We’ll admit it, we’re addicted to the new mobile game which seems to have the entire world caught in its tantalizing glow – Pokémon GO. We’ve been waiting patiently for Nintendo to get into the App Store for years hoping that when they did, they’d make a splash – what we got was a tsunami!
Now, thanks to a new mobile wallpaper from Ged, you can ride that wave all the way to your local Poke Stop and show off your lock screen to all those new friends you’ve made out in the real world.
Pokéwall is available for the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus as well as the iPad. Head on over to gedblog.com to catch them all (yeah, yeah we know!). Have fun and stay safe!
There’s no denying that emoji are all the rage these days. That’s why we were excited when the producers behind Food Network’s hit reality baking competition, Cake Wars, invited us to fly to LA to help judge a special emoji-themed episode which airs nationally in the United States next week.
It’s the most expressive episode of Cake Wars ever, as four talented cake artists compete to take their cake creation to a party celebrating everyone’s favorite little icons, Emoji. Who will earn a smiley-face, and who will earn a frowny-face? Judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas, along with guest judge Gedeon Maheux, co-founder of Iconfactory, will decide which baker will take home $10,000.
Ged had the time of his life participating in Cake Wars and we can’t wait to see how the competition heats up and turns out. Be sure to set your DVR’s for Cake Wars’ emoji episode premiering Monday, July 11th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network!
The folks over at The Apple Google interviewed me about BitCam, how the app came about and what went into bringing it to the App Store. There’s some fun insights in the discussion that are worth checking out like the specific challenges we faced when developing the retro camera for your “mini pocket computer”:
One challenge was the nature of today’s hardware with retina displays. Pixels are so small these days that they can’t be seen by the naked eye and so to make an app like BitCam where everything was pixellated and chunky took some planning and additional time. Also, today’s hardware is so fast that animation transitions can be nearly instantaneous, but obviously this wasn’t the case back in the day so we intentionally built in “slowness” into some portions of the app like the Super-Res view. When you pan your camera around, the display doesn’t update at 60fps, it does so in a “chunky” manner to help convey what it might have been like to have such a pocket camera back then.
BitCam has been receiving lots of great reviews from users and we couldn’t be happier with its reception. You can check out the entire interview over at The Apple Google, learn more about the app over on the BitCam home page or download it for free from the App Store.
For the past year or so, I’ve had an app on my iPhone that no one else has. It has helped me become a better iPhone photographer by letting me check composition and exposure. It also remembers when and where I took a picture. It lets me grab colors out of an image and even helped me understand how the CCD sensor in my phone works.
That app is Exify and you can download it today.
I originally wrote this app after I discovered how much additional information is embedded in the photos we take every day. Apple follows the Exif standard and includes a lot of metadata in our files. Unfortunately, much of this data doesn’t make its way into Photos and other apps that use our imagery: so I wrote my own.
Additionally, there is a lot of information you can extract from an image: things like sampling colors, measuring the proportions of a composition, and generating histograms that help you get the right exposure. Exify can do all that, too.
If you’re a professional photographer, you already know how important it is to copyright your work before distribution. Exify’s editing extension lets you add both a copyright and watermark to an image while editing in the Photos app. These edits are non-destructive, so you can easily remove the information and get back to your original photo.
One of the features I love the most about this app are the action extensions. They let you examine or query any image using the share sheet. Want to know where a photo in Messages was taken? Or check the info for an image you’re viewing in Safari? Or magnify the pixels of an image in Photos? Exify can do all of that and more.
For a full rundown of what this app can do, we invite you to check out the short video and documentation on the product page. Exify is available from the App Store today. Enjoy!