Friday, August 29, 2014

7 Easy Smartphone Photo Tips & Tricks

Lorenz Holder – young talented photographer from Munich – shares several easy-to-do but extremely impressive tricks, allowing converting your smartphone camera to much more – almost professional photography equipment.

Short Auto-Biography

I grew up in Munich, close to the Bavarian mountains, and it is those mountains that have always played a major role in my life. I was a semi-professional snowboarder back in the day, until I injured myself badly and I pretty much had to quit snowboarding for a whole season in 2003. In that time I discovered the pleasure of photography for myself.

I was fascinated by photos that could describe a whole scene, a whole story or even a whole day, in just one small moment caught on film. This fascination was one of the biggest motivations for me to start my career as a professional photographer.

Right now I work as senior photographer for Pleasure Snowboard Magazine and as a staff photographer for Nitro Snowboards. I travel pretty much the whole winter, always on the search for the best snow conditions and creative locations. I love shooting snowboarding in fresh, uncommon locations.

In my photos I like to show the viewers a different angle, something they normally wouldn’t notice, even if they were there at the scene. I might use colorful flashes, different camera angles or tilt and shift lenses – always trying to capture something a bit different. On the other hand, I also love the documentary style; simple black and white documentary is something very real.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Store and Share your Stream at Cloudup for Free!

Cloudup lets you instantly and securely stream videos, photos, music, links, and files to anyone. By simply dragging and dropping files or links to your account, you can share streams without waiting for uploads or downloads, and at no cost. Rock out to your favorite YouTube and Soundcloud links; share beautiful picture and video galleries; or send over top secret docs to your boss. It’s safe, secure, and flexible to suit your needs for work or play.

Every Cloudup user can add 1000 items, up to 200MB each, for free. Yep, that means up to about 200GB of free storage space depending on what you're streaming.

The Cloudup team is serious about security, which is why we use the finest Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and encryption protection methods out there. Cloudup stream URLs are not crawlable by search engines and will only be indexed in obscured results if they are shared in a public space (e.g. social media channels, your blog, etc.), and no one can view your password-protected streams without your permission.

By their own words:

Cloudup works on any browser and any operating system to make consumption truly universal. Here’s a nowhere-near exhaustive list of frustrating scenarios we’ve all experienced:

* Typically having a lot of clients is good thing, but it also means that you end up sharing files and links with people who use different operating systems, browsers, and applications. If you haven’t gotten an email or call from a client saying, “We can’t see the file” or “The attachment won’t open,” you are one in a million. Cloudup enables your clients to view everything – all the documents, spreadsheets, pictures, videos, and links you send them – right in their web browser.

* Getting software to work cross-platform is a headache. Let’s say you need to send your colleague a presentation and the 16-tab Excel model just as she hops on the train to go meet a partner with only her smartphone in hand. Without native software support, she sends an email response, “Sorry, can’t view these without my work computer.” Next time, be sure to stream all the presentation assets with a Cloudup link so she can actually view the files from anywhere, including her phone. With support for over 20 Microsoft Office and Open Office formats, Cloudup is the perfect way to share and view documents on-the-go.

* Ever have to wade through nested email threads to find attachments and links? Cloudup makes it easy to group all the docs, text, and links you need into editable streams. Make revisions, add new versions, and remove old archives, all in one place.

* So, your grandpa bought a shiny new tablet but doesn’t know how to sign up for apps. Since recipients don’t need a Cloudup account, he can still view your family picture stream right from his tablet – no signup necessary!

* For all of you who share video snippets, you’re in luck. We have solved the web’s biggest video struggle – transcoding. Cloudup lets you share and watch videos across browsers. Say goodbye to video downloading, extra steps and random video software. * Waiting for attachments to upload is the worst. Share Cloudup streams even before your files and links are uploaded, and add to them anytime.

* Basically, Cloudup is the most flexible, powerful way to stream and view anything, anywhere, for anyone – from web developers to architects to your parents.

Basic account for free, no setup, no credit card, instant access from the Web, phone, or Desktop.

Cloudup is still in closed Beta. Visit the site and reserve your account, entering your email address.

You should get your invite shortly.

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Browse Internet not leaving a Trace?

Sometimes you need it…
Sometimes you realize you had to use it only after the case…
And it is not all about watching porn or checking the live erotic cameras…

Yes, I am referring to the so-called private browsing, or incognito mode.

To perform efficiently, web browsers learn your surfing habits, storing information on your hard drive, such as browsing history, images, videos, and text within cache. In contrast, the browser switched to the privacy mode, does not store such information for the selected browsing sessions. Privacy mode will also disable the storage of data in cookies and Flash cookies.

The simplest and fastest way to launch a window in private browsing mode, use these keyboard shortcuts for different browsers:
  • Chrome and Opera: Ctrl+Shift+N
  • Firefox, Internet Explorer: Ctrl+Shift+P
Here are the alternative ways to enable private browsing:

In Chrome, click on Chrome's main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and circled in the example above. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled New incognito window.

* In Internet Explorer 10 click on the Gear icon, also known as the Action or Tools menu, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your cursor over the Safety option. A sub-menu should now appear, as shown in the example above. Click on the option labeled InPrivate Browsing.

* In Firefox, click on Tools in your Firefox menu, located at the top of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, scroll down and click on the Start Private Browsing choice.

* In Opera, click on Menu, located in the upper left hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labeled Tabs and Windows.

* In Safari, click on the Gear icon, also known as the Action Menu, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Private Browsing...

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