A new app for Google Glass addresses one of the most common complaints for Explorers using it as a wearable camera: the fact that you don't see what you've photographed until after its happened. Glass, in its standard form, only displays the results from the camera after the photo has been taken: while video recording gets a live preview in the eyepiece, still photos only pop up once they've been taken, making for issues at times with framing. Now, thanks to a new beta app from Paul O'Brien, there's another option.
High-quality aerial photos taken with sub-100g quadcopters and from cameras mustering less than a megapixel in resolution could make panoramic photography far more accessible, affordable, and flexible, one researcher has discovered. Whereas traditional approaches to aerial imagery have relied on heavy, high-resolution cameras which demand professional operation, Camille Goudeseune of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went to the other extreme, using near-disposable quadcopters that are effectively toys and software cleverness to stitch together multiple frames from cheap video cameras around 640 x 360 in resolution.
Popular Android tweak tool CyanogenMod Installer has been pulled from the Google Play store, after developers Cyanogen were warned by Google that if they didn't yank it, the search giant would. Released earlier this month, the CyanogenMod Installer Application effectively opens up an Android device to easier installation of the CyanogenMod package itself; as we ourselves found, it could take a regular Android phone to a modded one in just minutes. However, Google now says, it's encouraging users to void their device warranties, and has to go.
We mentioned yesterday that hacker group Anonymous had issued a threat against the Singapore government. Word has now surfaced that a Singapore newspaper blog site owned by The Straits Times was hacked by a person claiming to be associated with Anonymous. The newspaper says that it removed the page from a website that features blog posts by staff writers.
Grand Theft Auto and Glass may be more commonly about the broken variety than Google's wearable, but that hasn't stopped one developer from cooking up some head-up map integration between the game and the headset. Mike DiGiovanni's realtime GPS for Grand Theft Auto 3 on Glass may only work with the third installment of the game, not the latest - billion-dollar selling - GTA5, but its potential is clear: a live map showing your progress floating in the corner of your vision, rather than forcing you to take your attention away from the main action.
Some unnamed United States government officials have revealed Iranian hackers infiltrated an unclassified Navy computer system over recent weeks, gaining access to the system used for email and an internal intranet. While the Pentagon has not commented on the information, the officials state that it isn't believed the hackers managed to acquire any information "of significant value".
The iPhone 5s handset's Touch ID feature has drawn quite a bit of attention on both sides of the positive and negative spectrum, as well as speculation about how long it would take for someone to hack it. Such a mission has been given a new large incentive, with a crowdfunding campaign kicking off on Twitter offering a variety of bounties for a hacker who finds a bug.
CyanogenMod, perhaps the best known custom Android firmware developer, has announced it has evolved into a company, Cyanogen Inc., to offer "a mobile OS by the users, for the users". The new company will aim to cut down the pain involved in actually installing the custom ROM to a device, with a new installer - that will supposedly support nearly 100 different Android devices - attempting to streamline what company co-founder Steve Kondik describes as "a daunting process for mere mortals."
Vodafone Germany has confirmed that about 2 million customer accounts have been compromised as a result of a recent server attack. Vodafone has said they are already working with the authorities and that a possible suspect has been identified. While that name hasn't been released to the public, there was talk of how the person behind the attack may have had "insider knowledge."