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Eye-Fi launches new desktop transfer function

Eye-Fi (www.eyefi.com), the global leader in digital camera connectivity, today launches its new desktop transfer, a function that allows Mobi users to instantly send photos and videos from a Eye-Fi Mobi WiFi SD card to a Windows or Mac desktop.

By simplifying the process between capturing and sharing, this free update comes as an expansion to Eye-Fi’s already established wireless sharing range. Previously only available to mobile devices, the new update now includes all desktop computers. Users can transfer video and images wirelessly, resulting in instant viewing and use with editing tools such as Adobe Lightroom or Aperture  – simply by clicking a button.

“Thanks to insightful customer feedback, we thought the next step to take for the brand would be to add a desktop transfer function,” said Sam Hui, VP Product Management of Eye-Fi. “Instant sharing to desktop simplifies the transfer process, resulting in users being able to spend more time focusing on taking photos – not managing them.”

The Eye-Fi Mobi desktop transfer for Windows and Mac offers the same reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:

  • Simple setup: Once installed, simply enter the Mobi card’s unique 10-digit activation code, and your WiFi enabled computer is paired to your Mobi card. Use the same activation code to pair with multiple desktops and mobile devices as needed.
  • Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no WiFi network, hotspot or home Internet connection is needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi transfers photos from a camera to the intended device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
  • Works with cameras users already know (and love): Mobi works in thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability.
  • Backs up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they’re taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on your mobile or desktop.

Eye-Fi Mobi desktop transfer for Windows and Mac is available in English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish and Italian and is free to Eye-Fi Mobi card users.  Desktop transfer requires Windows 7 or 8 Pro or OS X 10.8 or higher with WiFi capability. Download it at http://www.eyefi.com/go/pr/download.

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Interview with Hang W/ Co-Founder Andrew Maltin

Social media is still on the rise and many still struggle to understand what it is or how to effectively use it in their personal or business life.  There are various types of users out there, whether you are a blogger, news outlet, politician or music artist, social media can be a great way to share information and engage with your fans for example.  Social media does not end at just 140 characters or image sharing, it can be more engaging to use live video streaming to engage with users.

Hang W/ aims to help users engage with others with a live video stream platform that is available on mobile, users can be alerted when you go live, have the opportunity to chat with you and amongst other viewers and it can even be played back after the live view session.  We sat down with Andrew Maltin, one of the co founders of Hang W/ to see how 50 cent a prominent rapper’s involvement has helped grow their platform.

Andrew Maltin -  CEO and Co-Founder at Hang With, Inc Andrew Maltin -
CEO and Co-Founder at Hang With, Inc

Q: Briefly tell us a little about your background

AM: Back in 2008 my business partner and I were looking to build some apps for some clients. After extensive research we found the app industry was like walking into the wild west. It was in it’s infancy. We saw the app industry as being similar to the dot com era of the 90’s. We did extensive research and hired the best developers out there and formed MEDL Mobile. Fast forward 6 years and have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world such as New York Times, Experian, Disney, Emirates Airlines, Monster and Hyundai. Additionally, in 2012 we incubated Hang w/.

Q: Tell us a about Hang w/. What’s it all about? What was the inspiration behind it?

AM: Hang w/ was built to solve a problem. Social Media is becoming fake. Professional Twitter teams and Facebook posting services are growing and authenticity in social media is shrinking. We see live social video as a solution to this problem and that’s why Hang w/ was born.

Hang w/ let’s users to broadcast up to 9 minutes of live uninterrupted video to unlimited number of mobile devices, web, or directly to Facebook.

You can’t fake live. What you see is what you get. We’ve seen that social media is great for letting people know what happened in the past. Where were you last night? Who did you get together with yesterday? What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Hang w/ is different because people are together in a moment. The broadcaster sets the stage by putting out a broadcast – and then dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people can join in that very moment. The viewers are seeing what the broadcaster is seeing RIGHT NOW. And viewers have the ability to chat – which makes the entire experience feel more communal and connected. We believe Hang w/ brings people together to spend time “with” each other from all over the world.

Q: What makes Hang w/ stand out from competitor apps such as U-Stream?

AM: Hang w/ is more like a live video twitter with a more edgier/raw feel to it. We are keen for people to become internet stars in their own right using Hang w/.

Many of the celebs using Hang w/ are known to pop into people’s broadcasts to say hello. A long distance runner from LA was using Hang w/ to share her story about running 3000 miles across the USA in aid of veterans when super producer Timbaland commented on her broadcast and donated some money to help fund it. Now that’s really cool!

Hang w/ is being positioned as an app for celebs to deeper connect with their fans and give behind the scenes access which fans are not usually privy to. We have seen celebs broadcast  live from the red carpet ,sports locker rooms, movie and tv news sets and even inside a hospital shortly before giving birth!

Q: Since rapper 50 Cent has become involved with Hang w/ what impact has this had on your business? Does he like to take on a hands on role with Hang w/?

AM: Having someone as high profile as 50 Cent involved has been great for Hang w/. 50 Cent has truly embraced the platform, He recently did an exclusive concert at South by South West in Texas and broadcasted live on Hang w/. It was like being there and viewers who tuned in said that it felt like they had front row access seats!

50 Cent has said that Hang w/ fits seamlessly into his overall business strategy and is keen to use it to promote his music and business ventures moving forward.

Q: How many active users does Hang w/ currently have and what’s on the horizon for Hang w/?

AM: Hang w/ recently announced 1 million downloads in just 9 months after release and that figure is growing rapidly. It was released faster than Twitter at 24 months, Pinterest at 20 months, Foursquare at 13 months and even Facebook at 10 months. The company is working on numerous updates to Hang w/ on iPhone and Android which we think people will love!

Hang w/ also debuted a early beta of Hang w/ on Google Glass at CES in Las Vegas in January.

We have over 300 celebs using Hang w/ including the likes of Lucy Hale, Larry The Cable Guy, Timbaland, 50 Cent and Jamie Kennedy. New celebs are signing up every day and we are actively looking to bring more on to mix things up and keep things fresh.

Q: As times goes by more and more users will use Hang w/. What measures are you putting in place to make sure the app can handle millions of broadcasts at any given time without lag or buffering within the app? 

AM: Hang w/ was in stealth development for over two uses and was built with the infrastructure to handle millions of people using it and to scale accordingly.

Andrew Thank you for your time and all the best with Hang W/.

Hang W/ can be downloaded on both Android and iOS 

Lytro Unveils World’s Fastest Light Field Camera and Software Platform http://gdgts.by/1jDbh15 http://www.gadgetsboy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/lytroillum.png

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Lytro Unveils World’s Fastest Light Field Camera and Software Platform

Lytro, Inc. revealed today its powerful vision for the future of photography with the unveiling of LYTRO ILLUM, a light field camera and software platform designed to redefine the way we portray the world around us. Built to harness the full power of the light field, the professional-grade LYTRO ILLUM will give photographers a new medium capable of capturing visual experiences in their purest form — not as a static cross-section of reality but an authentic, interactive window into their world.

The camera paves the way for an immersive brand of storytelling in which images can be brought to life in multiple dimensions through Light Field Photography — a transformative new category that empowers artistic creation and expression beyond what is possible in the 2D world of digital and film. In capturing the colour, intensity and direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, LYTRO ILLUM provides a massive amount of visual information that allows photographers to recreate sights and scenes on a truly experiential canvas.

lytroillum

To enable such rich, layered compositions, LYTRO ILLUM delivers unparalleled optical versatility by merging custom-built hardware with a powerful software platform. The camera offers a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom range, constant f/2.0 aperture and a high-speed shutter capable of freezing motion under a wide variety of conditions. After image capture, the innovative software platform empowers photographers to adjust aspects of images that were previously fixed, such as focus, tilt, perspective shift and depth of field, which allows the photographer to create images that will resonate for the viewer not just in one dimension, but in every dimension.

LYTRO ILLUM’s totally unique photographic experience reflects the technological revolution around virtual reality and 3D graphics as powerful new storytelling formats in the Digital Age. In the hands of creative pioneers, the camera is a catalyst for a transformational shift in which the world will increasingly look for opportunities to craft a more immersive artistic experience.

In addition to enabling post-capture image adjustments, LYTRO ILLUM’s proprietary software platform enables users to view images in 3D, build custom animations, export images into common formats like JPEG and share to the Web or mobile devices. LYTRO ILLUM’s workflow is also compatible with existing photo-editing suites like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple’s Aperture software, allowing creative pioneers to use the tools they already know and love.

As part of the launch, Lytro is offering a variety of exclusive opportunities to those who pre-order the camera before July 15. In addition to receiving a specially-engraved LYTRO ILLUM for a special introductory price of $1,499 and an extended two-year warranty, they’ll be eligible to join an inner circle of Lytro users with insider access to product development insight and support. Even after the product ships, this nucleus of early adopters will continue to receive ground-floor insight and training from the Lytro team, with opportunities to contribute to exclusive developmental projects.

As part of their status as early adopters, individuals who pre-order will have the opportunity to submit their own photo series to earn a spot in the Ultimate Lytro Photo Experience — a once-in-a-lifetime trip to shoot alongside a prominent photographer on an all-expense paid photo shoot. The Lytro team and this pro photographer partner will be on hand to provide high-caliber, hands-on training and practice for getting the most out of LYTRO ILLUM. As the larger photography community gets acquainted with this new style of digital art, these early adopters will have an inside edge on techniques for producing cutting-edge Light Field Photography.

For more information about LYTRO ILLUM, please visit Lytro.com/camera. For a demonstration of interactive living pictures, visit the Lytro Picture Gallery here.

LYTRO ILLUM Technical specs

Camera

  • Custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent)
  • Constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range
  • 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter
  • Extreme close-focus macro capability
  • Combination of tactile-controls and smartphone-class, articulating touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 86mm x 145mm x 166mm; 940 grams
  • Hot shoe supports all leading flashes

Software Platform

  • Integrated workflow with leading photo software from Adobe and Apple
  • Interactive depth feedback display
  • Virtual camera controls in post-processing, including aperture focus and perspective adjustments and physically accurate tilt control
  • Instantly displays 3D photos on 3D-capable devices
  • Integrated sharing to leading social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
  • Library of drag-and-drop cinematic animations, including pan, zoom, focus, perspective shift
  • Workflow is compatible with existing photo-editing suites like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple’s Aperture software
HTC One (M8) Review, if looks were everything…. http://gdgts.by/1mr6Xoo http://www.gadgetsboy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/htcone-m8-review.png

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HTC One (M8) Review, if looks were everything….

HTC One M8 is a very good looking device, its covered in metal and offers dual camera for capturing all the details but are those features that makes the M8 unique good or mediocre? Its predecessor earned various awards for best smart phone or the best Android smart phone for 2013, will the HTC’s new flagship device win awards again this year? and will it translate into sales for HTC?

HTC One (M8) Unboxing and First Look

Android devices are becoming very similar in specifications, besides having the same operating system they now have to find innovative ways to stand out and make buyers’ money worthwhile, especially in other areas such as camera, design and features.

The HTC One M8 runs on Android KitKat 4.4 and uses some of the latest technology when it comes to processing power and graphics chip, it uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600mAh battery. The 801 processor aims to help smart phones run efficiently meaning it should be less power hungry hence why you might notice the 2,600mAh battery and not something bigger.

The M8′s predecessor won various awards mainly because of their design efforts , therefore it would be silly of them not to continue improving on the Aluminium body they used perviously. The M8 comes with a full one piece Aluminium body which makes it feel premium but also adding some weight onto it, it weighs around 160g and although it is larger at 5′ with onscreen bottom keys, the hTc logo still takes up unnecessary space, HTC could have done without it there and make it fully large.

Elsewhere on the front is a 5MP wide angle camera which during out tests performed very well and its great for selfies and recoding videos or maybe Skype calls. They have also included a micro SD card slot so you can now expand the memory with up to 128GB of memory card, which is a much needed improvement from the M7.

On the back of the M8 is where the big deal is this year, HTC continues to use the same 4MP Ultra Pixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture found on the M7, the upgrade or update made here is the additional sensor above the camera and the dual tone led flash.

HTC One (M8) Camera Samples

Front Camera

Low Light

The aim of the additional sensor is to make the camera faster as focusing, the light for adding or bringing out the best colours in low light situation. The Camera captures great low light images and the extra sensor allows for extra features such as UFocus for refocusing after picture is taken or add 3D/parallax type of effect.

Camera UI

The camera interface also comes with new manual controls so you can manually set the ISO, White balance, exposure, metering and focus. Other settings includes landscape, portrait, adding filters and more.

Just like its predecessor, it also comes with IR blaster and with HTC sense TV you can control your TV, Set top box or HiFi systems which can be very handy at times. It also allows you to keep track of your favourite programs on TV and more.

Blinkfeed has been improved with the option to add more news outlets and you can also link it with FitBit Flex to keep track of your steps and well-being all on your blink feed.

HTC Boomsound which comprises of the two frontal stereo speaker is also best I have heard on any smartphone and makes watching movies and TV series a joy; it offers good sound quality for any genre of music or even when used as loudspeaker for phone calls it sounds better than other smartphones out there.

The HTC One (M8) comes with HTC new Android iteration, the Sense 6.0 which offers new gestures and tap to wake function for example, other addition includes:

HTC Sense 6.0 Features:

  • Motion Launch gestures: “Allow Motion Launch gestures to wake screen”
  • Double tap: “Pick up the phone in portrait orientation and double tap to wake”
  • Swipe left: “Pick up the phone in portrait orientation and swipe left to wake phone and launch widget panel”
  • Swipe right: “Pick up the phone in portrait orientation and swipe right to wake phone and launch BlinkFeed”
  • Swipe up: “Pick up the phone in portrait orientation and swipe up to unlock”
  • Volume buttons (in landscape): “Pick up the phone in landscape orientation and press the volume button to wake phone and launch the camera app”
  • There’s also swipe gestures which allow you to switch between the front and rear cameras with ease. There’s a bunch of new settings for your selfies alongside Pan 360 and more video options.

Conclusion:

The M8 is a great addition to the One family, it offers good camera for all occasions although it performs better at low light tests in comparison to competitors; it captures more detail with its extra camera sensor and offers option to add after effects to images. The build quality is strong, sexy and the UI is easy to use with uncluttered settings structure; the M8 sports the best speakers on any smartphone to date.  If you were spending over £500 or signing up for a 24 months agreement for a smartphone, it is one of the few smartphones that will not feel out dated in at least 18 months time.