Pop a properly manufactured CD into a CD player, and you'll hear music in a second or two. In more than 30 years of playing CDs I've never once encountered scanning, searching, or error messages; after I press "Play," the music starts. Stick a properly manufactured DVD or Blu-ray in a working player, and you always have to wait a while to start watching the movie -- or it might not play at all. You might have to do a firmware update to play the disc. With DVDs and Blu-rays, there's no such thing as … Read more
AVI has been around a long time, and there's a lot of video saved in the format. Some devices, including mobile devices, have limited media file compatibility and won't play AVIs. For many users, the simplest solution is to convert the AVI files to MP4 files. AVI to MP4 Converter from A Software Plus is a free utility that can do the job with a minimum of fuss. It converts AVI and similar formats like DivX and Xvid, singly or in batches. We tried it in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.
AVI to MP4 Converter's user interface … Read more
Looking for more options regarding what you can listen to and watch on your Android phone? All Formats Player supports many different file extensions. However, it offers slightly buggy performance and it has access to your exact GPS location and phone calls though there's no real need for it.
All Formats Player offers a straightforward interface with four main links: Explore, Audio Files, Video Files, and Settings. It adds MP4, AVI, and other more obscure format support to your phone and lets you easily browse by file or by folder depending on how you organize them. When it comes … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer questions e-mailed in by our readers.
This week, readers wrote in with questions about hiding the menu bar in OS X, a "formatter failed" error when erasing hard drives, alternative configuration possibilities for Apple's Fusion Drive technology, and whether or not a Mini DisplayPort cable can be used for Thunderbolt connections. I welcome views from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!
Question: Hiding the menu bar in OS X MacFixIt reader Shawn asks:How do … Read more
To GIF or not to GIF. That is the question for many Internet denizens these days, especially if they frequent Tumblr or Reddit. At the moment, it's the easiest way to share a quick animation, thanks in part to its compatibility with nearly every Internet browser ever made.
As the GIF (graphic interchange format) turns 25 this year, what better way to celebrate -- aside from GIFing it -- than Oxford American Dictionaries announcing that the acronym has been named 2012's "Word of the Year. … Read more
COLOGNE, Germany -- A decade ago, a cataclysm rocked the photography business as digital image sensors replaced fim.
It turns out that was just the beginning.
At the Photokina show here, it was clear a second wave of change is sweeping through the industry. Cameras produced during the first digital photography revolution looked and worked very similarly to their film precursors, but now designers have begun liberating them from the old constraints.
Three big developments are pushing the changes: a new class of interchangeable-lens cameras, the arrival of smartphones with wireless networking, and the sudden enthusiasm for full-frame sensors for … Read more
COLOGNE, Germany -- Leica may not have the mass-manufacturing clout of Samsung or the retail footprint of Canon or the electronics know-how of Sony. But the German camera maker has got one thing in spades: a brand.
And nowhere is that brand more obvious than at Photokina, the camera show that takes place every two years here in Germany, Leica's home turf. Canon and Nikon had bigger crowds, but the Leica had the better ratio of booth visitors to customers as it introduced a new top-end rangefinder camera with new electronic abilities, a lower-end rangefinder that's not quite … Read more
COLOGNE, Germany -- Pining for camera with a hand-stitched Italian leather grip and jeweled control dials? You're in luck.
The digital photography revolution exiled Hasselblad's medium-format cameras to an expensive niche inhabited almost solely by professionals. But today, the company announced Lunar, the first camera in an effort that Chief Executive Larry Hansen hopes will bring the storied photography brand back to a wider -- if not mainstream -- market.
Through a partnership with Sony, Hasselblad unveiled its 24-megapixel mirrorless interchangeable-lens model built on the bones and brains of Sony's high-end NEX-7. It's due to ship … Read more
COLOGNE, Germany -- Phase One and Mamiya Leaf, the medium-format camera maker it controls, announced its new 645DF+ medium-format camera with new mechanics and improved focusing abilities.
The companies also announced at the Photokina camera show here the new Schneider Kreuznach 28 LS f/4.5 Aspherical, a very wide-angle 28mm leaf-shutter lens built by Schneider Kreuznach for the Mamiya Leaf-Phase One cameras. The camera and the lens are priced the same; each costs $5,990 or 4,290 euros, and each will ship in October.
Compared with the earlier 645DF, all moving parts of the 645DF+ have been completely … Read more
Office Convert PDF to JPG JPEG TIFF Free is the freeware version of a program for converting your PDF files into a number or image formats to fit your needs.
The functional interface is simple and easy to understand, with buttons that even novice users will recognize. Our tests took less than a minute to complete for each conversion. There were no complicated or confusing steps and there weren't any errors. Office Convert PDF to JPG JPEG TIFF Free offers four different output file types: JPEG, BMP, GIF, and TIF. There isn't much to the features and functions … Read more