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Bing Maps’ traffic cam views let you preview your commute

When you switch on the traffic layer in Bing Maps, you’ll now get a lot more info than color-coded route details. On top of letting you know how bad (or good) traffic is along your route, Bing allows you to see where traffic cameras are for a look at that commute. You can also check multiple cameras at the same time if you want to take a glance at the places where you typically encounter delays along the way. Like Google Maps and other navigation apps, Bing Maps already let you know if you should expect a backup, and now you can take a look at the congestion, or lack thereof, for yourself with this latest addition.

Source: Bing


[Deal] Take the perfect picture with the 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Set for less than $20

Although the cameras that are in our pockets have become absolutely amazing over the last few years, there are still some times where you feel that a picture is just sub-par. Maybe it’s the lighting, maybe it’s due to the focal-point of your picture, but regardless, this can be a source of frustration. Today’s deal aims to help alleviate some of that frustration for those who use their devices as their point and shoot cameras.

The 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set is a great way to capture some amazing shots with your most portable camera, your phone. There are three different lenses; wide-angle, macro, and fisheye. Each lens offers a different aspect to your shot, and will improve just about any picture you’re trying to take.

  • Capture images clearly from close-up or far away
  • Take classic 180-degree “fisheye” shots
  • Snap-on & snap-off the lenses for quick application
  • Quickly learn to use the lenses
  • Easily store the kit away w/ its simple design

You may be thinking that there’s some clunky case that these attach to, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each lens simply snaps on and snaps off, AND works with both iOS devices and your Android devices. So if you want to “borrow” someone else’s iPhone, you’ll be able to use your preferred lens regardless of the device.

3 in 1 Smartphone lens

Normally priced at $69, you’ll get all three of these lenses for only $19.99, a savings of 71%. There are a variety of different smartphone lens attachments available on the market today, but this is by far one of the cheapest options out there. And since the Holidays are right around the corner, this would be the perfect pickup for that photographer in your family, or maybe just as a present to yourself. For the money that you’re saving with this deal, you could grab a couple sets and have at least one gift taken care of for your friends or family.

If you like this deal, and want to see more of these, let us know in the comments below. You can find this, and many other great tech bargains through our Deals Page. Backed by StackCommerce, there are daily promos, giveaways, freebies, and much more!

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Sony opens up experimental AOSP camera to developers


Sony has become increasingly open regarding software development and third parties, as well as taking on extra feedback from the community, with its Open Device program and the company has just released a new open source camera application for use with AOSP Xperia devices.

Before you all run to try it out, Sony clearly states that it does not recommend the app for daily use, as the app is not calibrated and will produce worse looking shots that Sony’s regular camera app. Instead, Sony stresses that the goal of the project is to allow developers to get behind the scenes to come up with innovative new camera applications and will hopefully improve support custom ROMs with basic camera functionality. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes out of it.

The open source camera is based on Qualcomm framework and works with a number of Xperia devices, including the Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra (MSM8974), Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet (MSM8974AB), Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3, Zperia Z3 Tablet Compact (MSM8974AC) and Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet (MSM8994). Support for the Xperia Z5 range, Xperia M2, E3 and T3 will be added in at a later date.

Sony’s Open Device program saw early Marshmallow binaries arrive for a number of its Xperia devices back in October, giving custom ROM development a good head start over handsets from other manufacturers. If you would like to learn more about the program, you can read all about it over on Sony’s official site.


Samsung’s latest smartphone camera loves the low light

Inside A Best Buy Store As The Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale

Are you sick of disappointing low light photos taken on your smartphone? Samsung might have a solution for you. At an investor conference in Korea, the telecommunications brand announced a new camera called BRITECELL that excels in darker conditions. The camera manages to achieve brighter, sharper results by getting rid of the traditional Bayer filter layout used in most smartphone cameras. This is a filter that turns pixels green and blocks light from hitting the sensors, making photos darker. Samsung has traded these green pixels for white ones that allow more light to pour through the lens. More light means brighter photos. Simple, right?

Source: 9 To 5 Google


Nexus camera app coming to other devices


One of the best things about a Nexus is the simplicity of it. Everything is stripped down to the basics. For example, the camera app doesn’t offer too many special features and just focuses on making it easy for users to point and shoot.

However, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P shipped with an updated camera app. Usually, Google updates the Google Camera app in the Play Store as well, but it didn’t this time. Luckily, they just took a little longer to update it and it’s now available in the Play Store.

Overall, the design is even simpler than before. It still maintains all the same features, but hides the less used ones. Things like switching from photo to video mode has been made easier. Other things like the HDR, flash, and timer buttons are now moved to the top right corner. The bottom area is now only three buttons, a switch to front camera button, the capture photos button, and a review last picture taken button. Can’t get much simpler than that.

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Sony Xperia Z5 camera update rolls out today


The Xperia Z5 range already boasts one of the best smartphone cameras in the business right now, and Sony is busy rolling out a new software update today that will give the flagship’s camera some new features to help you capture even better looking photos.

Xperia Z5 camera app updateThe changes have been made to the camera app’s user interface, switching over to a more minimalist look and adding in some new features to select different capture modes. Moving between camera modes, such as manual or auto mode, can now be done with a simple swipe. On screen sliders can also be used to tweak some settings via a quick touch, to adjust your photos to just how you like them.

There’s no mention of tweaks to camera processing or any major new photography features. Instead, the update is designed to make the UI a little friendlier and more practical, to help capture the best looking shots.

The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium smartphones. Some customers may notice the update arrive today, but the roll out will take a little longer to reach some regions and carrier branded handsets.

sony-xperia-z5-review-12Read more: Feature Focus: up close with Sony Xperia Z5’s camera26


Scent-dispensing chips help researchers snap wild wolverines

Wild Wild Whipsnade Exhibition

Wildlife experts in the US have a cunning technique to track “high-elevation” animals such as wolverines, lynx and gray wolves. Small survey stations known as “camera traps” use tempting scents to lure them in, before snapping a quick shot that can be used for research. The problem? The scent runs out after a few weeks, forcing conservationists at places like Woodland Park Zoo and Idaho Fish and Game to trek out and replace them manually. Microsoft researcher Mike Sinclair has been working with Dr. Robert Long, a senior conservation fellow at Woodland Park Zoo, and Joel Sauder, a wildlife biologist for Idaho Fish and Game, on a solution. The trio have developed an ultra-low power control processor, powered by lithium batteries, that’s programmed to dispense just three millilitres of liquid scent through a tiny peristaltic pump each day. Just enough to lure the animals, but more importantly, the hardware can last six to nine months without any maintenance.

Source: Microsoft, Woodland Park Zoo


Google engineer explains why your Nexus 5X is taking upside down photos

nexus_5x_camera_fingerprint_scanner_closeup_TAIf you’ve been playing with a Nexus 5X and third-party camera apps, you may have noticed some of them are shooting photos upside down. Weird, right? Well, it turns out it’s a pretty rare issue caused by how Google had to mount the camera sensor in the Nexus 5X to make everything fit.

The Nexus 5X has a camera sensor that’s mounted in reverse landscape, instead of the typical portrait orientation that everyone expects. To compensate for that weird orientation, Google’s new camera APIs account for that and keep things displaying the right way. Unfortunately, there are still many apps that use Android’s older API, and that’s where users are seeing problems.

The Nexus 6 actually saw some of these same problems at launch, but only with the front-facing camera. Since the front cam is less frequently used than the rear camera, it was less widespread than what we’re dealing with now.

The good news here is that your Nexus isn’t broken. You’ll just have to wait for app developers to update their applications to use Android’s newer API.

source: reddit

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Google explains why some Nexus 5X pictures are the wrong way up

If you recently splashed out on a brand spanking new Nexus 5X, you might be wondering why some of the images you take aren’t the right way up. It turns out that it’s a quirk of how the device was manufactured, thanks to a little insight from Google’s Eino-Ville Talvala. After users began to complain about the issue on Reddit, the engineer popped up to explain where the problem comes from, and how to fix it.

Via: XDA – Developers, SlashGear

Source: Reddit


The Hexo drone is your flying selfie companion

Hexo+ Hands-on

Hiring a film crew to capture your action sport exploits can cost thousands of dollars an hour while trying to take selfies as you barrel full-tilt down the side of a mountain is a great way to wind up in traction. But with the HEXO+ UAV from Squadrone Systems, you won’t have to do either. This semi-autonomous aerial camera platform pairs to your phone via Bluetooth and faithfully tracks movement, keeping you (or at least your phone) centered in the shot. I recently took an early production model out for a walk at San Francisco’s Fort Funston to see how well the HEXO+ actually performs and wound up starring in my own low-speed action flick.


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