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.

Thanks to the Instagram phenoms – you!

If not for IGersManila Philippines, I would not have made it as finalist for Instagram Phenom of the Year at Globe Tattoo’s Tatt Awards 2013, and so I share this recognition to our community of Filipino IGers across the globe who have been Instagram’ing with us through the years. It’s not me that’s phenomenal, it’s really how @IGersManila, this one Instagram account I created, that built and continues to grow an open community - from the “call-to-action” photos and the curation of a variety of captured moments creatively edited and applied with beautiful filters, to the sharing of thoughtful captions that sparked interaction and the telling stories behind the themed snapshots, forming that daily visual storytelling habit we call #9pmhabit, one of the longest running photo challenges in Instagram, and with which most Filipino Instagram’ers found a starting point to “instameet” and socialize – that to me is more than extraordinarily rewarding.

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I of course couldn’t have done this alone – bringing IGersManila to where it is today – I have the love and support of fellow moderators Ed Calaycay, Petim Maminta, and Pinky Delos Reyes, along with our collaborators and project partners, as well as our family, my loving wife who’s to blame for my Instagram addiction, and our ever supportive friends, who share the same passion that I have that goes beyond mobile photography – we’re not photographers, we’re visual storytellers.

I owe it to the community that calls me “Daddy C” thank you my Instagram phenoms, let’s keep the good vibes rolling!

Visual storytelling via VSCO Grid

Just got my VSCO Grid, the free minimalist publishing platform directly integrated into the new VSCO Cam app, that’s currently on a scaled deployment. Visual Supply Co, the company behind this and other creativity tools, is quick to note that VSCO Grid is not a social network – no followers, likes, or comments – instead it’s focused on craft, curation, and content, and therefore not competing with Instagram. And that should differentiate its service for showcasing mobile photography.  

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I have yet to upload more snapshots (most have been posted in Instagram) but I intend to fill my VSCO Grid with a unique set of visual stories.

Magic hour, golden sunset

Last week, what my wife and I intended as a quick getaway to Marinduque to attend a wedding, turned out to be an extended, stay-where-you-are vacation, the day after witnessing a golden sunset past the magic hour, that got spoiled when typhoon Gorio moved across the Philippines, with public storm warnings causing the cancellation of sea travel until Sunday evening. In short, we got stranded.

The bipolar weather of rain showers and sunshine in between, forced us to stay indoors for about two days. With power outages (though the huge house we stayed in had a generator running), intermittent Internet connection, and weak to dead signal on our mobile phones, our digital personalities kind of taken the days off. Stranded and offline (and running out of clothes), we took the opportunity to do things without our gadgets – spend hours talking about anything and everything!

We prayed for and was blessed with a magical, golden sunset for a blissful wedding, while we’re of course not expecting to get stranded in an island, being off the grid even for a while, surely made it an unforgettable misadventure.