Track Your Happines [iPhone App]


Harvard researchers, using the iPhone to track people’s moods, have found a correlation between daydreaming and unhappiness. The app, aptly named “Track Your Happiness,” contacts iPhone users at random times during the day to ask how they’re feeling and what they are doing while answering these questions. Users have the option to decide when and how often they’ll be notified.

The researchers’ findings, published in the journal Science, were based on samples from 2,250 adults. Out of those surveyed, 58.8% were male, and 73.9% of them reside in the U.S. The mean age of those involved in the survey was 34. As DISCOVER reports, responders said they were daydreaming 46.9% of the time when the iPhone rang to check in on their thoughts. And those who said they were daydreaming were more likely to reveal that they were feeling unhappy.

That said, Jonathan Schooler, a psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told The Boston Globe that the findings should not just be used to determine that a wandering mind is an unhappy one.

According to Schooler, mind-wandering is key for one’s problem solving abilities — and there is also evidence that it could be important for creativity.

As Schooler told the Globe, “Even if there are times when mind-wandering causes one to be unhappy, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not the thing that one should be doing.”

Meanwhile, “Track Your Happiness” is still out there, being used as a scientific tool to help researchers figure out the causes of one’s happiness. In order to take part in the study yourself, just visit TrackYourHappiness.org, where you’ll have to answer a few questions before becoming a participant.

Thanks to TrackYourHappiness.org

http://mashable.com/2010/11/12/iphone-app-measures-happiness/

Download TrackYourHappiness application from iTunes

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10 Essential Websites for iPhone Photographers


iPhone photography is a growing medium, akin to Lomography in its cult status and the way it champions light-hearted, lo-fi, everyday shooting and off-beat effects.

Like any good burgeoning artistic movement there are already a bunch of brilliant online resources aimed at iPhone photographers offering great galleries, talent showcases, app reviews, exhibition news and more.

Read on for 10 great sites from around the web that we’ve bookmarked for iPhone Photographers and photo-lovers alike. Your favorite not on this list? Please share any other great iPhotography sites you like in the comments below.


1. Pixels at an Exhibition


This site describes itself as a “gallery of the most beautiful and ground-breaking iPhone art on the web and home to an ever-increasing number of visionary pioneers in the exploration and development of this nascent and vibrant new medium.” With a daily pic to inspire you, easy browsing by category or a tag word cloud, featured artists and exhibition news, iPhotographers will find lots to like on this site.


2. iPhoneogenic


Run by Edgar Cuevas, an iPhotographer in his own right, iPhoneogenic is a lovely site to visit. Described as “a place for highlighting the iPhoneographer,” it offers enlightening interviews with iPhotographers from all over the world that sometimes include interesting how-tos on certain techniques. It’s always a fascinating read.


3. EYE’EM


EYE’EM is about more than just iPhotography — it’s a hub dedicated to mobile photography as a whole, where “creative minds from all over the world unite to share their images and create a unique stream of mutual inspiration and creative expression.” You can browse through pics, follow photographers you like, search by location and tag words, comment on photos, and share images. You can also jump into the fray by creating your own stream.


4. iPhoneography


Glyn Evans’ great iPhoneography blog covers iPhone photography and videography with app news and reviews (including great info on app updates), photographer showcases, news from the iPhotography community around the world and more. There’s also a user forum for discussions on the topic where you can post questions and help others with answers.


5. The Best Camera


Chase “the-best-camera-is-the-one-that’s-with-you” Jarvis’ worldwide hub for mobile photography is the sister site to the app of the same name, with photos from iPhotographers globally uploaded via the app. Viewing a real-time stream of these images is great fun but you’ll get the most out of this site if you post your own content thanks to the great management and sharing options that are available.


6. Life in LoFi


Life in Lo-Fi is the iPhoneography blog of Marty Yawnick, a freelance graphic designer and iPhotographer. Yawnick offers his readers app news and reviews, links to relevant articles of interest he spots around the web, curated Flickr showcases, some of his personal photography and regular promo code giveaways.


7. iPhoneArt


A relative newcomer, iPhoneArt’s aim is “to build a grassroots mobile art community where professionals, beginners, and developers alike can share and discuss all forms of mobile art.” Despite being in its early days, user-generated content has helped create a huge gallery of more than 6,000 photos. The site includes a “Studio Talk” forum, a robust app review section and the option to sign up to create you own online gallery with a unique username-based URL.


8. The Big Hipstamatic Show


Fans of the titular app should definitely look up its sister-site: The Big Hipstamatic Show. The guys behind Hipstamatic run regular contests for best photos under certain titles. The current contest, for example, is “Fields.” You can view the leaderboard to see the hot contenders or view past entries for a wonderful showcase of iPhotography.


9. iPhone Photo


“Gently” curated by Caleb Kimbrough, iPhone Photo is a very simple site offering an online showcase of what Caleb considers “the best user submitted iPhone photography.” Dating back to July 2009, it’s an eclectic collection with some strong photography.


10. Flickr


No, we haven’t gone mad. We know everyone (and their dog) is well aware of the world’s largest photography site, but besides being a place to upload your own pics, it’s a really good resource for iPhotography inspiration, artist discovery and app research.

Many iPhotographers will name the apps they’ve used for specific photos, giving you an idea of what the different photographic options can produce. Did you know there are more than 30 million iPhone photographs on Flickr? You can browse pics by camera model or head for one of the iPhoto groups — there are tons of them and some amazing photography to enjoy.

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Reference: http://mashable.com/2010/10/30/iphone-photography-websites/

Mobile World Congress 2011: Most Buzzed-About Phones, Tablets Brands [InfoGraphics]


Mobile World Congress 2011 (MWC) wrapped up last week in Barcelona, and there were so many smartphone and tablet offerings at the show, you could get information overload just trying to make sense of it all.

Here’s an infographic that won’t necessarily show you which products were the best, but will certainly let you know which ones had gadget aficionados the most intrigued. Webtrends sorted it out for us, measuring the buzz of the event by calculating mentions on Twitter, blogs and other social media between February 13 and February 17.

Even though Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was out-buzzed by the LG Optimus Pad, with the help of its second-generation Galaxy S II smartphone, Samsung was the top most-buzzed brand during MWC week, just like it was during CES 2011. Coming in second was Google (not surprising, due to all the talk about Android on smartphones and tablets), with HTC in third.

Breaking it down into days, Samsung and HTC fought it out on Monday for the lead buzz spot, with Samsung victorious at 32%. Tuesday, HTC fought back with with its 7-inch 1.5GHz HTC Flyer tablet, winning the day with 30.8% of the buzz.

Notice that while tablets grabbed 47.7% of the buzz, all those iPad competitors were still eclipsed by the 52.3% buzz for smartphones, which in the past have been the only buzzed-about device at MWC:

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Reference: http://mashable.com/2011/02/20/mwc-buzz/

Image courtesy: Webtrends.com

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