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Instagram, the internet's favorite photography app, has just released Hyperlapse, a time-lapse camera for your iOS device.
Hyperlapse shoots footage and auto-stabilizes it so you can take video even while running, jumping, flying, or falling. You can film up to 45 minutes if you have an iPhone 5, and the video can be sped up to 12 times its original speed. Hyperlapse does not require you to sign up or create an account and the app will let you save your videos to your camera roll or share directly with Instagram and Facebook.
You can download Hyperlapse for free on the App Store now.
Sometimes, you just really need a doughnut. And if you're lost and don't know which way to turn (and don't want to open up Yelp and type "donuts"), a new app called Doughbot will come to the rescue. The app, as you might expect, takes your current location and finds the nearest doughnut shops and then presents them to you via the app's simplistic and beautiful user interface.
The app gives you navigation and walking directions when you've found the shop you want, has reviews for shops in-app that are pulled from popular review platform Yelp, and includes photo galleries powered by Instagram. Really there's no better doughnut-finding app out there, and this one costs only $0.99 - about the same as a doughnut. You can get Doughbot on the App Store right now.
A little over a year ago, everything changed. My daughter, Peregrine (Pip, for short), was born, and along with the myriad recalibrations, adjustments, and joyous changes that birth brought with it, I also finally came to terms with the true value of the iPhone camera: baby pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of them (no exaggeration) were taken by me, by friends, and by family, and then scattered over hard drives, social networks, and of course iPhones. The problem then became figuring out how to organize and store them privately and securely. As a devoted Mac user it’s easy enough to keep photos stored on iPhoto, but that’s a local option only, with limited cloud storage and sharing (those 1,000 photos on iCloud? Please!), and god forbid my hard drive crashes without proper backup.
I thought all of my problems with cloud storage for photos were solved when Everpix came along. Here was a fantastic, well-designed app that also had great web-based software and a Mac-based uploader. Best of all, it could load in all of my photos from various social streams, eliminate or hide duplicates, and handle a potentially unlimited number of photos for a reasonable monthly or yearly price.
There was just one big problem though; Everpix went out of business.
Before I get to the heart of this article, there are a few lessons to learn from my Everpix experience.
One: Always keep all of your photos on a local hard drive.
Two: Backup said hard drive as often as humanly possible (something I still don’t do, so do as I say, not as I do).
Three: Never, ever assume that a site, app, or service will exist forever. It won’t; it just won’t. They will all go away at some point. Some will last five years. Some will last a year or two. Some of the very best won’t even make it that long.
So I found myself back at square one, trying to find another good (read, as close to the effortless Everpix as I could get) cloud-based storage solution for my photos. Read on for my look at nine different cloud storage services that work with iOS.
For the past two years I've been recording my life with photographs. Every day, I've taken a photograph with my iPhone before sharing it via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For the most part it's fun to do, for a multitude of reasons.
It enables me to share my life with friends and family that I don't get to see as often as I'd like. It sparks conversations about whatever happened that day. More importantly, it means that at the end of the year I can look back at what I did and savour those memories. It's pretty much a photo diary in that case. Of course, some days it can be tricky. Not every day of the year can be fascinating, meaning that sometimes I have to get creative. And yes, sometimes I succumb to the ease in which I can snap a photo of my pets or my freshly cooked meal. It's a cliche, but it's surprising how many people enjoy looking at food even despite all the cynicism.
I use many different apps for such a purpose. While few (excluding Instagram) are used every day, they're a handy arsenal of tools just waiting for me to improve a photo in some way. I've made myself a rule that I only use iOS apps to adjust photos and it's working out for me well.
Instagram Adds New Direct Feature in Latest Update That Allows Users to Send Images/Videos to Specific Friends
Instagram received a new update that allows users to send photos or videos directly to another user rather than posting them publicly for everyone to see. After snapping and editing the perfect shot, users are able to select Direct instead of Followers, which allows them to choose the friends they want to send the image or video to. All users need to do is tap the new icon in the upper right corner to view the direct content, and the sender is notified when their content has been viewed by friends.
It's time to take some more photographs! Well, it's always time to take a good photo. Anyway, Instagram updated its app with a new design and performance enhancements for iOS 7. So head on over to the app store and give it an updatin'!
Ready to get a little social? Powerslyde is here to help you in your quest. Just take a look at these five top recommended apps this week:
Remember when it was just Facebook and Twitter? No, me either. Anyway, if you don't know what Instagram is, I'm amazed you're reading this article. As for Ban.jo and AroundMe, I'll forgive you for not knowing about these social networks that incorporate happenings, events, and locations nearby a-la Yelp or FourSquare.
An interesting inclusion this week is AppGrooves which, like Powerslyde, recommends other apps to its users. And then there's Kik Messenger, which claims to be the fastest messaging app out there. Is it? I don't know, as there's a glut of messaging apps out there, including Apple's own iMessage.
Ok...deep breath...do you feel properly socialized now? Good. Join us next week for another installment of the ongoing app popularity saga. Thanks to Powerslyde, the app that leverages your friends' app recommendations, for this week's list. What apps do you recommend? Drop us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!
Instagram has turned pretty much every iOS user into a budding photographer. Now with the new 4.1 update, it's about to do the same for video.
Okay so maybe video functionality was actually added already in a previous update, but it's been tweaked significantly. Users can now import video from their device's library, cut it up so that only the coolest (or goofiest) bits are on display, and set the square-crop to keep the desired subjects framed. The photo side has gotten a little love, too. Now iOS users can automatically straighten horizon lines in their pictures when they use the in-app camera. Or they can mess around with the rotation tool to dial it in personally.
Now get out there are start taking pictures/video taping stuff!