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Review: PixelPoint HD is a photo editor with plenty of effects for your iPad

PixelPoint is a powerful photo editing tool for your iPad that lets you adjust your images to perfection and add filters to finish them off. There are many tools available through this app's intuitive and functional interface, and once you've got your photo just the way you want it, it's easy to share it on Facebook or Twitter or save it to your camera roll.

When you open PixelPoint for the first time, you're given the option of connecting with Facebook or just continuing on to edit your photos. You can go back and connect at … Read more

Crave Ep. 150: Will dogs speak human in 2014?

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Strap your dog's mind-reading headgear on. It's the last Crave show of 2013 and we're predicting that in 2014 dogs will be talking. No More Woof uses a Raspberry Pi computer to turn your dog's thoughts into audible phrases. The European Space Agency launched a satellite carrying a 1-billion pixel camera that will 3D-map the Milky Way, and a Romanian man has built a full-size drivable car out of 500,000 Legos. Better buckle up, because 2014 will be here much faster than the Lego car can drive. Read more

Sharp's Windows 8.1 tablet has serious specs: LTE, WQXGA

Sharp is upping the ante in the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet space with a WQXGA tablet packing 4GB of memory and LTE connectivity.

The Meibus Pad from Sharp -- which is also one of the world's largest LCD manufacturers -- sports a 2,560×1,600 IGZO display.

That's just shy of 300 pixels per inch and tops the 9.7-inch iPad Air's 264.

And that resolution also beats most Windows 8.1 tablets on sale today. Ten-inch class Windows 8.1 tablets typically offer resolutions no higher than 1,920x1,200 (e.g., … Read more

Bokeh, a new tool for quietly logging your memories

Facebook is great for extroverted folks who want to broadcast their thoughts and photos to a lot of people. A new service called Bokeh, though, is geared for those who want something closer to a private journal -- though not too close.

Michael Zhang and Mike Zupan just launched Bokeh on Tuesday, offering the inevitable iOS app with an online site where people can store photos and thoughts. It's a spinoff from PetaPixel, the photography blog Zhang founded and of which he's now editor in chief.

There are plenty of journaling services available, but Zhang generally thinks they'… Read more

Acer to sell touch Chromebook at fraction of Google Pixel price

Since February, when Google launched its Chromebook Pixel, there's been just one option for those seeking a Chromebook with a touch screen. It came with a high-resolution screen -- and a high price tag: $1,299.

On Tuesday, however, Acer announced a touch screen Chromebook option that's less than a quarter of the price. The latest in its new C720P Chromebook series comes with a touch screen and will go on sale early next month at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Acer Store for just $300.

It features a Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor and an 11.6-inch HD … Read more

Crave Ep. 146: MIT's inForm turns 3D digital data into something physical

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This week on Crave, we're amazed by an MIT tech innovation. We get all panoramic with the Panono camera and Google's Street Views of Venice, Italy, and we watch a man blow up a PS4 with a high-powered rifle for really no good reason other than he can and did. All that and more on this week's Crave show. Read more

Canon to offer dual-pixel autofocus upgrade for C100

Most cameras are lucky to get an update to their firmware, but Canon next year will offer a $500 upgrade to sensor hardware to endow its C100 cinema camera with the new dual-pixel autofocus technology.

The upgrade price isn't cheap, even for a $5,500 camera, but Canon promises significantly better performance from the refit. The dual-pixel sensor technology, which debuted this year on Canon's D70 SLR, splits each pixel on the sensor into two halves; comparing the signals from each side lets the camera better judge which way to adjust focus and to do so more smoothly. … Read more

Apple could plan a MacBook Air makeover, data shows

A redesign of the MacBook Air may arrive in 2014, if a research note from DisplaySearch proves to be accurate.

As CNET reported Tuesday, analyst firm NPD DisplaySearch anticipates that Apple may plan a larger 4.7-inch iPhone, a 5.7-inch phablet, a 1.3-inch iWatch, and a 12.9-inch iPad-like device, among other products.

Buried among the speculation about future iPads and iWatches was also data about a Retina MacBook Air due in 2014.

The speculative data about the future Air was tagged with the parenthetical "new," implying a new design. That redesign appears to be pegged … Read more

Review: Minecraft for Mac mines out your time and sleep

Minecraft for Mac is a time-sucking, mind-bending, and sleep-depriving experience. It hits the right tune on the subject of creation: it really does provide building blocks for your imagination.

Minecraft has no real direction, anchoring plot, or specific guidelines. Players are dropped into a world with only the ability to carve out resources from the surrounding land.

The game's outdated graphics won't really distract you from the game's core focus on building. Soon you'll find out that as it gets dark, lounging around with a pickaxe probably won't do you any good against the pixelated … Read more

Enable Google+ Photos app in Chrome for Mac, Windows

Over the weekend 9to5Mac posted a quick tutorial from Google Operating System detailing how to enable the Google+ Photos app without the need for Chrome OS.

Of course you'll need to be using Chrome on your Mac or PC, but the app will run the same nonetheless.

First you'll need to open a tab to the Google+ Photos app in the Chrome Web store.

You'll notice the "Add to Chrome" button is grayed out. Right-click on it and select "Inspect Element" from the drop-down menu. A text editor will open on the lower … Read more