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Create a Ken Burns-style photo project on your iPhone with PhotoMotion

PhotoMotion, from the makers of PhotoToaster, lets you put together a slideshow of images with the popular zooming and panning technique known as the Ken Burns effect, but doesn't offer much else.

There have been a number of apps that duplicated this dramatic style of slow panning over images, but they have often been too complicated or the interface so unintuitive that people simply wouldn't bother. But PhotoToaster, made by the same developers, is one of my favorite photo editors, so I was excited to see how they would handle an entirely different process for creating photo projects. … Read more

Burning Man's 2014 theme: Caravansary

Burning Man has announced its 2014 theme: "Caravansary," and that The Man is returning to its roots on the desert floor.

The counterculture arts festival's theme changes each year, with past events focusing on things like Fertility, The Seven Ages of Man, the Green Man, and many others. Many artists choose to build their projects around the themes, while others ignore it altogether.

In a blog post, organizers of the annual counterculture arts festival wrote that:

This year we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre wherein treasures … Read more

Review: BurnAware Free lets you burn just about any type of disc with ease

BurnAware Free completely handles any burned disc, whether you need music, a movie, or something much more complicated. It does it with a straightforward interface and even lets you start from scratch with its deletion feature. This program is far superior to any burner that only handles just one or two types of discs.

BurnAware Free burns discs of plenty of different varieties, including DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, and even boot discs. No matter which style of disc you're trying to make, you can find it with ease, thanks to the program's clean graphic interface. While it doesn't … Read more

Facebook's Sandberg, IBM's Rometty make Fortune power list

Several tech executives made Fortune's annual list of the most powerful women in business, with IBM's Ginny Rometty topping the rankings for the second straight year.

Rometty took over as IBM's CEO in January of 2012 after running Big Blue's sales operations. A longtime IBMer, Rometty made Fortune's list even before becoming CEO. The publication noted Thursday that Rometty is devoting resources to commercializing Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, as well as pushing into developing markets such as Africa.

Another familiar face on the list is Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at No. 5. … Read more

Why fear of a tech elite-fueled Burning Man burnout is sooo wrong

Did you know that after 28 years, Burning Man has officially jumped the shark? Or at least cut the tether with its counterculture roots and become the new Davos, where tech bigwigs swarm the annual desert gathering wearing fancy outfits and bearing fat wallets.

The "arrival" of tech's elite and their money led grumpy chroniclers to complain how the latest Burning Man festival was little more than another venue for Silicon Valley's ruling class to share power lunches. And that, harrumph, harrumph, we are told, is bad. "Is Burning Man the new golf?" tweetedRead more

Mysterious puzzle game embedded in official Burning Man map

There are a lot of people who probably think that Burning Man is a game, but this year, it's actually true.

When the gates open this Sunday to the annual countercultural arts festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, each of the up to 68,000 people who enter will be initiated into a participatory game designed to make their experience at Burning Man just a little bit richer.

For the past 12 years, Bay Area artist Lisa Hoffman has designed the official map handed to all attendees when they arrive at what's known as Black Rock City. … Read more

Mars? No, Burning Man: Curosity Rover art car will prowl the playa

If you happen to be wandering around a certain martian-like landscape next week and see the Curiosity Rover drive by, don't worry about your air supply.

Though you might be in a mindset to think you're on Mars, you're really at Burning Man, the annual countercultural arts festival held each summer in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. But your eyes aren't deceiving you: That is the Curiosity Rover. Well, at least an art car built by a group including members of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory meant to pay homage to the rover that landed on … Read more

The 404 1,319: Where we look through the other side of the glass (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- AOL still makes $600 million a year in Internet subscriptions.

- The creator of the iPhone's text message noise explains its origins.

- JewGlass: Google Glass app gives directions to Kosher restaurants and sets prayer-time reminders.

- Twitter messages can pinpoint restaurants with food safety issues.

- All You Can Arcade delivers arcade cabinets to your door.… Read more

Review: Rip, burn, and create virtual discs with Alcohol 120%

Alcohol 120% rips and burns backup copies of your valuable discs and also creates and plays 31 different virtual discs: everything from Audio CDs to DVDs, with blazing access speeds. It records audio and converts data, too. Alcohol 120% is free to try for 15 days, though the trial version is limited to six virtual drives instead of 31, and to burning with only two drives, simultaneously. Alcohol 120% is compatible with Windows XP to 7, with a separate download for Windows 98/Me. You'll need an optical disc drive to use Alcohol 120%, too, though you'll only … Read more

Review: Express Burn Mac DVD streamlines DVD and CD creation

Express Burn Mac DVD provides numerous tools to author audio, video, and data CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs using your Mac computer, mostly without issues. The interface is clean but a little dated, and the features are all stripped down to the easiest possible input methods, making it quick and easy to load data or video and create your discs.

After installation, you can immediately start creating new discs. Each mode is separated into its own menu--audio, video, data, or ISO. The ISO mode is especially nice, allowing you to create disc images without necessarily needing to burn it to … Read more