A brilliant way of leveraging a driving simulator to demonstrate the dangers “texting and driving”.
So Instagram just release an iOS app called Hyperlapse for smoothing out time-lapse videos. Oddly enough, a Microsoft just released a similar time-lapse video tech called Hyperlapse two weeks ago.
Amazon doesn’t give sales data for its devices, but figures from comScore and Chitika suggest only modest sales so far. By Charles Arthur
I can’t wait for earnings time so that we can see how Amazon tries to spin this. “This past quarter we saw record sales of the Amazon Fire Phone”.
This may be the first device that Amazon has to actually report sales data for. The only reason they may not is if AT&T refuses to report Fire Phone activations separately and lumps them into “Android”.
Would you really trust a kids meal prize with your sensitive data?
Sure this feature could cause a conflict with “hot corners”, but i suspect this feature is more useful than “hot corners”.
Introducing an exclusive collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit: Transform your Fitbit Flex® into a chic accessory for evening and daytime.
With this partnership Fitbit seems to be doing a good job of skating to where the puck is going. It is interesting to see how the team at Tory Burch created a stylized pendant case for the activity tracker. I wonder how wearing it as a necklace will impact the accuracy of the tracker, as it has always been sold with “bracelet” containers up to this point.
The only downside is that the current offering is only for the “Flex” product which is the older tracker that isn’t as advanced as the tracker in the Fitbit Force.
Sounds like the Surface Mini will be a hit.
The New LayerVault
LayerVault is a Version Control system for Designers.
The LayerVault product has transitioned from being a Photoshop plugin to a magical folder that syncs. The original Photoshop plugin implementation always seemed like it was too complex for the typical ad agency designer. Picking up the magical folder metaphor that has been wildly popular for Dropbox really seams like the proper direction for this product.
The Verge Reports:
Software maker Avast is calling the security and thoroughness of Android’s factory reset feature into serious doubt today. The company says it purchased 20 used Android smartphones online and set out to test whether personal user data could be recovered from them. Each phone had been reset prior to being sold, according to Avast, so in theory the test should have failed miserably. But that’s not what happened.
Using widely available forensic software, Avast says it was able to successfully pull up over 40,000 photos previously stored on the phones. Many of those featured children, and others were sexual in nature with women in “various stages of undress” and hundreds of “male nude selfies.” The company also managed to recover old Google search queries, emails, and texts. All told, Avast successfully identified four original phone owners using data that those people falsely assumed had been permanently deleted. Users must overwrite previous data to truly get rid of it, Avast says.
Yeay! yet another reason to for people to stay away from Android.
Oh… and about security on iOS:
On the iOS side of things, Apple seems to go out of its way to thwart data recovery after an iPhone or iPad has been wiped. On newer hardware, the iOS reset feature removes the encryption key that protects a user’s data. So even if data is somehow recovered without a user’s knowledge, it’s rendered inaccessible and essentially useless. With older iPhone and iPod touch models, Apple says it “overwrites user settings and information, writing a series of ones to the data partition.” This step would similiarly prevent unauthorized recovery in most cases.
High Dynamic Range photography represents the incredible feats that can be accomplished with digital imaging. But! HDR abuse is also responsible for some of the most horrendous displays of photographic over-indulgence. This must stop.
I agree with Michael that HDR has been overused; however it’s mostly the user over saturating and sharpening their photos with apps like Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Afterlight which cause some horrendous results when overdone.
I take major issue with the original author on defining “over saturation” and “over sharpening” (AKA over processing images) as HDR photography. The author is misinforming readers about what HDR photography actually is and why it is such a great tool for photographers.
A camera is inferior to the human eye. A camera does not capture the scene as your eyes capture the scene. Taking multiple exposures of a scene and compositing those exposures together, without applying filters or over-processing the composited image, more accurately reflects what the human eye saw at that moment.
Case in point, the author praises a true HDR photograph (the wonderful landscape of the mountain, trees, and lake) for being “subtle” and showing detail in the trees that would have otherwise been lost in a non-HDR image. The reason why that image is subtle is because the photographer didn’t over process the image within an inch of its life with filters and cranking up the photo settings to 11.
The author is basically complaining about people feeling the need to applying filters and crank up photo settings now-a-days when they should be part of the #nofilter crowd. Now get off his lawn and stop using instagram!!!