Category Archives: Technology

Instagram’s First Selfie

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- Credits to Mashable

“Selfie” officially became Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2013 in November. Usage in the English language has increased by a whopping 17,000% since last year, according to Oxford.

Now, let’s take a little trip back to the roots of the the social-media era’s most loved (and loathed) mode of photographic self-expression. It’s probably safe to assume that most selfies still happen on Instagram, where 55 million photos are shared each day. The hashtag #selfie has been used on Instagram 57 million times, the company said. Above, according to Instagram, is the first photo tagged #selfie in the photo-sharing network’s short but illustrious history. It was uploaded on Jan. 16, 2011 by user Jennifer Lee. Then, on Jan. 27, 2011, the day Instagram first introduced hashtags, Lee added the fateful #selfie hashtag.

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Heads Up Game

Heads Up is a hilarious and fun game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her show, and now it can be played on an iPhone. It’s a mulitplayer game (play it with as many friends you want). Just guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out. When you get it right, you have to tilt your phone forward so that a new word comes out. If your friend can’t act it out, you have to tilt your phone backward, so that you can pass the word and move on to the next. It includes many categories like celebrities, movies, animals, accents and characters.

I played this game with my friends the other day and we couldn’t stop laughing! The best part is that you can film your friends acting in front of you. Then it can be saved and even shared on Facebook.

 

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Wearing 3D Glasses

I love watching 3D movies, but I hate wearing the 3D glasses. I wear prescription glasses, so I always have to make sure I’m wearing contact lenses before watching a 3D movie. Wearing the contacts is not my issue, but there has been times where I have forgotten to wear them. I would then have to wear my glasses with the 3D glasses on top, which is very uncomfortable. I recently found a solution online, but it’s just an idea.

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Adobe CS6

I have been searching for a long time for a place that sells certain Adobe programs for Mac. I wanted the latest version of Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator (the version is called CS6). I went to iCity and Digits, but they only had older versions. I was so frustrated and I asked around, but nobody knew a place! So, I called up the computer guy my family usually deals with and asked him if he had them. At first, he told me he didn’t, but that he will try to download them and see if it works on my mac. It took him nearly a week to get the programs, but when he finally did I was relieved. He uploaded the programs to my mac in half an hour. The search has ended. If anyone is facing difficulties with getting CS6 in Kuwait, then don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be glad to give you the details of the computer guy.

Email: withsummerlove@live.com

Twitter: @withsummerlove

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I Miss Disposable Cameras

I want a KODAK disposable camera NOW! I have been searching for it all over Kuwait, but I couldn’t find any. They used to be sold in all Co-Ops, but apparently they stopped selling them a long time ago. The KODAK disposable or single-use camera brings back so many memories from my childhood. Every summer, I would buy 2 or 3 and I would be taking pictures throughout the entire break. The best part was getting the film developed and seeing how all the pictures turned out! Then, I would get a photo album and place all the pictures in it and show the pictures to my family and friends. It’s a long process compared to printing digitally, but the excitement and fun behind it is much more. I posted earlier about my new HOLGA camera, but things didn’t work out well. The pictures couldn’t be printed because for some reason they were out of focus. It’s annoying that I don’t even know how to fix it. The good thing about it is that I realized that my 4-year-old nephew needed a camera because he was always trying to get a hold of my HOLGA and take pictures. If I ever find a place that sells the KODAK disposable camera, then I’m getting one for my nephew and one for me!

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Follow The Blog on Pinterest

New applications. It’s the one aspect in life that I must get used to. Yes, applications are a part of my life and it’s a part of all of us now. I consider them necessities to the new way of life. They’re part of the most vital thing for our survival. Technology. Mankind has survived for thousands of years without technology, but once Man had it, there was no going back. Everyday, new things are popping out. Ways to make our lives easier and more “sufficient”.

I believe that will all my heart, but there’s one more aspect of life that has always and will always be part of the living. Business. If it wasn’t for the love and greed for money, then none of this technology would have been developed. Life works that way. These applications and programs are not being developed to satisfy our daily needs. They’re being developed to satisfy some bloke’s investment in a company.

Moving on with life and it’s various applications. I’m here to announce that you can now follow my blog on Pinterest. My username is withsummerlove. Download the application or visit Pinterest online and follow me, even if it means some guy is sitting behind a computer forever counting the amount of money he’s earning.

 

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The Socialmatic Camera Soon a Physical Product

“Do you remember the Instagram Socialmatic? It’s a concept camera that made the rounds on the Internet back in May — a camera that lets people snap photos, share them online, and print them out as squared-shared sticky-note-style instant photos. The camera will soon go from digital concept to physical reality: it’s being turned into an actual camera, which is a proposed release date of mid-2013.”

“Trademark infringement issues aside (Instagram is pretty vigilant about defending its trademarked name), the camera has pretty neat specs: 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 4:3 touchscreen, 2 lenses, optical zoom, LED flash, and an internal printer that takes in special paper cartridges.”

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Mac Decals Sold in Kuwait

A reason that doesn’t make me completely hate Instagram is because I get to learn about new stuff. One of the people I follow posted a picture of her Macbook with a sticker on its cover. I always wanted to get one! Luckily, my friend mentioned the place she got the decal from. It turned out it’s a place called MacDecal which sells a lot of stickers for Macbooks and iPads! I immediately looked at their collection and fell in love. I ended up getting two for my sister and one for me. Each decal is sold for 3KD and different sizes are available. I got my sister the Snoopy sticker and the tree sticker, while I got the one with the girls and the balloons. It’s actually a replica of one of Banksy’s street art pieces. I actually used a picture of it on one of my earlier posts without knowing what it really was until recently. Follow them on Instagram @Macdecal.

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