Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon system on a chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 800, has already appeared in Android phones, and it’s only a matter of time before Windows Phone devices get it too.
The blog TechTastic thinks that time is going to arrive sooner than later, as they’ve spotted what appears to be a Nokia Lumia device sporting the Snapdragon S4 MSM8974 chip.
The site examined a number of Nokia developer pages that list devices using the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chip.
A leaked image from a WWDC developer session is making the rounds, showing that the Voice Memo app that isn’t currently included in the iOS 7 Beta 1 will make an appearance in a future release.
Also, a tipster tells us the release notes for the first iOS 7 Beta mention the Voice Memo app:
Voice Memos – Known Issues
A new report suggests that LG is preparing a new smartphone that will support “always-on voice commands.” According to Gotta Be Mobile
, the company will launch an Android smartphone in 2014 that will allow users to issue voice commands without being required to touch the screen first. The feature, which is built-in to Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, can be activated by saying “hello” to the device. The chip is even capable of learning a device owners voice to prevent others from using the feature. Current voice features such as Siri require users to press a button or enter a specific application before issuing a command. Despite the “always-on” requirement, Qualcomm has said that the feature won’t impact a device’s battery life.
Even though Apple has released iOS 7 beta out in the public for iPhone, it has not shown how it will look on the iPad. There is some ways on how you can hack the iPad’s simulator to see how it looks on Apple’s tablet. To that, copy.
Applications/iPhone Simulator.app/Contents/Resources/Devices/iPad (Retina).deviceinfo
This will fire up the simulator and from there, select iPad Retina as your device. Of course, this requires you to own a Mac and Xcode, which means if you are not into programming or own a Mac, simply do not even bother.
Cinematography has hugely benefited from the technology advancement camera equipment has seen in the past few years. But a camera system which is being developed by the Ishikawa Oku Lab, University of Tokyo, is truly unique. This camera is able to track a very fast moving object and keeps it at the centre of the screen and continuously maintains focus on it. For a camera to do something similar it has to move continuously which needs predicting the movement of the object and doing so the resultant video is often blurry and out of focus. But this camera system uses two moving mirrors and a group of lenses to produce amazing HD videos.
In the demonstration video the camera tracks a ping pong ball in real time, the output video looks as if it’s digitally rendered, surreal! Moving and rotating mirrors are quite common but this system has it in the front which lets it take really wide angle shots. It captures and processes an image every 1/1000th of a second which makes it blazingly fast and extremely stable. The researchers believe the system will be ready for commercial usage in two years and has the potential to completely transform the sports broadcasting. Imagine tracking a golf ball or a baseball with such steady focus, it’ll kickass!
[Via - Diginfo]
Got a photogenic cat? Then show the world your precious kitty by letting your pet take its own selfies with the help of the Snapcat app. Once you fire it up, a red dot will appear on the screen. In theory, your cat will be transfixed by this dot and will bat at it with its paw. This action will signal your front-facing camera to snap a picture of your feline companion while its at play. What could be cuter or more adorable than that?
Once the photo has been taken, you can then add filters or stickers to glam it up. When you’re done editing the shot, you can easily share it with your friends and family on social networks like EyeEm, Facebook, and Twitter.