iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apple updates iPhone 6 World Gallery films with new videos Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:41:53 +0000 Read More]]> Apple launched its “shot on iPhone 6″ campaign in March this year which features photos taken by users. The campaign was recently expanded to include videos and now the company has featured select 15 seconds video clips and posted them on its website.

Apple updated its video collection on Thursday by adding two new videos titled “Shot on iPhone 6 by Jirasak P.” and “Shot on iPhone 6 by Willian P.” The new clips added to the “World Gallery films” showcase slow motion capabilities of the iPhone 6.

“Shot on iPhone” ad campaign turned out to be a huge success for Apple and the company received the top Outdoor Lions prize at the Cannes Festival for its campaign.

This isn’t the first time that Apple has used user-generated content to market features of its flagship devices. Even during keynote presentations the company has often featured photos and videos taken by its staff.

Apple’s marketing and advertising efforts have always focused on experience with the device rather than its technical feature set. This strategy has worked out well for the company as its campaigns have almost always struck the right chord.

iPhone’s camera is by far the most popular camera in the world according to Flickr users. In the top 5 list Flickr lists top three devices as iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 respectively.

Apple has remained committed to make the camera on iPhone better with each new model as it develops it’s own software and even sensors to make sure that the resulting photos are nothing short of extraordinary.

Checkout the World Gallery and Films here.


]]> 0 Thred for iPhone is like Instagram with stickers and more Thu, 07 May 2015 18:49:15 +0000 Read More]]> Having access to a camera in your pocket all the time obviously results in taking lots of selfies and capturing small and big events happening around you. The success of photo sharing apps like Instagram and Snapchat have proved that people are willing to adopt new social networks even if the primary feature is as simple as photo sharing.  Thred for iPhone aims to provide another platform for people to share moments or rather “threds” with the world.

Thred for iPhone extends its features beyond the world of filters, hashtags, likes and comments. The app allows you to customise your photos by using stickers, adding location, text, links and adding panels. The way people shares photos on Instagram is evolving. Before sharing photos people use multiple apps for editing, adding text, border and more. Thred for iPhone seems to make this process easier by offering all of this functionality within their app.

One of the more interesting and unique features of the app is the ability to add panels. This is a great way to tell a story about an event or just share related photos with your friends. For example, if you were at a party and took many photos you’d probably only upload one or two photos from the same day. However, with Thred you can create panels and upload multiple photos each with a new look and different descriptions to tell the entire story.

The app is available for iPhone for free. It features many stickers and font options to choose from. The user interface is very easy to follow and understand. Checkout Thred for iPhone and let us know what you think in the comment below.

THRED - Endless Entertainment

by Syntertainment Incorporated

THRED - Endless Entertainment

Update: THRED has new camera features so you can make action sequences, time lapses, or a selfie series. Enhance your photos with new stickers including a special Pride sticker pack, and easily invite friends via SMS, email, or Facebook!

THRED is a toolkit to share your favorite ideas. Apply filters, stickers, borders, captions, and more to photos from the web and your camera roll.

Use THRED to create:

* A funny caption or meme
* Logging your tropical vacation
* Useful how-tos
* Web comics
* Sequential photography
* News and current events
* Art collections
* Your infamous snark
* Animals acting like people
* Pop culture skewering
* And just about everything else!

THRED optionally runs in the background to create Starter Threds for you to edit, publish, or keep. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

]]> 0 First details about iPhone 6s camera module emerge Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:43:10 +0000 Read More]]> Apple is expected to announce “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s plus” later this year as the company follows its annual iOS device upgrade cycle. According to a new report published by Taipei Times, Apple will retain the 8-megapixel rear camera sensor in the next iPhone.

The publication quotes Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu who suggests that Largan Precision Co, a major smartphone camera lens supplier to Apple Inc. will “face limited earnings” due to slow transition to higher-resolution lenses.

Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year.

The report published by Taipei Times contradicts Daring Fireball’s John Gruber belief that Apple may be working on major camera improvements for the next iPhone.

Apple has been following a pattern when it comes to launching new iPhone each year. The company introduces an all-new design one year and then follows up with the same design but with new processor and camera enhancements.

Most companies have launched new phones with more megapixels each year whereas Apple has retained the 8 megapixel camera since the iPhone 4s but, improved the sensor and added new technologies to allow users to take better photos.

Apple leads the list of most popular cameras on Flickr and to retain that spot the company would need to continue making the iPhone camera better each year. It will be interesting to see if Apple features a higher megapixel camera in the new iPhone. The new iPhones are likely to be unveiled sometime near September this year.

]]> 0 iPhone continues to be the most popular “camera” owned by Flickr users Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:25:30 +0000 Read More]]> Apple may never introduce a dedicated camera device however, it sure is not losing out on any limelight in the camera industry. According to Flickr’s 2014 most popular camera list Apple features in the top 3 positions in the 2014 top individual cameras owned, the fourth position is taken by Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D7000 is at fifth position.

If you consider only mobile cameras then Apple sweeps the top 5 category with top four ranks featuring iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5c. In 2013 the original iPhone was at the fifth position but this year Samsung Galaxy S3 replaced the fifth spot.

The most interesting rank in the stats shared by Flickr is that Apple is now the second most popular “camera brand”. Last year the company featured at third position.

When the original iPhone was launched in 2007 it featured a modest 2 MP camera with no flash and not many editing or sharing features. It was the iPhone 4 that received a major camera upgrade. It’s been eight years since the launch of the first gen iPhone and the improvements the company has been making to it’s camera is clearly winning the hearts of its users.

Sunset from moving car - on explore november 30th -2014

Apple introduced the all-new iPhone 6 in September 2014 and within 3 months it already featured at number 7 claiming 1% share of top mobile cameras according to Flickr. With new features like Focus Pixel, improved face detection, image stabilisation, burst mode and exposure control Apple is making sure that it retains the top spot in 2015 as well.

It is important to consider that it is not just the camera hardware but, also the software that made iPhone reach this far by enabling easy edit and share options. The Photos app in iOS 8 received a major upgrade adding photo filters, advanced exposure, light and color controls.

Unlike its competitors Apple hasn’t focused on “megapixels” what it has done is focus on making it easier for users to take great photos.

We’ll have to wait until the end of 2015 to find out if Apple can retain its existing position or it may just topple Canon for the number one camera brand.


]]> 0 Flickr for iOS 7 Features Auto-Upload and 1TB Storage Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:52:03 +0000 Read More]]> Taj Mahal Sunset

In the top five most popular cameras in the Flickr community Apple’s iPhone takes the first three spots with iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4. Clearly more people take photos with their iPhone than any other camera and upload it to Flickr. The popular online photo management and sharing giant now has more to offer.

Flickr has updated its iPhone app for iOS 7 which now features auto-upload feature. I could not test the feature at the time of writing as the app refused to let me sign in and gave an error which said that it could connect to Flickr servers.

Photos last a lifetime on Flickr where every picture is saved and displayed in full resolution. And with a free terabyte of space, your photos will always have a place to call home.

Flickr for iPhone gives you 1TB of storage which in comparison to Apple’s PhotoStream 1000 image upload limit is probably the most amazing feature of the app. It also includes free filters and stores all photos in full resolution.

The app also features privacy settings that allow you easily set photos as private or public. The latest version also includes auto straighten for your photos using the Flickr editor. Goggle sign-in issues have also been reportedly fixed.

If you had been looking for a seamless photo uploading and sharing service then Flickr for iPhone is certainly worth giving a try. Let us know if you’re using Flickr and if you like the service.

]]> 0 Facebook Releasing New iOS 6 Photo Sync Feature Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:09:54 +0000 Read More]]> Facebook Releasing New iOS Photo Sync Feature

Facebook is beginning to introduce a new feature in the Facebook application for iOS devices that automatically uploads all photos taken on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a private photo album on Facebook. After this, the user can then access all of their iOS images directly on Facebook and can choose which ones to share directly through their web browser as opposed to uploading individual images.

Facebook posted a page on their website, detailing the features of Photo Sync and how it works. Facebook uses background uploads directly through the Facebook application, entirely sidestepping Apple’s iOS 6 integration and special API’s. All users get a complimentary 2GB of storage to upload photos online.

This new feature allows users to manage their photos entirely online, with images being stored privately until the users chooses to share. The feature is not automatically enabled as that may cause controversy among iOS users, but gives users the option to enable it if they choose to utilize the Photo Sync service.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 2 iPhone 5 Fully Assembled Hardware Photos Leaked? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:30:20 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 5 hardware leaked

Apple’s next generation iPhone 5 has been the target of intense speculation over the past several months, however no solid evidence that an iPhone 5 even existed was available. But, over the past several weeks, parts of what appears to be a next gen iPhone 5 have appeared in images and videos across the web. The parts and rumors suggest that Apple’s new iPhone will have a taller screen, a smaller dock connector, and several other design changes.

On Sunday, Japanese site iLab posted images, released by CydiaBlog, of a fully assembled iPhone 5 hardware, in line with rumors of the new design. The site alleges that these photos are of the next generation iPhone, expected for release during September. Cydiablog offered their thoughts on the images with the following:

The leaked parts shows the bigger screen, different internals (such as a new flex cable holding the Home button in place), and the camera modules (front and rear). The camera module cutout looks to be larger, there is an enhanced version of speaker and microphone configuration at the bottom, new smaller dock connector (instead of 30-pin Dock Connector, 16-pin connector could be introduced). Another notable design change in the new iPhone front panel shows the FaceTime camera has been moved to a centered position above the earpiece speaker (it is currently to left of the earpiece in iPhone 4S and iPhone 4).


iPhone 5 hardware repair parts

The images appear to confirm that the next generation iPhone would have a unibody back plate, unlike the current iPhone 4S which houses the internals in between two pieces of tempered glass as well as a screen with a higher length and same width. The next generation iPhone is expected to be released later this fall, alongside the public release of iOS 6.

Do you think this could be the next gen iPhone? Do you like the overall design? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 3 Apple Inc. (AAPL) New Barcelona Retail Store In Photos Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:21:04 +0000 Read More]]>

We recently reported that Apple Inc. (AAPL) was opening their new Barcelona Retail Store on Saturday at 10:00AM. The wall outside of the Passeig de Gràcia store consists of Gaudi-influenced design, with iOS icons arranged to resemble the modernista style of the popular Catalan architect. On Thursday, Cult of Mac was given access to take photos of the interior of the Passeig de Gràcia store.

Although the initial photographs of the exterior hinted at a very artistic interior, it now appears that the design is unchanged from Apple’s other retail locations and uses the same typical stone, wood, and metal designs. This latest location in Barcelona has a grand three floor structure, consisting of a full fledged theatre, a range of product displays, as well as a large Genius Bar.

On the ground floor of the Barcelona Apple Store, about half of the available floor space is taken up with iPhone and iPad displays, spread across twelve tables in three rows. The other half of the floor is taken up by various models of MacBooks, with only a single table devoted to iMacs.

Higher up, the glass staircase leads to the Genius Bar, as well as an in-house theater.

In the basement is where Mac and iOS accessories are stored, which Apple retail employees are now hard at work filling the shelves.

Apple’s Passeig de Gràcia location is the company’s second store in Barcelona and eighth and most recent retail store in Spain and opens at 10:00AM on Saturday, July 28th.

{via MacRumors — Image Credit: Cult of Mac}

]]> 3 Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:36:04 +0000 Read More]]>

Facebook, one of the world’s leading social media websites has moved ahead with plans to solidify their efforts in the editing and distribution of photos by purchasing photography app, Instagram.

Instagram, a popular iPhone app, recently added to Android as well was introduced in 2010 for iPhone, and has since grown to include over 30 million registered accounts.

Facebook announced on Monday that they are buying out the company for $1 billion USD and will be bringing the 13 employees over to Facebook to help the social network with other image and photography solutions.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new acquisition in one of his blog posts, noting that Facebook will be “keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.”

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

Instagram has gained lots of attention since its introduction, being named Apple’s iPhone app of the year for 2011. The company has achieved great milestones, specifically in adding new users, creating new features, and devising a simple and easy to use software to edit photos and share them. This is exactly what Facebook has been looking for, and this acquisition will likely benefit them greatly.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 6 Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 Now Available in App Store Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:12:26 +0000 Read More]]>

On Sunday, Adobe prematurely released the Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 app in the App Store, but soon pulled it, caliming that the app was scheduled for release on Monday, February 27th. On Monday, Adobe officially released the Photoshop app tailored for tablets, which is now available in the App Store for $9.99USD.

Transform images with core Adobe Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.

As dominance of iPad 2 continues to rise, it is continuing to gain support for more desktop based applications, including the rumored Microsoft Office application. Adobe Photoshop Touch is one of the apps introduced by Adobe in a group of six which were announced last October.

The company has slowly been transitioning onto the iPad and other tablets, tapping into the mobile market. As tablets such as the iPad become more portable and more powerful, it is reasonable for Adobe to introduce apps to support it. The apps are not full desktop class, however, will likely build as time progresses and the iPad gains more processing power.

Adobe’s initial plans for the iPad app was to run a full desktop version, but the company scaled back to include only a handful of image editing features. This is only the beginning of the high powered apps on the iPad, and Adobe will likely add more features over the coming months. The Adobe Photoshop Touch app is currently available in the App Store but only for the iPad 2 running iOS 5.

]]> 0 OS X Mountain Lion Preview, 100 new features, Inspired by iPad Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:25:25 +0000 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple announced the newest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.8. The newest version is being called ‘OS X Mountain Lion’, up from the current OS X Lion running on Mac computers. Apple has made a preview version of OS X 10.8 available to registered developers and will release the final version, with over 100 new features later this summer.

The release will likely be in late August, as usual, and will begin to ship with MacBooks and iMacs during the initial education sales and beginning of the school year, when Mac sales typically increase. SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller commented on the release, saying:

The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better. The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.

Apple launched OS X 10.7 Lion during their “Back to the Mac” event, bringing a number of iOS features back to the Mac in order to blur the lines between the two devices. With OS X Mountain Lion, Apple is pushing iOS integration to a whole new level, integrating a number of apps, including Messages (replacing iChat), Reminders, Notes as well as Game Center and Twitter integration.

Apple has also incorporated Notification Center from iOS 5, allowing the Mac to keep track of all notifications in one place. Prior to this integration, users would have to rely on third-party software like Growl for notifications. The Cupertino-based company has even brought over AirPlay mirroring, allowing users to mirror their Mac screen on their HDTV through the Apple TV.

The developer preview of Mountain Lion features the all new Messages app which replaces iChat® and allows you to send unlimited messages, high-quality photos and videos directly from your Mac to another Mac or iOS device. Messages will continue to support AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. Starting today Lion users can download a beta of Messages from, and the final version will be available with Mountain Lion. Reminders and Notes help you create and track your to-dos across all your devices. Game Center lets you personalize your Mac gaming experience, find new games and challenge friends to play live multiplayer games, whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone®, iPad or iPod touch®.

It is very likely that if Apple were to release a television set, the mirror system would be more integrated between iOS and Mac devices. Apple has even went as far as to rename Mac OS X to just OS X, like they did from iPhone OS to iOS.

By integrating iCloud deeper into the Mac platform Apple is blurring the difference between iOS and OS X. The company is challenging the very basic traditional ways of computing and embarking on a new territory of true Cloud computing.

]]> 4 PassPath Review for iPhone: Serious Security for Your Photos Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:50:45 +0000 Read More]]> PassPath Review for iPhone-2PassPath Review: A simple app for iPhone that does one thing and does it exceedingly well. If you have a need to keep photos secure, PassPath is your app.

Personally, I can only think of a small number of scenarios where this level of security would be required (e.g., proprietary info, legally important photos, sexting), but if you fit one of the scenarios, this app is the best I’ve seen.

PassPath’s biggest selling point, and one they should capitalize on for other applications, is the security lock to open the app. The 12 billion possible combinations should do the trick for most folks. Using a 3×3 grid of dots, you drag your finger to draw a line, or any pattern of lines, between them. Your unique pattern, which can be as short/long and complicated/simple as you choose, serves as your password. This may or may not be easier to remember than a regular password, and it’s probably harder to write down. But it is much, much harder for an intruder to guess.

PassPath Review for iPhone-3Once in the app you can create albums and add photos to them. You can import photos from your iOS photo gallery or take new ones right from the app using the native Camera application. These photos are encrypted as they are saved to the albums. Once in the app, photos can be saved back out to the Photos app or emailed to others.

PassPath has a nice industrial look to it that constantly reminds you that this is a heavy-duty security app. You’ll have no chance of confusing it with less secure options. The interface puts the icons in the corners and they are easy to identify. Getting around in the app is simple enough, partly because there aren’t a lot of features to complicate it.

PassPath is a bit of a uni-tasker. It does one thing (secures your photos), but it does it well. If you have need for protecting your photos from prying eyes, this app will serve you ably.

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Me You Photo Merger iPhone ReviewWhen you first launch the app to start you simply tap ‘Lets Merge’ then you can either take a snap of the persons face or choose one from your camera roll. Once you have the picture on screen and correctly lined up then tap the tick symbol and it will save it. Then you do the process again for the next image you would like to merge, going through the same process.

When that is all done you can then see on screen the merged image. From this screen you can delete, save to your camera roll, post to facebook or email it. It is worth knowing that the pictures that you take from what is on your phone already can only taken from your camera roll so if you have any other folders in the photo library you won’t be able to use those.

You can use either facing camera and when you have taken the picture you can zoom in and resize what ever part of the picture you are fitting in to the guided area. Only when you are happy with it do you then need to hit save.

Me & You Photo Merger for iPhone ($.99) is ideal for those moments sat down with all your friends and in need of a giggle. Quickly snap the faces for the willing ones and see what funny and strange images you can create. Having the Facebook integration to share with your friends is a great feature to have for those hilarious photos you make.



]]> 0 Skrappy Review: All the Fun of Scrapbooking, on the iPad Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:39:58 +0000 Read More]]> Skrappy review for iPad-8

[rating: 5/5]

Skrappy Review: Skrappy is a great adaptation of the scrapbooking phenomenon for the iPad.

If you’ve never scrapbooked before, this app is going to be a fun discovery process for you. But if you’ve put together a physical scrapbook, you’ll be happy to see how that process has been elegantly adapted for the iPad and the digital age.

Scrapbooks are different than photo albums in that they are supposed to tell the story behind the pictures. Skrappy gives you a lot of tools to do that. Like physical scrapbooks you can choose a theme, then add and rearrange your photos and page layouts. You can also add text boxes to tell a little more about who or what is in the photos. But you are also able to attach movies, audio recordings, or links to the web, which can bring a whole new dimension to the scrapbook storytelling process.

Skrappy review for iPad-7

Skrappy ties into the photos on your iPad, which are synced through iTunes to your computer. The same is true of music that you can choose to autoplay when you come to a particular page or when you tap on an object. And you can save your Skrappy projects as a PDF and use iTunes to transfer it to your computer for use there.

It seems that almost everything can be customized. Themes can be chosen or created. Background images can be selected. Photos can be added, moved, rotated, sized, flipped, aligned, and locked to prevent further changes. Text can be sized, colored, aligned, and made of dozens of fonts. Clip art and shapes can be added. Skrappy uses the layer concept to allow you to select one object at a time without confusing either yourself of the app with other objects.

Skrappy review for iPad-6

Your finished projects can be shared by handing over your iPad, hooking it up to a TV or projector, exporting as a PDF document, sending by email, or printing through a wireless printer. You can also create a custom theme and share that too.

If you’ve got photos with a story to tell, this app would be a great way to get them organized. It’s full-featured to allow you maximum flexibility. You can slowly build your project in a spare minute here and there, or you can get comfy on the couch and crank out an entire project in one sitting. Either way Skrappy scrapbooks will be fun to create and share.





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[rating: 4.5/5]

iPhone 4 Telephoto Lens Kit Review: I’ve always been happy with the camera on the iPhone 4. OK, its never going to compare to a digital or SLR camera but as a point and click camera that you will always have with you it does a great job.

However, everything cam be improved upon right so that is why I splashed out $35 for a iPhone 4 Telephoto Lens Kit from With 48 hours my parcel from Photojojo had arrived and I excitedly opened it.

It appears that Photojojo took inspiration from Apple in their packaging which is very stylish, simple and effective. The black box opens up to reveal the contents and there are quite a few pieces for your $35. The package contains the following items:-

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One of the reason I went for this kit was the fact that it came with a tripod that would fit the iPhone included in the price and the iPhone holder and tripod fit together well allowing both vertical and horizontal picture taking.

Before placing your iPhone 4 into the tripod though you’ll need to fit into the provided case. The case is a simple black case that protects the back and sides of the iPhone allowing full access to all the buttons and connectors. There’s not protection for the front of the case so if you are that way inclined you’ll need a screen protector for your phones screen.

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The major difference between this case and any other case you may have owned before is the adaptor that surrounds the camera lens that enables you to screw the long focal lens to your iPhone. The lens screws into the adaptor easily and securly providing a good, sturdy, solid fit and it it feels secure as you use it either in the tripod or held in the hand.

The included tripod works very well and is well made considering its bargain price and it’s easy to clip and unclip you iPhone in and out of it. With the lens attached you iPhones camera provides 8x magnification and it produces some great results both at taking close up shots of far away objects and of long distance views.

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I’ve been using the lens all day today with some great results. The first opportunity was some great close up shots of my children playing. Usually I would need to be right up close to them to get decent pictures but with the 8x optical zoom I was able to sit back at relax while they played. After that I headed outside to take some long shots and again the results were excellent. Use of the manual focus is required to get the strongest results but thanks to the strong connection to the iPhone case this is easily done.

Just as when using the iPhone camera on it’s own lighting is all important, this is emphasized however when using the lens as it covers the flash making it unusable.

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What makes this simple attachment even better is the customer service that is provided by Photojojo. Beyond the speedy delivery the invoice is full of cute remarks including the ‘OMG, Craig! Your Photojojo goodies are heeeeeere!’ header and the rather bizarre inclusion of a small plastic dinosaur in the packaging takes the service from a good one to a great one with a wonderful attention to detail.

Not only am I very happy with the little camera attachment that upgrades my good iPhone 4 camera to a great one but added to that the great service I can highly recommend adding this Photojojo to your favorites list.


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According to the stats reported by Scott Forstall during WWDC keynote event iPhone 4 camera is one of the most popular cameras used on Flickr. While Apple didn’t announce a new iPhone 5 with beefed up camera, with iOS 5 they certainly made some great improvements to the camera app.

One of the best things Apple added to iOS 5 is the ability to take pictures straight from the lockscreen. Rather than forcing users to unlock their iPhone and scroll through their apps till they find their camera, you can now just click the home button twice to bring up a camera icon on the lockscreen. Hitting the camera icon will take users straight into the camera app where they can start shooting away.

iOS 5 Camera Features

Users can now take pictures using their volume buttons on the side of the camera. With an option of using a physical button, taking pictures would certainly feel more natural now rather than tapping the shutter button on the touchscreen.

The biggest addition though that Apple has made in iOS 5 is the ability to edit photos straight from the Camera Roll. When viewing pictures you will now see an “Edit” button in the right hand corner. The Edit Screen has four icons at the bottom: Rotate, Enhance, Red-Eye, and Crop.

While Rotate is pretty self-explanatory, enhance dramatically improves the picture as the tests found out. Red-Eye reduction is another feature that the iPhone has sorely missed. Simply tap the red-eye button, you will be brought the “Remove Red-Eye” screen where you can tap on each individual red-eye to correct it. Tapping on the fixed eye again will remove it.

Cropping is another added feature. Simply hit the crop button and you’ll be brought to a screen where you can crop the photo. A neat little feature here is the “Constrain” button inside the crop screen. When a user hits the constrain button they will see a pop-up menu nine different photo-sizes to choose from.

iOS 5 Photos App

Once you have edited your picture all you have to do is hit “Save” and then choose “Save to Camera Roll” to make all of your edits finalized.

And of course, once you’ve gotten your photo edited to the point of satisfaction you’re going to need to share it with the entire world. iOS 5′s Twitter integration makes photo sharing so much easier than ever before. With the “Tweet” button right next to emailing and texting.

The new and improved Camera app in iOS 5 is nothing revolutionary, but it’s still a great upgrade over the older version. Apple has added all the basic things you need to take a picture quicker, edit it, and send it out to the world in the easiest ways possible.

Native Panoramic Camera function?

A few lines of code discovered in the first beta release of iOS 5 suggest Apple is planning a native panoramic camera function for iOS 5, which could make applications such as 360 Panorama, AutoStitch Panorama, and Microsoft’s Photosynth obsolete. It’s unclear whether the function can be somehow accessed through the first iOS 5 beta, but we may see it being introduced in a future beta release before the firmware goes public later this year.

]]> 6 Color Location-Based Photo Sharing App Hits the App Store Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:43:36 +0000 Read More]]> Screen shot 2011-03-24 at 22.42.04.png

A new social networking application called Color hit the App Store today, and unlike any other social network this one uses location-based technology to share photos, comments, and videos with other Color users located within 150 feet. Instead of adding friends or following other users, the network works on location data alone to provide a list of other Color users in close proximity, allowing you to enjoy the photographs they’ve uploaded.

It’s a unique new way of interacting with other people that requires no login ID or password, no friending, and more importantly no way of controlling who can and cannot view the pictures you’ve uploaded. Bill Nguyen, one of Color’s creators, described the application to the Associated Press:

“The days of having to say anything are done. There’re no more profiles, there’s no more friending, there’s no more electronic dog fence created by Facebook. It’s all over. This is the post-PC world. It’s a brand new way of sharing.”

Color has instantly rocketed into the limelight since its launch thanks to the team behind the application, Color Lab, which consists Bill Nguyen, founder of Lala (purchased by Apple); Peter Pham of BillShrink; and DJ Patil, former chief scientist of LinkedIn. The company secured a whopping $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank before the application was even launched.

Privacy is of course a concern for Color users – with no way of limiting who can view your photos, they’re free for anyone to take a look at once they’re published. The company’s privacy terms for the application states:

“When you create content using our app, that content is immediately published to any unique user who has the app open near you, and often to unique users with whom you’ve had past contact with (whether they are geographically close or not). That content is also published and available for viewing through various social media sites. Unique users can view your content and can send to anyone a link to your content, the content of other unique users, or compilations that include your content. Anyone: from grandparents to bosses.”

Despite the application’s backing and the brains behind the whole idea, Color still hasn’t gotten off to a great start in its iOS debut. A slow takeoff means that early adopters don’t really have enough users around them to interact with, and this, coupled with software bugs and slow loading times, means the application has received bad ratings and reviews in the App Store. However, we’ll give it a little more time before brandishing it a flop.

[via InformationWeek] ]]> 3 FX Photo Studio Review : Add Some Polish to your iPhone photos Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:25:59 +0000 Read More]]> FX Photo Studio [rating: 4.5/5]

iPhone photo apps are probably the most popular genre of apps, if my social circle on Twitter is anything to go by. And I have to admit that since upgrading to an iPhone 4 as my day to day phone I am finding the much improved camera (over that in my long suffering iPhone 2G) is an essential tool in my daily life. I can actually take photos of documents (which people can read), and small intricate things I want to email to someone quickly for an opinion. But I can also take some rather nice HDR photos of moments in everyday life I come across, confident in the knowledge that the iPhone’s camera will almost always capture the detail I want.

FX Photo Studio iPhone_1But the photos I take, overall, are still a little bit flat. I don’t have a snap on lens with filters for my iPhone 4, although I know a girl who does. And often times it’s not so easy, when capturing quick shots of things that take your fancy, to get the lighting right, or catch the mood you wanted. So what we need is some post processing…

Enter FX Photo Studio 3.0 for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad…

FX Photo Studio 3.0 (which is a bit of a mouthful so I’ll just call it Photo Studio from now on) has been around for a while, and has been updated frequently. It boasts the “most high quality photo effects and filters on the App Store”. I don’t dispute it! And the app is certainly well put together.

Here is some of their own blurb about the kind of effects in the app..

FX Photo Studio 3.0 features three new categories: Groovy Lo-Fi (with effects simulating analog photos from 70s, 80s, and 90s), Grunge (such effects as Grunge Rays, Stencil Graffiti, etc.), SFX (such effects as X-ray and Night Vision Cam); old categories have also been updated with new effects. Three more categories – Color Lenses, Color Strokes, and Hollywood FX – are available as in-aps and include 33 more effects, raising a total amount to 204 high quality effects and filters.

There’s a lot to choose from, and even the downloadable content, which they don’t bug you about in the app (unless you ask) looks good too. These guys have been doing this for a while, relatively, and it shows.

The splash screen is really pretty, and I loved the little reflection of a view from the front camera on my iPhone 4, in a lens in the centre of a flower of multi-colour petals. I could have played with that for a while, all by itself, if I didn’t have to check the rest of the app out!

FX Photo Studio iPhone_2The user interface is smooth to respond, every option sliding a page one way or another to bring in more functionality. And on the most part it all flows and makes sense. For some reason, even on my iPhone 4, there was the occasional delay between pressing any button, and the interface responding. This made me double hit options, or hit the wrong options when I was incorrectly reacting to what I thought the interface would do, only to have it stutter. Why do I labour this point? Well, because in an app so polished it really stands out as a glaring flaw. But it’s not a deal breaker. Just surprising.

The choice of colour, style of the informational popups, and scrolling of menus of filters and effects are all superb. Taking a photo, or pulling one in from your photo library is seamless and easy to do. And the whole time with the constant theme throughout, even down to camera control options, you feel like you are in a stylish, cohesive pro app. And that helps make you feel creative. I found the entire experience in this app more fulfilling (and less frustrating) than in Apple’s own iMovie for iPhone, to give you some comparison.

Choosing effects is made easy with lots of options. You can just roll a dice, almost literally, by hitting a dice button to pass your image through a random filter. Or you can scroll through a very smooth and responsive (I knew they could do it – so why not elsewhere in the app?) illustrated column of effects, with a brief description and a sample image for each. Or you can step through each effect one by one. It is also possible to layer effects, so once you’ve processed an image, you can overlay another effect, and another, and so on.

I didn’t find any undo options. But this is not a huge issue, as you are working on an independent copy from your original image. But undoing the last effect would be a nice feature, even though I acknowledge you also have previews to make decisions based on.

Some effects relay on your image being a certain orientation, and the tools are there to manipulate that too. Although when a picture is landscape, and when it is not is not clear in iOS, or this app. But that is not Photo Studios fault! And you soon figure it out. Do any of you guys or girls out there find yourself fighting with auto-rotate on images, when going between landscape and portrait on the device? Or is it just me?

You can also crop and resize images, and so forth.

FX Photo Studio iPhone_3All the effects are governed by a global set of parameters which describe the size of image you want to work on. So if you are just producing email thumbnails, or a cool avatar you can downsize larger images. But conversely you can also thrash away on full size HD images with complex effects, and the app makes it very clear that your iPhone or iPod is not a Cray Supercomputer, and some processing may take a while. It’s very clear when processing is going on, and even on high quality pictures I didn’t have a problem with the processing time at all. It’s fairly quick for a smartphone.

The range of effects is diverse, and they are all of good quality. Some are a bit kitsch, so Facebook people will like those, and others are quite arty. But they are all customisable real time on a copy of the image you are working on. So the level of the effect can be varied, as well as other parameters which are effect specific. You can see the changes previewed in real time, as I mentioned before. After that you commit the image to be processed and wait short while.

Ultimately you can send the image just about anywhere, by any service. You know the drill. And the app will walk you through it.

At around $2.00, depending on your exchange rate, Photo Studio 3.0 is a quality product, that the developers know will be popular, and have priced very reasonably. And they can afford to because it will sell in large numbers.

If you want to sepia tone your iPhone shots, add fire or rain, a skull, love hearts, or simply affect the hue and tone to enhance a sunset in a panorama, Photo Studio can do all that.

If you are an iPhone Camera enthusiast FX Photo Studio is a must have app.



$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Photography
Updated: Nov 09, 2010
Current Version: 3.0.0
3.0.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
34.6 MB
Language: English
Seller:, LLC
© 2009-2010 MacPhun LLC
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

]]> 3 Create wonderful postcards with iCard for iPhone and iPad. App Review Mon, 24 May 2010 21:41:31 +0000 Read More]]>

iCard [rating: 4/5]

iCard created by Wondershare is a great new app that lets you create postcards with your own photos. It only take a few simple steps and you can be in touch with your friends and family at the tap of a button.

There are nine templates to choose from to start with. All range in different styles and colors. Some have pictures around them others have patterns, each one is different. Once you have the template set out you need to decide on a picture. You can take one within the app or from your library you then just insert it into the template.

There is also an option to put into the template your location and a picture of your location where you are. Great if you are thousands of miles across the world from the person you are sending it to! If you do make any errors whilst deciding on your photos you can clear the template and start again.

Once you are happy with the template and the photo then you just need to put in your text. The postcard is set out with your chosen photo at the top then any text at the bottom. You tap on the button that shows a speech bubble and write your text in the box area. You can change your font style and size as well. Within this section there is also an option to add a face with an expression. These mood faces range from scared, angry to happy or if you wish you can have none at all.

Once you have designed your postcard then you tap the send button, from there you have to decide how you want to send it. There are several choices email, twitter, facebook your library or just copy it to paste else where. Then you hit send and the person you send it to will receive a beautiful postcard personally designed by you!

The app is very easy to use, all the buttons help you along the way with the options underneath. The templates are lovely to look at, theres a great choice in colors and pictures. It would be nice as a future update to see more options for the templates, because there are only nine and it would be quite easy to use all the styles very quickly.

iCard is definitely a great app for sending personalized postcard to your special ones. We live in a world now where more and more people communicate electronically.This is another great option to consider instead of sending simple text messages via a mobile phone and one that I am sure would be greatly appreciated.



Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Photography
Released: May 13, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.2.1
Size: 3.2 MB
Languages: English, Chinese
Seller: wondershare
© 2010 Wondershare Software Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later.

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