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How to use Instagram’s Face Filters

Instagram Story Face Filters

Just when you think you’ve finally figured out how to add a flower crown to your selfie in Snapchat or turn yourself into an adorable puppy, along comes another silly yet addictive social media enhancement: Instagram Stories’s new face filters. The feature launched last month, and I’ve got to admit that I’m having almost as much fun with it as I do with Snapchat. Because, it works kind of exactly like Snapchat’s face filters do. Facebook has been chided in…

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My Favorite Apps for Great Instagram Photos

photo editing apps

Summer is almost here, which means your smartphone camera is about to get a workout thanks to vacations, graduations, and all those pool selfie. While Apple and Samsung have really kicked up their smartphones’ built-in photo capturing in recent years, they still have limitations in terms of photo editing. With Instagram raising the game with all those impossibly perfect pics in your feed, you may be wondering how you can get your smartphone photos to look more professional or stand…

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The Secret App I Use to Make Good Habits Stick

Y7 Today Habit forming

Did you know that research shows it takes an average 66 days to form a new habit?! I remind myself of this fact whenever I’m feeling guilty about straying from my commitment to do more yoga (Y7 is my current obsession). or unplug from technology before bed (breaking this commitment as we speak, don’t judge). I wish I could say that I’ve resolutions into habits with things like meditating, or drinking more water during the day. Sixty-six days is a…

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How to make offline playlists in Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal

Offline Playlists

There are so many benefits to using streaming music apps rather than downloading music onto your phone. Namely, there’s a seemingly infinite library of songs at your fingertips at all times and it doesn’t take up any storage space (you need that for all of your apps!) at all. But there’s a caveat: When you’re offline—like riding the subway, on a plane, or in a remote area with spotty service— your infinite library goes POOF. Suddenly, you’re faced with search…

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TODAY SHOW: Learn something new this year with these instructional apps

instructional apps

This time of year, possibilities seem infinite. Master the ukulele? Why not? Learn Swedish? Ja! I’m even inspired to revisit knitting— sure, I’ve tried to learn a million times, but maybe I’ve just had the wrong teacher (sorry, mom!); maybe I need the guidance of an instructional app to finally master it. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new, you might want to jump into the app store. I’m on the Today Show this morning talking about…

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7 Pretty Weather Apps To Make Winter More Tolerable

Beautiful Weather Apps

What is it about weather apps that inspires people, especially designers? It could be monsooning outside with a side of sleet and hail, but inside, I find myself gazing warmly at a beautifully considered weather display, and everything’s somehow better.  Weather apps are deceptively simple, but hard to master. You want to get in, find out how hot or cold it’s going to be, and get out. But how they display the information, along with humidity, forecasting, as well as multiple cities…

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