9 moviemaking apps

Do you picture yourself as an iPhone filmmaker, an Android auteur? In awards season, we sit back and critique other people's films, and if those Golden Globes and Oscar nominees have inspired or irritated you -- or if you simply want to level up from shooting home videos -- take a shot at making your own movie. We've scouted nine affordable, time-saving, feature-rich apps to help you script, storyboard, shoot, and edit.


A good movie starts with a good script. Celtx Script (iOS, Android) is a great alternative to pricier Final Draft. The app enables you to … Read more

Crave Ep. 151: Neil Young's Pono dreams soon to come true

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Neil Young's PonoMusic service blew past its Kickstarter fundraising goal in one day. Are FLAC files the next wave in music? We also hear some jams from a cyborg drummer on Earth, and wake up to the sweet smells and sounds of the Bacon Alarm. Read more

Bacon alarm clock wafts meat odors from your iPhone

I woke up and smelled the bacon this morning. No, my valet wasn't prepping breakfast in the kitchen. I have no actual bacon anywhere in my house. What I do have is a bacon alarm clock. It isn't edible, it just smells that way.

There are two parts to the Oscar Mayer bacon alarm clock/publicity stunt. The first is an iPhone app called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon. Anyone can download it for free. The second part is a small device that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone (or, in my case, an iPad Mini). When the alarm goes off, the app shows a video of cooking bacon, the gadget spews a vaporized bacon scent into the air, and a soothing voice talks about the wonders of the meaty product.… Read more

The 404 1,439: Where Satoshi Nakamoto is Satoshi Nakamoto (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.

- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.

- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.

- Your iPhone can now wake you up with the smell of bacon.… Read more

Texas man and his dogs go after Ellen's selfie retweet record

Ellen DeGeneres had the power of the Oscars and a score of celebrities rocketing her now-famous Academy Awards selfie into the record books with more than 3 million retweets. Texas engineer Terry Shipman is hoping the power of his two scruffy little dogs can help him catch up.

In what appears to have been a throwaway joke, Shipman shared a selfie of himself on the couch with his two pups out to his handful of followers along with the message, "Let's see if we can beat the Oscar re-tweets!" Somehow, the word got out and, almost a day later, Shipman's followers had ballooned to more than 2,800 and the tweet got retweeted over 75,000 times.… Read more

DeGeneres' Oscar tweet leads to $3M Samsung donation

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

A woman on a mission, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was determined to set Twitter retweet records during the awards show on Sunday. She snapped a selfie with her Samsung smartphone, posted it to Twitter, and waited for the retweets to roll in.

And roll they did. For DeGeneres, it was mission accomplished. And for Samsung, it meant a lot of eyes on its device.

Samsung was so pleased that it announced Tuesday it will donate $3 million to charities … Read more

Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave' sees illegal downloads triple

The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.

On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.

It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more

DeGeneres' Oscar selfie tweet captures retweet crown

And the Oscar for the best selfie goes to Ellen DeGeneres.

The host of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony nabbed the title after challenging viewers to set a record by retweeting a photo she was about to tweet from the front row of the awards show. The photo, which was snapped by actor Bradley Cooper and included fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Lawrence among others, captured more than 4,000 retweets in just a few seconds.

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap

— Ellen DeGeneres (@… Read more

Oscar overload brings down ABC live stream

Heavy demand overwhelmed ABC's live streaming from the Oscars Sunday evening with video interruptions for many users.

A spokesman told Variety in an email that the live video, went "down nationwide due to a traffic overload/greater than expected." The service was restored by 10:45 p.m. Eastern, according to ABC.

Ellen does Samsung Oscars selfie, tweets from iPhone backstage

Despite Hollywood stars declaring their solidarity with all the world's struggling people, there's sometimes a nagging sense that many are quite into money.

Some, myself included, admired how overtly Oscars presenter Ellen Degeneres integrated the vast Samsung phones into her performance.

Hollywood folk do have this other side to them off camera, though. In Ellen's case, she seemed to prefer a different camera when she's away from the TV lens.

For a wily tweeter, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, noticed that she tweeted another selfie of herself and a very fine and famous face from backstage. For … Read more