Monday, February 03, 2014

TechTalk Feb3

Well Andrew Thomas is back with us, www.digitalnexa.com, and we have a bunch of things to share this week.



 Here is what we looked at.

App of the week -


Together


Together is one app instead of a dozen. It helps you to shoot, organize, edit, cloud-store and share your videos in social networks. Let all your videos be Together, but not in a mess. Oh wait, did we mention it’s completely free to use?
Forget the nightmare of looking for “that hilarious video I shot the other day” and not being able to find it. Enter Together – an easy way to organize your video-library by the criterion of your choice.
So, what are you capable of with Together?
- Organize all your video files in any way you find effective.
- Unite your videos into theme albums and soundtrack! Splice videos, cut them, make a piece of art!
- You can then play content within the album in succession to tell a wholesome video-story!
- Shoot new masterpieces using the built-in Together-camera!
- Feeling creative? You are in charge in Together’s studio: mix videos in each album, cut unnecessary fragments, add music for each clip.
- Share your favorite videos with friends: download your clips to YouTube and social networks in one tap.
- Make use of our unlimited cloud storage: synchronize your whole video-collection with the cloud and across different devices!





Swiftkey finally comes to the iphone, plus it has evernote integration




Highly and frustratingly addictive game on iphone



PURE Jongo T2  (115 pounds) 799dhs SharafDG


Connecting the T2 to your router is as simple as holding down the power button, joining its temporary wireless network and then configuring it to connect to your own network. Unlike Sonos, which uses its own proprietary mesh wireless system, you're limited to the areas of your house with wireless coverage. Once synchronised, you must open Pure Connect on an Android or iOS device to stream music. You can add extra Jongo units with a tap of the Wi-Fi button – it will recognise your initial unit and set itself up accordingly.



Sony Cyber-shot DSCQX100 499$ 1839Dhs
-very cool and very odd
-internal memory card or the app for the phone
  • Drive System

    • Shutter Speeds : iAuto (4 - 1/2000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000)
    • Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec.
  • Exposure System

    • Exposure Compensation : +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
    • Exposure Settings : [Still] Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode
    • Metering Modes : Multi Pattern
    • ISO : [Still Image] ISO160-6400(iAuto), ISO160-25600(Superior Auto), ISO160-3200(Program Auto), ISO160-3200(Aperture Priority)
    • ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 160 - 3200)
    • White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / Flash / C. Temp., Filter / Custom
  • Focus Control

    • AF Modes : Single-shot AF / Manual Focus / Touch AF
    • Focus System : Contrast-detect AF
  • Imaging Sensor

    • Processor : BIONZ® image processor
    • Pixel Gross : 20.9M pixels (approx.)
    • Color Filter System : RGB primary color mosaic filters
    • Imaging Sensor : 1.0" Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • Interface

    • NFC : Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
    • Tripod Mount : Yes
    • USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed
    • Wi-Fi : Yes
    • A/V Remote Terminal : Multi/Micro USB Terminal*6 , Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
  • Optics/Lens

    • Optical Zoom : 3.6x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
    • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
    • Lens Construction : 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens)
    • Aperture (Max.) : F1.8 (W), F4.9 (T)
    • Steady Shot Mode:Active : [Still image] Optical SteadyShot(TM) Image stabiization [Movie] Optical SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization with Active Mode
    • Clear Image Zoom : 3.6x
    • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 3:2] f = 28-100mm [Still Image 16:9] f = 29-105mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 30-108mm [Still Image 1:1] f = 36-127mm [Movie 16:9] f = 29-105mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33-120mm (SteadyShot®Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 36-128mm (SteadyShot® Standard), f = 41-146mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
    • Aperture Blade : Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
  • Power

    • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-BN (3.6V)
    • Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.2W
    • Number of Still Images : Approx. 200 images
  • Recording

    • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone
    • Still Image Size 1:1 : L: 13M (3,648 x 3,648) S: 3.7M (1,920 x 1,920)
    • Video Mode : MP4: 12M (1440 x 1080, 30 fps)
    • Color Space : sRGB
    • Still Image Size 16:9 : L: 17M (5,472 x 3,080) S: 4.2M (2,720 x 1,528)
    • Still Image Size 3:2 : L:20M (5,472 x 3,648) S:5M (2,736 x 1,824)
    • Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF compatible
    • Media Type : Memory Stick Micro / microSD Memory Card / microSDHC Memory Card
    • Still Image Size 4:3 : L:18M(4,864 x 3,648) S: 5M(2,592 x 1,944)
  • Service and Warranty Information

    • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & 90 days labor
  • Weights and Measurements

    • Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' x 2 1/8'' (62.5mm x 62.5mm x 52.2mm )
    • Weight (Approx.) : With Battery and Memory Stick_micro 0lb 6.3oz (179.0g)
    • Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : 0lb 3.2oz. (90g)








connect to your phone via WiFi, which is fast enough for transfers, but a bit inconsistent when it comes to framing shots. There's a noticeable delay, and while we were able to look past it with the QX10, given that that model is designed for casual use, it's a significant issue with the QX100, which for all intents and purposes is a top-shelf device. The second issue, for the bigger model in particular, is its size. The QX100 was designed to accommodate larger components, and the addition is substantial. This is BIG.
As for operation, you're still going to do everything on the phone.




NEWS


Lenovo wants to be #1



Lenovo Chief Executive Yuanqing Yang said his company purchased Motorola with the goal of surpassing Apple and Samsung, the current leaders in the smartphone market.
Earlier this week, Google agreed to sell parts of Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Combining Motorola and Lenovo's smartphone businesses would put Lenovo just behind Samsung and Apple.
Asked Thursday by CNN Money if Lenovo can catch up to Apple and Samsung, Yang said, "Definitely, over time. Our mission is to surpass them."





How to make money off of tweets!


Twitter and CNN have unveiled a new tool that will help journalists identify breaking news soon after it happens.
The new tool, developed in partnership among CNN, Twitter, and the social analytics companyDataminr, is designed to identify potentially breaking news as it's "emerging on Twitter in real time."
While any journalist can see news bubbling up on Twitter through their feeds, the new tool, calledDataminr for News, will analyze tweets in real time and identify potential breaking news while it's still in its early stages.
Though there's certainly the potential for false news to break through with a tool like this, Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey told TechCrunch, which reported the news ahead of the official announcement, that the system was designed to examine things like whether there is corroboration for a report. The tool is expected to be made available to all journalists later this year, though a price hasn't been announced.


Facebook Updating iPhone App


Facebook unveiled its latest effort at engaging users today, a new iPhone app called Paper that will be released Monday. Unlike Facebook’s existing smartphone app, which is purely functional, and the irritating mobile experience of Facebook Home, this one looks beautiful and easy to use.
Paper looks like a cross between your existing Facebook news feed and a news reader app, with both status updates from friends and news stories. The app eschews buttons and menus in favor of simple swiping gestures. Instead of the standard news feed you see large images that you can tilt your phone to reveal more of, auto-playing videos, and status updates that fill the display.
You are encouraged to consume content from outside of Facebook without leaving Paper, by choosing categories of online media you’d like to see in addition to your usual news feed items. Each of those categories - such as food, photography, sports, and science - can be leafed through like a tiny magazine.


Google Keeping Motorola team that came up with modular phone.
Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, but the Silicon Valley company will be keeping the Motorola team responsible for several futuristic projects.
Following the official announcement of the Motorola acquisition, Lenovo confirmed that Google will retain Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, according to The Verge. That team of nearly 100 is responsible for Project Ara, a build-your-own-phone concept announced by Motorola last year.





May actually buy a pebble watch





FUN


Someone has launched www.hashtagmydubai.com - i wonder who?


Check this puppy out!


Learning labs!


Music can be fun and I want one!




Wish you could easily craft a musical instrument out of whatever you have lying around the house? You'll get that opportunity if Yuri Suzuki's team at Dentaku brings its crowdfunded Ototo kit to market. The synthesizer turns any conductive material into an instrument, changing its sound based on the nature of the object. An eggplant will carry a different tune than tinfoil, for instance. You can take greater control of your performance through optional light-, touch- and even breath-sensitive sensors; the gadget also connects to computers through USB if you'd like to use it as a MIDI controller. It will take a minimum £45 pledge ($74 plus $8 in shipping) to reserve Ototo ahead of its planned launch in June, but it may be worth the expense if you're tired of conventional music-making.



Encryption with a twist! Honey Encription


Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography protecting our sensitive data: trickery.
“Decoys and deception are really underexploited tools in fundamental computer security,” Juels says. Together with Thomas Ristenpart of the University of Wisconsin, he has developed a new encryption system with a devious streak. It gives encrypted data an additional layer of protection by serving up fake data in response to every incorrect guess of the password or encryption key. If the attacker does eventually guess correctly, the real data should be lost amongst the crowd of spoof data.


Virtual Lego/ Google and it is cool!
Think back: you’ve just dumped a bin of LEGOR bricks onto the floor with a satisfying crash, and you have the whole day ahead of you to build whatever you want. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks.


Well, we think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins—which is the idea behind Build with Chrome, a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group that brought these colorful bricks to the web usingWebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now we’re opening it up to everybody. So now you can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.

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