How to use your old iPhone as a home security camera

By Sébastien Page on Apr 27, 2016

If you have an old iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch laying around that is just collecting dust, why not put it to work by turning it into an affordable home monitoring camera? We’re not talking about a full-featured surveillance system here, but just a simple setup that can live stream anything happening in your house, and send motion alerts directly to you should it detect activity.

In this post we’ll be showing you how to convert your spare iOS device, whether it is an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, into a video monitoring camera. The best part is, it’s completely free and you should be up and running in just a few minutes. Read More

 

Facebook hopes a standalone camera app with Live Video might re-engage users

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Facebook used to have a dedicated camera app on the App Store that didn’t get much love from users so it was eventually pulled.

But now, the company is said to be working on a brand new, standalone mobile application designed to encourage its 1.6 billion users to create and share more photos and videos, including live video broadcasts, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Read More

 

New iPhone 6s commercials are all about Touch ID, 4K video capture and chopping onions

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

Following its nicely done Earth Day ads featuring iMessage and a recycling robot dubbed Liam, Apple on Monday released a pair of brand new television commercials for the iPhone 6s, which promote Touch ID and the handset’s ability to capture video in crisp 4K resolution through the lens of its twelve-megapixel rear camera.

The new commercials, titled “Fingerprint” and “Onions,” run thirty seconds each and are available on Apple’s official YouTube channel, but we’ve embedded them into this article for your viewing pleasure. Read More

 

GoPro unveils powerful new cameras and an app for viewing 360-degree and VR content

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Monday, action camera maker GoPro announced at The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show a pair of powerful new camera rigs in the Omni and Odyssey series alongside a new VR sharing platform and a brand new mobile application which lets you view 360-degree videos and virtual reality content hosted at vr.gopro.com on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The new six-camera synchronized Omni rig costs five grands and packs in pro-grade features that allow pixel-level synchronization, making stitching in post-production easier and more exact than using unsynchronized camera arrays.

Pricing for the more capable panoramic stereoscopic 16-camera Odyssey rig, which is optimized to work with Google’s Jump VR Platform, will be out of the reach for most people unless they create professional VR content for a living. Read More

 

Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More

 

Facebook open-sources a camera design for capturing spherical footage in 3D

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

At its annual developers conference, the F8, which kicked off yesterday, the social networking giant Facebook announced an open-source spherical camera rig design which can shoot 360-degree video in 3D. Dubbed the Facebook Surround 360, the design consists of as many as fourteen wide-angle cameras bolted onto the horizontal ring.

There’s also a fish-eye camera on top and two on the bottom for a total of seventeen cameras that are synced with a global shutter mechanism. The accompanying software stitches the individual videos together into one seamless 360-degree footage. Read More

 

iFixit: 9.7-inch iPad Pro uses ‘gobs of adhesive’, making repair ‘miserable’

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

Repair wizards over at iFixit have torn apart Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro (model A1673) only to discover that the device is extremely difficult to repair due to “gobs of adhesive” used to keep the components secured in place.

In addition to copious adhesive, the device’s smaller form factor, the addition of four speakers and some “weird cabling choices” have earned the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro a sad 2 out of 10 repairability score, same as the original iPad Air and a point less than the first iPad Pro. “We think this is the most glue we’ve seen in an iPad to date, making repair miserable,” concluded iFixit. Read More

 

KGI: dual cameras to be exclusive to 5.5″ iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will feature dual cameras for improved photography features, but only on the flagship 5.5-inch model, according to an investment note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider this morning.

The analyst, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans, thinks that iPhone shipments will fall below 200 million units this year due to a soft iPhone SE launch and weakening demand for the current flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 6s. Read More

 

9.7″ iPad Pro certainly doesn’t skimp on camera tech, but is this a new normal for iPads?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

Apple’s best mobile cameras go into iPhones, not iPads, though a curious thing happened at today’s unveiling of a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro—both it and the iPhone 6s share a powerful Apple-designed camera subsystem which takes sharp snaps in twelve megapixels and shoots video in 4K.

Even more curiously, the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains stuck with a previous-generation shooter even though that device was released barely six months ago.

The decision to give the 9.7-inch iPad Pro virtually the same camera subsystem as the iPhone 6s is a welcome surprise which we hope kicks off a new trend for Apple. Read More

 

Everything we expect from Apple’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2016

As you know, Apple has scheduled a media event on its Cupertino campus on this coming Monday, March 21. Earlier this month, the company sent out its predictably cryptic invites with the “Let us loop you in” tagline to select members of the press.

It looks to be a pretty significant event.

On top of an all-new four-inch iPhone model, we’re expecting other announcements like a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands—including a black edition of the Milanese Loop—and a bunch of enhancements for Apple’s operating systems. Read More

 

Review: ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C gimbal gives your iPhone all the video stabilization it’ll ever need

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2016

If you use your iPhone for any kind of video production, then a gimbal should definitely be one of the top things on your wish-list if you don’t already have one.

In this review, we’ll be giving you an in-depth look at the ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C 3-axis handheld stabilizing gimbal. This is a tool that many videographers use to keep their recording device of choice nice and steady, even when walking or running around. Read More

 

iPhone 7 Plus to get iPad Pro’s Smart Connector?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Chinese website Bastille Post on Tuesday published a purported image of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus that it swears is the real deal.

The photo, obtained from an unnamed source,  seems to corroborate prior rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system on the back.

It also reveals a curious hardware addition that the rumor-mill has not predicted thus far: a Smart Connector. If true, the Smart Connector may be coming to all iOS devices. As you know, Apple first unveiled the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro last fall.  Read More

 

Leaked iPhone 7 drawings reveal flush camera, no band seams on the back

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Leaked third-party cases based on various iPhone 7 rumors have seemingly corroborated the notion that the device will have stereo speakers, a thinner Lightning port, dual cameras on the back and more.

Claimed device schematics, published by French blog NowhereElse.fr, appear to confirm that the iPhone 7 has a nearly flush camera and no antenna seams on the back. Read More

 

Common camera problems on iPhone and how to fix them

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 12, 2016

The iPhone’s camera may have gotten a lot of upgrades over the years, and it may be one of the most popular point-and-shoot cameras in the world, but that’s not to say it’s perfect. Just like any other camera, it can be subject to hardware issues and software bugs.

In this piece, we’ll go over some of the most common issues related to problems with the camera on your iOS device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and we’ll explain some ways to troubleshoot those problems. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 has a thinner Lightning port, flush camera and stereo speakers

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

The fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara today shared some new details pertaining to Apple’s iPhone 7 refresh, which we’re expecting around its usual September timeframe.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Mac Otakara says that the next iPhone will be 1mm thinner than the current iPhone 6s, which measures 7.1mm in depth, making the new phone the same 6.1mm thickness as the sixth-generation iPod touch.

Somewhat surprisingly, the iPhone 7 won’t be waterproof after all and should also incorporate a thinner Lightning port. The camera bulge on the back will be gone because the phone’s iSight camera is now flush with the chassis. Oh, and the new iPhone will come outfitted with stereo speakers—for the first time in iPhone history. Read More

 

Upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro may feature 12MP camera

By Cody Lee on Feb 29, 2016

The upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro will likely feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, reports 9to5Mac. The site claims that prototypes of the rumored tablet being used inside Apple have a rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s.

This would mark an improvement over the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which debuted in November with an 8MP camera. The reasoning behind the move is the smaller iPad is more portable, thus more folks will likely use it to take photos. Read More

 

Never miss a photo opportunity again with 3D Touch features in Camera app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2016

Whenever an awesome photo opportunity presents itself, I instinctively grab my iPhone, launch the Camera app and press the shutter button.

But boy, way too many times did I find myself in the wrong camera mode. One time, I would realize I was shooting video instead of taking a great picture. Other times I would snap a selfie, whereas I wanted to take a quick photo of my neighbor’s dog jumping in the air catching her frisbee.

3D Touch can help avoid such distractions when you’re in the middle of your photography moment. With a little help of 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners will hopefully never miss that important shot again.

3D Touch lets you take a selfie or start shooting video from the Home screen, review the photos you’ve taken without leaving the Camera app, play Live Photos with a press and more. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through every 3D Touch-enhanced feature that’s available to iPhone photography fans in Apple’s built-in Camera app. Read More

 

Office Lens converts scanned paper documents to editable Word files

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

For those of you that still use hard copies for all your important documents, or have physical business cards, photographs, whiteboards, and other important information that are looking for a way to digitize it and even modify it after the fact, Microsoft’s Office Lens app will be your best friend.

Office Lens, which is a free download from the App Store, allows you to scan these kinds of information and media and can create software versions of them to make sharing and editing easier so you can get rid of the filing cabinet taking up space in your home or office.

In this tutorial, we’ll give you some background on the app and show you how you can use it to scan and then edit documents in Word. Read More

 

Get the classic iOS camera shutter animation back with this tweak

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

Starting with iOS 7, Apple redesigned the Camera app and it got an all-new shutter animation. Some would argue it’s a little bit boring compared to the realistic camera shutter animation we had with iOS 6 and earlier.

Fortunately, anyone who’s feeling a little nostalgic now have a way to get it back by way of a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called ClassicShutterAnimation. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 
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