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Best use of GoPro Hero3 miniature digital camera

This is an awesome video featuring the lovely and a hula cam. What's a hula cam? Well, it's another example of the incredible potential of the new generation of miniature digital cameras. The clever guys at decided to put the brand-new black at 2.7k and 1080p 60fps on a hula hoop. Give it to a girl in a bikini on the beach and you have a super fun video!

We're pretty confident that these tiny digital cameras are going to have a huge impact on our lives, with fun implications for entertainment, helpful implications for security and possibly troubling implications for privacy.

Picture This: An Instagram Camera

Adding blur in Photoshop

It's now going to be much easier.

CES kicks off

Gadgets for the holidays

The holiday season is here, and today is Cyber Monday so it's time to go searching for deals. There are a ton of gadget gift guides out there, and has a . The is one of the featured products.

There are a ton of gadget gift guides out there, so do your research and you'll find some great stuff. You can start with the ones from and .

Great gadgets holiday gift guide

Johnny Depp can't see his own 3D movies

That's right - according to TG Daily, the actor famous for playing in one of Disney's most spectacular 3D films, , can't see 3D images.

Here's what the actor said to Access Hollywood:

The condition, though unnamed and not recorded, is actually fairly prevalent according to most sources. I wouldn't exactly call it a surprise, but it's certainly intriguing to see all the effort behind shooting in 3D wasted on one of the film's most prominent actors.

Cisco drops the Flip

The future of the point-and-shoot (there isn't one)

MG Siegler at TechCrunch has put together another interesting article, this time on the future of the point-and-shoot camera. His basic point is that the industry is . Though he makes some good points, I think it's too late.

Siegler starts his article with an anecdote about his latest camera purchase, a high end Canon point-and-shoot, the S95, which he also says he uses five percent of the time. I can't imagine why you would spend $400 on a camera you would use so little, particularly when the impetus behind most point-and-shoots is having pictures you can share. There are plenty of options at the prosumer DSLR level that can take better pictures for hardly more cost. If you need something more social, get a decent phone.

Siegler mentions all of this, but I think it's actually too late for the point-and-shoots to make the necessary changes. Phones are just too far ahead. Sure, the S95 takes vastly superior pictures to my , but the times I want to take decent pictures I plan ahead. The rest of the time, I don't want to be carrying another device with me. My phone is plenty sufficient if it means I don't have to keep track of another device.

As cell phone cameras continue to improve, point-and-shoots will be more and more marginalized. Sure, there are still people buying them - a fairly significant part of the market - but dedicated devices rarely do well for everyday use. This is the same reason we aren't going to see the Peek take off. Yes, it's nice for checking email or tweeting, but do you really want to carry around the same device. Granted, a good point-and-shoot offers much more functionality than the Peek does, but it's the same physical limitation. I don't always want to have a bag with me, or worry about whether I'll break something important if I put my camera in my pocket. I want something quick and usable, not something for taking super high-quality pictures. If I want that, I'll take my DSLR. I don't need an in-between.

Of course, that's also where Siegler's article ends. It seems for him that the dream of a connected point-and-shoot is truly a dream, and one that won't be realized before smartphones have killed the market segment.

The power behind Microsoft's Kinect

3D IMAX porn is on the way

We have regular porn. We have streaming porn. We have 3D porn, giant porn, mobile porn, and now, we will have 3D IMAX porn. Yes, folks, gigantic people parts smacking all over each other IN 3D! This is just sad.

The film, based on a classic Chinese erotic text, is being shot in Hong Kong. Director Christopher Sun thinks porn will bring the "wow factor" that porn viewers long for. "Somehow when you're doing a 3-D movie you always want to make an impressive image because the viewers ... are going to buy tickets with double or even triple the ticket price to get into a world they've never seen before," he said. He's right on one count. I don't live in a world of giant balls.

For all of you thinking this is a great idea, remember that . On both sides. Someone you don't know. Oh, he's also probably touching himself. I can think of very few things I would rather do in a theater than watch porn. And just in case you thought maybe this one time the porn industry would try to make a respectable film, consider this: "The sex scenes are explicit and sometimes violent, but the main theme of the story is love," according to the director. NOthing says good love like violent sex.


Microsoft can use gyroscopes and accelerometers too!

Lots of reviews coming this week

Things have been a little slow over here as I've been working on a few other projects and dealing with some big announcement over on . This week we'll be back in full swing though, and I'm adding a bunch of reviews to the site.

Later in the week you'll start to see some of the new accessories. Over the rest of the summer I'll be getting a few more, but for now I've got at least a dock to show off. I'll also be covering the Booq line of laptop bags (more specifically the Boa S Nerve) and Warpia's wireless PC-to-TV broadcast system.

I've also been starting to dig around . I had played with the software a bit when it first launched, but without any high quality images, it wasn't a piece of software I cared to invest in. Now that I have my shiny new camera, I think it's time I take a more serious look. I'll be posting my impressions throughout the week as I get to know the ins and outs of photo management (from what I hear, Aperture is the way it should be done).

My new toy!

iPhone 4 camera shots

The best camera is the one you have with you, and since my new favorite point-and-shoot is built into my phone, I should be all set. When the 3GS came out last year, . There were still a lot of situations, though, where the was terrible (low light, of course). The iPhone changes that with the addition of a flash and another megapixel bump, putting the iPhone camera on par with all but the best in the point-and-shoot category. The fact that the camera is built into the phone is more than enough to discourage me from taking a point-and-shoot anywhere.

Obviously the camera will still shoot best in bright, natural light, like you find in North Carolina when it's almost 100 degrees. The colors are bright and vibrant, a trait most of the professional photographers I've spoken with say Apple borrowed from Nikon's processing style. It was pretty windy today, so I was surprised to see how focused the pictures of the flowers came out (still a little blurry away from the focal point). Overall, the sensor handles light well, and the camera is fast enough to catch a bit of motion.

In low light the story is still pretty grim. Even with a flash there's a lot of noise, though that's typically true of most point-and-shoots. This isn't meant for high-quality photography, though, and when viewed as most camera phone shots are these days - on Facebook - the will stand up with the best your friends can offer. That's thanks to the f2.4 lens, compared with the f2.8 or above offered on most phones. It's nice to have that extra light and extra width.

On the whole, Apple's taken a decent camera and turned it into a true point-and-shoot replacement for taking quick shots on the fly. And it is quick. The limited controls are just a tap away, and there are so few (some say it's good, some say it's bad) you won't spend the precious seconds trying to find a setting. You'll snap the picture, again and again, which is exactly the point of carrying a quick and dirty camera with you wherever you go.


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