App news roundup: Instapuzzle, Google Drive, Taada and more
Instapuzzle for iOS makes Instagram a game
If just posting and viewing photos on Instagram wasn't enough fun for you, you can now download Instapuzzle for iOS to play games with you and your friend's photos. The free app turns Instagram photos into puzzles with varying degrees of difficulty and allows players to view hints to help finish the game. Players can keep track of high scores and compete against Insta-friends for the top spots. When you run out of allotted hints, you can earn more by solving hard puzzles or purchasing hints through the app.
Adobe acquires mobile app makers Thumb Labs
The makers of the Behance mobile app have officially joined Adobe. The software giant acquired the mobile app maker to go on a "united mission to empower the creative world." Behance —t he creative professional's answer to both Pinterest and LinkedIn — is an online platform to display and discover innovative work and connect with the content creators. Thumb Lab's sister app Creative Portfolio allows users to artfully display their work from their iOS devices. With the acquistion of Thumb Labs, we'll keep our fingers crossed for more mobile app development from Adobe.
Google Drive update has more elegant photo previews
The new Google Drive for Android includes a major improvement on file previewing. Instead of listing though file names, images can be seen in large previews on a black background and navigated via swipe gestures. You can also now download files to your device through the action menu on Drive. Android users can download the latest Google Drive app for free on Google Play.
Tell your photo's story with Pixengo
A new app for iOS allows users record audio and combine it with their photos. While the app functions similarly to SpeakingPhoto, it is free in the iOS App Store, (compared to SpeakingPhoto's $0.99/$2.99) and includes a social media element that is reminiscent to the Instagram/Vine/Flickr apps that dominate mobile media sharing. You can download Pixengo for free in the iOS App Store.
Instagram competitor Tadaa adds elaborate editing tools
Tadaa for iOS offers high definition, customizable photo editing tools on a social media platform. Keeping users inside the app, Tadaa allows users to apply one of 26 filters, adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, and apply customizable tilt-shift and bokeh effects, before posting the photos on Tadaa's social network. The app also offers a unique edge detection feature to blur backgrounds, which The Next Web recently looked at in detail.
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Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more
Updates for Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom CC bring support for the Sony A9 and Panasonic ZS70/TZ90, along with bug fixes.
After the makers of the Triggertrap remote camera control system is no longer sold due to the company folding, users will be able to build their own, as the hardware design has been released to the public.
The Magic Format Converter comes with internal optics that expand the image circle of full-frame DSLR lenses for use on the Fuji medium format camera. Read more
The usually Apple-exclusive MacPhun software developer has announced that it will introduce PC versions of two of its most popular applications. Both Aurora HDR and Luminar should be available for the Windows operating system by the autumn of this year. Read more
Sony's newest G Master telephoto zoom, announced alongside the a9, is the first of the company's FE lenses to reach 400mm natively. We had one in California and photographed horses, portraits, and landscapes - check out how it did. Read more
Garmin has entered the 360-camera market with the VIRB, which captures 5.7K video at 30p as well as 15MP stills. Read more
German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for bankruptcy at a court in Berlin. Read more
With a claimed 800 new custom parts, Microsoft's updated Surface Pro comes with the latest Kaby Lake processors, better battery life, a new hinge, plus the Surface Pen is updated as well. Read more
DW Photo is attempting to resurrect the Hy6 medium format camera, though the legal tangles of its development may stop it being branded Rolleiflex.
The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. Read more
Apple and Nokia have settled their years-old patent dispute. Apple will make an undisclosed payment to Nokia and sign a licensing agreement related to digital health products with the Finnish company.
David Gibson, one of Britain's best known street shooters, shares all.
Photographers from the SKYGLOW project travelled 150k miles and took 3 million photos in increasingly rare locations: those without light pollution.
The world's fastest 200mm was produced for 16 years. In that time, only 8000 were made.
Photokina, the biennial photo industry trade show in Cologne, Germany, has announced that it will become an annual event beginning in 2018, and expand its focus to additional areas of imaging technology. Read more
No mic socket? No problem. In this video, Daniel Peters at Photo Gear News shows you how to make a lapel microphone using just a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
How does the iPhone 7 Plus stack up against the Arri Alexa cinema camera? Watch this short video to find out.
Canon Australia's video series "The Lab" is designed to make photographers experiment and think outside the box. In the latest video a group of photographers create images based on their sense of taste.
The GH5 is expected to get a firmware update this summer to support 400Mbps internal recording. NewsShooter explores what memory cards you'll need to make it work.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro offers Intel's latest processor generation and improved battery life.
Riding a mountain bike downhill is dangerous enough in daylight, but potentially lethal at night. Which is where drones come in.
Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience? Read more
According to rumors, the next camera from Nest will be able to capture 4K video, though that resolution will be only used for 'virtual' pan and tilt functions.
Boundary's Prima 'fully modular' backpack is expandable to 30L and has a removable camera case and tablet sleeve. Early Kickstarter backers can get one for $189.
Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from peeling CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. Read more
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