5 ways IT can prepare for wearable devices at work

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Stop Motion Studio Brings Out the LEGO Moviemaking Geek in All of Us

There’s a lot you can do with stop motion video if you just think about it — usually in terms of building blocks. If you’re good with clay or Play-Doh, you can create your own scenes and movies. You can write messages on poster board in stop motion for fun effects. Or you can dust off your LEGO sets and go crazy making stop motion movies to post on YouTube.

Stop Motion Studio Pro by Cateater is available in the iTunes App Store for US$4.99.

Stop Motion Studio is an app that lets you take photos and string them together to create a stop-motion video. It’s super easy, and the results are naturally sort of dorky in an undeniably fun way. In October, Apple highlighted Stop Motion Studio and made it one of its free apps of the week.

As of this writing, the app was still free — with a series of $0.99 in-app upgrade packs or a full-suite studio upgrade pack for $3.99. These packs give you dozens of sound effects and themes you can work with. Fortunately, before I pulled the trigger on the in-app purchases, I saw Stop Motion Studio Pro for $4.99. Same app, same tech, just a different delivery model.

I promptly deleted the free version and bought the paid Pro version. That cost a dollar more, so why? Because I prefer to support the direct paid app model whenever possible. I think it’s less likely to lead to annoying and nefarious in-app purchase efforts in the industry at large.

Get Back to Making Stop Motion Movies!

Meanwhile, back to the app. Stop Motion Studio Pro takes all the hassle out of making a stop motion video by combining most of the elements you need in one tidy package. So, you can do something like take a ball of Play-Doh and roll it out into a string and form it into the shape of a heart, taking step-by-step photos along the way.

You can then bash it with a rolling pin, taking step-by-step photos along the way, and you can add audio over the top and shriek something like, “See, Sarah, see? This is what you did to my heart. You crushed it with a rolling pin. I mean, metaphorically. Crushed it! I can’t believe you stood me up again. Do you want me to bring you a new puppy? I have an extra one. Just call me back and I’ll bring you a new puppy, Sarah. Call me!”

Or, you can just stop at the shape of the heart and say, “I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s day!” and send it along to her smartphone.

The point is, there’s a lot you can do with stop motion video if you just think about it — usually in terms of building blocks. If you’re good with clay or Play-Doh, you can create your own scenes and movies. You can write messages on poster board in stop motion for fun effects. Or you can dust off your LEGO sets and go crazy making stop motion movies to post on YouTube.

Seriously, just search for “stop motion lego” and you’ll find a lot of funny stuff. Not that LEGOs have to be funny. You could create a serious film about toxic waste using LEGO men, women and animals.

The key is to let the app spark your imagination.

Stop Motion Studio Pro at Work

Using the app is fairly straightforward. Basically, all you have to do is create your scene and start taking pictures. If you’re smart, you’ll mess around with angles and lighting, but you don’t have too. To get started, you simply start snapping photos. There’s a grid overlay that will help you keep your subjects in the frame at the right places — points of reference — but you don’t even need this, really. The key is to shoot enough static photos so the perspective and action aren’t too jerky.

At the same time, you can shoot a few frames of a LEGO guy walking away and then shoot a few more of the LEGO guy walking toward the camera, ending with a closeup of the LEGO guy’s face . . . and suddenly you’re an artist. This is the simple and awesome power of Stop Motion Studio Pro.

Of course, there are extra features. To edit your clips, you can cut, copy, and paste each photo into different spots in your timeline. You can use an automatic capture with an adjustable time interval. You can use a handful of themes, and even introduce pre-made “POW” and “BOOM” sorts of graphics, as well as use editable theme cards that let you type in your own text. There’s a green screen feature that lets you change the background of your scene.

There are dozens of sound effects like skidding cars, lasers, jets, helicopters and doors opening. You can record sounds or songs or even add music from your own music library.

The app supports 1080p and 720p on the iPhones and iPads that support those resolutions, and you can modify the automatic focus, exposure and white balance so you’re not fighting the automatic camera brains in your iPhone while you’re trying to film something.

When you’re done, you can save the movie to your Camera Roll or post it directly to your YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox or iCloud accounts.

Stop Motion Pro is at once insanely powerful and amazingly easy to use. Personally, I’m not the kind of guy who is going to go nuts making LEGO movies, but I can almost guarantee this: At the next family holiday event where there are little kids, we’ll be making a fun little stop motion movie before it’s adult eggnog time.


MacNewsWorld columnist Chris Maxcer has been writing about the tech industry since the birth of the email newsletter, and he still remembers the clacking Mac keyboards from high school — Apple’s seed-planting strategy at work. While he enjoys elegant gear and sublime tech, there’s something to be said for turning it all off — or most of it — to go outside. To catch him, take a “firstnamelastname” guess at WickedCoolBite.com.

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Judge approves $50M settlement in NFL retiree case

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to audience questions during a safety clinic hosted by the NFL and the Chicago Bears for the mothers of youth football players on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to audience questions during a safety clinic hosted by the NFL and the Chicago Bears for the mothers of youth football players on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

(AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota gave final approval Friday to a $50 million settlement in the complicated court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players.

The NFL and the retired players reached the agreement in March, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19 players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments won’t be made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly distributed.

In his order Friday, Magnuson said those who objected because they were lured by the prospect of a lucrative personal payout have strayed from the initial goal of the lawsuit — to help those players who were suffering from dire physical, mental and financial needs. He said the majority of the class — more than 25,000 players — recognized the settlement for what it is: a boon for thousands of former players who can now benefit from a large financial payout to a fund that is organized for their benefit.

Under the settlement agreement, some $42 million will be distributed to a “common good” trust over eight years to help retired players with issues like medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement will also establish a licensing agency for retirees to ensure compensation for the use of their identities. The league will pay another $8 million in associated costs including startup money for the licensing agency.

The common good fund will be administered by a group of retired players approved by the court. The licensing agency will for the first time market retiree publicity rights in conjunction with the NFL, thereby making it easier for retired players to work with potential sponsors and advertisers.

The settlement only covers those players who are currently retired, but players who retire in the future will have the chance to utilize the newly formed licensing agency.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009, with NFL Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, Fred Dryer, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser, Ed White and Jim Marshall accusing the NFL of exploiting retired players’ identities in films, highlight reels and memorabilia to market the league’s “glory days” without compensating the players. That same year, a group of more than 2,000 retirees won a $26.25 million settlement with the NFL Players Association over the use of their likenesses in video games, trading cards and other sports products.

The lawsuit against the league was similar to a still-pending lawsuit filed against the NCAA by Ed O’Bannon and other former college athletes seeking damages for the use of former players’ likenesses in video games and other material.

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Bellator 106 results: Chandler vs. Alvarez 2

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iPad Air online sales begin globally, get it while it’s hot!

As expected for the U.S, but later than expected in Europe – no Midnight launch here – the iPad Air has gone on sale at Apple online stores. Retail stores open the doors at 8am local time, but if you’re not too keen on braving the cold you can now snag both colors in all size and WiFi or cellular variants for shipping within 24 hours in Europe, and within a few days in the U.S.

Pricing has been known since the launch event, and so far all models are available. The new iPad Air Smart Cover and Smart Case has also gone on sale on the online store if you’re looking for that official Apple way to keep your new iPad protected.

If you grabbed one from the online store, drop us a line in the comments and tell us what you got and where you are!

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Magnitude-6.6 quake strikes central Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets.

But Chile’s emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were immediately reported and discarded the possibility of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the city of Coquimbo. Its depth was 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.

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