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Is Instagram And SnapChat Merging To Create A Super PhotoSharing App?

September 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

Is it us or is Instagram and snapchat starting to look a lot alike these days?  Starting today on Instagram you do a whole lot of sharing like SnapChat and more!



Instagram and Snapchat super app


Starting today on Instagram you can reply with photos in a thread and start a convo with just text. Plus, rather than tag friends in the comments of public feed posts you want them to see, Instagram now has a new Direct share button that lets you send other peoples photos or videos in a private chat.



The changes could prime Instagram Direct for the rapid-fire back-and-forth photo messaging popular amongst teens that fueled Snapchat’s ascent. It could also give people a way to talks with friend about interesting public posts without their conversation getting lost in the endless reels of comments spurred by celebs and popular users.

“I definitely think it’s an evolution” an Instagram spokesperson says regarding how Direct threads work. Previously, one person would send a photo or video, and recipients could send hearts or leave comments. But if they wanted to send a reaction photo or another image to further the discussion, they had to start a whole new thread. “Now they’re conversations whereas before they were just a moment” she said.

To power quick-draw convos, Direct now features an in-line camera. A quick tap adds a photo to the chat, while a tap-and-hold shoots a video. The design of the button, complete with a red line creeping around the button as you use up seconds of video, is almost identical to Snapchat’s trigger.

Direct messages can also include special hearts and big emoji. You could imagine teens sending a funny photo and then all their friends replying with selfies of them laughing or related emoji.


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And if you don’t have an image to share you can now start threads with a text message. You can message anyone. If they follow you, the thread goes right into their inbox, and if they don’t, it stays hidden in a pending cue unless the recipient approves.


Now, the Direct button beside ones for likes and comments will pull up a friend selector showing the people and groups you’ve recently Direct messaged. Tap a few and you can quickly send them the post privately. Similar to Twitter’s recently added feature that lets you DM tweets, allows you to backchannel in secret. That way you can snark about your frenemies or elaborate without your convo being fragmented amongst other comments.

People can also share hashtag pages, location pages, and user profiles via Direct. With about 25% of its 300 million-plus user base on its messaging feature, it needs more ways for people to pull content from outside their network into chat threads. Now when you discover something awesome on Instagram, it could entertain your friends too.


via TechCrunch


A Time Machine That Fits In Your Pocket Has Hit Kickstarter And Could Be Here Before You Know It

April 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

If you’ve ever wanted to go back in time without that weird, nausea-inducing, time-travel aftertaste – there’s a new app that makes traveling back in time as easy as using your smartphone.  Finally, there’s a kickstarter app that we can’t wait to get our hands on! Pivot is an app that lets you see what a spot looked like in the past. Just point your phone or tablet in that direction, and the building, street or field in front of you transforms into history.


Once you download the app, you’ll get notifications whenever you’re around “pivot” points. Simply raise your phone to see what that place looked like at a certain point in time in history — probably in sepia tone. It’s not #TBT or a new Instagram filter — it’s actual history happening right in front of you, whether you’re traveling or right in your hometown.


To get all the images, Pivot sources online archives, and they’re hoping people will add photos of their own to the app as well. Pivot’s Kickstarter raised over $33,000 last month, and they’re planning to bring the app to Android and iOS in the fall starting with historic views of Cambridge, Massachussets and Palestine, then spreading to other cities. Talk about time travel that’s worth the trip!

Are you looking forward to checking out the app once it’s live or getting a first-hand look by becoming a beta tester?

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Spring Clean & Get Rid Of Your Massive Magazine Collection With Magzter

April 6th, 2015 by Christen

Are you looking for more ways to streamline clutter and spring clean your home and office? You’ve held off long enough, and now it’s time to go digital! In light of spring cleaning season, Magzter GOLD lets you easily de-clutter your space by providing your favorite magazines on your mobile device, whether at home or on the go!

Meet Magzter, the Netflix-style magazine subscription app. The app’s “all-you-can-read” service, Magzter GOLD, now has more than 2,500 titles (including 500 new titles that launched just this month), making it the world’s largest available digital magazine subscription.





 Newly added titles include:

· Lifestyle magazines: Nylon/Nylon Guys, MAXIM, Health + Fitness, Art + Design and Southern Bride
· Magazines for business and news: Entrepreneur, New York, Fast Company, Inc. and Bloomberg and Businessweek.
· Travel and outdoor magazines: Travel + Leisure, Business Traveler, PASSPORT, Tennis and Ocean Navigator.
· Food and home magazines: Saveur, Cookbook Digest and Beautiful Kitchens
· Magazines for tech lovers: PC Magazine, Macworld, PC Gamer, Popular Science and PC World
· Magazines for children: Discovery Girls, Kids Explore, bonbon and Children’s Digest


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Discover Instagram’s Newest App For Collage-Loving Grammers – Layout

March 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Instagram is rolling out Layout, a free, standalone app that merges multiple images into one. It’s available on iOS now (on the App Store), and an Android version is expected in the next few months.

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Users pick up to nine photos from their phone’s Camera Roll — whether they were snapped via Instagram doesn’t matter. The app organizes them in three sections: recent photos snapped, photos with people’s faces in them, and an area with all your shots. There’s also a “Photo Booth” feature, which employs the smartphone’s front-facing camera to snap four shots in quick succession.

Layout suggests up to 10 collage templates to choose from, depending on the number of selected photos, and lets folks tweak their work any number of ways, like dragging and dropping photos in the collage, pinch-to-zoom, and a sci-fi-like “mirror” effect that duplicates part of a shot. Afterwards, they can share their creations from inside the app to platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Flipboard, Slack and others. (Twitter integration is noticeably absent.)


instagram layout


Why collages? Look at the numbers. According to Instagram, one in five active users — at least 60 million people — already use third-party mobile apps like Diptic, Moldiv and Stitch to make collages.

Layout is the second companion app from Instagram. Last fall, the company rolled out an app called Hyperlapse that lets users create image-stabilized, time lapse videos.  Are you a Hyperlapse user?  Looking forward to using Layout for your next photo-sharing collage? Tell us below!



Meet Lysn in – The New Go To Party App For House Parties Worldwide

October 29th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Without music, a party can be rather boring.  Unfortunately, a lot of times the noise level of music can be a nuisance and kill a party faster than it started.  Lysn in is the pinnacle of silent disco services across the globe, providing state-of-the-art technology in the palm of the hand. It’s the world’s first iPhone app that enables users to connect any external audio source to their smartphone and broadcast the audio to friends and fans.

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Silent disco parties are a new trend in the music and party industries allowing users to share a playlist via Spotify, iTunes or other popular music services.  Partygoers simply connect using their mobile device via WiFi, or with Lysn in’s Cellular Sync option that connects via cellular service providers with 3G/4G/LTE coverage.  Music is heard through headphones, keeping noise to a minimum.

Easily connect DJ gear or musical instruments to a smartphone through the Lightning /30 pin port or headphone jack and instantly stream music over a low-latency wireless network to all who “Lysn in.” Unlike other silent disco apps, Lysn in has no maximum number of users, allowing parties to be as big as possible.

Lysn in app

The app was created by Stanfy, a premier mobile app development firm. Smooth synchronization between listeners was the number one priority for Stanfy engineers. The project involved creating an intuitive user interface as well as the backend network engineering portion. Stanfy built the app from the wireframes and was involved in every stage of development until final launch in the iTunes store.

Silent disco parties have recently been utilized at the Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Nocturnal Wonderland festivals.

Lysn in and silent disco parties are perfect for:

  • Apartments
  • Dorm rooms
  • Shared living spaces
  • New DJs
  • Music aficionados

“Silent disco parties are changing the way we gather together,” says George Gayl, founder of Silent Storm Systems, the company behind Lysn in.  “With users wearing headphones, they communicate with one another through the music.  Anyone can join the party at any time, making the fun never ending.  The app can even be used for sports, gym activities, even just relaxing at home”.

“Music is still one of the key threads that bind us as humans, and our goal was to create an app that was intuitive and fun to use,” says Pavel Bashmakov, co-founder at Stanfy. “We took all the elements that make a disco party fun and distilled it into simple, easy functions in an app that makes a great time just a tap away.”  Learn more about Lysn in visit


Would you use a party app like Lysn in at your next apartment or dorm room party?  Share your thoughts below!



Shop, Share And Earn Cash With The COSIGN App

October 27th, 2014 by Christen

cosignHave you ever shared your favorite shopping find online, and the next thing you know, it’s become your friends newest purchase?  If you love shopping and sharing your favorite brands on social media, why not get paid for it!  With the new mobile app,  COSIGN you can share and tag your stylish picks, when someone buys it from your share – you’ll get paid!

The COSIGN app brings discovery and commerce together – turning photos into interactive, shoppable pictures. The first social media tool that allows members to share and profit from their recommendations. Now, the where did you get that? question is answered seamlessly.  As your photos spread across the web, the ‘what is that and where can I buy it’ information travels with them.

So what makes COSIGN different from the hundreds of commerce apps of today?  Many apps like Lyst and Reward Style limit sharing to notable influencers, bloggers, etc and add cumbersome links, emails or additional shopping steps in order for you to complete your purchase – but Cosign empowers users and makes it easy to shop directly from their photos on social networks.  Cosign doesn’t exclude either,  anyone can share their favorite stylish picks! From girl next door to celebrities anyone can earn revenue from purchases influenced by their social media.



Want to discover how you can cosign the next great advancement in mobile e-commerce?  Check out Cosign on Kickstarter before the official launch next month and get your preview on the game-changing app today.





COSIGN is the first mobile app of its kind that allows users to “tag” items within content they upload to social networking sites. If their followers purchase the items, they receive a monetary reward. COSIGN transforms images and videos into interactive and viral storefronts by tagging additional information such as location and cost of products and brands. For more information, visit support their Kickstarter Campaign here.




Hey Jet-setters! This App Will Change The Way You Travel Forever!

October 10th, 2014 by Christen

Mobile Passport


Travel enthusiasts and international jet-setters abroad rejoice!  There’s a new tool available that will make your international travel a whole lot easier and will make you feel like the ultimate traveling VIP!  Best of all, IT’S FREE!  With the Mobile Passport App approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can submit customs and immigration details via phone or tablet upon landing and skip the usual passport control lines.

Airports Council International-North America worked closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to design and implement a secure, fast, and traveler-friendly process for Mobile Passport Control. The Mobile Passport App was sponsored by ACI-NA and developed by Airside Mobile, Inc., a proven innovator in applying mobile technology to airport processes.


Mobile Passport

If you’ve ever stood in those border control lines, then you know that they can sometimes last for hours and really kill the excitement of international travel.  Once your information is verified, you’ll be sent a bar-coded receipt which will allow you to speed through a special (VIP-like) checkpoint. The service has launched at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in August, with plans to roll it out in other airports throughout the country later this year.  

The app is available for download now in Apple’s iTunes App Store and in Google’s Play App Store. Learn more about the Mobile Passport App here:

The Ignore No More! App Is The Best Back To School App… For Parents!

August 21st, 2014 by Christen

ignore no moreHey parents!  Back to school apps aren’t just for the kids.  The Ignore No More! app is designed to block children from using their phones for anything except calling their parents.  Never get another ignored phone call from your kids again!

Parents who are fed up with their kids ignoring phone call after phone call now have a new ally. The Ignore No More! app is designed to block children from using their phones for anything except calling their parents or an emergency responder.  Developed by Mountaineer Technology Ventures, a Texas-based technology firm, Ignore No More! claims to force kids to return Mom or Dad’s calls by letting the parent activate a lock on their phone. The function also prevents the child from texting or accessing the Internet until the parent deactivates the lock.

Only one master device is needed to control an entire household of phones but more can be added if desired. Once the parent sets up the app, he or she can register as many kid accounts as deemed necessary. The parent is then able to manipulate the child’s device remotely, listing certain phone numbers on the emergency contact list, such as a mother’s cell phone or 911.


Should the child attempt to disable the block on his or her phone, a notification is sent to the parents’ phones.

The app is available for download on Google Play and is only compatible with Samsung, Nexus, HTC and LG phones. The company hasn’t said whether the app will come to iOS in the future.

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Create Your Own App With MAGE (…And You Don’t Even Have To Code)

August 19th, 2014 by Tech Staff



Do you have the next great app idea?  If learning how to code is still on your never-ending to do list, and you’ve been toying around with an idea for the next big mobile app for sometime, then we may have found exactly what you need to jumpstart your dreams.


What’s this dream-solution you ask? Well, it’s called MAGE, or Mobile Application Generation Environment.



MAGE can help you create a mobile application no matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced code pro. That’s right — no programming skills necessary. Kind of like the Squarespace of apps, creating your very own can be as simple as choosing from a pre-designed template, then dragging and dropping the content you want included.

Now there’s no excuse for your business or blog not to have an app. If you have a website that you want to transform into a mobile app, all you have to do is enter in your address and MAGE can pull content, like images and text from your website, and generate a starting application for you to work with. Users can even incorporate lists, tables and menus to their apps. MAGE also provides analytics, so you can keep track of your pageviews and install numbers.

Oh, and did we mention you can create gaming apps, too? Yep! Now you’re one step closer to creating our next mobile distraction.

MAGE is running a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding to amp up its template offerings. They just passed their goal of $10,000. The campaign ends on September 9th, so if this is something that your personal business or side project would majorly benefit from, send some funds their way!


Fans Hold The Power With Drake vs Lil Wayne App

August 11th, 2014 by Christen

drake vs lil wayne app


Making a blockbuster concert tour isn’t easy, sky-rocketing ticket prices in a recession torn economy makes it harder than ever to purchase tickets to see your favorite acts perform.  Let’s not even talk about the concert experience nowadays, unless you’re at a Beyonce’, Jay Z or Justin Timberlake, you won’t find many pyrotechnics or displays of in your face entertainment, that is until Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artists Drake and Lil Wayne squared off against each other on the opening date their co-headling Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Darien Lake Performance Arts Center in New York on Friday night.


Screen shots from the Drake vs Lil Wayne app


As the lights dim to begin the show, fans are treated to a “Street Fighter”-inspired intro video which set-up the conflict between the student and teacher.  Fans who used the Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour app prior to the show were able to determine which artist goes first.  After numerous rounds of Drake and Lil Wayne hits such as “John” “The Moto,” “Believe Me,” and more fans have a front seat for all the action and can send “Power Up” energy using the Drake vs Lil Wayne concert app to their favorite performer.

After a heated final round, fans are instructed to use their app to vote for a winner.  

I love the concept of “using” “real time” crowd participation to interact with the show flow of a concert tour.  Plus the fact that the app and tour takes on the concept of one of my favorite video games “Street Fighter” by Capcom doesn’t hurt either.

Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicked off on Aug. 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y. and will make stops in 31 cities across the United States with shows planned in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. Tickets for remaining shows are on sale now through the Live Nation mobile app and at


Could you see more and more concert tours taking on the interactive app approach?  Which concert would you like to see with an app soon?




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