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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Wallet-Sized Planet : A Beginner’s Take on the iPhone

The Wallet-Sized Planet : A Beginner’s Take on the iPhone

As a true-blue tech-savvy, I’ve always wondered about the massive influence of the Apple iPhone. Well, I’ve always been a Sony Ericsson type of guy, amazed by its user-friendly interface and the cool Android operating system. However, since the launch of Apple’s first iPhone, eventually altering the playing field among current mobile phones, I couldn’t let myself be eluded by such a noteworthy fuss. This is why I decided to purchase an iPhone! 
After unboxing and turning it on, I did what I always do whenever I get a new phone: I downloaded lots and lots of gaming apps! The ones I chose, “Fruit Ninja” and “Lazer Racer,” did not disappoint me, pulling me to play until the wee hours of the morning. After having grown tired of constantly losing at “Fruit Ninja,” I then tried to tinker with messaging app to compose text messages, which mind you, is not at all easy for a guy with pudgy fingers typing on a touchscreen. However, after about 30 minutes of having a conversation through text, I finally got the hang of it. No biggie.

While in awe of iPhone’s ease of use and practicality, it was hard to stop downloading app after app after app. There seems to be an application for everything you are interested in, which makes the iPhone extremely convenient; so convenient in fact that you will find yourself getting more and more reliant on the phone. It was a way of being one with the world without the hassles of bringing along a clunker device. You no longer need your laptop to log on to Facebook and change your status or post the latest deets about you on Twitter. As long as 3G technology is on, you can do all that with your iPhone.

But my iPhone story isn’t all happiness and joy: I can cite two dismal instances. The first incident included myself, my iPhone and the calm waves of a beach in Cape Cod. Obviously, the iPhone doesn’t swim and did not share my inclination to breezy sea sides. It got drenched when one of my friends pulled me in the water while the iPhone was still in my pocket. Second, while driving along the US Route 20, I received an SMS from a colleague that required an immediate response. As any stubborn, traffic rule-flouting guy like me would do, I started to text on my iPhone while driving. To make the long story short, I focused too much on typing the message and paid less attention to the road, resulting in my crashing into the car in front of me. It’s probably my fault that I got into that car accident, but I find it more comforting blaming it on the iPhone.

Despite that, I cannot emphasize enough how much the iPhone has revolutionized, not only mobile phones, but communication in its entirety. It allows you to communicate through different media in real time. It also allows us to keep in touch with one another, more informed, and more “in the know.” It has made the world small enough to fit inside your pocket.

That’s the might of the Apple iPhone.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Camera+ : To Add or Subtract?

Camera+: To Add or Subtract?

The camera is technology’s best achievements. Taking pictures not only lets you reminisce the golden past but also keeps these happy or sad memories together. We are lucky because taking pictures before used to be very expensive. You also needed to visit to a photo studio just to immortalize moments with your friends or family. However, technology has remolded this scenario once more. It didn’t just make taking photos cheap, it made it free. Cameras are not only found in studios but in smart-phones and compact gadgets as well. Modern life has changed how we capture moments. Thus, taking pictures should be done pretty well.

The Camera+ is an app that lets you take photos and edit them according to your own preferences. The app is available on the iPad and recently, on the iPhone 5. The Camera+ is considered the most famous photo app for Apple smartphone users with around 9 million copies sold. Even though this app comes a little late from the first release of the original app, Camera+ is still here to stay. The Camera+ for iPads has just been released and users would certainly enjoy this marvelous app. So, why would you want a Camera+ on your iPad? There’s no doubt that you could work better with the iPad, especially if you had the improved Retina rear camera. But of course, synchronizing your Camera+ iPad with your Camera+ iPhone is the pinnacle of Camera+’s features.

Camera+ Lightbox lets you synchronize between devices using the iCloud. When you take a photo with your iPhone, as long as the phone is connected to the iCloud, you can also see images on your iPad. It would be simple because you do not need to transfer data from one gadget to the other. That way, you can sell your cell phone for cash to get these marvelous gadgets in one strike.

Probably one of the best parts of the iPad utilized by Camera+ is the Retina Display. It takes clear photographs. Even though it was only released six months ago, it still can capture life’s greatest moments in HD. The Camera+’s features will be highlighted on the iPad because of the big screen. The iCloud integration between your gadgets will certainly make you love your iPad. Because of the iPad’s large screen, seeing pictures are a delight. Instead of seeing them in small proportions like on iPhones, the iPad let you vividly see the images from the iCloud. They are really displayed beautifully.

Since you get a clear picture of the photo, you can edit it properly. You can start playing with it using a variety of functions. If you are still not content with the photo’s clarity, placing it under ‘Clarity’ mode will make the picture’s colors and life pop out from your gadget. The good thing about the new app is that you now have the option of layering one effect over the other. That’s just editing professionally with the comfort of convenience.

Did the Camera+ add to the iPad’s reputation? Certainly. The $0.99 app is worth all the pennies in the world considering its wide functions and range.