Top 7 Ways to Conserve Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

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We all know the feeling. You’re in the process of sending an important email or you’re mid-way through your set of Google maps directions when *BAM* your phone’s screen turns black signaling the end of its battery life. You think back to how your phone could have possibly used up all of its battery in such a short amount of time and you wonder what you could have done differently to make it last longer. Well, that’s the exact question we will answer for you today! We are going to share with you our top seven ways to conserve your smartphone’s battery life. When used correctly, these quick tips will stop your phone from dying on you right when you need it most!

1. Dim Your Screen

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Having a screen with a lot of brightness can significantly cut short the life of your smartphone’s battery. To dim your screen, just head over to your phone’s settings and find the category that contains the word “Brightness”. Next, slide the brightness adjuster to the left to lower the brightness. The dimmer your screen is, the longer your battery will last.

2. Lock It or Turn It Off

When you are not using your phone, make sure to either lock it or turn it completely off. If you aren’t planning on using your phone for a couple hours, turning it off will preserve significantly more battery than if it were just locked. However, if you will be using your phone regularly, make sure to lock it whenever it is not in use. Keeping it unlocked uses up more battery, and you also risk accidentally opening up an app or dialing someone unintentionally.

3. Turn Off Notifications

Whenever you are notified of something on your phone, whether it’s a new text message, a BeamIt notification, or some sort of reminder, it decreases your battery’s life. This is because the notifications often consist of your screen lighting up and your phone vibrating, which takes quite a bit of energy out of your phone.

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To turn off your notifications on an iPhone, go to your phone’s settings and look for “Notification Center”. Scroll down and select the app for which you’d like to stop receiving notifications. To turn off notifications that appear at the top of your screen, disable the “Badge App Icon” option. To turn of notifications that appear on your lock screen, disable “Show on Lock Screen”. If you would just like to make your notifications silent, turn off the “Sounds” option.

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To turn off an Android’s notifications, go to your phone’s settings and then click on “Apps”. Next, click on the app for which you no longer want to receive notifications and then uncheck the box that says “Show Notifications”.

4. Keep It Cool

When you leave your phone in the sun for a while or bring it with you to a warm location like the beach, your phone will use up its battery much faster. Thus, keeping your phone in a room temperature or cooler environment will allow it to function smoothly while preserving as much battery as possible.

5. Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth

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If you don’t need your phone’s wireless radio features, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, and the GPS tracker, turning them off will result in your phone consuming less battery. This is because your phone will no longer be in constant search of wireless signals. A quick fix for this is turning your phone on airplane mode, but you can also turn each of these features off individually in your phone’s settings.

6. Adjust Your Auto-Lock

The faster your phone locks on its own, the better. This means if you forget to lock it, your phone won’t stay on too long before it automatically locks. To adjust this, head over to your phones settings, tap “General” and find the “Auto-Lock” option. This will allow you to lower the amount of time before your screen locks on its own.

7. Battery Case

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Battery cases usually consist of an extended battery that is stored in the case. These extended batteries can often double the lifespan of your smartphone. Although they are sometimes a bit bulkier than a normal case, if you find yourself constantly running out of battery at inconvenient times or in places with no charging outlets, investing in one might be the way to go.

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Posted on 19th August 2014

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  • From High Schooler to Hacker: My Story as an Intern

    At Cooliris, we strive to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience in a startup environment. Each of our interns have their own story about their experience at Cooliris. One of our interns is William Wong, a 15 year old aspiring app developer. Here is his story.

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    The day was Friday, January 24th.  It was the first day of my internship at the Cooliris office and I was stoked to begin helping out in the production of the then, unreleased Cooliris Android app.  Before I began work, I toured the office and came across many cool items such as a quadcopter and a wall covered with photos resembling the Cooliris 3D wall.  During my tour, I met everyone that worked there and they were all really friendly and excited that I would be interning at Cooliris.  After my tour, I started testing the latest Android test build and began my quest to learn Objective-C and HTML.  I ended up creating a simple app that displayed how many times you pressed a button.  Time flew quickly as I was having fun learning how to code and testing the Cooliris Android app and before I knew it, I had to go home.  This pattern continued every week after that.

    Fast forward eight months later, and I am now developing an iOS app and can create websites. 

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    Every few weeks, I am assigned a project related to either marketing or coding.  This allows me to quickly learn how to create apps and how to market products via social networking sites. Past projects include a bank account app, Tetris, and a messaging app.  Each project has incrementally become more advanced, allowing me to apply the skills I have learned from past projects to the current project I am working on.  These projects have given me the confidence to code apps.  In addition, I have learned how important it is to market applications as well as give followers a look into a company’s work environment in order to engage and increase the amount of users.

    Every time I arrive at the Cooliris office, I know that I am going to learn at least three new things and have a good time.  Over the past few months, I have learned about the creation process of an app, how to code, and how to market products.  Before interning at Cooliris, I imagined that creating an app was easy and all you needed to know was how to code.  I did not even know that there was a bug testing process that one had to go through before releasing an app.  Luckily, my internship has taught me that creating an app is a long thought out process that includes creating a great user interface — something Cooliris has done spectacularly with its products including Beamit, their new messaging app.

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    Interning at Cooliris has provided me with many fun experiences.  One memorable moment is when I found many reoccurring bugs in the Android app during my first few weeks at Cooliris since the app was still in development. Other examples are the bug bashes that I participated in, talking with employees and other interns, creating posts to market apps, and the Cooliris Android app and the Beamit releases.

    Overall, my internship experience at Cooliris so far has been wonderful and I am excited to continue working with the company in the future.

    Stay tuned to get to know more interns and their stories!

    Cooliris and BeamIt are available for free on iTunes. BeamIt’s web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 6th August 2014

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  • #TechTips: Public WiFi - How Safe Is it?

    We have all enjoyed the benefits of the increasing number of public places that are beginning to offer access to their WiFi networks - it’s convenient, it’s easy, and most importantly, it’s free. Places like Starbucks, hotels, restaurants, college campuses, and cafes are now often home to multiple WiFi users at one time. Because of the convenience of public WiFi, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how many other people have access to the information you share online, even if it seems like you are the only viewer.

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    While most public networks are relatively safe to use, it is still wise to take precautionary measures when using it to avoid hackers, identity thieves, etc. Because so many concerns regarding the security of public networks have arisen, we’ve compiled a short list of some things you can do when using public network to secure your safety and privacy.

    1. Be Cautious of Sharing Personal/Financial Information

    Although there is no need to be too paranoid about sharing personal information, it’s best to keep in mind that potentially anyone can access the info you share on a public network if they really wanted to. This means that financial transactions, such as online purchases or bank transactions, should be pretty much off limits until you reach a more secure and private network.

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    However, if you must access or share financial information, it is better to use your cell phone, which will pick up a more secure cellular hotspot (make sure the phone didn’t connect automatically to your location’s public WiFi). Or if prefer to use your computer, make sure the website on which you are sharing information begins with an “https” instead of an “http”, as we will discuss in more detail below in tip number 4.

    2. Switch Up Your Passwords

    In order to remember all your passwords, it seems like an easy solution would be to simply use the exact same password for all your login accounts. While this method may be easier to keep track of, if you are planning on using public WiFi, it’s much safer to use a unique password for each account. You may not mind if people obtain your login information to one of your social media accounts, but if you use the same password for that as you do for your more confidential accounts, it is much easier for a hacker to take advantage of you and login to a highly personal account such as your bank account. If you have trouble remembering all your different passwords, you can either physically store them in a safe place, or you can use free and secure sites like LastPass to manage all your passwords.

    3. Beware of Fake Networks

    When you connect to a public network, be sure that the name of the network exactly matches the name that the cafe/hotel/university provides. Often, hackers will create fake networks with names that are highly similar to the real network’s name. These are designed to trick you into logging on and sharing your personal information, which they can then easily access. If you are unsure which network is the correct one, don’t hesitate to confirm with an employee at that location that the network you are about to log onto is in fact the correct network.

    4. Use HTTPS, not HTTP

    The “S” in HTTPS stands for secure. If you plan on sharing private information online, HTTPS is another web feature that can help protect you. Because HTTPS encrypts your activity, if a website has it, all the information you share on that site will be confidential. You know a website is HTTPS instead of HTTP because it will either be written in the address bar, a padlock icon will appear, or both.

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    5. Use a VPN

    If you plan on using public WiFi often, setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be highly beneficial. Your VPN will create a safe and secure network for you to browse and share your private information, even when you are using public WiFi. While some VPNs are free, the most secure, quality providers usually do cost a small fee, often varying between 5 and 10 dollars a month. Some examples of high quality VPN providers are PureVPN and Private Internet Access (PIA).

    6. Run Firewall and Anti-Virus Software

    A couple things you may already have on your computer can also help with your privacy when browsing the web. For example, your computer’s Firewall setting should always be enabled, because this keeps track of the traffic going to and from your computer. To turn on Firewall, if you own a Mac, go to System Preferences, click on “Sharing”, and then click “Firewall” to turn it on. If you are operating on Windows, go to your Control Panel, and there may be a direct option from there that reads “Windows Firewall”. If so, click on that option and turn Firewall on. If that isn’t an option in your control panel, you will likely have to click on “Security Center” or “System and Security” first to get to your Firewall settings.

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    In addition to Firewall, make sure you have up-to-date security and Anit-Virus software installed on your computer as a first line of defense for hackers.

    7. Use Two-Step Verification

    Many websites have the option (or requirement) of a two-step login system for security purposes. This may consist of you typing in your password and then typing in a code you receive in the form of an email or text message. Although this process takes longer, spending those couple extra seconds to log in is worth preventing hackers from stealing a password and automatically being able to access your accounts. On some sites, such as Gmail, you can change your login to a two-step process by accessing them in the Settings menu.

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    Hopefully you can use a few of these tips to help you stay safe and secure while browsing the web or using Cooliris! And remember, when it comes to public networks, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

    Cooliris and BeamIt are available for free on iTunes. BeamIt’s web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 5th August 2014

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  • #BeamItTips Part 4: Group Photo Wall, Full Screen View, and Offline Mode

    Welcome back to another round of #BeamItTips. Today we are coming at you with a few more awesome features, so get ready!

    Photo Wall

    While BeamIt is a private messaging app, one of our key focuses is creating the optimal photo sharing and viewing experience.  If you love your photos just like us, we’ve got the perfect feature for you! The group photo wall, which you can access from any one of your groups by clicking on the wall icon at the top of the screen, allows you to look through all the hundreds of photos that your group members have shared in the form of our classic 3D viewing wall. In here, you can scroll through all your photos without ever having to sift through lines of text! From the photo wall, you can even select multiple photos at a time and save them to your camera roll.

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    Full Screen Photo View

    In addition to scrolling through all your group’s photos at once, BeamIt also allows you to focus on each one of your photos individually, in full screen and full resolution. No matter where you find a photo, whether it’s in group view or the photo wall, all you have to do is tap on that photo and it will appear in full screen mode.

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    From there, in the bottom right-hand corner will appear the icons representing options to like, comment, and send the photo you are currently viewing to another person or group. In the top right-hand corner, you also have the option of saving the photo to your camera roll.

    Offline Mode

    We know it isn’t always easy to stay in touch with your friends and family, especially if you are a frequent traveler or find yourself coming across those far too common spotty internet connections. That’s exactly why we created BeamIt’s offline mode! With this feature, even when no WiFi is available, you can still view and share messages and photos.

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    When you post something to a group during offline mode, a small orange circle to the right of the group name at the top of your screen will indicate that your post is pending, meaning your fellow group members cannot yet see it. If you return to the homepage, orange text at the bottom of your screen will also indicate that your changes are pending. However, as soon as you are back online, the pending signals will disappear and BeamIt will automatically add your posts for you!


    That’s it for today! Hope you found these tips useful, and as always, stay tuned for more!


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    ign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 31st July 2014

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  • #TechTips: 4 Simple Ways to Transfer Photos Between Your iPad and Computer

    It’s undeniable that an iPad provides a gorgeous yet simple and fun interface to view and organize your photos, whether you are scrolling through them with your Cooliris account, sharing them via BeamIt, or just enjoying them straight from your camera roll. Having all your favorite pictures stored on one of these portable, handy devices as opposed to your laptop or desktop is ideal  - the only question is, how do you do it?

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    Or maybe you are looking to save storage space by moving some of your iPad’s photos to your computer. Either way, the question always comes up - “what exactly is the best way to transfer my photos from one device to the other?” While there are many ways to transfer your pictures, we’ve organized a list of some of the most efficient techniques that’ll allow you to to be moving your photos between your computer and iPad in no time!

    1. From Computer to iPad (Sync with iTunes)

    Syncing your two devices using iTunes is one of the simplest and most preferred methods to transfer your photos, particularly if you are planning on moving them from computer to iPad. To get started, first compile a folder on your computer of all the photos you’d like to upload to your iPad. Using the connector cable that came with your iPad, connect your iPad to your computer.

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    On your computer, open your iTunes account. On the left hand side of the iTunes window, click on the name of your iPad. Once you have clicked on this, select the tab in the upper right-hand corner that is labeled “Photos” and upload your photos from the folder on your computer that you stored them in. After the pictures are selected, click “Apply” or “Sync” on the bottom right of the iTunes window. Then simply wait for the photos to transfer to your computer, and you are all done!

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    2. From iPad to Computer (Sync with iPhoto)

    For Mac users, iPhoto is often best for importing photos from your iPad to your computer. First, connect your two devices and then open iPhoto on your computer. In the sidebar on the left-hand side of the window, select the name of your iPad. Immediately, the photos from your iPad’s camera roll should appear. Lastly, select all the photos you would like to transfer and click “Import Selected” in the bottom left corner or simply click “Import All” if you would like to transfer all of the photos that appear. Then just save the photos to your computer!


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    3. Transfer Between Devices (Download an App)

    Some people find it easier to download an app specifically designed for transferring photos between devices. Some examples of these are Photo Transfer App, WiFi Photo Transfer, and Image Transfer. Feel free to head over to the app store and check them out! Dropbox also works quite well if you have it installed on both your devices.

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    4. Email the Files to Yourself

    Although this method tends to be a last resort, emailing the image files to yourself can work quite well if you are only transferring a few photos. All you have to do is compose a new email on the device that the photos are originally on, attach the photos in the email, and then send it to yourself.

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    On whichever device you are transferring your photos to, open the email you just sent and download the attached photos. You can then save these photos to your your computer or your iPad’s camera roll and they will be ready to view!

    Hope these transfer tips were helpful! Stay tuned for more #TechTips!

    Cooliris and BeamIt are available for free on iTunes. BeamIt’s web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 29th July 2014

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  • Get the newest BeamIt - now with Friend Discovery!

    Today, we released a new update for BeamIt with a few nifty features to make your messaging life even easier. Go get it right now!

    Friend Discovery
    Now with friend discovery, you can see which of your friends are using BeamIt and easily message them with one tap. When you get the update, make sure to allow access to your contacts so that we can do the magic for you and show you your friends!

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    Direct message group members

    If you go into your group details, you can now tap on any of the group members and immediately message them directly. No more having to compose and type in their names!

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    Hope you enjoy the new update. Send feedback or questions to us at team@beamitapp.com - we’d love to hear from you!

    BeamIt is available for free on iTunes. Web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 28th July 2014

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  • #BeamItTips Part 3: Start a group with friends & send to multiple groups simultaneously

    Ever wish that you could send the same message to multiple different groups at once instead of re-writing or copying and pasting the message multiple times? Or that you could invite an unlimited number of your friends to one group conversation?

    Finally, BeamIt offers unique and easy-to-use sharing features that you’ve been waiting for in a private messaging app.

    How to start a group with your friends

    Whether it’s a group of 50 people or a one-on-one conversation, composing a new message is easy and fast with BeamIt. First, tap the “new message” button, then simply type in the email of each person you would like to invite to the group. You can then compose your message by typing in the messaging box, attaching an unlimited number of photos, or both. As a major bonus, you can even type in the emails of people who don’t have BeamIt yet and they will still receive your new message through an email invitation!

    How to send a message to multiple groups

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    Now say you want to share some photos of your last vacation with two different BeamIt groups - one to your mom in a one-on-one conversation, and the other to your group of best friends. With other messaging apps, you’d have to compose each message separately, then re-write your message and re-attach all the photos in two different groups. Instead with BeamIt, all you have to do is compose a message and then just select all the groups you want to send to. This way you’ll send your photos to each private group separately yet simultaneously. It’s that easy, and the number of groups you can send to is unlimited, too!

    BeamIt is available for free on iTunes. Web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 23rd July 2014

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  • #LetsBeamIt: A captivating communicating experience for an unforgettable day

    There’s nothing more precious than a perfect wedding with the perfect dress, ceremony, cake, parties, venue, and guests. Although planning such an important day can be overwhelming, BeamIt by Cooliris can help you - whether you need advice on the perfect wedding gown or a place for your bachelorette party. Before the big day, you can organize feedback in private groups, comment on your friends’ comments, “like” your favorite posts, and make all the final decisions!image

    With BeamIt, your wedding guests can share all the happy moments with their friends and family, who can tap and hold the pictures to save them to their camera roll the moment they see them, rather than having to fish for them later on. Unique Photo Drawers also allow you and your guests to easily share hundreds of photos at once, in full resolution, without interrupting the flow of the conversation.

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    For the first time ever, you can share photos without having to worry about who exactly can see them. BeamIt allows you to create private groups and manage who has access to your private moments, so you never have to worry about how crazy those bachelorette party pictures are!

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    Our visual messaging app also offers a special photo interface to view the entire group’s photos, all in one convenient place called the photo wall. That way, you can browse through all the group’s pics of the newly married couple and wedding ceremony without ever having to scroll through lines of text!

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    With all these features and more, BeamIt offers you the perfect group sharing experience for your perfect day. :)

    BeamIt is available for free on iTunes. Web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 21st July 2014

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  • The story behind the BeamIt logo and all the bubbles

    If you’ve ever asked yourself: ‘What is the meaning behind the BeamIt logo and how come the designers came up with all these crazy bubbles?’, here’s the answer for it.

    With BeamIt, our goal is to make photo sharing and messaging work together seamlessly to create a beautiful app that enables the user to vividly share his or her own story. BeamIt has many values that we tried to incorporate into the logo.

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    The creation of the logo took our designers a few weeks, with constant feedback from the entire team on how to represent the both visual and the messaging aspects of the app in a cohesive manner.

    As the universal symbol for messaging, we chose the speech bubble to be at the epicenter of the logo, serving as the hub of all conversations. All the bubbles around the speech bubble with their different sizes and colors illustrate the variety of conversation within the app. Larger bubbles represent those groups with many members, while small bubbles depict private, smaller conversations.

    To show the visual of the app, we used different colors to represent some of BeamIt’s values. We made the background of the icon white to represent three values BeamIt holds: purity, simplicity, and unity. BeamIt is a visual messaging app that provides the users with only what they need to communicate effectively, stripping away all the noise and clutter. A spectrum of colors is derived from white light, meaning that all colors are interconnected. Likewise, in BeamIt, people become more connected to each other when communicating through the app. Representing all the different conversations you can have through BeamIt, we made the bubbles multicolored and bright.

    That’s the short story of how the BeamIt logo was developed! Cooliris’ mission is to create the world’s most beautiful messaging and media experience. The work our designers put into the logo is just an example of our dedication to making our products as visual and exciting as possible.

    BeamIt is available for free on iTunes. Web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

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    Posted on 21st July 2014

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  • #LetsBeamIt: A stunning new sharing experience to express your creative side

    Be it food, fashion, celebrations, or your newest hairdo, BeamIt by Cooliris lets you share it all with your own select groups of fellow fashionistas, party-goers, friends, or family. Our new visual messaging app combines text and photos in a unique, beautiful way, so you can share hundreds of your favorite clothes and accessories with your friends all at one time, without ever interrupting the flow of the conversation.

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    Can’t decide on which shoes to buy for your big weekend event? BeamIt’s comment and “like” features allow all your friends to give their input and expertise on which pair will look best on you. Your fashion dilemmas will never again go unsolved!

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    BeamIt also offers the photo wall, a special photo interface to view every photo that your group has shared, all in one convenient place. That way, you can browse through all the group’s pics of the trendiest dress styles and newest pairs of heels without ever having to scroll through all the comments and text. With BeamIt’s private groups, you control exactly who sees your photos, and you can even share pictures of the exquisite Michael Kors rose gold watch or gorgeous Chanel bag you just purchased to multiple different groups at once!

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    Worried that you won’t get to post pictures of your latest shopping finds from the mall because of the poor internet connection? No worries! BeamIt also features a full offline experience, so you can add content while offline, and the app will automatically post it once internet access is available. This means you can post pictures of the gorgeous floral romper, risque cocktail dress, and sequined evening gown you just picked up in the store and head to the nearest cafe with internet reception to view your friends’ opinions, straight from the mall’s food court!   


    BeamIt is available for free on iTunes. Web app and Android version are in the works - sign up here to stay updated on the releases!

    Tagged: whatsnewLetsBeamItphoto-sharinghigh resfull resolutionfashionfashionistalifestylehowto

    Posted on 17th July 2014

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