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Is Snapchat, An App Basically Designed For Sexting, The Next Instagram?

There's a new viral app on the block - Snapchat. Billed by its developers as a way to share photos with friends and family in real time and make "social media fun again," the app allows you to send photos and videos to your friends more quickly than MMS messages and control how long the recipient is allowed to view the photo/video - making it convenient for, um, compromising images. It's been around since April 2011, but until recently, it's only been used for it's most obvious purpose: sexting. Now though, over 50 million photos and videos (known as "snaps") are shared every day - the bulk of them being goofy selfies. What do you think? Will this app become to the new Instagram? Let us know in the comments section. For more pop culture news, read about Beyonce's pregnancy, "Wasted" New Year's Eve Hats, and the 12 Funniest GIFS of 2012. [Photos: Snapchat]

The 7 iPhone Apps You’ll Need This New Year’s Eve (iBreathalyzer Not Included)

Remember the days when watching the Times Square ball drop on TV was a novelty in itself? Well now that you're older, wiser, and potentially a smartphone user, there are plenty of applications that make ringing in the New Year just as exciting---even if you are just snuggling on the couch with your two friends Ben and Jerry (we ain't judgin'). From an app that virtualizes a champagne toast (for all you good people designated drivers out there), to a Times Square Ball Drop simulator, we found all of the apps you'll need to get you from the countdown all the way through that bottomless mimosa brunch. (more…)

New Smart Phone App Lets You Scan Pictures Of Moles And Get Dermatologist Feedback

Screenshots from the app Dermatologist appointments may have just been outsourced to the cloud. While reading this month's issue of Vogue, we noticed a mention of SpotCheck, the free smart phone application that lets you scan in photos of your own moles and spots to be checked out by a certified dermatologist within 24 hours. If the results come back as "atypical," the app will use your phone's GPS to find nearby doctors' office to help you make an appointment. Hey, just saving money on the copays alone could justify an iPhone purchase, right?

Holiday Gift Card 411: Where To Get Them For Less And How To Spend Them

'Tis the season for gift cards. But don't frown when Aunt Sally hands it over, even if you never shop at said location. We've got you covered - whether you're giving or getting - on how to spend those bad boys on things you'd actually want. Take a peek below on how to spend them now before you get charged for collecting dust: iTunes: If you want to listen to the hottest tunes like the Black Eyed Peas newest CD ($13.99) - one of Oprah's favorite things, be sure to grab this online-only $15 gift card for only $13.80. Tiffany & Co.: If you're lucky enough to receive (or nice enough to give) a Tiffany gift card, put it toward this Tiffany Notes Band Ring ($100). Steve Madden: Keep up your shoe collection by getting these Steve Madden Caryssa Pumps ($89.95) by using this $500 gift card - yours only for $450. My Wines Direct: Treat yourself - you may need it - to this $50 MyWinesDirect.com gift card and max it out with this Red Wine, Cheese & Crackers Basket ($49.95). Bath & Body Works: The ultimate gift shop, Bath and Body Works, has this $107 gift card for $93.09. Be sure to spend it on the Sweetest, Softest Robe Ever ($24.75, down from $49.50). Barnes & Noble: For the bookworm friend, get her this Barnes & Noble $149 gift card for only $135.59. But if you get one, we recommend Chelsea Handler's newest book: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang ($13.41, down from $25.99). Ulta: Use this festive $25 Ulta gift card for the Soldout List-approved Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set ($35), ideal for anyone on your gift list. Zappos: With a Zappos $100 e-gift card (that can be instantly used online) for $92, the possibilities are endless. This Marc by Marc Jacobs Computer Sleeve ($82) is perfect for anyone, especially your techie pal. Macy*s: Nab this $100 gift card for $89 and use the e-code right away for this MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Tote ($298) either for yourself or your handbag-deprived BFF. Saks Fifth Avenue: Since we're all about making over our men this season, grab him a Saks Fifth Avenue gift card to spend on this Cashmere Hat and Texting Gloves Set ($158). 1-800-Flowers: Don't know what to send the in-laws? Try this $50 gift card to 1-800-Flowers for only $37.50. Or just send them this Regal Oak Grandeur Gift Basket ($49.99), so they can re-use the basket once the goodies are gone. Check out even more gifts like gifts for your man and the best gifts for your Martha Stewart-type mother. Join our e-mail list for exclusive updates.

Holiday Shopping Is About To Get A Lot Easier With These 5 Genius Apps

Instead of waiting on those really freakin' long lines to get holiday gifts this year, why not get what you need on your iPhone? Thanks to iTunes, there are enough awesome shopping apps to fill a Barney's Warehouse. Some tell you where the sales are before they even start, so finding those boots you've been wanting on-sale has never been easier. We've weeded out the winners from the duds to bring you these top 5 shopping apps: 1. Etsy Addict ($.99): This app has all the quirk of Etsy, but in the palm of your hand. Search the handmade products by color, price, etc., and even click to buy. You can also keep lists of favorite sellers and products - which is crucial since there are more Etsy sellers than we can shake a (glittered) stick at. 2. Lucky At Your Service (Free): Shop the app's Lucky editor-approved products, then find your picks in a store nearby (using the phone's GPS). The app will even call the store for you and have the item put on hold. The wish-list feature lets you send any product your little heart desires to your friends (ahem, boyfriend) via Facebook, Twitter, or email. 3. Glamour Magazine (Free): If you're a magazine junkie, this is your app. It's free to download and each interactive issue of Glamour is $3.99. You can even save your favorite pieces within the magazines' virtual pages and the app will tell you where you can buy them. 4. Vogue Stylist (Free): The Vogue app lets you catalog your wardrobe via pictures you take, keep a list of favorites from the magazine, and even shop products straight off the latest issue pages. 5. Groupon (Free): We love Groupon normally but the (eco-friendly) app eliminates the hassle of having to print out the coupons. The app lets you search, purchase, and catalog your Groupons on the go; it also creates a map of places nearby where you can buy Groupons. Check out more of our favorite fashion iPhone apps.  Shop our guides to the best basics like tees for your shape and black jeans. Subscribe to SheFindsMail for fashion and style tips directly in your inbox.

5 Fashion Apps You Need To Get Dressed In The Morning

Looking to splurge on a couture handbag? There's an app for that. Need expert advice on what to wear to dinner with the ex? Yep - there's an app for that, too. With iPhone and iPad apps being released every 10 seconds, it's easy to get lost in the world of fashion apps. Luckily for you, we've rummaged through the App Store to bring you the very best fashion and style apps: 1. Net-A-Porter: (Free) Shop your favorite high end designer website in the palm of your hands or just drool over the luxury goods in their virtual magazine. 2. ShopStyle Mobile: (Free) The virtual closet we know and love as ShopStyle has condensed itself to this mobile version. If you ever need to find a pair of baby pink sequin Christian Louboutins, do it between text messages. 3. PopSugar: (Free) Get all of the Sugar categories in one great app: check out the latest fashion finds on FabSugar, read up on how Lindsay's doing in jail on PopSugar, then get tips on how to find true love on TresSugar. 4. Glamour's Ask A Stylist: (Free) Never wonder about what to wear on a Friday night, or if a work top is appropriate, again. Consult Glamour's Ask A Stylist App - which provides loyal fans with 24/7 stylists ready to answer any fashion question you can think of. Users can also browse prior questions and outfit suggestions, too. 5. Stylebook: ($3.99) Be like Cher from Clueless with this closet organizer. By taking pictures of your clothes, you can organize them into categories, creating flawless outfits.  There's even an option to assign outfits to a calendar to eliminate repeats forever. Check out more of our favorite fashion iPhone apps.  Shop our guides to the best basics like tees for your shape and black jeans. Subscribe to SheFindsMail for fashion and style tips directly in your inbox.

Shop And Try On Your Favorite eBay Designer Items On Your Cell

iPhone users rejoice with the release of eBay's newest fashion app; 10 million users have already downloaded it from iTunes for iPhones and iPads (it's coming to Blackberry soon). The app allows users to browse discounted brand name items, virtually try on and even buy them via PayPal. You can also search for discounts on your favorite fashion labels. Following ebay's Fashion Vault site, one of our favorite online sample sale sources, the app is another reason to love eBay's designer discount tools. So get digital, and get stylish. See more sales & deals and check out our guides to the best designer handbags and the best designer jeans. Subscribe to our newsletter for more fashion and style news.

A New Rue La La Mobile Shopping App That Doesn’t Exclude Blackberry Users

If you get anxiety around noon when you are computer-less, don't fret, online sample sale site Rue La La is following in Gilt's footsteps with the launch of a free mobile app (compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android) that lets you shop straight from your mobile device. New features include stuff you would expect like a two-click check out process, and customizable alerts so you never miss out on your favorite brands, but we're most excited about their use of  "Bump" technology. Users can download the technology and simply bump phones together to share the application and their personal shopping settings. Download the app here and you're automatically entered to win a $500 shopping spree and an iPad that Rue La La will give away to one winner everyday from May 17-May 30. See more iPad apps that make shopping on your laptop seem prehistoric, check out our online sample sale page, and then see our guides to the best nude shoes, the best clogs, and the best flat sandals.

The iPod App That Picks Your Fragrance For You (Without Spritzing)

Perfume spritzing ladies in department stores could find themselves out of a job soon. And thank goodness--I  get headaches just from walking by the beauty counters. Now, there's an app for that. The Apple iPod Touch app , Ascent,  asks shoppers a series of questions, and then presents them with scent suggestions that fit their answers. According to WWD, Ascent, developed by Estee Lauder's Aramis and Designer Fragrances division, will be available at Nordstrom's beauty counters starting May 28 (the weekend of their Half Yearly sale). Although the app only suggests fragrances owned by Aramis, we're sure that other perfume companies will jump on ship eventually. Go see the top five fashion iPhone apps, and three new iPad shopping apps, and then check out our guide to the best fragrances for every season.

Top 3 Fashion iPad Apps That Make Shopping On Your Laptop Seem Prehistoric

I'm no tech-geek, but it's hard not to get excited about the newly launched iPad and what it means for shopping on-the-go. We rounded up the top three iPad applications that might tempt you stand in line for Apple's newest creation. 1. eBay for iPad (Free) Ebay is bringing their online auction site to the iPad with an easy to navigate application that lets  you quickly scroll through search pages with the swipe of your finger, while also letting you narrow down your search with a price histogram. What's most intriguing about the eBay app is that graphics of the products are oversized, meaning  you get an extremely clear view of what you are buying or bidding on. 2. Gilt Groupe for iPad (Free) Gilt Groupe's shopping experience is already pretty seamless, and this iPad app makes scoring designer items on this online sample sale site even easier. Not only does the app send sale alerts to your iPad, it also allows shoppers to zoom in on items (the image will be more rich on your iPad than your laptop), quickly drag items into your cart, and jump from sale to sale with the slightest tap. 3. Gap 1969 Jeans for iPad (Free) Gap's iPad application looks cooler than their e-commerce website. With this app you can put together outfits, shop online, look at pics of your favorite celebs wearing Gap jeans, and watch behind the scenes video from the brand. If you haven't made the jump to the iPad yet, check out the top five iPhone fashion apps, and learn how you can get SheFinds on your Kindle. Get ready for warmer weather with our guide to the best spring fashion trends, and the best chain strap bags.

Top 5 Fashion iPhone Apps–And Get SheFinds On Your Kindle

Our iPhone is like our third hand, so we're excited about all of the new fashion apps popping up everywhere.  According to  The Independent, Marc Jacobs will launch a free iPhone clock that customizes your iPhone to look like his latest spring collection. Plus, read SheFinds on the go--subscribe here on your Kindle. (Exciting!) Here, the top five iPhone fashion applications that will make your life easier--and more fun: 1. Celebrity Fashion (Free) Why We Love It: We can see what our favorite starlets wear every day without missing an e-mail, and buy the exact pieces from their looks immediately. Talk about instant gratification. Best Feature: Not every celebrity dresses well, and this application has a navigation friendly celebrity search so you don’t have to see what pink monstrosity Paris Hilton wore the other night. 2. Touch Closet ($0.99) Why We Love It: We spend lots of time making a mess of our closets. Touch Closet streamlines the outfit making process, and saves us major time. Best Feature: A virtual view of your entire closet. This feature lets you do outfit planning and packing any time and any place. 3. Chanel (Free) Why We Love It: Tons of access. You can see behind the scenes glimpses of fashion shoots and Coco Chanel’s luxurious apartment in Paris. Best Feature: Not everyone gets a chance to see a Chanel Haute Couture show, but this application lets you see video of their celebrity coveted shows each season. 4. Love It or Lose It ($1.99) Why We Love It: You never have to shop alone. This application lets you send photos of outfits or future purchases to friends and a network of other fashion minded people who can help you make a final choice. Best Feature: Every picture that you take is saved in a navigation friendly profile. The My Style page lets you choose your favorite designers and brands and connects you with people who have a similar taste—meaning it weeds out the tacky fashion perspectives. 5. Style.com (Free) Why we love it: It's fashion at our fingertips. We have a virtual ticket to all of our favorite designer's fashion shows. Beat Feature: The runway videos with commentary from front-row attendees. See more of our fashion news, then make your life easier by checking out our round up of the best black dresses and the best spring trends. -Celebrity Fashion iPhone application from Inventive Gadget Price: Free Best Features: Not every celebrity dresses well, and this application has a navigation friendly celebrity search so you don’t have to see what pink monstrosity Paris Hilton wore the other night. Why We Love It: You can see what your favorite starlets wear every day without missing an e-mail. And you can also buy the exact pieces from their looks immediately. Talk about instant gratification. http://www.apple.com/webapps/entertainment/celebrityfashion.html -TouchCloset: Price: $0.99 Best Features: Having access to your complete closet all the time. How many times have you thought about what you were going to wear to a last minute event, but had to wait until you could go through your closet, this application means hou can do the outfit planning and packing any place, any time. Why We Love It: We spend lots of time in our closet making a complete mess each time. TouchCloset streamlines the outfit making process and saves us major time. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299230498&mt=8 Chanel: Price: Free Best Features: Not everyone gets a chance to see a Chanel Haute Couture show, but this application lets you see video of their ____ fashion shows. Why We Love It: The tons of access. You can see behind the scenes glimpses of fashion shoots and Coco Chanel’s luxurious apartment in Paris. Love It or Lose It: Price: $1.99 Best Features: Every picture that you take or send out is saved in a navigation friendly profile. The MyStyle page lets you choose your favorite designers and brands and connects you with people who have a similar taste—meaning weeding out the tacky fashion perspectives. Why We Love It: I like to shop alone, but sometimes I need that friendly yay or nay on a fashion purchase. This application lets me send photos to friends and a network of other fashion minded people who can help me make a final choice. http://loveitorloseitapp.com/

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