When I upload a photo album to facebook, I do what any caring friend would do. I crop out unflattering pieces of the picture, and edit the pics a little to tone down shine and red eye. With mobile uploads, the functionality is a bit more limited than iPhoto. Sure, I can take a panorama with dermandar, or combine several photos into a collage with Frametastic. My iPhone lets me enhance and crop, and of course I can blur the edges and apply various color filters to Instagram. But sometimes photos I post from my phone just aren’t quite as flattering as the ones that I can modify on the big screen in my laptop.
Now I have another app to add to my photo arsenal. It’s called Beauty Box, and its free from the App Store. With it, I can edit out blemishes and summer sweaty face before I upload the pictures, because there’s no detagging on instagram. It is customized for age, skin type, and any skin problems. Then you can share your (slightly prettified) photos on facebook, twitter, email, flickr, google+, text, or just save it to your camera roll. Do your friends a favor, and download it now!
If you’re always looking for something new and fun to do in your neighborhood, now there’s an app for that. For nights when you’re feeling antsy, and just can’t think of anything to do past the usual dinner, drinks, movie circuit now you can turn to Gravy. It’s an app that is based on your location (you can enter two zip codes, one for work and one for home), and your mood. It groups it’s activities into five categories: whatever, lively, classy, brainy and playtime. Then based on what you selected, you can filter by date and proximity. The events range from Restaurant Week notifications to fitness classes. I learned that today is National Lasagna Day, and as a result, I can get half-off at a local restaurant. The app will even send you an alert on when you need to leave to make it there in time based on current traffic. You can review trending events, or browse based on channels of events grouped by popular categories like food, music, free, or family friendly. It’s perfect for the person who is always planning things for your friends (like me!), when you sometimes run out if ideas. You can get it from iTunes here.