Sony unveils the Exmor RS IMX230 with high-speed autofocus for smartphone cameras

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Sony just took the wraps off of the Exmor RS IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other mobile devices. It is the first CMOS image sensor for smartphones that sport an “onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects.”

What the hell does that mean? It means the new camera will do a much better job at capturing fast moving objects with high-speed autofocus. Anyone with kids knows what I am talking about, but don’t forget animals and sporting events. The IMX230 features 21.7 megapixels, and a 192-point autofocus, which is better than the previous generation’s 172.

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[New Android Wear App] Display Brightness for Wear calculates brightness based on location

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Not all Android Wear devices have an ambient light sensor. Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, Android Wear’s inaugural devices, shipped without one. The Motorola Moto 360 became the first in its class to do so. So it can be tedious to constantly manage the brightness rather than having the device do it automatically. For those without an ambient light sensor, there is Display Brightness for Wear. According to its Play Store listing, it “uses the coarse location to calculate sunrise and sunset times, as well as the Google Play Services activity detection API to automatically set the display brightness.” When the sun goes down, the brightness will be way down low. When the sun is up, it will adjust according to the user’s activity. Brightness levels for particular activities can be adjusted manually as well.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Motorola Spotlight announces new “Duet” short

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Motorola Spotlight has been one of the phone manufacture’s most under utilized apps. Until now, the animation viewer that lets you control the camera only had one new story, but they’re soon coming out with a new “Duet” short. It’s based on the Oscar-nominated short of the same name, after the company teamed up with director Glen Keane., who is a former Disney animator. 

The Spotlight story will follow Mia and Tosh as they grow from babies to adults, and (obviously) fall in love. It’s not available quite yet, as its hyped as coming soon, but download the update via the link below and check it out when it’s released. Also check out the preview video past the break.

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Google is about to take over Times Square

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Well “take over” might be a little strong, but Google will definitely be making a presence in Times Square. Tomorrow night will mark the birth of the biggest and most expensive digital sign in Times Square. It is almost as big as a football field, and has better resolution than the best TVs with close to 24 million LED pixels.

It appears a number of advertisers will be able to utilize the sign at the same time as long as they cough up $2.5 million for four weeks, but Google will be the exclusive advertiser from November 24 through the New Year.

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Not all devices will take advantage of Lollipop’s new camera API

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new camera API that allows the capture of RAW photos. Many people have noticed the change with the Nexus 5, but those with a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 haven’t. The reason is that it’s hardware based. Devices that use a processor for image processing that is not part of the SoC (external ISP) will not be able to take advantage of it. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 7’s fall into that category.

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Nexus 4 Lollipop OTA Zip file now available to download and install

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We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.

Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.

We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.

source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T

Skype now available in a web browser without downloading any apps

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Skype has announced that they’re finally detangling the video chat service from its traditional Windows or OS X desktop program and offering it in beta through a web browser.

Skype for Web will let you quickly sign into the service on Skype’s web page and immediately begin making video calls without having to download any apps or programs. According to the Skype page, you can get the service started on any modern web browser, but it specifically mentions Chrome for Windows. That’s good news for Chrome users, but the wording of the support page makes it sound like Chromebooks are going to be excluded.  Read more