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Compositor for Mac review

Compositor for Mac is a feature-packed image editor that lets you transform your images into true works of art. Apart from giving you the basic image editing tools, it also offers tons of cool filters and photo manipulation tools. You can turn your image into an impressionist painting or something contemporary or edgy -- the possibilities are endless.

Similar to most other Mac apps, Compositor for Mac is very easy to install, and you'll have 30 days to try it out before purchasing. Do keep in mind that some action runs are limited until you register the software. Once … Read more

First drive in the BMW i3 (CNET On Cars, Episode 31)

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BMW's i3 is a fascinating departure in almost every way Hemi engines: What were they...what are they? Top 5 fuel economy myths Understanding your kid's car booster seat E-mail: Clear auto-protection films to prevent paint chips

After you watch out Car Tech 101 on hemi engines, you may wonder why Chrysler is using them in modern cars where high RPM, compactness, and fuel efficiency are so important. The simple answer is today's Chrysler Hemi … Read more

Twitter bird at its booziest in 'Drunk Tweets' art

Mix alcohol and a smartphone, and at some point in the evening, there will probably be drunk-tweeting. But what if Twitter's blue bird mascot and his buddies had a cocktail party of their own? That's what San Francisco graphic artist Josh Ellingson pondered when he started his whimsical "Drunk Tweets" series of paintings.

"I've drawn characters drinking before, but I wanted to make the birds full-on inebriated," Ellingson told Crave. "A lot of my friends are pretty inspirational when they've had a few and I'd make mental notes while toasting to their health. Watching TV while cranking out paintings really helps keep me glued to the drawing table. I watched the Ken Burns' 'Prohibition' series while painting drunk birds. And yes, I've been watching back-to-back episodes of 'Cheers' on Netflix." … Read more

Review: Paint Splash Effect FX is riddled with ads, low-quality filters, and few features

Paint Splash Effect FX is a disappointing photo editing tool with a stripped-down set of tools that make it hard to produce a decent-looking photo. From a plethora of ads that interrupt what you are doing to the minimal features, this app is not quite ready for your phone.

When you load Paint Splash Effect FX, you are greeted with three ad screens. It's a portentous start for an app that will throw ads at you frequently as you attempt to edit your photos. Ignoring the first two options on the home screen, which are upgrade paths, you can … Read more

The 404 1,378: Where we join the fight against flatulence (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- High-tech underwear keeps your farts from smelling.

- Misguided Web site shames mistresses instead of philandering husbands.

- What's the worst part of working at Google?

- Today's story is about a "haunted" painting on eBay that's been scaring the crap out of the Internet for decades.… Read more

Review: Paint My Place is a hard-to-use app with a potentially useful concept

Paint My Place is a home painting app that shows you actual paint colors so that you can imagine and view what your home would look like if you painted it that color. Paint My Place could be a useful app, but it is difficult to work with, requires a $2.99 upgrade to gain access to most features, and bombards you with requests for that upgrade.

Paint My Place isn't a complicated app in terms of purpose. You take a picture of the inside or outside of your home, select paints, and then decorate the home to see … Read more

Mood cars: Paint reacts to temperature changes

There is a Nissan R33 Skyline cruising around in England that looks a bit different than most cars. It has an all-over custom heat-reactive paint job that changes from black to orange depending on the temperature across the surface. West Yorkshire body shop Auto Kandy undertook the task of applying the special paint.

Heat-sensitive paint has been applied to automobiles before, but generally as a special effect to create looks like color-changing flames. What's unusual about this application is that the whole car was done up. It appears black when cool and turns orange as it heats up. On a cold day, taking it for a drive will turn the hood orange from the heat of the engine.… Read more

Microsoft gives Windows 8.1 some Fresh Paint

Microsoft Paint lovers who scratched their heads at the lack of a native Windows 8 drawing app can rejoice: the new Fresh Paint will ship on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.

Fresh Paint is a free painting app for the "Metro" mode of Windows 8 (download) and Windows Phone 8 (download). When it announced the beta preview of the app, Microsoft said that it started out as a "research project" to make a realistic digital-painting app.

Fresh Paint, which had been downloaded more than 1 million times as of February, will be available October … 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

Old-school MacPaint revived online with CloudPaint

I remember staring at a little Macintosh screen in my younger years, fiddling with shapes, spray-paint brushes, and brick patterns. I created little computer drawings of cats and fantastical creatures. It was all done with MacPaint, the classic Apple drawing software that debuted in 1984.

Flash-forward to modern day and all those memories are coming back thanks to CloudPaint, a fully functional version of MacPaint online from developer Martin Braun. It's all there, from the FatBits feature to the annoying little selection lasso.… Read more