Monthly Archives: March 2012

Instagram for Android

If you have an account on social networking websites, such as Twitter or Facebook, chances are that you have seen at least one image that has been uploaded and edited using the popular social photo-sharing application, called Instagram.

Instagram is an application that enables users to take photos, or choose existing photos from their iPhones, iPod Touches, or iPads, and then edit them by applying one of a variety of different filters to them. (Feel free to check out this, more in-depth, post about Instagram, here!)

Then, users can enter in some information about the photo, such as some text, describing it and whether or not they would like to geo-tag it, and upload it to the Instagram service. From there, other Instagram users can view, “like”, and comment on these pictures.

This popular application also features the ability for users to share their photos on both Facebook and Twitter, which may have helped other people discover Instagram.

However, Instagram is still only available on iOS enabled devices, such as Apple’s iPhone and other devices, mentioned earlier, leaving users of other smartphone operating systems, such as Android, wondering if Burbn, Inc., the application’s creator, would eventually release a version for the operating system that their phones run.

Now, however, Android users shouldn’t have to wait much longer for a version of Instagram compatible with their cell phones, as there is a relatively new page on the Instagram website, which displays an Android logo that has a camera set into it. Additionally, on the Instagram website’s homepage, there are two download links, one for the iOS version of the application, and one for the Android version, which says “Coming Soon”.

When clicked, this button will take users to the aforementioned page, which is displayed above, where they can enter their e-mail addresses, in order to be “first in line” for the Android version of the application.

Having been an Instagram user on the iPhone, I found the application to be fun to use, and also useful for adding some effects to photos, making them look better, perhaps setting the tone for the photo itself.

However, having recently switched to the AT&T Fusion, which runs Android, I was no longer able to use Instagram, and instead of having the option of posting the original photo to websites, such as Twitter or Facebook, I was now forced to do so, or to find an alternative application.

Though, now that Instagram is coming to the Android operating system, hopefully us Android users will be able to use Instagram again, or perhaps even begin using the application! As for when Instagram will be coming out for Android, the date is unknown, but hopefully it will be sometime in the near future!

If you have a device that runs iOS and would like to try using Instagram, you can download the application for free from this link (may open iTunes if you have it installed on your computer). Also, if you’d like to visit the official Instagram website, you can do so at Instagram.com.

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Apple iPad Announcement

As you have probably already heard, yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company’s newest version of the iPad, with some new features, as well as some improvements on some current features, making it perhaps the best version of the iPad yet!

There are still two models of the iPad, one that is Wi-Fi only, and one that incorperates both Wi-Fi and, a new, 4G connection.

Both of these are the same size, with the height measuring 9.50 inches, width being 7.31 inches, and their depth both being 0.37 of an inch. However, the Wi-Fi version is slightly lighter than the Wi-Fi + 4G version, with the Wi-Fi only iPad weighing 1.42 pounds, and the Wi-Fi + 4G version weighing slightly more at 1.46 pounds. Though, this probably isn’t enough to notice any significant difference.

Additionally, both models of the iPad have three options as far as memory goes, with there being 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, which was what there were with the previous generation of the iPad.

One thing that people were speculating that the new iPad would have was a Retina screen, which they guessed right, as this version comes with a 9.7 inch LED-Backlit Retina multi-touch display, with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, at 256 pixels per inch (PPI).

The display also features a fingerprint resistant coating, as well, which should help to keep your screen clean, as far as fingerprints go, anyway. Also, the display is able to display multiple characters from multiple languages at the same time.

As for the processor, according to the Apple website, the new iPad comes with a “Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics”, which is newer than the Apple A5 chip that is in the previous generation of the iPad.

The iPad has support for Wi-Fi  802.11 versions a, b, g, and n, as well as support for Bluetooth and a 4G connection with AT&T or Verizon being the carriers to choose from.

Additionally, the iPad’s camera has been upgraded to a 5 MegaPixel iSight camera, with features including: autofocus, tap-to-focus, face detection (in still images), 1080p HD video recording, as well as the ability to use Apple’s FaceTime service in VGA quality at 30 fps, with the iPad’s front-facing camera.

As for battery life, the Apple website says that the iPad a built-in 42.5 watt-hour Lithium-polymer battery, which can provide up to 10 hours of battery life for web surfing on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music. However, if one is using the 4G connection, the iPad’s battery can provide up to 9 hours of battery life, which is only a one hour difference than if one were to use the Wi-Fi connection.

The new iPad will be running Apple’s iOS operating system, which includes the ability for users to download applications, as well as use the ones that come pre-installed on the iPad, some of which include: Apple’s Safari browser, the Mail application, iBooks, Photos, FaceTime, NewsStand, Maps, Messages, Calendar, as well as some others!

One new feature that was not in previous versions of the iPad or iOS is the “Dictation” feature, which enables users to simply talk, and their iPad will type what they are saying. Dictation can be used with built-in applications, such as Notes, as well as third-party applications, which can be quite useful, especially if you have a lot to type, or simply do not feel like typing it in!

Additionally, while reading over some of a TechCrunch article by writer and CrunchFund partner, MG Siegler, he noted that this version of the iPad did not come with a new name, such as the “iPad 3”, which perhaps some people were expecting. Rather, it was simply called the “iPad”, and Siegler points out that this is also the case with the Mac and MacBook line of products, which is interesting.

For more information regarding the newest version of Apple’s iPad, you should check out the iPad section of Apple’s official website, where you can find information about the iPad’s specs, iOS, the built-in applications that the iPad comes with, as well as more information about the iPad’s features!

If you’d like to pre-order a new iPad or purchase any other Apple prodouct, you can do so by visiting the Apple Store website.