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5 Ways To Print Your Instagram Holiday Snaps Online

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So you want to free your holiday photos from your smartphone and into the real world? Instagram users have choices when it comes to photo printing. Forget regular rectangular prints, creative professionals and amateurs can take advantage of square format products that make the most of their retro-style shots.

The first thing you’ll need are great photos, of course. Famous landmarks, pictures of family parties, and selfies are all perfectly valid choices. Get creative with your Instagram filters, then use these sites to create analogue versions of your favourite retro-digital shots and travel souvenir photos.

1. Photobox

There are lots of photo printing services on the web. In our experience, Photobox is one of the better ones. It offers a good range of products, including 5″ x 5″ Instagram printouts, photo blocks and coasters, and quality is consistently very good.

While its web interface is clumsy, it’s nowhere near as bad as some of its competitiors’ efforts. But there’s an even better way to print out your most creative Instagram shots. Use the Photobox iOS app to automatically download your photostream from Instagram, then order directly from your phone. Just remember delivery costs extra.

2. Polargram

Give your Instagram photos an added twist by ordering Polaroid-style hard copies from Polargram. The company places each shot into a white frame measuring 10.5 x 8.5 cm.

Polargram has a minimum order of 12 prints, but delivery is free in the UK. The website’s FAQ and Contact links are the wrong way round, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but the results look good – providing you can cope with the fact that it’s just a square photo in a fancy frame.

3. Printstagram

Printstagram offers simple Instagram prints aimed at creative people who want something a little classier than the average photo site. It’s run by Social Print Studio, a company that also makes unusual accessories, ideal for dressing up a creative workspace.

On Printstagram, you can create prints, cards, books and more on the web or using the iOS app. If you just need a pack of photos, try Print Studio’s prints in four sizes – two square, two rectangular – all with a minimum order of 48. The company has another arm, BluePrints, for Facebook snaps. Phew.

4. Stickygram

From Photobox comes Stickygram, an offshot site dedicated to printing your Instagram shots on magnets and Apple device cases. Bizarrely, you can’t print on stickers at all. The website is based in the UK, but in an affront to its home-grown customers, all pricing is in US dollars.

Stickygram is more stylish and well designed than Photobox; it’s a shame the company can’t invest some time into developing its main website as well. The products are good quality but the range is very limited and the iPad cases certainly aren’t cheap.

5. Boomf

Bored with box frames? Peeved with all of these prints? Try Boomf: your Instagram shots printed onto fully edible marshmallows. Each order ships as a box of nine 4cm x 4cm sweets. This is another project from the brains behind Photobox, yet it’s not linked from the main site at the moment.

Boomf ships internationally, and the marshmallows are affordable: £12 for 9, including postage, which is fine as a gift or novelty. Beware that its marshmallows are not halal, kosher or vegetarian; a real shame, since vegetarian marshmallows would be really easy to make.

Ready to Print?

Print your favourite snaps and get creative. From phone cases to fridge magnets, creating ‘hard’ (or edible) versions of your Instagram snaps is a great way to experiment with your best shots.

Antje Derks is a freelance writer working with Brand Republic. She is a keen amatuer photographer and social media enthusiast.

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Code Therapy – A Mental Health and Technology Documentary

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Code Therapy is a short documentary about how technology is changing the way mental health services are delivered.

Mental illness, such as depression, is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. 1 in 4 adults in the United States experiences some type of mental illness every year, yet over 100 million people across the nation lack access to sufficient mental health services. In countries with less developed healthcare systems, the situation is even more troubling.

Code Therapy is a documentary short about the application of digital technology in the field of mental health. Behavioral intervention technologies, such as online programs and apps that teach evidence-based therapy skills have the potential to make mental health support more accessible and affordable. Websites and social media platforms provide another way to disseminate mental health information, particular to an increasingly connected generation of millennials around the globe.

Speaking on the barriers to receiving treatment and the benefits and limitations of emerging technologies in this space are entrepreneurs, researchers and mental health providers including:

  • Alejandro Foung, Co-Founder of Lantern
  • Rob Morris, Co-Founder of Koko
  • Steve Schueller, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Faculty Member at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technology
  • Jen Hyatt, CEO of Big White Wall

The film is narrated by Carl O’Reilly, a London-based architect, mental health advocate and author of the new book Defeating Depression, available on Amazon.

Code Therapy was filmed in the US and UK in 2016 and has since screened at festivals in England, Ireland, India and the United States.  We were honored to be awarded Best Documentary at the 2016 Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival and has received commendation and nominations at other festivals around the globe.

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Telemedicine: Aims Toward Convenience and Accessibility of Modern Treatment

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Telemedicine is the use of information technology and telecommunication devices to provide a healthcare remotely. It is intended to solve distance barriers, improve access to quality healthcare, and designed to save lives in emergency and critical situations.

Telemedicine began when astronauts first went into space. The early spacecraft had a telemedicine technology to keep track of the astronaut’s health. Succeeding milestones boost the use of telemedicine in the healthcare.

Brief History of Telemedicine

The birth of telecommunication paves the way to the inception of telemedicine. Few hospitals started experimenting with telemedicine about fifty years ago to reach patients in far-flung areas.  It started in the U.S. as a way to resolve the shortages of the physicians.

Telemedicine has tremendously changed. Due to a substantial advancement in technology, it became an integrated service in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. During emergencies, it is used to provide patient health records and medical consultation without delay.

At present, people around the world are using telemedicine to provide quality healthcare or help a patient with mobility problems consult a physician from home. It was also used to reach urban populations with shortages of physicians. Currently, people are using telemedicine for convenience, to save time in the waiting room at the doctor, and to get prompt care.

Many companies are motivated to offer patients a 24/7 access to medical care and a platform for the doctor’s virtual visits with their patients. The advancement in technology provides an edge in a competitive healthcare. The wide variety of advanced health apps enables the physician to monitor the health of their patients.

With the advanced medical devices, patients can determine the vital signs, infections, glucose levels, blood pressure without going to the doctor’s clinic or hospital. As patients become proactive about using technology to detect the status of their health, they also become receptive to get an alternative care through telemedicine. Here are some examples of the advantages of Telemedicine:

Accessibility of Quality Health Care

Remote regions get a quality patient care without delay. Clinics in rural areas use video for the interaction between the patient and a specialist in the city. Doctors are also using telemedicine to monitor the situation and provide treatment to patients in remote areas, at home, and in another hospital or clinic.

Provides Convenience to Patients

Telemedicine eradicates the time spent in a crowded room waiting for the physician, with other coughing patients.  It helps you save your strength and prevents you from being infected by others.

It provides ease of scheduling. Your appointment with your physician can be set online or through your mobile phone and consultation can be done via video technology. It places the power of health through a click of the mouse or press on your phone. It also reduced the burden of traveling.

Telemedicine also provides easy access for immobile patients. Patients with complex medical conditions can be given a quality health care from a specialist in another hospital through the use of telemedicine. It provides easy access to quality health care for patients in a very critical condition.

Saves Time for Both the Physician and Patient

It enables the patient to save travel time. Patients who need to travel millions of miles to reach a physical can benefit from telemedicine. It enables effective communication, examination, and treatment of the patients in different locations.

Telemedicine saves the time of physicians. They can connect with patients on a more flexible schedule. It also reduces no-shows because it gives the patient the most convenient way to have an appointment with the physicians. If ever patients missed the appointments, they can easily replace that time by online scheduling.

It also lessens the overhead cost of the physician. Shorter office hours means saving operating expenses such as salaries, electricity, etc. With telemedicine, physicians can continue their work at home.

Saves Cost for Both the Physician and Patient

It eliminates travel expenses. Many patients do not have the financial capacity to travel for medical treatment. However, with telemedicine, they are given a better opportunity to seek medical care.

Telemedicine is helpful for patients with several chronic ailments which require continuous medication.  It helps them spend less for hospital bills. It would allow them to have the medication at home with quality health care. With video calling, it is easier to enhance patient satisfaction through remote quality health care.

Provides a 24/7 Quality Health Services

The patient sometimes needs immediate care from the physician outside the physician’s office hours. With telemedicine, the physician can have a quick overview and appropriate advice that could save the patient’s hassle, time, and money. Telemedicine extends the physician’s working hours and increases the physician’s the availability of urgent service.

Takeaway

Telemedicine is a crucial part of healthcare.  It is one of the rapidly growing sectors in health care. It is designed to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare while reducing costs. It places the patient at the focal point of health care. It is experiencing rapid growth. More and more physicians and patients are using this method. Experts are continuously looking for ways to improve telemedicine and make it more viable for many medical scenarios.

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Facebook Introduces a New Center for Crisis Response

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Facebook announced that their crisis response tools, including Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers, will be accessible in a new center on Facebook called Crisis Response. Beginning today, people will also be able to see more crisis-related content, such as links to articles, photos and videos posted by the Facebook community, from crises around the world where Safety Check has been activated.

Since the first Safety Check tool in 2011, Facebook has continued to develop a number of crisis response tools to better serve its community. When there is a crisis, people use Facebook to let their friends and family know they’re safe, learn and share more about what’s happening, and help communities recover. People will be able to access Crisis Response on Facebook in the upcoming weeks from the homepage on desktop or from the menu button on their phone. They will see the following tools when they’re on a crisis page:

  • Safety Check: an easy way to let your friends and family know you’re safe. It will continue to work the same way it does today and will be featured at the top of each crisis page if you are in the affected area.
  • Links to Articles, Photos and Videos: crisis-related content from public posts can help people learn more about a crisis.
  • Community Help: people can ask for and give help to communities affected by the crisis.
  • Fundraisers: let people create fundraisers and donate to support those affected by the crisis and nonprofit organizations helping with relief efforts.

As part of the single resource hub, Facebook will also include links to articles, photos, and videos from public posts so people have access to more information about a crisis in one place. Safety Check activations and related information may also appear in News Feed to help provide additional details about a crisis.

Facebook strives to continuously provide people with helpful information to keep them safe and help communities to rebuild and recover.

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