Availability: Android and iOS
Cinemagram is a social network that let’s you create short videos. It’s a simple way to shoot a quick video, with little or no editing skills, and place a filter that makes your video pop. “Cines” as they are called are fun to create and certainly entertaining to watch all in 4 seconds. You can also enhance your Cine by animating a region of your video.
The app allows you to take pictures, videos and record sound. The social aspect of the app lets you follow your friends, post comments and repost Cines you like.
Difference between Vine and Cinemagram:
- Vine is 6 seconds or less, Cinemagram is 4 seconds or less
- Currently Vine is only available for iOS. But according to DROIDLIFE, Vine founders say an Android Version is coming soon.
- Cinemagram has awesome filters you can apply to your videos.
Socials: You can integrate your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts.
Availability: itunes for iPhones and Google Play Store for Androids.
My Take: This is a great option for Android users who don’t have access to the Vine app yet. I also like the integration of filters, which Vine doesn’t have. You can change the speed and animation too. I might like this more than Vine now……. Check with me next week when something better might be out!
Posted in Apps, News, Video
Availability: iPhone, iPad and Android devices
Feedly is a site that allows you to access and organize blogs, websites, YouTube channels and podcasts you frequent regularly. If you read my last blog post on What’s Trending in Technology: Goodbye Google Reader, Feedly is the place to migrate to.
Feedly provides readers with various reading layouts to fit all users’ needs. You can also tag items, share with colleagues and use keyboard shortcuts to make reading your favorite sites easier.
Social Media Integration: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Evernote.
Desktop Users: Add to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
Switching from Google Reader - Feedly created a knowledgebase of questions and answers to walk Google Reader users through the transition of migrating to Feedly.
Here is something different: Vine. It’s a mobile app that lets you shoot short videos. Here’s the catch: the videos you create on Vine are 6 seconds or less and continuously loop. They can capture both sound and motion.
Vine doesn’t have a play button, just a create button. The whole purpose behind the designers thoughts were to “share life in motion.”
Step one: get inspired. Step two: create. Step three: share.
Get Started: Download the app from itunes for iOS devices.
- Unlimited uploads
- Integration with your twitter and facebook accounts
- Share and follow your friends on vine
- Search and share by hashtags
There is an app for Android devices, but it is only for viewing videos on Vine.
Cinemagram is an Android version of a short video app. Cinemagram is also available on iOS
Posted in Apps, News
Tagged apps, News, vine
App: Pocket (formerly Read It)
Availability: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Mobile, Blackberry
Developer: Nate Weiner
Have you ever scrolled through your twitter feed, found something great, and realized that the article was too long to read at that second? Or you received an email with a great link to a video, but it’s a little long to view right then and there? Then this app is a perfect fit for you! When you find something interesting you want to read or watch later, you can put it in “Pocket.”
Pocket let’s you save anything from articles – to images – to videos. When you save something to your pocket account, it’s available everywhere you have access to that app. This includes your phone, your tablet and your computer. Pocket is integrated with all your devices so you can access it anytime, anywhere. Once you have saved items to your pocket account, you don’t even need Internet access to read it later.
I really like this app, it’s a great way to organize articles and videos that I can’t get to in the middle of the day. I use twitter to keep up with what’s going on in the technology and library world. There are times when I stumble across something and just don’t have time to read it. This app let’s me watch an hour video on Digital Literacy or read the new ALA Ebook Business Model Scorecard at a later time. I have integrated it on my iphone, ipad and my Google Chrome browser on my computer. I can even tag the article or video to a specific category like libraries or software, making it even easier to find later.
Get Started: http://getpocket.com/signup/
App Integration: Pocket is integrated into over 300 apps including Twitter, Google Currents and Flipboard. To view the complete list of all apps, take a look at the Pocket App Directory.
Devices and Browsers: iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, Google Chrome, and Firefox
Posted in Apps, News
Tagged apps, pocket
If you already have a Pinterest account and you have been pinning and organizing all of your pictures, posts, and websites, it’s time to learn something new! Here’s how to create a secret board in Pinterest. Secret boards allow pinners to hide specific boards from followers and other viewers.
Every user can add up to three secret boards. Existing boards cannot be made private because other people may have already repinned items from that board.
How to set up a secret board:
- At the bottom of your profile page, below all of your boards, there will be an area for secret boards.
- Click on the secret board to add the board name and category.
- You can invite certain people to have access to your secret board, or no one at all.
- If you would like to turn your secret board into a public board, you can change the options in your settings.
Secret boards on your mobile device:
- Both for IOS and Android devices
- Click on your profile tab in your app, then your boards tab, and scroll to the bottom to create a secret board
Examples on why a secret board would be useful:
- If you are planning a surprise event in the library
- New children’s or youth program in the process of creating
- Party for the friends of the library or trustees
- Retirement party for a colleague
Looking to learn more on Pinterest? Check out What’s Trending in Technology: Pinterest