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instagram-screenshot.jpgInstagram has always been super secretive about revealing its stats, mainly because up until now we've always been able to guess roughly how many people are taking lame, amateur photos and putting retro filters on them. Answer: Everyone but our grans.

Well that all changed when Instagram randomly made a bunch of - kinda worrying - changes to its terms and conditions, which left many wondering whether their snaps could be sold to third parties without prior consent. As we were all expecting, a tirade of Instagram-related tweets and long-winded, ranting blog posts ensued with a few high profile users and celebrities dramatically quitting the service.

Despite it being such a hot topic online for a few days, it didn't seem as if the terms and conditions change - and subsequent change back again - would really have that much of an affect on numbers. However, a few publications published stats from service App Data this week, which pointed to a 25% decrease in users after the fiasco.

Well Instagram has decided to fight back against these recent stats, by publishing some interesting, official figures for the first time in its history. Today on the Instagram Press page the company has added a small side panel containing data about its users and their engagement with the app:

90 million Monthly Active Users
40 million Photos Per Day
8500 Likes Per Second
1000 Comments Per Second

The stats prove the app isn't dying a slow death, which is what some melodramatic naysayers have been suggesting, but is in fact going from strength to strength.

Digital Trends has pointed out that the stats from App Data, which called all of the fuss earlier in the week, could well be skewed given they only count users who have synced the app up to their Facebook accounts - not a requirement to use Instagram itself.

At the same time we shouldn't buy into Instagram's hype - it is owned by Facebook now after all - and deny that the debacle had an affect on its users. But at the same time we need to remember that sometimes we fall into the trap of assuming just because a few vocal Twitter users are chastising a service, that doesn't mean to say anyone else cares or is even aware of the whole controversy in the first place.

[Via Digital Trends]

Back in 2011 we collected together our favourite video editing apps for the iPhone and were surprised by how few really good quality offerings were available from the iTunes app store. Fast forward nearly two years and we still have some firm favourites from the past gallery as well as some great new apps too.

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Well it's hardly rocket science, is it? We all bloody love Instagram and its - admittedly quite lame actually - retro filters and for some reason the world of GIFs never fails to make us LOL, so marry the two together and you're onto a winner, which is essentially what new app GifStory is all about.

GifStory allows users to cut together short clips of video and then add a filter to the finished product. So it's essentially just the same as Instagram, but you're tweaking video instead of a still image. You can then pimp it out to as many social networks as you please and share with the rest of the GifStory community too.

There are some examples above we found on TechCrunch, but no, we're not sure why they're so "porny" either...

We're undecided about whether GifStory is a brilliant idea that'll have us all hooked or just far too much work. We get it, you only have to record something for essentially SECONDS, but we're all so used to instantaneous photos of our cats/hats/bats/mats that it might just be too much of an ask to have us thinking about moving images when there's so much other stuff going on in the world. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

You won't be able to get hold of GifStory for another month or so, but you can sign up to be put on a waiting list on the app's landing page.

[Via Fast Company]

Even after Instagram changed its terms of service - then changed everything back again - last year and everyone became really annoying and melodramatic and said they'd be leaving the app for good, it's still super popular and going from strength to strength, whether you're a posing nobody, a brand, an organisation or a celebrity.

The great thing about celebrities being on Instagram is that we feel like we're REALLY getting a sneak peek into their fancy, showbiz, car crash lives, which is much more appealing than reading unsubstantiated gossip. Well, sometimes.

There are a LOT of cool celebrities using Instagram right now, but here's our pick of the top 10 "teen idols". We're not entirely sure what that means, but they're young, young people are obsessed with them and as irritating as many of us find them, their Instagram snaps are sometimes pretty fascinating for all the wrong reasons. Oh and feel free to add your favourites in the comments:

Related: 10 Best celebrities to follow on Instagram

facebook-messenger-voice.jpgFacebook has updated its Messenger application this week to allow people to send voice messages to one another, which could be cute and funny or just really REALLY annoying.

When you visit the Messenger application from an iOS or Android device today you'll see that when you click "+" next to the message box you now have the option to attach a photo, take a new photo or record your voice. Just hold down the record button, say what you have to say and release it again when you're done.

Facebook is certainly realising the importance of quick mobile messaging, as it launched its Snapchat-like disposable message application Poke just before Christmas.

Facebook Messenger is available from iTunes and Google Play for free.

It's the 3rd of January so the blues have probably already set in and if you're anything like us you've eaten nine chocolate muffins for breakfast and had a little cry while packing a gym bag full of over-priced workout gear. This being an awesome person and sticking to resolutions stuff is really bloody tough, so we're here to help you with our pick of apps to make you more productive, achieve your goals, get running and watch what you eat.

Our only advice is to be realistic, download a few, set a goal or two then just get on with it. Don't try losing weight, getting a new job and volunteering all in the same week, you'll drive yourself crazy and end up messing everything up in the process.

Let us know in the comments below what your favourite apps for getting your life back on track are.

For exercising and tracking your workouts

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Over the past year so many fitness tracking apps, gadgets and stupid little wristbands have been launched onto the market, with some proving super successful and turning us into fitness freaks and others just failing miserably.

Our personal favourite fitness trackers include the Nike+ FuelBand and for a simpler option, Fitbit's Zip. However, you don't need to spend a fortune and have something strapped to your body at all times to get moving, as there are plenty of apps that'll do the job on the cheap.

For those who just want to get out and get moving then Nike+ Running is one of our favourite apps, which tracks your workouts and allows you to set goals from a super intuitive (and colourful) interface. Nike's online dashboards and dedicated community also mean once you start clocking up impressive runs you can share them with others and compete. RunKeeper is also a great option when it comes to tracking, sharing and monitoring your runs and has great integration with a number of wearable devices.

MapMyFitness is a better option for those who don't just want to run but fancy tracking their cycling and hiking activity too, all from a very similar interface.

If you just can't muster up the motivation or energy to run then try Zombies, Run!, which is essentially a running app with a pretty damn scary built-in zombie game. You'll probably find you're much more willing to run a bit faster if ten monsters who want to eat your insides are a few metres behind you.

For helping you to achieve your goals

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It's easy to download 500+ apps to track your runs and count your calories, but you're not going to achieve anything other than a hefty iTunes bill and sense of failure if you never put them to good use.

Luckily a number of apps have been launched recently that are specially created to help you set goals and - with a bit of willpower - stick to them. Our favourite at the moment - and an app that's had a lot of attention and investment recently - has to be Lift, a great-looking option designed to help you track, create and share your goals.

If you don't like the look of Lift, then Beeminder is very similar, allowing you to set goals and even hook the app up to fitness tracking devices. Everest is a new, interesting offering, which can do the same thing as Beeminder and Lift, but has more of a focus on dreaming big, so think less "I want to do more sit-ups" and more "I want to travel the world", which is probably evident from its name.

For making - and sticking to - your to-do lists

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To-do lists admittedly aren't for everyone, visualising all of the crap you need to do on a daily basis may send you into an anxiety attack before you even get to work. However, if you're the type of person who likes having all of their tasks to hand then we've got two of our favourite apps to recommend. First up there's Clear, both an iPhone and Mac application - you can store everything in the cloud and use it seamlessly across both - that strips down big, detailed and confusing task lists into something much more simple. You can create lists and add tasks, then control everything with a quick swipe or pinch.

If you're looking for something a bit more comprehensive, then give Wunderlist a try. Admittedly it's still meant to be as simple to use and implement into your daily life as possible, but allows you to assign tasks to specific lists and days and even share them with other members of your team.

For organising your working life and note taking

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If we asked most of you what pushed you to the very edge of your sanity last year we'd bet our grandmas that a lot of you would say your job. Now there's nothing we can do about that bitch that works in sales or the fact your commute makes you want to stab people, but there are a few great apps to take the pressure off your working day just a little bit.

We read a lot of "how to be a better human being" and "tips from productive people" lists from all over the web to help get a better idea of the categories to add to this feature and one thing we came across again and again and AGAIN was just how great Dropbox is. The cloud service makes it easy peasy to save pretty much any kind of documents, files and content and access them wherever you are. Most of us probably have it installed somewhere but don't put it to good use, so start today.

Many of us make mistakes or get caught out because we have too much on, so have a note taking app to hand all the time, which you find is easy to use and allows you to save and share notes, we particularly like Evernote for added features and Squarespace Note for a simpler option.

For monitoring your food intake and counting calories

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We don't advocate obsessive calorie counting, but if you're finding it hard to lose weight then tracking what you're eating on a daily basis may be a good place to start. MyFitnessPal is a popular and comprehensive application that can be anything you like, from a basic calorie counting tool to a bank of workouts and recipe ideas. Lose It! is similar, but a little simpler to use with a pretty intuitive interface and a full bank of foods to choose from.

Many people still find Weight Watchers a bit gimmicky, but it's actually proven to be one of the most successful dieting plans and its apps make sticking to your goals and tracking your food intake easy.

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You've always been able to use Tumblr's iOS app on iPad devices, but the blogging service has never released an app that's fully compatible with Apple's tablets, well until today.

The long awaited iOS app, which has been specially design for both the iPad and the iPad Mini, was launched earlier this morning and includes all of the great features we've already seen, as well as intuitive navigation sidebar buttons that are with you wherever you browse, a cute radial menu for creating posts and landscape support.

The Tumblr app is available from iTunes for free.

Well, well, well, up until this week Instagram was everyone's favourite photo application and we spent our days snapping, cropping and filtering all kinds of rubbish, from our breakfasts to our totally awesome pedicures (gross).

However, everything changed this week when Instagram announced it had made a number of amendments to its policies that may (or may not) mean that users' photos could be sold to third parties for its own profit in the future.

Judging from Twitter's reaction some people don't seem to really care and others are outraged, so guys this list is for you, full of alternative photo apps whether you're looking for something to fill that vintage filter-shaped hole in your heart or just a service that lets you show off how pretentious your eating habits are.

Let us know in the comments below what your favourite Instagram alternative is and we'll create a reader's list too.

1. Flickr Shiny Shiny's favourite Instagram rival

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It's got online photo storage covered, but last week Flickr re-launched both its iOS app and website with a clean design, much more intuitive experience and of course filters in order to compete in the lucrative photo editing app arena too.

2. Camera+

It's been one of our favourite editing apps for some time now, but more might flock to it given Instagram's most recent controversy. The great thing about Camera+ is there aren't just tonnes of options for editing your images and adding filters, but right from the word go you're able to take better photos with its built-in camera with added features.

3. Snapseed

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Google-owned Snapseed made headlines earlier this year when Guardian photographer Dan Chung used it to take and edit images from his coverage of the Olympics. Since then it's become more and more popular for its comprehensive (yet super simple and intuitive) editing features and bank of cool filters.

4. Camera Awesome

It's a bit more silly than the others, because you're not really applying filters but get to "awesomize" them instead. However, it's great for those who love the simplicity of Instagram, as it's very easy to use.

5. Twitter

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It may not be packed full of the features we've come to expect from Instagram, but its new filters clearly make it a viable alternative, particularly if you like sharing all of your creations with your Twitter followers anyway.

6. CameraBag

It's super simple and an old Shiny Shiny favourite, but even though CameraBag may not be an all-singing and all-dancing alternative, it's packed full of great vintage filters and allows you to share your images elsewhere.

7. Hipstamatic

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Some iPhone users were crazily adding retro filters to their images before Instagram could even walk, so it's quite funny to think users may come crawling back to the Hipstamatic community. Although the company has faced some hurdles over the past year or so, it's still going strong, a firm favourite among some photographers and is packed full of more features than Instagram.

8. TaDaa

Another app packed with filters and all the features you'd expect from a photo app, but TaDaa allows users to vote images up and down, which is a great way of weeding the rubbishy ones (or just unpopular people) out from the rest.

9. EyeEm

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It's very similar to Instagram in many ways, because it's got a range of filters and editing effects, the only difference is the team behind EyeEm (probably) won't sell a photo of your face without your consent to the highest bidder. The way photos are categorised within EyeEm is a little different, as they can be grouped by events, themes and much more.

10. Pixlr-o-matic

A great app for those who sometimes feel a bit limited by the choice of options within Instagram, as according to the app's write up on Google Play there are 5,000,000 possible finishes for each image, which will either excite you or give you a bit of a headache. Choose from 100 different filters, 280 overlays and 200 borders. We're not sure how there are 200 borders, but it's great for those with a lot of time on their hands.

Related: Instagram changes its policy and the whole world implodes

tech_0409_instagram_270x203.jpgSo according to some old Mayan stone the world's ending this week, on Friday to be exact and in the Shiny Shiny offices we've been discussing exactly how that's going to happen. We've pretty much narrowed it down to... A sudden flash of light then NOTHING, a zombie infection or a huge natural disaster that sees us all being whipped into hurricanes or swallowed up by lava. However, it seems that something else will actually cause the world to implode a little earlier and it's the fact Instagram has made some changes to its policy.

Yeah it sounds ridiculous, but our Twitter feeds have been whipped up into a frenzy this morning by the fact our Instagram photos may or may not be taken by Facebook, may or may not be sold to some big bad corporation for advertising purposes and may or may not appear on some billboard in an exotic country.

Everything kicked off yesterday when Instagram made a number of changes to both its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that come into affect later in January. We already wrote a sarcastic post about Instagram sharing more stuff with Facebook, but today everyone's nearly working themselves in an early heart attack because a section of the new Terms of Use section effectively grants Instagram the access to pimp out your content:

"Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you post on or through the Instagram Services. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly ("private") will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services."

Obviously Instagram wants to make a huge deal about the fact it DOES NOT CLAIM OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CONTENT (so much so that it keeps shouting at us), but then goes on to say that despite not owning your photos, it can pretty much go ahead and do whatever the hell it likes with them if your account is public.

There's even more dodgy terminology throughout the whole policy (Cnet has gone into much more depth with its analysis), but overall we can agree that this is pretty rubbish, especially if you're a dedicated user and don't really want Instagram to sell your content onto some random company for god knows what.

However, it's hardly surprising a free service that's recently been gobbled up by Facebook now wants to stake a claim on your content and start making more money. We guess amidst the dreamy vintage filters and little "like" hearts we just didn't see Instagram becoming a big baddy.

The main thing to remember here is that Instagram isn't the fluffy care bear company we all stupidly thought it was, but at the same time many of the things we're all freaking out about today may never happen. These new policies may have been broadly drafted by a legal team to cover their backs in the future and those whining about Facebook making money from our cat and pouty face photos could just be jumping to all kinds of silly conclusions.

If you're still not happy then it's hardly rocket science. If Instagram updating its policy is going to make you freak out and worry for days that those rubbish photos of macarons might end up on an ad somewhere, then stop using the app. We know, we know, it might feel like you're chopping off a limb, but we doubt your Twitter rants are really going to change the decision of a business owned by Facebook so let's all calm down and drink some mulled wine, shall we?

[Via Cnet]

instagram-screenshot-app.jpgEarly next year Instagram will be introducing a new policy that means it'll soon be sharing all of its content with its new BFF (we mean owner), Facebook.

This morning the Instagram team wrote an official announcement on the company's blog, outlining some of the key changes that are set to come into affect in January and its relationship with Facebook plays a big part:

"Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used."

The company is keen to point out that nothing will change in terms of who owns photos and who has access to them, but regardless it's clear that Facebook and Instagram are set to get a hell of a lot more cosy. The area of the new policy that's rung alarm bells for those who are wary of Facebook's involvement is in the information section:

We may share User Content and your information (including but not limited to, information from cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data, and usage data) with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of that group ("Affiliates"). Affiliates may use this information to help provide, understand, and improve the Service (including by providing analytics) and Affiliates' own services (including by providing you with better and more relevant experiences). But these Affiliates will honor the choices you make about who can see your photos.

Facebook haters are already getting all worked up about the thought of their data being even more closely monitored by the social network, but we're not really sure what they expected since it acquired Instagram...

[Via TechCrunch]

snapchat-phone-screenshot.jpgQuirky little photo app Snapchat has become super popular over the past year or so (we wrote about it last September when it was called Picaboo), as it allows you to send "self-destructible" photo messages that the recipient can only view for a couple of seconds.

Awh we hear what you're saying, maybe everyone uses it to send cute, laughing photos of the fun times they have like the girls below? Well um NO. It's basically gained a bit of a reputation for being the go-to app for sending filthy photos, so you can be as naughty as you like without risking your naked bits being posted to the internet.

Well according to reports today it looks like Facebook may want a piece of the dirty, quick photo pie as it could be planning on launching its own Snapchat-like application.

Yesterday All Things D reported that Facebook is currently testing a messaging app that allows users to "send impermanent photo messages to one another", which yep, sounds a hell of a lot like Snapchat's USP.

Although there's been no official word from Facebook yet, a source close to the matter has allegedly leaked that the app will be with us in the coming weeks, joining Facebook's other mobile apps like Messenger and Camera (yeah, we forgot that existed too).

[Via All Things D]

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Over the past few months, since we all excitedly updated our iPhones to iOS 6, we've been collectively moaning about how rubbish Apple Maps is, blaming the tech giant for thinking it was smug enough to take on Google.

We know lots of you have found yourselves lost and late because Apple's offering just isn't up to scratch and some people in Australia nearly even died when they were sent into the depths of a big, scary national park with no food and water, but lots of creatures.

Well we can all stop moaning and wandering around bewildered today, because you can now get Google Maps back as a dedicated app. That's right, Google Maps for iOS has finally made an appearance on the app store today after lots of speculation and it's packed full of new features.

The app provides you with all of the usual stuff you're used to from the original Maps, like detailed navigation, public transport information and Street View, but there's also voice directions and more live traffic data than before.

Interestingly Google has also launched an SDK for Maps, allowing developers to take the data from the app and add it into their own.

[Via Google and Google Geo Developers Blog]

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Today Yahoo has released a redesigned version of its Flickr app, which has changed the whole look and feel of the photo sharing service on iOS. The shiny new lick of paint may make us much more likely to load it up and (maybe) use it as regularly as our current phone favourites or it could just be a case of too little too late...

To get started with the app you sign into the service with your Facebook, Yahoo or even Google details and then you're given a basic tutorial into the new app and the gestures you'll need to navigate around it.

The new offering feels a lot like Instagram (but what photo app doesn't right now?) with its stream of activity, favouriting with a double-tap functionality and groups of users. As you'd expect there are also a number of filters on offer too, which means you can take, edit, share and ultimately store photos all from the same app.

Flickr has long been a firm favourite for storing, sharing and showing off your images, whether you're an Average Joe, amateur photographer or Getty. However, this latest update could be just what the service needs to make it all about snapping and editing images too, unless we're too stuck in our ways with our current favourites that is.

The new Flickr is available from iTunes for free if you don't have it already, or just hit update and you should see the changes.

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Over the past few weeks there's been a lot of tension between Twitter and Instagram, which has today culminated in a shiny new set of filters being added to the Android and iOS Twitter apps.

We've heard rumours that Twitter's been developing filters for what feels like years and this week the micro-blogging platform's official blog has revealed its been working alongside the photo editing specialists at Aviary to create a set of eight, including a couple of black and white ones and others with a vintage toy camera feel.

But that's not all, you'll also be able to crop your images and even tweak lighting and colour effects with an auto-enhance option, so those who only usually make a few basic edits to their snaps will be able to do everything they want from within the Twitter app now.

Not to be outdone, Instagram today revealed a number of updates, including a camera redesign and a new black and white filter called Willow.

As you'd expect Twitter users are praising, ranting and moaning about the site's new filters today, with some welcoming them with open arms, others using LOTS OF CAPS to say that they'll never leave their beloved Instagram and most revealing that they think it's great there's an option for filters within the Twitter app now.

Our Twitter friend @flashboy summed up everyone's sentiments pretty well:

"Pretty nice. Not as fancy/wanky as Instagram, but good for tidying up pics."

We doubt that many die-hard fans will start ditching Instagram solely for Twitter from now on, but the lack of integration between the two means that those who like to share their photos on Twitter regularly and want them to look good could now easily be swayed by these rival filters and editing features.

Other than its dedicated community of photo lovers, the only main advantage of using Instagram over Twitter is the way your photos are displayed after you've uploaded them. Although not everyone felt they were necessary, Instagram's web profiles mean snaps look great and serve as a pretty library of photos that Twitter's current media section just can't compete with. However, we imagine that'll be Twitter's next step in becoming a one-stop-shop for online photos, so watch this space.


big-spam.jpgIf you're a big fan of Instagram you'll know it's full of awesome photos, retro filters, all of your friends' snaps and tonnes of spam links to Justin Bieber sites, bargain blogs and people pretending to be hot MILFs.

Of course the last three are really irritating and not what the Instagram team really had in mind when they were building the popular photo app, which is why Facebook has decided to wade in too and start fighting off all of the nasty spam like some really lame super hero team.

According to a comment under a recent photo from the official Instagram account, a group of engineers has already been tasked with tackling the big, fat, juicy spam problem:

"There's no quick fix, but we have a team of engineers working every day to tackle the issue and we hope you'll notice their improvements."

You can do your bit too by weeding out the spammers and reporting them, which should make you feel warm, fuzzy and like you're doing your bit to fight off fake naked ladies.

[Via All Things D Image via kellinahandbasket's Flickr]

twitter-instagram-rivals-2.jpgWe know the relationship between Twitter and Instagram has been rocky for some time, but this week it looks like things have really taken a turn for the worse. According to reports, Facebook-owned hipster photo app Instagram has had a big tantrum, which has lead to it blocking Twitter from displaying its images correctly. From what we can tell some still look alright, whereas others are weirdly cropped and are just generally a bit rubbish.

The Wall reports that the move is to ensure more users visit Instagram's new web presence instead of just checking everything out in Twitter. Awh someone's feeling a bit needy.

At Le Web Instagram's CEO Kevin Systrom said:

"Really it's about where do you go to consume that image, to interact with that image. We want that to be on Instagram. What we realised over time is we really needed to have an awesome web presence."

Many have criticised the move and accused the Facebook team of putting pressure on Systrom, to which he replied:

"This decision is definitely coming from me. This is not a case of Facebook putting some sort of policy on Instagram. And this isn't a consequence of us getting acquired."

It's all good and well wanting more people to visit Instagram's shiny new web profiles, but surely messing up photos in Twitter just seems a bit, well, childish doesn't it?

[Via The Wall Blog]

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Summly first made waves in the tech world way back in 2011, but when ranting comedian and all round cool guy Stephen Fry tweeted about it last month the quirky news app became a firm favourite on many iPhones across the nation. But now the initial hype has died down is Summly really going to change the way we consume news on our mobiles? Well, maybe.

Summly is a clever little app that uses an algorithm to sift through top news stories and deliver users concise summaries. It isn't just any old news that you're served up, but you choose which titles and topics you're most interested in based on specific keywords.

Granted other apps won't use the same algorithm as Summly, but many use their own technology to deliver summaries of the news too, like Flipboard and Pulse. However, it's the way Summly packages the snippets of content and allows you to consume them that makes it stand out from the rest. Like our favourite to-do list app, Clear, Summly utilises a range of unique gestures that make for an intuitive user experience, like swiping titles to the right to refresh content and holding your fingertip down on a story to share it across your social networks.

Like most apps that use slightly unconventional gestures, Summly is bound to be a hit among some users and a bit irritating for others. But its unique interface, genuinely useful summaries of top content and colourful design has certainly made it a big hit in the Shiny Shiny office over the past month.

Summly is available from iTunes for free.

Related: Will Clear be our new favourite to-do list app?

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Earlier in the year Hipstamatic launched Snap, a magazine all about how awesome mobile photography is that also takes a peek at different cultures across the globe with a few other lifestyle bits and pieces thrown into the mix too. Until now the magazine has only been released for iPad owners, but this week it's available via the web and iPhone too.

Despite it's community of dedicated users, when Facebook and Instagram became BFFs poor little Hipstamatic fell by the wayside a little and was no longer the go-to application for iPhone photo filter fun. Therefore, Snap presented a new way for the brand to engage with different audiences and ensure people are all passionate and geeky about iPhone snaps again.

Since its initial launch back in May, the magazine has reached the top spot for photo/art magazines in the App Store even though Hipstamatic hasn't released any official stats about downloads. The magazine itself contains an interesting mix of content, although it's clearly made by Hipstamatic it's not annoyingly "salesy", there are stories about different cities, photography tips and examples of great art across the globe.

Opening up the magazine to web and iPhone users expands its reach, but whether it's worth it in the long run remains to be seen.

You can read Snap via the web and for iPhone and iPad devices from iTunes.

[Via The Next Web]

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Today everyone (and by everyone we mean geeky London kids) seems to be talking about YPlan, described as "tonight's going out app", it'll serve up a bunch of cool suggestions for things to do within the next few hours.

If you live in London you know that it can be really overwhelming to figure out what to do all the time, with new restaurants, pop-ups, cinema screenings and a range of other pretentious events taking place nearly every evening (talk about first world problems, right?). Well enter YPlan, an app that tells you what 10 cool things are happening tonight in London, from short film events to male burlesque dancing to wine feasts, whatever your tastes it's got your back.

Once you find an event that takes your fancy, click on it to see more details and then book yourself a spot from directly within the app.

Not only does YPlan serve up a lot of great suggestions, but the app itself looks lovely with plenty of big, graphic images, typography that makes our eyes smile and easy scrolling functionality.

YPlan is available from iTunes for free.

Although cool lens dials or handy tripods may seem like strange Christmas presents when the rest of your family are handing out sweaters and chocolates, there are plenty of gadgets and accessories available at the moment that'd make perfect stocking fillers for mobile photography lovers.

Whether you're buying for someone who's serious about their photography or just likes to mess around with Instagram now and again, we've collected together some of our favourite accessories that'll help them get the best results from their phone's camera. Or at least give them something to play around with on Christmas day.

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