Instagram Brings Layout App to Android

Instagram Brings Layout App to Android

May 20, 2015

Instagram is bringing its formerly iOS-exclusive Layout from Instagram app to Android.

Instagram’s newest app lets you create fun, one-of-a-kind layouts by remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends.
Choose photos from your camera roll use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.
Layout’s smooth, intuitive process gives you complete creative control. Tap to mirror, flip or replace images, hold and drag to swap them, pinch to zoom in or out, or pull the handles to resize. You’re the editor, so get creative, tell a story, show off an outfit or just splice, dice and change the look of your regular photos to convey a mood or theme.

* Re-mix up to 9 of your photos at a time to create fun, personalized layouts.
* Use the Faces tab to quickly find photos with people in them.
* Capture the moment in Photo Booth mode with quick, spontaneous shots.
* Save your layouts to your camera roll and share them seamlessly to Instagram or other networks.
* Easily see the last 30 photos you’ve selected in the Recents tab.
* Pair your layouts with Instagram’s filters and creative tools afterwards to make them stand out even more.
* Download and start creating immediately. No signup or account required and no clutter breaking up your flow.

Layout is free on Google Play.

Additionally, Instagram for Android is getting an update which adds Structures, “a new creative tool that brings out details and textures in photos.”


Twitter Mobile App Gets Some New Features

Twitter Mobile App Gets Some New Features

Dec 12, 2013

Everyone’s favorite micro blogging site has updated their Android and iOS app yet again to include some exciting new features.

Now users can send photos over Direct Messages, should you not want to tweet that picture of you know what, over the entirety of the internet. These photos are also view-able on the regular website.

In addition, the Twitter app now lets users swipe easily between their timeline, direct messages, notifications and profile. This gives users an easier mechanism to navigate the Twitter app, helping them keep abreast on the happenings of 140 character land.

Source: Twitter Blog

iStabilizer Mount XL Hardware Review

iStabilizer Mount XL Hardware Review

May 1, 2013

I love accessories. I love decking out the ultimate accessory — with ultimate accessories. Again, as I like to say, it boils down to extending functionality. If I can do something reasonably well on my phone, then that is where I want to do it. Anything that helps me achieve that is of high premium.

My first thought when I got the iStabilzer Mount XL for review was “where have you been all my life?”

I was a big fan of the minimalist style; the black hard plastic worked well with the rubberized padding, with a minimum of screws at the bottom bordering the key piece that made it an adapter. Structurally, it felt quite sturdy; I’ve seen other adapters in the past, and a lot of them were clunky case contraptions that had to be made specifically for devices to account for differences in camera placement. The iStabilizer is a celebration of light utility. 2013-04-26 20.24.46

It was light without being flimsy, and faced the drop tests with ease.

In practice, the mount used a nifty spring mechanism to adjust to the device and hold it securely. In my testing, it held my devices with a good deal of security without giving them a death grip that made me fear for the finish. It worked securely with standard tripods, and I wasn’t able to dislodge any piece from the other. Of course, it was invaluable at eliminating any shakiness in my videos, and even my distance snapshots were noticeably better

The true strength of this accessory, in my opinion, was the universal nature of it. It promised to work with devices ranging from a a Samsung Galaxy S3 to an Note II. In my informal testing, it worked flawlessly with a device as small as an LG Optimus S all the way to a thick-cased HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Simply put, I loved this piece. I loved that it can be used with several different devices and different tripods. I loved the lightweight design. I loved that I found it difficult to find something to dislike.

Well done.

Freaky Friday – Proud Jobs

Freaky Friday – Proud Jobs

May 13, 2011

In this week’s Freaky Friday, we’ve delved deep into the dark and dank recesses of the Android Market and pulled out a real gem, the sort of app that people are going to be talking about for years to come. Seriously, one day your kids are going to ask you; “Dear parent, when did you first use a Proud Jobs app?”

The Proud Jobs series, developed by Softdyssee, offers users a unique experience and exclusive access to some of the manliest jobs in the whole wide world. That’s right, avid app consumer, for the throwaway price of nothing whatsoever, you can turn your phone into a window onto the world of firemen, policemen, commandos and lifeguards.

Well, sort of. What the Proud Jobs apps actually do is show photos of sweaty men doing their jobs. Proudly. You phone becomes a juddering slideshow, guiding you through images that are at best bland and at worst bland. Proud Jobs: Fireman, for example, is like doing a Google image search for “bored looking firemen”, then scrolling through the results whilst shaking your head from side to side.

The other apps fare little better in terms of quality, but in terms of hilarity, they’re almost unassailable. The fact that someone thought that these apps had a legitimate reason for existing is a spectacular joke in and of itself, but when it’s coupled with a cumbersome UI, jerky scrolling and terrible pictures, the apps start to skirt dangerously close to parody.

If you’re looking for an app that shows pictures of jobs happening, then best of luck to you in all of your future endeavours, but might I suggest that you just use a search engine like a normal person. The Proud Jobs series earns its place on our cavalcade of the curious by being utterly unnecessary, fabulously broken and unintentionally hilarious.

Look out for the next release in the series, Proud Jobs: Android Writers, which will feature pictures of coffee soaked men (Ed. Note: Mountain Dew is this Android writer’s caffeine of choice. with bloodshot eyes, hunched over computers, proudly typing rich and fulfilling content for the benefit of you, our beloved readers.

The Proud Jobs series of apps is available now, for free, on the Android Market.