A new iPhone app aims to blur the lines between photos and video, with Vhoto automagically pulling out the best stills from video clips. The app, handiwork of a former Xbox and Activision engineer among others, aims to change the way that photos are captured by using computer vision to sift through footage and yank out images with good framing, where people are smiling, or that have merit otherwise.
Lytro has revealed a new light field camera, the Lytro Illum, ditching the odd, toy-like appearance of the original in favor of a prosumer design, improved specs, and a price to match. Still offering the ability to refocus images post-capture, using a new sensor technology that Lytro says has "40-megaray" resolution, the Illum's images can also be adjusted for tilt, perspective shift, and depth of field, even if they weren't taken with those factors in mind originally.
HTC has brought in Samsung's former US marketing chief to turbocharge its advertising, hoping to prevent a rerun of 2013 where its flagship HTC One Android phone was eclipsed by the Galaxy media blitz. Paul Golden "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand" during his four year stint at Samsung, his LinkedIn profile claims, but is now acting as a consultant for HTC having left the South Korean firm in January 2012.
HTC is allowing developers to tap into its depth data from the twin cameras on the HTC One M8 smartphone, releasing the Dual Lens SDK that Google has already relied upon to make the Google Play edition of the flagship. The SDK Preview allows access to the depth information the second lens on the back of the One M8 grabs with each shot, and will initially allow for bokeh-style refocusing and HTC's pseudo-3D DimensionPlus manipulation in third-party apps.
Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its new smartphone OS version something more impressive: what started out as an aim to bring the virtual assistant Cortana and the useful Action Center to the platform blossomed in the process to include a whole flurry of tweaks and additions. Question is, has Windows Phone kept its crisp, clean charms while still gaining abilities? We’ve been in deep with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview; read on for our impressions.
Sales of the HTC One M8 have begun in-store at carriers across the US today, with the new flagship Android smartphone turning up at AT&T locations among others. HTC surprised many by putting its new One M8 on sale the very day it was announced, though a brief exclusivity period kept it at Verizon stores only.
HTC has a problem, and it's more than just hemorrhaging cash. The company has confirmed its second consecutive quarter with losses, bleeding around $62.2m as it readied the new HTC One M8 and crossed its collective fingers that 2014 would deliver the turnaround many had hoped - but which failed to transpire - for 2013.
HTC has conceded that it "games" benchmarking tests with the new HTC One M8, though the company argues that the maximum performance squeezed out of the 2014 flagship during profiling should be seen as an advantage, not a cheat. Tests of the One M8 on different versions of popular Android benchmarking tools suggested that HTC was specifically targeting the apps and putting the handset into an extreme mode that wasn't necessarily comparable to what regular apps might run in.
In a relatively unprecedented move for a top-tier smartphone in recent times, HTC has made the HTC One M8 available the same day it’s been revealed to the public. As HTC makes the HTC One M8 (the successor to the HTC One (codename M7) from 2013 their official newest smartphone, they also release it to pre-orders on some carriers and in-store availability in others. This availability includes both USA and UK carrier locations, as well.