Posts tagged with: Video
  • by | April 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    "One device is a product of an Android juggernaut, a fourth-generation powerhouse from a take-no-prisoners Goliath that essentially owns the Google-powered smartphone space. The other is a last-ditch effort to save its creator from certain destruction, a product forged from that peculiar mixture of desperation and determination that sometimes begets pure art." That's a pretty pretentious way of putting a smartphone comparison, but it's how we kicked off last year's HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S 4 comparison video. The interesting thing is, if you change "fourth-generation" to ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 10:26 AM

    Oppo, unlike many other manufacturers, is taking this camera race to a new level, but not through hardware. Instead, Oppo is taking it to the competition via software, and in a way that, logically, doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. The Find 7 and Find 7a both come with 13-megapixel IMX214 CMOS sensors from Sony. In the standard shooting mode, they max out at … 13-megapixels, of course. But if you enable what Oppo calls Super Zoom (or HD Picture, soon to be Ultra-HD … trust us, we're just as confused as you are), the pair of phones are capable of capturing 50-megapixel images. No. ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:26 PM

    "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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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    We've been hearing about the Oppo Find 7 for quite some time. Oppo itself has teased the existence of the phone, only to later confirm and announce it last month. Revealed alongside the Find 7, however, was a slightly more tame version of the phone, dubbed the Find 7a. That's what we currently have on hand. Can Oppo compete with the likes of its biggest competitors, like Samsung, HTC, or LG? Is the Find 7a a phone worthy of your hard-earned cash? We can't answer those questions with any certainty just yet, but we'll be slaving away in our labs trying to find answers over the next few days. ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    "You know what this is?" "I know what this is." That's a dialogue couplet from the film True Lies, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy from the mid 1990s that has positively nothing to do with the newest stupendo-smartphone out of Seoul. Nothing, except for those two lines. Because you do know what this is. Even under the AT&T finery, even under the thick veneer of faux wood packaging, even despite the fifteen seconds of playful banter at the top of this video, you know what we're looking at: it's the most hyped smartphone of the year, like always. It's another Samsung flagship ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 10:05 AM

    Update: We're live now! Join in below! We've got a Windows Phone 8.1 review video live and on the wire, a Windows Phone 8.1 written review coming down the pipe, an in-depth feature article on Cortana on the front page, and a ton of Windows Phone 8.1 impressions coming at you in a Pocketnow Weekly podcast going under the mic in a couple days. But we know you, and that's not enough: you need live, off-the-cuff impressions from the team you've come to trust for such things – and you'd like to see us on camera as we do it. Fair enough. That's right; it's Editorial Roundtable territory once ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

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  • by | April 12, 2014 12:03 AM

    One of the big draws in getting a smart watch is being able to see all of your smartphone notifications with a quick glance at your wrist instead of having to take your phone out of your pocket.  Personally, I'm still not sold on the utility of this concept, but it does seem to be getting some traction and there are numerous new smart watch models coming out that all do different things in different ways.  I recently found a new smart watch manufacturer at a press event that I hadn't heard of before.  Martian Watches is making a new smart watch called the Martian Notifier that combines ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 8:01 AM

    There’s something ineffable about using a BlackBerry in 2014. Some of it is pure nostalgia, the kind of unavoidable reminiscence that comes with using a device bearing a 15-year-old brand. But the bigger part is the software: BlackBerry 10 is a blend of old and new, a kind of hodgepodge of traditional successes alongside more exotic ideas that couldn’t flourish elsewhere. And while the company continues to suffer from carrier woes and a steady loss of market share, it’s by no means taking these punishments sitting down: its latest operating system update just recently cleared US ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 2:03 PM

    So you’re looking for a set of speakers a little beefier than what your smartphone’s packing out of the box. We've been down this road before, most notably with our unboxing of the monstrous JBL PowerUp dock that we bought to match our Nokia Lumia 920 back in 2012. But such big sound often requires big equipment: the PowerUp is a monster. And if you go for a smaller solution, you're often left dealing either with tangled-up cables or a speaker with a battery so small that it dies within a few hours. Truly, these are trying times for mobile audio (unless you own a phone with BoomSound, ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 6:02 PM

    Chris Lacy, the creator of Action Launcher and Tweet Lanes – a popular third-party launcher and Twitter client, respectively – has taken a crack at the dystopia created by Android web browsers. When you click a link from within just about any application on Android, you're immediately sent to your browser of choice, only to wait for the page to fully load. What if you want to continue reading Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ while that page loads? What if you want the equivalent of the ctrl+click option on your desktop (or command + click on Mac), which launches new tabs in the ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    An initial hands-on. A full review. Comparison after comparison. An Editorial Roundtable. A special-edition Pocketnow Weekly. An After The Buzz. A durability report. And now, a second durability report. Say what you will about Pocketnow; you've got to admit we're pretty thorough. This followup durability report on Motorola's 2013 reboot isn't just for kicks, though; we've had many folks ask us for an update to our Moto X coverage ever since the wooden editions landed, with several specific calls for another durability pass. As the lone team member with a wood-backed Moto X, the honor fell ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    What if you woke up and your laptop wasn't working? Work or that term paper isn't going to wait. You've got to get work done, no excuses. You reach for your tablet, then pause. Can you actually get work done with that ol' thing? Most use tablets for leisurely things, such as playing casual games, reading, or even chatting with friends and family. Sure, some people use their Android tablets or iPads to get real work done. And those sticklers with their Windows and Windows RT tablets surely know how to get work done with as little as possible. But could you actually work from a tablet? Would ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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