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MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

Think Fingerprint Scanners are Safe – Think Again

Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.

But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.

Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.

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Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint 'matched' with a real fingerprint
Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint ‘matched’ with a real fingerprint

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Don’t Just Jump Into an Expensive Smartphone

It's getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like...
It’s getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like the OnePlus 3T(Credit: Will Shanklin/New Atlas)

Premium smartphone flagships cost as much as 2-3 times more than their mid-ranged counterparts. In today’s market, the advantages of a more expensive phone are less distinct than ever. Here’s why even buyers that appreciate high-end builds and a buttery smooth software experience should think twice before paying top dollar for the latest and greatest. read more

Take 3D Photos with New iPhone 8

The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’.

An analyst has revealed that Apple is planning on implementing a front-facing camera with an infrared module that senses 3D space in the iPhone 8 handset.

This system could be used for a range of applications including, snapping a selfie that would be added to an augmented world, facial recognition or iris scanning.

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 The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’ (pictured is an artist impression of the iPhone 8 smartphone)

LATEST RUMOR 

The latest rumor regarding Apple’s iPhone suggests it will have a front-facing camera and infrared module that senses 3D space. 

The sensors in the phone are said to detect the location and depth of objects around it. 

The complete 3D system would send invisible IR light signals out from the phone and then wait for them to hit objects and return using the 1.4 megapixel IR receiver. 

The camera would be used for a range of applications including, placing the user’s face on a character in a game, facial recognition, iris scanning and overall improved selfies.

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Smartphones Could Learn From The Old Nokia

We think today's smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown...
We think today’s smartphone manufacturers could take a cue from phones like the Nokia 3310 shown here

The Nokia 3310 – one of the most popular cell phones in the world just after the turn of the millennium (along with its variations) – is having a surprising resurgence in popularity, amidst reliable rumors that Nokia will re-introduce a modernized version of the phone at the Mobile World Congress later this month. read more

Use Google Photos

How to use Google Photos for iOS to conquer your iPhone's photo storage issues
How to use Google Photos for iOS to conquer your iPhone’s photo storage issues

Many iPhone users have wrestled with storage limits, especially when it comes to managing the device’s camera roll. Apart from deleting old pics and purchasing a paid iCloud subscription, there’s another option for alleviating storage woes: using Google Photos for iOS. read more

Charge Every Device with No Wires

Imagine if you could walk into your living room and all your electronics started charging, without a single wire or plug needed.

According to a team of engineers at Duke University and the University of Washington, this idea isn’t too far from reality, and the technology already exists to build it.

They say a single charger mounted high on a wall could ‘beam’ power to several devices at once – from cellphones to smartwatches.

A schematic of how the in-home wireless charging system would work. A device similar to a flat-screen TV could continuously charge multiple devices throughout a room. 

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New Smartphone Tech

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was one of the hits of 2016, but what does 2017...
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was one of the hits of 2016, but what does 2017 have in store?

While we don’t have a magic crystal ball, a combination of what we’ve seen in 2016, plus one or two murmurs from the supply chains, gives enough clues to be able to make some fairly educated guesses about what’s ahead. read more

Take Better Photos

Christmas is a time to remember – the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.

With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we’re all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.

Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.

According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image) 

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ACCORDING TO A PRO

Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.

These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.

1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone’s camera do.

2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.

3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera’s core features.

4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren’t designed for.

5. Don’t just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.

6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them all at once.

7. When sharing your photos, don’t overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.

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Charge Your Phone in Seconds

Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created...
Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a supercapcitor that can be charged in seconds, and can go on to be recharged more than 30,000 times with no ill effects(Credit: University of Central Florida)

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