Make animated GIFs from videos with GifCam

Make animated GIFs from videos with GifCam

When Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion ... was it because of the GIFs? In our media-saturated Internet landscape, the 5-second animated GIF may be the most essential entertainment currency. If a picture can paint a thousand words, the animated GIF can tell 10,000 stories in 10 frames or less. (Isn't Vine (for Android or iOS) mostly just video-based animated GIFs?)

Newbies who want to dip their toes in the GIF-creation waters no longer need... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Freeware , Photography And Image Editing , Video And Screencasting , Blogging And Web Publishing

Tags: video , screen capture

Five alternative apps to tide you over till iOS 7

Five alternative apps to tide you over till iOS 7

Apple's WWDC announcement of the upcoming iOS 7 promised a slew of amazing, long-overdue updates. Unfortunately, however, if you are not a developer, you will have to wait until sometime in the fall for the official launch, like the rest of us. Owners of iOS 7-incompatible devices shouldn't fret, either. The good news is, you can get some of the functionality or at least similar features of iOS 7, in apps that currently exist on the App Store.

1. iOS... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Office And Productivity , Freeware , Shopping Dining And Lifestyle , Music And Audio

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPad , WWDC

360 Protection on Windows and Android

360 Protection on Windows and Android

On Tuesday, Qihoo launched two major security products: 360 Internet Security and 360 Mobile Security.

360 Internet Security (32-bit / 64-bit) is a light weight security program that provides real time scanning, automatic updates, and some basic tools to protect your PC from viruses, malware, and other potentially unwanted or suspicious applications.

360 Mobile Security is the younger Android cousin, designed to provide malware protection for your mobile device and... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Security , Android Software

Tags: antivirus , Internet security

Star Apps: Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess

Star Apps: Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess

For his contribution to seven Dream Theater albums, Jordan Rudess is regarded as one of the finest keyboardists of all time. In fact, MusicRadar.com bestowed that top honor upon him back in 2011 (over Elton John and Stevie Wonder), in a ranking of the top 27 keyboardists ever.

These days the synth wiz is applying his technical savvy to the development of new apps that allow fans to unleash their own musical masterpieces. Along with his company, Wizdom Music,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Music And Audio , Blogging And Web Publishing

Tags: Star Apps

Skype your way to a new couch

Skype your way to a new couch

Skype (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)--the free VoIP app that lets you voice- or video-chat with other Skype users across the world--has become an ubiquitous tool for everyone from grandmas and grandkids to multinational corporations.

Now, the VoIP software ventures into the realm of interior design, with a "Cool My Couch" photo contest that promises the winner a free couch and Skype-enabled TV. To enter, simply submit a photo of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Video And Screencasting

Tags: Skype

Star Apps: OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder

Star Apps: OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder

If a profile like Christian Rudder's turned up in an OKCupid user's search results, it would certainly merit a deeper look. As a Harvard graduate, who's helped launch and sell two successful companies (SparkNotes, in 1999, which sold to Barnes & Noble; OKCupid, in 2004, which sold to Match.com) and an indie musician who's appeared in the romcom, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," he'd be a catch by most standards.

Download.com caught up with Rudder, who's also OKCupid's General... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Developer Tools , Music And Audio , Blogging And Web Publishing

Tags: Star Apps

Star Apps: GigaOM's Om Malik

Star Apps: GigaOM's Om Malik

Award-winning journalist Om Malik leveraged years of tech and business media experience -- senior editor at Forbes.com, senior writer at "Red Herring" and later "Business 2.0," and contributor to "The Wall Street Journal," "The Economist," and "MIT Technology Review" -- to found leading indie tech blog GigaOM, back in 2006.

Offering news and opinion on startups, social media, cloud computing, mobile gadgets, and of course, software, Malik's CNET Blog 100-recognized Web magazine has since spawned numerous conferences such as GigaOM... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Download Site News , iOS Software , Social Networking , Blogging And Web Publishing

Tags: Star Apps , iPad , Twitter , Instagram

Shrink photos and clear up some hard drive space with JPEGmini

Shrink photos and clear up some hard drive space with JPEGmini

Today's cameras are capable of capturing some pretty amazing shots, whether you're using a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or even your cell phone. The average resolution of a contemporary camera can range anywhere from six to 20 megapixels--three to four times the quality of cameras of less than three years ago. However this clarity comes at a cost. As images get clearer, file sizes get bigger. JPEGmini helps you retake control over the enormous photo collection you have... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Tools Utilities And Drivers , Photography And Image Editing

Tags: Windows , Mac

Diving into <s>Metro</s> Windows Store app data

Diving into <s>Metro</s> Windows Store app data

Software publisher Soluto made a PR splash last month when it issued its first PC purchasing guide, concluding that a Macbook was the best laptop for running Windows ... mostly because running Windows on Mac requires a clean install of the OS, unlike most default Windows laptops, which include varying amounts of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software.

Soluto is back today with a new "Monthly Insights" report that looks at Windows Store app usage. Windows Store apps are commonly... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Tools Utilities And Drivers

Tags: Windows 8

Google Reader: Get your feeds and data out alive

Google Reader: Get your feeds and data out alive

Google Reader will soon be closing its virtual doors. In a move that shocked the Web, Google's SVP Urs Hölzle announced on March 13 that, despite the RSS service's "loyal following," the company would "retire" Google Reader on July 1. More than any of the other 69 products that Google has killed over the past two years, Google Reader's demise has shaken a longtime community that depends heavily on the service.

Foofaraw and conspiracy theories (about why... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Google , RSS , Google Reader