Instagram is a long-time favorite photo app with users that lets you apply retro filters to your iPhone photos to turn quick mobile shots into art. It's easy to use, makes sharing photos simple and fun, and, best of all, it's free. The app has been out for quite some time and is extremely popular with users, but if you haven't had a chance to check it out, we think it's an app just about anyone can appreciate. Just beware: Instagram is addictive.
Most people fake tilt-shift photography with plug-ins and apps. That's mostly because true tilt-shift photos require an expensive camera and a lens that's not only pricey, but takes some skill to use correctly. But if you're up for investing nearly $2,000 for a lens, this $149 toy camera now available from Photojojo might be enough to satiate your desires.
This tiny 5-megapixel pocket camera has an actual tilted lens to create the depth-of-field needed to make your subjects look like tiny toy models. The camera also has lo-fi toy camera and pinhole effects you can shoot … Read more
Sprint announced today that it will begin rolling out an over-the-air update on June 20 to deliver Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the HTC Evo Shift 4G. However, anxious owners can download the update now.
Instructions for manual download are posted on Sprint's Community site, but it basically requires that you go to the Settings menu on your phone, navigate to System updates, and then initiate the HTC software update. If you're fine to wait, you'll receive a notification on your phone when the over-the-air update is available and ready to download.
In addition to Gingerbread, the … Read more
Shift 2 is the sequel to Shift, a unique puzzle game that uses a Shift button to invert black-and-white objects, letting you walk on different surfaces to try to reach the goal. Though difficult to describe, you'll quickly understand once you start playing, and Shift 2 takes the unique game mechanic to new heights across 120 levels. Like the original, you only have a couple of controls on the bottom for running and jumping, and then Shift buttons on both sides at the top to invert the colors.
To get you started, Shift 2 gives you onscreen hints to … Read more
For the past couple of years, I have been writing the iPhone apps of the week in this space. But we've decided that instead of the same old app rundown, we're going to do something a little different. Starting this week, we're going to be putting together three apps that fulfill a specific theme. We're going to try to introduce one or two new apps and put them alongside older classics in the category. This way, you will be able to compare new apps with older ones, and also, find out about apps in the category that you may not have seen before.
This week's apps revolve around your iPhone's camera capabilities. The first one is a popular app for snapping old-school photos, the second lets you take photos that make objects appear miniature, and the third is a newer app for chronicling gradual changes in your appearance.
Hipstamatic ($1.99) is an extremely popular app that turns your iPhone's digital camera into an old-school single-shot camera of the past to give your images that grainy, washed-out (in a good way) retro look. The interface is a bit confusing at first, but you'll soon figure out how to switch among different types of retro film, different types of lenses, and even effects for different types of flashes. You can switch between each of the different variables with a swipe of your finger, with dramatically different results depending on the combination you choose before taking your snapshot.… Read more
TiltShift Generator combines blur and other depth-of-field effects to make objects in your photos seem miniature. To get the miniature effect, you'll ideally take photos from some distance, but even close-up shots can be put through TiltShift Generator with good-looking results.
TiltShift Generator does a great job of taking you through the process of creating tilt-shift images. The app automatically adds the tilt-shift effect, but you can also go through the process yourself. You start by either taking a photo with your iPhone camera or choosing an existing image from your library. From there you can adjust the blurred … Read more
Among the news items this week from the world of Apple, the folks over at AppleInsider uncovered a rumor that Apple may be having a launch event next week for a new line of MacBook Pros. According to the story, this would put the launch event a week ahead of schedule.
As usual, Apple remains tight-lipped about what features will be unveiled in the new laptops, but the one sure thing is that it will include Intel's latest generation Sandy Bridge processor.
Whatever is introduced next week (if the rumor turns out to be true), you can bet we'll have all the details here. Make sure to check back on launch day for photos, specs, and everything else about Apple's latest devices.
This week's apps include an image enhancement tool that produces cool-looking shots and an RTS game that closely resembles one of the most popular strategy games of all time.… Read more
The first images of HTC's next handsets have made their way online ahead of next month's Mobile World Congress. Various leaks obtained by PocketNow reveal slightly varied takes on current Android designs. One image, which could be of the flagship model, closely resembles the Desire HD unveiled last September. A front-facing camera sits above what appears to be a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally.
A second, more compact, device features a traditional trackball and a 3.2-inch screen. The top right corner has what could be construed as a front-facing camera or ambient light sensor. Bearing a striking … Read more
We are a skeleton crew this week at the CNET offices with a huge number of our editors and camera crews taking on the tech gadget news avalanche that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Though the biggest tech conference of the year in Las Vegas generally has little to do with Apple, some news has managed to trickle out about a much sought-after product: namely, an iPhone for Verizon.
Many (including yours truly) watched the live stream of the Verizon press event yesterday hoping to hear word of Apple's smartphone coming to the network, but--even though there were many exciting new handsets and tablets--there was no mention of a Verizon iPhone.
Today we received word that Verizon is inviting people to a press event January 11. Though nobody knows for sure what Verizon will announce, it stands to reason that after introducing its entire product line for 2011, the only thing left to announce might be a Verizon iPhone. We'll just have to wait and see, but it's looking pretty likely that those waiting for a Verizon iPhone may soon get their wish.
This week's apps include an excellent program to make old-time movies and a puzzle game that uses an interesting color-inversion mechanic to create unique challenges.… Read more
LAS VEGAS--Sprint and HTC got a head start on CES 2011 Tuesday when they announced the long-awaited HTC Evo Shift 4G. We tracked the handset down today and gave it the full photo treatment. And even better, Sprint let us take away a review unit.
As Sprint's third 4G smartphone, the Evo Shift 4G joins the earlier HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G in supporting the carrier's WiMax network. It also doubles as a mobile hot spot for up to eight devices.
The Evo Shift 4G has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.6-inch capacitive touch … Read more