Light-field camera startup Lytro is rumored to be preparing to release their own Android powered camera in the coming months.
Light-field technology essentially replaces standard lens-sensors with a number of micro-lenses that capture the scene from multiple angles. This allows for improved refocusing and faster image capture.
A few Android device manufacturers have attempted to replicate light-field cameras in the past. Samsung, Sony and Google are a few companies that have created software that aims to replicate the new camera technology.
Samsung will be holding its “Galaxy Premiere 2014” event on Thursday, June 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City — the invitation can be seen above.
You can stream the event live from your computer at www.youtube.com/SamsungMobile if you can’t attend.
Check out a promo video for the event after the break. We’ll be at the Garden Thursday night so stay tuned for updates!
Back in January, Samsung was granted a patent for a foldable tablet. Of course, a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that a product will ever come to fruition, but it appears this one will. Reports out of Korea indicate that Samsung showed such a tablet behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress, and the plan is to make it available next year.
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WakeUp allows you to turn your screen on without the power button
‘Orange Is The New… App?’ Netflix’s hit show makes its way to the Play Store
HTC updates HTC Gallery app to enhance UFocus blur function, other tweaks
While the WiFi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 was released in the U.S. back in February, we didn’t see the LTE version. It seems like that might change, with the device rumored to be coming to T-Mobile.
The rumors suggest that the device will be coming to T-Mobile “later in the summer”. There’s no word yet on pricing, but we know it probably won’t be cheap. The LTE version of the device will allow users to make phone calls, but apart from that it likely won’t be too different from the WiFi version.
LG is being pretty open these days — the company has just announced the release of multiple SDKs for developers to use as they please.
The SDKs include the following:
Netflix has a hit on their hands to accompany House of Cards — it’s called Orange Is The New Black, and it just returned for its second season earlier this month.
As with all great modern shows, a presence on social media and other online areas is absolutely necessary, so the creators are doing all they can to promote the show via a brand new app titled “Orange Is The New App.”
T-mobile announced today that they would be ditching plans to host their June 18th Uncarrier 5.0 event in Los Angeles, and instead moving it to Seattle.
While we still do not know exactly what will be announced at the event, rumors have been floating around. T-Mobile’s Uncarrier plans tend to be permanent and industry changing, so announcements about plans and payment are expected.
After Samsung and HTC had big flagship device reveals earlier this year that included quick, if not immediate, availability of their devices, smartphone buyers hoping to get an LG G3 continue to wait for word on when the device will actually be available. Perhaps to appease the masses, LG has released a whole series of videos highlighting some of the features they are bringing to the market with the LG G3.
HTC has updated their HTC Gallery app to add user adjustability for the UFocus Blur effect. Owners of the HTC One (M8) with HTC’s new Duo Camera know they can just tap on an image to change the focal point. By changing that focal point, the rest of the image is blurred to create a bokeh effect. The new feature adds a slider so that users can customize not only the location of the focal point, but the level of blur that is applied to the rest of the image. Users can now increase the level of blur even more than what the HTC thinks the default should be or decrease it so no additional digital blur is added.
Some people just don’t want or need that expensive smartphone. Sometimes they just want durability. So Boost Mobile customers can now take a look at the Hydro Icon. This Kyocera device, carrying a differently branded name, brings mid-range specifications to Boost Mobile customers for $149.99 without a contract. To protect it, Kyocera made sure it had IP57 certification. This means it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. The Hydro Icon can absorb shock from drops and falls thanks to its Military Standard 810G design. Interestingly enough, the device supports wireless charging right out of the box (PMA standard).
The 4.5-inch display has a qHD resolution and the glass panel itself is touted as being very durable, too. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. If the 8GB of internal storage worried you, there is a microSD card slot to add 32GB. On the back is an 8MP camera and a 2MP one sits on the front. To keep the Hydro Icon going through the day, the 2000mAh battery has some battery saving modes.
Since a European Union court ruled last month that people in their jurisdiction have a “right to be forgotten” everyone has been watching how Google will respond to the court’s requirement that history be censored. Other search engines are impacted by the same ruling, but thus far Google is the only one that has made any move publicly with regard to the ruling. At the end of May Google launched a new online form for people to submit their requests to have results suppressed. Now it appears Google is considering adding language to their search results page to alert users to the fact that the results have been censored in accordance with the European Court’s ruling. The language is expected to be similar to what Google does now when material has been taken down in response to a complaint about copyright infringement.
Google Glass purchases were recently opened up to anyone in the U.S., but the big question has always been…When will it actually be available at the retail level? Well that day might be coming real soon, and AT&T is likely to one such place that you will be able to go and grab one. Unfortunately no other retailers were mentioned, but what we do know is that AT&T will be “one of the first locations,” which implies that they won’t be the only place. However, they could get exclusivity for a limited time.
Have you ever just wanted to turn on your screen without having to hit the power button? Well now you can. A new app in the Play Store by XDA senior member cb56, known as WakeUp allows you to do just that. The app recognizes when you pick up your phone and tilt it toward you and the screen comes on.
You’ll be greeted with a fair amount of customization options such as haptic feedback, tilt sensitivity, and app timeout periods. I haven’t used the app so I can’t say if it has any negative effect on the battery but the app does come with this little warning:
Over the weekend, a report surfaced about someone using Microsoft’s upcoming smartwatch in the wild. Fortunately for us, that means we get to know a little more about the details of the watch and whether or not it’ll still be available for our Android devices.