camera

Tue
09
Oct
John Lister's picture

Facebook Launches Dedicated Screens

Facebook is launching dedicated devices for video-calling friends and family. While they have some impressive technology, it's a bold move from a company whose reputation on privacy issues is controversial to say the least. The devices are known as ... the "Portal" and "Portal+". They both offer some of the features of 'smart speakers' such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo, but the main function is for making video calls. That's reflected in the 10 inch screen of the Portal and the 15 inch screen of the Portal+. There's no charge for making calls on the devices as they work ... (view more)

Thu
28
Jun
John Lister's picture

Swann Home Security Cam Sends Pics, Video to Wrong Users

A home security camera user was shocked to receive video from another user when she used a mobile app. The manufacturers say it's a one-off incident caused by human error. According to the BBC, Louisa Lewis has used her security camera since ... December. The set-up means that when the camera's motion sensor is triggered, it makes a recording and sends an alert to her mobile phone, complete with a clip. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) However, last week she began receiving clips from another family's camera instead. After a string of alerts, she contacted the manufacturers. They later stopped the clips ... (view more)

Wed
29
Nov
John Lister's picture

New Google Tool Makes Snoopers Vomit Rainbows

Google researchers are working on a way to warn users when someone else might be sneaking a peek at your smartphone. They say it can spot a gaze in just two milliseconds. The project is the work of Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff, who'll ... demonstrate their work at a conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. It's based on a remarkably simple concept with some smart technology. Front Camera is Key to Tool In its current form, the system runs on a Google Pixel phone and takes advantage of the front-facing camera - the one typically used for face / video conferencing before it became ... (view more)

Fri
29
Aug
John Lister's picture

Facebook Rejects New Snooping Claims

Facebook says there's no truth to claims that its Messaging app is spying on smartphone users. It says the confusion over wiretapping stems from security measures on iPhones and Android handsets. The issue involves the tool for Facebook users to ... exchange messages with one another. Whereas computer users are able to message other members through the Facebook website, this same feature is no longer supported in the official Facebook app that runs on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Instead, these users must install and run a separate app called Messenger. The Messenger app ... (view more)

Mon
24
Feb
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Just a Fad? Samsung Unveils Smartwatch 'Gear 2'

Writing text messages, sending emails, and taking photos can all be done using smartphones, tablets, and traditional computers, such as laptops and desktops. The question is: do we need yet another device that gives us instant access to more data ... and will it be useful? And if so, is that device a "smartwatch"? Samsung certainly thinks so. The firm, which released its first smartwatch in the form of the Galaxy Gear late last year, has now unveiled the Samsung Gear 2. Most notably, the Korean firm's newest smartwatch boasts a brand new operating system, called "Tizen." ... (view more)

Wed
19
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

'IP Camera Viewer 1.27', and 'Free File Camouflage 1.0'

IP Camera Viewer 1.27 You can use this great new security program to quickly and efficiently establish an effective video surveillance system. IP Camera Viewer allows you to view live video from cameras set up around your home, office, parking spot, ... etc. http://www.deskshare.com Free File Camouflage 1.0 Here's a great little way to protect your data on a USB stick. Free File Camouflage will hide and protect any and all sensitive files inside a JPEG image, making it harder for thieves to access your data on a stolen thumb drive or other device. http://www.myportablesoftware.com This freeware ... (view more)

Wed
23
May
Dennis Faas's picture

'ArtSage 1.00.09', and 'IP Camera Viewer 1.2'

ArtSage 1.00.09 ArtSage is a small but handy graphics viewer, totally free of charge. It displays a wide variety of image files in a simple folder tree. Features and options include slideshow, transparency, loop, sort, navigate, scroll, and archive. ... Together, these features allow users to view and organize their images easily and effectively. (Scroll down the page to find the download link.) http://www.xworks.ca IP Camera Viewer 1.2 Here's a nice, free piece of software that lets you set up an effective video monitoring system within minutes! IP Camera Viewer allows users to view live video ... (view more)

Tue
10
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

New Samsung Camera Features Dual Screens, WiFi

A new Samsung camera allows users to see photos on both the front and back of the screen, and upload images directly to the Internet. The Samsung DV300F is the newest of the firm's DualView cameras, and features built-in WiFi (wireless networking) ... capabilities. Samsung says pictures taken with the DV300F can be saved to the on-board microSD memory card and then easily transferred to a PC with an Auto Backup capability. In addition, both videos and photographs from the DV300F can be transferred directly to the web, including cloud storage services like Microsoft SkyDrive, as well as to ... (view more)

Wed
27
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

'Find Junk Files 1.56.2432', and 'Microsoft Camera Codec Pack 16.0.0652.0621'

Find Junk Files 1.56.2432 Find Junk Files is a user-friendly utility designed to free up disk space by deleting useless junk files. Each time you use your PC, unwanted files are created that increasingly uses more space on your hard drives. Find ... Junk Files can find over 100 types of junk files with ease. http://www.eyeclaxton.com Microsoft Camera Codec Pack 16.0.0652.0621 The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC). This package is available ... (view more)

Thu
23
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Snap First, Focus Later with New Digital Camera

A Silicon Valley start-up company has released a new camera model that allows a user to snap first and focus later. Dubbed 'Lytro', the camera is able to capture light data from many different angles using a specialized sensor. The sensor uses what ... is called a "microlens array", which packs the equivalent of many camera lenses into a very small space. Images Become Living, Interactive Pictures The light information captured by the Lytro is significantly more than a conventional camera and is later focused and refined using a computer. Focal points of the image are navigated using a ... (view more)

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