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5 photo-editing apps you must download

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Tinkering with photos can be tough when you’re not too familiar with Photoshop, but applications on your mobile device can make it easy, intuitive, and fun. Expanding your editing skill set shouldn’t come at the cost of portability, nor should you settle for Instagram filters for all photo manipulation. Here are five must-have iOS and Android photo-editing apps to help you make your photos look even more incredible:

Snapseed (iOS and Android)

Snapseed has a minimalist, easy-to-use interface that lets users navigate their way across the application with ease, style, and comfort.Not only does the app have a ton of features that give users a lot of breathing space to explore in their own time, but it also allows them to open and edit RAW DNG files. Not to mention, this app is available for free on both Android and iOS.

VSCO (iOS and Android)

VSCO has been the known go-to photo-editing application and with good reason. Offering both camera settings and photo-editing features, it’s been one, of many, favorite photo-centric apps on iOS. If you have an Android, VSCO is now available to you for free.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (iOS and Android)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is one of the most complete photo-editing applications. Lightroom has a smooth and clean interface that allows precise controls over color, filter, and tone adjustments for your photos. It lets users sync edits from smartphone photos and RAW images from DSLRs. You can even take videos and have direct access to Adobe Premiere Clip. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is available to both Android and iOS users.

PicsArt Photo Studio (iOS and Android)

PicsArt has a bold and colorful design that gives you tags, stickers, and challenges to inspire you to craft your own unique aesthetic. It has Smash Hits to scroll through and follow, while managing to let users craft their own selfie stickers. PicsArt is free for both iOS and Android users.

Typorama (iOS)

Typorama has impressive text-on-photo layouts that’ll make any picture pop! With a wide array of text styles, it can seem daunting to pick one to pair with your photo at first. Don’t worry, Tyrporama has sample designs to scroll through for inspiration, as well as to help build your own design. Unfortunately, this app is only available to iOS users.

What’s your photo-editing app?

There are a lot of photo-editing apps available on both iOS and Android, and each app has its own unique strength — from simple filters to cute stickers. Every software has its own set of features with the standard crop and rotate tools, which is probably why people hardly stick to just one.

Do you just stick with Instagram for editing, or do you have other photo-editing apps to recommend? Leave a comment below on what you use and like!

SEE ALSO: 5 must-have Nintendo Switch games that aren’t Zelda

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern

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One of Apple’s selling points for its products is encryption by default. For a long time, the Cupertino company advertised device encryption for its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

For users, it means better security and privacy against malicious hackers wanting to steal sensitive information. All device data is securely stored and encrypted so only the users can access them.

However, there is one thing missing from Apple’s encryption clause. By default, iCloud backups are unencrypted — Apple can see any data users store in the cloud service.

Privacy no more

While the company remained mum on the issue, a report by Reuters revealed why Apple didn’t encrypt iCloud backups for many years.

It turns out, the company planned on encrypting all iCloud backups last 2016. During that year, the company successfully fought a court battle against the FBI for unlocking the iPhone of a school shooter. The encrypted iCloud plan has the code name “Plesio” and “KeyDrop”.

Apple discussed the encryption plans with the FBI but the agency complained about its implications. Pressured by FBI and several US agencies, Apple later caved in and dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Sources gathered by Reuters also suggest one reason for dropping encryption: more users will find it hard to retrieve their data once they lost their password.

Implications and repercussions

With iCloud backups remaining unecrypted, FBI can easily request a court order for Apple to turn over precious data to the agency. As such, iCloud data became one of the preferred evidence for the agency, with more than 1,568 cases involving its use.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue. However, expect the fallout from this relevation to be swift and widespread, as more tech companies face the dilemma of balancing users’ privacy against the need for upholding public security.

Source: Reuters

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WhatsApp is finally getting a dark mode for Android

Currently available only in beta

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Android’s dark revolution is finally in full swing. Following the launch of Android 10, the operating system has slowly updated its supported apps to accommodate the much-awaited dark mode. Android apps are getting darker, potentially saving millions of eyes at night. The revolution has already swept the heavy hitters like Twitter and Instagram.

Now, the popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is getting the same treatment. More specifically, WhatsApp has rolled out the feature for its Google Play Beta Program.

On the updated app, users can access four types of display modes. The first two are the basic Light and Dark modes: dark text on a white background and white text on a black background. The third automatically switches between the two modes, depending on the time of day. The fourth, dubbed as Set by Battery Saver, switches depending on your current battery.

Unfortunately, the Beta Program is not accepting new members at this time. Only current members of the program can access the new mode. Currently, if you want a makeshift dark mode, you can change your chat wallpaper to a dark image.

Given the timeliness of the beta update, a public release will likely roll out in the near future.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp may soon get disappearing messages

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