UPFRONT: MashUp

As Published In
Oracle Magazine
September/October 2011

  

MashUp

News • Views • Trends • Tools

  

Expand the power of the native camera app that came with your smartphone.

Photo Apps

Instagram
Apply any of this app’s custom filters and effects to transform the color, mood, border, and tonality of your photos. Then share the results on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Free (iPhone).

Photosynth
Make and share panoramic photos on your iPhone. Create a panorama from left to right or from up to down to capture a full “sphere.” Share the panoramic experience on Facebook or publish to Bing Maps. Free.

Interview Don'ts


13 percent of hiring managers have had an interviewee answer a phone call or reply to a text message during an interview.1

Photoshop Express
Crop, flip, and straighten; correct and enhance colors; add borders and effects; and smooth out grainy photos. Free; paid upgrade unlocks more features (Android, iPhone).

Postagram
Don’t just e-mail a picture the next time you travel; send a real postcard, including a personalized message, via snail mail. Free; postcards cost US$0.99 to send anywhere in the world (Android, iPhone).   

Tipping Point

Using a stylus instead of your finger on an iPad or smartphone
It isn’t some kind of retro affectation for people who miss their old-school PDAs. Styluses help when you need to point, write, or draw with precision, or when you want to use a touchscreen while wearing gloves. (Ever gotten a phone call on a ski slope?) Wacom—a company known for tablets and styluses—has created the Bamboo Stylus, a substantial, stylish, and well-balanced aluminum device with a compact capacitive rubber tip (which duplicates a fingertip) and pocket clip. The company claims the Bamboo’s tip is 25 percent smaller than those of its competitors, for better accuracy, and when paired with an app (such as Wacom’s Bamboo Paper) it makes a great combination for note-taking, presentations, or sketching. US$29.99. wacom.com 

“Invention and discovery emanate from being able to try seemingly wild possibilities and work in the unknown; to be comfortable being wrong before being right.”


— Peter Sims, author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries (Free Press, 2011)

Auto Text

Smartphones can tempt us to do dumb things, like texting or e-mailing while driving. The SuperTooth HD, a Bluetooth speakerphone, can help you resist those temptations. It adds voice dialing and other voice commands to your Bluetooth 3.0-equipped phone and lets Android and BlackBerry users send and receive e-mails and texts via speech recognition and synthesis, the artificial production of human speech. (Users install a free app and upload contacts to the SuperTooth service.) SuperTooth HD can also post Facebook updates and tweets via speech recognition, and it has a high-quality speaker for regular old voice calls. Available in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S., the device “speaks” and understands English, French, and Spanish. US$129, with additional subscription costs after six months’ free speech-to-e-mail service. supertooth.net 

1 Source: Maris Interiors   

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