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Paint Harmony review

Paint Harmony is an excellent way to find paint colors and see how they would look on your walls or furniture. The app can be tough to navigate at times, but it doesn't ruin the effect one bit. It could save you hundreds in wasted paint and is an excellent way to get inspiration, as well.

This app lets you snap a photo of any room or wall in your house and re-imagine it with a new paint color. The app's paint database includes swatches from several different companies, which is much better than apps that seem to … Read more

MyOilPaintingFree lets you create oil paintings from your photos

MyOilPaintingFree gives you the tools to give your photos the look of oil paintings complete with frames, and then lets you share them with friends. Choose an existing photo, or take a new one through the app, and then experiment with various looks and brush sizes to turn your image into the perfect painting.

The first thing you have to do when you open this app is figure out what photo to use. Whether you import one from your camera roll or take a new one through the app, your photo will be immediately made to look like an oil … Read more

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