How to create Tiny Planets (photo spheres) in Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

When Android 4.2 was released, one of my favorite features was the new Camera app and its Photo Sphere option. It allowed you to take 360-degree panorama pictures, and you could then use the photo editor to create a “tiny planet” from this panorama. I actually published a few here on my blog:

When Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was released, it appeared that the option was gone from the editor. You could still create Photo spheres, but I couldn’t find a way to create the Tiny Planets. Lucky for me, I finally found the option back!

If, like me, you can’t locate the option anymore and would love to create your own little worlds again, without having to use a third-party app, follow the steps below.

How to create a tiny planet in Android 5.0+

A week in India

Back in September, I got the chance to travel to India for a few days. I was invited to speak at WordCamp Pune, and had a few days to discover a part of the Indian WordPress community, meet wonderful people, chat about Jetpack, and share my experiences as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

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Color Posts: an update for your Android readers

About a year ago I released a small plugin named Color Posts. It’s a fairly simple plugin, and it can be extended with filters. I use it on this site, and I’ve made extensive use of the filters to add some color to the sidebar as well as in other areas of the site.

Among all these customizations, there is one that I really like: if you use Chrome in Android, the browser’s background color matches the color picked by my plugin:

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Color Posts changes Chrome’s background color to match the post’s color.

I thought this little detail could be useful for everyone, so added it to the plugin itself! If you use Color Posts, go update now! 😊

Meet the Man With a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm

I talked about Myo on that blog before. I’ve had fun playing with mine. It makes me very happy to see that there are great applications of that technology starting to emerge. Here is a great example:

Meet the Man With a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm

To learn more about Myo, check my other posts on the topic.

Stephen King’s 11.22.63, next year on Hulu!

I’m a big Stephen King fan, and although I don’t usually enjoy James Franco I’m really looking forward to this new show! It’s only 9 episodes, so they won’t be tempted to go off book and the end result shouldn’t be as bad as Under The Dome.

If you haven’t read the book, do it now! It’s a good one

And since we’re talking TV series, I must point out (again) that this is NOT how you release a new TV show / product:

  • Hulu is only available in the US.
  • All their communications mention that the show will be premiering “on President’s Day 2016”. Now a lot of you all are probably a lot smarter than me, but I don’t really enjoy having to google “President’s Day 2016” to find out when the show will actually be available (I’ll save you the trouble, it’s February 15, 2016).