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Pro Tips for Great Group Photos - The Trick to Keeping People from Blinking

People blink all the time, in photography we often find that they always blink at the wrong time, that’s why we end up with perfectly fine portraits except for the fact that the subject’s eyes are closed.

portrait photography trick to keep people from blinking their eyes
Photo by: Tord Sollie

The problem is compounded when we are trying to shoot group photos. With groups consisting of 5 or more people, it is guaranteed that someone will have their eyes shut; the larger the group size the greater the chance of this occurring.

However there is one simple trick to keep people from blinking their eyes when you press the shutter. When you have set up your camera and is ready to shoot, tell everyone to close their eyes and only open them on the count of three.  Here’s what I say to people whom I photograph:

“Now that we are all set let us focus for a moment, please close your eyes, open your eyes and give me your best smile on the count of three, ready…….. 1…2…3…. OPEN”.

After saying OPEN wait one more count to actually press the shutter, this gives the subjects eyes time to adjust.  Believe me this simple trick could greatly improve your group photos.

There is one more trick that I use as my fail-safe… and that is to put the camera in continuous shooting mode and take three shots in one burst. This makes sure all of them have their eyes open in at least one of the pictures. And since the lighting, composition and framing are all the same I could easily clone out any issues if needed.

Related Reading

  1. Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip – Crop off The Top of Your Subject's Head
  2. Pro Tip for Better Portraits – The Issue of Leaving Too Much HeadRoom
  3. Pro Tip for Great Outdoor Portraits
  4. 7 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques
  5. Tips for Photographing Children

Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip – Crop off The Top of Your Subject's Head

In the previous article our pro tip for better portraits was not to leave too much headroom in your pictures. Here’s another technique that takes the point even further, here you actually cut off a portion from the top of your subjects head while you compose your picture.

Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip
Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip

It sounds weird right? Ya I know but this technique really does works so well that it’s one technique that most fashion / portrait shooters rely on when they need to fill the frame with the subject’s head. When done right, cropping off the top of the subjects head helps focus the attention of the viewers to the subjects face and eyes and thus produces a very compelling look.

However there is one thing that you need to pay attention to while trying this technique; you should never cut off your subject’s chin. It is pretty ok to cut off the top of your subject’s head, shoulders, side of their arms, hair etc. people see such pictures all the time and are used to it. But if you cut off part of your subject’s chin it would make for a very uncomfortable composition.

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Toy Defense 2 Xmas Edition 1.0 APK

Toy Defense 2 Xmas Edition

Masterful reconstruction of the most decisive battles of WW2! Christmas is coming to Toy Defense 2! You're still waiting for Santa Claus, but your enemies have captured him and his reindeer. A good way to waste time when bored. Download app and get over 100 levels of Toy Defense 2 absolutely FREE! 

Toy Defense 2: Xmas Edition includes two action-packed worlds from the full version and a magical Christmas world. Don't wait! This wonderful new version of the app is available for a limited time only during the holiday season! Make sure you share this incredible news with all your friends so you can take on 100 amazing new battles together!

Take part in various missions in a range of theaters of war, from the picturesque beaches and forests of Normandy to the deserts of northern Africa. The most epic battles of WW2 await you!
Recruit, upgrade, and manage your troops to create your own powerful army! Defend your base, fight off invading enemies, and develop your own winning strategy!

Toy Defense 2 Xmas Edition Game Features:
- Classic tower defense gameplay with excellent level design and stunning artwork
- Experience a magical Christmas world! Your enemies have captured Santa Claus and his reindeer!
- Over 100 levels in a variety of worlds
- A set of unique combat units for each world inspired by real weapons and vehicles used in WW2

Requires Android: 2.3.3+ (Gingerbread)
Download File: 11.2MB (Toy Defense 2 Xmas Edition v1.0 APK)

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Smelly Tactics on Android Games and Apps - Android Game News

Well, just thought it was about time we write an article about this subject, something that we would probably add to in the future.

Now, just to make things clear, this article refers to tactics developers, especially android game developers, use in order to make us pay for their apps.

We do understand developers should get paid for their efforts. After all, they put in a lot of effort and besides, if we wouldn't support them they won't produce any more apps and games for us ...

But still, there are a few tactics we don't like and we thought we should list them here. We won't list the apps that use them, just the principles.

  1. Putting game notices in the notification bar. You haven't played us for a day, play now and get a bonus ...
  2. Making a game which is easy at first and gets SO difficult you HAVE to buy in game upgrades using real money in order to continue playing.
  3. Placing ads right in the game's play display, and NOT in the main game home screen.
  4. Installing along with a game ad software that displays ads whenever IT wants.
  5. Installing spy software which reports back on your surfing habits to enable better ad targeting for you. This is borderline illegal. 
  6. Making a free game or app suddenly stop working because all the sudden it isn't free and wants you to buy it.
  7. Making levels in the game locked till you buy the app and NOT letting the game description say it in advance.
  8. Measuring how long a break a person takes from a game, making it easier when he comes back to it and then making it harder again. i.e. varying the difficulty level depending on the time the person abstained from playing the games. This is a particularly sneaky tactic ...

Just to make things clear. We DO think android users should pay for apps and games they want, but the payment options and restrictions should be clear from the START and not let you play a game for two weeks before you suddenly find you're blocked till you pay up. Getting you hooked up to an app before you spring up the payment requirement may be effective but surely is STINKING tactic.
Irritating !

FreeCell Solitaire 2.1.1 APK

FreeCell Solitaire

The best FreeCell Solitaire game on the iPhone is now available for Android. Download app and enjoy play your solitaire card on Android phones and tablets. This game is a good time filler when you have to sit and wait. You can get addicted to FreeCell and Spider!

From MobilityWare, the makers of the most popular free and paid FreeCell Solitaire game in the iTunes App store on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Best game play of any FreeCell Solitaire game. A truly solitary experience!

One of the enormously popular solitaire games included with Windows, FreeCell is a game that requires skill and patience to win!  After dealing from a standard deck of 52 cards, use the four free cell spots as placeholders as you try and move all the cards to the Foundation stacks for a win. Unlike many solitaire games, all the cards in FreeCell can be seen at the opening deal, so most FreeCell deals can be solved, if you have what it takes!

You've played FreeCell on your computer, now you can play FreeCell anywhere at any time of the day! And with crystal clear graphics and an easy-to-navigate interface, you won’t want to play any other FreeCell application again!

FreeCell Solitaire Game Features: 
- Game state saved when interrupted
- Random games
- 1 million well known games
- Portrait
- Unlimited undo
- Hints
- Auto complete to finish game
- Statistics
- Tap to move or drag and drop
- Tablet support
- Install to SD card supported - App2SD

What's New in version 2.1.1:
- Bug fixes

Requires Android: 2.1
Download file: 8.1 MB (FreeCell Solitaire 2.1.1 APK)

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ATV Racing Game 1.0.4 APK

ATV Racing Game

Become the best rider and conquer 5 different worlds, each giving the user new challenges to face. Take up the challenge of this addictive and realistic physics based driving game! Download app and enjoy playing it when you're bored. Use your skills to drive your ATV over rough and treacherous terrain, picking up Coins and Power Ups on your high powered moto!

ATV Racing Game Features: 
- Helicopter lifts to give yourself a jump start
- 7 unique Quad Bikes to choose from
- Endless gameplay
- Upgradable ATV's
- Realistic physics, including buoyant islands and mines
- Friends only Leaderboards (Facebook required)
- A Daily Jump giveaway to earn free bonuses every day!

Scratch up on your car racing skills as you dive deep into strange and distant worlds where All Terrain Vehicle meets Quad Bike and Monster Truck in this amazing game!

Requires Android: 2.2 + (Froyo)
Download file: 28MB (ATV Racing Game v1.0.4 APK)

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News

Some first rumors are surfacing about the Samsung Galaxy S5. It will have a 5.25 Inch OLED screen with a WQHD resolution of 2560×1440 and a 560 PPI pixel density. This should insure a really breath taking display.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News
Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors - Android App News

In addition, the processor is rumored to be a 64 bit Exynos quad core processor and smartphone will have a 16 MB pixel camera, 3 GB processor memory and a 4000MAh battery.

It is interesting to note the way the screens of the big smartphones manufacturers are growing in size, and we're talking the flagship smartphones and not niche phablets such as Samsung Note. Anyway, Samsung Galaxy S1 had a 4 inch display, the Samsung S2 had a 4.3 inch display, the S3 had a 4.7 inch display and the Samsung Galaxy S4 had a 5 inch display. The big manufactures are slowly but surely turning their main smartphones into phablets, which is the only way to go if you users are to enjoy consuming content comfortably on a large screen.

This means that the next technological step MUST be screens that can be folded to fit in pants' pockets or purses. Of course, another option is tiny display projectors that can project the smartphone's display on any given surface, though at the loss of privacy - any one can see what you're seeing on your smartphone ...

הכל על סדר וארגון של ארון בגדים, נעליים ומזווה - סדר בחדר

Fingerprint Lock Screen 1.0 APK

Fingerprint Lock Screen

Use your fingerprint to unlock the phone. Fingerprint Lock Screen is a cool and futuristic android application with nice animations and great quality graphics and sounds. This app can be used as lock screen for your android device. Download app and protect your phone!

You can trick your friends into thinking that your android phone has a real fingerprint biometric scanner that allows only you to access the device. By using the fingerprint lock screen scanner for android you will provide your phone with an extra layer of security as well as a nice source of fun for your friends.

Go into the settings menu and activate the lockscreen option (default is off). Then go and setup the scan cycles (default is 3) and you're all set. The scan cycles option indicates how much time to wait (in beeps or vibration ticks or scan bar course over the screen) before taking off your finger from the screen and unlock the phone. Also there is one more little hint - see the color of the word "to" from the text "touch to scan" that will change from green to yellow when you must lift your finger to unlock the phone.

If you like the fingerprint lock screen scanner application you can use the context menu to share it to your friends via facebook, bluetooth, email, skype, twitter or any other means your phone has available. All with one touch.

Requires Android: 2.2+

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Pro Tip for Better Portraits – The Issue of Leaving Too Much HeadRoom

professional portraiture
Portrait Photography Tip

One classic mistake most amateurs make while taking portraits of people is to leave too much room above their subjects head. However this is one mistake that is very easy to fix, only thing is that the photographer should be aware of this while shooting and should constantly remind himself/herself to check it.

How to Fix the Too Much Headroom Problem in Portraits

Remember the rule of thirds in photography, when shooting portraits always try to place your subject’s eyes in line with line in the top one-third of the frame and you will never have portraits with too much space above the subject’s head.

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InstaSize 2.08 APK


Welcome to yet another best photography apps for Android. We're here today would like to share app to be used in Instagram. InstaSize is the easiest and quickest way to post entire photos on Instagram. Easily import photos from your albums or take a photo directly on Instasize. Edit your photo, hit share and BAM! your photo is ready to share on Instagram. Add over 40 backgrounds, both patterns and colors, to your photos.

Use the Stitch option to create fun collages with frames. The quickest and easiest way to create a collage for Instagram. Just pick a frame and add your favorite photos.

By using the layers option you can easily add awesome filters, overlays and typography to your photos.
You can choose from a variety of amazing fonts with the ability to resize and rotate your text! You can also have multiple text layers so that you can have a unique picture!
Beautiful packs of filters and overlays! By using one of these great filters and overlays, your picture will truly stand out from the rest!

After you are done creating your masterpiece, just click the Share button on the menu. Here you will be able to share to Instagram, save to you gallery, Twitter, Facebook and many more.

What's New in version 2.08:
InstaSize has been revamped to give you a better photo editing experience
- Over 40 borders
- 15 collages
- 7 Filters
- Ability to add text
- 40 overlays

Requires Android: 2.3+
Download file: 5.6MB (InstaSize v2.08 APK)

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Dolphin Browser APK

Dolphin Browser

Get the best browsing experience on your mobile phone. Not only faster for browsing, but also the best is flash support. Dolphin makes mobile browsing easy, adapting to the way you want to browse. Download apps and join the 80 million who enjoy the exclusive features of your very own mobile web browser.

You can personalized home screen, voice and gesture control, customizable settings and sharing features. With lighting fast speed, Dolphin blows the rest of the mobile browsers out of the water.

Dolphin Mobile Browser Features:
- Home Screen - Adding applications to your home screen is super easy. Plus you can quickly organized them for one touch access.
- Theme – Customize theme colors, wallpapers and skins to make Dolphin your own
- Gesture - Let your inner artist out and create a personal Gesture (symbol) to access the mobile and desktop websites you use the most.
- Sonar - Dolphin listens and lets you use your voice to search on the Internet, share on your favorite social networks, bookmark favorite website and navigate.
- Add-on – Beef up your mobile Internet browser experience by installing the Add-ons for the tasks you need at your fingertips. With more than 60 and counting, Dolphin Add-ons enables any action to be done right within the mobile browser. You can check out the Add-on features with 3 preloaded on your right Sidebar.
- Web App Store - The all-new Dolphin web app store offers access to the most popular web apps so you never have to leave the browser. Choose from over 200 web apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Amazon and more.
- One-tap Share - Tweet web pages, post them to Facebook, share via email or grab any content and save it directly to Evernote or Box.
- Tabbed browsing - No need to toggle between screens, tabbed browsing lets you open and switch between Web pages fast as lightning.
- Dolphin Connect - Sync history, bookmarks, passwords and open tabs easily across Android, iOS and desktop.
- Send to device: Send links, maps, phone numbers, & more from your desktop to your phone and vice versa with Dolphin’s Chrome, Firefox and Safari extensions.**
- WiFi Broadcast - Share links with Dolphin friends nearby on your wifi network.

What's New in this version:
- First launch experience optimization
- Save to external SD-card bug fix in Downloads
- Fixed status bar bug in Full Screen mode
- Fixed website compatibility issue in Desktop mode
- Optimized video browsing experience (hide android’s built-in menu)
- Updated text translation for Italian, Poland, Thai and Spanish etc.

Download file: 8.2MB (Dolphin Browser APK)

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Dragons World 1.0.6 APK

Dragons World

This game is so much fun to play with your friends because you can battle with the dragons that you raise So come and play. Like all the different dragons and how you can breed them into cool new dragons. It's a great game! Breed unique dragon species using the ones you already have. 

Build and develop your dragon sanctuary on the Flying Islands. It's like you have a real Dragon on your android device. Raise dragons and watch them grow from little babies into huge, beautiful creatures.

Dragons World Game features:
– Battles with other players
– Full 3D environment and camera rotation
– Lots of unique and diverse dragons
– Purchase new islands to expand your sanctuary
– Visit your friends’ islands and exchange gifts
– Achievements and leaderboards

Requires Android: 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Download file: 14MB (Dragons World v1.0.6 APK)

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Pro Tip for Great Outdoor Portraits

Ever wondered what’s the biggest secret behind those professional looking outdoor portraits. Yes the single most important trick to make your outdoor portraits look professional is to shoot with wide open apertures.

outdoor portrait photography tips
Photo by: chris zerbes

Shooting wide open has many advantages, the shallow depth of field produced when shooting wide open will make your subject stand out from the background. The background will be rendered as a smooth blur there by producing some visual separation between the subject and the background, and thus the viewer’s attention will now be entirely focused on the main subject.

How to achieve this effect

outdoor portrait photography
Photo by: chris zerbes

The easiest way of achieving such results consistently is to set your camera to Aperture Priority / AV mode and select an f/stop that is either the lowest or one stop narrower than the lenses’ maximum aperture.

For example.

If you are shooting with a lens which has f/2.8 as its maximum aperture then either shoot at f/2.8 or at f/4 which is one stop narrower than the lenses maximum aperture.

outdoor portrait photography tip
Photo by: chris zerbes

This is the most commonly used technique used by professional photographers to create those dreamy looking outdoor portraits. However you should be extremely careful about your focusing when using this technique, make sure you focus right on the subjects eyes, it is very important when shooting with very shallow depth of field, as even if the focus is slightly off it could entirely ruin the shot.

Related Reading

  1. Environmental Portrait Photography Tips
  2. Classic Portraiture - Determining Camera Placement and Height
  3. Reducing Glare When Photographing People Who Wear Glasses
  4. What Lens Should I Choose? Tips for choosing the right lens for portraits
  5. How to Photograph Silhouettes - Tips for Photographing Silhouettes

Ingress 1.42.2 APK


The World is the Game! Discovered this gaming and started poking around. The most fun and addictive game you must play on your android phones and tablets! Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.

Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.

Download app and start your own strategy game. The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.

What is the Niantic Project?
Is this just a game? An Investigation Board filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. The story evolves everyday. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.

Form Alliances! The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.

What's New in Version 1.42.2:
- Updated OPS tab design.
- Special support for the Founder's medal.
- Fix for graphics related issues on older OS versions.
- Bugfixes.

Requires Android: 2.3+
Download file: 25MB (Ingress v1.42.2 APK)

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Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review

Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review

Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review. One of the best, the most popular and feature reach music players for Android, Poweramp really turns any smartphone into a quality music player with support for a lot of music formats and great equalizer features.

The thing that makes this music player app for the android really shine is the music quality. Poweramp manages to bring great music quality to the smartphone, playing tunes with better quality than the native music player. Poweramp scans the music files on the smartphone, converts it to its own formats and then plays them, though some of our reviewers complained that on one hand it takes and converts ringtones and on the other hand to manually tell it which folders to convert can be a chore. It does leave you with the task of rescanning new music but for the better quality music - most reviewers thought it was well worth it.

Okay, so Pweramp does have an amazing replay quality and a lot of equalizer features, including the ability to change equalizer settings on each song. What problems, if any does this app have? Does it work on all kinds of smartphones? Does it need specific brands of smartphones to run its quality sound mechanism?

Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review
Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review

One of our reviewers reported some static from his HTC One when the smartphone picks up WiFi networks. Another had some problem with the license key since the app needs to verify periodically that it has not been pirated. Another annoying trait is that sometimes songs do not display the right time till they end - but we're not sure if this isn't a problem that happens across all or most music players.

Of course, on the good side it has 10 band equalizer, ability to play with great quality music, in fact some of our reviewers hooked their smartphones into the stereo systems and enjoyed their music to the full. Another great feature is the metadata sending through Bluetooth to display playing song in cars. And of course, it is able to play any music format we tried.

Our conclusion is that this is a very good and solid music player app, with great quality sound and a lot of features. We would have liked to have some bugs repaired and a little more attention from support.


  • Score: 4.5. Great features and great audio quality, just a few small bugs here and there detract from the perfect score.
  • Description: A music player with extensive equalizer features.
  • Good Points: .
  • Bad Points: .
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  • Longevity: .
  • Google Play Link - Poweramp Full Version by Max MP - Android App Review
  • Google Play Score: 4.7

Essentials of composition

By: Sapna Reddy

essentials of composition
essentials of composition

1. There are no rules to composition, only tools/guidelines. Using the tool of thirds to place your main subject strengthens the composition.

2. Use structural elements (boulder on right) to anchor your composition.

3. Use accent colors to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the main subject. (fall color leaves in this comp).

4. Layer your composition..there must be a foreground (boulder and leaves), middle ground (turnaround of the river) and background (tree bases). This adds depth to the composition.

5. What you exclude from the composition is as important as what you include. No point in including excessive trees and surrounding woods when the story is about the river. 

6. Use leading lines when possible. Direct viewer's eyes toward your main subject. Here the river flowing forms a leading line to the center of the comp.

7. Create dynamism. Prolonged exposures help to convey the feeling of flow.

8. Check your histogram to make sure you are not clipping your darks or blowing out your highlights.

9. Border patrol. Be sure to check the margins of your comp and exclude or include objects as needed. this is very important for a clean look to the comp.

10. Remember to double check that your focal point is on the main subject of the composition and aperture adjusted based on composition.

Yes..You must think of all points 1-10 before you click the shutter. One of my mentors told me "photograph like you mean it"...and so I do.

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Related Reading

  1. Rule of Thirds
  2. Getting Horizon Level in Photography
  3. Using Focal Points in Photography
  4. Framing Your Shots
  5. The Golden Section

Dead Ahead 1.1.1 APK

Dead Ahead

Can we nominate this for "The best Android games of December 2013"? Nice & addictive games for Android, some challenges are difficult but you just have to figure it out. Download app and achive everything in the game! The Dead are coming for you, it’s time to find a ride and drive for your life. With the relentless zombie hordes hot on your heels and hungry for flesh, can you fend them off whilst keeping your eyes on the road?

Swerve between abandoned cars, plough through undead crowds and when the dead get too close, get trigger-happy. Visit the Garage to upgrade your ride and your firearms to keep ahead of your pursuers.

Smart thinking is the best weapon against the dead. Trick these brain-hungry buffoons by leading them over ramps or straight into the back of cars and watch those red pixels fly!

Survive as long as you can to complete missions, rank up, and top the leaderboards. Rack up gory combos and take on daily challenges to reap even greater rewards.

Dead Ahead Game Features:
- An action-packed endless zombie runner
- Customize and share your own progress banner
- Quirky sense of humor and pixel-inspired visuals
- Pimp your ride and upgrade your weapons
- Complete missions to rank up and earn greater rewards

What's New in version 1.1.1:
- Minor Bug Fixes

Requires Android: 2.3+
Download file: 22MB (Dead Ahead v1.1.1 APK)

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ES File Explorer File Manager APK

ES File Explorer File Manager

The best file manager for Android! Download app and manage all files with ES File Explorer File Manager. Manage your files like you do on your desktop or laptop using Multiple Select, Cut/Copy/Paste, Move, Create, Delete, Rename, Search, Share, Send, Hide, Create Shortcut, and Bookmark; operations can be performed on local files (on your Android device) or remotely (on your computer).

ES File Explore Features:
- Application Manager – categorize, uninstall, backup, and create shortcuts to your apps
- Remote File Manager – when enabled, manage files on your phone from your computer
- Built-in ZIP and RAR support allows you to compress and decompress ZIP files, unpack RAR files, and create encrypted (AES 256 bit) ZIP files
- Built-in viewers and players for various file types, including photos, music, and videos; supports third-party applications, such as Documents To Go, for opening others
- Supports Dropbox,, Sugarsync, Google Drive (Google Docs is now a part of Google Drive), SkyDrive, Amazon S3, Yandex and more. 
- Shows thumbnails for APKs and images
- Text viewers and editors
- Access your home PC via WiFi with SMB
- Functions as your FTP and WebDAV client. Manage files on FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV servers just like you manage files on your SD card

ES File Explorer is an enhanced cloud storage client with more functions than the official versions,
it can save photos, videos, and other files to your internet drives and share them with others.
- Bluetooth file browser You can copy and paste files between Bluetooth ready devices. It supports OBEX FTP for browsing devices and transferring files between Bluetooth devices.
- Kill tasks with a single click -- includes a simple widget for automatically killing tasks, with an ignore list to ignore the applications you want to keep running. To use this feature, you must have ES Task Manager module installed.
- Root Explorer -- the ultimate set of file management tools for root users. Provides access to the entire file system and all data directories, and allows the user to change permissions.
- Developers can visit our website for the developer interface for picking files from your applications, emailing attachments, etc.

What's New in Version
1) Fix Android 4.4 Kitkat external card compatibility
2) Auto upload modified network file

Download file: 3.8 MB (ES File Explorer File Manager v3.0.8.0 APK)

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TripView Sydney Lite 2.3.2 APK

TripView Sydney Lite

Get info on Trips Sydney. The application is well made and nice. This is a must if you're using the public transport in Sydney. Download app and used it for a while in Sydney. TripView displays Sydney Train/Bus/Ferry timetable data on your phone. It features a summary view showing your next services, as well as a full timetable viewer. All timetable data is stored on your phone, so it can be used offline.

App Features:
- Multi-modal trip editor (customise exact change locations / lines)
- Trackwork / service interruption information
- Real-time delay information and vehicle map for public buses and trains
- Download timetable updates from within the app
- Scrolling Sydney Trains "platform indicator" display
- Interactive maps (create your trip by clicking on your station/stop)

Requires Android: 2.1+
Download file: 2.2MB (TripView Sydney Lite v2.3.2 APK)

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Call Answer 1.1 APK

Call Answer

This is an updated version with more bells and whistles. It's really a nice workable app! Your cell phone will auto answer your incoming call even if you are using another application or if your phone is locked or blocked with screen unlock pattern. Download app and answer calls automatically when you are with your hands busy.

You don't need to touch on your smartphone to answer a call. This app allows auto answer the phone and put it on loud-speaker or send call to earphone. You can also activate and deactivate the car mode using auto answer widget.

Configuration options:
- Contact white list (Only answer for selected contacts)
- Configure if speaker will be activated
- Option to speak the caller name or caller phone number
- Configure auto answer delay
- Auto activate service when plug earphone

Please attention: This app works only on first SIM card for phones with more than one chip.
You don’t need occupy your hands to answer a call. Now you have your hands free to: cooking, washing your hands, taking a bath, caring your Child's or do anything that you need and also talk in your smartphone. This android app provides a widget to activate and deactivate (main screen of your android operational system) the incoming call response service by easy and fast mode.

Requires Android: 2.1+
Download file: 1MB (Call Answer v1.1 APK)

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Lazors 2.2.1 APK


Lazors is amazing best puzzle game for android.  This is a fun and addicting game to play. A simple game created with such a mastermindedly fun idea. When you start, you cannot stop! Download app and Enjoyed playing it! Move blocks, reflect the laser, hit all targets! This is a puzzle game of lasers and mirrors offering more than a hundred levels, ranging from easy distractions to hard challenges.

Lazors Game Features:
- HD graphics
- 200 levels
- Intuitive gameplay
- Hint system

What's New in version 2.2.1:
- Hardware volume keys now change game sound volume
- Fixes some issues with In-App Purchases

Requires Android: 2.2+
Download file: 7.2MB (Lazors v2.2.1 APK)

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Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News

Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News


Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News. Samsung has a long history of attempts to work with several operating systems, producing smartphones that work with Android, Symbian, Bada, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. For us, the consumers, this is both good and bad. It's good because a monopoly is almost never a good thing and it's bad because most apps are made for iOS and Android.

Now, Samsung is moving ahead with Tizen, a new operating system it plans to introduce in some of its smartphones during 2014. Several screen shots of this new operating system has leaked out and we can get a few impressions of this new operating system.

Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen - Android App News

As we can see, there aren't really many marked differences between Tizen's UI and Android. The point is, however, that Samsung wants to free itself from being dependent on one supplier of operating systems, i.e. Google. Like we said earlier, breaking monopolies is good but the question remains, how will Samsung build a strong app store?

Samsung already has its own app store for Android and it remains to be seen how will it create a strong app store for Tizen.

It may be that Samsung will offer incentives for developers to port or develop for the Tizen and it may be that the first developers to offer really good apps will make a good profit. It could also mean cheaper smartphones if Samsung won't have to pay Google for its Android operating system.

It remains to be seen whether Samsung, because of its size, will be able to pull this off.
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen Home Screen - Android App News
Samsung's Next Operating System - Tizen Home Screen - Android App News

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- Experience the evolution of becoming the greatest stuntman in the world.
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- Earn 3 stars on each track to brag to your friends.
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What's New in version 1.0.4:
- Performance and stability optimization
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Requires Android: 2.1+
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How To Photograph Christmas Trees

Now that everyone has their Christmas trees decorated and have piled up presents underneath it, let’s see how best to capture the beauty of the Christmas tree in our photographs.

How To Photograph Christmas Trees
Photo by: Stephen Vance

Here are some tips to photograph Christmas Trees.

1. Use a Tripod

Shooting Christmas trees means shooting indoors mostly in low light situations (often times the main lighting in the room is turned off or reduced in strength to reveal the beauty of the Christmas tree and to make it stand out in the scene) using a solid tripod gives you the ability to get sharp pictures even with very slow shutter speeds.  This also helps you shoot in low ISO’s for better image quality.

2. Cable Release / Remote or Self Timer

To further improve the sharpness of our pictures we can use a cable release or camera remote to release the shutter, if you don’t have a cable release or a remote you can simply set your camera to self timer and get sharp images.

3. Use White Balance Creatively

christmas tree photography technique
Photo by: Andy Castro

You can play with white balance settings of your camera to get creative effects. Set white balance to warmer settings and give your Christmas images a Cozy feel alternatively set your white balance to cooler settings and give your Christmas images a wintery feel. Do also try shooting in black and white, Christmas images look great without all those colors detracting attention of the viewers from the subjects.

4. Shoot RAW

christmas tree photography tips
Photo by: Trey Ratcliff

The previous tip was about creative use of white balance to enhance the feel of your shots, one could either experiment while shooting or shoot in RAW and choose the settings that work best later while post processing. Shooting in RAW format also gives you more control over exposure in post processing.

5. Use Evaluative or Matrix Metering Mode

Photographing Christmas lights could prove tricky to your camera’s meter, it is better to use Evaluative or Matrix metering modes rather than spot metering mode.  If you use spot metering mode, depending upon where you get your meter readings from (it could be from a bright light source or a shadow) your exposure could be way off.

6. Meter from a Neutral Subject

While taking a meter reading it is recommended to meter off a neutral subject in the scene, and not with the camera pointed directly at a light source or a shadow area consider some area that is somewhere in between.

7. Use Your Camera’s Histogram to Correct Exposures

christmas tree bokeh
Photo by: Jack

Consult your camera’s histogram regularly to determine correct exposures, in such tricky situations your cameras metering system could fail and will give you incorrect exposures. Do not rely just the LCD display to check your exposure but use the histogram feature (use both RGB and Luminosity histograms) to make sure your exposure is correct and you are not clipping highlights or shadows.

8. Play with Depth of Field

Try experimenting with depth of field to get different effects, if you have an uninteresting background or if you wish to make your Christmas tree stand out in your picture use wide apertures (f/2.8, f/4 etc). if you wish to include the features in the background also reasonably sharp use narrow aperture (f/11, f/16 etc).

Christmas Light Photography
Christmas Light Photography

Shooting light sources with narrow apertures in lowlight has a very nice side effect; all the lights in your picture will look like starbursts (similar to the effect you get using a starburst filter). This could make your picture stand out from the rest, but remember shooting in low light conditions with narrow aperture will require either a very high ISO setting or very low shutter speeds or a combination of both.

9. Shutter Speeds and How it affects the lights

The shutter speed used to capture the scene also affects the way the lights are rendered in the picture. Slower shutter speeds capture movement in the lights and faster shutter speeds freeze them completely.

Christmas lights and shutter speeds
Christmas lights and shutter speeds

Lights appear larger and a bit blurred when shot using slower shutter speeds whereas they appear smaller (like points of light) when shot with faster shutter speeds.

10. Capture Details

how to photograph christmas tree
Photo by: Flood G

You have taken a lot of care to make sure your Christmas tree look great and have decorated it with all sorts of items carefully chosen to match the scene. Once you have captures wide shots of the Christmas tree it’s time to move in close, use a macro lens if you have one and capture details like branches, presents and lights.

11. Mind the Reflections

christmas tree photography
Photo by: Mohammadali F

When shooting up close, shiny objects could reflect the world around them and that could mean you and your camera could also get reflected. Sometimes it creates a very interesting picture and sometimes it appears as a detail which the photographer forgot to notice while photographing the object. Keep this in mind and if you choose to keep reflections it should appear intentional and make it artistic else it is better to avoid it entirely by changing shooting angles.

12. Take Christmas Portraits with Your Christmas Tree Included

christmas portraits
Photo by: Jeff Meyer

Take pictures of your friends and family and try to include your Christmas tree also in the shot, to get best results, turn on every light on the Christmas tree, adjust ambient light (light in the room) to match the brightness of the lights in the Christmas tree. It is better to keep the ambient light a bit lower than the lights on the Christmas tree to create a mood. Remember when photographing people in such conditions it is better to get shutter speeds a bit faster even if you are shooting on a tripod as chances are your subjects could move slightly and cause blur. Raising the ISO is many times the only option to get the required shutter speed.

13. Add Light to the Scene

photographing christmas trees
Photo by: Lulu Lovering

To get a sparkly feel to your Christmas pictures you will need an additional light source (other than the lights on the Christmas tree) this is even more important when shooting with narrow apertures. It could either be a continuous light source or your camera flash.

14. Using Flash to Add Light

tips for photographing christmas trees
Photo by: Jason Mrachina

When using flash to capture Christmas pictures make sure you only use it as a fill light source and never as the main light. Also never use flash front on, use it bounced off the walls or the ceiling. Control the brightness of the flash or use adequate flash exposure combination to get the balance between the ambient and the flash right. It is also advisable to set your flash to rear curtain (second curtain) sync and drag the shutter to expose the scene. If you room is lit predominantly with tungsten lights then gel your flash yellow to match the colour temperature of the room lights.

Have fun, use the tips, take lots of pictures and do share it with us in comments… Merry Christmas.

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