Cycloramic App Will Take Panoramic iPhone Photos For You, No Humans Required

Check out the latest and greatest apps from BlackBerry,  Windows 8,  and iPhone this week.

Windows 8 App of the Week: Fhotoroom

Fhotoroom is a pretty straightforward photo editor for Windows 8, coming over from Windows Phone. If you’ve ever used a photo editor before, you won’t find too much new – there are basic editing tools like crop, contrast, rotate, and resize. You can add a variety of filters, borders, and vignettes to your photos before saving the end results. At any point, you can revert the photo back to its original state, cancel a series of edits, or apply any changes you’ve made. There’s no undo button to get rid of just the most recent change.

Fhotoroom makes good use of Windows 8’s touch capabilities with the edit brush. You can use your finger to edit parts of your photo, specifically by changing exposure or color saturation or adding a blur effect. Outside of the edit brush, you can edit the amount of color saturation or background presence of red, green, and blue, individually.

Some editing tools and filters are locked behind a paywall – you’ll have to upgrade to the pro version, which costs $1.49. If you can live without those extras, you can get Fhotoroom off the Windows Store now for free.

BlackBerry App of the Week: PressReader


Lost in the excitement of the Z10 and the Q10 was the PlayBook. No, there’s no BlackBerry 10 update to speak of, but hey, might as well take advantage of some sweet apps while you wait.

PressReader, which has seen release on most other major mobile platforms, has been available for the PlayBook for a while. If you’re looking for a good one-stop app for newspaper subscriptions, PressReader is it. You can manage digital subscriptions for over 2,300 newspapers from around the world.

The content you’ll actually be getting is in the form of high-res scans of the actual newspapers themselves, and you’ll be able to flip pages and navigate the newspaper the same way you would with the physical thing.

The PressReader app itself is free. For $30 per month, you can get unlimited access to all of the publications offered through PressReader. You can also choose to pay $0.99 per download of one edition. PressReader promises seven free trial editions once you download the app.

iPhone App of the Week: Cycloramic

No, your iPhone 5 isn’t going to be the subject of the next Poltergeist. It will move all on its own nonetheless, thanks to Cycloramic.

Cycloramic is an app that assists you in taking panoramic photos, in one of two ways. If you have an iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, you can manually take a panoramic shot by rotating the camera yourself. The app will automatically take all the pictures in succession and stitch them together.

If you have an iPhone 5, you can astound your friends with the possession of your mobile phone. If you set the iPhone 5 upright on a smooth, flat, hard surface and take a panoramic shot, the phone will do that. By itself. Without you touching it.

That sounds like it makes no sense, but it does. Set your phone to both vibrate on ring and vibrate on silent, set it down, and try to take a picture with Cycloramic. The app will use those vibrations to move the phone around 360 degrees.

If you’re skeptical, you have good reason to be. Even the app’s description indicates that you’re going to need to practice a few times to get it to work. Since there’s no involvement in the process on your part, I’m not sure what practice means outside of just telling you that trying this will probably make your phone fall down a lot (but it’ll work sometimes). There’s also the catch-22 of having to risk your phone falling down, but being required to take your phone case off for there to be any chance of this feature working.

But, if you can pull it off, it sounds like it’ll make for an amusing party trick. Cycloramic is available now on the iTunes App Store for $0.99.

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