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    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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    Interview by Michael Fisher Transcription and text by Alex Greenspan It might be the long wait for a bus in the pouring rain, a crowded train-ride to work, or maybe even the occasional rude driver: if you rely on public transportation to get around, you surely know how frustrating the experience of commuting often is. Moovit, often called "the Waze of public transportation", is determined to make these experiences a thing of the past. We wanted to know more, so we sat down last week with Moovit's Product VP Yovav Meydad to talk about the company's philosophy, its future plans, and the ups ...

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    Microsoft's Bing Rewards has reached a decent level of popularity on desktop browsers. By using its services, Bing awards you with credits that can later be used to redeem rewards in Amazon, Xbox, Skype, and other gift cards, and which even allow you to donate these credits to schools or charities as well. The only problem the service had is that it was only available on the desktop, or at least it was a problem until today. Microsoft has just launched the service on iOS and Android, which will give you similar functionality to what you get on the desktop for now, but not quite everything. ...

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    In a world like the one we have today, the importance of your email is both significant and common. Sadly, bugs on mobile applications are just as common, and the probability having both of these mix together can lead into very unpleasant surprises. Google has just alerted its customers on a major bug that it faces with its iOS mobile application. If you launch the app you'll notice that the company is giving you a notification regarding the possibility of some of your email being deleted. The bug was apparently sending your desired email to the trash or your spam folder during January ...

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    Shortening links is often necessary. Maybe a link you want to share is over the character limit and keeps dividing into two text messages. Or maybe you want to track the analytics of the links you share to your social accounts. Whatever the case, it's no secret that shortening links on a desktop or laptop is much easier than it is from mobile. Mobile applications typically require a handful of additional steps to shrink the URL down to a respectable and more usable size. Fortunately, there is at least one Android application that practically automates the process. Watch the video below to ...

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    Despite how far technology has advanced and all the new devices that have come to be in the past century, we're still using virtually the same exact method to input text – the QWERTY, Dvorak, or some similar key layout. Who's to say those are the most efficient layouts for entering text via mobile? Why would a key layout made specifically for a typewriter also be the best layout for pocket-sized devices that didn't exist until well over 100 years after the invention of the typewriter? More and more people are beginning to rethink the keyboard, specifically for mobile use, and Minuum is a ...

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    Any respectable company wants to grow its user-base. Companies can't stay stagnant, they have to grow, or they will be eaten up by their competition. Microsoft isn't going to be eaten up any time soon, but their smartphone platform isn't growing -- at least not compared to their competition. It shouldn't come as a surprise for anyone who has been following the news: Windows Phone is still a distant third in the smartphone race. What's a mega-corporation like Microsoft to do in this situation? Try to steal Android users, of course! Android and iOS dominate the market, and Microsoft knows ...

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    Smartphones without apps aren't very "smart". Unfortunately apps and smartphones fall victim to the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum: which came first? Without apps, a platform isn't very appealing and won't be picked by many users. Without a lot of users on a given platform app developers won't devote much (if any) time to writing apps for said platform. Microsoft found themselves in exactly this situation when they abandoned Windows Mobile in lieu of Windows Phone -- and went from a bunch of apps to none overnight. Despite Windows Phone (arguably) being one of the easiest platforms ...

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    Android Jelly Bean has some pretty sweet lock-screen widgets built-in, but they're limited to just one widget per panel. If you want to control your music, see how many missed calls you have, what your battery status is, or check the weather forecast you've either got to have a lot of lock-screen widgets spread across a lot of panels -- which sort of defeats the purpose -- or you need a lock screen widget that packages all these into one. Of course, another option is just to replace your lock screen with a new one. C Lock Screen is a replacement for your stock lock screen that puts ...

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    At CES 2013 we learned about about a whole new class of SoC that will power the next generation of smartphones and tablets. These new chips not only come with more speed and capabilities, they also come with promises of reduced power consumption which most interpret to mean "longer battery life". The new processors are still several months away from being in devices that we can actually purchase. In the meantime we have to "get by" with the devices in our hands today -- which, you've got to admit, aren't half bad! That brings us to battery life. Isn't there something we can do to help ...

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    I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...

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    We were all given a bunch of exciting stuff to drool over following the Windows Phone 8 reveal back in October. In the avalanche of information about a fundamental change to the kernel, new hardware support, additional features and new UI enhancements, it was a given that a few things would slip through the cracks. Things like enterprise support, remote device management, Kid's Corner ... and a new utility called Data Sense. Data Sense is a Microsoft-developed app intended to help users reduce overage charges incurred by using too much cellular data. It's also presumably attractive to ...

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    Like any kid who grew up with an abundance of time, books, and VHS movies, I like quoting things. From face-to-face interactions to phone calls to muttering to myself as I do dishes, about 1% to 2% of my daily vocal output is comprised of out-of-context quotes from a brain chock-full of memorable snippets. That ratio expands to about 10% on the internet; half of my time on Twitter is spent sharing senseless quotes, the symptom of a lifetime spent watching too much Star Trek and Growing Pains. Think I'm weird? You're right- but I'm not alone. Surely you've noticed the propensity of your ...

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    In most of my videos you've seen some pretty nifty widgets: Beautiful Widgets. I've had them on my smartphones almost as long as I've had smartphones! Recently, however, a new player in the widget game has begun to surface: HD Widgets. Does the "HD" in the title really mean what you think it does? How does this widget pack compare to the others? How do you set them up? Hit play for answers to all these and more! HD Widgets for Android on AppBrain Download HD Widgets from the Play Store

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    Notifications on Android are great and very convenient, but many of us spend much of our time in front of a traditional desktop or laptop computer with out phones nestled snugly in our pockets or pouches. Let's face it, not all notifications are important, but you don't know if that notification you just heard was spam or a vital text message until you pull out your smartphone and take a look. DeskNotifier is a set of apps that aim to resolve that by pushing notifications from your Android to your computer. You'll need the desktop app and the Android app to get started. Hit the play ...

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