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Immortality

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“When fate is left to the miraculous hands of the heavens, you question nothing but your faith.” This is what I captioned the above Instagram post for @iam_mortaleza’s #ISOlatedThoughts, as this week’s #9pmhabit we’ll be featuring this year’s Instagram’ers who joined our collaborators group from our @IGersManila community. It’s a thought I didn’t want to entertain, that is, leaving your mortality tested in the belief that you’ll most likely be saved, but only if you put your trust in it. Continue Reading →

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The bigger iPhones are here!

It’s become an annual gadgetry watchdog of sorts, even for Instagram’ers who are on the lookout to upgrade and improve their phoneography. And when Apple officially announced the much-rumored and highly-praised iPhone 6 big duo, its fastest iPhone roll-out ever, it’s only a matter of weeks before these huge iPhone-siblings are expected to get locally introduced, just in time for the snap-shooting-fest of the holiday season. The new iPhones are both equipped with the Retina HD touchscreen display, now with enhanced iSight camera featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, enabling quick photo and video snapping.

As expected Globe Telecom, my network of choice and the first to bring the iPhone here in the Philippines, has already put up its iPhone 6 page at http://www.globe.com.ph/iphone6 where you can register your interest for getting either the 4.7 iPhone6 or the bigger 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus. Smart subscribers need not worry, as it has likewise posted its own page at http://www1.smart.com.ph/pages/iphone6.

If my guess is right, we should be snapping strikingly color-rich photos and steadier videos with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by November 2014, until then, we all know what we’re saving up our Christmas bonuses for.

UPDATE:

Pre-order for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starts November 7 while the official local release will be on November 14 for both Globe and Smart.

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iPhoneography with the new iOS 7

So Apple has finally unveiled iOS 7, proclaimed by its top honchos as “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone” confirming rumors of its departure from skeuomorphic styling, in favor of a somewhat simplistic and flat redesign, completely changing the user interface. While this is a welcome aesthetic change, some of the features being hailed as new, have been integrated way ahead with other mobile platforms.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with my iPhone and no software hiccup can make me give it up, but there’s always this appetite that only Apple can whet with exciting and breakthrough surprises, and the WWDC 2013 announcement of iOS 7 seem to be just that, flat. Anyway, I’m all for a clean look and feel, already I’m liking the distinct color palette and that fancy subtle motion and layering, but it’s really the new Camera app that I’m curious about.

This is how you’re camera will look like in iOS 7. Impressed?

Excerpt (and image) from Apple:

iPhones are used to take more photos around the world every day than any other camera, and with iOS 7 the new Camera app features filters so you can add real-time photo effects. The Camera app now includes a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe.

With a camera that’s already very impressive (at least in the iPhone 4/4S/5) I smell Instagram’ing influence with this update, so Apple has given in to square framing and filters – hurrah for the insta-retro-artsy. And why not? It spawned its own brand of photography, what we now call iPhoneography (or simply phoneography as a general term to include all mobile devices with camera). Should I complain that these too-basic of features are not included in previous/recent iOS versions? No, because there’s been a bunch of apps for that.

I will not be surprised if this new Camera app solidifies the iPhone’s top ranking as camera of choice, as with the iOS 7, snapping square photos and applying photo effects will now be a tap or gesture away. Instagram’ing will definitely be more fun and easy.

But we’ll have to wait until around September this year, when iOS 7 is set to be released, to give it a proper Instagram’ing and iPhoneography spin.

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This funny video (it’s actually an ad) exaggerating the rivalry between iPhone and Android users (I use an iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for phoneography), makes me really really want to switch to Nokia’s Lumia, the 920 in particular, the underdog smartphone, but not exactly underspecced to be ignored.

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BlackBerry 10 on your iPhone

I want the BlackBerry Z10, to see if it’s any good with phoneography, aside from wanting to use Instagram for BlackBerry 10 OS, but I’m still locked with my iPhone 5. If you’re itching to try out the new BB10 but can’t or won’t buy the phone, go to BlackBerry.com/Glimpse via mobile Safari on your iPhone. This is a simulation so don’t expect too much, though you get to explore its basic look and feel and yes, pit it against iOS.

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