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    What are you all using that you can't live without in the app world?

    I just got one called waze that I can not believe I didn't have before now. It's modern day cannon ball run stuff where users report "road hazards" (mostly for cops) along whatever your route is. I'm sure truckers are using this, along with anybody else that drives in a car. I'm super late to this boat. Also awesome for traffic. This is my favorite app right now. Yours?
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    I was on the Waze bandwagon a couple of years ago, but not as much now. It can be really good if you're driving for a while in areas you don't know in heavy traffic...as long as you know it's not going to route you through somewhere you don't want to go.

    I switched back to my iPhone Maps app a couple of years ago when I was driving from Carlsbad to Glendale (my first ever trip to CA), and it was having me get off the highway to drive through surface streets in LA. I just kind of thought uh, no, I'll stay right here on the highway, not really interested in driving through neighborhoods where a white guy in a rental BMW might not be the norm...

    IMO Apple has improved their App enough where I don't really worry about the route. I'm also not driving the same way I was at that time, especially not now that I don't have one of those job things. If I get another job where I'm driving a ton, will go back to Waze as it does do a great job routing you around tie-ups.

    Right now I'm using a lot of the job search apps...

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    Wife got me hooked on Waze a few months ago. It is cool but we don't get into all of the functions of it. On one of our Duke trips we had Tom Tom, Waze and google maps going all at once fighting it out for best navigation a few weeks ago. Waze won with Google a close second. Tom Tom is on suicide watch stuffed into the back of the coat closet.
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    I don't know that there are any apps I can't live without, but the ones I use the most are camera apps.

    When I got my first smart phone, the iPhone 5s, I downloaded two recommended camera apps: Pro HDR and Slow Shutter. Pro HDR simulates a photographic technique called High Dynamic Range that I don't know a whole lot about other than on a regular digital camera, you take several photos of the same thing at multiple exposure levels and combine them later so you get super bright brights and very dark darks.

    The app took two separate photos, about 2-3 seconds apart. I go to Disneyland about twice a month and take a lot of photos there. Here is a pic I took with the app at sunset last summer:



    Here is one in line for the Hollywood Tower of Terror:



    Here's my sister-in-law's backyard:



    Pro HDR still exists, but they released a new app called Pro HDRX which utilizes the iPhone's burst mode. This version takes three pictures nearly simultaneously at three different exposure levels. I haven't really posted any, but it is a better app (less chance of blurring) and it's what I use now on my iPhone 6.

    The other one I really like, and this one is harder to use, is called Slow Shutter. Basically, Apple doesn't allow apps to control the shutter speed, so this one simulates that by taking multiple photos and then blurring any movement. You can control the speed of the "shutter" and the blur level, but with it I have taken photos like this (again, these are from my old iPhone 5s). You can notice some background blurring as I don't use a tripod like you're supposed to (I just do this for fun). All of these are from Instagram, so the quality isn't as great as the original









    Now that I have just gotten an iPhone 6, which takes better low light shots, I am anxious to try these apps out on it.

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    Dang, those are amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post



    Pro HDR still exists, but they released a new app called Pro HDRX which utilizes the iPhone's burst mode. This version takes three pictures nearly simultaneously at three different exposure levels. I haven't really posted any, but it is a better app (less chance of blurring) and it's what I use now on my iPhone 6.
    that's the backyard I want - unless you have scorpions or snakes - don't need none of that!

    Nice pictures!

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    Strava - 2mths ago I started mountain biking for weight loss and fitness and Strava really helps to keep my enthusiasm levels high by being able to set goals, track rides, graph power v heart rate v speed v elevation gained, break rides into segments, follow friends etc.... It's brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    Dang, those are amazing.
    Thanks. Can't take too much credit. Disneyland is a hell of a place to take photos (Carsland next door at CA Adventure is particularly awesome, and now with the iPhone 6 I hope to get some good nighttime shots) and those two apps are really great.

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    that's the backyard I want - unless you have scorpions or snakes - don't need none of that!

    Nice pictures!
    Well, I've grown up here in the high desert since I was 1-yr old and now I am 36. I have seen one scorpion and one dead snake.

    The scorpion I saw in a much less populated area and the snake was not poisonous and had been killed.

    I hate spiders and we see lots of those. Terminix or something like it is a must here in the desert, but I assume that is true in really humid climates too.

    That said, I know all kinds of people who have seen the mojave green, one of the deadliest rattlesnakes on the planet. It's funny, my wife wants to go to Australia and with my hatred of snakes and spiders, I'm like 'I don't want to go to the place where 9/10 of the deadliest snakes are.' Of course, the other one is where I live now!!

    Joshua trees here cannot be cut down; they must be relocated. But since they only grow here and in Israel, they are pretty cool to look at. That picture was taken after a thunderstorm. There was a double rainbow that happened after that but I can't find the photo. It's somewhere on my computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    I don't know that there are any apps I can't live without, but the ones I use the most are camera apps.

    When I got my first smart phone, the iPhone 5s, I downloaded two recommended camera apps: Pro HDR and Slow Shutter. Pro HDR simulates a photographic technique called High Dynamic Range that I don't know a whole lot about other than on a regular digital camera, you take several photos of the same thing at multiple exposure levels and combine them later so you get super bright brights and very dark darks.

    The app took two separate photos, about 2-3 seconds apart. I go to Disneyland about twice a month and take a lot of photos there. Here is a pic I took with the app at sunset last summer:



    Here is one in line for the Hollywood Tower of Terror:



    Here's my sister-in-law's backyard:



    Pro HDR still exists, but they released a new app called Pro HDRX which utilizes the iPhone's burst mode. This version takes three pictures nearly simultaneously at three different exposure levels. I haven't really posted any, but it is a better app (less chance of blurring) and it's what I use now on my iPhone 6.

    The other one I really like, and this one is harder to use, is called Slow Shutter. Basically, Apple doesn't allow apps to control the shutter speed, so this one simulates that by taking multiple photos and then blurring any movement. You can control the speed of the "shutter" and the blur level, but with it I have taken photos like this (again, these are from my old iPhone 5s). You can notice some background blurring as I don't use a tripod like you're supposed to (I just do this for fun). All of these are from Instagram, so the quality isn't as great as the original









    Now that I have just gotten an iPhone 6, which takes better low light shots, I am anxious to try these apps out on it.
    Awesome!

    Reminds me of all the photography classes I took in the 80's to learn f-stop and shutter speed and depth of field... SLR w/35mm film. Who knew back then all we would need is a phone in 2015?

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    Amazing pics.
    As a guy that loved taking pics with cameras that had film I'm amazed how great phone cameras have gotten. And apps like this totally help.
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    And not really an app but the pano feature on the iPhone is pretty sweet.
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    Thought about this some more. For those with DirecTV--and I am sure other providers have it too--the ability to use an app to schedule something to record is pretty cool. There are times I've taken a day trip where we are going to get home late and I forgot to set the Lakers game to record. Open up the app and schedule it in seconds.

    Shazam (and now Siri can do it) and other apps to find out what a song is is pretty incredible. Just that piece of technology, if you think about 10 years ago, is mindblowing.

    I use Vert because it was free for a limited time, but there are many apps that do all kinds of measurement conversions. Really helpful.

    I have an app called Password where I can list and edit all my passwords protected by my thumbprint. It's come in handy a lot to remember all my stupid passwords.

    Lastly, here is a tip. Yahoo News usually reposts a list of apps that are free for a day or a weekend. Most of my apps have come from those lists. Always worth checking out because they are paid apps that are free for a limited time. You can always delete and download it later if you don't have room. But I'd say half of my apps are paid apps that I got for free.

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    Awesome!

    Reminds me of all the photography classes I took in the 80's to learn f-stop and shutter speed and depth of field... SLR w/35mm film. Who knew back then all we would need is a phone in 2015?
    My dad's one of these jack-of-all-trades guys. He is an accountant by trade, but saw the salary/time off/retirement my mother was getting as a teacher, and he went in cold and passed the exam to teach social studies. He had enough math units to teach through algebra, so he got started teaching math, then social studies.

    Later he ended up teaching an ROP technology class and he retired teaching video production.

    Now, in retirement, he teaches at a local JC teaching photography. But because schools are dumb, photography 101 is still film and darkroom. So my dad actually teaches all that stuff now.

    I don't know what any of it is about, but I do enjoy capturing what I think is something cool and seeing him like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    Amazing pics.
    As a guy that loved taking pics with cameras that had film I'm amazed how great phone cameras have gotten. And apps like this totally help.
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    And not really an app but the pano feature on the iPhone is pretty sweet.
    No kidding. From what I understand, the 5s was really getting close to being able to ditch the point and shoot and now the 6 is at the point where you can.

    However, we hired a guy with a wonderful portfolio to shoot my recent wedding and knowing how to use the right equipment, you can get some great shots. Some of the stuff he got for us is really special. I realized how much of a talent AND trade photography really is, even in the digital age (plus you have to know Photoshop really well).

    I agree about the Panorama setting. I took a really nice one from my then-fiancee-now-wife's aunt's porch in Cedar City, UT last Thanksgiving. Gorgeous sunset over the plains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Awesome!

    Reminds me of all the photography classes I took in the 80's to learn f-stop and shutter speed and depth of field... SLR w/35mm film. Who knew back then all we would need is a phone in 2015?
    Yeah. lol. That was my job in the Navy I went to school for 9 months for. Did everything on the Cannon F1, color and b/w. We started shifting towards digital right when I was getting out in 96. I talk to my Daughter about fstops, shutter speed and depth of field and I just get a blank stare back.
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    Great photo's app....I downloaded Pro HRDX last night b/c of the pics!

    The one app I use religiously is Road Trip...it calculates real world fuel economy based upon KM's traveled and litres used to fill it up...very interesting.
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    Anybody know of anything like that for Android?
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