DJI Have Created A Social Network For Drone Users

Enjoy your food or a video game? There’s a social network for that, all designed around bringing you together with like-minded people who all enjoy what you enjoy. If you are a fan of drones, then why not try DJI+Discover, the social network for drone users.

Create a profile and ask all those questions you’ve wondered about new parts, how to build your personalised drone or the best drone on the market with like-minded people. If you just like the idea of drones you can also use the app to search for professional drone pilots or even drone photographers (that is people who take photos and videos with drones).

With options to filter a map of your surrounding area between all, social and professional, you can quickly filter out the people you want to connect with. As an added bonus why not check out its recommended flying spots and the user-submitted photos, seeing the area around you from a drone’s point of view.

With options and choices galore, why not check out the app if you are interested in, want to hire or just curious about drones and their users. With the ability to quickly organise and share materials, drone users should check out the app and share their photos for the world to see with aspiring and experienced drone users.

EFF Seek Fees For Patent Case Over Online Photo Contests

We’ve all seen the competitions you can enter online, ranging from entering a competition on a forum to having to create and upload a piece of work. A common type of online contest is where you upload pictures, but be warned, some people may own patents to the entire concept of online contests.

Ruth Taylor is a Pennsylvania-based photographer who often runs photo contests on her website, BytePhoto. Along comes Garfum.com, a video website owned by New Jersey’s Michael Garofalo, who claimed that the competitions run on the site infringe on US Patent No. 8,209,618. The patent refers to the ability to create user accounts, upload content, organise the content and have users vote on the content, all rather vague terms given the digital age.

Initially requesting $50,000 in the lawsuit, Garofalo’s lawyers reduced this to $5,000 and then $2,500 later on. In an attempt to defend herself Taylor got in touch with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a group that deals with electronic rights, who took up the case pro-bono. Filing a motion to dismiss the case the EFF claimed that it should be thrown out of court under the Alice Corp precedent, a precedent that claims just because something is done via software the patent needs to cover something more than an abstract idea.

Garfum dropped the case before it went to court, however, the EFF didn’t end it there, filing a motion to seek attorneys’ fees for the case. EFF lawyer Daniel Nazer stated, “the idea that you could patent an abstract idea, find innocent enthusiasts online and demand settlement money—and then slink away once challenged and before the court issues a ruling—goes against any sense of fair play”.

The total cost to cover the fees would come close to $30,000, with even more added because of the latest motion. Something that could soon become a reality sooner than expected with US Chief District Judge Jerome Simandle stating in an opinion that due to their “unreasonable” behaviour during the case, Garfum should end up paying the fees.

Are You Suffering From Oculus Face or Rift Rash?

Gaming has been the spawn of many unique illnesses, such as trigger finger pain, bent thumbs from excessive controller use, and so much more. Now we’re moving forward and onto more modern gaming related illnesses with Oculus Face. Wearing a VR headset for extended periods of time isn’t as uncomfortable as it used to be, the headsets are lighter, more ergonomic and more comfortable in general. However, that doesn’t mean to say they’re not going to make a lasting impression; literally.

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The Oculus headset started shipping into the hands of customers earlier this week and that means there are many people out there getting lost in the world of VR right now. The only downside, at least so far, is that the headset leaves temporary red marks on the face, being comically named “Oculus Face” or the even more silly “Rift Rash”, neither sound like something you would want, but they’re obviously pretty harmless anyway.

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VR is cool, but it’s quite clear it doesn’t make you look too cool afterward. Hair screwed up, face all marked with red lines and sweat marks. Perhaps Google were onto something with their ergonomic and lightweight Glass designs after all. The foam padding is pretty comfortable from my own experiences, so it’s likely extended exposure that leads to these minor issues and I doubt it’ll be enough to put many of you off of a purchase any time soon.

Google Makes Photography Tools Free

Google has lots of software under its belt, one of which was the mobile editing app Snapseed. They gained control of this back in 2012 when it acquired the German Developer Nik, creator of Snapseed and several other photography tools. In its latest move with the software, Google has made the photography tools it acquired free.

The photography tools are part of the Nik Collection, a grouping of desktop plug-ins aimed at helping photographers with their images. Below is a list of the tools which integrate with Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop:

  • Analog Efex Pro
    • “Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.”
  • Color Efex Pro
    • “A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.”
  • Silver Efe Pro
    • “Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.”
  • Viveza
    • “Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.”
  • HDR Efex Pro
    • “From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.”
  • Sharpener Pro
    • “Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.”
  • Dfine
    • “Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.”

You can grab the collection from here for free, and if you purchased it (for the previous price of $149) this year you will automatically be rewarded. While the move suggests there will no future support for the tools, the fact that everyone can use them will surely only improve interest in the product and services the company provides.

Images courtesy of Ivan Slade and Saurabh Paranjape

Amazon Patents Selfie-Pose Authentication Technology

Amazon is known for their increased use of technology. Keen to use drones in their delivery process and even leasing out a new set of jets in order to speed up their delivery processes, the company seems to be stopping at nothing to control the delivery market. The next step may be something a little closer to home though with the pay-by-selfie technique to introduce selfie-pose authentication.

The new patent filed by the company reveals a process in which shoppers would be able to forgo the use of their password to instead have them take a photo or video of themselves. The technology would use a similar system to the MasterCard selfie system which means that you would be prompted to perform an action, such as blink or pose in order to confirm that it isn’t just a photo being held up by someone else.

Can you see yourself buying a product and then paying by blinking at the camera on your phone? While it stops you from having to remember your password or getting your phone and laptop from saving them, am I the only one who suddenly see people in public winking at their phone every five minutes in order to purchase that new DVD you’ve wanted to see for so long?

A Visual Photographic Collage Of China’s Air Pollution

China’s air quality is poor to say the least, recent reports of families having to use an air purifier in their own homes to avoid breathing the air is quite shocking. The atmosphere in China has become worse over time to the point whereby it is difficult to recall a situation when the countries skies were not full of pollution, luckily, China and its Weather Network has produced a visual representation and it’s certainly worth a look.

Below is a series of snaps which has been stitched together and conveys the Beijing sky conditions most for most of the time in 2015, it is quite revealing when you consider how toxic the pollution is and is particularly evident when you look at images labelled 2015-12-1 and 2015-12-25.    

Image Below appears to be a colour chart of images that represent around 300 days of 2015, how do I know? yes I did count them and I came to around 290 days which I rounded up to 300, so give or take it is close to a year in total. The image also conveys the levels of extremes that exist and how it can be a danger to anyone’s health.

Below is an image which is quite fascinating, the sky here looks pretty natural and there is a good reason for this,  “during the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory” celebrations, the government  imposed air “quality protection measures”, this included a shutdown of factories and a ban on cars and high emission facilities. The result was a dramatic change that started from August 20th and continued until August 24th, 2015.

These images are interesting because tech has been used to document a hot topic climate issue in today’s world.

Image courtesy of geonews

Snapchat Defends Privacy Policy Changes

Photo sharing on social media websites has become extraordinarily popular due to the “selfie” craze as smartphone users try to capture the moment. Snapchat is one of the most popular choices and revolves around quick snapshots which vanish once the recipient has viewed the photo. That’s the theory though, and there have been concerns about Snapchat’s data policy. Only recently, the company decided to update its privacy policy and disclose their data retention in a more transparent way.

However, the terms caused a great deal of controversy and appeared to allow partners to intrusively access your data:

…you also grant Snapchat and our business partners the unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual rights and license to use your name, likeness, and voice in any and all media and distribution channels…” 

Kal Penn highlighted the privacy issues in the following tweet:

In lieu of this information, Snapchat has released a statement on this blog which reads:

“First off, we want to be crystal clear: The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update. Our Privacy Policy continues to say—as it did before—that those messages “are automatically deleted from our servers once we detect that they have been viewed or have expired.” Of course, a recipient can always screenshot or save your Snaps or Chats. But the important point is that Snapchat is not—and never has been—stockpiling your private Snaps or Chats. And because we continue to delete them from our servers as soon as they’re read, we could not—and do not—share them with advertisers or business partners.”

“It’s true that our Terms of Service grant us a broad license to use the content you create—a license that’s common to services like ours. We need that license when it comes to, for example, Snaps submitted to Live Stories, where we have to be able to show those Stories around the world—and even replay them or syndicate them (something we’ve said we could do in previous versions of our Terms and Privacy Policy). But we tried to be clear that the Privacy Policy and your own privacy settings within the app could restrict the scope of that license so that your personal communications continue to remain truly personal.”

Snapchat handled this entire situation quite badly especially when you consider how other companies have implemented similar policies and caused public outrage. Their PR team should have known better and conducted things in a more communicative way. Whatever the case, I’m not a Snapchat user, and some might feel the terms are enough to make them uninstall the app. However, I’m pretty sure, Snapchat’s target demographic isn’t majorly concerned about the updated policy.

More People Died from Selfies than Sharks This Year

It’s a sad state of affairs when people have been going out into the wild to slaughter sharks in areas that a human was attacked by one. Here’s a hint for people, sharks live in the sea, we do not, if you get bitten by one, it’s because you generally don’t belong there. Yet I find it infinitely more sad that we’re doing an even better job at killing ourselves taking selfies.

Just this year alone there have been eight shark-related deaths, which is a sad thing for sure as no one wants to lose a loved one. However, there have been twelve deaths due to people taking selfies in dangerous situations, something that only a Darwin Award can help justify. A 66-year-old Japanese tourist died recently after he and his companion fell down the stairs of the Taj Mahal while taking a selfie. In fact, four of the deaths so far were due to falling, only proving that you should literally look where you are going, not at your phone screen.

Falling killed the most, but a close second were people being hit or injured by trains. We’ve heard of people trying to take photos with wild bears, at bull runs and all kinds of stupid things.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a selfie, but there’s no sense in putting yourself in danger. Check your surroundings, if you’re standing in the way of a moving vehicle, selfie or on the edge of a cliff… move before picking your favorite Instagram filter.

Eating an Epic Meal? Google Wants to Share your Experience

Google wants to know anything and everything about our lives, from knowing where we live by accidentally searching more than 3 times to your home address or predicting the calories in your food. Well, now the information super giant wants your photos of food while you are dining out, or if you’ve just made something that looks good.

In recent years, Instagram users have taken pictures of their food and applied all manners of filters to show off the fact they’re eating out and you’re not and don’t lie, you’ve done it at one point too. Deep down you know that was shameful and people looked at you, but now Google wants those pictures too so you have a reason.

The feature, dubbed “Photo Notifications”, is only currently available to high-ranking members of the Google Maps “Local Guides” community. It works by scanning your pictures for identifiable food and requests for them to be uploaded to a central server and load them onto Google Maps for others to view.

This move could be another step towards Google becoming the ‘One Stop Shop’ for all of your information needs (if it already isn’t). Will you be interested in uploading your meals to the cause or would you use the system yourself to check out the quality of the food? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Android Police for providing us with this information.

Windows 10 USB Installers And U Drives Pose for the camera

There is little doubt that people want Windows 10 and are looking forward to the final version. Not only have Microsoft listened to what users want this time instead of telling them what they want, they’ve also come up with a lot of new things that most likely will make Windows 10 the most popular Microsoft OS to date.

The full launch is almost here and the first images of the actual USB drives with the installers are starting to surface. We’ve previously seen the retail packaging, but this time it’s the actual drives that pose for the camera. The first one is courtesy of Paul Thurrott that shared this aesthetic pleasing USB drive on Twitter. It contains both a 32-bit and 64-bit version, ready for both older and newer systems.

The second photo that surfaced comes via IThome and show the U (update) drives. These aren’t looking as good as the above and they are most likely intended to be bundled with systems as an upgrade option. The Chinese text on the box that you most likely aren’t able to read is “Windows 10 upgrade Package. July 29 is enabled”, which speaks for the above statement.

Will be you be upgrading to Windows 10 when it’s released? Or will you wait and see what the general opinion is before making the switch?

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Google’s Photo App Made Huge Blunder while Tagging People

A lot of things can go wrong when you work with automated processes and Google recently learned that the hard way as their animal tagging system went overboard and started tagging people.

The recently released Photo app was a convenient addition to the already existing apps with automatic photo syncing as well as automatic tagging. And it was the last part, the automatic tagging, that didn’t work as it was supposed to. The automatic feature started to tag dark-skinned people as gorillas and we imagine the embarrassment within the Google headquarter must have been huge.

Programmer Jacky Alciné discovered this and shared his tagging results on Twitter. It didn’t take long before someone from Google got wind of it, and it wasn’t just anybody. Google’s own Chief Social Architect, Yonathan Zunger, reacted just hours after in the best possible way. Instead of blaming others and finding excuses, he said it as it is. We screwed up and this isn’t okay.

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Google has disabled the automatic tagging of Gorillas for now and removed it from the app’s database, a temporary solution until they’ve improved their software.

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This just goes to show that facial recognition still has a long way to go before it can be accurately deployed and be used blind. This isn’t the first time something as this has happened and in the past people have been labeled as dogs by photo recognition software.

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Facebook Wants to Give You More Information on Contacts with New Caller ID Feature

Social media giant, Facebook, has been busy as of late, providing users with more and more features to help them in their daily activities, as well as make them stay and enjoy their social media platform for longer.

We’ve seen that one of their biggest achievements as of late was to make the Messenger app web-based, so they provided users with access to the Messenger platform on both desktop and mobile, provided you don’t already have the app installed.

One of their latest achievements was to bring news articles directly in your feed, so you will have access to your friend’s activities as well as know what’s going on in the world too. I know it’s a bit of multitasking to do and you might even end up mixing your friend’s selfie with a volcano eruption, then you ask yourself what he was doing there in the first place, before realising you were reading two things at once. But hey, we all get used to it in the end.

Facebook’s latest addition is the CallerID feature, which brings some more details about contacts and who wants to connect with you. This is done by having the app display an even bigger photo of the contact, more details about how related you are with him or her and “much more”, as Vice President of Messaging Products, David Marcus, stated. The feature is said to already be available for Android and iOS users in the US, UK, France and India. So will this be of more help than just asking your friends about who is trying to connect with you? We will see.

Thank you Sci-Tech for providing us with this information
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Tinder Adds Instagram Support so You Can Share Your Most Private Videos with Strangers

Tinder made quite a bit of progress lately, especially on its subscription side. However, the Facebook integration doesn’t seem to be enough for the company, which now aims to roll out a new update that adds Instagram support to its growing ‘swipy’ world.

The latest Tinder update is said to let you swipe through Instagram photos, with support of up to 34 photos and videos for each account. The company has even integrated so as to redirect you to the person’s Instagram profile upon tapping a picture, providing he or she has the profile public.

Instagram is said to provide Tinder users with a better overview of how socially connected you are to the person you are about to swipe. Up until now, the Facebook integration showed you the friends you have in common with the person you are viewing, but it wasn’t enough to get you a match. Tinder aims to bring a more detailed feature that lets you have a glimpse of who that person is and hopes to bring better matches in the future.

Tinder has also announced that the integration will be available for both free and pro subscribers, so if you either use the app just for a laugh or hope to find your other half, you can still fiddle with the company’s latest feature. But let’s be honest about it, who uses Tinder as a professional dating app? Do you?

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Video courtesy of The Verge and image courtesy of Business Insider

Apple Waves Goodbye to iPhoto

It’s come to the end of the road for apples iPhoto and Aperture apps, Apple have released a replacement called Photos that provides the functionality of both aperture and iPhoto.

iPhoto was released in 2002 and has 10 major version releases, however has had no major development since 2010.

Photos has been designed to integrate closely with the iPhone App. It will do so via the iCloud photo library support. Users can upload photographs from any iOS or mac device, allowing end users to be able to edit and view pictures from whatever apple device they have in their hand. The only issue that may happen is that you will run out of iCloud storage. Currently with a standard iCloud package you will get 5Gb of free space, if this isn’t enough for your photos then you can upgrade to 200GB for £2.99 a month; pretty good really!

However the new Photos app is not a complete replacement for Aperture, since that program offered a much greater set of editing tools; lots of which were meant for professional photography.

Apple have stated that aperture and iPhoto will remain functional as long as they are installed on the device. However, the change will mean that there will be no more updates.

Thank you to The Verge  for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Maclife.

It Doesn’t Get Much More Ridiculous than the Belfie Stick

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get much more ridiculous, someone went ahead and invented the Belfie Stick. We all know, and most of hate, the Selfies and all that it brings along. The Belfie is the cousin to the Selfie, but instead of taking a photo of your face, you take one of your butt.

No, this isn’t a joke. The product is a reality and it’s even patent-pending at the moment. Pre-orders can be placed for the crazy price of $80 on the official website. The stick can be extended and adjusted to get just the right angle before you press the Bluetooth button at the end of the stick to snap that butt shot.

One of the funny things about this, the photos they’re using on the site to advertise it have clearly been taken without the Belfie stick.

Thanks to TechRadar for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BelfieStick

Exclusive: Photos of New NZXT Source 340 Chassis

NZXT have just revealed their latest chassis design that will become part of their popular Source range. The Source S340 comes fitted out with a durable steel construction and a sleek aesthetic that makes me think of it is a budget friendly H440.

The chassis is designed to be a solid all-rounder, ideal for a gaming rig as much as a general day-to-day rig for your office. It’s compact form factor is deceiving too, as it’s got plenty of room on the interior for a feature packed system build since NZXT have stripped out the optical bays, much like they did on the H440.

Cable management cut-outs, loads of cable tie loops and extensive space behind the motherboard give the chassis superior cable routing options for a chassis in this class. Cooling is also very capable, with 280mm radiator support in the front (such as the X61) and 120mm support in the back.

All the usual features are here too, USB 3.0 support, air filters on all major intakes and a PSU shroud. NZXT have gone heavy metal on this build too, using minimal plastic, 360 degress of steel casing and extra thick side panels, giving an overall very high quality feel to the chassis.

The best part of the S340 is easily the price, clocking in at a very affordable 69.99 EUR, giving it great mass market appeal.

We were lucky enough to see this chassis a few weeks ago at Insomnia i52, but NZXT made me promise to not show anyone the pictures I took of it… well, until today of course! Sure the NZXT perfectly shot photographs look better, but we though you would like to see what this chassis looks like in the real world, not just in a pro shot studio. Thank you NZXT for letting us snap these pictures! For everyone else, expect a full review in the coming weeks.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.

Google+ Photos to Be Separated

Following the recent separation of Hangouts from Google+, it’s now time for the photo service to gain it’s own independence. The search giant has had trouble getting people to sing up to their social media service and the separation could be seen as an attempt do connect to those users who don’t want Google+.

Google+ is evolving after the departure of top executive Vic Gundotra earlier this year. Gundotra, who led the social effort, had made it a key point to get more people to sign to their services. This forced signup needed to use many services, such as YouTube comments, sparked a lot of uproar on the internet.

“Over here in our darkroom, we’re always developing new ways for people to snap, share and say cheese,” Google said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg without commenting specifically on any plans for separating out the photo service.

Facebook’s acquisition of Instragram in 2012 was very successful for the company and it looks like Google is trying to follow in those footsteps with the new Google+ Photos; or maybe it’s just an attempt to not be left behind.

Serving more then 500 million users with 1.5 billion photos uploaded to Google+ every week, it easy to see why Google wants to get the most out of their Photo service. Besides the storage and sharing of images, the site also provides tools for enhancements and effects. According to un-named sources, the service would still work for the social networks users but might get re-branded.

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Google

Face Recognition Technology Currently Being Tested by the FBI

Face recognition technology is nothing new, having agencies such as the National Security Agency denying the use of such technology on people, images and most likely anything that has a human face on it. However, the FBI looks like they are not trying to hide the technology or its use at all.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that it is in the process of building a database called the “Next Generation Identification database” by feeding portraits from local law enforcement agencies into the system.

It is said that the software is being built by MorphoTrust, a company which has been stated to have helped the State Department create its own face recognitions database. However, MorphoTrust and the State Department cannot currently join databases.

However, FBI Director James Comey appears not to rule out the possibility of eventually merging both databases in the near future. An estimated 52 million images have been said to be imported in the database by next year, having the Electronic Frontier Foundation already alarmed by the gigantic figure.

The EFF states that there is a strong possibility of many innocent people slipping into the pool. Despite the EFF warning, Director Comey apparently was unable to deny or at least assure people who will not be the case and that their driving license photos will be ‘safe’. Furthermore, the FBI director has also stated that he is not even sure if the EFF’s claims are accurate.

Having been asked specifically about the driving licenses, Director Comey related to possible circumstances in which pictures of people who are being granted special driving licenses to transport children or explosive material are being sent by state departments, thus having a high chance of eventually ending up in the database as well.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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Apple iMac Spotted Running Windows XP in Austin, Texas Production Line

Microsoft products running on Apple hardware might not have been seen as a big thing, but given the ‘flavour’ added by Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, towards Microsoft during Apple’s WWDC, things are looking a bit awkward. Last Thursday, Cook apparently tweeted a photo of himself touring Apple’s Austin, Texas production line where the Apple Mac Pro is manufactured. This might not be such a big announcement if it wasn’t for something seen in the background of the tweeted photo.

Looking closely on the iMac in the background, it is clearly noticeable that the Apple hardware is running on Windows operating system. Whether it is Windows XP or 7, one guess is as good as the other. However, given the style of the bottom bar, most best are on Windows XP, which is funny since the OS has been discontinued by Microsoft some time ago. Cook looks to have not even seen the ‘issue’ here, but tweets and retweets have been issued, having people buzzing about the Microsoft operating system present in Apple’s production line.

As far as the application running on the Microsoft operating system, reports are that the operating system was used in order to run electronic design automation software (EDA), or something similar in the embedded analysis program software range. As for Apple’s PR, things are not looking so great, since the shot could have been taken from a different angle or at least the ‘issue’ could have been easily spotted before the image was tweeted.

The irony in all this is found in Cook’s speech during WWDC, having the chief executive mocking Microsoft’s poor adoption of Windows 8. Given the tweeted image, Apple might consider adopting Microsoft’s latest operating system themselves, given they are running on a 13 years old operating system with no further security support available.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information
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Train Conductor Kicks The Stupid Out Of Selfie Taking Hipster

Taking a selfie is a fairly harmless affair, or at least it should be. Snapping an out of focus picture of ones self in the mirror and tagging it on Facebook with endless hashtags is pretty annoying, but generally a fairly safe thing to do. Of course there are a few people out there that are keen to get a “cool” selfie, such as this moron who wanted a speeding train as his backdrop. Jared Michael thought it would be a great ideal to take a picture / video of himself next to a speeding train, really close to it actually. He stood next to the track, pulled his best hipster face and was abruptly schooled in the “real world” when a train conductors boot connected with his face.

“That train conductor must really hate hipsters!” I hear you call, but a deeper analysis is that the trusty train operator was a hero and saved this selfie addicts head from a becoming a bloody mess. He really was CLOSE to the train, so close in fact that had the boot not saved his stupid ass, he would have felt the metal protrusion on the side of the train giving him a slap instead, in which case this story would have been “Hipster beheaded by train while taking selfie”.

Standing next to a train like this is the dumbest thing I’ve seen all week and it’s only Thursday, so who knows, maybe this will be topped by something worse later in the week. Kudos to the quick thinking conductor who saved this guys life though, hopefully some of his quick thinking and common sense rubbed off onto Jared.

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Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gizmodo.

Sony Allegedly Working On 54MP Full Frame Sensor

Most times, megapixels do not count in terms of picture quality, but there are cases when you want to print large-scale photos without losing quality. It seems that the guys at Sony are taking this into consideration and are working on a 54MP full frame sensor that will be released in 2014.

Take note though that devices carrying the sensors will not be available until 2015 or 2016 due to production costs being very expensive, so it might take a while before Sony figures out a way to lower costs to produce it more efficiently. According to the rumor, the sensor will feature 2,460 focusing points, with the focusing area covering about 78% of the entire sensor itself.

Given the current information, we have to assume that this sensor will probably be targeted towards the professional photographer and we’ll be able to see these sensors on high-end digital cameras that will appear in two years time, or even less if Sony figures out a way to mass produce the sensors at a reasonable price in the meantime.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Ubergizmo

Panono 360 Degree Camera Makes Taking Panoramic Photos Easy

Through Kickstarter and Indiegogo we seen endless numbers of projects that need funding and whilst some of them do seem to be a bit bizarre or too simple to create, there are a select number that stand out from the crowd. Panono is just one of the select that grab the attention of a number of people and they’re asking for your support to get the ball rolling.

Panono is a revolutionary panoramic camera that is able to take a full 360° photo when thrown up in the air – at the moment it is about to fall back down to earth. In side the compact ball, 36 tiny cameras with a total resolution of 72MP are paired with a sensitive accelerometer which calculates the speed at which the ball is going up and therefore when it will be stationary before it falls back down to earth. At the peak of its ascent, all 36 cameras simultaneously take an image and as soon as the camera is back in your hand, it can simply send the captured panoramic photo to your smartphone for viewing. After this the photo can be sent to the cloud, where it is stitched together and archived ready for sharing to your friends and family – giving you a photo that really captures the moment.

The innovative concept originally started out a couple of years ago when a prototype system known as the ‘Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera’ make a debut on YouTube instantly grabbing a large number of hits and followers. Moving towards today and after some tweaks and tunes have been applied, the 300g plastic ball is making it way through the fund-raising stages on Indiegogo, where the project team are asking for a total pledge of at least $900,000 to be made. At this current moment, the project as stirred the interest of around 400 people and with 51 days to go before the campaign ends, the project has raised nearly $200,000.

You can find more information on the project on their website here and if you’re willing to back the project, you can do so by heading over to their fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo here.

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Source and photo courtesy of The Independent

 

 

Amazon To Offer Personalized Kindle Cases With Customer’s Own Photo

Amazon added an option that allows customers to create customized cases and skins for their Kindle devices, further enhancing uniqueness on the customer’s Kindle device. Users have the option of uploading personal photographs or choosing from a provided library of images, logos, designs and patterns. Images can be printed on one or both sides of cases, and the best thing is that Amazon isn’t charging anything extra for the new personalization process.

Most of the Kindle devices have support for this type of customization, this including the newly released Kindle devices: Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite. Besides personal photos, customers can also browse through Amazon’s own designs and photos spanning from Peanuts, National Geographic, Breaking Bad, Star Trek, and more. Leather cases, rear skins, and Amazon’s Origami case are all eligible for customization.

Weather you choose to add you own special moment, scenery caption, or browse the predefined gallery of various photos provided by Amazon, your Kindle will surely stand out in the crowd. For those interested in personalizing and acquiring such a case can view more details here.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Amazon

Insomnia i49 – Summer 2013 Live Gallery

Introduction


We’re back again it Multiplay’s Insomnia gaming festival, the biggest of its type in the UK and its a big one alight. With over 3000 BYOC gamers (Bring Your Own Computer) booked in to come and play some of the biggest games (as well as some of the lesser known games) on one massive gaming network, whether it be for fun or for the pros – for the cash!

Those with a keen eye will see that GamesCom over in Germany has conveniently clashed with this summers LAN event, but that has not stopped us from getting a slice of the action. Whilst Andy and Peter are over in Cologne seeing what’s new in the gaming world, I’m here getting the latest coverage from the forefront of the gaming scene with those that play the games themselves.

For those that have been to, or have seen our coverage of Insomnia before will know some of the major highlights of the weekend – apart from the tournaments – include the grand opening ceremony with tons of swag (including boxes) literally being thrown out for everyone to get a bit of; or in some cases they may have to work a little for their goodies. On top of this there is also the exhibition hall with a wide array of manufacturers and vendors showing off some of the latest and greatest kit, including Overclockers UK who will be yet again offering their delivery to your desk option for hardware purchases – for free!

One of the biggest staged events of the weekend has to be the world famous pub quiz the takes place on Saturday night, and don’t worry if you’re not here as you can take part yourself via the live web feed through the iSeries website.

So all in all there is a lot in store for those that are here as well as those who are visiting, but fear not as we will be here getting a slice of the action to show back to you.

Adobe Has Fun At The Bus Stop #CreativeDays

Yesterday Hypervocal published an article about Adobe – Creative Days. A group of people that have plotted a 14 day event to express creativity and expressiveness across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There are only a few days left to check out this event. For more information on the next fun, and creative event, check out “Adobe Creative Day Nordics” an online event!

May

  • 21 Johannesburg
  • 23 Milan
  • 24 Istanbul
  • 28 Warsaw
  • 30 Moscow

June

  • 4 London
  • 7 Barcelona
  • 11 Paris
  • 11 Stockholm
  • 12 Berlin
  • 13 Amsterdam
  • 14 Zurich
  • 18 Cologne
  • 20 Munich

#CreativeDays from May 20 through June 20, might seem like a bit of a prank if you check out this video, but really it is much more than that. Artist Erik Johansson worked with Adobe to feature colorful advertisements on a sign at a bus stop. Johansson waited in a van close by while photographs were snapped of the unsuspecting, working his magic very quickly he was able to transform simple photos into works of art in just a matter of minutes.

Johansson showed off some amazing talent being able to bring us some great fun showing us some fun at “The Bus Stop”. Adobe is doing some amazing things, this is primarily to show off Adobe Creative Cloud, where with one membership you have access to every Adobe tool when you need it, using it with any device or anyone you chose!

If you’re an artist, creative professional, designer, developer, video professional, photographer feel free to join them to exchange ideas & inspiration.

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Graphene Could Make Camara Sensors 1000x More Sensitive


Digital Cameras have proven them selves more than worth as the successor to more traditional film cameras, but while there have been many steady advances with both pixel density, lens technology and processing technology over the years, every once in a while something really big comes along, something that can really change the game and push the technology into a new generation.

According to a report on Engadget, researchers at the Nanyang Technological University have developed a revolutionary image sensor made out of the wonder material known as Graphene, a material which in its self has earned a few amazing headlines over the last couple of years. This new graphene sensor is 1000 times more sensitive at capturing light than traditional CMOS and CCD sensors, with the added benefit of simultaneously using 10 times less energy, which is incredible to say the least.

The high sensitivity makes these ideal for surveillance and satellite equipment, not to many there is no doubt many research and scientific applications for something this sensitive.

So 1000 times more sensitive and ten times lower power requirement, surely that’s impressive enough right? Well how about the face that should they end up in consumer tech you can expect them to cost 5 times less to manufacturer! Smartphone cameras just won’t be the same again if this tech makes it to a consumer level, personally I’m constantly amazed at the cool uses for Graphene.

Image courtesy of Engadget

 

Flickr Now Offer 1TB Free Storage

Flickr has just beaten their competition into the dust, expanding their file service to now offer users a staggering 1 Terabyte of image storage which is more than enough for any hipster to share a life time of high definition images of their dinner a few times over.

Not only have they improved their overall capacity per user, but this will go will with their full resolution photo storage, allowing for the biggest and best looking images online, far superior to Facebooks image uploader and still even better than that of Google+, which also knocks Facebook in terms of image quality.

Of course this is a made up number, it has to be as a massive percentage of users will never ever hit that 1 Terabyte limit, it’s just a marketing buzz world for being able to store a crazy amount of images without worrying about file space, something that is going to be a big temptation for photographers who want to share their work in large file formats.

Even Facebook and Google have their limits, be that on file size or capacity, although they don’t tell you as such, likely because no one will ever hit it but needless to say there are some restrictions on image quality in place that keep things in check and with Flickr all but doing away with compression and storage issues for the end user, they’ve got a tempting product on offer that should attract back more than a few users to the service.

If this doesn’t work for Yahoo and bring more people back to the service, then I’m not sure what will.