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Hot Instagram Photos and Sites

September 20, 2011 art, tech Comments Off on Hot Instagram Photos and Sites

We here at Dopemag have become completely enamored with Instagram, one the more popular photo apps to hit the streets. If you are not familiar with Instagram, the app enables users to take images either from the application or you can use images from your devices photo album. Once you have your image selected you can add filters to your photo (or not) to give them that old filmy-been layin’ around in a photo album for decades-pre digital camera-look. You can then upload and share those images with friends and other Instagram followers. As you will see below, the results are amazing images that can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways. Here is a sampling of some of our pics.

Currently you can only use the application on your mobile device but there are some sites and plugins that allow you to interact with your instagrams or your friends instagrams. Here is a list of our favorites:

Inkstagram

CONFUSION ALERT: The names are similar but they are NOT one and the same. Inkstagram allows users of Instagram to view their images and the images of the people they follow on the web. Much of the same functionality you would find in the app on your mobile device is present on this site plus some other handy features.

Copygram

Scenario: You are an avid Instagrammer and you need to download all of your images in preparation for a photo exhibit. While sifting through all of your 10,000 images and hitting “save as” sounds like an amazing time (yawn) you would probably be better off using Copygram. Allow this site permission to access your account and they will email you a zipped file of ALL of your instagrams. Mine only took seconds, but I only have 17 images (stop laughing) so I would assume it would take a little longer for users with more images.

Instawar

The photo worlds’ version of cock fighting is definitely Instawar. On this site you will see two Instagrams and you will have to choose which one you like best. Don’t worry nothing bad happens to the other photo (or so we were told). If you think the photos look good together then you can pair them up and share the link with friends. So it’s kind of like an arranged marriage but with photos…what?

iPad: Publishing’s Savior?

August 4, 2010 Latest, tech Comments Off on iPad: Publishing’s Savior?

Its been a few months since the debut of Apple’s version of the Cuisine Art, the iPad. It slices away the bulkiness ( can’t believe I’m saying this ) of a laptop and makes it possible to curl up on the couch, or wherever you like to get comfortable, to read with this device. It dices and dispenses music, pictures, bo0ks, movies, games and the internet in a beautiful piece of sculpted titanium. All at a price point that is shockingly reasonable. As the dust settles from the frenzy ( dude I waited in line for 3 days to get my iPad ) the device is already showing it will have some serious implications on the future of publishing, music, gaming, and movies but can it save the the industry?

All signs point to yes. As expected, the iPad is creating new ways for magazine and newspaper publishers to deliver their content while adding value to ad placement, or in some cases, creating new ways to sell ads in the form of exclusive digital rates. Publishing giant the New York Times is looking at how they can license their technology to other publishers who want to claim stake in this century’s’ version of the gold rush. They are creating a platform to allow other publishers use New York Times’ technology to create content for mobile devices. Soon it will be common for magazines to offer print or digital subscriptions meaning most publications will have digital versions of their issues.

This is a prelude to an explosion in digital publishing. Add the dynamics of devices will allow you to experience an article or chapter in ways one could have only imagined. Reading about distant planets, then with a single touch, watching live streamed footage of that planet and its orbiting moons. Reading an article about the new M.I.A. album and listening to snippets in the background—and then purchasing the deluxe digital album filled with more bits of media. Reading about a Kehinde Wiley exhibit, virtually walking through the gallery AND even reading/learning more about each individual piece—maybe even purchasing one for your collection before some hot-shot collector does.

The possibilities are endless for enhancing and extending a readers experience. I am starting to see passengers with their iPad on buses, writers hacking away at their latest manuscript/article in coffee shops, or hardcore early adopters watching double rainbow with friends. What does this mean? This is only the beginning.

Sustainable Dance Club

May 24, 2010 tech Comments Off on Sustainable Dance Club

This is truly effing DOPE.  Earn your keep at the club – dance your ass off and power the wattage to keep the music and lights going all night!

Applying the Piezeo Effect, little generators in the dance floor collect the energy generated from the “mechanical stress” of you shaking and moving on the floor.  The first Pizeoelectric dance floor is in Rotterdam, go get your green party on…

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