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Apps that make you say "Wow!"

Apps that make you say "Wow!"

It's a downer of a time in the tech world in so many ways. The NSA is snooping everywhere. Ad trackers attach themselves to us like dust bunnies. Hackers and scammers are hiding around every digital corner.

Remember when we loved technology? I like it not just for all the great things it can help us do, but also for that ineffable feeling of wonder that a bright technological idea can sometimes give us. Remember when you first started to play with the Internet? The first time you Skyped with a loved one far away? The first text from someone who claimed all this digital stuff was too hard?

What we need is a tech pick-me-up. I've collected a few little apps to remind us that tech can still have the capacity to amaze. Are they moon shots? No, but they all brought a smile to my face.

Vyclone is one of the first indications of what can be done with the mass of filmed material out there. A few years back, Microsoft Labs debuted an amazing program, Photosynth, which stitched together photos on the Internet to give us amazing 3D visualizations of massively photographed sites like the Notre Dame cathedral.

Vyclone is on the trail of something similar, except with video. The program takes different snatches of film from the same event – a wedding, say, or a music concert - and creates a crude but passable edited chronicle of it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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