Those wonderful looping animations we call GIFs are an unlikely story of survival in an age when digital formats come and go like the wind. The lure of the decades-old GIF format has caused people to ignore its flaws, but those looking to bring the format into modern times might just be inadvertently drowning its…
GIFs are the lifeblood of the internet, the reason most of us get up in the morning. But they haven't really gotten better in the past 25 years—until now. Imgur claims to have "reimagined the GIF" by recreating the traditional animated, looping images we love using the best web video format, MP4. Hold onto your jorts!
VPlayer is an Android equivalent of VLC—that most wonderful of media playback programs that will take almost any file format you throw its way and chew through it with ease. And a free alpha version is now available.
These pictures look the same—but they're not. Because the sign on the right, hypothetically, takes up nearly 40% less space. That's the version in WebP, Google's plan to speed up the internet by slimming down its images.
The iPad's potential as a personal video device is handicapped pretty severely by the limited file formats it supports. CineXPlayer, the latest app to sneak past the App Store approval squad, helpfully plays Xvid videos with zero conversion required.
Fighting back against the downloaders, a new music file format by the name of MusicDNA has been introduced by the people who created the MP3, which will bundle a heap of bonus content with the music file.
Sure, Apple carved out a lot extra code, like printer drivers you don't need. But you're also seeing additional space where you didn't used to, because Snow Leopard calculates disk capacity differently than Leopard (or Windows, for that matter).
Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date: