5 Best Camera Apps

Phones are a wonderful thing that many of us cannot possibly fathom being without. They are always with us in our purses, pockets and hands. We use the camera on our phones for anything and everything. For selfies, which have become a right of passage and life style incorporated in songs and a favourite occurrence on twitter and Facebook. To pictures of our dinner, family pictures, the mountains and beach and every other thing in-between.

Our phones are consistently being updated with the camera being a main focus for many. We aren’t always satisfied with the simple picture in the way it was taken. Instagram really spearheaded the fad of filters and editing that has simply expanded and grown since. Take a look below at the top 5 camera apps available on iTunes today!

1. Facetune   But first… let me take a selfie! “A fun and powerful portrait and selfie photo editor” We now have the ultimate selfie editor! You can correct blemishes, spots or scars on the skin to make it perfect. Or you can give yourself white teeth. It gives you the capability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits easily.pic1

2. Afterlight  “Perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing” It has 15 adjustment tools, 59 filters, 66 different textures along with cropping, transforming tools, and 128 different types of frames to add and edit your photo with! Just as it says, it is wonderfully simply and straight forward for anyone to use and play around with.pic2

3.Camera+  Over 10 million people are using Camera+. “If the iPhone’s standard camera is like a digital point and shoot, the Camera+ app is like a high quality SLR lends”—TIME: 50 Best iPhone Apps 2011. This app will make you truly love taking photos again. Touch Exposure and Focus, up to a 6x digital zoom, front flash, levels, and many different shooting modes you will easily be able to take marvellous photos. On top of that there is a clarity setting that analyses your photos, scene modes, effects, and Lightbox to help make the mood you are wanting. Camera+ is also making it easy to keep sync with your other devices! Finishing touches are available with borders and captions as well.

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4. Party Party    We all love a good party pic! “More than your own personal photo booth” This app has taken to a new level to photos to having stop motion animation. Allowing you to adjust the speed, save as a looping video for vine or Instagram or save as a .gif file for blogs, tubmlrs or websites. You can move them into square collages or the classic layout of a strip. There are only 17 filter and 9 frames but the main focus of Party Party is the stop animation that we just can’t seem to get enough of!

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5. Faded   Faded has won the endorsement of many, “The best photo app on the iPhone is Faded” by John Mayer. Specializing in film inspired looks, it includes 46 filters, 12 profession adjustments, various effects, camera tools, and overlays. It also keeps your history so that you can always revert back at any point.

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Apps are constantly being updated as well. They are adding more features and easing the process. As well as they all have the handy sharing feature to all popular social media sites that we know, love and spending the majority of our time on. Making it easy and convenient to share photos of your latest adventure, food consumption or best mate.

This post has kindly been contributed by:  Phink 

 

 

The Internet of Things.

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The Internet of Things – also known as Machine to Machine but most commonly described as “an ecosystem of technologies monitoring the status of physical objects, capturing meaningful data, and communicating that information through IP networks to software applications”. – See more at: http://blog.atlasrfidstore.com/internet-of-things-and-rfid#sthash.89FeGYhk.dpuf  Sounds a little bit like that nightmare scenario where the computers take over. (Kubrick’s space station computer,Hal, was early to that game!). But let’s not panic yet; this term is less worryingly more concerned with building links between devices, often via Bluetooth or Wi Fi to enable a degree of automation to daily chores. phew, that’s all right then.

What is it in everyday terms ?  In a simple form this is the remote Bluetooth speaker playing music that you hold in your phone. More and more people are enjoying the benefit of a wrist band linked to an app again by Bluetooth, which monitors various measurable to display as output on your mobile phone. Fitness tracking apps abound! (as does increased obesity… ).The-Age-of-Everywhere-Computing-is-Here_smarthome

Extending the concept into Home automation is more than a mere ambition.

Home automation, a term that has become increasingly popular in the mansions of Mayfair where the mundane task of opening a pair of heavy drapes (I dare not stoop to call them curtains) is no longer reliant on the mind and muscle of a human being. It no longer relies on a human being even being in the building. Open your app, choose a room and manipulate various aspects including the aforementioned drapes.

Google snapped up Nest Labs recently for a handsome £1.9 billion, giving them a foot in to door to this sphere of activity. Nest are currently looking at many more ways to join devices in the home via this technology, from security systems to health tracking. imagesMore recently, news emerged that Google are about to launch a “smart tracking system” to enable the user to be alerted to the vicinity of specified people, places, shops etc. Google Nearby is set to be standard on new Android handsets and will compete directly with Apples Homekit and iBeacon smart shopping system.

The Google  app will use the phone’s GPS, Bluetooth and even microphone to work out location of the user and then automatically trigger commands – for instance, waiting for the user to issue instructions such as ‘open the garage door’  but only when in close proximity to that particular door, or automatically turn on the lights when the user is close enough to the house in question. The system is expected to work with appliances such as Google’s own Nest smart thermostat to enabling a user to adjust temperature without anything more complex than a voice command.

The key point to notice in all this is that many of the big names in technology are heavily investing and this signifies a belief in and the inevitable increasing application of this technology in this environment. It’s going to grow increasingly pervasive. Apple have announced their forthcoming Homekit at its Worldwide Developers Conference. This system will perform numerous domestic tasks such as unlocking doors, turning on lights via the iPhone. That’s a relief I am sure!.

For the moment its worth acknowledging that the world is on the cusp of a revolution, a change driven by miniaturisation and computing advances which will deliver noticeable changes to the way we live, even if its only that we don’t have to move our increasingly obese behinds from the sofa in order to draw the curtains. The more significant consideration which will come as a secondary outcome is that these digital devices and their interconnectivity with servers and databases will begin to generate masses of data from day one. Imagine having that level of micro knowledge about the behaviour of …well most of us. But perhaps we should save that thought for now and concentrate on the matter in hand… the  ahhh… World Cup, ….now, where did I put the beer…er.. the remote? What do you mean its all over?…who? Germany! Doh!!! well in that case, Vorsprung durch technik and all that.