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Twitter Launched Long Awaited Retro Photo Filters For Mobile Apps

This from the Twitter blog:

Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.

Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet. We’re grateful to our partner, Aviary, for powering our filters and effects.

Filters. Apply one of eight filters, ranging from black & white to vintage, to add a new look and feel to your photos.

Take a bird’s-eye view. See how each filter would affect your photo in a single grid view, or swipe through looks to compare your options.

Frame the action. Crop and pinch to zoom in order to focus attention.

Auto-enhance. Make your photos pop with balanced light and colors by tapping the wand.

In June, 2011, we introduced the ability to attach a photo to your Tweet, a first step toward improving the entire photo experience on Twitter. Since then we’ve been making it easier and faster to share and discover and enjoy great photos on Twitter every day:

  • You can expand Tweets to view photos from various photo services right on Twitter;
  • You can preview photos directly in Discover and search;
  • You can quickly swipe through images on Twitter with photo streams in profiles and search results.

Source – Twitter

December 11, 2012 Posted by | Android, Apple, Applications, iOS 5, Twitter, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Way To Surf The Net on Your iPad – The Rockmelt Way

When it comes to reading newsfeed on the iPad, the Flipboard and Zite are my two favorites, but for the past couple weeks, Rockmelt for iPad is gaining my affection because of two unique factors.  First off, one start off with Rockmelt by logging into their Facebook or Twitter account and Rockmelt will learn what you are interested in from what you click or share.  The second key factor is that unlike Flipboard and Zite, Rockmelt has a search bar built in and that can add your personal preferences to the whole learning process as well.

You can get the app from the iTunes Store here. Reviews fro the app so far been great, test drive yours today.

Source – Rockmelt for iPad

 

November 8, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

PhotoViva For iPad/iPhone Now Free For A Limited Time

PhotoViva is a powerful application for photo editing and freeform painting. It can help you transform your pictures into expressive and colorful works of art. In addition to tools for enhancing your photos, there are paint brushes that let you make abstract painted interpretations of photos. You can select a brush and copy image features by cloning or painting. Brushes can track the direction of movement, or you can set the brush direction. You can also change the hue, saturation and blur of brush strokes as you go. Get it from the App Store here.

PhotoViva Demo 1 from Grafica Obscura on Vimeo.

October 14, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Smugmug’s Camera Awesome for iPad First Look Video

Source – Awesomize

October 5, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 6, iPad, iPad2, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Videos of the New Evernote Skitch

Source – Evernote

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iOS 6, iPad2, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod, Mac, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Stock Contacts Alternative – Savi People for iPhone

Looking for a better contacts application for your iPhone? one that integrates your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram contacts? Look no further, here come Savi People for iPhone.

Source – Savi People

July 15, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Angry Birds Space HD is now FREE on iOS Devices – Well, the First 10 Levels That Is

Angry Birds Space Free features 10 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

FEATURES
• 10 interstellar levels!
• Free updates!
• Brand new birds!
• Brand new superpowers!
• Zero-gravity space adventures!
• Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
• Beautifully detailed backgrounds!

For an ad-free universe filled with amazing levels, upgrade to Angry Birds Space or Angry Birds Space HD!

This free version of Angry Birds contains third party advertisements. You can get it here.

June 23, 2012 Posted by | Applications, Gaming, Gaming Related, iOS 4, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPad3, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iTunes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shooting Virtual Model on Your iPhone with Pocket Snapper iPhone App

Repost from PASM Workshop

Pocket Snapper (US$1.99) by Kdan Mobile, is an exclusive photo app that features a virtual studio environment with built-in models that let users have a taste of what it’s s like taking and editing model shoots in a photography studio. Pocket Snapper enables you to take photos from the embedded short video clips of glamorous models, just like what a professional photographer would do!

Pocket Snapper creates a virtual studio in your iDevice for you to sharpen your photo taking skills. The iModel mode utilizes the gyroscope to simulate the authentic photo-takng experience. Pocket Snapper mimics the photo-shooting environment that allows you to capture images in any flicks and it also offers additional photo filters for purchase that makes your work stylish and we will keep rolling out more videos that enable to make it more fun.

Equip yourself with a mobile photo studio! Pocket Snapper gives you authentic studio-shooting experiences. Besides iModels, Pocket Snapper includes the full functionality of a camera and tons of editing options to create your very own photos. For more information, head over to the developer’s website, link here. For now, check out the review video below from Crazy Mike’s.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Gadgets n Gizmos, iOS 5, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhoneography, Photography, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PressReader 3.1 Released – 2,100 Newspapers from 95 Countries in 54 Languages for Your iPad – WOW

Over 2,100 full-content newspapers from 95 countries in 54 languages in just one app!

Now optimized for iPad Retina Display and available with instant translation in up to 12 languages, PressReader 3.1 takes newspaper and magazine reading to a whole new level.

★ “The PressReader app from NewspaperDirect is second-to-none for newspaper reading.” Gregg Ellman, Technology Columnist for McClatchy/Tribune

★ “PressReader offers a more traditional newspaper-reading experience than any other iPad app.” Rick Broida, C NET

If you’re looking for the ultimate reading experience for your favorite newspapers and magazines, then you have to try PressReader 3.1. With its SmartFlow content presentation design, PressReader is without a doubt the most engaging, feature-rich and entertaining newspaper and magazine reading application you’ll ever use.

Browse and read full digital replicas of thousands of newspapers and magazines from 95 countries just like you would in print. Or journey through the attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream of articles where visual clues will not only enhance your reading experience, they will reveal new gems of content you’ll be delighted to discover.

PressReader 3.1 is rich with features, including:

✓ Auto-delivery of your favorite publications
✓ Attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream
✓ Printing full pages or articles
✓ Sharing stories by email or on Facebook or Twitter
✓ Saving articles to Evernote or Instapaper
✓ Listening to articles using on-demand audio
✓ Copying & pasting entire articles into note taking applications
✓ Sharing your opinion by supporting or opposing a story
✓ Adjusting font size and type
✓ Automatically aligning with the beginning of an article using the option SmartZoom feature
✓ Cross title search
✓ Authorization of PressReader with a PressDisplay.com subscription

What’s new in 3.1:

✓ Full Retina Display optimization for iPad 3
✓ Instant translations of full publications in up to 12 languages
✓ Auto-translation of all publications into a specific language with the ability to specify exceptions
✓ Saving articles to Evernote and Instapaper

Download link from iTunes Store here.

Source – PressReader

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPad2, News Related, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Courier Type App Ported to iOS – Tapose Review

Tapose

I’m loving this app but there’s much improvements to be made.  The media insert still not working after the latest update on Wednesday.  Turning pages is a real pain, you cannot just swipe for next page, instead you have to hit that top left or right page corner, now this is lame.  Some of the lag problem been tackled in the latest update but still traces of screen lock up here and there. For us in Asia, the worst part is that the app does not support Chinese nor Japanese input , real bummer (well, emoticons work at least, LOL).

Is it that bad? well, the app has real potential but I suspect it require much horsepower to get this app running. On the new iPad, it seems ok, more laggy on the iPad 2, for the iPad 1, well….don’t even think about it.

I hope the developers can work out the problem fast cause this app is getting a lot of attention for its innovative interface but at the same time, bad vibes for its problems.

Source – TaposeApps, mbaturin

April 6, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPad3, Review, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Review(s) on Sparrow for iPhone

If you want to know more about the app, The Next Web had a great interview with Sparrow’s co-founder and CEO Dom Leca out earlier this week.

Source – The Next Web, iDownloadBlog, iAppOSX

March 17, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Google, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhoto on iPad Demo Video

Ever since the Apple big event last week, been getting a lot of questions from ppl regarding the new iPhoto app for iPad and iPhone.  Whether it’s any good and worth US$4.99. Well, to answer all, nothing beats a demo video so ppl can see it for themselves.  I personally find the iPad version more appealing with that extra screen estate.  For the iPhone….nah.

Source – Soldier Knows Best

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPhoto, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad Reviews and Walkthroughs

With the release of the Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad, more and more video reviews are coming out.  Today, we take a look at the first couple ones to find out more about the app.

Source – Photoshop, myjailbreakmovies, MattsMacintosh via PASM Workshop

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad2, Photography, Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop Touch for iPad, Tablet, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look at Cobook – Easily The Best Mac Address Book App

The name of the game is social network integration and Cobook seems to be the smartest address book app for Mac users. The app features -

  • Just type in an email, phone or other piece of info and Cobook will sort out where to put it.
  • Connect your social network accounts and Cobook will automatically look up pictures, companies, phone numbers
    and other contact details.
  • Integrates with other Mac apps seamlessly. Synchronizes with OSX Address Book and other devices via iCloud.

Cobook from Cobook on Vimeo.

LifeHacker did a review on the app couple days ago and according to them the pros and cons are -

“Cobook understands what you’re typing based on its format, whether you’re searching or adding new information to a contact. If you type in a phone number that doesn’t exist it’ll offer to create a new contact. If a contact is listed, it’ll offer to add whatever information you’ve put into the search field. Cobook just knows what you’re trying to do. This makes it super easy to find and update your contacts.

On top of that, Cobook pulls data from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to updated your Address Book without any effort on your part. This saves a ton of time because your updates will involve adding notes more so than it will involve adding phone numbers and addresses.

All in all, Cobook automatically updates your address book for you and makes it much easier to perform an manual updates you need to make yourself. Plus it’s free, and we love apps that both cost nothing and also happen to be pretty amazing.”

whilst the cons are -

“Because Cobook’s interface only lives in the menubar, this poses a few problems. First and foremost, if you want to view contact information while you’re typing in another window, you can’t really do that because clicking away from Cobook will hide the interface back in the menubar. Additionally, Cobook can really only live in one location and can’t be resized. While I like having it tucked away in the menubar, it can be problematic on occasion and it would be nice to be able to switch to a moveable window when needed.

Because Cobook syncs with your social media accounts, you’re letting it change you address book based on what other people input into their profiles. Most of the time this is great because you don’t have to update anything at all, but you also can end up with more information than you want or a different information than you need. This isn’t Cobook’s fault, but it’s something to be aware of when using an app that uses data you don’t control to change the data you do.”

I just installed the beta for myself and will add more of my thoughts to this quick review, what are yours? You can download the beta here at their website.

Source: LifeHacker

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Mac, OS X, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

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