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BlackBerry 10 OS was fully unveiled today along with the Z10 and Q10 phones that will run it. To help you sort out all the details, we’ve gathered the pertinent facts together in one, handy place. If you need to know about BB 10, this is your place.



 Research in Motion has announced the release of BlackBerry 10 and two smartphones, the Z10 and Q10 during a live streamed, global event. There has been a lot of information released today, so here’s our quick guide covering all you need to know about BlackBerry 10.


It’s not RIM anymore, it’s just BlackBerry

BlackBerry 10 isn’t just a re-invention of an operating system. To show its commitment to change, Research in Motion (RIM) has changed its name. Now, RIM is officially known as “BlackBerry.” Using the tagline, “One brand, one promise,” CEO Thorsten Heins said, “We have transformed ourselves in and out.” That’s quite a promise, so does BlackBerry 10 live up to its introduction?

BlackBerry Z10

You may feel as if you already know the Z10, as it has been leaked so extensively. This is BlackBerry’s full touch phone and it boasts a 4.2-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera. It also has 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. At 9.3mm thick it’s not the slimmest smartphone available, and at 138 grams it’s not the lightest either. See how the Z10 compares to the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 here.

The Z10 is compatible with 4G LTE networks all over the world, and will be offered in black and white color schemes, although the latter will be exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. and Phones4U in the UK.

Read our full hands-on impressions of the BlackBerry Z10.


BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry 10 Z10 and Q10 shots

RIM (or “BlackBerry”) couldn’t get away with ditching the traditional QWERTY BlackBerry phone, which according to Thorsten Heins, was a must-have piece of hardware for the firm. Not much is known about the technical specification of the phone yet, only that it has a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a 720 x 720 pixel resolution and a glass-weave back panel, which is supposedly lighter and stronger than plastic. Early reports indicate the Q10 shares the same dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM as the Z10. Unlike the Z10, its availability hasn’t been announced; however, during the Q&A session after the BB 10 launch event ended, it was revealed the U.S. should see the phone in April. See how the Q10 compares to older BB phones here.

Read our full hands-on impressions of the BlackBerry Q10.


BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 the software is what BlackBerry the firm is pinning its future hopes on, and like the Z10, it has been previewed, tested and leaked until there was almost nothing left to reveal at the launch event. However, it was good to see it up and running in its final version on stage and the smooth, gesture controlled user interface is sure to have won it many fans.

The new operating system promises an excellent keyboard, a super-fast web browser, easy one-thumb controls, the ability to keep your work phone and personal phone separate on the same device using Balance, plus 70,000 applications, plus movies and music available inside the BlackBerry World store at launch.

BlackBerry 10 Hub

In addition to all this, we were treated to a demonstration of BBM Video, where a BlackBerry Messenger conversation was instantly turned into a video call, plus the a screen sharing session showed BBM Video’s versatility. BlackBerry Remember, an all-encompassing personal organizer was shown, as was the camera’s clever time-shift feature. BlackBerry 10 will operate in exactly the same way on both the Z10 and the Q10 and there will be no difference in features either.


The Competition

Despite BlackBerry not acknowledging the iPhone exists, it does and it’s very much BB 10’s competition, as is every top-end Android smartphone from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the HTC One X+. What’s more, BlackBerry has said it will be updating BB 10 hardware every 12 to 15 months, so the phones we’ve seen today will be with us until at least this time next year.

Under normal circumstances, this isn’t a big problem, but in-between now and then we’re almost certainly going to get a new iPhone, the Galaxy S4 and the new HTC M7, plus new Windows Phones. The same can be said on the software front, as Android 5.0 and iOS 7 are on the cards for later in 2013. BlackBerry 10 needs to be very good indeed if it’s to stay fresh in amongst all this new hardware.

If anyone should be looking over their shoulders it’s Microsoft, as BlackBerry 10’s ability to appeal to both business and personal users – through features like Balance – could be the level of versatility needed to attract those who don’t want to get involved with Apple or Google.

BlackBerry’s understated Q10 could be its a dark horse, a device which really doesn’t have any competition, as the QWERTY Android phones that do exist aren’t worth buying. If the firm is right, and there really is still demand for this form factor, the Q10 could be a winner for BlackBerry.


Should you put your money down?

This is a tough one, as BlackBerry 10 is completely new and comes from a manufacturer that despite appearances, is still on the brink of having to sell off parts of the business to survive. Hardcore BlackBerry fans won’t care though, and those wanting something different should take a look.

Potential buyers in the U.S. won’t need to make a decision yet, as the phones are still at least a month away from going on sale. It’s a different story in Canada and the UK, as they’ll both get to buy the BlackBerry Z10 over the coming week. UK network O2 is offering a slightly reduced tariff on the Z10 for the first two weeks – from £42 per month down to £36 – making it a good choice. In Canada, Telus, Bell, and Virgin are all pushing the Z10 for $150 with a frightening three-year contract, which could have the unfortunate effect of prompting anyone wavering to look elsewhere.

Adopting BlackBerry 10 at this early stage is more of a risk than choosing Android or iOS as your mobile ecosystem, but could be seen as comparable to adopting Windows Phone. More than any before it, BlackBerry 10 is a try-before-you-buy OS, but there’s a good chance it could turn out to be what you’re after. Exactly how many people will think this way remains the big question.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blackberry-10-the-z10-and-the-q10-what-you-need-to-know/



Tips If You Want to Have a Blackberry 10:

If you have a Blackberry 10, you may want to convert your iTunes movies and music to your new device, you can use the iTunes Movies to Devices Converter and iTunes Music to Devices converter to remove iTunes DRM protection, and import media to Blackberry 10.


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“So I already transferred my iTunes music library to my Galaxy S3 with the Google play app, but now I'm wondering if I can somehow get a movie I just bought from iTunes onto my phone now too? Do I have to install another app or something?”

-- Yahoo! Answers

If we say that in today's world, mobile device market is cut into three parts, four-fifth of it is hold by Android and iOS, other mobile systems share the rest. And as the latest data from Strategy Analytics shows that, Android and Apple iOS capture a record 92% share of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2012.

Convert iTunes Videos to Android Phones /Tablets

Almost all the apps have an iOS version and an Android version; music from iTunes library could be imported to Android devices, videos and music from Android could be added to iTunes.Then how about the DRM protected purchased or rented iTunes movies, TV episodes and shows?

Here is a tutorial of how to remove the protection and convert iTunes movies to Android phones and tablets for playable.

Install Tune4mac onto Mac Mountain Lion

Download iTunes to Android Converter

It is a professional Mac M4V video converter, designed to rip DRM protections from iTunes purchases and rentals, and convert the .m4v videos into formats that Android devices are compatible with.

To run the iTunes Converter on Mac OS X 10.8, please refer to: Tips to Install Tune4mac on Mac Mountain Lion.

Add iTunes TV Series to Tune4mac

Add iTunes Movies to the Program

After downloading and installing, launch the program, and click "Add" icon on the top-left. It will popup a window with your purchased or rented iTunes movies, TV shows and episodes listed. Choose the videos you want to watch on your Android, and then click "OK".

Choose the same source but MP4 format for iTunes movies

Choose the customized MP4 format for iTunes movies

Choose a Format for “Gossip Girl”

Set a Format for your iTunes Movies

After movies being preceded into the program, click "Profile" for a format.

Profile -> Same as source -> Same as source for mp4, it could retain resolution from lossless.

Profile -> Common Used Video Formats -> Customized MP4, you can set the video and choose the video size, video codec and video bitrate by yourself.

Start Conversion

Start to encode DRM M4V to Android

After everything being settled, click "Convert" button on the top to transcode iTunes movies to Android compatible format.

After conversion, you can freely sync iTunes M4V to Android devices for playing.

Other Software You May Need for your Android Devices:

1. Video Converter /DVD Ripper

The video formats that Android phones and tablets compatible with are limited, the software could help to convert numerous other video formats to be capable to play on Android.

And it could rip DVD as easy as converting a video.

2. iTunes M4P Converter

Majority of iTunes music are DRM protected, and the software could convert DRM-protected M4P, M4B, M4A songs you purchased on iTunes to plain MP3, AAC or WAV formats, and then you can import the music to Android phones or tablets.

3. iTunes Audiobook Converter

This software could convert any DRM protected or non-protected .AA, .M4B audio book files on iTunes and Audible.com to MP3, WAV and AAC format, and playable on Android.

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pixlr1.pngWhile there is simply no comparing robust photo editors like Photoshop or Gimp to online alternatives, sometimes a simple online tool is all you need to get the job done. Whether it’s content aware cropping and filling, applying filters and textures, or even doing a little bit more Photoshop-like tasks like using a cloning stamp, there’s a wide array of online tools that will get the job done, and for free.

We’ve put together a list of four online tools that should be in the arsenal of any photographer, designer, or blogger, making it easy to get basic photo editing tasks done on the fly, and in some cases, even on your mobile phone. In no particular order, here they are.

Content Aware Cropping with Croppola

If you’re looking for the perfect way to crop your photos online, look no further than Croppola.

The free online service goes beyond giving users a way to simply crop images. Croppola provides users with content aware cropping, meaning that it will suggest, based on your image, how it should be cropped.

Upload your image to Croppola, and choose the dimensions of your new cropped image – the options include maintaining the image’s aspect ratio, square, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and more. It even has a setting to crop an image to the Facebook timeline’s cover photo.

free online photo editors

After choosing the crop, you can download the cropped image to your computer.

With Croppola, you can crop multiple images on the website, and download them all as a zipped file. Find out more about Croppola here.

Content Aware Filling with WebInPaint

While Photoshop offers users a great content-aware filling feature, not everyone can afford Photoshop. If you want to use the feature online, give WebInPaint a try. The free service allows users to upload images to the website. Simple swipe over the parts of the picture that you want removed, and WebInPaint will do the rest.

For a free, online service, WebInPaint works surprisingly well. We tested the service with busy photos filled with distractions that we wanted removed, we tried it with simple images, removing just one element, we tried it with black and white photos and color, and in all situations, it was able to successfully remove the parts of the image we didn’t want. An example can be seen below. Before putting the image in WebInPaint it looked like this:

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And after removing one element from the photo, this is what it looked like:

free photo editors


Robust Photoshop Features with Pixlr

If you’re looking for an all-in-one online photo editor, Pixlr is one of the most robust options out there. We’re also big fans of the fact that it looks and feels a lot like Photoshop, making it pretty easy to use. You can upload images directly to the site, or even just import an online image using the direct link to the JPEG. Another great feature that Pixlr offers users is the ability to create new images with transparent backgrounds, so you can create PNG logos without having to worry about having access to Photoshop.

free photo editors

Pixlr is packed with basic and advanced editing features – from cropping and resizing to a clone stamp, magic wand, layer,s and much more. Pixlr is also available as a mobile app.

Apply Filters with PicMonkey

With an Instagram-led obsession with filters, no online photo editors list would be complete without at least one option which gives users access to lovely vintage filters. PicMonkey definitely fits the bill with a ton of filters to choose from. Not all of them are available for free however, with some features limited to paying members. A membership will set you back $4.99 a month.

free online photo editors

Other than adding filters, PicMonkey also provides users with basic photo editing features, retouching, adding text, frames and textures to images, and more. Find out more about PicMonkey in our in-depth review here.

What are your must-have online photo editors? Let us know in the comments.

Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-online-photo-editing-tools-you-should-bookmark/


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January 18 2013 6 18 /01 /January /2013 11:06

The Prediction of 85th Oscar

The year 2011 has brought the U.S. film industry a classic novel heat. Among the many adapted movies, the most pro-gazed are: the 13th being adapted into film, but this time processed into a theater-style "Anna Karenina"; supernaturally attractive cast "Les Misérables"; with a unique story-telling technique to present a magical experience "Life of Pi". The year of 2012 several positive themes of family ethics comedies are also popular, and nominated for a number of major Awards. For example, the "Silver Linings Playbook" described a husband was betrayed by his wife and escaped from a mental hospital, occasionally met a spicy young widow, then fell in a bitter but romantic love; another example is "The Sessions", how a disabled man overcame his sexual problems with the help of a middle-aged woman, presented human caring. Last year, the performances of actors and actresses are very outstanding, and "The Sessions", "The Master", and "Flight" are the movies taking acting as their highlights.

In short, the basic trend of 85th Oscar Award is: the duel of blockbuster and small production, political piece and adapted piece, veterans and rookies. Oscars has always been pro-gaze biographical films, and adaptation from the true story and the classic, but in recent sessions, Oscar ignored variety of subjects and types, just "specially fascinated in low-budget films and art films, such as 'The Hurt Locker' and 'the artist', etc."


The Oscar's "preferences"

Oscar has developed for more than 80 years, nearly 6,000 film professionals to vote, the selection is like a huge project. From submitting entries, announcing nominees to the awards, which lasted more than three months. Publicity, marketing and hype, insider operation and private transactions, gradually formed a "general rule" as "politically correct", "the blockbuster complex", "the elderly complex", "compensation mechanism" and "balancing mechanism".

Recently, some of the Oscar scholars have written articles describing the Oscar's preferences as their forecast basis.

Biopics: Shoot biopic maybe the most difficult, especially the high-profile figures. Oscars would like to see a great cast portraying the great man. For example, "The King's Speech" and "The Queen".

Small movies: Oscar has always regarded itself as an admirer of art, so the small movies even those who never released in theater, could always get 5-8 nominations, for example, "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Hurt Locker".

True stories: Oscar is excited about true stories, involving real people, the story is much stronger than the fictional character,for example, "Munich" and "127 hours".

Adaptations: For a long time the Oscar believe that movies based on paper books are credible, whether classic novels or popular fictions, pure adaptation will enhance the quality of the original, for example, "the Lord of the Ring" and "No Country for Old Men".


Predictions of 85th Oscar

As the basis of the general rules, latent rules and the reference of Oscar, and take the Golden Globes Awards, Screen Actors Guild, and Directors Guild as referrals, I take the liberty of making a forecast for the 85th Academy Awards.

Predict that Lincoln will become the giggest winner in 85th OscarBest Picture: Lincoln

Justification: In the Context of the movie in political science, President Obama reelected, making this biographic film that is about his most admired the 16th president favorable by nearly 6,000 voters. "This is a masterpiece about democracy."

Best Director: Steven Spielberg

Justification: In most cases, this prize goes to the director of the Best Picture.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Justification: Daniel Day-Lewis brought Abraham Lincoln to life in Lincoln like only he could have, both spirit and form. People marked his acting as "incredible" and "more like Lincoln than Lincoln does".

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence or Emmanuelle Riva

Justification: Jennifer Lawrence has made some lackluster movies much better with her outstanding performances, including the one she gave in Silver Linings Playbook. Emmanuelle Riva is 85 years old now, and she has won more than 10 awards with her consummate acting in "Amour".

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Justification: the prize of the competition is particularly intense because of the countless excellent supporting actors, and Tommy Lee Jones, Robert De Niro those former Oscar winners, but Hoffman is outstanding.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway or Helen Hunt

Justification: Anne has made big efforts and transition to express Fantine, a large weight loss, cut hair short, and worked hard to sing. Helen made a bold nude performance in "The Sessions".

Additionally, "Life of Pi" may not get those main prizes, but the Best Visual Effects Award is already in its hand.


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Nominations for 2013 Academy Awards

In February 24th, the 85th Academy Awards will be presented. In its just-released nomination list, "Lincoln" has rounded up plenty of votes, and leads Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor. Followed by "Life of Pi" with 11 nominations. And the 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" has nominated Best Actress, which has made a record that, the youngest actress candidate in Oscar history. Michael Haneke's "Amour" is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, a repeat of the glorious of the 2001 "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

Now let's take a look at the full list of nominees.

Best Picture:


Best Director:

• Michael Haneke - Amour

• Ben Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

• Ang Lee – Life of Pi

• Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

• David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor:

• Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln

• Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

• Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables

• Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

• Denzel Washington - Flight

Best Actress:

• Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

• Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook

• Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

• Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

• Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor:

• Alan Arkin - Argo

• Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook

• Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

• Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

• Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master

Best Supporting Actress:

• Amy Adams - The Master

• Sally Field - Lincoln

• Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

• Helen Hunt - The Sessions

• Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film:

• Amour - Austria

• No - Chile

• War witch - Canada

• A Royal Affair - Denmark

• Kon-Tiki - Norway

Writing – Original Screenplay:

• Amour – Michael Haneke

• Django Unchained – quentin Tarantino

• Flight – John Gatins

• Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

• Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Tips for you to Enjoy the Oscar Movies in iTunes and Video Websites:

• To get rid of DRM protectionfrom iTunes movies, you can look at theTune4mac iTunes Video Converter, and here is thetutorial of how to.[More]

• To download iTunes trailers and clips,with Firefox Browser, download the add-on DownloadHelper, when videos start to play, it will spin and which means the video is available for downloading.[More]

• To record iTunes and Netflix movies,Tune4mac Video Converter could record video with audio, and detect recording area manually.


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Compare with the iPad 3, iPad 4 is using the powerful A6X chip, which is up to twice as fast as the previous-generation A5X chip; and the rear-camera is upgrade from 0.3 Megapixels to 1.2 Megapixels, people who using FaceTime and fond of self-portraits would love the change. The two iPads released in 2012 did not make big changes, but for users who still using iPad 1 or 2, iPad 4 is a very good tablet to transfer to.

Play iTunes Videos on the New iPad 4

If you have own the iPad 4, you must cannot wait to transfer your videos and music in iTunes to your new device. Here is an article of step-by-step instructions of transferring different video formats, DVD, and rented/ purchased iTunes videos to iPad 4.

One To Transfer DVD, VOB, AVI, MKV, FLV, MPG, etc. to iPad 4

iPad 4 Video formats supported:

• H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

• MPEG 4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

It's obvious that, iPad 4 does not support to play DVD videos, and videos in AVI, MKV, 3GP, FLV, etc. Then how can we play videos in those formats on iPad 4? We need some video converter. Any Video Converter Ultimate is a good choice. It has a default profile setting for iPad.

The interface and basic feature instruction of AVC Ultimate

    1. Download and launch the program;

    2. Click "Add Video /DVD" button to select videos;

    3. Click Profile -> Apple iPad to select an iPad format for your video;

    4. Click "Convert Now" button to transfer AVI, MKV, and FLV videos into iPad 4 compatible formats.


Two To Transfer iTunes Rent and purchased Movies and TV Episodes to iPad 4

ITunes users could own rentals for 30 days, but have to finish it within 24 hours after starting watching. Then how can we keep rental movies and episodes, and put them play on our new device as long as we want? We need some DRM removal.

And sometimes, because of the settings of different purchased movies vary, not every video imported to iOS devices could be guaranteed to be consistent with the parameters of devices. We can use some software to adjust parameters to play better.

Tune4mac iTunes Video Converter Platinum is such a professional tool.

The interface and basic feature instruction of iTunes Platinum

    1. Download and launch the program;

    2. Click "Add" button to add rented iTunes videos;

    3. Click Profile -> Apple iPad to select an iPad format for your video. Or, you can keep the "Same as source" settings. No matter .mov or .mp4 are both compatible.

    4. Click "Convert" button to have remove DRM protection from rented and purchased movies and TV episodes.


Three To Transfer iTunes Videos and Music to iPad 4

    1. Launching iTunes. Go to the menu bar, and click File -> Add To Library to choose videos and music that you want to put onto your iPad 4.

    2. Connect your iPad 4 to your computer. Then click your iPad 4, under Options, remember to tick "Manually manage music and videos". This action need to be finished, otherwise you cannot transfer iTunes to iPad.

    3. Click "Sync" to transfer iTunes videos and music to iPad 4.

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Audible Audiobook

Audiobooks from iTunes and audible.com are in .aa format, and DRM protected. Then is it possible to play your audiobook in MP3 player and mobile phone? Here is an article about how to convert audible AA files from iTunes and audible.com to .mp3.

Things We'll Need:

To convert DRM-protected AA files to .mp3, we need some third-party software.Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converteris the choice; it is a powerful Mac audiobook converter, which could convert any DRM-laden or non-DRM-protected .aa, .m4b audiobooks from iTunes and Amazon to .mp3, .wav, and .aac. And this is exactly what we want.

Free Download AA to MP3 Converter:  Download Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converter


Step-by-step Tutorial:

Add Audiobooks into iTunes Library

Add audiobooks to iTunes Library

The iTunes Audio Converter detects audiobooks in iTunes, so we need first add files to iTunes. Launching iTunes, then click File -> Add To Libraryto import the files you prefer into library.

Choose MP3 format for AA Files

Choose MP3 format for your audiobook

Launching the audiobook converter with iTunes closed (you'll be prompted to relaunch iTunes if you don't). Then click Tune4mac iTunes Audio Converter on the menu bar -> Preferences. It will popup a window, under the "Advanced" tab, you can set formats.

You can choose any one of Same as sourceFor spoken wordFor streaming music and Customto set the output file format, they all set MP3 as their default format, but you can click Custom customize the FormatBitrates etc.

Add AA Audiobooks to iTunes Audio Converter

Add AA files to the program

Click "Add" button in the top left corner of the application. This will bring up a list of audiobook in iTunes and you can choose anything you like.

Convert .aa files into .mp3

Start conversion

After formats being chose, videos being added, we can start the conversion now. Click the "Convert" button to remove DRM protection and encode .aa to .mp3 in the same time.

Tips After Conversion:

If you noticed, on its simple interface, there is a "Split" button. It is usedto split a big audiobook file to several small pieces.

When the conversion is finished, you can selected the desired file in the list then press the split button, you will see a split option window popup.

Split converted MP3 audio into small pieces

And if you noticed, on its top right corner there is an "Inspector" button, which allowsediting tag message for the output files.

After converting the files, you can selected the desired file in the file list, then press the Inspector button, you will see the file's information includingSummary,TagsandArtwork.

Add tags to the converted audio mp3 files

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Are you a movie addict? Have you ever loved a character or couples from some movie or TV series? Have you made your own videos? Do you like to cut movie from movie, shot from shot, scene from scene, and then add some music and make them into a new video? Like the videos we always watching on YouTube. If you have never tried, then have a try. For Mac users, they mostly choseiMovie or Final Cut Proto do the steps.

Convert iTunes Videos to iMovie and FCP

Even you have purchased or rented iTunes movies and TV episodes, no matter iMovie or Final Cut Pro you are using, iTunes videos cannot be edited. It's because iTunes purchases and rentals areDRMprotected. Therefore, before import videos into iMovie or FCP, we need to remove the DRM protection first. That brings out a question, how to remove DRM protections?

To remove DRM protection, first we need some third-party software.Tune4mac iTunes to iMovie Converteris a professional Mac M4V video converter tool, designed to convert DRM protected iTunes M4V purchases and rentals.

Here a Tutorial:

Install Tune4mac onto Mac Mountain Lion

Download and Launch the program

Download and install the Tune4mac DRM Removal (direct download). Then launch the allocation.

When launching the program, for Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion users, you may get the aforementioned error dialog. Then please go toSystem Preferences -> Security & Privacy, click the lock icon in the lower-left corner and enter your administration name and password. Under "Allow applications downloaded from", select "Anywhere". Then launch and run Tune4mac again.

Add iTunes TV Series to Tune4mac

Add iTunes Videos

Add a DRM-laden purchase or rental by clicking the "Add" button. This will bring up a list of movies or TV episodes in iTunes, and then choose anything you like to convert.

Choose a iMovie and FCP compatible format for your video

Choose a Format for your Video

The program provides different video formats. But as we know, iMovie and FCP are both restricted with some certain formats, thus, we need to choose a compatible format with iMovie or FCP.

This program has predefined settings for iMovie and FCP.

If you edit iTunes videos with iMovie, then clickProfile -> Apple Software -> Apple Software iMovie

If you edit iTunes videos with iMovie, then clickProfile -> Apple Software -> Apple Software iMovie

Choose a Format for “Gossip Girl”

Set Video Parameters

Avoiding losing image quality during the conversion, we could set up the video size and bitrate to keep the quality high.

Generally, the higher video size is, the higher the bitrate is, the better and clear image will be.

Start Conversion

Start Conversion

Click the "Convert" button to remove DRM and convert video to compatible format at the same time.

Import videos into iMovie and FCP

Import iTunes Videos into iMovie or FCP

After the conversion, the editors should support the videos. Then open your iMovie or FCP, go to the menu bar, click File -> Import -> Movies.

After all, videos from iTunes are now editable. And if you have noticed, you will find out that, the iTunes rental movies are not "rent" any more, without the DRM protection, it won't be expired in one month. Namely, now, you arenot only could edit iTunes videos with iMovie or FCP, but also keep iTunes rental videos forever.

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When you pay Amazon some money for a Kindle eBook, you probably think it’s yours now. I mean, you paid some money, you got some content, and now you have it, just like any other book you buy at a brick-and-mortar store. Well, that’s wrong. Actually, you didn’t buy anything, and you don’t own that book you just paid for.

Amazon’s official Kindle Store Terms of Use are very clear about this, stating “Kindle Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider”.Technically speaking, Amazon can take the book away at any time – simply remove it from your device remotely and delete your account, which wouldn’t be a first for them. If this sounds wrong, and if you think you should actually own a book after clicking a button that says “Buy now with 1-Click” and paying some of your hard-earned money, read on and I’ll show you how to take ownership of your Kindle eBooks.

What DRM Removal Means

After you de-DRM your Kindle books, you will be able to read them on your Kindle as per usual, but you will also be able to convert them to PDFs, ePubs (for reading on a Nook, for example), and any other format. Most importantly, Amazon would never be able to take those books away from you – you get to keep what you bought.

This Is Not About Piracy

A few important caveats you should keep in mind before proceeding with DRM removal:

  • Stripping DRM violates Amazon’s ToS. By taking ownership over the books you paid for, you are doing something they specifically told you not to do. Again, I quote from the Kindle Store ToS: “you may not bypass, modify, defeat, or circumvent security features that protect the Kindle Content.”
  • Stripping DRM may be illegal in your country or state.  Laws change from country to country, and I’m sad to say that in some countries, it is now illegal to actually own content you bought. I am not telling you to break the law, merely informing you about technology. Whatever you do or not do is your own responsibility.
  • If you are a decent human being, I trust that you will not distribute the content you de-DRM. If you do this, you don’t hurt just Amazon, but the individual author who wrote the book you’re sharing with others. That’s just not fair, so please don’t do  it.
  • Last but not least: DRM is a cat-and-mouse game. This method works at the time of this writing, and may stop working tomorrow, as soon as Amazon change things.

If this whole concept of DRM sounds new and unfamiliar, go read James’s recent piece,What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? in which he presents some compelling arguments explaining the problems and realities of digital rights management. If it’s not just DRM-free books you’re after, Matt recently published 6 Places To Buy DRM-Free Games, and Justin showed you how to Rip A DRM’d DVD Disk To ISO Format With BDlot DVD ISO Master.

Ingredients (All Free, Except For Your Book)

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You will need:

  • A Kindle book (or fifty) you bought and now wish to actually own. These books should all be registered under your Amazon account for this to work.
  • Amazon’s Kindle for PC application. Even if you use Windows 8, get the one that’s labeled “for Windows 7, Vista, and XP.” It works just fine on 8, just doesn’t use the Modern interface.
  • The Calibre eBook manager. Much has been written about this fantastic free application, and we have an entire manual dedicated to it, titled Open Book: Managing Your eBooks With Calibre. You don’t need to read the whole manual to do this.
  • The magic sauce: Apprentice Alf’s DRM Removal Tools for eBooks. This is a ZIP file full of lots of plugins and tools, and we’ll use just one of them.  Download the ZIP and remember where you put it.


First, download and install Calibre and Kindle for PC.

Then, register Kindle for PC under your account, and download all of the books you wish to de-DRM. To do this, click Archived Items within Kindle for PC, then right-click the book you wish to download, and pick Download:

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This is a very tedious process, because you have to manually download each and every Kindle file you own. If you know of a way to bulk-download these titles into Kindle for PC, enlighten me in the  comments and I’ll amend this part of the post with full credit to you.

After you’ve downloaded all of your books, your Kindle for PC Downloaded Items screen should look nicely populated:

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Of course, we’re not going to have the same books, but you get the point. Now we need to get at the actual files for these books. By default, they’re going to be in your Documents folder, under My Kindle Content:

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The files we care about are the AZW ones – these are the actual books. So, now we have all of our DRM-protected files downloaded, and we know where they are.

Next, install Calibre. Just Next-Next-Next your way through the installer.

Now, unzip Apprentice Alf’s plugin bundle into a folder. It doesn’t matter where you put this folder. I just dumped it in my Downloads directory:

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Note the Calibre_Plugins subfolder – that’s what we’ll need. Also, you can definitely take a look at ReadMe_First just to get a better understanding of what this whole bundle is about.

Next, launch Calibre and click Preferences:

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In the Preferences screen, click Plugins under Advanced:

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In the Plugin window, click “Load plugin from file” (near the bottom of the window):


Now, navigate to the folder where you unzipped Apprentice Alf’s de-DRM bundle, and click Calibre_Plugins. There, pick “K4MobiDeDRM_v04.7_plugin.zip” (the version may change by the time you read this):


Calibre will now explain that installing plugins locally is a security risk. That’s true, but we’re going to go ahead and take that risk anyway:


So, click Yes, you do want to proceed. You should now get a success message:


And… you’re done. At least on my machine, this is the totality of what needs to be done to break DRM on Kindle books.

Now restart  Calibre, and let’s break some DRM.

The Fun Part

Remember the My Kindle Content we located a few steps back? Now, open that folder, and open Calibre.

Sort the folder by extension, and highlight all of your AZW files:

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Now go ahead and drag them onto the Calibre window. That’s right: Just drag and drop, there’s nothing more to it.

Calibre will now crunch some numbers, and add all of your books to its library. As it does this, it creates DRM-free copies of your books, which you can then convert to any other format you wish to use. Those copies can’t be removed by Amazon, no matter how naughty they think you’ve been. What’s yours is yours – mission accomplished.

Final Thoughts on DRM Removal

Seriously, please don’t pirate books. Authors need you to buy their work so they can make a living. That said, I do think that when you buy something, it should be yours.

Circumventing DRM is a finicky process, and what I’ve described may not work for you. If you try it out, let me know in the comments how it went. Good luck!

Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-break-the-drm-on-kindle-ebooks-so-you-can-enjoy-them-anywhere/


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 How to remove DRM from iTunes purchased Movies and Rentals

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With the arrival of the end of 2012, iTunes has made inventories about movie, music, TV series, and audiobook, etc. Now here we listed some movies, TV series, and books that are suitable for kids to watch and read, every category with 5 art pieces.


5 Movies for Kids:


TangledWhen the kingdoms most wanted and most charming bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense. Let your hair down and get ready to cheer for Tangled.

Wall E

Wall EIn the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot Wall-E inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Meanwhile he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.


UpBy tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway. In the journey, they meet fantastic friend, stuck together in the wilds of the jungle. Carl realizes that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3As Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy's faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and soon discover a wild new adventure is just beginning! Take an amazing journey with some of the most beloved characters in movie history and discover what being a friend is truly all about.

Despicable MeDespicable Me

Vying for the title of "World's Greatest Villain", Gru – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions – plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad.

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5 TV Episodes for Kids:

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas

The grumpy, grouchy, Yule-hating Grinch plots to ruin the Whos' Christmas. Can he steal their holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Dr. Seuss' magical imagination continues with yet another classic — Horton Hears a Who — about a rotund, blue-eyed, altogether lovable elephant named Horton who comes to animated, colorful life with the special.


Carly hosts her own homegrown web show, iCarly. While grappling with typical issues of adolescence, Carly, Sam, and Freddie find out that they have also become online celebrities as their show – which features talent contests, recipes, problem-solving, and random dancing – garners international accolades.

Prep and Landing

Prep and LandingWayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid Field Expert to aid in the mission: a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel.

TRON: Uprising

Inside the computer world of the grid, a young program named Beck becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution against a corrupt regime. His mission is to free his home and liberate his friends from the oppressive reign of the villainous Clu and his evil henchman, General Tesler. Meanwhile, Beck works to balance his life with his friends Mara and Zed at Able's Garage with his duties as the Renegade while he begins to assemble a team for the Uprising.

Spongebob SquarePantsSpongeBob SquarePants: Tom Kenny's Top 20

Even after more than 100 episodes, what could be better than serving up smiles as the alter ego of the world's happiest sponge? Step out of character and choose my 20 favorite episodes. Be sure to check out each episode description, 'cause I go full sail's ahead into why that episode makes me feel all bubbly inside (and hopefully you, too!).

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5 Books for Kids:

A Very Wimpy Kid

A Very Wimpy KidIn the small town of Rocking Creek, the story of one boy's unforgettable summer is spelled out in a collection of his journal entries. The story follows Brandon, a boy that has been labeled as the wimpiest kid around. His life is miserable and he sets out to find a way to change it. The only thing is, his way of changing his image go him into a lot more trouble than he could have imagined.

Coolest Chapter Books for Kids Sampler

Coolest Chapter SamplersGet a sneak peek inside four of the coolest chapter book series! Meet the zany characters of My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy by Dan Gutman; travel the world with Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Jeff Brown; laugh out loud with Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate; and discover the magic with Fairy Blossoms #1: Daisy and the Magic Lesson by Suzanne Williams.

Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks

SharksLearn all about sharks with Discovery Kids! Packed with action-packed full color photographs, fun facts, a cool quiz, and a glossary, this reader is perfect for helping kids learn about kinds of sharks, where they eat, where they live, and more in a fun and vibrant manner. Developed with the help of educational experts and ideal for ages 4-8, this Discovery Kids reader is a great introduction to children's non-fiction.

Top Shelf Kids Club — 2011

Top Shelf Kid ClubIn this FCBD edition, we'll not only present three adventures from our established all-ages series; but we'll also feature three all-new stories from three brand new all-ages series debuting this year: OKIE DOKIE DONUTS by Chris Eliopoulos, PIRATE PENGUIN VS NINJA CHICKEN by Ray Friesen, and UPSIDE DOWN by Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 7)

Diary of a Wimpy KidA Valentine's Day dance at Greg Heffley 's middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn't have any prospects either, but that's a small consolation. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who's going to be lucky in love.

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