Sony officially releases perfume-esque selfie camera

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Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.
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Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

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Automattic, the company behind the creation of WordPress, has added an app to the Play Store called “Selfies.”

The app does pretty much what you’d expect it to. Nothing  too fancy, but its simplicity might be its strength.

“Selfies” lets users take selfies, caption and filter them, and share them into a stream that can be seen by other users. So basically it’s Instagram for selfies but with a much smaller user base. You can also react to other people’s selfies with your own selfies, adding a Snapchat-like feature to the app.

The chances that this app hits the big time and catches on with the masses is pretty low (considering the saturation of the selfies app market), but the app is still in its infancy, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a photo gallery of screenshots.


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Android L’s new camera API will come with several new features

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Google is overhauling a ton of things in Android L, one of which will be the camera API. Fortunately, this means you can expect to see several new features and improvements to the standard Android camera application, which has honestly been lacking up to this point.

The biggest thing to come from this new camera API will be pure performance. Thanks to better synchronization between the physical camera and the software, devices should be able to capture better images as well as 30 FPS videos at full resolution. The Nexus 5 on Android L, for instance, can capture a 30 FPS, 8 megapixel video, which is a big improvement over what it could do on previous versions of Android. 
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New teaser videos from LG give us an official look at the LG G3

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As we head into a long holiday weekend ahead of LG’s launch event for the LG G3, the company has released some videos on their Korean YouTube channel to tease the device. If all of the leaked images have left you wondering how accurate they may be, you may want to check out these official shots of the device. The most telling of the videos is the one highlighting the design of the LG G3 as it provides a nice shot of the device. The other two videos highlight the G3′s QHD display and the camera, although there is not much to tell from the videos.

You can check out all three videos after the break.
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Google’s Project Tango on its way to an upcoming tablet

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Google’s Project Tango has shown a lot of promise in its abilities to handle advanced vision capabilities , and it appears that Tango will be appearing on an upcoming tablet this year.

Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.


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QuickCamera brings Moto X camera launching gestures to all Android phones

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A unique feature to the Moto X was its camera launching gesture that allowed a user to twist their wrist twice to quickly open up the camera application. The gesture saved a bit of time and shortcut space, so it’s easy to see why it was well-received on the X.

XDA user ssrij decided that the Moto X camera gesture was cool enough that there would be demand for it on other devices, so after weeks of tweaking and experimenting, he’s released an alpha version of QuickCamera on the Play Store that mimics Motorola’s intuitive gesture.
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Galaxy K teased by Samsung on Instagram post

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom showed off some really impressive specs last year as a super-niche device for photo-snappers everywhere. While we don’t have an official name on the phone’s successor yet, we currently know it as a Galaxy K device.

In order to start the hype, Samsung has posted a video on its Instagram account,  featuring a zoomed in shot of the Red Dot Design Museum.

The caption on the post reads ‘Meet #TheNextGALAXY. Join us for a live update on April 29 at 11AM SGT.’

Stay tuned tomorrow for the update from Samsung and hit the link below for the Instagram post.

Source: Samsung Mobile Instagram

Samsung suggesting hardware replacements for Galaxy S 5 camera failure

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Samsung has issued a statement regarding the Galaxy S 5s that have been suffering the camera failure bug. The bug manifests itself as a popup message error when the camera is launched, and it’s not really clear if it’s a hardware or software problem. Reboots and factory resets don’t seem to fix the problem, so it looks a lot like hardware failure. It seems to primarily affect Verizon devices, but there have been reports about other carrier devices being affected.
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Photo samples taken from OnePlus One’s camera surface online

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After OnePlus’s Photomania contest, one of the lucky winners took the opportunity to post a set of high resolution photos taken from the OnePlus One camera in different conditions.

The images have an impressive amount of detail along with a decent bokeh. They boast a massive resolution of 8160 x 6120 and weigh approximately 10MB in size. It must be noted that the person who shot these pictures wasn’t a professional photographer, he was rather an ordinary person who got lucky by winning the contest and put the device’s camera to test.

Take a look below at some of the sample pictures and you’ll find more by going to source link provided at the end.  
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Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

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When Google released their Camera app on Google Play earlier today for users who have Android 4.4, one of the new features noted was something called Lens Blur. This is a new mode Google has introduced that enables a software based shallow depth of field. One of the main uses of a shallow depth of field is to create a bokeh effect where the primary subject of a photo is in focus while the background is blurred. HTC recently enabled this in their new HTC One (M8) through hardware consisting of a dual camera system. Google’s new Camera app achieves this entirely with software.
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