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Arne has been working on making internet technology a part of everyday life since 1994. His personal passion is to make technology practical and understandable. Arne strongly believe that we have been created to build relationships with the people around us. Technology can be a great agent to build and maintain these relationships. Arne speaks and consults about using technology. He teaches groups and individuals and mentors internet startups. He also has a passion for Jesus and His church and strongly believes that a good use of technology should be part of our vision to reach out to the world around us.

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Foto’s bewerken binnen Instagram

Foto’s bewerken binnen Instagram

In de nieuwste versie van haar Android en iOS app, geeft Instagram gebruikers ook de mogelijkheid om hun foto’s te bewerken. Tot nu toe kon je met Instagram alleen een vierkante foto maken en daar een filter voor kiezen. Eventueel kon je nog een rand toevoegen of wat spelen met meerdere foto’s in een foto. Maar nu kun je nog meer. Er zijn een aantal keuzes bijgekomen. Op het moment dat je een filter hebt gekozen, komt er nu ook een sleutel in beeld. Daarmee kun je aan je foto gaan sleutelen. Er zijn een heel aantal opties bijgekomen die eerder niet beschikbaar waren. Dat stelt je in staat om creatiever te zijn met je compositie, maar ook met je kleuren, je intensiteit en een aantal effecten toe te voegen.

Een mooie optie om weer een poosje heerlijk mee te spelen.

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En dat geeft soms best leuke effecten.

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Google+ vertelt nu zelf het verhaal van jouw evenement

Google+ vertelt nu zelf het verhaal van jouw evenement

google-storiesGoogle probeert ons het leven makkelijker te maken. Of je nu van vakantie terug komt, of je hebt net een geweldig evenement gedraaid met je kerk, je hebt altijd bergen foto’s. Dan begint het grote uitzoeken. Welke foto’s zijn leuk, wat moet ik er onder schrijven, waar was het. Al die vragen die vaak zoveel tijd kosten, dat we steeds minder vaak onze foto’s uitzoeken. Steeds vaker laten we ze op de kaart van de camera staan en vergeten ze.

Toch is dat een gemiste kans. Zeker als het gaat om evenementen, is het uitzoeken en online zetten van de leukste foto’s altijd een mooie kans om mensen die foto’s ook weer te laten delen. Want als je in een leuke foto getagt wordt op Facebook of Google+, dan like je die foto ook weer sneller en krijgen mensen om je heen die foto dus ook te zien. En dat kan nieuwe bezoekers trekken naar evenementen, of naar je kerk of organisatie.

Google heeft besloten dat ze je dat soort dingen ook een beetje uit handen willen nemen. De nieuwe Stories functie van Google+ verzamelt je foto’s en de locaties waar ze genomen zijn en maakt er een verhaal van. Wat jij er voor moet doen? Nou, eigenlijk alleen maar kiezen dat Google een automatische backup maakt van de foto’s de jij hebt genomen met je smartphone. Direct resultaat. Als je Google+ gebruiker bent en je hebt backup aanstaan, dan heb je kans dat er al stories of movies op je staan te wachten.

Kijk bijvoorbeeld eens naar het prachtige verhaal van paraglider Tom de Dorlodot.

Of naar een storie van Anil Sabharwal, de Google medewerker die de aankondiging namens Google deed.

Twitter laat je mensen de mond snoeren

Twitter laat je mensen de mond snoeren

twitter-muteTwitter heeft een nieuwe optie toegevoegd aan Twitter. Soms zijn er mensen waar je wel een verbinding mee wilt hebben, maar waarvan je niet altijd hoeft te zien wat ze aan het twitteren zijn. Daarvoor heeft Twitter nu “mute” bedacht. Het is een knop om iemand op ‘stil’ te zetten. Dat betekent dat die persoon niet meer in je tijdlijn zit en dat je ook geen notificaties meer krijgt als die persoon je noemt of er andere interactie is. De persoon in kwestie ziet niet dat je hem op mute hebt gezet en weet dus ook niet dat je niet meer ziet wat hij of zij zegt.

Hoewel het natuurlijk een vriendelijker optie lijkt dan het ‘ontvrienden’ van iemand, is de vraag of het dat ook daadwerkelijk is. Voor mij voelt het een beetje als het net doen of je luistert, terwijl je inmiddels een andere kant op staat te kijken. De persoon die praat heeft wel het idee dat je hem hoort, maar je doet dat niet. Wat mij betreft is de beste optie dan ook om gewoon het gesprek af te ronden en te vertrekken. Dus die persoon niet meer te volgen. Dat komt misschien in eerste instantie wat vervelender over, maar het is wel duidelijker dan dat iemand er later achterkomt dat je je toch niet voor hem of haar interesseert.

Afternoon fun: redesign iOS7 yourself

Afternoon fun: redesign iOS7 yourself

TiOS7 redesigned by usvsth3mhe new iOS7 design has been much debated. Is it an improvement, or is it too ‘flat’? Everybody seems to have their own opinion. And now it is up to you. Thanks to the guys at Us vs Th3m, you no longer need to be a graphic designer. Redesigning iOS7 is just a case of picking and clicking. And before you know it, you have become the next Jony Ive.

Granted, the number of choices is limited. But it is good fun to click around and see what your iPhone would look like. So, head over to the iOS7 redesigner and share with us what your redesign would look like.

Google brings back full screen compose for Gmail

Google brings back full screen compose for Gmail

composeA couple of months ago, Google changed the way you write an email in Gmail. You no longer got a new screen in which you are writing the email. Instead a smaller window would open in the bottom right corner. However, not everyone was happy about that. And Google has listened. So, yesterday they launched their new full screen compose window.

In essence, it is just a popup that goes over the screen you are watching. So, unlike the old compose, it does not send you to a separate page. Other than that, there is not much of a difference. The new compose takes up enough space on your screen and centers nicely. It has the formatting bar in there as a default as well.

You can switch to the new full screen compose by clicking the facing arrows in the top right corner of the compose window to switch to full screen. If you click the more options button, you can set Gmail to open the new full screen compose as your default setting.

So, do you use Gmail at all? And if so, which compose window do you like best?

All social media image sizes in one nice overview

All social media image sizes in one nice overview

Little part of infographEvery social network has set its own standards for its images. Your cover photo needs to be this big, your avatar needs be that size. That is great if you are only on one or two networks, but it gets tiring when you have a presence on several networks. Luckily, the guys at Struto have helped us all out by creating this great infograph that gives you all the sizes you need. Their infograph covers the image sizes for Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and even the new YouTube One Channel is included.

So, if you are working on your presence across social media channels, this is an infograph you might want to keep near to you. Or even do some old fashioned printing and stick it on the wall so you cannot forget. But remember, nothing changes as fast as social networks, so we cannot guarantee this will be your last easy overview.

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Connect to others: Social Summer

Connect to others: Social Summer

grillIn the third article in this series, we are going to take all our connections outside. Yes, you have heard this right. Summer is here and the weather is nice. So, just as you like to be outside, so do your friends and neighbors. Beautiful weather is a great opportunity to get to know new people or build on existing relationships. I am sure you are aware of that. So, where does technology come in and why am I writing about this?

To be honest, you might know all this and you might be a master at doing this right. But not everybody is. And Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and many other social networks are great tools to reach out and get to meet others. For instance, I like my barbecue. I am not the ultimate barbecue pit master, but I can do a nice pulled pork, ribs and do some great cooking of other grilled foods. I am usually quite happy with the outcome, which means that it comes easy to me to shoot a quick picture and share it online. The good part comes when that picture hits the net. Very often, it reaches people who live just around the corner. I often get comments saying “I would like a piece of that” or “When can I come over”? Which both are great openers to have people over. Or, if you have a couple in your street, you can say “lets just organize a street party together”. It does not need much preparation, it just needs getting up and doing it.

There are many activities you do every day, that might appeal to others. Or you might have a hobby that others like as well. Why don’t you share that online. Take a quick picture of what you are up to and help it look a bit attractive. If you do, you have a fair chance that people will see it and comment on it. And if you are connected to people outside your church or outside of your organization, this is a great chance to get to know them better. Invite them over and do your thing together. Or go out to the park and do it there. Very few things are as relaxing as heading out to the park with a good group to just hang out, play some games and have some food. Most people are always up to that. And the effect will be there. You will get talking, you will hear stories and you might have a chance to share some of yours. But the most important thing here is to just be there, be yourself and build that relationship. There will be a time when you can share the goals of your organization or your faith. But take it easy. Don’t avoid the subject, but don’t push it either.

About Connect to others
Reaching out to others can be challenging. Which is why Techpastors is running this “connect to others” series. Because we believe that it is easier to share your faith with others, when you get to know each other. Technology gives us a lot of new opportunities to get to know people and to share with people what you are up to. Remember, this is not about sneaking up on people and hitting them over the head with a bible. This is about building a relationship with people based on something that you and them love doing. And that will allow you to show them your personal relationship with Jesus over time.

Dropbox moves to become your first choice for all storage

Dropbox moves to become your first choice for all storage

dbx-press-datastoresYou might know Dropbox as a great way to share documents amongst each other. And it is. You can drag and drop files from your computer into your Dropbox and have them both on your computer as well as in the cloud. And if anyone changes the document, or adds something to your folder, you get it immediately. Dropbox was one of the first services to launch a solution to integrate cloud storage and your computer storage. And together with their very intuitive user interface, that has made them a market leader. But the vision of Dropbox goes beyond just saving your documents.

At their developer conference, Dropbox has introduced a new set of developer tools for their new Datastores API. Essentially, this turns Dropbox from an application into a platform that software developers can use to integrate the use of Dropbox into their apps. That means that the storage will no longer just be used for documents and pictures. Software builders can now also use it to store your contacts, your text messages, your game progress, or your progress in your Bible for instance. You can then switch over to another device altogether and have the same information at your fingertips.

This idea is not new. Already, iOS devices synchronize certain apps and Google has provided synchronization between several of its services across Android devices and even computers. However, the Dropbox solution could be the first to be absolutely independent of the platform or the device you are using. And that makes it an interesting solution for software makers who see their users switch from iOS on their iPhone to Android on their tablet and to a new Windows Phone for instance. Three platforms that have not really integrated together, can be brought closer together for users through the Dropbox interface.

The Dropbox option is an interesting one. It means that the transition of the data you are using will be seamless for users. If you are developing software, that might give your app a great advantage over other apps that do not have that flexibility. And if you are an average user, that ties in well with your personal use of Dropbox where you store things in the cloud that you want to be able to use seamlessly. Regardless of your device or your location, you can always get to your Dropbox. Now we will have to see whether Dropbox will come to you.

What things would you like to easily share between devices? Have you ever been frustrated by information that was available on one device, but not on the other? Tell us in the comments.

Twitter starts new media blog to show what and how to share

Twitter starts new media blog to show what and how to share

Twitter-media-blogIt is always best to learn from the source. That is also what Twitter will have thought when they launched their new Twitter Media Blog last week. The effort is obviously two-fold. Where many of Twitter’s user accounts are dormant, this is an effort to have people and brands wake up to the power of Twitter. After all, it has been a proven fact that an active account is more successful, which in turn makes it more active and so on.

So, what can we expect from the Twitter Media Blog? Well, in their own words:

In this space, you can expect:

  • highlights and examples of new and innovative uses of Twitter
  • updates on our latest features and products
  • tips for maximizing your presence and impact on Twitter

Twitter states on the blog that they will be focussing on a number of subjects. Churches and Christian organizations are not mentioned, but fear not, there is enough to enjoy. Like the way in which Michelle Obama took her followers to Africa on Twitter. This is a nice example of what you can do with your next mission trip. You might not reach the 400,000 followers she has, but you might take your sponsors or church members along on a trip neither they nor you will ever forget.

Tell us how you use Twitter to share your stories. We will feature the best on Techpastors.com later this year.

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