Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Spring is in the air, it’s getting just a bit warmer out, and miracle of miracles, the sun is still shining when you get out of work! We’re celebrating the only way we know how: by downloading some sweet new Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps.

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Google Clone Makes It Easy to Search for Drugs and Guns on the Dark Web

Google Clone Makes It Easy to Search for Drugs and Guns on the Dark Web

It can be hard to find good smack without leaving the comfort of your own home. At least it used to be. A new search engine for black markets is making it easier than ever to find anything from high quality heroin to assault rifles. The site even looks just like Google. It’s called Grams, and it works remarkably well.

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This is what America’s most famous pit–the Grand Canyon–looks like from the International Space St

This is what America’s most famous pit—the Grand Canyon—looks like from the International Space Station. A winding craggy oasis in the middle of the desert. [NASA]

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Reuters: Larger iPhone 6 Screens to Enter Production By May

Reuters: Larger iPhone 6 Screens to Enter Production By May

Rumors of larger iPhones have been swirling around for some time now , and the WSJ recently suggested that two would arrive some time this year . Now, a Reuters report suggests that those rumored larger screens may go into production as soon as May.

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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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