For all of its popularity, Instagram has always been something of a joke when it comes to optimizing photos: you snap a pic, slap some faux vintage filter on it, and you're presumably happy. With today's update, however, it finally gains a lot of the features long enjoyed by its more robust cousins.
Holy smokes, if digital photography and image editing is your thing then hurry your butt over to the App Store this week, because there are some rocking app sales for the shutterbugs among our readers. We've flagged a few of them, but it's freebies and price cuts galore on dozens of apps. Plus, we've got a few notable names with flagship products on the discount rack, so this weekend is a good one to stock up.
You've got to hand it to Verizon Wireless -- the nation's largest carrier isn't afraid to go it alone rather than leap into a pricing war with its three smaller rivals. But could their attachment to traditional two-year contracts, higher prices and handset subsidies be short-sighted? For now, executives claim no, and they seem to have the numbers to back it up. This and more in our Monday recap!
Where most video apps on our iPhones focus purely on Kodak moments, Lightt is kind of like a personal documentarian. With an eye for short clips that can be quickly captured and posted, the video-recording app stitches together your posts into an endless looping timeline that plays a bit like a disjointed flip book. Version 3 brings it up to speed with its filter-happy contemporaries, and a host of editing and audio tools make it a viable alternative to Vine and Instagram.
Vine and Instagram make it easy for would-be filmmakers to create brief epics of the imagination using just an iPhone, with no traditional editing required. But those looking to expand their horizons will find far more creative options with a modestly priced app from the creators of FocusTwist. Presumably a play on the word “vignette” as much as it is a nod to Twitter’s micro-moviemaking service, Vinyet delivers 23 real-time cinematic filters along with a host of pro-end features, like stop motion, time-lapse, animated GIF export, and more control over captured segments.
Apple isn't the only tech company holding a splashy media event today: Nokia World is going down right now in Abu Dhabi, and the soon-to-be Microsoft entity has wasted no time unveiling six new devices and some long-awaited apps for Windows Phone.
October is now here in full force, which means those of us in the market for a new iPad or Mac Pro are beginning to foam at the mouths, wondering when Apple will unleash new toys for us to spend our hard-earned cash on. And what good would a new gadget be without new apps to fill it with? It just so happens that the weekend brought us a few new options, so dive in and check 'em out in our app-tastic recap.
Still rocking an older and now unsupported iOS device that you just can't bear to put out to pasture? Fear not, Apple has your back with a new option to download the last compatible version of an app that will work on your aging hardware.
Considering that Facebook spent a cool billion dollars on Instagram when it acquired it early last year, it only makes sense that it would want to get some of that money back. As a consequence, the moment many users of the popular photo sharing service have long feared is now on its way (eventually, anyway): ads are coming to Instagram, according to the Wall Street Journal.