Twitter users are posting an average of 500 million tweets a day, and many of those contain photos and videos.
As part of a new software update for its app on Android and iPhone, as well as to its Web site, the company says it's made media "more visual and more engaging" for those tweets with previews that show up underneath.
These images (or short video snippets from Vine) now pop up just below images instead of a link that users previously needed to tap within the company's official app. In practice, it looks like this: … Read more
Yesterday's flash-drive giveaway met with some skepticism, and in hindsight I agree it was a little too much hoop-jumping for too little reward. That said, I still think cashback services are the bomb, and I hope you're able to put TopCashback or an equivalent to good use.
Today, I've rounded up some freebies that don't involve driving anywhere* or waiting on rebates. So keep that credit card in your wallet and read on!
*OK, one of the freebies does involve a trip to your local Target. But you were headed there anyway, right?
1. Mad Magazine … Read more
Nine percent of cell phone users in the US use Snapchat, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
The finding explains why investors are seemingly tripping over themselves to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2-year-old app for exchanging impermanent messages. The discovery, however, is only partially telling of Snapchat's true popularity as Pew surveyed US adults 18 and up, and the app is known to have a large following among tweens and teens.
"Mobile apps like Instagram and Snapchat have capitalized on user bases equipped and eager to capture … Read more
Bolle Photo Plus is a companion app for Bolle printers -- dockable printers for iPhones and iPod Touches that allow you to print your photos directly from an app interface. While iOS has long since integrated AirPrint as a major feature, allowing you to print wirelessly from an iOS device, those without a Wi-Fi enabled printer or who have an older iOS device can still benefit from a Bolle printer and the app works well for that.
When you open the app, you can choose to load an image, and the app will allow you to load multiple images at … Read more
My Photo Sizer is a companion app to convert your images into button- and bracelet-ready images that can then be exported to your camera roll or e-mail, or that can be printed at Walgreens. It runs quickly and offers a couple of useful tools but the options are very limited and it could use some more user direction.
When you open the app, you have three options -- bracelet, button, or purchase. The latter takes you to a Web link for the company's accessory creation products. The former two options allow you to import and convert images for use … Read more
DxO Labs announced its new Optics Pro 9 software Wednesday, an update the company believes does a better job stripping out noise than rivals such as Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture.
The software's Probabilistic Raw Image Enhancement, or Prime, takes more time than other noise-reduction algorithms, but it can detect finer details and accurate color amidst the noise speckles that afflict digital photos taken at high ISO sensitivity settings. DxO said the technology goes a full stop beyond the competition, meaning that it could cut noise from a photo taken at ISO 12,800 as well as a rival … Read more
Giving the smartphone market an option that's been successful in attracting photo enthusiasts to higher-end cameras, Nokia's new Lumia 1520 phablet can take photos in raw image formats. The Lumia 1020 will get raw support next year, too.
Juha Alakarhu, head of camera technology for Nokia, announced the feature in a tweet Tuesday, saying Nokia will use Adobe Systems' DNG (Digital Negative) format for raw photos.
"It will be available for 1520 from the beginning and 1020 with the Black [software] update early next year," he said in a follow-up tweet.
Raw photos record data from … Read more
Using the filters in iOS 7's Camera app is a fun way to spruce a photo. For whatever reason, iOS 7 doesn't deselect a filter after you exit the Camera app, leading you to inadvertently filter some photos.
For example, if you take a pic using any of the available filters, exit the app, and then awhile later quickly launch the camera to catch an impromptu photo, the filter is still selected and thus applied to your photo.
Luckily, there's a quick and easy way built into iOS 7 that allows you to change or remove filters … Read more
PhotoLock is a security tool that protects photos and videos taken on iOS devices with a four-digit password. It is free to use and ad-supported, and while there are a few additional features that would be valuable, the app, itself, is functional, so it can be very useful for images and videos you'd prefer not to share on your iOS device.
PhotoLock requires a pin number when you sign in. It should be something you'll remember or you may not be able to access the app again later. You can enter an e-mail, as well, to remind you … Read more