Manything – Use Your Old iPhone As A Home Surveillance Kit

A few weeks ago I discovered an app called Manything. It’s an app that uses an iOS-device camera as a Surveillance Camera.

The installation process is really easy. You just install the app on the device that you’re using, and on the device (-s) that you want to use as the surveillance cam, and off you go.

When Manything starts you can connect to the “surveillance phone” and watch a live stream, but not only that. Every time a person moves in front of the cam you can have a signal sent to you, together with a clip of what the cam “have seen”.

This must be one of the easiest download-decisions if you have an old iPhone or an iPad lying around at home.

Click on the images to go to Manything:s homepage.

Things – Best (?) Task Manager For iPhone – Currently For Free

Don’t miss out on the free download of the task manager app Things”, that’s currently free (normal price $9,99). The app is, in my opinion, the best in its segment that I’ve tried so far. The app will be free until November 28:th.

Link to the app

   

For Those That Like A Daily Stroll Down Memory Lane – Timehop

Timehop

Today I discovered a nice app that every day goes back in time on your social media time lines, and presents what you wrote on that specific day, Timehop. Not does it only connect to social media, but also your phone’s photo album, Instagram and a number of other services to present what you were thinking of.

A simple, but yet effective way of remember that special party, a vacation or any other special moment from the past.

What’s really interesting is to see how we (or at least I) have changed the way we write on our social media-platforms.

Check it out here http://timehop.com

Instagram Launches a New Free Timelapse-app

If you like Time-Lapse clips and you’re using an iPhone your prairies will soon be heard. Not only will Apple update the camera-app with this feature, today Instagram launched their own version Hyperlapse, packed with some really good intelligence.

My first tests looks promising, so since it’s free, go and try it out. If you want to share your first tests, just contact me in the commenting field.

Best wishes for the evening

Apple’s Free App of the Week – Spark Camera

Apple is marketing a new app each week. An app that will be given away for free for a limited time. This week the free app is Spark Camera. After Thursday it will be back on normal price level ($1.99)

Link to the app

Description from App Store

App Store Best of 2013 and Apple Editors’ Choice
Spark Camera supports iPhone 4S and higher.
Shoot, edit and share beautiful movies in seconds with Spark. Here’s how it works:

•Press & hold anywhere to record, release to stop
•Do this as many times as you’d like to create multiple clips
•Slide to change filters during playback
•Tap the music note to add a song from your library
•Tap the save button to save to your camera roll
•Share on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, or email!

Spark lets you to record, enhance, and share life’s best moments through beautiful HD videos. What ignites a spark in your life? A gorgeous sunrise, an afternoon with friends at the beach, a kid’s smile… whatever it may be, the world is full of inspirational moments; capture them with Spark Camera.

Features:

•Take as many Sparks as you’d like
•Create HD 720p videos
•Add music from your music collection
•Apply high quality filters
•String together up to 45 seconds of footage
•Share via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, and AirDrop
•Delete the last clip captured if you want to reshoot
•Have unlimited Sparks in progress
•Save to your Spark gallery as well as your camera roll

Final Cut
• Import videos from camera roll
• Rearrange clips
• Delete any clip
• Trim beginning or ending of clips

3-in-1 Macro Lens From Olloclip

Olloclip has just released a new 3-in-1 Macro Lens. For those of you who have read this blog before, you know that I’ve tested those lenses before (search on Olloclip in the search field for more information), and I really like the result. I’ve ordered one of those to get a better view on it in reality, and I’ll get back with some reviews after getting my hands on them.

Meanwhile, you can find more information here

Current Best Photo Editor App for iPhone / iPad – Photo Toaster

During the time of this blog I’ve now and then written reviews about best photo apps for iPhone / iPad. Some of the apps have been about the editing part, while others have been filter apps and so on. There haven’t been one app that has it all.

        

Now we’re close to that; the new version of Photo Toaster brings together almost all of my apps into one.

The apps that I’ve used most frequent has been Photoshop Express, for reducing noise, and handling levels like exposure, temp, tint, saturation and so on. 645 Pro for B/W. Snapseed and Photo Editor for harder effects and so on. All these features are now available in one single app – Photo Toaster.

Even though I think that Photoshop Express still is better at reducing the noise, Photo Toaster is “good enough”, and I guess I can say that about all those features. The benefit of keeping all of those features into one app is higher than the workflow of using several apps.

And on the topic of workflow. I really like that shortcut to the “recent edits”. Great small feature which saves a lot of time.

The app is currently priced at $2.99 and I think that it may be your best $2.99 investment at the moment.

Since my on/off button is broken which leaves my out of an easy way to take screen dumps, I’ve just attached the app’s own preview.

Best wishes for Saturday

More posts about iPhone apps could be found here:
List of previous posts about apps
Current Best iPhone Photo Apps in my opinion 1
Current Best iPhone Photo Apps in my opinion 2

The Best Things Comes In Small Packages?

During the last days almost all the major brands have released new camera models. What they all have in common is that the size of the camera houses are getting significantly smaller.

Sony released the tiny A7 with full frame sensor, and yet changeable lenses. A camera that I think looks really interesting. Review here

Panasonic released their GX7. Once again, a tiny camera with a really impressive specification. In this case a Micro Four Third sensor. Full review here


Also Nikon release a new model of their smallest DSLR, the D5300. Now with WiFi, GPS and enhanced ISO-performance.

They all have one thing in common, the demand for smaller cameras are increasing. Can you imagine watching a photographer in the year of 2020 with a 40 cm lens? Neither can I.

What I think may drive the camera manufacturers might be the increasing quality in our everyday smartphones. For every day they are getting more and more traction, and I guess the smallest pocket cameras have a really tough battle to fight against the phones.

If you haven’t seen any images from the new iPhone 5S, that is one of the opponents of the traditional pocket cameras, I can recommend this good article.

Free iPhone photo app review – Vintage

This is quite traditional filter-app The difference between this and most of the current filter-apps may be that there are fewer filters to use, and filters that are the opposite of subtle.

I’m not the biggest fan of using filters, but when I use them I want to use them in a way that it really shows that filter’s been used. With that said, this app contains some really nice ones, if you like to use filters.

If you download the free app you’ll have to live with some ads, but I don’t think that they are too annoying.

The test photo is a photo I took with my iPhone 5. Below it, you’ll find the same photo after the Vintage app is used, and at the bottom you’ll find two screen shots.

© Pedro Hansson - Original iPhone Photo before "Vintage"
© Pedro Hansson – Original iPhone Photo before “Vintage”
© Pedro Hansson - Original iPhone Photo after "Vintage"
© Pedro Hansson – iPhone Photo after “Vintage”
Screen Shots from the app Vintage
Screen Shots from the app Vintage
© Pedro Hansson - Screen Shot, Vintage
© Pedro Hansson – Screen Shot, Vintage

11 composition tips for taking great photos with your iPhone

© Pedro Hansson - Swedish Landscape
© Pedro Hansson – Swedish Landscape

This is a really good beginners tutorial of the basics in photography and fits well if you’re interested in photography, and want to improve your photos to the next level.

Link to the article – 11 composition tips for taking great photos with your iPhone