GearComments Off on Yuneec Typhoon H3 drone packs high-end Leica camera tech
Chinese drone company Yuneec has introduced the Typhoon H3, the company’s first drone launched in partnership with camera manufacturer Leica. The drone features the ION L1 Pro, a camera that features a large 1-inch sensor and Leica technology. Yuneec claims the Typhoon H3’s camera was designed specifically for aerial photography.
GearComments Off on Huawei Mate 30 permanently locked bootloader dashes Google Play hopes
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is probably one of the best Android smartphones to be released this year but almost every piece has to inform users about its most critical flaw. Due to conflicts with the US, Huawei is force to ship its latest and greatest without one of the most crucial parts of the Android experience: Google Play Store and services. Unfortunately, Huawei may have just closed the door on users who might have hoped to unofficially install Google’s software on the phone.
Huawei wasn’t able to gain any further extension of its US blacklisting which expired in August. As such, it wasn’t able to gain the necessary certification for the Huawei Mate 30 to ship with Google Play Services and, therefore, Google’s apps. That significantly lessen the phones overall value, despite possessing some of the best cameras and features in town.
There was a brief flicker of hope among Android users in the form of sideloading Google Play Services on the phone. That, however, requires unlocking the phone’s bootloader, something that most OEMs don’t let their users do for security and proprietary reasons. That does come with its own risks but users might be willing to take the leap of faith to get Google apps on their expensive Mate 30s.
AppleComments Off on Apple Watch Series 5 hands-on: Always-on display is a keeper
There’s probably a long German word for the act of refining something which is already at the top of its segment, and if I knew what it was I’d be using it for the Apple Watch Series 5. Despite the best efforts of Google, Samsung, and others, the Apple Watch tends to be the go-to in smartwatches, not least for its combination of fitness tracking, design, and app functionality.
Now, it’s getting an update. As someone who has been wearing the Apple Watch Series 4 since it launched last year – something of a record for my wrist and any one wearable – I was curious to see whether Apple could coax enough out of the replacement to capture my interest.
Apple, GearComments Off on iPhone 11 Pro a very tempting upgrade. But should you?
There might be some wisdom to Apple’s once-a-year launch cadence and seemingly more modest upgrades year after year. Android OEMs launch twice a year or more, making the gaps between each flagship model smaller and the features so much closer to each other.
When Apple finally does make big changes, it makes huge changes. That happened with the iPhone X and we might be seeing the same revolution with the iPhone 11 and especially the iPhone 11 Pro. While the new camera bump is the center of attraction, it’s not the only reason iPhone fans and users will be thinking hard about upgrading to this year’s latest.
What’s New This Year
It’s hard to deny that the cameras are the star of Apple’s 2019 iPhones and, fortunately, they’re not as terrible as leaks made them out to be. Going beyond appearances, the new cameras are definitely worth talking about and considering.
Of course, they still have to be tested in the wild but Apple has not been one to terribly disappoint in that arena. The 12 megapixel front camera is also a groundbreaking jump from a company that has been rather stingy when it comes to FaceTime iPhone cameras.
If you thought thatSamsung‘s Gear VRheadset, which was made together with Oculus, was just a temporary distraction for the Korean consumer electronics company, you might have just been proven wrong. At Sundance, one of the most notable film fests in the world, Samsung took the opportunity to announce that it is opening up a studio in New York, located where Samsung’s US marketing team already works in, with the sole purpose of creating immersive experiences. In short, VR content that will most likely blossom this year. Or at least fans and believers of VR would like it to.
Virtual reality is nothing really new. What’s new, however, is the commoditization of hardware that was in the past only available to the most hardcore, or most affluent, of computer scientists. But even back in the day when VR was hyped, the problem has always been the same: the amount of available content, or the lack of it.
Giroptic’s 360cam, first introduced earlier this year, is now available for pre-order. The camera features three cameras and lenses alongside three microphones for recording content across 360-degrees. As with similar cameras, these videos and pictures can then be viewed with VR headsets for a more immersive experience and with the maker’s related mobile app.
The 360cam’s resulting footage can be recorded at 2048p 2K and 4096p 4K. The content is stitched in-camera, meaning there’s no post-processing necessary. Camera control is available on mobile devices through the maker’s mobile app, as well. Says Giroptic, users can capture content, view it, and share it with a smartphone.
HDR TV, NewsComments Off on Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs
Today Sony announced that they’ll be bringing High Dynamic Range support to “more” of their 4K Ultra HD television sets. Two models already have support for this feature, while three more are set to earn an update in the near future. This update brings Sony’s HDR to content that supports it – Amazon Video is one example. With this feature, users see a higher dynamic range of color, luminosity, brightness – for a more distinctive viewing experience. More detail, more color, more intensity.
In addition to the X930C and X940C models announced to be attaining HDR earlier this year, three more models will have the software necessary to execute HDR in the near future via a network update. The X850C, X900C, and X910C will have HDR abilities this Fall.