This Adobe Tool Can Bring Silly Characters To Life With Just Your Webcam

Some of Adobe’s professional video and compositing software was updated today, and one of the coolest new features is Character Animator, which tracks your own movements through a webcam, and maps them onto any custom made character you want, with very little effort.


Some Children's Groups Really Don't Like The YouTube Kids App

When the YouTube Kids app was announced six weeks ago, it seemed like a nice, safe way to ensconse your child in a fuzzy walled garden of Seasame Street and a certain friendly Tank Engine. But according to a complaint filed with the FTC today, it’s exposing kids to a “hyper-commercialised” environment with basically no safeguards instead.


Helvetica's Long-Lost Rival Has Been Resurrected After 35 Years

They found them in a file cabinet. The original masters for a legendary typeface called Haas Unica, designed in the late 1970s and killed shortly thereafter by what amounts to bad luck — and the digital age.


Three Uses For Dropbox That Don't Involve File Syncing 

Many millions of us are using Dropbox to back up files to the cloud and sync them across multiple machines, but the software can be used for more purposes than you might realise. Here are three of our favourite less-common-uses for Dropbox, together with instructions for how to get them set up.


Australian Researchers Using Google Maps To Explore Depths Of Human Body

Google Maps makes it easy to pan, zoom and search the world — and now it can do the same for the deep recesses of the human body too.


A Brief History Of Easter Eggs In Tech

The Easter egg — as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat — can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside.


Our Favourite Android, iOS And Windows Phone Apps Of The Week

This week had no dearth of great apps to download, which are the best kind of weeks. We got a new one from Facebook of arguable usefulness (as is tradition), job hunting gets app-ified, and the live streaming craze comes to Windows Phone. There’s lots to get through. Let’s get to it.


The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand Of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that will allow the FBI to install spyware on citizens’ computers even more easily, it’s time to take a closer look.


Meerkat And Periscope Can Really Chew Through Your Precious Data

New livestreaming apps Meerkat and Periscope help people share snippets of their lives — but they also gobble down data. Enough data that you might blow past your data cap. If you’re serious about streaming, you might need a bigger data plan!


11 Essential iOS Widgets For A More Functional Notification Center

A few weeks ago we rounded up some eye-catching widgets for your Android device so it’s only fair that we spend some time looking at a selection for iOS too, even if widgets aren’t quite the same thing on both platforms. All of these apps will add functionality and flexibility and to the Notification Center on your iOS 8 device, so get busy browsing and installing.