Posts Tagged Instagram
Recently Facebook-acquired, Instagram, is one of the most popular photo-sharing services available. It has a beautiful and popular iOS app and has recently released an Android app as well. And, despite the new iPad’s upgraded camera, Instagram still does not have an official iPad app. Instavue is an Instagram viewer for the iPad.
While users may not be able to upload pictures from Instavue to the photo-sharing service, the viewer displays Instagram photos from friends larger than they would be displayed on the iPhone (or as the app description says, “view photos as big as your face”). Instavue didn’t leave out photo uploading voluntarily. As of now, Instagram still doesn’t have an API for uploading photos.
It’s possible that Instagram will released a dedicated iPad app for its service in the future. But for now, apps like Instavue are the only options for using Instagram on the iPad (short of stretching the iPhone app to 2x).
Instagram is a very useful and enjoyable app. I should know given my addiction to it and following others and their photos. It is a quite restrictive app, however. One such problem is the inability to private message other Instagram users. Fortunately, there’s an app that fixes that problem.
InstaDM offers a full featured chat client all through the Instagram API. Users can chat privately to their heart’s content with contact lists of users’ favorites possible as well as push notifications. It’s an ideal way to chat to friends and to make some new ones, thanks to the ability to search for any user from within the app.
Everything is shown in an attractive and familiar fashion, much like when SMSing someone from an iOS device. InstaDM is an ideal accompaniment for the regular Instagram user, adding a much needed way of socializing with people on the network.
InstaDM is out now and it’s free to download.
Hipstamatic is about to storm on to Instagram‘s social network in a new update that lets users share their photos to Instagram directly from Hipstamatic. Part of the reason why Instagram is so popular, boasting over 15 million users, is not just because it’s been on the pulse of the filtered photograph trend, but because of its social features. Not only is it easy for users to share photos to their friends on their existing networks, but its own Instagram network has become big in its own right, serving 10 million daily page views of the Instagram website and its photos.
Hipstamatic was about a year ahead of Instagram, and is popular in its own right, with its developers claiming that over 50 million photos are taken from the app on a monthly basis. Now, the app can share photos directly to an Instagram account as well as Twitter, Facebook (with the ability to tag friends directly in Hipstamatic), Tumblr, and even Flickr. As well, photos seen in Instagram with the #Hipstamatic tag can now be viewed directly in Hipstamatic. The new “tag equipment” option will also let users share the information about the photo’s equipment and filters along with the photo itself. The free update is available now.
Do you enjoy tinkering with Instagram but wish there was some sort of game aspect? If so you’re in luck as the Instagamer companion app has just been launched. This simple card matching game lets you enjoy some of the best pics you and your friends have taken while also introducing fun new content and ways to discover even more cool stuff.
Setup is simple, you can search by tags, your personal feed of pics or those of your friends, and you’re off. The photos are spread facedown on screen and you have to remember where they’re hiding in order to match up pairs. The game supports two players so you can take turns with a buddy, and if you see a photo you enjoy you can like it or get more info on who took it from within the app. This may not be much more than a simple companion app, but it’s still a fun way to explore the Instagram library.
NewBlue Inc. a video technology company, re-launched an app that, if it works as well as it shows in the demo video, will allow users to get some amazing looking video editing results with no special skills. Vibop 2.0, a complete reimagining of the now defunct first version, hopes to do for for iPhone videographers what Instagram has for iOS photographers. That is, make adding really neat effects effortless and incorporate social network sharing to the utmost.
Using existing footage or that shot for a Vibop project on the fly, users can add professional-grade sounds, intros and mix and match any of the nine included themes: Silent Film, Super 8, Comic Book, Love Note, Tech Talk, Beatz, Postcard, and one theme that makes the app a potential standout, the custom Twitter theme. This feature uses a company’s (or person’s) personalized Twitter profile to create a unique branded video. Additional effects will be available for in-app purchase.
Once the project is completed the social networking component kicks in with integrated one-tap posting to YouTube of course, along with Facebook and Twitter. The templates and examples suggest the app is not intended for making full-length movies, but rather sending video postcards with some Hollywood flair. A direct-to-YouTube desktop version of Vibop is also available.
In their press release announcing the new app, NewBlue co-founder, Todor Fay explains “anyone can capture and share video – but the magic is what happens in between. The Vibop 2.0 app allows people to showcase their creativity and make a statement, democratizing mobile video with fun and easy-to-use tools.” We can’t wait to give this a test-drive but if you get to it first, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments.
Love Instagram photos? Want to find ways to discover interesting photos outside of friends on Instagram or those posted to other social networks? Have an iPad and want to view friends’ photos on the tablet screen? Instaflow is here to help. Instaflow offers several different ways to view Instagram photos. There’s the ability to view the latest photos from Instagram friends, with the ability to like and comment on the photos. Photos can be swiped through, or pinch-zoom commands can be used to enlarge photos and to return to the main gallery. As well, liked photos and the user’s own photos can be viewed.
Discovery of other users’ photos is also here, and can be explored using the same swiping and pinch-zooming commands. The most popular photos can be viewed; unsurprisingly a lot of them are self-shots of pretty girls. As well, the ability to search by Instagram hashtags is also here, and partial tags can also be found. When searching for “Megadeth” because I was listening for them and testing this app out, I found pictures of someone’s kitten that they named Megadeth. That’s metal. Instaflow is available as a free universal app.
This week at 148Apps, writer Gianna LaPin continued the 500,000 Apps Interview Series by chatting with Colin Lynch of Freeverse. Lynch says, “There are plenty of skill-sets that are helpful in creating great apps and great games. An eye for design, an ability to analyze the market and spot opportunities, speed of thought and action to take advantage of those opportunities, great coding skills, flexibility to work around problems or change directions when events warrant.”
Over at our kid-centric sister site GiggleApps, reviewer Amy Solomon took a thorough look at Practice Book, a new iPad app that uses a familiar connect-the-dot approach to helping children learn letters and words. Solomon writes, “Because my son is new to creating letters, this is an app we work on together. I may demonstrate the correct way to connect the dots in terms of the up or down motions commonly used to make letters or give him simple instructions that he can follow by himself. Sometimes I hold his hand and together we trace over template in the hope that his muscle memory for writing these letters will develop. We often use a stylus as well to get used to holding a pencil to write.”
Released: 2011-07-28 :: Category: Education
And at Android Rundown, Carter Dotson comments on the new that iOS superhit Instagram is coming to the Android platform…sort of…maybe…one day. He writes, “Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom has announced that an Android version of their photo sharing service is “on the horizon” for Android. The app is very close to being real, as they don’t even have a team assembled to develop the app for Android. That is also sarcastic.”
Finally, here in the states, it’s the Labor Day weekend. That means scads of sales on tons of apps. Keep up to date with the latest and greatest changes by visiting our Huge Labor Day Weekend Price Drop Round-Up. There are great deals to be had, and some amazing games to play in between bites of char-broiled goodness.
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Google owned company, Slide, is currently in public beta testing for a new photo sharing app, Photovine. The app released yesterday, and is available on the App Store, though users will need a beta invite to actually use it. Interestingly enough, the app is not available for Google’s own Android operating system.
Photovine distinguishes itself from similar photo sharing apps like Instagram with themed sharing albums, called vines. In the video below, one user takes a photo of a pomeranian puppy, titles it “warm and fuzzy,” and passes it on to a friend. Other friends pick up on the theme and send along various photos to enrich it, including a big, friendly guy with a hairy chest in a speedo swimsuit. Check it out:
Released: 2011-07-13 :: Category: Social Networking
[Source: LA Times]
The idea of geotagging different forms of media has existed for quite some time. Recently we have seen this become even more mainstream with applications like Twitter and Facebook implementing the technology as well. Despite the information being recorded being rather mundane beyond geographic coordinates, a few apps have been able to make a practical use of the data. The recently released app Instamap looks to put the bits to good use, while also indulging your inner photo nut.
Using Instagram‘s existing database of uploaded photography, Instamap will allow users to browse geographically, to find snapshots that interest them more. The awesome new pinned interface shows shots as they come in, afixed to the region in which they were uploaded, which makes for an awesome new way to discover your inner artist. It is worth noting that the app is not free, but honestly a $1.99 pricetag is a small price to pay for this interesting new interface. Let us know if it tickles your fancy in the comments.
Instabam sounds familiar doesn’t it? Near identical to Instagram, right? There’s a reason for that. Instabam is an app that uses the Instagram API to enable users to quickly view photos that have been taken near them by people who have been using Instagram.
It’s a neat little idea and one that produces some interesting results. Instabam shows all the photos taken near the user at the time of use. It’s then possible to adjust the distance of the search as well as view the location of each photo on a map.
Instabam looks set to be a fantastic way of not only learning more about the scenery and interests of those around the user’s local area, but also to find new people on Instagram to follow. An update for Instabam is promised with the ability to ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ users from within the app which should make the app an ideal addition to fans of social photography.
Instabam is available now for free for all iOS devices.
If you happen to be curious which recently released iPhone apps and games earned top marks from critics then look no further than this month’s breakdown of top rated games from Quality Index. Taking aggregate review scores from well-known outlets such as TiPb, Slide to Play and 148Apps (that’s us, yo), QI has ranked the top ten apps and games in two handy-dandy charts. Here’s the breakdown of the titles and their overall scores.
1. Sentinel 3: Homeworld -9.4
2. Stick Golf – 9.4
3. Galaxy on Fire 2 – 8.8
4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – 8.8
5. Wispin – 8.8
6. Stackster – 8.8
7. Bam Bam Dash – 8.8
8. Mushihimesama Bug Panic – 8.7
9. Monster Feed – 8.7
10. Infection Zone – 8.7
1. MobileMonet – 9.7
2. Mario Batali Cooks! – 9.6
3. Disneyland Paris – 9.6
4. Tapatalk Forum App – 9.5
5. Calvetica Calendar – 9.5
6. Instagram – 9.4
7. ColorBlast! – 9.4
8. John Henry – 9.2
9. Stats for Halo Reach – 9.1
10. Audiogalaxy Mobile – 9.1
Given your own knowledge of the market and particular tastes how closely do your top ten lists from the past month match up with that of the professionals? Do we get to keep our jobs for another month or is it time to throw the bums out and let some folks who actually know what they’re talking about?
Looking down the list I don’t see any apps which I personally downloaded this past month, but looking at the scores now I’m definitely interested in Sentinel 3 and Stick Golf. I’m also not surprised to see LEGO Harry Potter did so well considering the fact that the LEGO game franchise is generally well-received by critics on top of being utterly adorable.
We’ll be back with another batch of numbers when the December results go live, but in the meantime feel free to argue and debate these scores and generally carry on loud and angry conversations. This is the Internet after all; that’s what it was made for. Well, one of the main things, anyway.
Less than a month ago, on October 5 2010, not a single person had used Instagram publicly. It wasn’t even released on the App Store. Today, the iPhone application has had over 750 000 photos uploaded, experiencing growth at a phenomenal rate, even by web standards. Business Insider went as far as to say “it could become this decade’s equivalent of Flickr.” So what is it, and why is everybody hopping on board?
Instagram provides a quick of way of sharing photos, with effects, across an entire spectrum of social networking sites, right from your iPhone. The inspiration, as the team note, came from a cross between old Polaroid cameras and new social sharing ideas. The “instant” feature of a Polaroid camera gave birth to what over 500 000 people now know as Instagram, the photo sharing app of choice.
“I think that communicating via images is one of these mediums that you’re going to see take off over the next few years because of a fundamental shift in the enabling technology.“ – Kevin Systrom, CEO Burbn (Instagram)
The free application supports all generations of the iPhone, and can upload photos (or “posts” as they are known) to Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Facebook. In addition, users can check in to Foursquare whenever a photo is uploaded with a location attached. Photos can be commented on, and everyone has the ability to make use of a Twitter-style “follow” feature, allowing users to follow one another’s photos on-the-go. With over a dozen filters to choose from, even poorer quality photos can turn out semi-decent once uploaded. The application makes it fun, rather than a chore, to upload photos to a plethora of social network sites, for all your friends to see.
The development team are “just getting started” – be sure to keep an eye out for Burbn on the news, both here and on the App Store. I have a feeling that it’s a name we aren’t going to forget any time soon.
[Quote courtesy of TechCrunch, image with thanks to Instagram]
Scene It? Horror:
In celebration of the impending celebration of candy, cavities, ghosts, vampires, and other horrors, why not test your horror movie knowledge as well. Scene It? Horror pits your knowledge of great movies like 28 Days Later, American Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a massive amount more. No cheating is allowed for you movie fanatics. That means no using IMDB or loading up the movie to get the answers.
Released: 2010-10-11 :: Category: Games
Released: 2010-10-11 :: Category: Games
SpongeBob Marbles & Slides:
Head to Bikini Bottom to help the gang with their lack of slides. Use your fingers to draw slides to aid SpongeBob, and gang, reach the Krusty Krab in hopes of defeating Plankton. Bonuses come to those who can solve the puzzles quickly and skillfully. Hey, there is no shame in having fun with a squirrel in an astronaut suit.
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games
Mad Office HD:
Mad Office HD is a game about a real life situation….sneaking out of work uncaught by the boss man. Those who perform combos and take greater risks are awarded more points, and the crown of super slacker. Simple controls, fun visuals, and an interesting concept are sure to add up for a good time of sneaking off to do some fishing.
You have photos and you want to share them with the world. Instagram will now only allow you to easily share photos, but it will also allow you to add a bit of a personal touch to them as well. Apply over a dozen filters to your photos, post as many photos as you like, share with friends, check in to Foursquare, and connect to a variety of social networks. This just might be the easiest way of sharing photos created to date.
TED brings you engaging chats with remarkable people. Everyone from tech gurus to music legends are here waiting for your attention. You can even explore the entire TEDTalks library for that obscure clip you have long missed. TED now even includes more iPad love with the new iPad edition.