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So you think you're too cool for selfies? Well, NASA's Curiosity rover traveled millions of miles and landed on Mars with a rocket sled, and it has taken a selfie or two. Having established the huge importance of selfies, you're probably chomping at the bit to take some, so why not use the new camera app Frontback? You can probably guess what it does from the name.

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This app came to iOS last year, and has been pretty well-received. When you fire up Frontback, the app will have you take a snapshot with the back camera, then combines it with a selfie taken with the front camera. The stitched together image gives a little context to your reaction, serious or not.

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The app has Google+ sign-in, or you can make a Frontback account. Frontback supports sharing images to all the usual social networks including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It's free and doesn't reuse the iOS design language, which is nice to see.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • DonPorazzo

    OR You could just make 2 photos with Your regular camera app (I know, that sounds ridiculous).

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      Convenience is key. The less actions a user must commit to, the greater the adoption.

    • primalxconvoy

      And spend ages sticking them together!

      Nice!

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Selfies need to die a horrible death. Its stupid and those who think that taking hundred photos of themselves and posting them everywhere somehow expecting people to love seeing all these pictures of you is just plain retarded,

    • primalxconvoy

      Thing is, people have been taking them since front facing cameras came out (and before) for all kinds of reasons.

      Why are they suddenly a "thing" now?

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

        Social media, before there aren't many places to pictures of yourself but now there is not to mention that most if not all egocentric people want to imitate celebrities and they are so up themselves they want to take pictures of themselves doing things.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    That idea is kind of cute.

  • Daire O Connor

    Samsung had this built into the S4. Seems they were a year to early for the selfie craze.

    • Mayoo

      Or they were right in time, but it's just plain stupid thus nobody uses it.

  • Jadephyre

    I'm no fan of selfies, but an app like this actually makes sense because it really does give the viewer a bit more context. That said, I won't be installing it any time soon. Like I said, not a fan of selfies ^^

    • primalxconvoy

      I'm not, either. However, it's nice when going on holiday (if you trust the locals enough to bring your own smartphone). I've got lots of pictures of nice destinations, but none of me there!

  • Clifford Sheldon

    HTC One M8 has this functionality built -in

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      So did the S4. As an M7 owner, I'm hoping it arrives on CyanogenMod soon.

  • didibus

    Cool, this is a good idea. I wonder if the phone is capable of using both camera at once, or if it snaps from the back than from the front.

  • John Smith

    "Frontback? You can probably guess what it does from the name."

    My first thought: take pix of her butt and face to evaluate if a butterface...

  • primalxconvoy

    Now we can make even BETTER pics for this music video!

    - http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0

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