Instagram coming to
Android. Big whoop why?
The big announcement that the iPhone app of the year is soon
to be available for Android Smartphone users. Somehow, I'm
missing the excitement of this.
I visited the Instagram
site and their home page offers the following information:
It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way
to share your life with friends through a series of
Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to
transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or
Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing,
Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?
There has to be more to this that meets the eye but their
website doesn't offer it up. Nothing in that introduction
gives me anything more than what I'm already doing. Android
already has lots of really cool apps to edit and transform
photos, and sharing them on Twitter or Facebook is also just
a click or two away. Seriously, am I missing something?
Box app cloud storage
improves and simplifies.
Free cloud storage: good. Very good.
If you have an active online life (computer, smartphone,
photography, social networking), then you hopefully know how
important it is to back up all your stuff. Awful things can
happen. Your hard drive fries; you lose your SD card; your
Smartphone gets stolen; some idiot with a crappy TV show in
Las Vegas mistakenly reports you to Google
YouTube for stealing their video content when in fact the
content was yours to begin with and they were essentially
using it with your permission but Google didn't question the
dufus ass and cancels your associated accounts (Google and
YouTube) making all of your emails and videos inaccessible
forever. Do I sound bitter about that last one? :)
The point is, you don't want to lose your history because,
at some time in the future, you may want to revisit a lot of
A few years ago I sort of created my own cloud-like universe
with the help of Gmail. Since they give you so much free
space on a standard account (currenly more than 8 gig if I'm
not mistaken), I just started emailing all of my digital
stuff to myself which I could then access from anywhere that
had Internet access. That works very well unless it's
actually Gmail who shuts down your account, then you're
Flash drives became very helpful in my back-up life, but now
my backpack has about 15 or 20 of them (2 gig to 16 gig)
stuffed in a pocket and there really isn't any way to
identify what's on them until you plug them in and look.
Then, I discovered
free online storage, cloud site which give you 50 gig of
space for free. I love it, and sometimes actually remember
to upload to it.
Enter Box. Box is an online and Smartphone app which allows
you to access your cloud from your desktop, laptop and
Android device (or Blackberry and iPhone). They also give
you 50 gig.
What makes using Box over ADrive (or many of the cloud
storage sites) better is convenience. The app that you
download on your device (iPhone or Android) makes it easy to
upload on the fly, and if you want to do multiple files at
once, you just log into your account on your desktop/laptop
and upload away.
With Box you can also allow access to others and they can
download and add to your folder.
A feature that I love is about the mobile app is that you
can upload multiple files to your Box cloud at once. Here's
how you do it: Open the folder which contains the files you
want to upload (pics, music, docs, whatever). Then click on
the Menu and select Share. Choose Box (download the app
first, of course) and then check off the boxes you want to
I'm sure there are many other applications for this
application. I'll have to start thinking outside the Box.