Category: Photo Apps

The Instagram 7.0 update is practically begging you to travel

Oh, Instagram. Just when we think we couldn’t love you more, you go an pull something like this? Yes, our fave photo social media app just got a really cool update that will help you discover new places and may just revitalize the way your travel this globe. Instagram 7.0 launched this week with two major updates to the Explore tab — also known as the little magnifying glass icon. With the old search, you could look for hashtags or people, and that was it. Now, with the newly designed Explore tab, you can check out images and videos via...

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Last minute gift idea: 6 great video editing apps that let you easily send something more sentimental than a card

One of our favorite last-minute suggestions for sentimental Father’s Day gifts (and any gift really) has been to make a short, shareable video that you can create easily. While video editing used to reserved for professionals with zillions of dollars worth of equipment, now there are a growing number of of great video editing apps that make it so simple to create your own professional-looking home movies. Mix video and pictures straight from your phone, layer on a filter to give it a cool look, and even add sound before you share it with your friends and family. But don’t panic! None of these...

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The Kids Stay in the Picture: A pre-Father’s Day brunch event with Cool Mom Tech and Amazon Cloud Drive

As admittedly heavy Amazon Prime users, we can’t believe we didn’t know about the free access all Prime members have to Amazon Cloud Drive. And we can’t believe how many other in-the-know friends weren’t aware either. (Hey, Prime isn’t just for free shipping and watching Transparent after the kids are asleep.) Turns out you can securely backup and store all your data, and auto-upload endless amounts of new stuff, like all those photos — and movies, videos, music, and files too. In fact, Prime Photos gives you unlimited photo storage in a beautiful interface. As in, no limits.  Free. – Don’t miss a fantastic giveaway...

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The Pictli photo framing app yields one sweet, sentimental Father’s Day gift if you hurry.

I have always loved giving photos as gifts for everything from Father’s Day to birthdays. Really, what’s better having the luck to capture a perfect moment, then having someone special enough to share it with. So I am crushing on Pictli, a service with a smart new photo framing app. As in, not a photo app — but a photo framing app.   Related: 21 cool display ideas for smartphone photos beyond just framing them. The Pictli app is so so easy, it has to have been made by fellow parents with a million photos of their kids clogging up our phones. It’s made for iOS but you can...

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MyBabyD: Not your everyday baby photo sharing app

Over the years, we’ve found great illustrators who have taken their own baby photos and turned them into fantastic collage drawings. But now we found a sister team out of Barcelona who’s attempting to do one better with their new Kickstarter: The MyBabyD app will let you upload your own photo and send it to them, resulting in amazing illustrations which are better than you could do yourself. Or at least better than I could do, that’s for sure. So far, Carlotta and Camilla Daldoss’s app is in its early stages, but I like where it’s going. The nav looks simple and well-designed, and...

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Sound the alarms! The new game-changing Google Photos app is pure fire.

I am a longtime, shameless, all-things-Apple fan. But that doesn’t mean I don’t tip my hat frequently to cool, non-iOS products. And, when it comes to this new Google Photos app? I’m basically standing up and doing a slow-clap, because the app is outstanding, says this committed shutterbug. Related: 5 of the coolest new photo apps for iPhone and Android of 2015  Just released this weekend, the shiny, new product is officially called Google Photos, and it’s available on the web, iOS and Android — totally gratis. It’s a sharp-looking, one-stop shop app that let’s you edit, organize, store, and share your digital photos and videos. And the best part is,...

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Instagram apps that allows you to add text over photos? Reader Q & A.

Hey Cool Mom Tech! Do y’all know of an Instagram app for iPad that allows you to add text or make a collage? -Delilah, via Twitter    Hey Delilah! The short answer to your question is: Indeed we do. And we totally get it, too. Sometimes you just want to fiddle around with your Instagram pics and add text on a larger space than your iPhone can offer. So here are three great Instagram apps for iPads, tablets, and even your phones, that we use for that very thing. These are the apps that will get you really beautifully designed, professional looking...

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Disposable cameras are back! Only…not.

I have to admit that disposable cameras make me pretty nostalgic for the old days of pressing the shutter, then having no idea how those snaps turned out until I picked up the envelope of prints. (Ed: Or better, finding an undeveloped disposable camera in a drawer somewhere and being terrified about what you might find on it. TMI?)  So I’m loving this bit of genius: Photojojo’s Disposable camera app. This new app makes your iPhone function like a disposable camera. You get 27 exposures, 27 prints, no previews and zero do-overs. It’s just like using one of those plastic and cardboard contraptions…well, almost....

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15 Instagram tips every user should know. We think you’ll heart-emoji them.

Truth be told, I abandoned my BlackBerry for the iPhone specifically because of Instagram. And, believe me, I was quite the keyboard-over-touchscreen loyalist. But the lure of the obvious fun of sharing square photos — with filters! — was just too strong, and back then IG was only available for iOS. Now the photo-sharing wonder is available for free to anyone with a smartphone and the cool factor of Instagram is through the roof.  However,  thanks to the app’s regular updates and improvements, maybe there are even a few new IG tricks that you’re not aware of. Just in...

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Layout from Instagram: Finally, Instagram’s own photo collage app.

Just last year, we gave you the straight intel on the best Instagram collage apps. And now, finally (some might say, including us) Instagram has jumped in the game with Layout from Instagram, their very own app for making photo collages to share. It’s been out for a few days, but I really wanted to spend a little time playing with it to see if it was worthwhile for you. The app is all about turning the already fun art of photo collage even cooler by making it easier, more intuitive, and really streamlining the process. For example, with most collage apps, you...

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