Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 review

As the latest version of one of the world's leading professional audio solutions, Sound Forge Pro 11 brings workflow enhancements and tweaks, new signal effects plug-ins, one-touch recording, new display options, and restore and repair tools. It's a great piece of software, though somewhat costly.


Reliable, professional solution: At this level of complexity, Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 looks and feels like a mature product. Its power and stability ensure that all your audio needs will be satisfied to the last detail.

Audio for video: With videography in mind, the new version supports popular video formats like … Read more

Sony ACID Xpress Free review

As a stripped-down version of ACID Pro, Sony's professional digital audio workstation, Sony ACID Xpress Free provides a serviceable music editing program, but bars you from using some basic features unless you put up the cash to purchase the Pro version.


Good features: Sony ACID Xpress Free has a digital keyboard, guitar, and drum set at your disposal for making tracks. Like its parent app, it uses Acid Loops that automatically change in pitch to match and transition seamlessly into other Acid Loops, to ease the process of creating music.

Helpful tutorials: The "Show Me How" … Read more

Loops review

Bonfire's Loops: The Ultimate Dots Game is fast, free, and fun to play, but it's about half ads, too. The game's object is easy: Swipe two or more connected dots to remove them from the board. Swipe a loop of four or more dots to score big. Remove as many dots as you can in 60 seconds to win.


Fast fingers: Loops is all about fast action and reaction, and you don't have time to study the board; you've got dots to clear STAT.

Timed play: The time limit makes Loops great for a … Read more

Review: Loop for iPhone is a fast, intuitive animation builder for your iPhone

Loop for iPhone is a sleek, attractive app loaded with features to create short animations that you can then save and share with friends and family on the go. While it's not a full-blown movie creator or video editor, it offers plenty of features to create hand drawn animations on your iPhone, and with numerous steps along the way to help you get the most out of the app and a very polished interface that looks great on the small screen, it's a joy to use.

After installation, you can open Loop for iPhone and start creating new … Read more

Review: NewsLoop creates and helps you manage a personalized news feed on iOS

NewsLoop is a powerful news curation and sharing tool that allows you to create custom categories and displays that can then be shared, saved, and synced between devices. The result is one of the more powerful news-focused apps on the App Store for the iPhone, and a great way to access and interact with news stories from your device, especially with the demise of services like Google Reader.

The app starts slowly the first time as it loads the news sources. This only happens once, however, so it's not a major inconvenience. After the initial setup, you will get … Read more

Make the basket fast with Shoot a Loop

Shoot a Loop is a simple game. It uses a mechanism that can be found in small plastic toys that children used to get out of vending machines in grocery stores 20 years ago. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of games use simple, nostalgic designs in modern packaging to bring their players back to the days of yesteryear on their phones. However, with some odd physics, hard-to-control mechanics, and a limit on game modes, Shoot a Loop is not such a game.

The concept is very simple. You have a basketball in a loop with four baskets, … Read more

Make a jingle on a smartphone, play it on a computer instantly

Sometimes I get bored with the same old holiday song and dance.

If you do too, you can create your own theme, techy-style, with a unique Web page that turns your smartphone, tablet, or PlayStation Vita into an on-the-fly holiday music loop maker. German design firm deepblue came up with the site, which blends HTML5 and the powerful WebSocket protocol to offer a unique live mobile-to-browser experience that many of you probably have not experienced before. … Read more

Blinklifier: Bat eyelashes, activate display

Princess Leia, eat your heart out.

If you need a little extra something in your struggle against the Galactic Empire, what better than this charming headdress? It's enough to stop a platoon of stormtroopers dead in its tracks.

But Blinklifier is no sci-fi film prop. It's the subject of research on feedback loops being presented at this month's 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2012) in Matsue, Japan.

Tricia Flanagan of Hong Kong Baptist University and colleagues are proposing Blinklifier as a wearable computer that emphasizes the user's eye movements with a colorful … Read more

Mash up video clips with effects and music

VJay, from the makers of DJay for iPhone, is mixing software for videos much like a DJ setup, but instead you'll record, mix, and add audio and effects to create cool-looking video mashups.

The interface is sleek-looking and fairly easy to use with a little bit of digging around. It is set up with video screens on the bottom on both sides, then the main viewing window up top. On each side you can touch a button to add a video source and work with playback and loop controls. You also have a button that brings up tools for … Read more

Figure lets you make electronic music in three easy steps on iOS: Hands-on

Figure (99 cents) lets you create a song with three tracks -- drums, bass, and synth lead -- through a series of taps on a beautifully designed touch interface. The easiest way to get started familiarizing yourself with Figure is simply by touching record, then holding drum sounds to lay down your first beat.

Once you're satisfied with your beat, touch the red Bass tab at the top to add a bass track. You'll see three circles at the top with Rhythm on the left (number of bass notes per eight bars) and Range in the middle (this adjusts what part of the scale your notes will come from). On the right side of the interface you'll see a circle divided up into pie pieces illustrating the steps of the scale -- the actual notes you are playing. Figure automatically makes sure you're in tune, only using notes from the same key. Once you've filled out the loop, let go and listen to your drum and bass lines.… Read more