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Google Earth review

Whether you want to view a lifelike rendering of your city or town, preview your next holiday destination, or explore a famous location, Google Maps brings you outstanding world maps with several layers of information that you can customize according to your needs. This is one of those great apps that you should definitely have on your device.

Pros

Many optional layers of information: Google Maps lets you customize which layers of information you want to see: Places, Businesses, Panoramic Photos, Wikipedia, Borders and Labels, Roads, 3D Buildings, and Ocean. The ability to customize them makes the app versatile and … Read more

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate review

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate converts videos between a multitude of formats and exports them to chosen devices. Version 7.0 corrects bugs related to Web downloading errors and adds support for a large number of smartphones and tablets.

Pros

One-stop video solution: Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate can edit, download, convert, and burn your videos, as well as handle well-thought-out transfers between Web, hard disks, and optical media. It packages everything in an uncomplicated, flexible, and original interface.

Speedy conversions: We managed to convert five minutes of SD MP4 files in just 15 seconds, while a feature DVD film was ripped … Read more

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe review

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles Fun Webcam, Creative Camera App, Smart Work, and Easy Organization features into an all-in-one Webcam and camera utility. It edits photos and videos, adds special effects and filtering, creates video presentations with narration and desktop animation, and organizes videos and photos. Recent updates include HDR and Panorama photos and touch-friendly editing and effects. YouCam 6 Deluxe's free 30-day trial disables some filters and other features.

Pros

All-in-one: YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles a lot into one program, including fun-oriented filters and effects and other features that are all business.

Calendar view: The Calendar view organizes … Read more

Fight for Glory:3D Combat Game review

Fight for Glory: 3D Combat Game offers high-quality graphics, sound, and martial arts action on your Android phone or tablet. You can punch, kick, dodge, move, and unlock enhancements and new levels by beating a variety of skilled opponents. Sound familiar? It's hardly groundbreaking, but what's cool about Fight for Glory is the arena is your fingertips.

Pros

Less fruit, more punch: Beating up bad guys beats cutting up fruit any day -- or snipping ropes, popping balloons, or any of the usual Android game fare.

Tactile feedback: A vibration option buzzes when punches connect, so it's … Read more

3D Monster Truck Parking Simulator review

3D Monster Truck Parking Simulator is a game that lets you develop and test your skill as a monster truck driver on various courses. The graphics are great, and the controls are quick to learn. But to get good at this game, you really have to put in some time.

Pros

Multiple modes: You can choose from Normal, Kids, Baby, and Fun modes when you start playing this game. Each of these modes features an adjusted level of difficulty based on the ability of the target audience, making it possible for a wide audience to enjoy this game.

Customizable controls: … Read more

Think 3D Free review

Think 3D Free lets you create projects using a variety of 3D shapes that you can add to, rotate and manipulate in space, and save images of. Choose from 11 different types of projects, and build structures with vibrant colors that are fun to experiment with and observe.

This app opens with two sample projects already created for you to play with and add to if you choose. Tap a project to get started, or choose to create your own new one by tapping the "+" icon in the upper left-hand corner of the interface. This will bring up … Read more

Roomeon 3D-Planner for Mac review

Roomeon 3D-Planner for Mac gives you the tools you need to design and arrange any room through its intuitive and versatile interface. Drag and drop different types of furniture, accessories, and decor into your room, while also adjusting the dimensions of the room to suit your vision. Then save your creation, or share it with the community.

To use Roomeon, you'll have to set up a free account or log in with Facebook. Once that's done, you can jump right into designing and decorating the room of your choice. The first step is to choose a template for … Read more

Crave Ep. 152: App lets you make music with a full symphony

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How fast can you solve a Rubik's cube? Probably not as fast as the CubeStormer 3 Lego robot, which just set a new world record. We jam with Cadenza, an app out of Harvard that lets you play along with a full orchestra, and we get Superman's POV using a drone, a green screen, and some really creative video. All that and more on this week's Crave show. Read more

Custom 3D-printed kayak is a homemade work of art

Jim Smith is an ambitious man. He not only built himself a large 3D printer, he also decided to have it make him a kayak. It appears to be the world's first 3D-printed kayak, and it's a stunner.

The kayak's multi-colored patchwork design looks like it would appeal to Colin Baker's version of "Doctor Who." The boat consists of 28 parts printed using ABS plastic. The materials to produce the nearly 17-foot-long kayak with a 6mm-thick hull cost around $500, according to Smith. The whole contraption weighs nearly 65 pounds, which is pretty much in line with the weight of a regular kayak.… Read more

Prepare Barbie for battle with 3D-printed armor

Barbie can be anything -- an astronaut, doctor, Air Force pilot, rock star, police officer, computer engineer -- so why not a warrior? That's exactly what 3D designer Jim Rodda, known as Zheng3 in the hobbyist 3D-printing community, envisioned when he started a Kickstarter campaign to create Barbie-compatible 3D-printed medieval armor.

It started because Rodda's 4-year-old niece has a birthday coming up and he wanted to design and print a unique gift for her.

"The original plan was to make My Little Pony-compatible glitter cannons, but the engineering turned out to be beyond what I could handle in a reasonable amount of time," Rodda told Crave. "So I back-burnered that idea, but was still interested in making accessories for toys she already had. I've been playing Dungeons and Dragons since forever, so my design thinking often goes towards fantasy medieval themes. From there it's a short mental hop to armor for Barbie dolls." … Read more