Remember flipping through photo albums? Or family game night? How about making mix tapes? The march of progress is great and all, but sometimes the digital age can feel so fast-paced and dizzying that it makes you yearn for the past. Instead of just reminiscing, you can actually use tech to rekindle old-school joys technology presumably killed off. Here are five things you can do to bring those awesome pastimes into the present.
As a kid--and even as a young adult--I loved rummaging through my family's trunk of photo albums. Whether it was embarrassing class pictures from freshman year (yes, I had a mini mullet once) or taking a trip back in time to see my parents dress up like Darth Vader and Princess Leia for Halloween, there's something more emotional about photo albums compared to your typical iPhone Camera Roll. Today, most of our pictures just evaporate to the cloud or get posted to Facebook, but there's no narrative feel.
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If you own an iPhone or Android device, try downloading the Flayvr app, which automatically groups your pictures and videos into slick-looking collages based on where and when photos were taken. You can customize the albums and then share them with friends and family via Email, Google , Twitter, Facebook or SMS.
Samsung Galaxy S4 owners should try the pre-loaded Story Album app, which creates virtual flip-books from your pics, complete with captions. You can then order printed photo albums directly through the app. Those who prefer a physical album can also try Shutterfly (starting from $12.99) and Snapfish (from $11.99).
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