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...

Photo Editing Apps For Selfies: Make Your Selfie Stand Out!

If you’re an iPhone user then you know how much fun the built in camera app can be – but sometimes you just want more control. Grab your selfie stick, open up the App Store, and start shopping! 10 best iPhone camera and photo editing apps The latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have the best cameras yet from Apple. Despite going with an 8MP sensor for three years now, the Cupertino company gave its latest set of handsets faster phase-detect autofocus and even optical image stabilization on the larger phablet. Similarly iOS 8 brings a host of improvements to the default camera app, with new timelapse tool and ability to shoot slow motion movies – plus all the OS level editing tools. While Apple’s prepacked imaging tools are great and all. The iPhoneography only truly sings when with a collection of apps to expand the capabilities of smartphone photography. With this in mind we’ve rounded up the 10 best camera apps letting you pull off all sorts of new tricks including toy box images, camera shake free videos and fixing lens distortion. 1. Manual One of the biggest new camera features of iOS 8 was the ability to finally adjust your exposure settings. Although you can manually brighten and darken the frame with the basic built-in camera app, the Manual app adds some more granular control over settings such as ISO and shutter speed. You could use this added flexibility to capture a long exposure by decreasing the ISO while lengthening the shutter speed. Alternatively when you want to shoot fast moving action in dark conditions, raise...

In Defense of the Selfie Stick

If you’re considering buying a selfie stick, you’ve probably heard that they can have a bad rap. Before you let that put you off, take a look at why you *should* go ahead and get that long-armed helper. In defense of the selfie stick The selfie stick has been framed by my peers as a risible technology of which ownership is akin to the forfeiture of good taste. For the past year or so I kind of agreed. I’ve been at best disinterested and at worst disgusted by what seemed to be a over-priced, vanity-promoting retractable camera mount. But a holiday trip to Disneyland convinced me the selfie stick deserves respect. If you’ve traveled in the past two years, you probably noticed the surging popularity of obtrusive photography: ginormous tablets and smartphones that hover in the air like glowing balloons, blocking the view of beautiful landscapes and dirtying the frame of family photos. They’re not all bad, of course. Phones and tablets with improved cameras have made it possible for more people to become amateur photographers. However, their best features for their owner can also be their most frustrating for the rest of us: The large, glowing screens can spoil a sunset. Their flat, long shape makes them difficult to handle, adding time to every shot. Their lengthy battery and deep storage inspires some budding photogs to keep the gizmo out of pocket and in the air for minutes or even hours. Last Fourth of July, I watched New York’s fireworks through the screens of strangers’ dueling iPad Minis. The floating screens won’t go away, nor should they, but...