Newly exclusive to iOS 7, iMovie 2.0 is a big leap forward for mobile video editing. Apple nixes the movie theater motif of earlier versions in favor of a more streamlined UI here, making it easier than ever to create slick projects complete with slow motion, titles, and transitions. And unlike earlier versions that sometimes behaved sluggishly, iMovie 2.0 offers 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s and upcoming iPad models, accomplishing every task with breakneck speed. The app even eliminates older pain points with audio: Fade ins and outs are now adjustable, and audio from video clips can now be detached or inserted on its own.
RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
It's not in the App Store quite yet, but the latest major release of "read later" app Instapaper is queued up and ready to go alongside the release of iOS 7 this week, and here's a peek at what to expect.
Ever since Facebook started monetizing itself through ads, many of us have seen them creep in between the posts from our families and friends with something approaching begrudging acceptance. But now, according to a blog post from yesterday, they might be approaching an entirely new level of annoyance with a new video feature.
By now you've probably heard the jokes that the "C" in iPhone 5C stands for "cheap" on account of its supposed low price and plastic shell, but if a recent video from Taiwan bears any truth, the little guy can take a beating. There's no way to tell if the shell in the photo really belongs to an iPhone 5C, but if it is, adopters of the device may not need to worry that they're stepping down too far in quality.
In theory, an app-based social media platform for creating shareable stories — by stringing words, animated images, and audio together — sounds pretty cool. NARR8 aims to do all of this and more, but it fumbles the process so badly that the intriguing idea alone won't warrant your time. The overall quality of the available reading content through the app (both user- and developer-generated) is lacking, and building your own stories is an unintuitive process rife with unnecessary hoop-jumping and technical issues.
If you're the sort who follows eSports, Blizzard Entertainment's got a nice surprise for you. Ahead of the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS), the Irvine, California company best known for its Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo franchises has released an iOS app that will stream both live and archived videos of matches throughout the weekend.
Instagram just keeps getting better under Facebook's direction. Not long after its purchase of the popular social photography app, it announced that it was bringing 15-second videos to compete with Vine, and according to a blog post today, it's now making the service even better. With the upcoming Patch 4.1, users will now be able to import videos to Instagram from the camera roll and edit them down to 15 seconds though the app itself.
With a 24/7 news cycle constantly spitting headlines every which way, staying informed can be a daunting task. A bunch of apps have tried to solve this problem in unique ways, but the better they are, the quicker they seem to get acquired, shut down, and folded into other services. Wibbitz just might be the next candidate for a headline-grabbing mega-sale. With a delightful interface and spot-on article summaries, Wibbitz creates beautiful mini-videos of the day's news, combining photos, graphics, and fonts into a stunning package.
There are many solutions for storing photos and videos in the cloud, and Stream Nation is the latest to offer a range of affordable options. Users are initially given 2GB of free storage for photos (JPEG, TIFF, RAW, and others) or videos (MOV, AVI, MPEG, or even MKV), which can be uploaded from Mac or Windows applications or via the free, universal iOS app. It's a slick and secure app overall, though we encountered a handful of drawbacks during use.