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Download these winning apps for a perfect Valentine's Day

If you didn't get caught in Cupid's spray this year, we have some pretty good ideas for how to spend your free day. Take a day off and spend it with the classiest person you know: that special guy/gal in the mirror. Of course there's nothing stopping you from using this list to get started on the best date ever, if you're lucky enough to feel the sweet warm embrace of requited love.

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Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS , video

Tubalr: Spotify and YouTube rolled into one

Tubalr has been making a buzz among the Web community quite recently by bringing a service everyone has been asking for but has never been quite fulfilled until now. This simple Web app lets you create playlists from YouTube videos. Simply input a search term, select between 'only' and 'similar' depending on how much you want to narrow down your options, and Tubalr will auto-generate a video playlist according to your search. The 'only' function... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , video , Mac , music , Windows software , YouTube , Webware

VLC Beta hits Android

The good news is, VLC Beta was released today, giving Android users a long-awaited taste of do-it-all media player VLC. The bad news is, VLC's developers say the app is meant only for power users and hackers, meaning most of us should probably wait on downloading it.

Just like its bigger brothers on Mac and Windows, VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player that can open just about any media file out there. It offers an audio... Read More »

Tags: Android , apps , video , audio , Media , player

Camtasia 8 vastly improves screencast frame rates

When it comes to producing professional-looking movies and demos from your computer screen, TechSmith's Camtasia Studio is known for striking the right balance between a powerful toolset and ease of use. Version 8, released today, adds even more useful features that encourage end-user interactivity without making the app any more complex to use.

The feature-packed screencast app, which includes HD production settings, does have a learning curve, but the user-friendly interface and front-and-center icons for most-used tools go a long... Read More »

Tags: video , Windows software , image , screencast , screen

Socialcam for Android is a bust

While Socialcam appears to be one of the better video-sharing apps on iPhone, I certainly can't say the same about its sibling on the Android platform. See, after taking some time to review Socialcam for Android, I realized that the app is wrought with problems and in dire need of some attention from its developers.

The first problem I encountered was that Socialcam on Android only offers you the option to log in using Facebook, and much... Read More »

Tags: Android , apps , video , Facebook , sharing , social

VLC Media Player gets face-lift, new features

The Open Source VLC Media Player has been a longtime favorite here at Download.com, and a recent update gives the Mac app a complete overhaul to the interface.

VLC Media Player (Mac or Windows) made a name for itself as the open-source alternative to default players from both of today's major operating systems. On Windows users would grab VLC to play files not supported by Windows Media Player and for Mac users, it was often the only way to... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Windows , video , Mac , Windows software , audio , Media , player , Files

VLC 2.0 brings Blu-ray playback, sleek new UI, more to Mac OS X

VLC (download), everyone's favorite Swiss-Army-like media player for Mac, is about to make the jump to version 2.0, and oh what a big jump it appears to be.

Apparently being rewritten from the ground up, the new and improved application is set to offer features like native full-screen mode in Mac OS X Lion and experimental Blu-ray playback support. It's also worth noting that the change log mentioned porting to Android and iOS platforms to be in the works... Read More »

Tags: video , Mac , Media , player , multimedia

Easy video effects apps for iOS

There are a ton of image-editing apps that add effects to your images, but what about video?

Anyone who uses an iPhone 4 or 4S knows the smartphone takes great-looking video, but your options are limited with the Apple app when it comes to adding effects. Don't underestimate the value of adding effects, either: a good effect can turn a mundane subject into a great video.

This week's collection of iOS apps is all about adding effects to your videos. The first... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , apps , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , video , Windows software , social , camera , Instagram

Skype 2.6 for Android knows how to share

Skype for Android jumps to version 2.6 today, and it brings with it some really nifty sharing capabilities.

Now you can send photos, recorded videos, or other files to your contacts directly from Skype's chat interface. Based on the screenshot, the feature seems simple enough, and we're sure it'll be popular with anyone who regularly uses the Skype app. File sharing is free and available over Wi-Fi or through your device's data connection.

Also, anyone with a device running Nvidia's Tegra 2... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , apps , video , Skype , Windows software , sharing

Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls

Skype deepened its partnership with Facebook today by adding Facebook video calling to both its Mac and Windows applications.

With the just-announced Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, you can initiate a Facebook video call without having to open up your browser and log in to the social-networking site. Just connect your Facebook account to Skype, select a Facebook friend, and hit the Skype video call button. Your friend picks up the call directly... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , video , Mac , Facebook , Chat , Skype , Windows software , VoIP