The Instagram 4.1 update is almost unexpected but welcome

Well I thought limiting only “at the moment” video uploading to Instagram is a great idea (though there’s already a workaround) as it forces you to share only your freshest of videographic creations – that will change with the 4.1 version for iOS and Android - which allows you to upload videos from your phone’s media library, regardless of when they were captured. An update that’s almost unexpected but of course very much welcome.

According to Instagram, this is one of the most requested features, and with this update, you can pick a previously snapped video clip and trim it down to parts you like to share, now with the option to choose how to square-crop so you can keep the action front and center. Continue reading

All Day On Instagram’ing with BoostCase for iPhone 5

For iPhone 5 users like me, having to charge its battery two to three times a day, or easily discharging it after only a few hours of use, is a major turnoff, especially if you’re into Instagram’ing or phoneography. The iPhone 5 is a beautiful do-it-all device, but it shouldn’t stop you from snapping special moments just because it’s battery-dead. Thank goodness there’s a BoostCase Hybrid Battery for iPhone 5, that will let you enjoy Instagram’ing all day on, and you can get yours now at Beyond The Box.

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The BoostCase is a two-piece solution for the iPhone 5: (1) use the slim snap-case for everyday protection and (2) attach the battery case to charge your iPhone 5, then easily slide it off when fully charged. The stylishly designed snap-on case is velvety, maintaining the iPhone 5’s thin and sleek profile, while the detachable extended battery sleeve provides up to 80% more battery life, conveniently recharged via micro USB port and cable, which can also be used for syncing with iTunes. Continue reading

IGersManila presents “ANINO”

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Snap a selfie, win a goody with your Nokia Asha 501

If you already own the super smart pocket power that is Nokia Asha 501, the pocket-friendly yet powerful and simple to use smartphone, letting you enjoy everything you love in one screen and just a swipe away, then snap a selfie and show off your new smartphone to get a FREE Nokia Asha 501 shell.

You have until July 28, 2013 to send your selfie – just snap a photo of yourself holding your Nokia Asha 501 then submit it to the Nokia Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nokiaphilippines.

The dual SIM and WiFi capable Nokia Asha 501 has a scratch resistant touchscreen, packed with exciting apps and innovative features, available in six bold colors, at only PHP 4,490.00 SRP from Nokia Stores and authorized retailers.

Get a SwitchEasy smartphone case at half the price!

You love your gadgets and you protect them with cases that sometimes can be too clunky for your taste. If you want a case that will not only keep your gadget protected but dressed up in the color and design that speak your personality as well, now’s the best time to switch. SwitchEasy, one of the most popular case makers in the world, makes it easy for you to switch. SwitchEasy provides more than protection for your gadgets, it offers unique designs that fit your personality, be it simple and elegant, or fun and eye-catching, there’s a SwitchEasy case that matches your style.

From July 19 to August 18, SwitchEasy is giving 50% OFF on all smartphone cases, and you can get the discount in three easy ways:

  1. In Store Swap – Trade-in your old case at any of SwitchEasy stores to get 50% OFF on any SwitchEasy case.
  2. Flyer – Use the flyer given at the stores as voucher and present to store staff to get 50% OFF on any SwitchEasy case.
  3. Online Voucher – Print the online voucher below and present it to any of SwitchEasy stores to get 50% OFF on any SwitchEasy case.

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SwitchEasy cases are available at Abenson, Ambassador, Astrovision Glorietta, Automatic Center, Beyond the Box, CellShoppe, Complink, Digihub, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, E-Central, EDS, Electroworld, Games and Gadgets, Globotel, Graphic-All-In, GUI, iCenter, iCon, iGig, Islands and More, Landmark, Memo Express, Microstation, Mobile 1, Octagon, PC Market, Planet Gadget, Powerhub, Samsung Stores, Senco Link, Sidrah, Silicon Valley, Technoholics, Techsavvy, The A Shop, The Inbox Store, Vertex, and Virtual Station.

It’s time to make the switch to SwitchEasy!

Web embedding your Instagram

Today, Instagram introduced web embedding, which will make it easy to add Instagram photos and videos to blogs or websites. In its blog Instagram emphasized ownership (probably to prevent another brouhaha), that no matter where your content appears, your photos or videos will be rightfully attributed to you, as the embed code will display your Instagram username and will redirect to your web profile when clicked. Note that web embedding works only for Instagram accounts that are set to public. Here’s mine as a sample:

Cheers to 5 years of Apple’s App Store!

It’s July 10 yet ahead of App Store’s 5th year anniversary today, Apple launched (or perhaps leaked) a limited-time offer that includes 10 of its most notable iOS apps – that’s five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps – all of which you can download for free, in celebration of the first five years of Apple’s App Store.

Check out what these 10 apps are here. Though I own some of the apps on offer already, I of course downloaded the rest, with Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and BADLAND being my personal favorite.

Sideways snapping with Instagram for iOS version 4.0.2

If you’re faithfully using Instagram’s inbuilt camera to snap photos (and lately videos) and have been wanting to do it in the more comfortable sideways or landscape mode, then version 4.0.2 of the iOS app is for you. While this latest update lets you take photos and record videos holding your iDevice in landscape orientation, the output is still in square format, which means followers of your Instagram feed won’t really notice. 

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A weird oversight on this release is that, given that it lets you now snap photos like we do with our digital cameras, the volume button can’t be used as a shutter release, so you still need to tap on the camera button to snap a photo or video.

But for Instagram’ers who are fond of snapping selfies, this will be a very welcome update as it now provides support for Cinema (or video stabilization) using the front-facing camera.

Though minor, this is sort of a sweet and silly update, crossing fingers for a better release soon. No news on when these changes will be reflected on the Android counterpart.