The Best iPhone Photography Apps for 2014

To truly enjoy the best of your iPhone’s camera feature you need a few extra useful apps. You can now combine them with an iPhone telescope mount and other exciting accessories. Here are some of the best photography apps you can use for your iPhone:

Camera+

On top of the list is Camera+. It has been chosen because it is fast, full of features, updated constantly and easy to use. Among its many great features one of the best is its ability to separately set exposure and focus. Other features include different shooting modes (like timer, burst and stabilizer modes), grid, digital zoom, and several editing option that let you create layers, add effects, enhance the scene and edit balance.

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is a powerful editing tool because it is full of filters that lets you enhance images and provides a location for sharing photos. It also has easy to use advanced features that allow you to edit temperature, contrast and exposure with some simple taps. You can also have your own VSCO Grid page where you can upload your pictures. These photos can be released as Creative Commons or you can have them copyrighted. The best thing about this app is that it’s free.

Photo Editor by Aviary

One of the most flexible photo editing tools is Photo Editor by Aviary. This tool will let you do almost everything including the use of filters, touch up blemishes and even whiten teeth. Additionally, you can also add goofy meme texts, make stickers and send pictures for printing to Walgreens.

Adobe Photoshop Touch

If you are a fan of Photoshop then this app is the best to use when you are on the go. It lets you play around with selections and layers, make adjustments and even sync your images between your desktop and iPad.

Facetune

For people who are very much into taking portraits using their phones, Facetune is the best option as it allows easy and quick photo editing. It is great for quick touch-ups like whitening teeth, smoothing out wrinkles, and getting rid of zits.

deGeop

If there is one simple app that you can use for sharing pictures on social networks, deGeo takes the lead. The good thing about this app is that it has the capacity to delete your location information before you hit share. This means that you can be assured that your location will not be included when you share your photos.

If This Then That

This is a newly released iOS app is not a photography app but that is good to keep around if you are fond of using your iPhone for taking photos. It lets you set it up easily so that each photo you take is safely and automatically backed up (to Flickr, Dropbox and the likes). Basically, IFTTT is an app that automatically saves your photos so that you will not have to worry about them.

Dropbox

Just like the IFTTT, Dropbox is essentially not a photography app; rather it also provides a great storage for your photos and other files. All you need is a Dropbox account and then you can start saving your photos to a safe and secured location.

Other Recommended Photography Apps for iPhones

Aside from those apps mentioned above, there are other apps and tools that you can easily use for editing and storing your photos.

  • Over – This is an app that lets you add text overlays.

  • TiltShiftGen 2 – This is the ideal app if you like turning big images into smaller copies.

  • CameraNoir – This is an app that works only for black and white options.

  • PicFrame – This app lets you fuse many pictures into frames. That way you can easily send several photos in one single image.

  • Instagram – This is undoubtedly the most popular photo sharing social network.

  • Pixlr Express – This is an app very much similar to Photo Editor and VSCO Cam.

With these photo editing and sharing apps, you can enjoy your iPhone cam features to the fullest.

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Digital Signage Display

Knowing that you have the range of products to meet customer needs is not enough, if there is a way that allows us to interpret those needs and channel them to the best deal.

 

And this case of implementing digital signage solutions teaches us that if you can build a system where the client discusses his desires and shop gives you a stock answer of possibilities that fit those desires or needs. And all this will result in the maximum level of customer satisfaction.

 

Digital Signage

The signage is the essential instrument of Merchandising at the point of sale animation. Over the course of time has been the subject of many studies and has undergone many transformations, but without losing its laminar and printed. It is not until the early 70’s, with cheaper and popularization of video tape players, companies begin to use TVs in their commercial establishments as a means of encouragement addressed to their clientele. However, its contents were pre -recorded and broadcast on closed circuit. Currently , the availability of broadband Internet , the decline in handset prices and audiovisual support programs and the need to address , in an increasingly customized to consumers, have made known as “Fourth Screen” onset, with increasing force, on the shelves of local retailers.

Digital Signage (Digital Signage) has been defined by the Digital Screen media Association1 as: “The use of appliances or electronic displays, such as LCD, LED, Plasma or projections, to bring entertainment, information and / or advertising in public spaces private away from home.” Moreover, the Interactive Advertising Bureau Spain, in the thirteenth volume of white papers, entitled “Digital Signage The fourth screen”2, specifies the following:” The Digital Signage (Dynamic Digital Marketing) is the digital revolution outdoor advertising (outdoor advertising) and advertising at point of sale (POS). We can define it as a media and interactive digital content at the point of sale and in public places, through emission devices such as screens, projectors, totems or touch panels.”

We will refer to Digital Signage, our object of study, such as: “The signage made by electronic means as used in point of sale, to deliver content and messages more personalized and interactive.”

 

ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF DIGITAL SIGNAGE:

 

Trade today, faces stiff competition, so that differentiation is a relevant factor in front of consumers. One way to achieve this is by improving communication with customers through the use of digital signage systems that empower merchants to deliver the right information to the right people, at the right time and in the right place.

As we have already stated, you understand Digital Signage displays and using digital content retailers controlled through an electronic network that allow you to transmit their own messages in their establishments. The adoption of such digital signage systems brings some advantages to the retail sector, among them are:

 

Expansion of sales opportunities : The video images have great power to attract and retain the interest of consumers, up to 60 % more than the posters printed according Kinetic3, so digital signage to attract attention and drive customer towards the establishment promotions helps sell the goods. This system is especially recommended to sell those items with a wider margin and generate greater profits.

Personalization: Another important aspect of digital signage is that it allows traders to customize the content to make it more attractive to the consumer. So, can adapt their messages to the circumstances require. For example, you can issue ads beers after work hours, or to emphasize the benefits of their stoves in winter, in order to adapt to the contingencies that may influence consumers.

Interconnectivity: digital signage systems have the ability to interface with other information systems available to the community setting. It may be the case of connecting the local surveillance systems with digital signage, to study the behavior of customers against certain messages or you can link radio frequency systems (RFID) with digital signage, for it shows the additional parts or accessories of an article, to detect that the client has taken a certain product. In order to establish any mechanism to communicate with other networks that are deemed appropriate to achieve the objectives of the digital signage network to interconnect.

Staff Training: Staff turnover and seasonal hiring are a common occurrence in the retail sector, which creates the need for flexible and appropriate training. Some users have used their digital signage network to provide training to their employees, communicate corporate messages or inform about new promotions and products, before the store opens or during idle time.

Income Extras: Another advantage of digital signage is that establishments can sell their suppliers or third parties, advertising space on your network and thus gain directly from their electronic signage system.

 

Whether your objective is to build a brand, influence customer behavior or simply provide information, the dynamic visual experience created by digital signage end positively contribute to increased sales up 14% as reported by Nielsen4 . But to achieve this it is necessary that the system design is appropriate for the type of facility in question, as well as, you should be aware that the content is the lifeblood of digital signage, so it is important to update with sufficient frequency to ensure that the information provided is consistent, attractive and useful for customers.

Fire Proofing your Home or Office

A fire retardant application acts as the ideal test for your home or office. Basically it is a specially formulated substance that helps prevent object from burning that it is applied to. It is one of the most common substances used by firefighters when facing the enemy, ie fire. The use of fire retardant is not limited to fighting the big flames after they’ve erupted. Rather, it is now used on a large scale in homes and offices to prevent objects from allowing the fire to spread rapidly. In other words, a fire retardant applications slows the spread of fire to allow firefighters to come and do their work before their property and the lives of people at home is at stake. We recently spoke with some firefighters about protecting our property at a fire extinguisher training in Las Vegas.

Fire place at Argadels Station

Recent statistics show that over three hundred and ninety thousand homes in the United States by fire each year. Besides the personal loss faced by those who are victims of these fires, the country loses more than 600 billion dollars a year to try to recover damages caused by these fires. The speed at which the fire has been continuing  is increasing at an alarming rate, mostly due to the elevation of the level of heat in the atmosphere. This further increases the importance of making use of flame retardant solutions in homes and offices.

One way to use a fire retardant is through conventional fire extinguisher, which is full of the typical flame retardant chemical class. In general, every home should have one of these extinguishers. But the real test for your home is being able to find the appropriate solutions that can end the root problem. You will be able to find many cleaning companies out there that provide specialized services of fire retardant application for homes and offices. They make use of a special fire-resistant material that can be applied on the surfaces of your home. Curtains, furniture upholstery and other fabrics that are quick to catch fire should certainly be treated with fire retardant. Although these new home technology solutions have a very strong chemical basis when it comes to protecting against the spread of fire, they also do not harm the appearance or feel of their fabrics.

In order to ensure that your property will not be damaged due to the chemical composition of fire retardant solutions you need to take the time to find the right company. Always contact registered carpet steam cleaning company that has been operating in the industry for some years. Then you should check to see what type of warranty they offer for their services. Therefore you must ensure two aspects in the search for the fire services slow application. The first is the quality of the fire retardants and their ability to inhibit the flames. The second is to ensure that the chemical content won t damage tissue.

All of these things add up to protecting yourself with newer technology from fires that can devastate your home or office.

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Fireplace and Chimney Tips

A house is the warmth of a person and the family can enjoy nature. Almost nothing can compare to the atmosphere of a happy home around Christmas Eve, movie nights, nights out, and  the other simple moments from a common household. As were were trying to find where to get fire extinguishers in Las Vegas for our household, we began to learn these things and understand that the home technology that has arisen to tackle problems like this are fantastic.

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But like others, there is another side to the coin, and when to shoot to fit the risk of a burning house. To avoid and to reduce the risk to their loved ones and properties, it is necessary to sort, clean and maintain your fireplace. What you need are fireplace accessories such as a screen for the fireplace, a fireback and cleaning tools. These components are necessary to effectively prevent and add security to your belongings from a fire. They can bring down the fire damage caused from the flying coals and sparks, and as well keep the house very clean and beautiful around your fireplace.

Let’s talk about fireplace screens in the first place. By far the most necessary for indoors fires is a fireplace screen, which is placed in front of the fireplace. This allows you to be safe from the sparks coming out of the chimney and onto the carpet. If the wood is very warm, oxygen whole movement is initiated rapidly, causing pressure to the wood. Then, when the pressure builds, like a volcano holds the outbreak of the wood, the floating spark. A large display screen is not to terribly  expensive and if you look closely, however, on the network or advertising, there are plenty of smaller screens, you can use.

What is the fireback you ask? What is so important? You see, shared residences have fire walls in the rear of their properties, especially along the line of fire from its place at the end of the chimney. But often these brick firewalls tend to take the heat of the flame through the brick, until  they eventually crumble into pieces. Fireback, is known as one of the advantages of the fireplace accessories offering protection against heat and flame directly infiltration brick. And also, as it absorbs heat can generate much more heat to the entire house. Especially when it is put in the back of the fireplace.

Last but not least, includes cleaning tools. If you eat dinner, which you normally do after dinner? The dishes should be cleaned in the dishwasher decoration (if any), cleared the table and brings almost everything in place. The same applies to your fireplace. Maintaining the cleanliness of your chimney, fireplace and accessories that your computer needs. Ash is still perceived as a nuisance shortly after using the fireplace, especially if you have a large amount of wood used. Use the right cleaning equipment – a shovel and a broom fireplace – you will be able to stop the spread of ash in your living room. Asthma attacks are just one of the threat of ash that you can bring your body if not previously infected or asthma.

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Stress Can Impair Fertility – Health Tech

Approximately 15% of couples consulting for infertility have no apparent physiological cause that can explain the problem. Some of these couples could be affected by stress, falling into a vicious cycle: stress causes infertility and infertility causes stress. These are some of the things that came to our attention when we went to an infertility clinic to get ZIFT gender selection for our next child.

New baby

To overcome this, we need emotional support and at the later end of this article some health and medical technology advancements. Although infertility is not a health problem that endangers life, having children is considered by most people as an essential goal of life and do not cause stress.

There is some evidence that stress can impair fertility, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. High levels of stress can change hormone levels in women, causing irregular ovulation and spasms in the fallopian tubes, which can impair fertility. Also it has been found that in patients with high levels of stress contractions occur, and it may affect the implantation of the embryo. In men, high levels of stress can decrease sperm production.

A couple may think that your infertility is caused by stress, if:

  • Have loss of interest in regular activities
  • Feel depressed for long periods of time
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking of something else other than your infertility problem
  • High levels of anxiety
  • If you decrease the ability to accomplish tasks
  • If you have changes in your sleep habits (difficulty falling asleep, waking up early
  • If you have changes in appetite or weight (increase or decrease in weight)
  • Increasing the use of drugs or alcohol
  • If you have thoughts of death or suicide
  • If you have persistent thoughts of pessimism or guilt, bitterness or anger

In addition to the physiological aspects that may be altered by stress, as already mentioned, there are other problems such as unemployment, which can cause a crisis in life that makes couples often have low sexual intercourse, what causes that have less likelihood of achieving pregnancy.

When thinking about other factors?

According to the World Health Organization,  a couple is considered infertile who after twelve months of intercourse without contraception, pregnancy has failed. After this time you should see a fertility specialist.

An important factor to consider is the age of the woman, as the quality and quantity of eggs decreased progressively after 30 years and dramatically after 40. It has recently been shown that male fertility also decreases with age. After 35 years, the percentage of motile sperm fell by 2% each year.

Recommendations

It’s recommend that:

  • If the woman’s age is between 35 and 38, wait only six months to go to the fertility specialist.
  • Come immediately to the fertility center if the woman is 38 years or more
  • Come immediately to the fertility center if the couple has a known cause of infertility, including: irregular periods, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, if the man has had varicocele, mumps, or mumps, cryptorchidism or know you have low concentration and mobility of sperm.

How to treat these cases of infertility due to stress?

  • Communicate with your partner
  • Practicing friendship
  • Distracted, going to the movies, the beach, etc..
  • Playing sports
  • Doing yoga or meditation

Cognitive Therapy a new medical technology advancement, which is a modification therapy thinking that establishes the relationship of the content of thought, emotions and behavior. To this should go to a professional counselor or a support group that is recommended by your doctor. The treatment recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is cognitive therapy. Recent studies have shown that some cases can be solved only cognitive therapy, and in cases that require assisted reproduction techniques has been demonstrated that couples are treated simultaneously with cognitive therapy have higher probability of pregnancy.

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the growth of the uterine tissue outside the uterus abnormally, found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, bladder, rectum and up into the lungs. Generally, endometrial tumors are not malignant or cancerous, only one kind of normal tissue outside its normal place. It is these kinds of medical technology innovations that have allowed us to understand the causes and also the solutions, it is also why having egg banks for those affected are so critical.

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Symptoms of endometriosis

Women with endometriosis may have painful menstrual periods, internal bleeding, and inflammation, abortions, pain during intercourse, painful bowel movements, diarrhea or constipation, painful urination and urinary problems, chronic fatigue, low resistance to infections, allergies, frequent, especially during menstruation. Endometriosis is a cause of infertility. Recently it was shown that one of the causes of infertility is because the liquid within the tube becomes very viscous and sperm swim much slower in patients with endometriosis. Also reported the toxicity to embryos and implantation increases failures.

Causes of endometriosis

The causes of endometriosis are unknown. Explanations include genetic causes, autoimmune disorder, menstrual backflow, birth defect, endometrial tissue distribution through the blood and lymphatic system, environmental pollution (by consumption of sanitary napkins, tampons and bleached coffee filters dioxin and derivatives).

It is difficult to diagnose. In order to confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis is laparoscopy, a medical technological advancement allows for minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia. The patient’s abdomen is distended with carbon dioxide to make it easier to see the organs, then a small incision in the abdomen, we introduce the laparoscope (a tube like a tiny telescope). Moving the laparoscope the doctor can examine the condition of the abdominal organs and directly observe the presence of endometriosis.

Endometriosis can disappear at menopause, although some may continue. One medical treatment of endometriosis that has evolved from recent health technology innovations involve taking ovulation disrupting hormones for as long as possible, making the disease into remission for a period of treatment, and sometimes for months or even years later. Surgery may also be conservative or not, and laparoscopy to remove abnormal growths, but may return. Pregnancy also contributes to remission of symptoms.

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6 Myths and Realities of IVF

Already 5 million babies have been born through the technique of in vitro fertilization or IVF. This technique and many others that are part of the medical technology industry and used in fertility clinics. We will explain some myths and facts about this method of assisted fertilization that has helped many families to have a child.

Anxiety and depression increase infertility

This is a myth. Since several studies have said that stress makes a woman less likely to conceive. The latest research was published in June 2012 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, led by clinical psychologist of the center for human reproduction of San Francisco, University of California, Lauri A. Pasch. She and her colleagues found no difference in the probability of conception among women who had symptoms of depression and anxiety compared to those who were not stressed.

Another UK study examined whether mental health of 339 women who wanted to conceive naturally had something to do with your ability to get pregnant. The result? They found no relationship.


Unable to conceive can cause depression

This is a reality. The psychologist Pasch found in their research that 60 percent of women who failed to conceive after an IVF cycle showed signs of anxiety and 44 percent had clinical depression (compared with 26 percent before treatment). If you take more than a year trying to conceive a baby and notice that you are very sad, discouraged or anxious, please consult your doctor, as there is treatment and need to know you can beat the moment you are living.

IVF is only used for women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

This is a myth. In vitro fertilization was used initially for those women whose fallopian tubes were blocked, damaged or missing, but currently its application extends to infertility caused by endometriosis, male factor, causes immunological and unexplained infertility.

Artificial insemination is the same as IVF

This is not true . The artificial insemination is the introduction of semen into the uterus through a special cannula to improve the chances of pregnancy. The FIV , in contrast, is a method of assisted reproduction in which sperm and oocytes are attached outside the body in a laboratory dish. If fertilization occurs, the resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus where it will be implanted alone.

There is a relationship between more birth defects and IVF

Although researchers are not sure why, recent research from Nanjing Medical University Chinese university does indicate a higher incidence of birth defects among babies born through assisted reproduction, either by IVF or ICSI. After evaluating to 124,000 births found that babies conceived through in vitro method were 37% more likely to suffer some kind of birth defect. Experts say that even should investigate further.

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If you utilize IVF means you have twins, triplets or more

This is a myth. vitro fertilization is not synonymous with multiple pregnancies. Fact, many doctors are reluctant to transfer more than one embryo for women under 35 years. In many countries even prohibit transfer more than one or two embryos per cycle. There is a greater incidence of multiple pregnancies among those undergoing treatments to stimulate ovulation in combination with artificial insemination between those undergoing IVF.

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