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Essential Phone To Get Double Tap To Wake, EIS In The Near Future

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Despite the reports that the Essential Phone hasn’t even crossed the 100,000 units sold mark, it seems that the company is not giving up and is continuing their efforts at improving the device. Just last month the company issued an update that brought Portrait mode to the camera app, but that’s not all they have up their sleeves.

During the company’s bi-weekly Reddit AMA (via GSMArena), it seems that Essential Phone customers can look forward to a couple of new features in a future update. This comes in the form of double tap to wake, which allows users to double tap the phone’s display to wake it up instead of pressing a button, and also EIS (electronic image stabilization).

As for EIS, given that Essential can’t really change the hardware and introduce optical image stabilization, EIS will have to do. However EIS is still a pretty worthwhile feature and we’ve seen it used to great effect by other phone makers, so don’t write it off just yet. Note that there is no date on when these features will be released, but the AMA has revealed that Essential is working on it and there are plans to eventually release them for the phone.

When exactly that will be remains to be seen, so we guess owners of the handset will just have to remain patient until then.

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Photographer Captures Entire Wedding Using Just The iPhone 8 Plus

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

Image credit – Barb Simkova

Our smartphone cameras have come a long way from back in the day where the maximum resolution they captured was VGA, and where it was more of a novelty to use the camera feature rather than functionality. However looking at today’s cameras, it is clear that technology has evolved immensely.

So much so that photographer Barb Simkova decided that she would chance it by shooting an entire wedding using just her iPhone 8 Plus (via iMore). According to Simkova, “I love that an iPhone allows you to capture something quickly, with little technical knowledge and set up. Portrait mode blows me away – some of the images that come out of the iPhone in portrait mode have such a beautiful depth to them that I find myself exclaiming, ‘THAT was shot on an iPhone?’”

Now as you can see in the photos on the website, they look absolutely stunning and in some instances, you’d be hardpressed to tell that they were taken using a smartphone. Of course in terms of sharpness, it isn’t quite as razor-sharp compared to using a “proper” professional camera with a high-quality lens, but like we said, the composition, the colors, and the editing do make up for a lot of it.

Note that Simkova isn’t the first photographer to shoot an entire wedding using an iPhone. Last year another photographer took photos at a wedding using the iPhone 6 Plus, which goes to show how far we’ve come along in terms of technology, and also how important things like composition are.

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This Universal Lens Cap Could Be The Last Lens Cap You’ll Ever Need

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

If you’re a photographer who owns or has dabbled with interchangeable lens cameras like DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, then you know how annoying it is whenever you misplace a lens cap. This means having to spend more money, and in the meantime it could also mean that your lens glass could get scratched.

However the folks at KUVRD have launched a Kickstarter project for an accessory they’re calling the Universal Lens Cap (ULC for short). This is a lens cap that has been designed to fit pretty much every/any lens out there, regardless of shape or size. This is versus current lens caps which you’ll have to buy different caps for different lenses.

Apart from being able to fit just about any lens out there, it has also been designed to stay securely fastened to your camera lens. If you’ve seen existing camera lenses, then you know how flimsy they can be, and how sometimes accidentally knocking against it could shake it loose.

This is where we also want to point out how the ULC has also been designed to protect your lens, not just from having the glass scratched, but also by protecting it against the elements as it is both water and dirt proof, and it is also shock absorbent. The ULC is priced at $30 for a single unit, or $45 for two, $60 for three, and so on.

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Instagram Testing Putting Posts In Your Feed That You Might Like

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

Image credit – The Verge

If you head on over to the Explore section of Instagram, you will discover a variety of posts that might seem random, but are actually based on posts that Instagram thinks you like based on posts that you’ve previously liked, or based on the people you follow. Now it looks like Instagram is testing bringing some of those features into your main feed.

This is according to a report from The Verge in which Instagram has confirmed that they are indeed testing the feature out. According to Instagram, “We’re always testing new ways to connect you to interesting content on Instagram.” Whether or not this feature will make the final cut remains to be seen since Instagram does test out features from time to time.

While this is an interesting idea, we reckon that it does seem to have potential to clutter the user’s feed, which right now is interspersed with posts from people they follow, sponsored content, and also preview tiles for Stories. The addition of recommended content could make things more confusing, but like we said, the feature is in testing so perhaps it will eventually be refined further.

Last we checked, Instagram was also testing out other features like a native “regramming” button that has yet to be released. The company also recently rolled out a new feature that allows users to follow hashtags, a feature that was spotted in testing just last month.

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Instagram Now Allows Users To Follow Hashtags

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

Last month there was a report in which Instagram was said to be testing out a new feature where it allowed users to follow hashtags. The good news is that Instagram has decided to roll the feature out for its users. “Today we’re introducing the ability to follow hashtags, giving you new ways to discover photos, videos and people on Instagram. Now it’s even easier to stay connected with the interests, hobbies, passions and communities you care about.”

According to Instagram, “Following a hashtag is just like following a friend. To get started, search for a topic you’re interested in or tap on a hashtag from any post. You’ll see relevant hashtags displayed in your search results along with related accounts. When you find a hashtag you like, open the hashtag page and tap on the follow button.”

For those wondering what the difference between following a user and a hashtag, hashtags usually comprise of posts by different people who might use the hashtag. This means that if you wanted to see Instagram posts that are related to pets, then you could follow the #pets hashtag, or #beach if you wanted photos of beaches around the world, and so on.

This also helps users cut through unwanted posts, where typically the hashtag you follow will post things that are relevant (we hope).

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Google Releases A Trio Of Experimental Photo Apps

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

From time to time, just like many companies probably do, Google experiments with various ideas to see how it could potentially be turned into a product or service. However it isn’t always that Google’s experiments are released to the public, but the company has recently announced a trio of experimental photo apps that users can check out if they’re so inclined.

Dubbed “appsperiments”, these are basically Google’s attempts to creating experimental apps and it sounds like it could be the start of something. The first app released is called Storyboard (Android only) which will transform your videos into a single-page comic layout. The app will select what it considers to be interesting frames and then lay them out, although users can constantly refresh the app to get different layouts or different frames until they find one that they like.

Next up is an app called Selfissimo! (iOS, Android), which according to Google is an “automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose”. The idea is that it encourages users to strike up a pose, which is when the app will know it is time to snap the photo, so if you’re alone and don’t have anyone to help you take photos, and the timer function is a bit too unreliable, this could come in handy, although it only captures in black and white.

Last but not least is an app called Scrubbies (iOS only), which as the name implies, lets users scrub through videos and create video loops using their fingers, much like a DJ on a set of turntables. In a way it is similar to Instagram’s Boomerang feature, except that you get to control the portion of the video that you would like looped.

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Instagram Now Lets Users Highlight And Archive Expired Stories

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Last week we reported that according to TNW, it seems that Instagram is testing out a handful of new and cool features. One of those features is the ability for users to archive their Stories, whereas before users could only choose to download them, as opposed to archiving it. The good news for avid Instagrammers is that it looks like some of those features are here.

Instagram has announced an update in which it will affect the Stories feature. One of those changes is the ability to archive stories so that you can view them whenever you want via your Instagram page. The other is the ability to create Stories Highlights, which according to Instagram is a way for users to group and share their stories and feature them on your profile.

According to Instagram, “Over the past year, Instagram Stories has become a key part of how you express yourself — but there hasn’t been an easy way to keep your stories around for more than 24 hours. Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you’ve shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile.”

These changes should already be live for both iOS and Android versions of the app. Note that these are just some of the new features we reported on last week, and that there are more that have yet to be released publicly, such as native regramming, but hopefully we’ll see those features launched soon.

Instagram Now Lets Users Highlight And Archive Expired Stories , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Researchers Develop Neural Network To Enhance Low-Res Photos

Tyler Lee December 5, 2017

Back in the day it was pointed out that in TV shows and movies, being able to pull up a grainy, low-res photo and blowing it up to make it sharper was fiction. However fast forward to today, that fiction is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to the development of AI that can help to enhance low-res photos.

We’ve seen various efforts, such as Let’s Enhance and also from Google who taught an AI how to edit photos, which is why it isn’t surprising to see that there are other researchers who are working on similar tech. Dubbed Deep Image Prior, this is another neural network that can not only enhance your low-res photos, but can also apparently fixed corrupted image files as well.

What’s interesting about this particular method is that unlike other methods that require the AI to be trained/taught first, Deep Image Prior instead uses the image itself as a guide. According to the research paper, “Our method uses a randomly-initialized ConvNet to upsample an image, using its structure as an image prior; similar to bicubic upsampling, this method does not require learning, but produces much cleaner results with sharper edges.”

It is an interesting initiative and no doubt more efficient than if a human were to do it themselves, but when it will be implemented by developers into mainstream photo editing software remains to be seen.

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Instagram Will Alert Users To Posts That Show Harm To Wildlife

Tyler Lee December 4, 2017

These days taking photos and sharing them to social media to document our daily lives, adventures, and travel has become the norm. However sometimes we can be a bit careless with our posts, where what we think is acceptable might not be to someone else, like taking selfies during a funeral, and so on.

However moving forwards, a report from National Geographic has revealed that Instagram will now alert users when they come across wildlife-related posts about the potential behavior to animals or the environment. The publication cites an example where people might go to a zoo and hug a sloth in a photo op, which might seem innocent, but could potentially encourage harmful behavior, like taking animals away from their natural habitat to place them in zoos as attractions.

This is an issue that has been brought up many times in the past, like elephant shows and rides in Thailand, where some claim that while it might seem fun on the surface, there is a good amount of abuse behind the scenes to get the animals to be so compliant. There is also controversy regarding the tiger temples also in Thailand where the seemingly tame tigers are said to be heavily drugged in order to get them to be so docile.

According to Instagram spokeswoman Emily Cain, “We care about our community, including the animals and the wildlife that are an important part of the platform. I think it’s important for the community right now to be more aware. We’re trying to do our part to educate them.”

Instagram Will Alert Users To Posts That Show Harm To Wildlife , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sony a9 Review: Hands-On

Eliane Fiolet December 4, 2017

In April 2017, Sony unveiled the Sony Alpha a9, its flagship full frame mirrorless camera. Equipped with the world’s first 24.2 Megapixel full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and the new BIONZ X processor, the Sony a9 delivers silent and blackout-free continuous shooting at 20 fps at full resolution with a buffer of 241 RAW and 362 JPG. After shooting 241 RAW and 362 JPG the camera slows down and stop shooting […]

Sony a9 Review: Hands-On , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.