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Tech Tuesday: 7 Photo-Editing Apps You Need on Your iPhone

20130910-161052.jpgI’m kind of obsessed with my iPhone. I actually referred to it as “my baby” a couple of weeks ago. Yeah. That obsessed.

My iPhone can do all kinds of things from banking to blogging and email to social media. I can play games on it and I can read on it. Seriously, it’s productivity/entertainment goldmine.

But one of my favorite features of my iPhone is its incredible camera. The last point-and-shoot I previously owned (four years ago!) can’t even compare. It’s still not as great as my DSLR, but it’s perfect for taking a quick shot to share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

But even if it is just a quick photo, I still want something I can take pride in. That’s why I edit nearly every photo I post before I hit “share.” And once you download these apps, I think you will too.

  1. A Beautiful Mess. It’s perfect for adding text, borders and cute doodles to your photos! Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. FREE.
  2. Blur It. For those moments when you want to share a photo, but not all the information you may have captured with it. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPadFREE.
  3. Bokeh Camera FX. Quickly add a touch of bokeh (original or heart-shaped) to any photo. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPadFREE.
  4. Bubble Frame. Give your photos a scrapbook feel with cute, patterned backgrounds and colorful text. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. $0.99
  5. Camera+. Crop, tone and blur your photos to give them a pro-quality look. Available for iPhone 5 and iPad. $0.99
  6. Frametastic. Compile related photos in a clean frame with a variety of color and sizing options. Available for iPhone and iPad. FREE.
  7. Whitagram. Add white space to your photos, allowing the entire photo to post to Instagram. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. FREE.

Is there a photo-editing app that you love? Share in the comments below!


Tech Tuesdays

typingToday I want to introduce an idea I have (and I need your help).

I’ve decided to start a new series called “Tech Tuesday.” For the past few months (ever since my Bubble Frame review, actually), I’ve been toying with the idea of delving into some tech writing. I love tech-related things, and I think this will be a good chance to share some of my favorites with you while continuing to work on my 2013 verb by expanding my styles of writing.

Tech Tuesday will cover things like apps, games, phone and tablet accessories, social media stuff and so on. I can post reviews, tips and tricks, product info–whatever you want to see.

Here’s where I ask for your help. If you want to see something in particular, let me know. Want to know about a new social media site? Let me look into it. Or if you want more info about an app. I’ll even do reviews if you’re wondering whether you should download an app (if it’s a paid app, let’s keep it cheap–I’m still crawling out of my broke college student phase).

Send suggestions and questions to xarbamax(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  1. Nonfiction. Remember that reading list from way back in the late spring? I didn’t until this week. Summer flew by without me finishing a single book. I think I started reading at least five, but just never finished. However, I’ve been consuming long article after long article online. So the problem isn’t time so much as it is content. I’ve decided to try nonfiction. I’ve never read a nonfiction book for pleasure, so this should be interesting. I’m trying to decide between How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin, and Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World by Craig Groeschel.
  2. Denver Debate. This has kind of been my main focus since sometime Tuesday (which probably explains my struggle to really write much of anything today). You can read my preview here and my reaction here.
  3. Vote Smart. This nonprofit is super helpful and informative, providing election information for every candidate (not just the two main parties). My favorite service the site provides is VoteEasy, which allows the user to take a survey (or quiz or whatever you want to call it) to show which candidates best match the individual’s views. If you’re still undecided about which candidate to vote for, I definitely recommend VoteEasy.
  4. Dustin Lynch. Remember the Corey Smith concert I mentioned last Friday? Well, I ended up going with my sister. Dustin Lynch was the special guest (if you haven’t heard “Cowboys and Angels,” go listen to it now, then finish reading) and the reason we were there. Once his set was finished, we got autographs and photos, then went home. Neither of us really cared too much about seeing Corey Smith since I didn’t know who he was and my sister isn’t a fan of his music. Anyway, Dustin Lynch is now the most famous person I’ve ever met. And I look that way in the photo because I had been holding my smile for a solid minute (or at least what felt like a whole minute) before the picture finally took, thankyouverymuch.
  5. StickyGrams. This site allows you to turn your Instagram photos into magnets.I think this is such a cute and nifty idea for a gift. Perhaps I’ll make some for stocking stuffers this year. (You can read a review of the service here.)
  6. Offbeat Home. You know what? Don’t stop at that review. Just read pretty much everything on Offbeat Home. There are lots of great ideas for decorating and home organization, among other interesting posts.
  7. Storia. This seems like a really great tool to get kids to read and learn. The app lets parents store Scholastic books to their iPad via the Storia app. Once the child opens the book to start reading, he or she can highlight words, look up definitions and take quizzes to ensure comprehension. It’s designed in a way to make reading fun, which is perfect for kids who aren’t very interested in books.
  8. Soup. Despite the ridiculously warm weather we Southerners have been experiencing, I’ve been in a soup mood this week. All I want all the time is a big bowl of soup. (Maybe while I watch Disney movies, or is that too much to ask?) Last night, I decided to tackle the craving. Though I really wanted some Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup with a Tomato and Mozzarella Panini from Panera, I just tried to spruce up some Campbell’s Tomato Soup and pair it with a grilled cheese. It was rather disappointing, and I’m left wanting Panera even more.
  9. Pretzel Chili Dogs. Be jealous. This is what Josh and I will have for dinner tonight. Hilary and I came up with them a couple of years ago, basing the recipe off these Cheddar and Apple Hot Dogs. I’ll share a photo and the recipe later. In the meantime, try the S’mores Brownies included in the link to those hot dogs.
  10. Blizzard Naming. With winter approaching (sort of), Dairy Queen has supposedly offered up its Blizzard names to assist the Weather Channel in naming this season’s blizzards. I’m not sure if this is a joke, but can you imagine being snowed in by a blizzard named Strawberry Cheesequake? (Someone, please laugh at my awful joke…)

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