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It looks like Facebook has been getting some good Karma as of late because they’ve been rocking out. first with the purchase of Instagram, then they snatched up rival service Lightbox to get into the photography aspects even more. Now they’ve also acquired the social gifting service Karma — and you can’t forget about the Facebook IPO and stocks going crazy.
While Facebook’s stock is starting to dive hopefully good things will be headed their way. This weekend the founders of Karma announced the acquisition on their company blog, stating that Karma will continue as it always has and from here forward they’ll be joining the team at Facebook and will be bringing their passion to the social site.
So what does all this mean? Clearly Facebook is doing plenty with all that money they’ve recently received — Not to mention Mark secretly got married this weekend. With Instagram, Lightbox, and now Karma all joining forces at Facebook hopefully they’ll really get cracking on the Facebook for Android application. It still needs some serious help. I wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook snatches up even more companies in the coming months so stay tuned.
- Facebook for Android updated to include faster browsing, games, and more
- Facebook Messenger updated with ICS support and conversation tweaks
- Facebook buys Instagram for a cool billion, service to remain intact
- Facebook buys TagTile – bringing coupon deals to mobile
- Facebook for Android updated – takes over the app tray
- Facebook shows off App Center: its own social app gallery
- Instagram rival Lightbox also purchased by Facebook
What does one do after generating billions from an initial public stock offering? Go shopping, of course. After falling short of expectations following its somewhat helter-skelter IPO debut, Facebook simply shook off the whole thing and acquired itself some good Karma. No, we’re not talking about that Karma. Instead, Facebook purchased the startup responsible for the Karma social gifting app. The move was apparently made to bolster Facebook’s mobile chops — an area the company considers ripe for opportunity. Just recently, Facebook also acquired mobile stalwart Instagram and the Lightbox team, for example. As for its newest purchase, Karma will be allowed to “continue to operate in full force” despite its recent status change, according to a blog post by co-founders Lee Linden and Ben Lewis. Details weren’t disclosed about how much the deal was worth but judging from celebratory nature of their post, it doesn’t look like Linden and Lewis will “Unlike” the agreement any time soon.
Facebook likes Karma app, buys the whole darn thing originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 May 2012 16:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Since Instagram took forever to arrive on Android many were using alternatives to do similar tasks to their “art” or photography. One of those rivals was Lightbox which was originally featured at Google I/O last year. The app has been around for about a year but today Lightbox has announced that they’ll also be joining the team at Facebook.
Lightbox is like Instagram and is a photo-sharing service that also has filters and various tweaks for the users to enjoy. Millions of users have enjoyed it since before Instagram was released on Android but today we’ve learned that will all be coming to an end. Instead of snatching up Lightbox as a company Facebook has just hired their entire staff and Lightbox will be shutting down.
Lightbox made it clear that all current photos and databases will not be transferred to Facebook. Users will be required to export all of their images before June 15th, when the services will all be shut down. You can get all of your photography by going to lightbox.com/export. Since they’ll be leaving the system behind and working on apps that Facebook’s over 500 million users will enjoy, the Lightbox team has dropped their app into their open source Github Repository for those that would like to continue the apps development.
If you’ve used Lightbox you have until June 15th to export all your stuff before it’s gone forever. Expect more greatness from Facebook and their photography skills once Instagram and Lightbox start helping out.
We get the impression that Facebook is on a big mobile photo sharing kick: just weeks after it bought Instagram for a cool billion, the social network has just hired the staff behind Lightbox. The two-man team of Nilesh Patel and Thai Tran is bringing its mostly Android- and HTML5-focused knowledge over to Facebook, where it’s hoping to reach many, many more people. You’ll have to wait awhile to see what the Lightbox team brings to Facebook’s ever more mobile platform, but you’ll also want to hurry if you want to keep anything hosted on Lightbox: the service shuts down on June 15th. As a consolation for the shutdown, the startup’s code is being posted to GitHub so that the fruits of its efforts live on in open-sourced form.
Facebook snaps up mobile photo sharing firm Lightbox, decides Instagram isn’t enough originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 May 2012 13:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We all know Instagram is coming to Android soon, and with its success on the iOS platform, many are waiting anxiously for it to arrive. Let’s take a look at what Instagram offers.
- Nearly 20 photo filters
- Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field
- Retro borders
- Social sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous, and Instagram’s own network
Over 15 million iOS users use Instagram, so it must be popular for a reason. The fact is, it’s a well-made app that’s easy and fun to use, adding a coolness factor to social photo sharing. It’s gotten so popular, in fact, that I’m actually starting to get a little tired of seeing the same retro filters applied to everyone’s photos. I mean, sure it’s cool looking, but if everyone’s photos have the same look, it’s not that unique anymore. This is a testament to how easy it is to use, of course.
Your love of retro filters notwithstanding, Instagram is here to stay, and with the Android version coming soon, it’s going to blow up even more. But what if you want the Instagram experience today? One thing Android already has is a huge list of apps that are similar to Instagram, some with more features, some with less. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.
Like Instagram, Hipster also has a bunch of filters and borders for your photos, but it also adds the ability to add text on top of your image in creative ways, making it look like a postcard in the process. As a matter of fact, Hipster calls its images postcards.
The Play Store lists the following features for Hipster.
• Choose your postcard style from many gorgeous themes.
• Share your postcards on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr.
• Keep track of where your friends are and what they are doing.
• View the most interesting postcards that were sent from your location.
• Tag the friends who are in your postcards.
• Signup with Facebook or email (tap the more button).
The user interface is very straightforward and simple to use. The combination of filters and borders gives you plenty of options, and the text is a nice touch. Hipster also has its own web site for hosting your images, just like Instagram, making sharing more flexible.
Hipster is free in the Play Store.
Streamzoo is a pretty close clone to Instagram, offering over a dozen filters, 15 borders, tilt shift blur effects, and color controls. Hashtag support is also included for easy searching on Twitter and other social networks. You also get your own Streamzoo page with your uploaded images for more sharing. On top of all this, you can also share videos as well as photos. The Play Store lists the following features for Streamzoo.
- Follow @users or #hashtags, and like and comment on photos to award leaderboard points to your friends.
- 14 Filters (Lomo, C-41, X-Process, Toy Hipster, Old School, Masterpiece, Sunshine and more).
- 15 Borders (White, Black, Canvas, Film, Gritty, Old Vignette, Viewfinder, Dusty, Retro and more).
- 6 Crop shapes (Square, 3×2, 4×3, 16×9, Custom and Golden Ratio). You can also Rotate and Flip!
- Rectangle, Parallel, Circle, and Ellipse Tilt-Shifts (All adjustable with a pinch).
- Edit Hue, Saturation, Brightness and Contrast.
- Unlock badges for uploading photos to your favorite streams (Sunsetter, Foodie, Beach Bum, Sky Walker, and many more).
- Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
- Separate Title & Description for photo-blogging while out and about.
- Full-featured Web experience at http://streamzoo.com
Streamzoo is free in the Play Store.
3. Lightbox Photos
Lightbox Photos is a little different than other photo sharing apps. For one, it does not have built-in border or blur effects, though it does have over a dozen filter effects similar to Instagram. This means that when you click the camera icon to add a picture, you can choose to use any installed camera app on your device, including ones that provide a full compliment of effects, filters, and borders. This saves a step for users of alternative cameras.
Sign up for a Lightbox account and get your own Lightbox photo blog. Sharing covers all the big social names, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more. You can also share photos privately with friends or make them public. The Play Store lists the following features for Lightbox.
- Enhance your photos — Apply effects to your photos to make them beautiful or to create a retro camera look.
- Share with friends — Easily post your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare.
- View your photos online — If you sign up for a Lightbox account, your photos will be automatically uploaded to Lightbox.com and you can view them from any web browser.
- Control your privacy — You can make your photos public, share them only with friends, or keep them completely private.
- Publish your own photo blog — Photos you make public will be posted to your own attractive Lightbox photo blog. Example: http://joshmo.lightbox.com
- Join the Lightbox community — Follow and interact with friends and creative people from around the world.
- Works with other Android photo apps — You can use camera effects apps such as Vignette, Camera360, PicsArt, and Camera ZOOM FX to take photos with Lightbox. You can also import photos saved from photo editors such as Pixlr-o-matic, PicSay, Little Photo, and Photoshop Express.
Lightbox Photos is free in the Play Store.
Pixlr-o-matic is made by Autodesk, an experienced graphics company, and feels very polished as a result. The biggest advantage it has over most other apps in this roundup is the sheer number of filters, effects, and borders it has. Pixlr-o-matic offers an astounding 68 filters, 73 lighting effects and 193 borders at last count. It even offers a randomizer which randomly chooses combinations of filters for you.
Sharing is done through the standard Android share menu, which is actually kinda nice since you have tons of options available, such as email, that are not built-in to many of the other apps. Though there is no full web site like Instagram and others, Pixlr-o-matic does integrate with imm.io, which is a clone of photo hosting and sharing site imgur.com.
The Play Store lists the following features for Pixlr-o-matic.
- Color overlays help you adjust the mood – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades
- Lighting effects add drama, sparkle or a grunge look
- Finish off your photo process with the right frame – pick a border style that fits you
- Want it all in a single swipe? Try the randomizer and we’ll select an effect, overlay, and border for you.
- No camera required! Select a photo from your gallery and start applying effects. If your device has a camera, you can also snap a new picture from within the app
- Share your vintage image directly with your friends through Facebook or imm.io
- Export your finished image back to your gallery. Images can be saved in high resolution, depending on the resolution of the original image
Pixlr-o-matic is free in the Play Store.
The slogan for picplz is “Snap a pic. Apply an effect. Share with friends everywhere!” Where Picplz goes a step further is with the editing of the photo before posting. Not only do you get the standard 17 retro filters to choose from, but you can also click the Edit button and modify the image with tools like crop, rotate, brightness, saturation, and more. Besides the standard photo editing tools, there are also some fun options, like Stickers, which allows you to add hats, glasses, and other props to the picture, and Meme, which allows you to add text to the top and bottom of the image similar to the infamous lolcat meme (think icanhazcheezburger). If that’s not enough, you can even draw on the image, blur it, fix redeye, and more. All this photo editing muscle is brought to you via an integration with photo editing web site Aviary. I’d love to see more apps us Aviary for editing. Unfortunately, there are no frames or borders available in Picplz.
I also noticed that Picplz also allows you to choose an alternate camera to take a picture, just like Lightbox, allowing you to use a camera app with its own filters and effects.
You can share to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous, and Foursquare, as well as upload to your Dropbox account, which is a nice touch. Sharing your pictures also uploads them to Picplz.com, and you get your own public photo gallery.
The Play Store page lists the following features for Picplz.
- 100% FREE photo filters.
- Style your pics with filters to give your photos vintage 70s, monochrome black & white, Hipstamatic Russian toy camera, cross processing, and instant film effects and more.
- Share your photos on your blog and your Facebook account. (optional)
- Check in on foursquare when you post your photo. (optional)
- Add your location. (optional)
- Seamless & FAST uploading (photos upload in the background.)
- No waiting. Photos upload in the background allowing you to take photos without waiting for them to upload.
- Customizable sharing options make sharing photos simple.
- Photos taken with picplz are posted to your profile on picplz.com and tagged with your location (when available).
Picplz is free in the Play Store.
EyeEm positions itself as more of a discovery photo app that allows you to find pictures based on topics, places, and events. When you use the app to take a picture, you are presented with the option to add a topic and location in the form of a sentence, such as “Lunch at Malibu Grill“. In this example, you can tap on “lunch” and change it to any number of existing topics, or add your own. These topics become albums of similar images. The “Malibu Grill” part displays a nearby location. Tapping it changes to another nearby location it finds using GPS. Pretty slick.
This method of tagging your images becomes a sort of crowdsourcing for organizing all the images uploaded to EyeEm’s service. You also get your own page on EyeEm.com and you can share with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, and Tumblr. Filters and borders are here, but not really the main focus of this app. There are only 14 filters and 12 borders, though they do look pretty good.
The Play Store page lists the following features for EyeEm.
- Taking photos together: Find people who take similar photos of the topics, places & events you contribute to
- Edit: Take beautiful photos with 14 amazingly fast photo filters and 12 photo frames
- Share: Easily update your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare & Tumblr
- Discover: EyeEm is like a real-time photo search engine: simply take a photo and discover albums of topics, places and events
EyeEm is free in the Play Store.
7. Pix: Pixel Mixer
Pix has 30 filters, 24 film layers, and 16 borders. Not bad, but Pix lets you stack up to 3 filters together to create new ones. Combine that with interesting film overlays and borders, and you get an almost infinite amount of permutations. Find that perfect combination and save it as a favorite for later. A randomizer is available for quick and easy exploring of effects combinations.
Sharing is done through Android’s share menu, and that’s it. There’s no web site. Pix has potential with its filter architecture, and although that part of the app feels pretty mature, there’s not much else yet to make it feel more social and fun.
The Play Store page lists the following features for Pix.
- Apply Various Effects at Once! Create your own effects by using multiple effects at once!
- Add Your Effects to Favorites! Simply add and retrieve your favorite effects using our Favorites.
- Random Effects with Just One Touch. You can apply various random effects with just one touch. Get ready to be surprised!
- Simple User Interface. Applying filters, film layers, and frames has never been this easy!
- Powerful Sharing Functions. Share your edited photos on Twitter, Facebook, and other apps on your phone.
Pix is free in the Play Store.
As you can see, there are plenty of alternatives available now, and since they are all free, it’s worth trying them out to see which strikes your fancy. For me, Pixlr-o-matic is the best as far as filters and effects, and Streamzoo and Picplz are probably the most socially mature, with EyeEm coming in next as an interesting photo discovery service.
There are many other great photo filtering and sharing apps out there, and my list is surely not comprehensive, but I just wanted to outline some of the apps I feel are close to the spirit of Instagram. What are your favorites? Are any of these competition for Instagram, or do you believe once Instagram launches on Android it’s game over for many of these? Let us know in the comments!
With word that Instagram will soon be heading to Android, we all had better get ready for the invasion of photo filters and effects. It's not really new, we've been able to edit our pictures with hipster filters on Android for quite some time, but Instagram is sure to become hugely popular on Android — Rene hits it right on the head as to why.
To prepare, this week's photo contest is all about the hipster effect. Grab a picture, grab an app, and get to work applying filters and/or effects — or both. Some great free apps to do it with are PicsArt and PicSay from Google Play, and there are plenty of others — I'm partial to LightBox myself — so everyone can get in on this one.
This week's prize is something new and cool that I want for myself – the Smart Phone Sleeper. It's a universal stand that holds your phone just about anywhere, and would be perfect for a little night-time Netflix viewing or Youtube surfing. Winning one is easy:
- Use an Android device to take a picture of something cool.
- Use any method you like to apply some filters or effects to it.
- Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a name we can use and the model of Android you used to take it. Let us know what effects or apps you used, too. We like knowing this kind of stuff.
- If you send in more than one, or send me a link instead of an attachment, your entry gets filed in the trash folder, so don't do that. I hate it when I have to do that.
- Get me the pictures before the end of the night on Friday.
We'll pick the best 11 of the entries, then decide on the best of the bunch. We'll show you all of them Sunday afternoon. Now head down to the closest bodega, find something ironic, and take us a picture!
Make Lightbox For Android Your Next Photo Capturing, Editing, Enhancing and Sharing Application (Video)
Photo editing apps are a dime a dozen on the Android Market, however, it’s a little difficult to find a “good quality” application that will allow you to perform a number of operations seamlessly and effortlessly with online services and those you love the most. In steps Lightbox, a popular photo capturing and editing application that gives you a big bang for your buck, especially because it’s free. Lightbox allows you to take regularly taken photos and enhance them like never before. In addition, you can organize and then upload them to a Lightbox community timeline very much like post cards, something that’s setting the service apart from most right now.
Photos you share publicly will also get posted to your very own Lightbox website that other users can follow. You just focus on taking photos, and we’ll automatically create an attractive timeline of photo postcards for you.
You have the option of keeping them private or choosing who gets to see them and have access to them. There is also an online interface for you to interact with all of your photos. Lightbox.com offers safe storage for all your important snapshots and thus being in the cloud, you can quickly and easily download them onto any device that supports the application. If you’re ready to give it a try, hit the break for the download links and to check out more offerings and info from the developer. There’s also some screen shots and a quick video of how the service works. Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts about the app below as well.
From The Developer:
PUBLISH YOUR OWN TUMBLR-LIKE PHOTO BLOG:
Photos you share publicly will also get posted to your very own Lightbox website that other users can follow. You just focus on taking photos, and we’ll automatically create an attractive timeline of photo postcards for you.
JOIN THE LIGHTBOX COMMUNITY:
Check out http://lightbox.com/explore to find & follow Lightbox users in categories that interest you, such as art, fashion, and food, and get ideas for your own photo shoots!
FACEBOOK & TWITTER PHOTO GALLERY:
You can add Facebook and Twitter tabs that display photos shared by your friends on those social networks. (Twitter photo sources supported are Twitpic, Yfrog, Lockerz, Mobypicture, and Instagram.)
WE UPLOAD PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK, NOT LINKS:
Unlike PicPlz (which only post links back to their website) Lightbox will upload your photo into a Facebook album so you can tag your friends and easily make it your Facebook profile photo.
ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOS WITH PHOTO EFFECTS & FILTERS:
Make your photos memorable with our free one-click photo effects, including:
Instafix (color correction), Ansel (high contrast black & white), Lomo (Russian toy camera / vignette), Testino (enhanced color depth), Retro camera (70s old film look), Redscale, Cross Process, B&W, Sepia, Cyano (blueprint), Portia, Fisheye, Dotty, 8 Bit, Georgia, Sahara (Vintage camera effect), and HDR (simulates high dynamic range imaging)
IMPORT YOUR EXISTING PHOTOS:
You can import existing photos from your phone’s gallery by going to the My Photos tab and tapping on the “Import photo” button in the upper left. This allows you to share photos saved from photo editing apps such as Pixlr-o-matic, PicSay, Little Photo, and Photoshop Express.
INTEGRATES WITH OTHER CAMERA APPS:
You can use Lightbox with your phone’s built-in camera app or other camera effects apps such as Vignette, Camera360, and Camera ZOOM FX.
THE OLD LIGHTBOX CAMERA IS NOW A SEPARATE APP CALLED QUICKSNAP:
We’ve released the camera that was included in older versions of Lightbox as a standalone app called “QuickSnap Camera.” Once installed, it will become one of the camera choices in Lightbox. (Go to the “More from developer” section to get QuickSnap.)
NEWS & SUPPORT:
To get help or provide feedback:
Google just announced some enhancements to Google+ and they include:
Additional controls to “graphic-equalize” or fine tune your stream. We all know that a lot of posts can get lost in the shuffle so they are adding an option to adjust how posts from within a particular circle will be blended with your main stream. Now you won’t miss any posts from those people you deem very important.
Better notifications. The red notification indicator is awesome, but to figure out what all of the notifications are can be difficult because you have to navigate to the individual content. They’re going to add sneak previews so you can quickly decide if it’s something you want to explore more. You will also be able to easily see +1′s and shares your posts have received.
Google+ Pages. Owners of Google+ pages can now designate 50 managers as administrators for a page. With that comes a new notification flow that allows the managers to know what’s going on with in page conversations.
Lightbox changes. Viewing photos has been completely redesigned along with completely revamped photo tagging.
So there you have it. These all look good and I’m sure many of them will hit the Google+ app soon as well.
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If you can’t make it to Comic Con 2011 and you want to be there, well you’re in luck. The gates have opened and we’ve been all over the San Diego Convention Center to bring you the best of Comic Con 2011 in Photos. It’s all about photos so we’ve teamed up with the coolest [...]
Google has been rolling out an array of new services this week, most recently being their social effort, called Google+. Now it is rumored that they’ve been developing a photo sharing service named Pool Party.
Android has long lacked a photo sharing app that has been able to grab the masses like Instagram does on iOS. Lightbox is the most recent app to come around and is the one most likely to fill that void. However, if these rumors about Pool Party are correct, a photo sharing app from Google will likely have incredible traction.
Here is what is known about Pool Party thus far:
- It is being developed within Google by the Slide team
- The developers are giving a strong emphasis to group albums or ‘pools’ that display photos in real-time
- It is currently in beta mode and is invite-only
- It is listed both in the Android Market and in the iOS App Store
While it is available in the Market and will download to your device, you won’t be able to sign up without an email "approved" by the developers; that is, have an invitation from someone who is already a user.
Much is still unknown about Pool Party, but the concept of a photo sharing app developed by Google is extremely intriguing and one that I would love to try out. The link to the app after the break. But unless you’re in on the beta, you’ll be left high and dry.
A lot of weird games on the plate today, but that’s ok – nothing wrong with trying some unusual. We also have Lightbox, the latest up-and-coming social photo network thingy. Yea, I’m not really sure what to call it. But it’s cool and worth a quick look if you enjoy sharing photos with your friends and family. Google Checkout should be back up by the time you read this, so I don’t want to hear any excuses about how you can’t purchase any of these! You don’t have to, of course, be we’re sure a few of you will get a kick out of these. With that, I’ll leave you to it.
Lightbox Photos – Everyone’s favorite social photo sharing application has finally made its way to Android. Take photos, add whacky effects, and upload them to your Lightbox account for all to see. Conversely, you’ll automatically see images from your friends who upload them to Facebook and Twitter. Visit Lightbox’s website here to sign up, and then head to the Android market for the free companion download. Pretty cool stuff here, folks. [Market]
ShakyTower – If you liked to play with building blocks as a kid, give ShakyTower a look. It’s a game that has you entrenched in a world of instability. Buildings and structures look like they can topple in a second, and they absolutely can. Whether you’re building one of those towers or trying to work your way through one, the uncertainty of a building stay upright as you stack that one more block or turn that corner will keep you glued to your phone. Try out the free version in the Android market. [Market]
PokeJim – I love poking. Poking’s fun. I don’t get to do it in real life. I don’t get to do it enough on Facebook. And poking yourself is fun for a while, but gets old. Jim is here to save the day, though, as he’s put himself inside a video game where the objective is to poke him. The more you poke, the more points you get. And if you poke a lot, you get to poke a WHOLE lot more. Crazy, right? It’s a steal at $1.07. Go ahead and try it if you’re as addicted to poking as I am. Poke. [Market]
Pong ‘n’ Balance – It’s a unique take on pong, and one that shouldn’t go unnoticed. In Pong ‘n’ Balance, you’re not playing against another human or an AI opponent. No, you’re playing against yourself, trying to make sure you keep the small ball in the air while making sure the big one beneath you doesn’t fall off its seesaw. Your movements determine whether or not you fail, so you can only blame yourself for losing at the end of the day. Cruel, right? It also makes for interesting fun. Go on and try it for free. [Market]
This is like a fox in a box on sox in the sandbox with Light Box. Lightbox is a new photo app for Android that includes just about all the components you’d need in a multi-facceted complete photo experience. Lightbox includes a feature packed photo app complete with filters. It also has a comprehensive, cloud [...]