Review: Magic Hour Lite provides unlimited options for applying filters to your photos

Magic Hour Lite provides unlimited access to premade photo filters, and it also gives you the ability to create, save, and share your own. With this innovative app, there is literally no end to the combinations of effects you can apply to your photos to create the perfect finished product. And you can share the filters you create, as well, so other users can benefit from them, too.

The home screen of Magic Hour Lite offers options for taking a photo, choosing one from your photo albums, managing filters, or heading to the free filter market to find even more. … Read more

CES 2014: Startups steal the show

The importance of CES as a showcase for major consumer product launches has undoubtedly lessened over the past few years. Big companies choose to launch their big products at smaller events; places where they can control the tone, control the tempo, and control the access. Thankfully, that opening void has been more than filled by two things: cars and startups.

It's the latter category that's been really opening our eyes of late, small, independent entrepreneurs and crowd-funded darlings who have been filling the halls of CES' Eureka Park with an unpredictable collection of frequently awesome products and services. … Read more

Best free sites for learning how to write code

Not so long ago, typing was for secretaries, journalists, and would-be authors. Now we're all tapping away at keyboards and screens from morning until night.

The number of people who spend their workday coding continues to soar. In the not-too-distant future, writing code may be as commonplace as typing and other forms of text-keying are today.

Learning how to code has never been easier. Whether you're a programming newbie or an old hand looking to learn a new skill or two, these four free services have you covered. (Note that all but W3Schools.com requires that you register … Read more

NSA spy games targeted World of Warcraft

CNET Update doesn't trust the night elves:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about the Guardian's latest report on NSA's surveillance, which states government agencies tapped into online games to hunt for terrorists. In the wake of new reports of NSA's far-reaching online spying, several tech giants are calling for the U.S. to limit surveillance.

- Teach yourself how to code with free tutorials on csedweek.org, or sign up for Apple's coding class for kids.

- Speculate if Google TV will be renamed to Nexus TV during a reboot announced at … Read more

Hour of Code campaign urges students to learn to code (podcast)

It's pretty unusual to see an issue supported by President Obama and House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- as well as Apple and Microsoft -- but they're all backing Hour of Code, which aims to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms around the world to learn at least one hour of computer science this week.

Sponsored by Code.org, the effort features entertainers Shakira, Ashton Kutcher, and Angela Bassett and athletes Chris Bosh, Warren Sapp, and Dwight Howard in videos supporting this cause. Tech luminaries including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Susan Wojcicki, and … Read more

Apple stores to host free coding workshops for kids

Apple wants to "demystify code" by offering free programming classes for kids and teens.

Announced on Sunday, the 1-hour sessions will take place at Apple's US retail stores on Wednesday. The free classes are designed as an introduction to computer science for the younger crowd, promising to teach them the basics of programming.

Kids can sign up for the tutorials by making a reservation at their nearest Apple retail store. The training is part of Apple's contribution to Computer Science Education Week's Hour of Code, a global initiative aimed at teaching code to people of … Read more

Introducing kids to coding, one hour at a time

Thousands of schools worldwide will participate next week in Hour of Code, an initiative from nonprofit group Code.org to introduce computer programming to K-12 students.

The effort, which coincides with Computer Science Education Week, is an outgrowth of the group's goal to influence schools to squeeze in one hour of coding instruction on a weekly basis -- including in the US.

"Estonia teaches it from third grade and up. Vietnam teaches it from third grade and up," said Hadi Partovi, Code.org's founder. "America is the leader in software and technology, and we are … Read more

Intoxicating watches tell you when it's Happy Hour

Nothing is sadder than a cold bottle of beer that stays unopened because there's no bottle opener in sight. That's exactly the type of tragedy that Dominic Chenelia, founder of Happy Hour Timepieces, wants to prevent with his line of watches. They're equipped with subtle bottle openers and a very visible 5 o'clock indicator.

"The idea was to always have a bottle opener on you," Chenelia told Crave. "There were so many times when I would be at a tailgate, on a boat, or at the beach when no one had a bottle opener. We also wanted to design the timepieces in a way where it wasn't apparent that you were wearing a bottle opener on your wrist. The goal was to create a stylish design that could be worn every day, which also contained a bottle opener for those 5 o'clock moments." … Read more

Gates, Zuck, Dorsey chip in to teach 10M students coding

While computer programming and coding are becoming more common K-12 class options, these subject matters are still a mystery to many students. A nonprofit called Code.org is trying to change that by enlisting a star-studded entourage of techies to help with its new "Hour of Code" campaign.

The goal of Hour of Code is to introduce computer programming to 10 million K-12 students in the US during Computer Science Education Week. The event happens December 9 to 15.

Joining the cause are several individuals, such as long-time philanthropist Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter … Read more

Review: Hours Keeper tracks clients, hours worked, and future invoices

Hours Keeper is an easy-to-use app for tracking hours when on the job, including client, hours, and invoice recording functions. While not a full-blown invoicing solution, Hours Keeper is very easy to use and even supports multiple-client tracking at once, so you can always stay on top of your hours worked and bill accurately when finalizing an invoice.

The first step after downloading Hours Keeper is to add a client. You can add as many clients as you want, but before you track hours, you need at least one. This is not a CRM, however, so the only information you … Read more