Quickly make GIFs straight from your iPhone with this user-friendly app
The Internet is obsessed with GIFs, if you haven't noticed, but we're pretty sure you have: and for good reason -- they're small, they're animated, and usually contain some of the funniest bits of things you'll see all day. If you've ever wanted to make your own GIFs, we've got a just the app for you to check out: Gif Me! Camera.
Professional-level Nokia Ozo offers live monitoring, rapid 360-degree video composites
Nokia has unveiled its first camera aimed at professional creators of 360-degree video content, for the production of footage viewable using virtual reality headsets and other imaging systems. The Ozo virtual reality camera is a spherical device that has a collection of eight imaging sensors and an equal number of microphones capable of recording stereoscopic video and audio that can be seen and heard at all angles.
New app uses complex Google code in easy to use front end
A few weeks ago Google announced its research into neural networks and image processing. Alongside this news, Google also open-sourced its "deepdream" code that allows anyone with the technical know-how to do the same. Developer Realmac has brought together a Mac app that allows users to make Google deepdream images coupled with a simple user interface.
Social network losing Photos app in favor of recently-launched service
Google is preparing to shut down the photo-sharing section of Google+, in favor of pushing users to the recently-launched Google Photos service. The search giant is warning that it will begin to shut down access to Google+ Photos within the social network from August 1, with users able to transition their existing Google+ Photos over to the new Google Photos from a prompt appearing on their Google+ account page, as well as within the Google+ Photos apps.
Lumix GX8 has 20.3MP sensor, 0.07-second autofocus
Panasonic has unveiled a pair of digital cameras it will be bringing out in the coming months. The Lumix DMC-GX8 is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera with a 20.3-megapixel sensor capable of recording 4K video, while the Lumix DMC-FZ330 is a superzoom packing a 12.1-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor behind a 35mm-equivalent lens offering 25mm to 600mm focal lengths, the equivalent of a 24x optical zoom.
Today's multiple deals, all in one convenient place
Today is going to be replete with deals. Since Walmart and Amazon aren't so nice as to have mostly all-day sales. Instead of being witty and talking about what something is, and what it isn't, we're going to do a bulleted list, with stop times as best as we can find them. Every so often, we'll check what's still available, pop in new deals, and bump this to to the top and label a time for an update so you've got an idea about relative freshness. And we're done here! This final frequent update is at 3:30 PM EDT, but we may still add as the day goes on, just with less fanfare.
Feature-packed filter app gives your photographs visual interest
There's something about black and white photography that we really dig. It's timeless. It's dramatic. It makes even simple pictures look so much more striking. If you're looking to elevate your pictures to the next level, we've got an app for you to take a look at: BlackCam.
New update moves OS X repair algorithm to iOS
The Pixelmator Team today released an update to Pixelmator for iOS version 2.0.2 adds Dynamic Touch to all Retouch tools, redefines the performance of its desktop-class Repair tool, enhances the Photo Editing extension, and other fixes and features. With the update, the company has also introduced a free user guide and five new Pixelmator-for-iPhone video tutorials.
Increasingly handy tool for renaming lots of files
This was not going to be a very praising review, and it was not going to be a recommendation -- but it it is becoming so. Namagic's first versions were not usable -- they simply did not work -- but Namagic 1.1 has fixed all the problems we found. It still has limitations and elements we're not keen on, but for us the question now is whether you need this type of application or not.
App utilizes tilt-to-control mechanics to edit photos on the go
Sometimes less is more. This is often the case for people who are attempting to be more serious with their iPhone photography, so many of the apps we look at base their filter-set around wanting to create faux-vintage images -- which is fine for many, but not all, amateur photographers. Today we're taking a look at the more practical Polarr, an app that is designed to give you a professional-quality editing experience on the go.
Virgin America boosts in-flight Wi-Fi with ViaSat Ka-band satellite connection
Virgin America is upgrading its in-flight Wi-Fi service, claiming it will be powerful enough to stream video. Partnering with ViaSat to use its high-capacity 140-gigabit Ka-band satellite connection, it is said that Virgin America's in-flight Wi-Fi will be between eight and ten times faster than similar services on other aircraft, and close to connections available at home. Ten A320 planes will be the first to get the connection in September, with passengers on routes to Hawaii likely to benefit from the connections first.
Polaroid Cube+ preorders commence with free waterproof casing offer
Polaroid is opening up a second generation of its compact Cube action camera up for preorder. The Polaroid Cube+ is another small video camera, measuring the same 35mm in each direction as the original, but this time the Plus adds in wireless connectivity to a smartphone or tablet using the companion app and Wi-Fi, providing viewfinder, remote controls, and faster sharing of captured video and images, at a range of up to 30 feet.
New evolution of Hero4 series compatible with older mounts, shoots 1440p
GoPro today announced its latest action camera, the Hero4 Session. The camera, is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than GoPro's Hero4 Black and Silver camera and benefits from a new durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a discrete housing.
Excellent scanning app adds almost brilliant feature
There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your iPhone is with you all the time and everywhere. What Scanner Pro 6 does is let you photograph a document, and calls that a scan. There are alternatives, and there have been five previous versions of this one, but developer Readdle adds improvements and one potentially brilliant new feature.
Google adds 60fps viewing mode to iOS, Android apps
Google has updated both its iOS and Android apps to allow for playback of 60fps content, reports The Next Web. Originally introduced in October for videos viewed in the browser at 1080p and 720p resolutions, and also implemented for live streams, the 60fps clips can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet, with the majority of the higher frame rate content consisting of gameplay videos.
New printer brings A3-sized printing to a desktop-size printer
Ricoh today introduced a new compact black-and-white LED printer that brings paper handling up to 11x17 inches to small businesses and enterprise. The new Ricoh SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh's new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200x1200 dpi resolution.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 29, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we've wiped the slate clean of older deals, with the new collection including a $300 50-inch HDTV, a 1TB SSD for under $400, and a 720p IP surveillance camera for $60.
Firing up a new column, celebrating the week in tech news
We hope your Sunday is going well so far. Today launches our new column about the stories that entertained us, informed us, or just plain tickled us. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world including more bad news for MacKeeper, a shotgun assault on a drone, and a major upgrade to a 2009 Mac Pro.
Old-school lens first manufactured in 1916, updated for digital
Lens Manufacturer Meyer Optik USA has launched a Kickstarter campaign to remanufacture the Trioplan f2.8/100 lens, known for its 'soap bubble' bokeh and sharp focus. The new lens preserves the character of the original including the conservation of the Trioplan's sharpness and its circular "soap bubble" bokeh.
Make customized B&W images that do more than remove color
Most people who don't work with the medium of black and white (B&W) photography regularly often assume that a B&W photo is simply one in which the color elements have been removed. Nothing could be further from the truth. In addition to being able to change to emphasis and tone of a B&W photo by using color filters, there are as many "looks," styles, film stocks, and manipulations one can make to change the feel of an image in B&W as there are in color. MacPhun's Tonality app is a program that truly "gets" this.
Photography resources, software at deeply-discounted price for charity
Last week, Foto Promos announced its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,200 worth of downloadable products for just $99. The bundle, which runs through Thursday, has raised over $45,000 for charity, and features contributions from Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video, among others.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for sales, discounts, offers, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. In the post are all the still active deals from yesterday, including three great ones, with sales on an Asus notebook, WD Elements external drives, and a Sony Handycam with a built-in projector
Print speeds approach 3.1PPM, scans at 1.1PPM
Specialty printer manufacturer Primera Technology today announced the availability of the Primera Trio, what the company calls "the world's smallest and lightest portable all-in-one printer." Primera Trio prints, copies and scans in full color or black monochrome from a unit that weighs 2.6 pounds, is about the size of a hardcover book, and fits easily into computer bags, backpacks and briefcases.
Over $4,200 in downloadable plug-ins, tutorials, and more for $99
Earlier this week, Foto Promos announced its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,200 worth of downloadable products for just $99. The bundle, which runs through Thursday, has raised over $31,000 for charity, and features contributions from Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video, among others.
Augmented reality HoloLens hardware may change, but likely to offer same display range
Microsoft's HoloLens is unlikely to have a wider field of view for its augmented reality display when it eventually reaches consumers, an executive has confirmed. The smaller section of the helmet where the AR content is visible, leaving a large peripheral area where there isn't any overlay, will most likely remain the same in terms of size and position, despite receiving complaints and comments from people who have tried out the device in tests and at major events.
Radeon R9 Fury X uses Fiji GPU, measures 7.5 inches long
AMD's highest-specification graphics cards have been replaced by a new frontrunner, with the chip producer also revealing a collection of more moderate graphics cards. The new R9 Fury series is headed up by the Fury X, a card that is claimed to not only have the highest GPU memory bandwidth ever, but also manages to scale the card's length down to an extremely small 7.5 inches.
New device has 32mm equivalent aspherical lens, one-inch CMOS
Imaging company DxO today introduced the DxO One, a camera that delivers DSLR image quality and attaches to the iPhone by way of the Lightning port. The DxO One features a f/1.8, 32mm-equivalent aspherical lens, with a variable six-blade iris and a one-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor, capable of capturing high-resolution images even in very low light.
PowerShot G3 X borrows menus from Canon EOS DSLRs
Canon has unveiled a new PowerShot compact camera with a large zoom and resolution. The PowerShot G3 X packs a one-inch, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 6 image processor into a dust and water-resistant case, while on the front is an f/2.8-5.6, 25x optical power zoom lens, the equivalent of 24-600mm lens, which also benefits from an improved five-axis Intelligent Image Stabilization system for clearer images.
New update also includes new sensor, software advances
Ricoh has updated its GR line of digital cameras with the GR II. The new revision brings Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications (NFC) to the line. Also updated is a new 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with no optical low-pass filter and an advanced auto-focus system, with lock times as quick as 0.2 seconds.
Nest Cam updates Dropcam hardware to 1080p resolution
Nest has made changes across the entirety of its product line, with updates to its existing products and the launch of a new item. The new version of Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat software update are joined by the Nest Cam, a network-connected camera stemming from its acquisition of Dropcam last year, and a new program that could help homeowners acquire a Nest Protect at a lower cost or potentially for free.
New version offers Luminosity Mask, Force Touch, Photos support
On Thursday, photo software developer Macphun updated its black-and-white photo editing software, Tonality, to version 1.2. The new version offers support for Apple's Photos image-management program, as well as adding a Luminosity Mask and enhancing overall performance. The Pro version, which can act as either a standalone app or functions as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, has new RAW features as well.
Safely send your files P2P from all major smartphone OS's
There's a lot of fuss over security these days, and with giant data centers being erected for the sole purpose of backlogging data, we can see why. Every time you share your pictures, videos, and personal information, there's a chance they could end up stored somewhere you didn't intend them to be. That's why BitTorrent released BitTorrent Shoot, a safer, faster way to send images to mobile devices.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search the Internet for offers, sales, discounts, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Yesterday's still-active deals follow the new batch, including a 24.1-inch monitor from Dell, the sen.se Mother sensor kit, and a refurbished Slingbox 350 for $60.
Software, training, discounts, plug-ins, e-books, more offered for photographers
Foto Promos is currently running its largest-ever bundle of resources, software, training, printing, memberships and other pro-photographer education in a special offer available through MacNN and Electronista called The Big Deal that includes over $4,000 worth of downloadable products for just $99. Contributors to the bundle include Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio, Eyefi, Viewbug, AthenTech, and B&H Photo and Video among others.
Wi-Fi camera from iLuv can automatically record video clips when sound or movement is detected
The first Wi-Fi camera from iLuv is said to be an easy to set up imaging device that can be used to increase security at a home or office. The mySight takes the form of a large circular camera on top of a thin-necked stand, and is capable of recording 720p video and uploading it to a cloud storage service for later retrieval or streaming by smartphones and tablets using the accompanying mobile app.
Create and order high quality photo books easily with PictYear
What if you had the ability to create beautiful photo albums right from your iPhone with your friends and family, that you could then have sent to your house in physical form? What if you had hard copy pictures of every family vacation? What you need is an app that seeks to bring people and memories together. On the surface, you might not be able to tell what PictYear does. It seems like a camera app, which it is, but it's a bit more than that.
Top of new LG projector range has Smart TV functionality, 1080p resolution
LG has unveiled its 2015 lineup of LED projectors it will be shipping to the United States starting this month. The four projectors are led by the PF1500, a television replacement which offers a resolution of 1920x1080 at a brightness of up to 1,400 lumens with a maximum screen size of 120 inches, while the remainder are lower-resolution devices that are lightweight and even more compact.
Win 1 of 5 copies of Rebelle
Making the jump from art in the physical to the digital world can be difficult for many people, and the software that is available out there for this isn't always geared for traditional artists to use. Last week, we published a review of Rebelle 1.0.1, which was designed to help the artists who are looking for something that provides a bit more realism to digital art. We have obtained five redemption codes to give away to our readers.
MacNN and Electronista deals for June 16, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search the Internet for offers, sales, discounts, and bundles on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Yesterday's still-active deals follow the new batch, including a Samsung multifunction printer, a 3TB hard drive for $75, and some extremely cheap external SSD storage options.
Adobe starts selling stock images from within CC suite apps
Adobe's latest updates to its Creative Cloud have been revealed, with new additions accompanying mainstay apps. Improvements to the main app suite including Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC arrive alongside new mobile apps, with a large contingent heading to Android, while the new Adobe Stock is a marketplace for various assets useful to design projects created within Creative Cloud.
Wider field of view, higher resolution touted in Starbreeze VR headset
Starbreeze, the producers of Syndicate, Brothers, and parent company of Payday developer Overkill, is entering the virtual reality business with its own hardware. Introduced at the same time as Starbreeze revealed it acquired VR headset producer InfinitEye, the prototype StarVR headset is claimed to have a 210-degree field of view, far wider than the horizontal field of view offered by its major competition, the Oculus Rift.
New display intended for advertising, education, health care
3M Touch Systems has grown its multitouch display line, and demoed its 55-inch Multi-Touch Display, model number C5567PW. The system is IPx4 compliant for surface spills, is full HD, has a "bezel-free" design, and supports 60 simultaneous touches in the largest display format to date from 3M.
Final consumer-ready VR headset to include Xbox One controller
Oculus has finally uncovered the consumer version of its virtual reality headset, along with other accessories aimed with helping enhance the VR experience. The Rift headset has received some alterations compared to the version used by developers to make it more suitable for consumers, and an unexpected partnership with Microsoft to allow it to work natively with Windows 10 devices as well as for streaming games from the Xbox One into the headset.
Ultra-realistic artist program designed to emulate watercolor and more
If you started out life as a traditional artist, it can be hard to make the leap to digital art. Dragging a brush around in Photoshop or Manga Studio feels artificial, and tends to look fairly "digital" as well. It's great if you're a cartoonist, or you're going for a digital feel, but if you're trying to find something that feels more traditional, you're were out of luck until now. We took a look at Rebelle, an artist program that was created to put a traditional spin on the digital medium.
New models use Sony's new 'stacked' Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Sony has today announced two new Cyber-shot models -- the compact RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4) and high-zoom RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2) cameras. The two new 16.8MP models both feature the company's new 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensors with signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip.
Advanced model capable of 4k video, boasts wide ISO
Sony Electronics today introduced its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the 42.4MP α7R II. The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features a back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor1, sensitivity expandable up to ISO 102400, and high speed AF response which Sony claims is up to 40 percent faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection auto focus points.
Camera features Summilux optics, 24MP image sensor, 10 shots per second
Leica Camera has unveiled the first of a new line of digital compact cameras -- the Leica Q. The new model boasts a 24MP full-frame sensor and a high-speed, Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens all contained in a top enclosure machined from solid blocks of aluminium, with a magnesium alloy body.
Portable document scanning, executed very well
Call me old-school, but I have been using a flatbed scanner for most of my scanning needs for the past decade or so. It's enormous, slow, and takes forever to "warm up" -- but it does the job, and it still works across many iterations of OS X. I keep it under my desk most of the time, and resent both the loss of floor space and how much trouble it is to set back up when I do need it. The wireless, battery-powered, portable Fujitsu iX100, then, was a surprise. Did it rise to the challenge and improve on the tried and true? Check our review to find out.
An app that forces still and video images into a horizontal frame
We have captured video of many cool moments on our mobile devices over the year; unfortunately we were holding the device vertically at the time. This is very irritating when it happens; the video is tiny in the screen, and there are those annoying bars on either side. It makes for a disappointing viewing experience, and thus we don't want to share our footage. We don't tend to get very fancy when we take video, but we do want things to be framed nicely. Horizon Camera fixes that problem by forcing the view into a horizontal frame, no matter what position the device is being held at.
A camera roll manager for iOS that's the cat's pajamas
Our mobile devices have a finite amount of storage on them. We might get the one with the largest capacity and think we'll never have enough data to max it out, but we're always wrong. In our case, the thing that tops off our devices' capacity the fastest would be photos. We're pretty good at managing the number of apps, songs, and Zombies, Run! missions, but we're terrible at eliminating all the pictures we take of what row/level we parked on; mostly because deleting images in the Camera Roll is clunky at best. Purrge by AppJester, claims to provide an easier way to manage pictures on the iOS Camera Roll, so lets give it a look.