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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The camera is fully waterproof (and has auto focus), and the whole casing is impervious to micro particles. Plus, the Seals is operational from minus twenty degrees Celsius to plus sixty degrees, so you're not likely to lose functionality, no matter what the weather. It has acoustic noise-cancelling technology, improving receptions, and high performance GPS navigation systems, just in case you do get lost. And it has some added extras, like a pedometer, compass and torch.
It is a touch screen phone, with a 3.5 inch display, but the screen is impact resistant and scratch resistant too. The Micro SD slot lets you add memory up to 32 GB, and there's an SOS rescue feature, just in case. The battery life is pretty stellar, getting around tweenty six hours of talk time and 950 hours of stand-by time per battery charge cycle. The Seals will cost you close to £300.
What the D9 Has Going for It...
The D9 is a nice phone. It's a dual core processor, so it's fast, and it has a massive 8 MP camera as well as a 4.3 inch touch screen. It's fully Bluetooth and WiFi compatible, has a micro USB charger and a double LED flash on the camera, oh, and a front facing camera too. And it has a built in FM radio, which is kind of cool. The battery life is okay, it gets around thirty hours of talk time and 750 hours of standby time per battery charge cycle, which isn't too bad. Things that it doesn't have? Any kind of certification for water, dust, fog, humidity.... It will also cost you around the three hundred pound mark...
Which is Better?
It's got to be the Seals. The D9 is nice, but lacking any kind of certification means that we're just not sure how rugged it is. We prefer the certainty of the Seals.
Phil Turner has a brother in Switzerland who is looking for a tough phone that will not break when he falls off his skis.
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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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Friday, October 25, 2013
Motorola MicroTAC 9880X (1989)
In the same year that the Tiananmen Square incident happened and the Berlin Wall fell, phone company Motorola released the MicroTAC 9880X, widely acknowledged as the first truly portable mobile phone. In the past, most cellular phones were installed as car phones because of their chunky size and weight. The MicroTAC changed all that, and in doing so, became the standard and model by which mobile phones were to develop from then on.
BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator (1993)
Launched almost twenty years ago, the IBM Simon was the first cellular phone to include both telephone and PDA features in one handy device. As arguably the first ever “smart” phone in existence, the IBM Simon allowed users to send and receive emails and faxes, both from typing and handwriting on the screen. It was never widely used, but paved the way for future mobile phone technologies.
Motorola StarTAC (1996)
Remember when flip phones were all the rage in the mid 2000s? The first flip phone ever on the market was in fact the Motorola StarTAC, way back in 1996. The StarTAC sold about 60 million units and appeared in many movies, leading to its cult status. Interesting fact: it was also one of the first cellular phones to introduce vibrate alert as an alternative to sounding a ringtone. Fancy that!
Nokia Communicator 9110 (1996)
1996 also saw the release of the Nokia Communicator 9110, which many experts today dub as the first Nokia smart phone ever made. Indeed, the 9110 was revolutionary, allowing users to Fax, email, send short messages, connect to digital cameras, browse the Web, and containing basic functions of Contacts, Notes, Calculator, and World Time Clock. And you thought it began with the iPhone…
Nokia 6110 (1997)
The Nokia 6110 holds the very special distinction of being the first phone from Nokia with the Snake game pre-installed. Remember Snake? That ever-popular video game became a standard on Nokia mobile phones from 1998, beloved by many. And let’s not forget Memory and Logic, two other pre-loaded games that also evoke fond memories of Nokia today.
Nokia 3310 (2000)
The Nokia 3310 is arguably one of the most well-known phones in the world today, selling 128 million units globally and receiving a cult status big enough to rival that of the iPhone. Back in its day, the 3310 was novel for featuring items such as a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stopwatch, and reminder function. Big fan of the threaded SMS chains on your phone today? They were around on the 3310 too.
Motorola RAZR (2004)
So this isn’t too retro, but we think it’s still worth a mention. In the third quarter of 2004, Motorola released the first phone as part of its RAZR series. The RAZR instantly drew attention for its slim profile and striking, metallic look. Indeed, at the time, it had the thinnest profile of any clamshell phones on the market, making its way onto TV shows such as Lost and Top Gear as an icon in its own right.
Lucy Holmes is a freelance writer who is interested in technology and especially the development of the mobile phone. She’s thankful there’s Flexirent to help her rent the latest phones.
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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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This infographic details some of the top financial apps, along with their features and cost. Here’s the rundown:
Special features: Link bank and credit card accounts; create budgets; spending notifications Spendee
Special features: See overview of all expenses; track income and expenses BUDGT
Special features: Track budget and/or income Check
Special features: Track investments and credit scores Dollarbird
Special features: Calendar view; track income and expenses
Special features: Track income and expenses Mint
strong>Special features: Link bank and credit card accounts; create budgets; spending notifications Expense Manager
Special features: Monitor spending in categories; see detailed reports MoneyWise
Special features: Simple account management DroidWallet
Special features: Enter balance and income
Best personal finance programs (software and Web-based):
Program Price Platform
InEx Finance - Free - Online/mobile
Mint - Free - Online/mobile
iBank - $48 - Mac/mobile
CommonCents - $35 - Windows
Checkbook Ease Premium - $9 - Windows
Money Manager Ex - Free - Mac/Windows/Linux
ManageME 7 - Free - Online
iMoney - $40 - Mac/Windows/Linux
Checkbook Ease - $9 - Windows
Boachsoft Finance - $49 – Windows
Image compliments of Master of Finance Degrees
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Counting the Cost
Comparing the Offers
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