Instagram Releases Version 6.0 with New Photo Editing Tools

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Instagram 6.0 is now available for both iOS and Android devices. The new version brings a dandy set of new photo editing tools to the image processing menu of the app.

The new editing tools, accessible by tapping the wrench icon in the image editing pane, allow you to use a slider to make positive and negative adjustments for the following: [Read more...]

iStick Adds a Simple USB Drive for iPhone and iPad

Hyper iStick

Today’s mobile phones and tablets are simply amazing. However, if there’s one gripe I have, it is the ability to quickly and seamlessly transfer data between my phone and mobile devices. About the simplest way to just transfer a file without the need to import through a dedicated program is a cloud sharing platform like Dropbox. I use the heck out of it.

Dropbox, Box and Google Drive all work great until you need to make a big file transfer on a cellular network and you are in a place where your coverage is limited. Then, you could be spending minutes staring at a screen. Or, you have to plug your phone into a computer and jump through a program’s import process.

The Hyper iStick looks like it may be nice stop-gap until Pied Piper finishes up its revolutionary compression algorithm[Read more...]

Mobile Cloth is a Magical Fingerprint Remover for Phones, Tablets and Lenses

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Every year at CES I am overwhelmed with the sheer volume of mobile accessories. I am still completely amazed that so many iPhone case manufacturers can be in business at one time. It’s nuts!

As a result, I generally shy away from run-of-the-mill phone and tablet accessories. I just don’t care. But this is another story. [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Might Have 10+MP Camera and f/1.8 Lens

iPhone 5 iSight Camera

Among all the other things Apple has figured out is the camera on the iPhone. I recently switched from an iPhone 5 to the Galaxy Note 3. While it has numerous advantages over the iPhone (for my use), its 13MP camera still lags well behind the iPhone 5 and 5s. It’s not all about the hardware either. Apple does a great job with the image processing and I just get better images out of it than I do any other smartphone I’ve used.

Apple has been stuck on the 8MP camera for three generations now, dating back to the iPhone 4S from 2011. However, the aperture has dropped from f/2.4 in the iPhone 4S/5 to f/2.2 in the iPhone 5S. Apple has clearly demonstrated that 8MP is enough for a smartphone as it has continued to focus on the overall photography experience. [Read more...]

Nokia says “Goodbye DSLR” in New Lumia 1020 Ad

Nokia declared war on DSLRs with its Lumia smartphones several years ago, stating that smartphones would replace DSLRs. A couple of years ago, Nokia’s ad campaign showed off some amazing footage that looked like we might all eat our words when the Lumia 920 was launched. Then, we discovered Nokia was actually trying to pass off DSLR footage as coming from the Lumia 920.

Now, we have this latest commercial spot making fun of “massive DSLRs” and suggesting that a 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020 can get the same or better shot. However, Nokia gets a little carried away with the suggestion, which makes the entire ad a little silly. [Read more...]