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DarkMagic Super Theme GO review

DarkMagic Super Theme Go features beautiful icons, interactive wallpapers, and a clever moon clock, but to fully enjoy it, you have to unlock the premium features. Its dark Gothic feel and awesome animations and effects can make your home screen much more interesting, but they deplete your battery in no time. For lovers of magic, however, this is an outstanding theme.

To enjoy all the effects of DarkMagic Super Theme Go, you need to have the latest edition of the popular GO LauncherEx installed on your computer. The first thing that will strike you about this theme is the wonderful … Read more

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

Review: Might & Magic Duel of Champions is a card game in the popular M&M universe

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is a collectible card game for your iPad that is set in the universe of Might & Magic, and while it has quite a few fun features, it suffers in many ways from a poor interface and slow performance. We had multiple issues in testing, from slow load times to unresponsive controls; and while the game was, at times, fun, it also felt a bit dated.

When you load Might & Magic: Duel of Champions for the first time, you'll need to register for Ubisoft's Uplay account so you can play online. … Read more

Presto! iBalance magic trick makes smartphones float in midair

There are lots of magic tricks you can perform with your smartphone, usually using some combination of real-world objects (like, say, cards) and an app.

For example, with Card2Phone, physical items like coins and cards seem to disappear into an iPhone, then reappear again in the real world.

But with iBalance, the phone itself becomes the illusion. This new trick, designed for amateur and professional magicians alike, makes any smartphone appear to balance in an impossible way. Take a look:

As you can see, it's a pretty good piece of prestidigitation. I've dabbled in magic since I was … Read more

Review: InstaMagic combines numerous filters for a fun editing experience

InstaMagic is a photo editing app, but it features a number of fun and unique options that set it apart from the slew of other apps in this category. While not necessarily revolutionary in the field, InstaMagic manages to show us quite a few things that are new and allow you to customize your images in exciting ways you may not be used to.

When you open InstaMagic you'll be greeted by a clean, easy-to-navigate interface. The buttons are all at the base of the screen, the background is bright without being overwhelming, and there are no pop-up ads … Read more

Review: Magic Collage is loaded with options but has a steep learning curve

Magic Collage takes just about every feature you could want in a collage app and jams them into a half-dozen menus, and while effective, it can be tough to master. With so many options in so many menus (some of them harder to find than others), the process of finalizing and sharing a collage can be cumbersome if you are doing it for the first time.

When you open Magic Collage, it provides a brief run-through of the most important buttons in the app, but even the run-through is long, so you probably won't remember everything. From there you … Read more

Apple legend Bill Atkinson's new mission: Save the postcard

It's 5:00 a.m., and Bill Atkinson makes his way downstairs to begin his daily routine of, as he calls it, milking the cow. Not of the bovine species, of course. In this instance, it's PhotoCard, a free iOS app that makes postcards from digital photos and sends them via e-mail or in printed form via the US Postal Service.

The morning milking begins as Atkinson takes command of his fully-loaded Mac Pro in his home office, surrounded by books on programming languages and fine art prints of his photography. He scans his inbox for incoming orders, … Read more

Review: Magisto Video Editor & Maker does most of the heavy lifting for you

Magisto Video Editor & Maker sews together your videos and pictures to make a fun, exciting movie or music video. It even includes popular music and cool themes to paste over your video to add more artistic flair. If you want a professional looking video to share with friends and family, this is definitely the easiest way to make it happen.

This app collects any pictures and videos you've already taken with your phone to add to a movie. You can also take new video and photos from inside of the app thanks to its built-in camera. The app … Read more

How is a chicken like a Mercedes-Benz?

What does an average chicken have in common with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550? Both have sophisticated suspension systems. In its latest advertisement, the German automaker jiggles and bounces around a few chickens to demonstrate the general idea behind its Magic Body Control adaptive suspension.

What's being illustrated here is a behavior known as the vestibulo-ocular reflex, which allows animals to isolate the movement of their eyes from the movement of their bodies, stabilizing their vision.

In the case of the chicken, the reflex also isolates the movement of its entire head, allowing the birds to keep their skulls remarkably … Read more

Review: Clone Magic makes creating cloned images relatively easy

Clone Magic is a very cool app, though you may not realize at first exactly what it allows you to do -- namely to create photos with multiple images of you or another person in them. The idea is to match the background in multiple images and cut out individuals to match them across all photos. It might sound complicated, but once you get the hang of the interface, it's rather easy and the effect is quite impressive.

Clone Magic works well, but its biggest flaw is that it fails to show you up front how to do all … Read more