Black Eyed Peas frontman and entrepreneur Will.i.am is looking to turn mobile photography on its head. The musician is set to debut a new accessory and app for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone on November 28th that will reportedly transform the handset’s 8-megapixel camera into a 14-megapixel shooter. The accessory, known as i.am+, is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, and claims to dramatically enhance the clarity and definition of photographs.
Augmented reality hasn’t caught on as some may have hoped, but as smartphone adoption increases we have begun to see more developers incorporating the feature into their mobile applications. Google (GOOG) is just one the companies that has embraced the technology, launching an AR-enabled mobile game this past Thursday. Smaller companies, such as Japanese developer Crossfader, have also looked towards AR to help their applications standout in a crowded marketplace. Crossfader’s AR-MAPS application for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 allows users to enhance maps by using a live video feed from their smartphone’s camera. The app lets users search for specific addresses or landmarks, and even places a pin on locations that can be viewed through the camera. AR-MAPS can be programmed to use mapping data from Apple Maps or Google Maps and is available for free in the App Store.
Contrary to what Apple (AAPL) is telling people, the Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 is still one of the best 7-inch tablets available. And with a 3G model, the tablet only becomes better. Alongside the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, T-Mobile will also be selling a 3G HSPA+ Nexus 7 on November 13th for $299.99, according to TmoNews. The HSPA+ 21Mbps Nexus 7 will be sold exclusively through the Google Play Store, so if you’re planning on buying one, don’t bother hitting any retail stores. As far as hardware goes, the HSPA+ Nexus 7 has identical specs to its Wi-Fi-only counterpart: 7-inch (1280 x 800 resolution) HD display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4325mAh battery, NFC and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Google’s (GOOG) newly announced Samsung (005930) Chromebook is getting quite a bit of attention for its ARM-based processor and low $249.99 price, but there’s another new Chromebook that comes with 3G connectivity for people who want to take it on the road with them. Samsung is listing a 3G Chromebook with Verizon Wireless (VZ) 3G WWAN connectivity including two years of data capped at 100MB per month that costs $329.99. All other specs remain the same: 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM processor, 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 resolution), 16GB of flash storage, 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, 2GB of RAM, 6.3 hours of battery life, an SD card slot, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out port and a VGA web camera.
Photo taken with the iPhone 5 by iMore.com’s Leanna Lofte
A tricky subject in this weeks photo contest — lens flare. Supposedly every camera ever made has a level of purple flare surrounding bright lights in the viewfinder, but looking through past photo contests I sure don’t see much of it. I’ll let the experts argue that one, and let you guys get all sorts of funky and show me some high quality lens flare in this weeks photos.
AT&T (T) has the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 820 and T-Mobile announced on Monday it will offer the Lumia 810. But what Windows Phone 8 devices will Verizon Wireless (VZ) carry? If leaks on evleaks‘ Twitter account can be trusted, Verizon will get its own variant of the new Lumia series called the Lumia 822, code-named “Atlas.” If it’s truly a variant of the Lumia 820, it should have a 4.3-inch display (800 x 480), front-facing HD camera, 8-megapixel rear camera and wireless charging support. The leaked phone image also suggests the Atlas will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In terms of appearance, it looks like the only difference between the Atlas and the Lumia 820 is that the Atlas has more rounded edges.
Following BGR’s exclusive report that HTC (2498) is planning to launch a new 5-inch smartphone on Verizon Wireless (VZ) this fall, we have seen a number of alleged specs and images of the rumored device. Long-time HTC modder and XDA-developers forum member “Football,” who has reported accurate details surrounding unannounced devices in the past, confirmed additional specs on his Twitter page on Monday. According to the XDA member, HTC’s “DLX” will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2,500 mAh non-removable battery. Previous rumors have indicated that the device could be marketed as the DROID Incredible X and will run Sense 5 atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Entry level is the name of the game for the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile. We knew that, of course, from T-Mobile and LG’s positioning of the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, as well as from the specs on paper. Let’s recap:
Well, how convenient. We’ve posted earlier today that the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T was getting a small bugfix update, and now the TF700T is getting its own. Similarly to the TF300T, this small update is bringing the model up to firmware version IML74K.US_epad-220.127.116.11-20120907, according to our forum members who have received it. The update is small, mostly updating the camera firmware and fixing some bugs here and there.
When Apple (AAPL) introduced the iPhone 4S to the world last October, consumers were initially disappointed the handset wasn’t the fabled iPhone 5. With added features like Siri and a dual-core processor, some early reviews labeled the smartphone as a minor update from the iPhone 4. The handset was an instant hit, however. Aside from standard praising, numerous professional photographers raved about the camera, which is arguably the best smartphone camera available today. In fact, the camera is so good that Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung has been using his iPhone 4S to capture the action at the London Olympics. With the help of some binoculars, a clip-on Schneider lens and the Snapseed processing app, Chung has been live-blogging the games and has captured some truly spectacular images. Examples of which can be found below.
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