Get paid to walk around and take pictures with your iPhone

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Finally, my iPhone will start making me some money! How? Gigwalk. It’s a relatively new app that I learned about from an article in the Los Angeles Times, so it’s been around a bit and earned some high-profile, credibility-establishing attention. That’s important for something promising to make you money. How does it work? You download the app, sign up through Facebook or create your own login, then start looking for gigs. I live in Philadelphia in Center City, and there are hundreds of available gigs. What are the gigs? They can vary, but it seems the vast majority involve visiting a business and taking pictures and answering some questions about the place. The gigs pay from $3 to $90, but most of the ones I clicked on were in the $5 to $7 range. However, as you gain experience and prove to be reliable, more lucrative gigs await. Maybe! Here’s what a user had to say to the Times: More

Turn your Instagrams into postcards

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I liked this idea as soon as I read about it today: Send postcards of your Instagram photos for 99 cents each. Sharing photos on your phone is fun, but having an easy option to send somebody a print in the form of a quality postcard makes perfect sense. I want to do it and 99 cents is that magical price point, just like with apps and even eBooks. So now we have Postagram. I downloaded the free app and sent my first Postagram this morning to a mutual Instagram follower and Twitter friend. Because I got the app within the first 24 hours of release I got a free one to send. I just sent a second one to see what a pay one is like. I put in my credit card information, which you only do once, and I was done. Simple and easy. Of course, you can send them to yourself and I’ll be doing that shortly. All that’s left is to get some feedback on the quality of the postcards, which should arrive in 2 to 5 3 to 7 days. I’d hate to hear about flimsy paper stock with sloppy printing that rubs off. If I like it, and get the thumbs up from my friends, then I’ll rate this app a home run. You can also send postcards from the Postagram website. Not only can it be fun in your daily life, but imagine traveling or being on vacation and sending one of these rather than a generic postcard you would buy in a gift shop. You can watch a short video about Postagram here: More

What was life like before iPhone apps?

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Apple just reported its 10 billionth download from its iOS App Store, which launched in 2008. That got me to thinking about my life with apps. My first iPhone was the 3G and that’s when the App Store opened. My first “wow” moment was with the Shazam app, when I was driving and heard a song on the radio and wanted to know the name and artist. Running the risk of a rear-ending another car, I turned on my iPhone and opened the Shazam app and about 10 seconds later – Shazam! – I found out it was Daft Punk and “Harder Better Faster Stronger.” My first less-than-wow moment was after I tried one of the light saber apps. I waved the phone around and made the light saber sound from Star Wars. That was good for about 30 seconds of amusement. Over time, I’ve learned that the best apps are either very useful or great time-wasters. Catapulting birds at fortresses built by pigs has turned out to be one of the best ways to waste time. Now there’s talk about Angry Birds being turned into an animated series. The greatest App success story so far is the “Twitterverse” that has been created around Twitter. Android phones have the Android Market. But Apple is simply way out front of everybody in this game and it is one of the best reasons to have an iPhone (or iPod Touch or iPad). To celebrate the 10 billionth download, I downloaded the TextPics app so I can now send text bunnies to all my good friends. For only 99 cents, you get a lot of bunnies. ❤