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Techsmith takes $30 off Camtasia Studio 8, introduces new Snagit 12

Techsmith takes $30 off Camtasia Studio 8, introduces new Snagit 12

Camtasia Studio is an all-in-one professional screen capturing tool and video editor. With tons of features, a friendly UI, and easy-to-follow instructions, Camtasia is the first choice for many Windows users looking to make stunning videos. For this week only, you can get the rarely discounted, feature-rich suite at 10 percent off the regular price.

Features Capture what you're seeing and doing right on your desktop. Create videos, and add professional polish with its powerful video editor. Engage and keep your audience's attention with interactive pop-ups and quizzes. Save and share with your audience on YouTube, Facebook, or … Read more

12 apps for 12 days of Cannes

12 apps for 12 days of Cannes

From May 14 to 25, celebrities and critics take to the French Riviera for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. This much-anticipated annual event draws thousands to special screenings and VIP parties. Not going? Let Download.com soften the 400 blows with our 12 top movie apps, one for each day of the festival.

Festival de Cannes app The official Festival de Cannes app ( iOS, Android) is the closest thing to being there. Get a front-row glimpse at all the action with up-to-the-minute news, photos, and video, and share your finds on social media.

IMDb Ever wonder what year Palme d'… Read more

Unity CEO David Helgason foretells the future of gaming

Unity CEO David Helgason foretells the future of gaming

Unity builds technology to help developers build games. At GDC 2014, I chatted with the CEO of Unity, David Helgason. The gaming innovator previewed some of the latest Unity 5 features that developers will be able to use, including improvements in lighting effects and audio mixing.

Games that use Unity:

Dead Trigger (Android)

Device 6 (iOS)

Video Interview: Peter Molyneux

Video Interview: Peter Molyneux

The Game Developers Conference is running full throttle this week in San Francisco. We spoke there with Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable and Godus, now available on Steam. Molyneux talked about the 22Cans studio's Kickstarter campaign for Godus, teaching players how to be a god in the game, how video games have enriched his relationship with his son, and his verdict on the XBox One and PlayStation 4.

Get in the games with top apps for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Get in the games with top apps for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Now that Bruno Bowl 2014 is over, it's time to turn our attention to the Winter Olympics. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kick off this week in Russia, and you can follow the action with these apps. Keep tabs on your favorite athletes and events from anywhere.

NBC Olympics Highlights

Get the latest news, video highlights, previews, and in-depth stories with this app for iOS and Android. You'll find the live-stream schedule, TV listings, and results all in one place, from NBC, the official network for this year's event.

Visa 360 Cam

Ever wonder what the … Read more

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.

Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search bar) by typing in "Streamus" and hitting Tab, or you can search within the extension and create your own playlist.

You can get … Read more

CyberLink launches Director series update

CyberLink launches Director series update

On Thursday, Cyberlink announced updates for their production software line, including the 12th release of their flagship video editor, PowerDirector. The latest release includes support for editing cuts with multiple camera footage and boasts performance improvements in rendering videos.

The Ultimate Suite combines ColorDirector and AudioDirector to create a more seamlessly functional editing studio that lets you switch in between each editor. This in turn makes things like color grading and audio edits much more convenient since post-production flows will now be centered around one suite. However, users are also given the option to purchase each Director program, separately.

PhotoDirector … Read more

Despite DRM opposition, Chrome for Android to get Google's Widevine

Despite DRM opposition, Chrome for Android to get Google's Widevine

In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.

Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. Google acquired Widevine in 2010; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.

DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central … Read more

Loom lets you intelligently sync photos Dropbox-style across your devices

Loom lets you intelligently sync photos Dropbox-style across your devices

There are many photo storage services available out there competing for the right to hold our digital memories. Apps like Instagram and Flickr were designed to make sharing photos online easier but were not specifically designed for private storage. Cloud depositories like Dropbox or Google Drive work amazingly well with documents and spreadsheets but not with images or movies. Loom comes onto the scene with a fantastic app to tackle a specific problem in a great way.

The Loom app automatically uploads all of your photos and videos from your iPad and iPhone to be shared interchangeably. The Web and … Read more

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 fancy image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop--a freeware app called GifCam lets anyone easily produce animated GIFs from on-screen activity, i.e. streaming videos, … Read more