Photo and Video

Abobe Photoshop vs. Corel Photo-Paint: Why I switched

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I’ve been a Corel user for a good chunk of my life. I’ve dabbled with the Corel Graphics Suite since version 6, released in 1995. Now I’m done with Corel Photo-Paint and am using Adobe Photoshop. From 1995 to 2011 is a long time to dedicate to a particular company, much less a particular program. But […]

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The best digital camera for kids

My daughter loves to take pictures. It all started not so long ago, when she would see me or my wife take pictures with our (moderately-expensive) digital camera. “Can I take a picture, too? Pleeease?” My wife and I of course couldn’t refuse. But we were overly cautious – we stressed the importance of using […]

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Roku review: Watch streaming Netflix on your TV

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[Thanks to Howard Paul for his contributions to this review of the Roku.] If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you may have used the “Instant Queue”: instead of waiting for a movie to be shipped to your house, you can instead watch it streaming on your PC. No waiting. You can get videos, television and movies […]

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Morphing pictures into video is fun, easy and free. Just ask Georgia Clobberts.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts, sittin’ on your screen, M-O-R-P-H-I-N-G.   Morphing is used so often in movies, it’s become a science-fiction special-effect cliché. The hero, monster or robot stops during the middle of a chase, fight or conversation, and faces the camera. Features start to blur, stretch and warp. In just a few seconds, […]

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Review of Mobile TV by Verizon Wireless

Mobile TV is a recent and impressive offering by Verizon Wireless. The name itself is the perfect description: Mobile TV is TV streamed to a mobile device. Yes, it’s TV, including primetime as well as popular cable channels. Yes, the video and audio quality is very good. Yes, I like it. My demo of Mobile […]

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How to make your own Karaoke and a cappella songs

Some people just don’t like Barbara Streisand. Sure, they say, she sings pretty well, but it could be done better. Not limited to Babs herself, but pick anyone. From Abba to Led Zeppelin, people excel at assuming they’re better than naturally-talented, expertly trained professionals. And we all know what happens when you assume: You end […]

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Fly around the world with satellite image software

You’ve probably seen mapping programs that display satellite images of requested locations. Let’s take that one step further with some free programs. Each allows you to view satellite images, ranging in distance from a bird’s eye to a satellite’s eye. You can pick any point on earth and see recent photos of it. Tilt, pan, […]

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MiniDV video camera help and recommendation

The world of sub-$1000 dollar video cameras is pretty intimidating. Particularly frustrating is when returns over 6 million results for the term “video camera”. We’re not trying to be the next M. Night Shyamalan, all we want is a quality unit to tape adventures with family and friends. So what are a video camera’s […]

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RiffTrax: Please talk during the movie

In the not-too-distant past, television gave us a unique and successful experiment in the field of satire and intelligent humor. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” was the unwieldy yet appropriate title of a show where you watched people making fun of movies. Literally watching an entire movie with the cast of MST3K was the reason each […]

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