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GIF-making app PHHHOTO is FFFUN

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It ain’t easy makin’ a cool GIF. I tried. It takes pictures. LOTS of pictures. Also it requires Photoshop and a computer. And it helps having a desk. I have none of these things.

So I’m glad PHHHOTO has an easy peezy app that does all it for you. Just download it (it’s free!!), set the camera, and hit the button. PHHHOTO has built in social sharing so you can share that GIF of your dog right away for maximum like-age. The company behind PHHHOTO started off by making a GIF photobooth (shouldn’t that be “PHHHOTOBOOTH”??) so you know they’ve got their game tight.

See, ma? Who needs a desk?

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|  July 31st, 2014

20 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

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Here’s a list of stuff your iPhone can do that you probably didn’t even know were POSSIBLE let alone DOABLE using something that costs as much as your bus pass. 

Some of it is pretty basic, like shaking your phone to undo an action, or charing your phone faster by setting it in airplane mode, but some are pretty useful, like being able to take photo bursts (hold down the shutter button), or accessing your drafts quickly (hold down the new email button). 

My favorite is still being able to see all the phones overhead (just yell “planes overhead”). I recommend not doing this in a crowded park. Unless you want to have a bunch of space all to yourself. In which case I recommend yelling “I’M FEELING VERY ITCHY”. Let’s see iPhone do THAT.

Read the list here.

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|  July 17th, 2014

XTRAPOP is Making Instagram Cool Again

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First, stop reading this if you’re not cool, and primarily use Instagram to take pictures of yourself at the beach or at brunch. OK, are only us cool people left? Then, go ahead.

XTRAPOP is a photo app that is doing something no amount of Valencia filter can do: make Instagram and photos in general cool again. The app is part-photo app, part-art app, and let’s users paste a bunch of crazy shapes and stickers onto pics. Because art, is like, really interesting and is deep and stuff. 

XTRAPOP is so cool, it might even make your beach selfie cool. Doubt it, though. Get XTRAPOP here.

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|  July 17th, 2014

Get Lost on the Enterprise with Pixeltrek

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If you were like me, you spent most of the 90s doing awesome stuff like teaching your Pokemon to 360 kickflip, perfecting 500 hit combos in Tekken 3, and meticulously mapping out the the starship Enterprise using just the footage from the show.

Now it’s time to put that knowledge to the test. No, not the skateboarding Charizard, I mean your Star Trek know-how. There’s an in-browser maze game called Pixeltrek where you have to navigate the bowels of the Enterprise as Commander Data. I’ve been spending the last four hours trying to get to Holodeck 3 so I can get busy with some Klingon babes while riding a Brontosaurus. 

Check the game here. Now if you need me I’ll be in 10 Forward.

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|  July 10th, 2014

Patrick Stewart Rides the Rainbow

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Reading Rainbow, the Kickstarter that’s raised, by my last count, 450 trillion dollars, is getting a little help. Patrick Stewart (and friends) is going to do special Reading Rainbow fundraiser events for those who donate $1200 or more. For a bit more, donors get to meet the star.

The only thing I’m confused about is what universe Patrick Stewart will be in. Is this a Star Trek thing, or a Reading Rainbow thing? Or is this one of those crazy crossovers like “Batman Vs. Spawn”? Will Patrick Stewart turn to Geordie/LeVar and ask him to open a hailing frequency with “The Giving Tree”? And how does “X-Men: Days of Future Past” fit in?

Just donate, will you?

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|  July 10th, 2014

Google has an Oculus Rift Made of Cardboard

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Among, I assume, the usual plans for world domination and robots that will enslave humanity, Google gave out a bunch of these awesome cardboard virtual reality headsets at it’s recent I/O conference. Just fold it out, and jam your Android phone inside to start experiencing some serious ‘Lawnmower Man’ type of stuff. 

If I got one of these I’d combine it with the cardboard box I lay on the ground for breakdancing. You’re not the only genius around here, Google. Sure you created a virtual reality machine out of paper, but can you ever create the feeling of being completely free on the dance floor? What’s that? You can? On your virtual reality machine? OK I’ll stop talking now.

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|  July 3rd, 2014

iPad App Let’s You Play Choreographer

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A new iPad app called Passe Partout that let’s you create your own choreographed pieces, because hey you’ve got to put that MFA in Dance Studies to use in some way besides scheduling the morning shifts at Starbucks, right?

The app let’s you take individual dance pieces and play them alone or together, “creating aural and visual layers that compound the beauty and complexity of the choreography.” Hehe. Aural.

Oddly enough, there’s no dance options for “the cabbage patch” or “the monster mash.” I guess I’m the only one who studied the classics. The app is available for iPad and is 99 pennies.

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|  July 3rd, 2014

Autobots, roll across the page

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Here’s an Optimus Prime that can transform into a pen. Because the pen is mightier than the sword, especially when the pen is a 45 ton sentient alien made of steel that commands an army of the same. Also, because of, you know, diplomacy.

Could you imagine if Optimus Prime turned into a pen in the cartoon? He’d kill any human who tried to use him to sign checks. He’d be like, “Autobots…why did I pick this as my transformation? Someone pick me up.” You can buy it in three colorways, although any colorway besides red and blue is for commies.

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|  June 26th, 2014

I’m Obsessed with this WIRED Video of Fans Obsessed with Star Trek

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YOU NEED TO STOP EVERYTHING AND WATCH THIS VIDEO RIGHT NOWIt’s soooo good. It’s about a crew of folks who are so obsessed with the original Star Trek that they’ve created a “Star Trek Continues”, which are supposed to pick up where the original series left off. You know, in the Sixties. There’s sexy mood lighting, funky glittery uniforms, and saucy green alien babes.

Seriously this video about obsessed fans is so, so amazing. Wait. Can a fan become obsessed with fans who are obsessed? What if I dress up like writer/creator Vic Mignogna as he dresses up like William Shatner dressing up like Captain Kirk? Help.

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|  June 26th, 2014

Culturazzi #Dadcore Gift Guide

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Holla. #Dadcore Day is on Sunday. Supposedly it’s called “Father’s Day” but you know your boy Culturazzi is all about dat #disruption. So to help you, I’ve written you the ultimate #Dadcore gift guide. Be wary.

Sunny Sports “Independence” Bandana. This dope bandana is so American when you wear it you turn into an eagle. So nostalgic your dad’s old scout troop leader will resurrect himself from the dead just to see him wear it.

Nike 3-D Printed Duffle. Some chump named Ronaldo who doesn’t even play a real sport is carrying this sick bag to the World Cup, whatever that is. Your dad is better than some chump, right?

QC//WC Bomber. Is your dad the Fonz? No? Good. That guy jumped a shark once for God’s sake. But your old man can still have an awesome leather jacket. Weird catchphrases not included.

Check out WIRED’s guide for more “conventional” ideas.

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|  June 12th, 2014