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Apple Also Announces iPhone 5S And It Comes In Gold

Apple is holding a live conference announcing their new products with the latest being the iPhone 5S.

Moments ago the company announced a cheaper version with the iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5S features a newly-upgraded processor, and they rebuilt the Apps to accommodate the higher power.

It’s stated the new iPhone 5S chip is 5 times faster than iPhone 5 and 56 times than the original iPhone.  

As rumored, the iPhone 5S will also feature a fingerprint sensor located at the home button dubbed “TouchID” that eliminates the need for a lock code. It’s said TouchID can store multiple fingerprints for more than one user that uses the phone.

The new iPhone5S camera will be 15% wider as well as featuring a duel-LED flash and upgraded imaging software.

Colors for the iPhone 5S include white, black and the newly announced gold.

The battery also gets an upgrade offering 10 hours of 3G talk time, and 250 hours of standby.

The phone will be available on all the major networks with a contract priced at $199 for a 16GB model and upwards for the 32 and 64GB versions.

(via Mashable)

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Apple Announces iPhone 5C For $99

For those who may read their comic books digitally, this news may just for you as Apple has announced a new low-cost iPhone 5C that will retail for as low as $99.

It’s the same size as the iPhone 5, but made of a softer silicon rubber rather than aluminum and comes in a variety of colors including:  blue, green, yellow, pink and white.

The iPhone 5C features a 4-inch Retina display, a larger battery and a new HD Facetime camera.

Apple will also be selling a variety of rubber cases, which will cost $29 each. 

The iPhone 5C will sell with a contract for $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model.

Availability has yet to be announced.

(via Mashable)

Update: Apple announces iPhone 5S.

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New iPad Goes On Sale Tonight At Midnight At Wal-Mart and Union Square Best Buy

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:822:]]Apple’s new iPad, “HD” I think they are calling it, goes on sale tonight at midnight (actually 12:01 am).

You can either head to your 24 hour local Wal-Mart, or if you happen to live in NYC — the Union Square Best Buy.

For some odd reason, both Wal-Mart and Best Buy are getting the jump ahead of the Apple store, which opens at 8 am. 

Likewise, AT&T, Verizon, Target and Radio Shack stores start selling the new iPad later on Friday as well, with the rest of the Best Buy stores selling them at 10am.

While you pick up your new iPad, you can also buy your The Avengers movie tickets as they go on sale at midnight, too.

And when you are done with that, you can read a digital comic or two — and then come back here and tell us how they look on the new Retina Display.

For more on the new iPad check out Brian Amey’s article.

Info via Mashable.

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Tricks Of The Trade: How To Create and Watermark Your Images

Say you are a blogger and come upon an exclusive image.

You want to post it on your site, but all the scum buckets out there will just copy it and claim it as their own.

So what do you do?

You watermark it.

Basically that means you take — say your logo — make it transparent and put it on top the image.

Here’s how I do it:

Download this FREE image manipulation program: The Gimp. It’s awesome. Forget paying for Photoshop, The Gimp has everything you need.

Once you have that installed, open up your logo and the image (FILE –> OPEN).

So you will have two images opened on your desktop.

I’ll use these two images, “image file” (credit: CBN’s Chris “The Doc” Bushley) and “logo file” (but enlarged):

On the logo file go to EDIT –> COPY (or Ctrl-C).

Then go over to the image file and go to EDIT –> PASTE AS NEW LAYER (important!)

Your image should appear in the top left corner.

Now, you can move it wherever you want with the “MOVE TOOL,” which is found in the “Toolbox.” 

Then just go to FILE –> SAVE. Save it as a “imagefilename.jpg” or even “imagefilename.png” (png is better quality, but larger file size).

That’s the quick way if you already have the two images all set. And if your logo file isn’t transparent, it’s not really a “watermark,” but gets the job done.

But what if the scum bucket knows how to manipulate the image and cuts around your watermark?

Then you will need to make the logo transparent, as you don’t want it covering the image, which ticks people off, but you still want to give your site credit.

Repeat the above steps, but instead of saving, do the following:

If the “Layer Window” is not already opened on your desktop, click Ctrl-L. That should bring up a box where you should see the Layers window.

You will see the logo file layer in the Layers window. Make sure it is selected/highlighted. Should turn blue and/or grey.

Next on the Toolbox window, choose the “Eraser.” Click on it and more options will be revealed below it.

Set the “Opacity” to however much transparency you want on your logo file. 

Set the “Scale” to a large number as that’s the size of the brush.

Then left click and hold. Brush over the logo file making sure the left mouse button is held down the entire time, or the logo file will not look right.

The logo image should be see though and you can now move it wherever you like with the MOVE TOOL,” which is found in the “Toolbox.” 

Then just save as mentioned above.

There are a few more tricks you can do as well. Like I can take the black color out of the logo file, with COLORS –> COLOR TO ALPHA.

Or if you need more than one color taken out, you can manually erase around the image using the ERASER.

You can do the same with text if you don’t have an image as well.

I would also recommend saving the watermark logo as a separate file for later use. Select the layer in the LAYERS window, then go to EDIT –> COPY. Then EDIT –> PASTE AS –> NEW Image. Save the new file as a .png to retain transparency.

If you mess up use Ctrl-Z to undo; Ctrl-Y is redo.

Any questions, hit me up in the comments below and I’ll try to help out.

1. Open image file

2. Open logo file

3. Copy logo file

4. paste logo file as new layer on to image file

5. set opacity and scale on the logo file

6. brush over logo file to create transparency

7. move logo to desired position

8. save

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The Internet War Has Begun: FBI Shuts Down Megaupload; Anonymous Retaliates

stop sopaA day after the internet protested SOPA and PIPA, the F.B.I. closed down the website Megaupload.com and charged its New Zealand based owners with various accounts of conspiracy and copyright infringement. New Zealand authorities carried out the warrants on behalf of the U.S., and investigators said the timing had nothing to do with the internet protest.

According to Mashable, owners of Megaupload.com are accused of being part of,:

“the Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale.”  They are being charged with participating in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.

In turn, the group dubbed “Anonymous” is claiming credit for shutting down the following websites: Justice.govMPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Universal Music Group and Copyright.gov.

Yesterday saw a number of internet sites go “black” in an attempt to bring attention to the fact that SOPA is an attack on free speech. Worth a mention is that there are already laws and procedures in place to take down websites without giving more power to the government — which the FBI showed us right here. I’ll even throw in Cosmic Book News was shut down by a mere e-mail to our hosting for something not even hosted on our servers.

Recently, Pres. Obama has come out and stated that he will not support SOPA in its present form.

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