Originally released on iOS as an iPad-only app in October 2011, 500px was made universal and optimized for iPhone and iPod touch in November 2012.
Last January, the app was pulled by Apple from the App Store for apparently “featuring pornographic images and material.” The app was restored a week later, though, but not without carrying a mature rating and a “Report This Photo” option.
Real time picture chatting service Snapchat is designed to be ultra private. Photos taken and sent with the service can only be viewed for a maximum of 10 seconds before disappearing forever, but as it turns out, those images might not be so temporal after all.
While Snapchat has a built-in function that notifies a user if sent picture has been stolen via a screenshot, there’s currently a workaround that allows people to take screenshots without setting off that particular alert.
The workaround may be how two freshman girls at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey ended up finding naked photos of themselves on Instagram. According to Mashable, the teens sent photos of themselves to at least one male classmate, who took screenshots and shared them.
Secretly taking a screenshot of a Snapchat photo is surprisingly simple. As you take a screenshot by holding down on both the power button and the home button, simply place a finger on the screen.
After the screenshot is taken, double tap on the home button, returning to the camera. This allows users to capture a screenshot without sending a notification because the iPhone’s multitasking bar interferes with the way that Snapchat detects screenshots.
This hack was originally published in January, but the situation in New Jersey makes the warning worth repeating: Your Snapchat photos are far from private.
The culprits in New Jersey, if found to be in possession of the nude photos of the girls, might face child pornography charges. Creating, transmitting, or possessing sexually explicit images in New Jersey violates both child pornography and “Endangering the Welfare of Children” laws, which carries a hefty penalty.
The lesson here? Think twice before you send a questionable photo via Snapchat, and think twice before you save one too.
We all know about Thanksgiving, which is actually being celebrated today. But have you heard about ThanksGivit?
ThanksGivit is the contest currently being held by the makers of video sharing app Givit. Essentially, the content encourages entrants to answer the question “What are you thankful for?” through a video shot with Givit.
Updated just last week with several new features, Givit is a free iPhone app that lets you highlight videos. That is, it lets you highlight significant parts in videos, which it combines into a single video. You can then share this resulting video via Facebook, YouTube, or email.
And through ThanksGivit, you can win an iPad mini just by showing what you’re thankful for with Givit.
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That’s right: a brand new iPad mini can be yours after you shoot and share a video of your family, your friends, your pets, your hobbies, or even your iDevices — anything that makes you grateful for what you have.
Just follow these steps to enter ThanksGivit:
Create a fun video with the Givit iOS app that shows off what you’re most thankful for, making sure your video includes the following elements: between 15 and 90 seconds long and
at least one effect (either a Motion Effect, Transition and/or Music)
Share your highlighted video masterpiece through the Givit app, via private email, with Givit at ThanksGivit@givit.com (be sure to include your name, email address and either a Facebook or Twitter account for us to reach you at if you win).