Posted on October 30th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Qik” is a new Skype app is for sending short video messages to groups of friends. Skype was an early conduit for free video calls. Until now it was used mainly for long — 40 minutes or so — calls. Qik limits you to 42 second calls that don’t take up more than 5 megabytes of space on the recipient’s phone. It competes directly with WhatsApp and SnapChat.
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Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
SlashFilm.com has movie news. We learned about plans for “Indiana Jones 5″ and “Twilight” as a series of short films for Facebook.
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Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Glide” is like Skype video calling but with a twist. When you tap “record,” you’re streaming live video, whether or not there’s anyone waiting at the other end. Videos can be up to five minutes and the service is free.
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Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“VSDC Free Video Editor” just came out in a new version. It’s very similar to professional video editors. It’s free, for Windows XP on up to Windows 8. Critics have admitted they are in awe of its tools but point out it is difficult to use for novices. We’re novices, so we tried it out. Some parts of the program are actually easy to use. For instance, you can easily make a slideshow with a video of someone in one corner talking about the slideshow. Just click “add object” to add a photo or video to an existing video clip, or to add music or speech. This is pretty useful; could be all you need for an instructional video, for […]
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Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
If you’ve seen the movie “Clash of the Titans” or remember the old TV series “Gumby,” you’ve seen a kind of animation called “stop motion.” In stop-motion, you make a movie frame by frame, moving the objects a tiny fraction each time. There’s new software out for Mac users who want to make their own animations.
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Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
The other day, our smart TV got dumber. It stopped giving us channels like Amazon and Netflix. Using the “reset” command fixed it, but in the meantime, we had a chance to explore the $49 Roku Streaming Stick and we took it.
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Posted on June 11th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
A friend of ours owns a bookstore in a tiny town and to get more people into the store, he shows free 3D movies. He’s technically savvy so we were curious about what kind of projector he chose. It was the Optoma HD 25.
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Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
A reader wrote to say he stopped his cable TV service and is now bringing $90 “back to the bottom line” each month. He bought the Winegard Flat Wave Antenna we wrote about to bring in free channels. But then there was another problem.
The $30 antenna weighs only a third of an ounce and connected easily to hi
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Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
SnapChat became famous for photo messages that quickly disappear after they’re viewed. Now they’ve added video messages that disappear. So you can take as many dumb pictures as you want and at least they won’t be saved.
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Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Why, asked a reader, do we have Google TV when we could have Roku to bring in channels like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?
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