TECH
AnoStyle

Remember mood rings? They were one of the coolest things you could have when you were a kid. What could be even cooler and cater to adults? AnoStyle, a new service, allows iOS phone users to change the color of their phone at will...kind of like a mood ring for adults. The service will anodize your device into the color of your choosing, and you can decide to change the color as many times as you want. The anodization process used is a specialized chemical process that creates the desired color just for you. All you have to do is send in your phone and in 1-2 weeks, it'll come back colorful and better than ever. Best of all, unlike paint or wrap services, the color will not fade or chip over time. And hey, even Kim Kardashian is a fan!

GADGETS
Old Fashioned Photography At Your Fingertips

StrutType, a new iPhone app, gives both amateur and professional photographers the ability to turn their photos into turn-of-the-century works of art. iOS app developer Christine Summers of Ultimate Chemistry and media relations guru Neil Alumkal, and President of Stuntman PR, collaborated to bring this unique app to life. The app recreates dry-plate photography between 1875 and 1920. It features a range of 20 filters, black & white, gray tones, sepia, greens and cyans combined with period-specific canvases, textures, watermarking, vignettes, light-leak effects and frames. “The wood and brass Strut folding camera introduced the first portable, dry plate photography in our history. It was actually the flaws of the process that gave images of that era a character that’s been lost ever since,” explains Summers, President of Ultimate Chemistry. “The light leaks, the vignetting, the canvas, the frames, the random blurs and the tinting culminated to create a certain magic that’s almost unachievable now. This is the first time in a century where you can get that look without an extreme amount of antique shopping.”

GADGETS
Photoshop Touch Apps

Since the touchpad began making its debut many wondered how the change would affect art and editing. After all, touch screens were somehow bringing us closer to the pad and paper. Using your own hands is a big part of having a touch screen device or tablet. Many were that Adobe, makers of Photoshop, the most popular software for photo editing and creating art via computer, to jump in to accommodate the new experience.

While a fully fleshed out Photoshop program has not been made for tablets or the iPad yet, a few alternatives have been cropping up. Photoshop Touch, a free update for users that already own Photoshop CS5 Extended, will allow the program to communicate with iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices. Touch screen devices would be able to control things like paintbrush movements and layering, essentially functioning as a control panel and art tablet at once. This update will also make it possible for any app developer to work Photoshop into their creation.