Guest Post: Fun New Tech and Apps

This year I thought it would be fun to include some guest posts from my multitalented friends...whether it's fashion, tech, cooking, books, music....there's bound to be something fun and interesting they have to share!  First up with a guest post is Jean-Luc, who has lots to say about some new tech and apps on the scene.  Enjoy!

With a new year brings new resolutions, new discoveries and new ideas. In the spirit of such a period, we thought why not look at some new apps, new websites and new blogs with which to enjoy all that 2013 will have to offer?!

In going over the literally hundreds of new offerings available to the keen-eyed user we tried to stick to three core principles in selecting what we thought would be the most interesting, informative and useful of everything available. Of course, there are many different principles at play when looking at new services and offerings, but it would be impossible to mention them all so we narrowed it down to the three we thought most important, namely: Originality, practicality and mobility. As if afraid of being accused of an inability to relax and have fun, we followed up these noble ambitions with a fun one and included an app that we think you’ll find satisfies the pointless but fun requirement we all need!

How is this for originality?! Imagine being able to collect the photos you take on your smartphone and collate them in an unlimited manner of ways into one creatively cool collage. Well that’s exactly what Fuzel, the latest offering from the coolly named Not A Basement Studio, does for you! Take a look at this example:

Each segment of this collation was a separate photo added, angled and filtered so as to create exactly the look, shape and feel that the user wants. In addition, you can add pieces of text in a variety of different styles so as to personalise your collage even more. Once you’ve created your pictorial Picasso, you can print it out as a postcard and send it off to your loved ones! Pretty cool app, with a pretty cool theme!

Launching this year is the remarkable and exciting UK based project called Publicate. Publicate allows its users to collect, organise and share everything from articles, images, and video to documents and audio. Serve your passions and interests, inspire your projects or simply read and appreciate. If you’re looking to establish your position as a ‘go to’ resource in your area without the time to spend on creating content, Publicate offers a platform for you to share and share alike all the content you wish. With a nifty browser extension that allows you to collect and publish, literally, at the click of a button, the visual interface offered by Publicate makes organising, filing and saving fun, easy and intuitive.
Whether you are a student, a schoolteacher, a researcher or an entrepreneur Publicate will be useful to you. Plus, apparently it’s a brand spanking new platform so you can be some of the first to test it out!

You’ve got too much time to sit around and do nothing, but you’ve got too little time to launch yourself into something too time-consuming. We’ve all been caught in that moment. Some people like to day-dream, some people like to take out a compact and check their hair or mascara, others like to read a page or two of the paper. Well, if you’re a blog reader (and with the quality of blogs out there, you should be) NuffnangX is what you should be using. It takes the posts from any blog you tell it to and summarises the article, distilled with a picture into a sentence or phrase which most accurately reflects what the post is about. It’s a nifty little app that comes with a list of recommended blogs, from countries all around the world and spanning over twenty different categories from fashion to photography. It also makes leaving comments from your smartphone as easy as sending a text or a tweet, so that bloggers and the readers can discuss the hot post of the day literally from anywhere! Plus, it’s completely free… ;-)

And now for the fun one...

Yes, you’ve read about the original, the practical and the mobile so now it’s time for the fun!


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