12 posts on CNET - Page 8


Review: Insta BoothHouse is a well-made photo booth app with fun features

Insta BoothHouse is a free photo booth emulator for your iPhone that looks and feels a lot like the real thing, with bright, colorful graphics, a slick polish to the interface, and a well-made countdown mechanism to help you take better photos. While editing options are relatively limited, the rest of the app works very well, giving an experience you'll enjoy using over and over again.

When you first open Insta PhotoBooth, you can start taking photos right away. The "booth" makes the viewing window for your images fairly small, an issue if you're taking standard … Read more

Review: Oldify adds funny wrinkles and marks to your portraits

Oldify turns portraits on your phone or tablet "older" in a matter of seconds, but it has little else to offer in terms of customization. You can't modify what the app does enough to want to keep using it, repeatedly. Still, the app is good for a few quick laughs.

Oldify lets you modify any picture that's already on your phone as long as it's a straight-on face shot. Additionally, if you'd rather use a new photo, you can quickly take it with the app's built-in camera, which shows you exactly where to … Read more

Review: Create a truly private Internet connection with Orbot: Tor on Android

Orbot: Tor on Android protects your IP address and identity, but it only works with certain apps. Most of its marquee features require root access, which some people won't be willing to give. If you already have a rooted phone or don't mind using a few new apps for your security, this one really does work.

This app is a mobile version of the popular Tor network, which hides your IP address and other revealing information through a series of volunteer servers. Because of how Android uses your location information, you won't be able to get this … Read more

Review: Animal Face Maker allows you to transform a person's face into an animal's

Animal Face Maker does exactly as it sounds -- converting the face of someone in a photograph into that of an animal. It works more or less as advertised, but the interface is fairly rudimentary and the features are limited to the facial edits: It doesn't provide additional tools to customize how your finished photos look before sharing.

When you first open Animal Face Maker you can start crafting faces immediately. Either take a photo or add one from your photo library. You'll need to select or take one with a person looking at the camera to ensure … Read more

Review: Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac is a powerful SMS backup tool

Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac is a powerful tool that will move any SMS messages currently stored in a backup file on your Mac to a separate database where you can view them. This allows you to easily see all of your messages from a single backup folder without having to load them back onto a phone, especially useful for those that delete their SMS messages over time.

After installation, the app opens and prompts you to register. The free trial version limits how many SMS messages you can download, so if you enjoy the process, you'll want … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

The iPad Air might be thinner, lighter and faster, but that doesn't mean you need to buy one. If you're still on the fence, this week's Top 5 is a must-see as Donald Bell offers up five reasons why he thinks you should save your money.

Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 5 earlier this week. CNET's Lynn La takes you through a video tour of the new phone, which serves up Android KitKat, LTE, a 1080p screen and a great, low price to boot.

And if sexy, sleek sports cars are more your … Read more

Review: TouchCopy for Mac quickly transfers media from iOS to Mac or iTunes

TouchCopy for Mac lets you transfer all your favorite media, such as music and playlists, videos, podcasts, album art, and more, from an iOS device to your Mac, quickly and painlessly. The app is small in size, so you'll have it up and running on your Mac in no time. You'll appreciate its smooth performance even more.

As soon as you launch TouchCopy for Mac, you will be notified that you're running the Demo version, which allows you to copy 100 files for free to your iTunes library. To import more files, or to back up and … Read more

Ferrari F12: A supercar for all seasons (CNET On Cars, Episode 28)


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We drive the rather stunning Ferrari F12, including a great bonus slide show from the shoot (below). Learn how to avoid a nasty accident that can actually defeat some of you car's safety tech. Find out how to change your oil, one of the last maintenance tasks you can still own. See out Top 5 Ferrari tech innovations, CNET Style. Slideshow: What does Cooley drive?

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

Review: Desktop App for Mac enables you to quickly hide app windows

Desktop App for Mac allows you to minimize open desktop app windows with one click. Unfortunately, it requires its own window to function, which makes it rather awkward. Still, it does work as intended.

At around 1MB, Desktop App for Mac downloads and installs within seconds. Using it is super easy; all you have to do is click the "Show Desktop" button to minimize all open windows, with the exception of the app's own, which actually takes quite a bit of space. To bring back the windows, you just have to click on "Show All Apps … Read more

Review: Camera Zoom Extreme is a standard camera app with some added tools

Camera Zoom Extreme would be just another fairly redundant camera app if not for a couple of very useful features included by the developers. Even with those features, it doesn't do a lot to make it more useful than the standard app that comes with every iPhone; but it is free -- and for those that need those added features, it works quite well.

When you open the app, you'll be given a very short overview of how it works. The app is free and there is an upgrade to include a 30x digital zoom, but you'll … Read more