Instagram 2.0 adds live filters and higher-resolution photos

Instagram on Tuesday unveiled version 2.0 of its popular photo-sharing app. The update adds new filters, live filter previews, instant tilt-shift effects, more border controls, high-resolution photos, and rotation controls.

Live filters let you see how your filtered photo would look before you snap the virtual shutter. You can still switch your filter after you take the photo, if you prefer. And Instagram says that filters are now 200 times faster than before, which should save precious seconds between taking your photograph and sharing a deeply-saturated version of it with your friends. You can similarly get live previews of the tilt-shift effect, and Instagram says that the effect is now applied 100 times faster than it used to be.

Read more »

1

The Week in iPad Cases: Lock, stock, and two smoking barrels

Gadget protection means different things to different people. For some, it's about making a fashion statement; for others, it's about keeping their devices away from sticky hands; and then there are those, like the military, whose jobs necessitate taking the concept of protection to the extreme. You'll be happy to hear that we've got them all covered in this week's iPad case roundup.

CoverBee's Black Polkadot sleeve
CoverBee's Black Polkadot sleeve

CoverBee: This company's collection of iPad sleeves (iPad and iPad 2; $25) includes five different models that manage to be both cute and fashion-conscious. Using a variety of materials and patterns, including polka dots and leopard skin, these made-in-Holland pouches keep your tablet safe while providing a splash of colour and style. The company notes that its products are not compatible with Apple's Smart Cover.

Read more »

4

Seven states join DOJ in opposing AT&T deal

Seven state attorneys general have joined a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit attempting to block AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA.

The states of New York, California, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania have joined the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against AT&T, T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom, the DOJ said Friday.

Read more »

6

OfficeDrop adds iPad 2 optimization to iOS app

OfficeDrop's app offers several options for uploading images and documents.

The cloud-storage provider OfficeDrop has revamped its iOS app, expanding it from an iPhone-centric program to a universal app. The new version is optimized to take advantage of the iPad 2’s camera for “scanning” paper documents into electronic storage.

OfficeDrop 2.0 launched Wednesday morning. Like earlier versions, it lets you use the camera on your iOS device to take pictures of important documents—bills, travel itineraries, and the like—and store them in OfficeDrop’s cloud. You can also upload other documents from your computer to the storage service, and view them as searchable PDFs on your device.

Read more »

2

Reviewed: Seven rugged iPhone 4 cases

Most iPhone cases offer some degree of protection, but sometimes you need a case that goes above and beyond. We took a look at seven cases designed to keep your iPhone safe not only from the usual bumps and scratches, but also from dirt, dust, and drops. Some even claim to protect against precipitation. Read more »

0

The Week in iOS Accessories: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

We've already seen iPhone-controlled helicopters. This week, we bring you iOS-controlled monster trucks. (What's next? An app-controlled navy?) But if RC vehicles aren't your thing, there are also some new AirPlay-enabled speaker systems on the market, and more. Here are some of the accessories that caught our eye this week.

Cool Invent's Dual iDocker

Cool Invent: Don't know about you, but we feel like the world of iOS accessories doesn't include enough heavy rocks. Lucky for us, Cool Invent's $239 Granite Dual iDocker solves that problem. The granite-based stand can charge and display both your iPhone and your iPad at the same time; both charging docks have ball joints that allow for optimum display of both your iOS devices in either portrait or landscape mode. (If you only want to charge and display your iPad, Cool Invent also offers the $189 Single iDocker.) Users can choose from eight different shades of granite to complement their home office surroundings. Rock on!

Read more »

1

The Week in iPad Cases: Slings and arrows

It's time for another edition of our weekly iPad case roundup. This week's selection covers the usual variety, but it also shows how the iPad has become a fashion symbol, as well as a tool that's indispensable to people in all walks of life. It also answers the eternal question: Will an iPad survive a launch from a catapult?

G-Form's Extreme Edge
G-Form's Extreme Edge

G-Form: Would you use your iPad 2 as a frisbee? What about launching it from a slingshot? You're probably shaking your head, but that's exactly what G-Form has done to make sure that its new Extreme Edge (iPad 1 and iPad 2; $45) will keep your iPad 2 safe from everyday slips and falls. Built using the company's Reactive Protection Technology, the case is available in yellow or black.

Read more »

2