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While many iPhone photography apps offer a monotone filter, there’s a lot to be said for having an app in your iPhotography arsenal that’s dedicated to creating excellent black & white photographs.

We’ve tried and tested a handful, and here bring you three brilliant black & white iPhone photography apps — complete with screengrabs and some sample photographs.

SEE ALSO: 3 Fresh iPhotography Apps: LEGO Photo, KaleidaCam & WordFoto [PICS]Take a look through the photo galleries below. Let us know in the comments about your experiences shooting monochrome imagery on your iPhone, and any apps you’d recommend.

Name: Postcard on the Run

Quick Pitch:Send real postcards directly from your phone to friends and family.

Genius Idea: Automatic address retrieval.

You’re enjoying the ambiance of a beautiful beach on the island of Maui when you decide to share this perfect moment with your folks and friends back home.

You take out your iPhone, fire up an app, snap a photo, and select who you’re sending it to. You don’t even need to remember their addresses. You add a message, sign your name with your finger, and add a map of the surrounding area — just so you can be sure they’ll be jealous.

Then, for little more than the price of a stamp, the app converts your words and images into a real postcard.

This is the promise of Postcard on the Run, a freshly-launched startup with an iPhone application of the same name. An Android application is supposedly just around the corner.

“The mobile photography space is red hot, especially as a means of sharing experiences,” says Josh Brooks, founder of Postcard on the Run. “Nothing illustrates that experience better than the actual photograph.”

Postcard on the Run creates and mails high-quality photo postcards from your phone from $0.99 a pop. It can even retrieve the addresses of your contacts, so you don’t have to.

The mobile postcard generator application has been done before. You may have heard of Postagram. But, says Brooks, Postcard on the Run is all about refining the details and throwing in personalized touches.

Postal Gopher, for instance, is the startup’s in-app address retrieval system so you don’t have to manually look up and enter contacts’ mailing addresses. You select a contact from your phone’s address book and carry on creating your postcard. Postal Gopher will ping your friend via SMS or email and ask her to verify her address. When she does, your address book is updated with her address and your postcard is shipped off tout de suite.

And what if you could add a smell to capture the mood of your experience to your postcard? In a few weeks time, you’ll be able to do just that. The pending feature, called “smell mail,” will let you select scratch-and-sniff scents such as sun tan lotion, Christmas tree or holiday spice.

Postcard on the Run makes an SDK for developers looking to add postcard printing services to their own applications, which means you may soon find a send-a-postcard option in your favorite iOS or Android photo apps. Camera Genius and Photogene, two popular photo apps for iPhone, will be adding the feature in future app updates.

You can also expect the startup to venture beyond postcards and allow you to turn your mobile photos into other keepsakes.

Postcard on the Run is a four-person team based in Los Angeles. The startup is currently in the process of raising an Angel round of funding.


Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark

As seen on Mashable.com

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 iPhone appAs a self-confessed Call of Duty addict, I find it hard to part with the game when I have important things to do, like eat, sleep, work, or look after my children. But thanks to a new smartphone app from the team behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3you can still perfect your game while away from the game.

No, unfortunately you won’t be able to actually play Modern Warfare 3 on your phone, but the app — which was announced at Call of Duty XP in Los Angeles last week — will allow you to customize your loadout from your iPhone or Android device. That means you can modify your weapons, perks and killstreaks, while you’re enduring enjoying a nice dinner with your family. Neat, eh?

The app will be free to download, and free to use, but players who subscribe to Call of Duty Elite will get more features than those who don’t. (Which I think is a little annoying considering we all pay $60 for the game itself.) All you’ll need to do is login to access your custom classes. The app is expected to use a universal login structure for all three platforms, including PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

I’m very much looking forward to Modern Warfare 3 and the accompanying app for my iPhone. And if you haven’t already seen it, I recommend the new multiplayer trailer.

What do you think of the app?

[via GamePro]

 

As seen on Technobuffalo.com

Many of us remember how fun (not to mention therapeutic) it was to pour our innermost thoughts into a pen-and-paper diary, but how many of us take the time to keep a personal journal today?

As you no doubt take your mobile everywhere you go, a diary app for your iPhone means you can get scribbling whenever you have a spare five minutes, be that waiting in line, on your commute or before bed.

As seen on Mashable.com

Based on its history, you probably wouldn’t expect to see Windows Phone take off like a rocket. But apparently that’s what it’s going to do. Research out of Gartner and IDC says that Mango may grab a

whopping 20 percent of the market by 2015, with the help of hardware partners like HTC and a little extra effort in the marketing department.

Thus far, Windows Phone hasn’t had the best reception. In some ways this is deserved, as many of the big features on the Windows OS were rolled out much later than they were on rival platforms. Even the carriers seemed to discredit WP7 in store — a trend Microsoft was definitely not cool with.

Windows Phone head of marketing Achim Berg said yesterday that IDC and Gartner’s 20 percent market share forecasts are actually conservative (shocker!), and he expects even greater success out of the platform. And the road to such success starts in Europe, with the launch of the HTC Radar and Titan on October 1. Microsoft has hired “hundreds of salesman” to help demonstrate the power of its newly refreshed platform, and plans to target the ladies and the youngsters to nab that 20 percent share.

If you passed elementary math, you know there’s only so much market share to go around. If Windows Phone goes from a 4.3 percent share to control 20 percent of the market, that means another platforms growth is sure to slow. According to Gartner, Apple’s iOS will be the one to do so, growing from a 16 percent market share in 2010 to just 17 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, Android is poised to maintain control with growth from a 23 percent share in 2010 to a massive 49 percent in 2015, reports Bloomberg.

What will make or break windows will be its app selection. HP’s decision to halt production of webOS devices will likely help with that, as a fresh batch of developers have just been abandoned. Still it’s got a long way to go to match the 425,000+ App Store apps that made the iPhone what it is today.

Past that, hardware is also key here. Microsoft will have the support of big name hardware vendors like HTC and Nokia, along with Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE. That same divide and conquer strategy has obviously worked splendidly for Android, and with the promise we’re seeing out of Mango, WinPho is sure to do the same. Since iOS appears on only one phone — an incredibly popular phone, but one nontheless — it’s at a significant disadvantage going forward.

As seen on techcrunch.com

After launching just Tuesday afternoon, it has become already the number-one free app in the iTunes App Store. ” So far it seems Facebook’s Messenger app is a hit.”

The app has the potential to chip away at the hold of cell carriers. It allows users to send messages and texts through the 750-million-member social network, and it updates in real time, so there’s no need to refresh to see if you’ve received new messages.

The negative reviews in both the App Store and the Android Market are mostly critical of Facebook now having two apps and of the fact that Messenger isn’t an instant message app.

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