Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1. GoldfrAppDoes the name sound familiar? GoldfrApp is is a simple and fun photo app made by the musical duo of the same name. The app allows you to select two photos in your camera roll and combine them to create a double negative image.
There are a couple of additional features to allow you to mash up the image after it has been combined, and there is also a fun shake the phone feature to randomly combine images in your camera roll. It's too random for some creative professionals, but ideal for the enthusiastic amateur.
2. PhotochopPhotochop is a great little tool to really mess up your images. You can split an image into tiles and nudge or rotate different pieces. There is also a warp feature to mess up different sections of your photo.
This app allows you to use subtle features to distort your images in weird, wonderful and sometimes scary ways.
3. Lego PhotoLego Photo takes any image and transforms it to make it look like it was made out of Lego bricks, using an in-built camera and a range of colour options. Tap the screen and the colours ripple and change. Whilst the novelty wears off, it’s a free fun app which you can come back to at any time. It works best with high contrast, so get creative.
4. Face SwapFace Swap does exactly what its name suggests. Take a photo of two people side by side and swap their faces to create weird new people that look scarily familiar. It's a great way to mash up two images in an instant.
Again, Face Swap is a fun novelty tool, but perhaps not an app you'd use in a professional creative job. But you never know when you want to create a new face to inspire a story or painting, so have a play around.
5. Comic Book!Everyone's dream creative job is to draw comics for a living, and Comic Book! is a great photo editing tool that can help you do just that. It turns your photos into a comic book style drawing that you can customise.
With Comic Book!, you can lay out several photos in different boxes and add captions, borders, stickers and other items to the images. The results can be saved or exported to other services and sites.
Get Creative!Whilst these apps are unlikely to ever create a masterpiece, you can use them in random and creative ways to help inspire your creative work or have fun with friends. What’s more, most of them allow you to save the photo back to your camera roll, so you can potentially use several different apps to create one unique image. Why not Lego your face, blend it back into the original image with the double negative, swap it with another person, chop it up and put it in a comic book? With your smartphone at your side, the power of the photo mash up is yours to exploit.
- Photo provided by: smartphotostock.com
By Sam Wright
Sam Wright is working with Brand Republic and is constantly attached to his smartphone.
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What can an App do for Your Company?A successful company app should really just be an extension of your existing online presence, specifically constructed for smartphones and tablet devices. Having said that, there is a difference between an app, which when it comes to companies is essentially a marketing tool, and a mobile version of your website, which allows it to function effectively on mobile devices. An app can be as simple as allowing a customer to easily locate your physical location, or directing them to your online retail division, enabling them to make a purchase while on the go.
Apps and Brand AwarenessSometimes an app becomes a necessity for a certain type of industry, and it’s often a case of if your competitors are doing it, then you should too. An app increases brand awareness, and since customer’s use of companies’ apps shows no signs of abating, it can be necessary to have one- without it you can run the risk of being left behind when it comes to this specific and increasingly important medium.
What are Your Goals with an App?While successful customer interaction is the ultimate goal with an app, you need to think about what kind of experience you want your customers to have with the app. Some apps are designed for a very specialized purpose; Huggies Diapers have developed an app that requires a receiver to be attached to your baby’s diaper and then sends a message to your phone when the diaper becomes wet. A skilled software developer will look at your needs and intentions and can construct an app that offers features you may not have even considered.
Apps and ConversionsParticularly for those who operate in the retail sector, a digital experience comparable to the app is now part of the in-store experience, and a number of retail outlets now offer interactive information screens or iPad kiosks that allow customers to browse the product range and find out specific information about a particular product or device. These screens should ideally encourage more mobile interaction by inviting customers to download your app. It’s important to gauge the success of your app by seeing how many queries it converts to actual sales- perhaps special offers can be offered exclusively via app.
There are so many variables in the corporate world that it really can be perplexing to determine the worthiness of an app for your operations. Don’t think about it too long though, since your competitors are likely to be mulling over the exact same question.
This guest-post was written by David Kovacs who is an online marketing enthusiast from Hungary and loves to share his thoughts and articles on various channels in topics related to tech, business and SEO. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Statistics for Smartphones
As each year the increase of smartphone usage continues, many jobs, including truck drivers, rely more and more on their phones instead of what they used to use. A study done by uShip on 6,000 truck drivers shows that 57% of truck drivers admit to using their cellphones more often this year than they did last year during their daily business. When working with loads, 37% say they use their phones to book loads, and 35% say they use their phones to bid on the loads. Weather, gas prices and traffic conditions are also tracked by 33% more drivers using their smartphones. 20% testified to no longer bringing their laptop along now that they have their phone, and at least 20% will use their handheld device to keep in contact with the family, friends and colleagues through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Weather, GPS and Traffic Apps
With 3G and 4G practically everywhere, it becomes easier for smartphones to be utilized at any given place along the drive. And that can be extremely important when it comes to checking for weather and traffic conditions. The Weather Channel offers a free app that many truckers use to keep up with how the conditions are for driving, alerting them if a storm is coming or the road ahead is undriveable. Waze Social GPS, Traffic and Gas is a GPS and app that will alert you to traffic conditions, reroute you if necessary, and show you the cheapest places for fuel. You can also use apps like Truckster- Truck Stops to find some good rest stops near you.
Entertainment on Your Phone
When truck drivers used to use the radio and flip channels, they can now use the internet to get more specific music that they like. Pandora is of course a popular choice for customized music, but iHeartRadio is also a good and free app for anyone interested in listening to their favorite stations on their journey. For those interested in audiobooks, you can download Audible- Audiobooks and More to listen to some of your favorite stories read out loud; the perfect way to keep up with your reading during your job!
Another reason that handheld devices are so popular is that they can make truck driving easier by helping with the logistics. With apps such as BigRoad: Free Trucker Log App, you can keep an electronic log of your journey, use it to locate rest stops up ahead, and even send information to your coworkers and bosses, making you need to use your communicating radio less and less. You can also use the app TRANSFLO Now! to speed up your document delivery, allowing you to deliver more quickly. Truck drivers can also use apps such MyFitnessPal to get started on a workout routine on the road and keep track of it.
Apps are revolutionizing the world, and they are touching every area of our lives. As our smartphone technology increases, so does the ability to use it everywhere, including driving in the car on the job. Though CB Radio may not be out of the picture yet, it will definitely need to be making room for the apps that are here.
Alex Faubel enjoys writing about topics related to business and technology in career-focused education programs.
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This application permits you to draw houses, connects, plans of flats, mechanical parts, geometrical figures and any other structure just by the use of your fingers. You can save the final design and mail it. This could be utilized by architects, engineers, surveyors and understudies.
This is a suitable app for iPhone and iPad users. It allows you to craft and export the project plan such that the access to blueprint at the job site is convenient. Contractors or real estate agents need not have to carry any papers as everything would be available to them while on the go.
Being one of the highly rated applications in the store, it allows you to obtain an accurate data of how much concrete must be used for a certain type of project. The measurement scale unit is flexible, with sq-feet and cubic yard as the default choice.
With this amazing app, you can say goodbye to measuring tapes. It can measure distances from one point to the other, dimensions of a room and other estimated measurements. It is available for iPhone and iPad users for free and is a great tool for builders and developers.
Popular among contractors and developers, this application is an ideal choice to review the leveling of a divider. The phone is held in a landscape view till the bubble comes to the center followed by utilizing the red horizontal line to indicate inclination, if there is any. No inclination implies that the wall is level.
Officially a construction app for iPad users; it makes life easier for engineers and architects by allowing them to access the project sketch without the trouble of handling too many papers. A web-based application “builditlive.com” is synchronized with it to allow the users to share any information over electronic media.
An application that allows a real estate agent or a contractor to know about the real value of a property in a particular area. All you need is to upload a snap of the local property up for sale and this free app will give you the monetary analysis and much more.
It is easily one the most popular app among contractors and allows you to gather an estimate for project components like fencing, decking, framing and all kind of relevant carpentry stuffs. This way, you are sure about how to manipulate people and resources. It comes in both free and paid version for iPhone users, however latter is worth a buy.
Google SketchUp Cookbook
This is an ideal app for both beginners and intermediate level professionals. It guides you through the process of home designing and development given that you face problems upfront. It is a useful tool for anyone who desires to enhance their designing skills to a professional level.
In conjunction with the SmartBidNet software, this app allows a user to be in touch with their clients and subcontractors. It provides complete project information such as location or area and also the deadline and the bill due date.
These apps make life a lot easier for the professionals who are already burdened by excess load of work. It helps them administer their service better without any chaos. On the other hand, it averts a lot of paper-use and encourages eco-friendly approach to the scheme of things.
Brendan loves blogging about new apps and technologies and works alongside a home builder company.
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The modern world is filled with people and lives that are tech oriented. You find that most aspects of life in the world today including food, clothing, homes and places of work are driven by technology advancement. It is no surprise that you can now use a phone app to design your t-shirts or even to add a sense of style and personality to them.
The best thing about this is that you are now able to customize your own clothing items from the comfort of your home. This way you save time and money and you are not limited since you can have any design you like. If you have an iPhone, the process is even easier since all you need is the iTunes Snap Tee app and you are good to go.
How does the app work?
Snap Tee is very easy to use since all you need is your phone. You create the image you want with your phone. You can import an image from your phone gallery, of either a picture that you took or a downloaded image. You can even use creative images from your Instagram account. The second thing is to choose a template and add a filter.
You can play around with fonts and colours as well as different textures until you arrive at the image you want. Then you send it to the app site and you have it shipped to you for less than 30 dollars per piece.
The advantage of using this app
With Snap Tee, you are at liberty to use your own imagination. The tools are easy to use and you can make many t-shirts within a short time. You do not have to pay a graphic designer to do it for you, since he or she may not really get what you have in mind.
The tees come in different sizes so you order according to your size they are made in good quality cotton so you will get your monies worth. You can also custom order them in girl or boy shapes. Your design is locked on in your account. This means that other people may be able to see it, but only you are able to purchase it. You can even set your privacy settings in a way that you are the only one who can see them.
The moral code
You are allowed to be creative in your designs, but the app does not allow obscene art. This means that any prints with vulgar or offensive language and messages will be rejected. If you have a racist message on your print, it will not be permitted. The same case applies to porn, copyrighted art, brand names, logos and any inappropriate designs. If you want to use a logo or brand, make sure that it is yours and you can prove it.
You can even earn with snap tee app
If you design a tee and it receives attention, it can be sold and you will earn 10% of each tee that has your design on it. You will keep earning until he money gets to $100 and it is sent to you via pay pal. If you want people to buy your design, make sure that you press the "publish and sell" button to enable them to do so.
However, some people may take your design and remix it to make t their own. If that happens, then they own the rights to the new one. Make sure that you copyright your designs so that they pay for it before remixing it.
You have quality assurance
You are assured of a quality tee with the app since they use modern printing gear to produce your shirt. Besides using white organic cotton tees, they use a new digital printing process. It uses a computer to print your image directly on the t-shirt. This is good for you because none of your details will be lost in printing.
The payment process
Once you have designed your shirt and sent it for printing, you get a billing for the work. You can pay via PayPal, which is the most common mode of payment. If you don't have a PayPal account, proceed to pay with your credit card. Your order comes to your billing and shipping address. If you happen to change that after making the order, then send an informative email to the site right away. Hope you will try this app out after listening to its fun features!
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Today’s feature contributor, Megan Gomez, is a frequent blogger who works for a company called PromoPays, specialists in custom T-shirt printing. She is a designer by profession and is always looking out for the latest design apps.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
1. Diet Assistant - Weight Loss
This has some great ratings from users and is free to download. It gives you motivation when you need it the most and gives you personalized diet plans. You can even tailor this to your body specifically, which is nice if you have dietary restrictions for health reasons. It tracks your weight loss, has a BMI calculator and gives you useful tips as well!
If you haven't downloaded MyFitnessPall then you're missing out! It tracks your calories throughout the day by you entering them in, either on your own or through the scanner. Then you can track your weight loss, input exercise calories that you burn and even share with your friends. The database for this app is huge, so they have thousands of foods and exercises that you can get calorie information for!
3. Diet Point Weight Loss
There are over 50 different diet plans on this app that you can choose from. These can help you lose weight in a manner that works best for you, which can mean sticking with it for longer. You can use it to make a grocery list with healthy foods and cook in the kitchen as well. It's also got a BMI and BMR calculator so you can determine how many calories you need to eat and how many you need to burn in order to lose weight. There's also a community you can chat with to get some guidance on your diet.
4. Noom Weight Loss Coach
If you like to exercise, then this app is going to be useful because it uses a GPS to track your exercise. It also has a pedometer that tracks your steps all throughout the day, without using extra battery. In addition to this, you can track your calories and weight loss so you stay motivated and accountable. It's free to download and can even integrate in with your Facebook so you keep in touch with other friends who are also dieting.
5. Gym Pact
This free app is great for anyone who needs to lose fat through exercise. It has a GPS tracker that follows you as you exercise so it keeps you accountable. It's unique because it allows you to connect with other people who also use the app. With these members you can make pacts that give you consequences for not going to the gym. For example, some pacts say that if you don't go to the gym (which is tracked by GPS), then you have to pay $5!
If you are serious about weight loss, you can use these apps to improve your results! Good luck!
Maria is an experienced health and fitness trainer that now writes for 2Yum.Me. She loves to share her advice about getting healthy and cooking so other people can see results and gain their health back.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
1) Mint.com - free, Apple iOS/Android
2) Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
3) Amazon mobile - free, Apple iOS
4) NHS Health and Symptom Checker - free, Apple iOS
5) TripIt - free, Apple iOS/Android
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