Cybertainment: New app creates then-and-now photos
July 10, 2014 11:03 PM
Photo app Timera combines historic and present-day photographs on smartphones. Shown: Helsinki in 1956 and 2014.
By Adrian McCoy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Travelers can document the places they've seen in time as well as space with the photo app Timera, which creates then-and-now composite photos.
Timera contains a photo archive of famous places taken in the past, many dating back 100 years. The user takes a new picture of the same place with his/her smartphone and aligns it with the historic view for a new perspective that blends present and past.
The app uses the phone‘s location to turn up photos for nearby places, or the user can search for specific photos.
A photo sharing feature lets users share their interesting results.
Timera is a free Android and iOS app.
The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, is a great resource for information about movies, TV shows, actors, directors and more.
The newly launched NeonGrid aims to offer the same kind of information for people who create video or music for the Web, including videos, webisodes, TV shows, films, songs, music videos and commercials.
Like IMDb, the site has a people and title search feature.
NeonGrid is open to amateur and professional digital producers. Web creators set up an account and then can add their credits to anything posted on YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes or IMDb. On iTunes, this includes music, podcasts, audiobooks and movies. More sites will be added in the future.
Users can create an online project resume — listing projects they've worked on and who they've worked with, along with their contact information. They can also tag people who've worked with them on projects. A credits page presents quick links to sample videos.
Digital audio has upended the way people listen to music forever. There is no real mainstream music source that large audiences listen to. Fragmented audiences now create their own playlists, thanks to iTunes and music services like Pandora.
Yet people have never had so many options for listening to music. Radio continues to be the dominant source, although other platforms continue to gain share, according to the newly launched “Share of Ear” survey from Edison Research.
The survey tracked listening patterns across all platforms:
• FM and AM radio leads the pack (52.1 percent).
• Owned Music, which includes CDs and digital downloads (20.3 percent).
• Internet Radio/Music (11.6 percent).
• Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (7.7 percent).
• TV Music channels like Music Choice (5.2 percent).
• Podcasts (1.7 percent).
• Other (1.5 percent).
People spend four hours and five minutes a day listening to audio, according to the survey.
The study was based on a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, 13 or older, who kept a 24-hour diary of their listening choices.
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