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Taking Great Selfies in New York City

Planning a trip to New York City soon and want to know where the best places to take a selfie are? We all want to commemorate trips to new and exciting places by taking pictures, and what better way than taking selfies at famous New York City landmarks?  Our Five Favorite Selfie Spots in NYC People post more than one million selfies every day, from all corners of the U.S. and across the globe. That’s a lot of selfies! We all want to share our experiences with our friends and families, and taking selfies is one of the best, and easiest, ways to do just that! That number got us to wondering how many selfies are being snapped at this very moment in NYC—and where, exactly, do people tend to take them? The answer is: everywhere. That’s one of the great things about New York—no matter where you are, you’re probably in a place that’s worthy of a snapshot. But that doesn’t mean some spots aren’t more selfie-worthy than others. We did a quick survey of our favorite city documentarians and pulled together a list of five not-to-be-missed selfie spots across the boroughs. Check’em out! 1. The Brooklyn Bridge This one’s a no brainer—it seems like every movie or show that’s ever been shot in the city features this iconic spot—but not everyone knows that they’re getting a little piece of history when they walk across. You’ve probably seen more than a handful of movies that include gorgeous shots of the Brooklyn Bridge. Why not take a selfie to commemorate your own visit? The Brooklyn Bridge is a historical landmark (it opened...

Who Really Makes The Best Smartphone Camera?

When it comes to taking great selfies, we all know that the better the camera, the better the picture. Wondering who makes the best smartphone camera around? If you’re a diehard Apple user, the result might surprise you. Here’s a comparison of a few of the most popular smartphones on the market right now, to find out who really makes the best smartphone camera.  Who Makes the Best Smartphone Cam? Not Apple Like most people, I replaced my digital point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone camera a long time ago. So now that the two-year contract on my worn-out Samsung Galaxy S4 is up, I want to make sure that my next phone has the best camera available. But with every smartphone maker claiming to have the newest, flashiest camera, how can you tell which is actually the best? To find out, I took to the streets of Manhattan with some of today’s hottest smartphones and shot pictures of everything from statues to flowers to people. Then I compared how each phone’s camera performed. Four co-workers and I ranked each photo on a scale from 1 to 6, awarding 1 point to the worst photo in each category and 6 to the best. Scores are based on how clearly detailed the images were and how closely the colors matched those in real life. It’s important to note that these rankings are based on each person’s personal preferences. As such, a reasonable person can completely disagree with our ratings. The contenders The phones I chose for this matchup were Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note...

Perfecting The Selfie

Do you love taking selfies with friends but hate how they sometimes come out looking weird? We can help! Here are 7 tips to help you take a perfect group selfie — every single time! How to Take a Perfect Group Selfie By now, you’ve probably got your selfie game on lock, even going so far as to master the advanced-level outdoor selfie. But trying to take a group selfie (we refuse to use the word “usie”) can feel harder than cracking a code: it takes ages to get everyone situated, nobody likes the same shot, someone is always blinking in each photo. Well, worry no more: we’ve made it easy. Here are our 7 best tips for taking the perfect group selfie—every time. 1. Nominate a director (or be one yourself). There’s nothing worse than losing the moment you’re trying to capture while everyone wriggles around, trying to decide who they want to stand next to in the photo. Seriously, you can spend days doing that. Instead, establish a single director to get everyone into the picture or tell them where they need to go. They don’t need to be a drill sergeant about it, but having one voice to listen to instead of eight or nine is a blessing. 2. Find your light… It’s not just an America’s Next Top Model catchphrase: no matter how good your front-facing camera is if your lighting sucks, the entire selfie comes crashing down. Make sure you only take photos where the lighting is directly facing your group, as opposed to coming from one side or behind you. This will ensure that...

What’s The Best Smartphone For You?

Trying to find the best smartphone to fit your needs? There are many different phones to choose from, with a wide range of features. Whether you want a small screen, a lightweight phone, or a tried and true operating system, we can help with this rundown of the most popular smartphone brands around.  How to Buy the Right Smartphone for Your Needs It’s right up there with your wallet and keys, and it can sometimes even double as your wallet and keys. Your smartphone has become an indispensable companion, helping you stay on top of email and social updates, take and share photos and videos, play music and games, and do a whole lot more. So we probably don’t have to tell you that choosing the right device is a big deal. Our smartphone buying guide covers everything you need to know before you buy, ranging from operating system and screen size to the camera and the carrier. Use this advice to make sure you get the very best handset for your needs and budget. Operating System: Android, iOS or other? Android Android dominates worldwide sales of smartphones, and for good reason. You’ll find many more choices than iOS or Windows Phone when it comes to design, display size, specs, capabilities and price. Plus, Android is an open OS, which means it’s easy to customize with widgets, launchers, your choice of keyboard and more. Some Android phone makers, such as Samsung and LG, trick out the software with additional enhancements, such as more robust multitasking and easier access to settings. With the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, the...

10 Hidden iPhone Tricks Revealed!

If you’re an iPhone user, chances are taking selfies isn’t the only reason you love your phone. Here are 10 hidden things that your iPhone can do, including a few ways to take better selfies! iPhone Tricks: 10 hidden iOS features you never knew existed If Apple included a paper user manual with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that included explanations of each and every feature, it would be the size of a phone book. The iOS platform simply packs too many features to cover them all at once, but that’s one of the great things about it. Even if you’ve been an iPhone user for years, there are still hidden features that are waiting to be discovered. Today, we’re going to help you discover 10 such features, and you may never look at your phone the same way again. Close multiple apps at once Double-tapping the iPhone’s home button opens the app switcher, and swiping up on any app closes it completely. Looking to close all your apps? Save some time by swiping up on two or even three apps at a time with multiple fingers. Keeping your apps closed when they aren’t being used is a great way to keep your battery from running down quickly.  Format your font You can’t change system fonts in iOS without jailbreaking, but did you know you can use rich formatting in some apps, such as Mail? Simply long-tap, select the text you want to format, and then choose Bold, Italics or Underline from the pop-up menu. Lock camera focus and exposure Tapping on an object in the frame...

Ways To Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life

Looking for a way to extend your phone’s battery life? If you rely on your phone for things like taking selfies and sharing them with friends, you need to keep your battery full and your phone running! Here are 10 quick and easy things you can do to ensure your battery lives — all day long! Ten quick ways to get better battery life on your phone As phones get smarter, battery life gets worse. It’s a simple fact of smartphone ownership. But there are simple steps you can take to ensure that your digital bezzy mate lasts your full work day, and we aren’t talking about lugging around solar panels or jumper cables. Here’s some quick and easy tips for how to get better battery life from your trusty mobile… Extend battery life tip 1: Keep an eye on your apps Most of us have a core set of apps that we rely on throughout the day, but the kicker is that some of them are really demanding on your battery. For example, some cursory digging recently revealed that Facebook’s iPhone app was slaughtering users’ battery life by arbitrarily running in the background, causing it to draw more power than it should. The cure for this issue is relatively simple; just grab your iPhone and navigate to Settings>Privacy>Locations Services and revoke the Facebook app’s privileges, then do the same over at Settings>General>Background App Refresh. You can do this for other apps too if you think they’re begging too much of your juice. Keeping apps closed when they aren’t actively in use is a very important step in extending your...

Your Smartphone’s Screen Protector

Looking for a way to protect your smartphone’s screen? Keeping your screen protected is extremely important. It not only extends the overall life of your phone, it allows it to function normally — which is important when you’re busy taking selfies! Here are a few great screen protection options.  Kristall Liquid Makes Your Phone Screen as hard as Sapphire If you want to reduce the risk of scratches and the accumulation of smudges on your smartphone or tablet screen, then you need a screen protector. The problem with almost all the options on the market is that you virtually have to be in a vacuum environment if you expect to be able to apply them without any bubbles, trapped dust, or wrinkles. You also need really steady hands or the whole thing can prove to be an exercise in frustration. Anyone who’s tried to apply screen protectors before knows how challenging and frustrating it can be.  Enter the Kristall liquid screen protector, from Malaysian company E-Mark Global Trade, with a clever liquid solution. Pop open the kit, clean your phone’s screen with the provided alcohol wipe, dry it off, and then apply the magic solution with the provided pad. Polish it on evenly, leave to dry for a couple of minutes, polish with the cloth again, and a minute later you have a protective layer on your screen that’s completely invisible. How easy is that? The majority of the top screen protectors on the market boast a hardness rating of 9H and Kristall’s liquid solution matches that. It will safeguard your screen from minor scratches, of the kind typically...

Instagram Selfies — Make the Most of Your Face

Wondering what makes great Instagram selfies? Here’s a humorous look at what selfies are, as well as a few rules for taking selfies on Instagram. 5 rules for taking #selfies on Instagram Selfies are horrible. At least, that’s the implied argument in a new essay by ReadWrite’s John Paul Titlow, who’s drawing some much-needed attention to the indulgent, narcissistic act of snapping a self-portrait and uploading it onto the internet for other human eyeballs to consume. The sheer number of selfies with the #me hashtag on Instagram is a “scourge,” argues Titlow, and transforms the beloved photo-sharing service into a “high school popularity contest on digital steroids.” But humans have long been narcissists. It’s part of what makes us us. And indulging in the latent urge to “check yourself out” and share the results with everyone you know shouldn’t make you the target of massive public shaming. Instead, let’s adopt a few basic ground rules, which, at their core, aim to improve the overall user experience for everyone involved. First, let’s define what a selfie is.  Just so we’re clear: It’s a picture with your face in it. You took the photo yourself. Another human being was not involved. It is shared on the internet — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever. Now, the rules: 1. Selfies are off-limits for anyone over 21 *Are you allowed to legally consume alcohol in the United States of America? If so, you are too old to go fishing for compliments with a self-portrait. Leave the selfies for Snapchatting teens who can use the word “ratchet” in a sentence without Googling “ratchet” and “urban dictionary” at the same time. 2....

What Type Of Selfie Are You?

When your selfie stick is your constant companion, do you ever wonder what your favorite type of selfie says about you?  A doctor weighs in on what different types of selfies mean about your personality. 8 Types of Man Selfies and What They Mean Right this moment, in homes, restaurants, conference rooms, and tourist attractions across the world, there is a good chance that someone, somewhere, is taking a selfie. In 2014, it was estimated that more than one million selfies were taken and shared on social media each day. More than just a photo of yourself, I’d like to suggest that, like dreams, each selfie tells a larger story. Based on my experience as a researcher with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Doctorate of Education, here is a look at some of the more typical selfies – particularly those taken by men – and what they might mean. 8 Types of Man Selfies and What They Mean 1. Gym Selfie A gym represents energy, youth, and vitality. Unconsciously, you often reach for just that kind of person, because biologically you are looking for a good father for your children, and he’s telling you that he’s a candidate. 2. Shirtless Selfie Usually taken in the bathroom at home, be careful with this one! You may have a peacock on your hands, and if he looks in the mirror more than you do, he may not be your best choice. 3. Car Selfie Culturally, we see cars as a power symbol and a sexual symbol, so this guy is giving out that come-hither vibe. 4. Locker Room/Club Selfie If it’s...

Android Apps To Capture Your Best Self – And Selfie!

Android Marketplace has an awesome selection of apps, but it’s easy to get lost in all the options. If you’re looking to capture your best selfie possible, start with a selfie stick to get the best angle, then add one of these to the mix! The 12 best Android camera apps around As the de facto point-and-shoot camera reviewer for CNET, I spend a lot of time living in the world of automatic snapshots and easy post-shoot editing. While I can tell you several ways a separate point-and-shoot is better than a smartphone camera (and not just in picture quality), I’d be a lying liar if I said I never use my smartphone’s camera when I’m shooting. I’m regularly hunting for new apps that will allow me to do more and work efficiently. For a long time, though, it seemed like there was a complete lack of decent camera apps for Android. I remember trying to pull together a list of apps I liked about this time last year and I could barely come up with five. That’s not the case anymore. These are the dozen camera apps that I use most frequently, which I guess makes them my favorites. I have others that I use for various things (which I’ve mentioned in with my other picks below), but I keep coming back to these. Camera Zoom FX This $2.99 app calls itself the ultimate Android camera app, and really it is. It’s certainly the most feature-filled, handling both shooting and editing duties from one interface. And while I find them a bit corny, there are a bunch of...

Sentar Wired Connected Selfie Stick

  • No need to connect Bluetooth, plug into the Audio jack on every smartphone!
  • No need to charge! never worry about running out of battery when you are travelling.
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