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So I gave in to the hype and downloaded Vine on my iPhone. I’m already addicted but I did find a few setbacks.

The idea behind Vine is to record a video on your smartphone in short segments or all at once. It took a bit of practice to get the hang of it (which may be in part due to my annoyingly shaky hands) but all you have to do is hold your finger down on the screen to record and let go to stop. Vine — like its parent company Twitter — adds a little twist to the usual post with a resulting video of just 6 seconds. I was impressed with how quickly the video is processed and then can be shared on Vine, Twitter or Facebook (more on that later). It definitely reminds me of Instagram for videos.

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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Maybe more exercise or to take more pictures this year? Now you can do both with Mophie’s OutRide.  It transforms your iPhone into the ultimate wide-angle action sports camera and includes 9 different mounts that attach to just about anything. Try it on your bike or surfboard and no need to worry about the elements. The high-impact housing protects your phone from the action and is completely waterproof. Better yet, you can instantly share your videos straight from your iPhone with the OUTRIDE app.  Outride is available at mophie for $149.95

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For those of you living under a rock, Jessica Hische is a designer, letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter,” not to mention a former GDUSA Person to Watch. I pretty much want everything she creates but these iPhone cases are calling to me right now and they make a perfect gift for any type lover or design aficionado. Each white case brilliantly displays a colorful letter from Jessica’s Daily Drop Cap project in which she created a new illustrative letter each day. Clearly, she never sleeps since she worked her way through the alphabet a total of twelve times. For this collaboration she chose to feature her “2nd Alphabet” but be sure to check all of them out here.

The iPhone Cases can be purchased at uncommon,  34.95 each

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I think it’s fair to say that Instagram raised more than a few eyebrows with their recent claim that they were going to sell their account holder’s photos without payment or notification. Overwhelming public backlash led to a prompt “clarification” from Instagram on their blog but the whole situation got me thinking about new ways to hold on to my favorite Instagram pictures. One solution I stumbled upon is Printstagram, which offers a really wide range of print options for your Instagram photos like stickers, calendars, posters and — my favorite option — an adorable little book. All you do is send them your favorite 24 Instagram photos and they turn it into a Tinybook. (Choose 72 images and you get 3 unique books.) I fear I may be saying my final farewell to Instagram before long but at least I’ll have my Tinybook.

Tinybook, 3 for $10 at  Printstagram (1.7″ x 1.5″)

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