Monthly Archives: May 2010

Picnik.com

If you ever need to edit a photo, but aren’t sure what program or tool to use to do so, perhaps you should try using Picnik.com.

When you arrive at Picnik.com, you can edit a photo by clicking on the “Upload a photo” button, which will open a browse box, where you can find and select the photo that you would like to upload. There is also the option to open a demo photo.

Once you’ve uploaded a photo, you will be able to edit your photo using a variety of tools, including auto fix, rotate, crop, resize, exposure, colors, sharpen, and red-eye. These tools are available under the “Edit” tab.

Under the “Create” tab, you will be able to add different effects to your photo, including orton-ish, teeth whiten, fancy focus, cross process, and more.

Also under the “Create” tab is the option to touch up your photos, using tools such as a blemish fix, shine-be-gone, airbrush, wrinkle remover, sunless tan eye color, as well as others. However, most of these tools require a premium subscription if you would like to save them to your image.

Picnik.com is free to use and has many features, which aren’t included in this post, with the option to upgrade your account to a premium account for $24.95 a year, which enables the use of more features of the website, such as most of the touch-up tools.

If you would like to try using Picnik, you can do so by going to Picnik.com.

Flickr for iPhone and iPod Touch

If you’re a Flickr user and would like to be able to upload photos on the go, perhaps you should try using the Flickr application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Once you launch the Flickr application, you will see various images being shown in the middle of the application, similar to how you see an image when you go to the Flickr website.

If you would like to upload photos to your Flickr account, you first have to sign in, which you can do by tapping on one of the buttons, such as the information button, the upload button, as well as the other buttons, such as the “Recent”, “You”, and “Contacts” button.

When you tap on a button and choose to log in, you will have to launch Safari and then enter in your Yahoo! Account credentials and then authorize the Flickr application.

After you’ve authorized the Flickr application, you will be then be able to upload and view your photos.

If you would like to upload a photo to your Flickr account, you can do so by tapping on the upload button, which looks like a camera with an arrow. From there, you will have the option to either take a photo or upload a photo from your library.

Once you choose a photo from your library, you will be able to enter details about the photo, such as a title, description, which set it will go in, tags, what size the image will be, as well as if you would like to tag your current location. You can also choose what privacy level you would like to set for your photo. Once you’ve finished editing your photo’s information, you can tap on the “Done” button.

Once you’ve entered in your photo’s information, you can either upload it or add another photo to be uploaded.

When you’re ready to upload the photo, you can simply click on the “Upload” button and then you will see will be able to see the photo that is being uploaded, as well as a progress bar for the upload.

After the photo has been uploaded, you will be taken back to the main screen in the application.

Also on the main screen is a search box, where you can search for photos and videos, as well as a “Recent” button, which shows your recent activity and uploads, a “You” button, which allows you to see your sets and tags, as well as your favorites, and your PhotoStream, as well as a “Contacts” button, which shows your Yahoo! Contacts.

If you would like to try using the Flickr application, you can download it for free from the iTunes App Store.

Video Hosting Websites

Similar to the Photohosting Websites post, below is a list of websites that you can use to host videos online.

Viddler.com

Viddler.com allows you to upload videos up to 500 MB in size to the Viddler website with no limit on how long the video is. Viddler also allows you to choose whether or not you would like your videos to be public, shared, or private. When you upload a video, it’s set to private by default.

However, you can change whether or not you would like your video to be shared, which means that only a specific group of people will be able to see your video or public, which means that anyone can see your video.

Also, you can use a custom logo that will be displayed at the bottom right of videos that you upload.

Viddler also offers profiles, which you can edit by logging into your Viddler account and clicking on the “Profile” button and then clicking on “Edit your Profile”, where you should be able to upload a picture that will be used as your profile’s icon. You can also add links to other services, such as Twitter and Flickr to your Viddler profile.

Viddler is free to use and has no limit as to how many videos you upload or how long the videos are, but there is a 500 MB size limit.

If you would like to try using Viddler, you can do so by going to Viddler.com.

Vimeo.com

Vimeo.com is a website that allows you to upload and host your videos online for free.

Vimeo offers two account types, a Basic Account, which is free, as well as a Plus Account, which costs $59.99 a year.

With a Basic Account, users can upload up to 500 MB of video per week and up to 10 videos a day. Also, Basic users are allowed to upload 1 HD video (720p) a week. Basic users are also allowed to have 1 channel, 1 group, and 3 albums for their videos. Users can also download converted files from the Vimeo website. In addition to this, Basic Users also have robust privacy controls, as well as basic embedding features.

If you upgrade from a Basic Account to a Plus account, you have access to more features, which you can view in Vimeo’s FAQ section on their website.

If you would like to try using Vimeo, you can do so by going to Vimeo.com.

Sound Hound App for iPhone and iPod Touch

If you’ve ever heard a song on the radio and weren’t sure what it was called or which artist created it, perhaps you should try using Sound Hound, which is an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the iPad.

Sound Hound is an application that allows you to identify songs by letting the application listen to the song that you would like to identify, as well as by singing or humming the song. With Sound Hound, you can also view the lyrics to the song that you identified in the application.

If you would like to ID a song, you simply launch the Sound Hound application and click on the large orange button that says “Tap here”. Sound Hound will then listen to the song and after a few seconds, will provide you with the name of the song, as well as the name of the band who sings the song, and the album from which the song is from.

You will also have the options to bookmark and share the song, as well as buy it from iTunes. Sound Hound will also provide you with the song’s lyrics, which you can view right in the application.

Sound Hound also provides you with the option to view YouTube videos of the song, connect to Pandora, view similar artists, as well as see the songs album appearances.

Also, when you launch Sound Hound, there is a button that says “Title or Artist”, which allows you to say the name of a song or artist and will then provide you with a list of songs or information and songs by the artist you said.

Sound Hound also allows you to keep track of your song identification history, as well as view what songs are the “Hottest” songs, which songs are “Underplayed”, and which songs were “Just found by users”.

Another feature of Sound Hound is that you can tap on the “Now Playing” button and you can play songs that are in your iTunes Library, as well as provide you with the lyrics of the song, as well as information about the song.

The free version of Sound Hound allows you to identify 5 songs per month and is ad-supported. Sound Hound also has an unlimited version, which allows you to identify an unlimited number of songs and does not display advertisements in the application. However, the Unlimited version of Sound Hound costs $4.99.

If you would like to try using Sound Hound, you can download it for free from the iTunes App Store.

Google to Stop Selling Nexus One Online

You’ve probably heard of Google’s Nexus One phone, which was launched in January and runs Google’s Android operating system.

If you wanted to purchase a Nexus One, one way to do so would be to purchase it from Google’s online phone store.

However, Google has announced today on its official blog that they will be making changes to the way they sell their Nexus One phone, which are that they will be trying to offer the phone through existing retail channels, like they do in Europe.

Once Google has increased the availability of Nexus One phones in retail stores, the online store will cease to sell the phone, but rather will use the online store as an outlet to showcase different Android phones which are available globally.

If you would like to learn more about this change, you can do so on the Official Google Blog.

Opera Mini Web Browser

As you may have heard, Apple approved the Opera Mini web browser to be allowed into the App Store. If you’re curious about the application, hopefully this post will help you learn more.

When you first launch Opera Mini, you will see a welcome screen, giving you information about the browser.

Start Page

Once you’ve tapped on the “OK” button, you will be taken to a Start Page that has five websites shown in a thumbnail view, which are the My Opera website, FaceBook, Twitter, The New York Times, and AccuWeather. If you tap and hold on one of the thumbnails, you can either clear it or edit the website that you would like to appear in the thumbnail. There are also four empty thumbnails, which you can add websites to. If you tap on a thumbnail, you will be taken to the website associated with it.

Visiting a Website

When you visit a website, whether it be a website who’s URL you’ve entered or a website from the Start Page, the name of the website you’re on will appear in a red information bar, toward the top of the browser. Also, there is an address bar, as well as a search engine that you can use. The search box has options to use either Google, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, as well as the option to manage the search engines.

At the bottom of the browser, you should see five buttons, a back arrow, a forward arrow, a refresh button, a tabs button, and the settings button.

Tabbed Browsing

The tabs button allows you to switch between multiple websites without having to leave the website you’re on. You can simply switch between websites that are loaded in tabs.

When you would like to open a website in a new tab, you can simply click on the tabs button and click on the thumbnail with a plus on it. Once you’ve done that, you can either choose from a website on your Start Page or enter in a URL to a different website. The tabs button also shows you how many tabs you have opened by displaying a number on the button.

If you would like to close a tab, you can do so by clicking on the tabs button and clicking on the red button with an “X” on it.

Settings

If you would like to view and change Opera’s settings, you can do so by clicking on the wrench button, which is located in the bottom right of the browser.

Once you’ve clicked on the wrench button, you can view and manage your bookmarks, history, Start Page, as well as Saved Pages. There is a also a “Find in Page” button, which allows you to search for text in a webpage. Also, there is a “Help” button and a “Settings” button.

If you click on the “Settings” button, you will be able to manage different settings, such as whether or not to load images, what the image quality is, and how big the font is. You can also select whether or not you would like to enable “Mobile View”, “Fullscreen”, as well as “Opera Link”.

From the settings menu, you can also view and manage your privacy settings, such as whether or not to remember passwords or accept cookies. You can also clear your history, passwords, and cookies from the “Privacy” section.

The last thing in the settings menu is the “Advanced” section, which allows you to choose which type of browsing protocol you would like to use, as well as to start page links.

If you would like to learn more about Opera Mini, you can do so by going to the Opera website.

Opera Mini can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.