Recently apps like Gifboom and Cinemagr.am have been gaining popularity for bringing motion to photo, but the most creative app based on this principle is brand new, and it’s called Actionshot (free by the way).
Actionshot is a fantastic app that creates motion in motionless images in a way in which I have not yet seen in other apps. The app starts by taking five photos (can be adjusted from 2-10) at about 1 second intervals (also adjustable by the Millisecond). This works best with something in motion, like someone dunking a basketball. When you’re done, you can edit each photo to make parts disappear and reappear. At the end of the process, the app combines the five photos to create a mashup of sorts that shows the object in motion.
For example, you would see where that person was at each interval in the photo, meaning that against one background you could have a shot of the person on the ground, jumping, in the air, dunking, and back on the ground all on the same canvas. The final shots export nicely to your camera roll and photo library, and you can tweet/Facebook from in the app (of course).
For a free app this is very entertaining, and well designed, but from what I can tell it will not be free for ever, so check it out now. Maybe one day I’ll post some of the shots I made.
Your iphone is so slow? It must be Apple’s fault…eh…not quite. You see, if it’s an issue with online apps and web browsing, it’s likely your carrier that’s causing you the problem. In my case, Verizon is the cause of my troubles. Verizon advertises 1Mbps Download speeds, but for the top 5% of data users, they slow you down.
This isn’t a little slowdown. As you can see from the tests I ran below on two iphones side by side at the same time on the same network, the throttled one performed more than 50% better. It’s frustrating that the people that actually use the data they buy are penalized. It’s like Dominos giving smaller pizzas to people who eat all of their pizza, and larger pizzas to those who couldn’t even finish the smaller size.
I’m not quite sure what to do. When I use my phone, it takes 50% more time to find an answer than what I’m paying for. I could sue. In February a man from California won damages in a California Small Claims Court for throttling. But I think it would set a bad example to flood our already stretched justice system.
So what is the answer? What can us heavy users do to curb the scam? Who knows? If you have an idea, leave it in the comments because it’s time we do something.
|The Boys at Verizon HQ|
We all know how to spot phishing scams…or do we. When a family member of mine texted me a link and said I could get a free iphone recently, I assumed their phone had been stolen by scammers. It turned out that they were just naive about phishing scams. Some people just don’t recognize them. Sometimes even I’m fooled for a second by a phishing scam I see via email, so I put together some tips to protect your data.
|example Facebook phishing scam|
- Check the URL (i.e Google.com). If you get an email from “Facebook” and the email address it’s sent from is [email protected] or the link it takes you to is facebook.freemoney.com (just examples of what you might see) it’s a scam. Unless it says Facebook.com (or whatever site it claims to be) and nothing more in the address bar at the top of your browser, it’s fake.
- Test it. When it prompts you to log in, enter fake login information. Have a little fun with it. I like to enter [email protected] with password abcdefg. If it doesn’t say your password is incorrect and brings you to any page, it’s fake. It may even direct you to a page on the real site, but if it asks you to login, and you log in with bogus info and it doesn’t question, it’s fake.
- If it looks too good to be true, it is. This is foolproof. You’re not getting $100,000 from an African prince for wiring him money, and you’re not going to get a free iphone from apple for logging into “itunes”.
- Send the link to us. Submit the link to us in our contact form and tell us it’s a scam. We’ll have a little fun spamming the thieves.