There are many photography apps in the app market that let you add a variety of creative effects to your image captures and share them with the world. Levitagram is a brand new app for Windows Phone that takes image alterations to a whole new level. The app lets you remove specific objects from your photos and give them a floating effect.
Obviously that’s possible if you have a professional camera and Photoshop, but then not everyone has the advanced skills to put such an effect together. However, with Levitagram this is made possible with a few taps and swipes of your fingers.
You can create a levitation effect with Levitagram in three simple steps. When you capture an image, the app takes two images, one with the object and one without it. It then combines them into layers while giving you the freedom to erase or recreate the layers just by swiping your fingers. You can then create a photo that gives the appearance of objects floating, falling or hovering in the air. Pretty cool!
Editing in Levitagram involves adjusting the brush sizes and its coarseness. You also have options to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color of the area where the object was removed to make it blend in with the background.
There are certain basic things that you need to keep in mind when taking a great levitation photo. For instance, using a self timer gives more stability to the camera allowing you to take better shots. Similarly mounting your phone on a desk or tripod also helps. You’ll also have to take care about the lighting effects, whether indoors or outdoors. There are quite a few dos and dont’s that you need to remember, but don’t worry, the app provides you with a step by step guide to help you with the process.
Levitagram is a fun app that you’ll definitely enjoy playing with. It’s available on the Windows Phone Store for the price of free for a limited time, so be sure to grab it while you can.
You may love your Xbox Music app but if you’re still looking for a viable alternative to it, you may want to check out OneMusic from Phillipe Maes.
This full featured MP3 app can access music from your phone as well as from the SD expansion card letting you create cool playlists from your collection. Its clean intuitive interface lets you randomize tunes, repeat music, and sort tracks when you are creating playlists.
The app also offers full album art support but Live Tiles and tag editing features are not part of the current version. Maes is busy working on the two features though, so users should be seeing them in the next update or so. Other limitations of OneMusic is it cannot access Xbox Music, DRM protected files, or work with an Xbox Music Pass.
OneMusic is available on the Windows Phone Store for $1.99 but you can check out the free 5 day free trial before you decide on buying it.
No smartphone is complete without a toolkit. Sure, the Windows Phone app comes with its own collection of default apps ranging from a clock to a weather app, but there are times when you want something more – something that may not be a big deal to many, but is mighty handy when you’re stuck with everyday problems.
Ccool Media’s cool utility app comes with a vanity title #1 ToolKit, but who can blame them when you consider what’s in the pack: 5 app sets with a total of 16 tools.
The first app set comprises a ruler, a compass, and a protractor. The second set includes a flashlight, a mirror, onetap and a magnifier. The third app set features a unit converter, and an NFC writer. Set number 4 brings a noise meter, and a recorder while the last one comes with a handy timer, a stop watch, a world clock, and system info.
As you can see, these 16 great utilities in #1 ToolKit could come in handy in any type of situation and is a must have app for your Windows Phone. What’s more, you can pick it up from the Store for the price of free. Download it on your Windows Phone by clicking the button.
If you have a cool HP all-in-one printer and a Windows Phone with some great looking photos but can’t find a sensible and easy way to print them, look no further than the HP AiO Remote app for Windows.
This smart app from the leading IT company not only lets you print photos and PDF documents but offers plenty of other useful features too. For instance you can check ink or toner levels and view error messages, find and connect to other HP printers on your network, scan documents and photos from your HP multifunction printer, create high-quality documents using HP mobile scanner technology, save the captured documents to OneDrive as PDFs or JPEGs and share them with others.
You can also control your printer’s scan and print functions from your Windows phone itself, plus send scans directly to your mobile device from the printer. One downside to the app though is that some of its features may not be available with all printer models.
If you’ve got a HP printer, download the HP AiO Remote app for Windows Phone and let us know if you found it an ideal printing companion for your all-in-one.
Ever want to quickly copy text from your phone to your PC or tablet or vice versa? May be a relativly small issue but new app Kopy has the solution.
Basically you co to gokopy.com first on your desktop and paste your text. It will then text that text to your phone. You can also do the opposite and send a message to your PC from your phone. You don’t need to register for Kopy but if you do you can get a few more features. These include seeing your copy history and bookmarks. For an even easier time with Kopy there is a Chrome extension for your desktop. All information stored with Kopy is encrypted so if you’re worried about security don’t worry anymore. Overall Kopy provides an interesting solution for a current world problem.
Despite our hectic lifestyle and busy schedules most of us have often stopped for a minute or two to gaze at the night sky and ponder at the stars that twinkle down upon us. Have you ever wondered what those stars might be or if they are part of a magnificent constellation? You don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to the wonderful app for star gazers called Star Walk.
Star Walk has extensive information on over 200,000 celestial bodies from stars, and planets to satellites and constellations. All you need to do to get initiated into the astronomical journey is to open up the app and point it toward the night sky. You will immediately be able to see information on the celestial bodies you are pointing at. As you move your device you will see the updated information about each object in the sky.
Star Walk has plenty of exciting features. An Augmented Reality icon will help you add the image from your camera to your sky view. The app also features a Night mode that should make it easier on the eyes and save you from staring too long at the screen. A cool “Time Machine” feature lets you gaze at the skies of the past years and even peek into the skies of tomorrow.If you love watching meteor showers, you can use Star Walk to locate the next likely meteor shower and plan ahead for viewing it. And if you get totally excited with your discoveries, you can share your night sky images with friends using the social features.
Star Walk will leave you short by $2.49, but if you love the outdoors, star gazing, or doing fun educational stuff with the kids, you’ll be happy with what Star Walk offers. Download Star Walk for Windows Phone by clicking the button below.
One feature for the Window Phone 8.1 that people have been wanting for a long time is a file manager. Sure there have been a few third party developers taking a crack at it but nothing official from Microsoft. Until now that is. Microsoft has just announced that they are putting out an official file manager as early as May.
Note that it may not come out in May but it still should be here relatively soon. While they did announce the official file manager they didn’t give much details about it. They did release six screenshots that you can sort of glean information out of. It seems users will be able to create folders, move files, and other typical functions. Since this will be the “official” file manager it should come out well and we’ll keep you posted.
I see tons of workout apps that help track running distances, calories burned, etc. as well as a lot of dieting apps that track what nutrients you’ve been eating. These are both great kinds of apps to help people to exercise more or just help people in their workouts. GymBuilder Pro is a different kind of exercising app as it helps you with actual muscle building exercises.
The GymBuilder Pro app is great as it tracks what exercises you’ve done for what part of your body and what you need to do more of to meat your personal muscle building goals. With that comes free range to create custom workouts that the app will keep you on track of. Lately GymBuilder Pro has gotten an update that gives it even more features. You can track your body weight/measurements, have a countdown timer for your sets, and pretty much full customization on all workouts both custom and default/recommended ones. Overall the GymBuilder Pro app is a great app to take with you to the gym.
Situation is a unique app that doesn’t really do just one thing but rather does two things! Both of the features that Situation utilizes are great for well…specific situations.
The first feature Situation can do is be a car finder. If you’ve parked in a large parking lot or in a garaage and you can’t find it then Situation has you covered. You simply enter in where the car is with your GPS and it can guide you right to it. The other option is you can take pictures of the general area where you parked and Situation will store that and show you.
The second feature Situation has is a nap assistant. If you have long commutes on a train or subway you may want to take naps occasionally. However, there is the fear you’ll miss your stop. Situation will fix that issue as you can input what stop you need to get off at and it will wake you up for you! In general, Situation is helpful if you find yourself napping on subways or losing your car a lot. Not for everyone but still pretty cool.
One of the more looked at apps/widgets on my Windows Phone is easily my weather app. I think that is true for a lot of people and subsequently there are a lot of different weather apps on the market. Weather Premium by MetroStudio is not “just another” weather app but tries to take a more unique approach to the issue. The end result is actually something pretty cool and worth checking out.
You can see the weather forecasts in Weather Premium in three separate themes; Classic, Clother and Awesome. Note that on the Windows Phone version of Weather Premium you don’t have radar but you do have the basic weather information you could want. So what about these different themes? Well, classic is your basic weather app and shows you various extended forecasts. Clother helps you decide what clothes are necessary for outside and is extremely helpful. The awesome theme gives you a brief snippet of the weather in a humorous tone. All are fairly simple and straightforward but exactly what you need/want in a weather app. If you’re looking for a rather basic weather app that is fairly minimalistic then Weather Premium is for you.
If there’s one thing that act as a spoilsport to your perfectly good day, it’s the weather. This certainly holds true if you live in a country where you have four seasons in one day. A weather app on your mobile phone is certainly handy when you’re frequently on the go and need to plan your travels. There are loads of weather apps on the Windows Phone Store that throws all sorts of weather-related information your way. Today, we take a look at the freshly introduced Blue Skies weather app for Windows Phone.
Blue Skies pulls weather data from forecast.io, a weather service provider for developers. iPhone users will be familiar with the highly accurate predictions of the acclaimed weather app Dark Skies, which also uses the same data for forecasts.
Blue Skies isn’t the most comprehensive weather app in the market, but its ideal when you want to know the weather summary for the next hour or the next 24 hours. The app provides a 12 hour forecast as well as a 5 day forecast.
You will also find information about the precipitation, humidity, sunrise, sunset, and advisories and warnings of extreme weather conditions. You can choose the size and frequency of information you want displayed in the Live tiles to know the weather information at a glance from your Home screen.
Blue Skies is a clean and intuitive app that is available on the Windows Phone Store for free for a limited time (until May 1st). Do check out the various features of the app while its still free and if it happens to satisfy your requirements, you can pay a small fee for its future use which could be handy for the developers to cover the cost of the forecast.io APIs.
Lately the topic of security is a hot one and everyone is talking about it. Also, no one wants their data leaked to anyone whether it is malicious or companies buying it. Enter in Boxcryptor by Secomba GmbH which encrypts your data before storing it in the cloud and other services. You may have heard of it before as it was in beta but now it is out for real.
Boxcryptor supports all the major cloud based services like DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive. You can access your encrypted files at any time and always have them with you. Boxcryptor uses the AES-256 standard for all encryption. Boxcryptor is free and very easy to use and get used to. Early reviews are rating it very favorably. You can get it today for your Windows devices and start being more secure!