Will They Never Learn Gmail Allows Custom Themes



It seems that some of the lessons that social sites have learned from went straight over the heads of the Gmail guys as they now allows users to create and post custom themes. So this will mean that instead of a cool and simple white pages that we have come to love, so folks will using their images of their kids, dogs and just about anything else that takes their fancy! Google says that it adds flair to your inbox, what do you say?



According to the Google Gmail Support page this is what you can now do on Gmail;


Have a picture of your dog that you’d like to make your background theme? Have no fear, you can also select your own images to use as a theme. Select one of the two options under the “Custom themes” section: Light or Dark. You can then pick an image (we recommend that you select one larger than 2560 x 1920 px) from your computer, phone, photo albums, and the web. When you upload an image, it goes into your private albums and will only be visible to you.



Source [Buzz Feed]



Are Images Better Than Text



Its seems that while the internet used to be made up of simple text it has grown way past that and now images make for a great web page. However, how powerful are images overall? This info graphic by MDG Advertising demonstrates just powerful the image has become and how you can use images to the best advantage.


According to the MDG Advertising web page this is what the info graphic has to offer;


For insight on optimizing images for content and commerce, along with advice on image optimization techniques, take a look at the following infographic to see why images can help make success a snap.


Are Images Better Than Text


Source [Cool Infographics]



Making A Success of Pinterest



It may sound easy to become an overnight success on the latest hot social site Pinterest! However, it is not like that at all, it is not just a matter of uploading your images, or pinning images from your favourite sites and hoping for the best, there is more to Pinterest success than first meets the eye.

There are plenty of experts to follow, but we found this interesting info graphic that seems to have hit the Pinterest nail on the head, it’s by Mookoo Design and they have produced it to appear like the ten commandments, it works and maybe following these rules Pinterest success could be yours for the taking.


Making A Success of Pinterest


Source [Entrepreneur]



Street View Tracks TARDIS Through Time



If ever there was any evidence that time travel, aliens and UFO’s were even remotely true, it would show up somewhere on the search giant Google! Well it seems that is true, as these images show. The Street View shot has got an image from the past superimposed onto it showing what the street or road would have been like at some point in the past! The trouble is in each image the TARDIS can be seen, all right, it is just a normal police box, but it could be the TARDIS couldn’t it?



Source [Nerd Approved]



Five Minutes Of Assassins Creed III Game Play Action



Welcome to America, finally the one of the coolest games around, Assassins Creed III, has landed in the new world and yet, apart from the scenery and the language, nothing else has changed much! Our man still glides around taking out the bad guys on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC. Just out of interest, this game play is from the Wii U and pretty good it looks too, don’t you think.



These are the details of ACIII that come with game play video;


Battle erupts in the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed III! See Nintendo’s new console in action with the next instalment of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s franchise right from the floor of E3 2012!



Source [Geeky Gadgets]



Sharing Photos Is Easy With Scalados PhotoBeamer



It has become so much easier to share images between devices, thanks to the PhotoBeamer app from Scalado! This app allows the user to flick an image from any device running Apple’s iOS 5 OS to any display that is capable of running a browser, which today can include many new televisions and as such showing images to family, friends or even businesses is now so easy.



These are the features for the Scalado PhotoBeamer app;


Works on any display sporting a modern web browser – including desktop screens, projector screens, laptops etc.

Show your iPhone (iOS5 devices) photos on any screen, anywhere

Zero configuration with no registration necessary

Works over all connections, including 3G and Wi-Fi

Choose among themes supporting your mode of presentation

Progressive beaming and patented Scalado imaging technology, to ensure the fastest possible experience even over slow connections

No network setup, manual pairing, bumping or similar – connections work out of the box



This is app is ready to be downloaded from the iTunes Site and is priced at $0.99 and £0.69


Source [Slashgear]



Facebook Launches iPhone Camera App



The idea coming out of the Facebook ideas factory is an app for the iPhone, it is simply called Facebook Camera and it promises to bring to the device, a whole new outlook on how the iPhone user manages their images and the best thing about this app, is that its free and so you just cannot lose, can you?



This is how the app is described on the iTunes page;


With Facebook Camera, you can share photos on Facebook faster than ever, and see what friends are up to in a feed of nothing but their photos. Such as; Post a bunch of photos at once, See friends’ latest photos in one place, Play with crops and filters, Tag friends, add captions and say where you are and See photos from different apps.


The Facebook Camera app is a free download from iTunes


Source [San Techie]



How Important Are Images For Search



If it were not for images, the internet and more to the point websites would be very boring. Therefore, the images are important to the user of the website who is looking for information and for the website owner who wants his or her website to be a total success, by which we mean hits and visitors.

The idea of the image is not new of course, but now more than ever are images important in getting the website in front of as many people as possible, especially with sites such as Pinterest, Facebook and Google using images as a feature. We need the assistance of an info graphic here and as it happens we have on from MDG Advertising, they explain just how images are used to improve search etc.



Source [Search Engine Journal]



Make Your Messages More Interesting With DIY GIFs



Here is an app that is bound to bring a smile or two to your family or friends! It works by the user simply taking a photo on the iPhone and manipulating it into something rather amusing with no fuss at all, it is worth every penny! Its called the MyFaceWhen iPhone app and it has been created by Rodney Curl and Ethan Diamond from Washington, D.C. who say they only spent a couple of months building this cool app.



These are the details on the funny and cool MyFaceWhen iPhone app;


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is an animated gif worth? With MyFaceWhen, you will be able to record or upload videos, and then transform them into a high resolution, textable gif to share with your family and friends. In seconds, MyFaceWhen allows you to record and trim your video then send it off in a text message. You can create a new video, use an existing one or even upload clips from your favorite TV shows and movies!



The MyFaceWhen iPhone app is available soon from iTunes with a price tag of $0.99 (£0.69).


Source [Mashable]



A New Kind Of Social Networking



There is a lot of talk these days about how we do not know our neighbours or indeed our neighbourhood, but maybe we should, wouldn’t that make out lives so much better? Well if you think like that then maybe Neighborland is for you, it is a new kind of social network that brings neighbourhood closer together by getting them involved in the fabric of the area, the buildings! This is a bit like cross between a protest and petition, but there is a chance that it may just work, as its easy going nature means less confrontation and more conversation, which will surely get things done in the end.



These are the details on what Neighborland is and how it works;


What is Neighborland? Neighborland is a new way to make your neighbourhood better. Share your ideas, support your neighbours’ insights, and connect with people who share your issues. No issue is too big or too small to bring up on Neighborland. If it matters to you, then it matters.

How Does it Work? Fill out the “I want ____ in my neighbourhood” form however, you like. Describe your idea, add pictures or video, suggest a location, and share it. What would make your block better? What businesses do you think could thrive in your neighbourhood? What issue do you care about?


Source [Fast Coexist]



The Genie For Motion Control Video



This is something that many photographers and filmmakers would give a lot to their hands on. However, the Genie is not currently on sale as it is in the early fundraising stages with Kickstarter, although it has already gone past the funding goal by a long way and there are still seven weeks to go! It is simple to use, just pop the camera on top and adjust the settings to suit the requirements of the job. By backing the Genie through Kickstarter, it is a chance to get in on the ground floor and pick up a Genie at a great price too!



According the pitch on the crowd funding site Kickstarter, this is what the Genie is all about;


The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for Time Lapse Photography + more. The Genie is an all-in-one device used to combine image capture with motion control, capable of either panning or linear movement that’s commonly used in Time Lapse Photography. Simply attach your camera to the top of the Genie, plug it in, and program it to move and shoot to your desired needs.



The retail price for the Genie will be around £600 ($1,000) when it is launched.


Source [SYRP]



Trailer Released For The Dark Knight Rises



It is not long to wait to wait now before the next instalment of the Batman series is released and as such, we can expect to be seeing some serious marketing beforehand. In this case, it is trailer number three and probably the most revealing of all so far. This movie is darker and much more captivating that anything before, this is the real Batman!



This is what Warner Bros have to say about the latest and last batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises;


“The Dark Knight Rises” in theatres July 20th, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.



Source [Gizmodo]



New Features For Google Maps



Google have announced some interesting changes to Google Maps, the most interesting of which is the Photo Tour feature. This allows the users to search out famous landmarks from the fifteen thousand popular locations around the world, once there, the user presses the “Take a photo tour” to see a 3D image of the landmark. Google have used Picasa and Panaromia images from the public to create these virtual buildings, but you would not know it.



According to post by Steve Seitz, Software Engineer, Google Maps on the Google Lat Long blog, he said;


Every year, millions of people pack their bags and head to far-off places to enjoy sites and cultures different from their own. While there, they snap photos to document their trip and share their excursions online. Yet none of these individual photos captures the experience of actually being immersed in a specific location. With today’s introduction of photo tours, a feature of Google Maps that guides you through a 3D photo scene, we’re one step closer.



Source [Geeky Gadgets]



Teachers Making Use Of Pinterest



Like many of the other social media sites, available Pinterest has its fans and those who do not like it all. However, as with all social media each has its own place in the social networking world. Pinterest is one of those sites that you either get or you don’t, for people who use images a lot it is ideal and therefore this is its main selling point.


The cool thing is that kids love taking images and video with their Smartphone’s so this means that Pinterest is the ideal platform for them to show these off to friends and the world. It is also a place where teachers are able to get involved and grab the interest of their students at the same time.


According to the graphic produced by Online Universities this shows just how easy it is for teaching staff to use Pinterest as a point for distributing plans, images and other documents, not only will this engage the students but it will also encourage the class to work as a team etc.



Source [Mashable]