Bigger is better especially in the case of aircraft carriers and action flick explosions. Not so much with eyebrows and spiders. What about the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Either way the notoriously large successor to Samsung's original "phablet" has more than size going for it.
Snapseed has long been a favorite image editing app among photo enthusiasts for the iPhone. It might have been the best $4.99 I've spent at the App store. Now the app is free, even better, and available for both Android & iOS.
Instagram is easy, but often I find the results disappointing. Nearly every image I share via Instagram or otherwise goes through Snapseed for tweaking - be it major or minor.
There a several enhancements in the scrolling tool bar including a crop tool, color adjustments, focus effects, and much more. Once you select a tool, menus are accessed by swiping up and down over the image. Adjustments are made by swiping left and right.
Photos can be saved to your image library or shared via email, Facebook, twitter and Google+.
One of the more popular reasons for buying tablet is how much more "useful" a larger screen would be over a smartphone. No doubt, the advantage of more display real estate holds potential for getting more "work" done, but a study shows that tablet users actually have more fun.
According to a recent study released by analytics firm Flurry, tablet users spend a whopping 67 percent of their time playing games. Social networking is a distant second with tablet users dedicating just 10 percent of their time to that category.
What about that "work" getting done? Time spent on productivity was rock bottom at just 1 percent.
I came across this interactive timeline graphic of innovations. There may some slight Nissan bias with the Datsun roadster making the list, but it is fun and informative nonetheless.
Many Android users love the third party Swype keyboard. Mobile users on iOS can only watch in envy as words appear while gliding a finger across the screen.
SwiftKey is looking to push the concept even further with its predictive Flow keyboard. You can register for the beta at that link.
Google recently updated the default Android keyboard with swipe capability.
Especially on a tablet, I find that no one keyboard does it all for me. In landscape mode I prefer the split layout in SwiftKey's 3 Tablet keyboard that is optimized for thumb typing.
The original Batmobile will appear on the auction block of Barrett-Jackson January 19. The car is owned by its creator George Barris who based the car on a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.
The Batmobile has a 390-cubic inch V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission.
"Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes."
Some deem the iPhone too small. Some cringe at Samsung's glossy plastics. Some may find Motorola's Droid RAZR HD to be just right.
The Droid RAZR HD is the culmination of three years of rapid evolution. Sure, T-Mobile's G1 from HTC might have got Google's foot in the door, but it was the original Motorola Droid on Verizon that gave Google its foothold on the mobile battlefield.
Now Motorola has set an eye-popping 4.7-inch touchscreen (the largest display ever on a Motorola smartphone) in a stylish body.
With CableJive's wireless receiver nearly any gadget can stream audio to a speaker dock designed for 30-pin Apple devices. Android? Windows? Tablets? The dockBoss air adapter works with all devices that support Bluetooth AD2P which is about any smartphone, tablet or computer these days. Thanks to a 30-feet wireless range, you can free your gadget from your dock and stream audio while relaxing on the sofa, toiling in the kitchen, or even in the car. CableJive dockBoss air: $34.95
Few things can be as frustrating as a Wi-Fi traffic jam when you need to get connected. When you take a look at nearly any given Internet hotspot, it is often crowded with bandwidth leeches streaming music, video, and other connection choking activities.
Researchers at N.C. State University have developed software that boosts data traffic performance in crowded Wi-Fi environments by as much as 700 percent according to the N.C. State press release.
The technology, called WiFox, can be incorporated into existing Wi-Fi networks. "One of the nice things about this mechanism is that it can be packaged as a software update that can be incorporated into existing WiFi networks," says Arpit Gupta, a Ph.D. student in computer science at NCSU and lead author of a paper on the research. "WiFox can be incorporated without overhauling a system."
I personally make an effort not to hog the Wi-Fi at my favorite hangouts, but I seem to be in the minority. Hopefully we'll see WiFox in the wild sooner than later.
Amazon has added wine to its online market and North Carolina is one of the few states on their ship and sip list.
The online giant claims its Amazon Wine store offers more than 1,000 wines from wineries around the U.S. ranging from under $10 to more than $100. Up to six bottles can be shipped for a cost of $10. A person at least 21-years-old must be present to sign for delivery.
Amazon Wine will ship to California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C..