SnapDish’s ability to make food photos look better is a feature that its competitors don’t have, but does that make it worth having another food app on your device?
Facebook will reportedly release its own version of Snapchat, the "sexting" app known for its ability to create and send self-destructing mobile photos. Facebook's app is expected to launch before the end of the year.
It might not really matter that Snapchat has been getting a negative rep from the press as of late as a “sexting” app. Sources tell AllThingsD that Facebook has recognized the potential of such a service, plans to release its own adaptation of the popular timed photo and messaging app before the end of the year.
Snapchat, if you’re not familiar with the app, sends messages, photos, and now videos between users that expire after one to 10 seconds. The amount of time that the sent message is on the other person’s phone is entirely up to the sender. It’s become a popular way for teenagers and college students to send “secure” messages. However, if you really wanted to save a specific message, there’s always the option to do a screen grab on your smartphone.
Whatever the case may be, Facebook wants to grab a piece of self-destruct messaging pie. Facebook’s version of Snapchat will live outside of Facebook’s native mobile app as a standalone app much like what the social network has done with Facebook Messenger, Facebook Camera, and others. And the app will reportedly mimic Snapchat’s core features, meaning that users can send timed messages through an interface that’s said to be inherently familiar to existing Snapchat users. Whether video messaging will be supported hasn’t been confirmed. We’ve reached out to Facebook for a comment, and will update this space with any response.
Facebook already has its fair share of mobile messaging products that have been upgraded to reflect the market’s current features in messaging. For example, Facebook has been coming to grips with its potential to compete with SMS text messages, and recognized that to dominate mobile, the social network needs to face off with apps like Whatsapp. To do this, Facebook responded by updating its Android app so users wouldn’t be forced to sign up with a Facebook account. Instead new users can sign up with just a name and a phone number. And then, of course, there’s Instagram, the Facebook-acquired ppp that currently dominates the mobile photo-sharing space.
We all know that fast food advertisements of sexy burgers with meat patties dripping flavor sandwiched between immaculate slices of tomatoes, crispy lettuce and fluffy, perfectly toasted buns is: FALSE. Of course, while we all know this (and if you don’t wake up, honey, because the Tooth Fairy ain’t real either), we can’t help but hope for a somewhat attractive burger when we unwrap those soggy sandwiches from the Burger King or Mickey D’s down the street.
Which is why this photo series comparing burgers and tacos from America’s biggest fast food chains is oh-so delightfully fun. Maybe you’ve seen it floating around the internet from a while back; if not, enjoy! Seeing the advertised foods side-by-side by their deflated, less flamboyant counterparts is a hilarity and something to keep in mind next time you order a “juicy” whopper.
More inglorious photos below:
Imagine a viewfinder that follows your eye, focuses wherever you look and then snaps a photo when you blink twice. That’s the idea behind IRIS, a new concept by Mimi Zou.
“I was thinking, ‘What’s the middle ground between the convenience of a cameraphone and the performance of a DSLR?’” says Zou, 24, who came up with IRIS as a master’s student at the Royal College of Art in London.
The camera pictured is an ideal version of what Zou hopes to build, although she has developed a slightly larger prototype that’s capable of eye-tracking and taking pictures when you blink. The biggest challenge will be moving the computing functions from her computer to the device itself.
So, what will the finished version hopefully be capable of?
First, as you hold the camera to your eye, it will scan your iris to identify you. As soon as it knows who you are, it will download all of your preferred settings: ISO, aperture, adjustments for conditions like nearsightedness or farsightedness. It also will continuously upload all of your photos whenever you have a Wi-Fi connection.
Zou says her software is so efficient at tracking eye movements that it can focus the camera in real time to record video. Whether or not Zou ever gets the funding she needs to build a working model, it’s hard to imagine someone won’t use similar technology in something like Google’s Project Glass.
All I know is that whoever releases this technology to the public first may have a line of people ready to shove cash at them.
As the world continues to eat itself, it only makes sense that we should be able to print our snapshots of food on squares of chocolate and then eat said chocolate. Cocoagraph, a Philadelphia-based company, lets you do just that for $3 to $8.50 a pop, depending on size. (And the photos can be of anything, mind you. We're just partial to food.)
It's not entirely clear why you would want to eat your pictures of things, but it does sound useful for some kind of voodoo ritual--nothing says "I curse you" like gnawing on a picture you took of someone. It's just a matter of time until jokers with disposable incomes start getting Cocoagraphs made of Instagrams of them eating Cocoagraphs (ad infinitum/nauseum), or, if they're feeling particularly uninventive, recreate the Memento movie poster in chocolate and Instagram that.
[Cocoagraph via Laughing Squid]
We love pictures! We love pictures so much that companies like Instagram and Pinterest have captured our hearts as the go-to places to discover, share, be inspired and learn through visuals. Persona uses the power of photos to describe everything “About You”. It is the app that tells you a hundred things about your friend you may never have thought to ask and at the same time, it tells the world about you. And it does all of this at the speed of sight.
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You know those people who insist on whipping out their smartphones to take photos of everything they eat then immediately share the pictures across social networks? That culinary paparazzi takes a verbal beating in this music video.
Dubbed “Eat It Don’t Tweet It,” the hilarious song tells the story of a smartphone-toting food “connoisseur.” He stumbles upon a grouchy cupcake and lobster that come to life and ridicule him. Undaunted, the avid picture taker wins a trip to appear on a cooking show. His on-air antics get him kicked off the show, but as he’s escorted out, a bear grabs him and ironically snaps a photo before chowing down on human “hipster sashimi.”
“We’re living in a time when organic, local, artisan food is exploding and hipsterism has gone mainstream,” American Hipster channel director Peter Furia tells Mashable.
“The inevitable byproduct of this is a boom in Instagrammed pics of food porn on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter,” he adds.
“I love good food, but can’t stand when my friends post food porn,” Furia says. “For me, it falls into that category of tweeting about mundane crap. I’d rather hear about how you just got engaged, ‘Liked’ a Facebook campaign to end hunger, or caught a video of a crazy, naked woman smashing a guy’s windshield.”
The Kolour Kult, an 80s-throwback, electro band, provided the music for “Eat It Don’t Tweet It,” and Key of Awesome actor Mark Douglas played the lead role in the music video.
The American Hipster YouTube channel launched Monday and aims to change the definition of the word “hipster” through a series of 52 weekly episodes that profile trendy young people.
If you can’t get enough of “Tweet It, Don’t Eat It,” check out American Hipster’s making-of video for even more laughs.
Want to sing along? Here are the Lyrics to ‘Eat It Don’t Tweet it’
Life is a dish, best served hot,
And a dish is a book with a menacing plot,
And a plot is a song, dipped in sauce,
That was simmered in a pan with a demi-glaze,
I’m just a kid, in a candy shop,
Of culinary dreams that can’t be stopped,
On a search for the perfect ingredients,
To post on my social medias.
You are pathetic, we’re not photogenic
Hurry it up we’re getting cold,
Come down here and taste us, don’t humiliate us,
No one gives a damn bout what you post
Artisan bread, dipped in artisan cheese,
dipped in artisan nuts, dipped in artisan greens,
Artisan heirloom radicchio,
This carpaccio’s f***ing ridiculo,
A little foie gras and tuna tartare
Black truffle butter chickweed, ha ha ha!
I’m just a guy with a camera,
In your feed with foods as my canvassa,
Lobster bisque buttered lightly
See you in the bowl and need you inside me
I love soup – don’t call me a Nazi
I’m more like culinary paparazzi
Or gastronomic Annie Leibowitz
Can’t see the food, could you move your tits?
It’s unthinkable to dine out and not record it
Want the world to know I can f*cking afford it
Don’t take my picture, don’t put me on twitter
Just get it over with and eat
You could not be dumber, get off of Tumblr
I’m more than just a piece of meat
I want lucious cupcakes but can’t do gluten
Broke out in hives from a mere fig newton
A sick addiction to Ramsey’s kitchen
I can’t stop lickin my television
One day the phone rang, was truly blessed
I won a contest to be on Runway Chef
A show about a model who also makes food
Seemed appropriate, I be in the nude,
She was stuffing and tossing and dripping sauce
I was shooting and looting and gitting lost
In the moment of foregone purity
Got escorted out by security
Walked down the stairs, then out of nowhere
Came a big pretentious grizzly bear
He snapped a pic and then dined on me
Oh what a tale of irony
Don’t take my photo, you brown furry mofo
The pain in my heart is very real
I need a martini, I feel like sashimi
You gave me the raw end of the deal