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Stir up phone creativity with Android video apps

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Ever wondered how to could create a video montage on an Android smartphone? ERNST WITTMANN, ‎Country Manager for Southern Africa at Alcatel recommends the following apps.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Famous video editing software, Adobe Premiere is now focused on smartphones and tablets. This mobile version offers almost all video editing tools and offers incredible possibilities: Automatic creation of video from a music track and images; video editing with transitions and effects, font management and more. Powered by CreativeSync, this app ensures that your files, fonts, design assets, settings and more, all instantly appear in your workflow wherever you need them. Start your creative work on any device and seamlessly pick it up on another.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.premiereclip&hl=en

PowerDirector Video Editor App

PowerDirector is a video editing application with the power of timeline video editing, heaps of cool free video effects and all the features you expect from a movie maker, including voice over. Create your own Full HD mini motion picture with easy to apply video fx and transitions, and complete it with your own voice over or audio soundtrack. Even if your smartphone cannot record slow motion video footage, PowerDirector lets you adjust video speed so that you can produce slow motion video like it was captured on a GoPro. When you’re done, you can produce and share video directly on YouTube, Facebook or other apps.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cyberlink.powerdirector.DRA140225_01&hl=en

VideoShow – Video Editor

If you’re looking for a fun way to edit your videos, you’ll love VideoShow. It is an innovative video editor, proposing the integration of moving images, labels and downloadable themes from the store. Videoshow goes further and offers you the opportunity to scribble your own text on your videos or perform zoom to draw public attention where you want it!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xvideostudio.videoeditor

Magisto Video Editor & Maker

Magisto Video Editor automatically turns your photos and video clips into magical music videos that you’ll want to share with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and more. You don’t need to be an expert photo or video editor, Magisto’s magic will create a professional looking music video from as little as a few photos or a video clip. Simply load a video from your Android smartphone, add a soundtrack and give a title to your movie, and Magisto automatically executes the installation.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magisto&hl=en

Flipagram

Flipagram is the easiest way to create, edit and share amazing music videos, slideshows and stories with your photos, videos and tons of free licensed music. Share your stories privately, or with the Flipagram community and beyond.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cheerfulinc.flipagram&hl=en

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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