is where it really shines the most. Onscreen is a selection of icons to choose from, a canvas on which to edit what you've selected, and … Read more

Review: Pic Collage is a well-designed, easy-to-use photo collage creator

Pic Collage is one of the better collage creation tools we have seen on the App Store in some time, loaded with features, easy to use, and fun to play with. The app teaches you how to get the most out of it, loads fast, and runs seamlessly, even with dozens of pictures onscreen at once. The result is what feels like a desktop app on your iPhone's small but very capable screen.

When you first load Pic Collage you'll be given a quick run-through of the app's capabilities. This tutorial is very helpful in a lot … Read more