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The current implementation of Google Lens only seems to provide information about existing photos “That is the Great Wall of China. It was built...” No kidding, I took the photo and know where I was. As the App does want access to photos, contacts, location history and to backup photos (which you can refuse to grant) and requires a Google account, I think I’ll just pass. If they implement a live camera view maybe later.
But nice to see Google supporting the most secure mobile OS in existence.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 10:01 UTC as 1st comment

De Minimis Non Curat Lex
The law does not care about trivial things

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 02:55 UTC as 2nd comment

The precedent was set by Lenovo

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 12:14 UTC as 23rd comment

I always stop reading 3-4 words after “Kickstarter”...

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 04:25 UTC as 1st comment
On article FLM unveils Berlin 38.4 carbon tripod on Indiegogo (50 comments in total)

Kudos to an company on Indiegogo or Kickstarter that actially comes out with the product.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 11:02 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Obviously never submitted an iOS app to the iTunes Store. The file, once submitted, is automatically run through some sort of automatic code review, to apparently help ensure no nefarious intent. This takes quite a while. In the Google Play Store, submission takes only a few seconds. This could be one reason why there have been literally hundreds of Android apps that have done anything from address book harvesting to password theft. And “proof of concept” means just that: he proved it could in theory work. In practice, no. iOS is still the most secure mobile operating system. That’s why many Fortune 500 companies do not allow Android OS phones for work.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:43 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

As soon as I saw “Kickstarter” I stopped reading.
More and more tech-related KS projects are failing each month it seems.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 15:44 UTC as 3rd comment
On article WiBotic PowerPad brings wireless charging to drones (12 comments in total)

At that distance from the induction coil (you’d have to install in the drone) the efficiency loss would be 75% or more as opposed to just 30%.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 1st comment

Here’s why I hate wireless charging: 30% energy loss.
What a waste for a perceived convenience...

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 15:32 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

The only comment here is they may be given authority, from the FAA.

ICAO provides regulations on shipping dangerous goods by air, provided by IATA (International Air Transport Association).
FAA adopts certain things, such as abbreviations for airports from IATA, and air transport of dangerous goods rules from ICAO.

What it does mean is when a company ships say a flammable paint or lithium battery, it can go from country A to B with no hold ups.

A possible (though I doubt it) good thing is this could clear the way for more drone flights when visiting a different country; but I doubt that.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 01:56 UTC as 20th comment
On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (48 comments in total)

CVS had a really cheap unit, the catch was only CVS could pull the video off and make a DVD for you (or put video on CD, I forget).
However some folks wrote open-source software and showed how to make a cable to get the movies yourself. Since the cameras were so cheap we always had 1 around to grab a movie moment.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 16:19 UTC as 5th comment

Just used my late great Narrative Clip to capture shots at a beer festival in Atlanta; that would have been impossible with a conventional camera or smart phone. My only comment here is this new device seems gigantic, relatively speaking.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 23:06 UTC as 2nd comment

Almost forgot, and can't remember where posted, but I machined a plastic adapter to slide over the extended lens "turret" where one could screw on aftermarket tele and wide angle lenses. Worked well.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 12:36 UTC as 3rd comment

Still have mine and use it occasionally. The fact it's so small yet good for video or photos. Not great mind you; always wondered what the "announced but killed" TX2 would've been...

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 12:29 UTC as 4th comment

Could just add tiny silent fans


Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:19 UTC as 5th comment

One can get a FPV mini drone for $35 on Amazon. Not as slick looking but works. There have been at least 3 failed drone projects on Kickstarter. I would also question an aluminum frame. Every milligram is precious weight!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 03:15 UTC as 8th comment
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (195 comments in total)

One thing not mentioned is a very interesting feature, which really works well if you also use iCloud for your image storage: I've got over 100,000 photos also taken with other cameras, and scanned in.

In the Photos app search for a phrase: snakes, airplane, flag, license plate; and almost instantly the matches will be shown.

And I don't mean these are pictures you tagged with those words. The image processing tries to match the word with what the picture contains.

It's not perfect but you'd be amazed how well it works.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 11:59 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies

Amazing, many once-in-a-lifetime pictures like this do two things. They inspire me to try and take/compose better shots, and also make me want to just sell my camera. Much more of the former, thankfully.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review (206 comments in total)

For those who want it, Camera+ app (mentioned in review) now can save as uncompressed TIFF.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:14 UTC as 21st comment
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