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This pair of Apple patents hints at folded optics in future iPhones

Imaging Resource - Fr, 09/10/2015 - 19:19
It looks like Light isn’t the only mobile-oriented camera company that wants to make use of folded optics. According to a pair of patents published last month, Apple is also looking to utilize the dimension-saving technique to make more impressive cameras without adding bulk to its devices. In the text and illustrations within the patent documentation, originally filed in May 2014, Apple has already developed an entire collection of optical formulas that it could potentially implement into upcoming iOS devices such as the iPhone. In particular, the patent...
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URLs Beyond the Web

A List Apart - Fr, 09/10/2015 - 13:30

With the newest versions of the two most popular mobile operating systems, iOS 9 and Android M, third-party native applications will be able to respond to URLs, rather than a web browser, enabling deep-linking into applications. Tapping a link to a tweet will open Twitter’s official application and display it there, if the application is installed, rather than navigating to the tweet in the default browser.

This has some major implications for what we think of as “the web,” and how we build experiences for it. I don’t think “the web” consists only of websites. I see everything we build that is connected via the internet as “the web.” As John Gruber said:

We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS. Apps and websites are peers, not competitors.

The things we build are—and should be—peers, but the shared language of the web, the URL, has not been fulfilling its “universal” promise. And yet, the universality of the web is what makes it one of the greatest technological achievements in human history.

After championing progressive enhancement for so long, we know that not all experiences are the same—nor should they be. I see URL-enabled applications as the next level in the progressive enhancement approach: those with the associated app installed will be sent to the app, since we might reasonably assume that’s their preferred experience, those without the app installed (or without it available on their device altogether) will be sent to the website.

I’ve talked before about not drawing such hard lines between experiences, and about letting operating systems handle the parts they can handle best. Application deep-linking is a great example of both. Another level has been opened up for our progressively-enhanced experiences, and it’s up to us to take advantage of that.

Cool URIs don’t change.” Even cooler ones work everywhere.

Kategorien: Webdesign

Behind the Scenes: Recording a music video with Samsung NX cameras

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 09/10/2015 - 13:00

Seattle-based band Ever So Android are an indie rock trio who have played all over the western USA. Their energetic live shows pack venues throughout the year in their hometown, but recently, they performed their single 'Moment' for a different crowd: a small crew of filmmakers armed with Samsung NX1 and NX500 cameras, led by director Brad Strain. Read more

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DJI unveils Osmo, the world’s first fully integrated, stabilized handheld 4K camera

Imaging Resource - Do, 08/10/2015 - 21:53
    DJI is traditionally viewed as a drone company, but today they’ve unveiled a new product that proves the sky is most definitely not the limit; it’s just the beginning. It’s called the Osmo and it’s the world’s first fully integrated, stabilized handheld 4K camera. To develop Osmo, DJI took its knowledge of gimbals and camera systems to create a device that strives to let anyone capture high-definition, stabilized 4K footage without breaking the bank. The Osmo uses DJI’s three-axis gimbal mounted onto an ‘intelligent’...
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Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body

Digital Photography Review - Do, 08/10/2015 - 20:13

US-based startup Light has officially introduced its L16, a portable device packed with 16 individual cameras, ten of which capture an image at the same time at different fixed focal lengths. The resulting photograph is a composite of all the individual images combined, with a final resolution of up to 52 megapixels. An earlier prototype of this camera was shown off this past April. Read more

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Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery

Digital Photography Review - Do, 08/10/2015 - 19:22

The iPhone 6S doesn't look too different from the iPhone 6 that it replaces, but its camera module has been significantly improved. Now offering 12MP and snappier performance, the camera on the iPhone 6S is impressively capable. We've been out and about with the new phone, taking plenty of pictures in a range of different situations. Click through to see our gallery of real-world samples

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A look inside a 60 year old Sears Photography Catalog shows GAS isn’t anything new

Imaging Resource - Do, 08/10/2015 - 18:37
Long before the days of the internet, let alone Amazon, one of the most effective ways to shop without leaving your home was through mail order catalogs, an idea thrusted into mailboxes across the globe by two men, by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck. Together, these two men created the most successful and ubiquitous mail order catalog to ever exist, the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog. Over the course of its existence, which began in 1888, the catalog took many forms, with Sears, Roebuck and Company releasing numerous versions, specialized for target...
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Light announces the L16, a 52-megapixel ‘DSLR-killer’ that fits in your pocket

Imaging Resource - Do, 08/10/2015 - 05:06
Over the past six months we’ve taken an inside look at and shared in-depth interviews with the brilliant minds behind Light, a photography startup looking to ‘reimagine photography’ with a unique multi-module point-and-shoot camera its founders call an ‘SLR-killer’. Today, Light has announced the L16, its first real-world product that was first teased in prototype renderings shared with us in April of 2015. As the renderings showed and our interviews explained, the L16 packs in sixteen 13-megapixel camera modules at three...
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FAA hands out record $1.9M fine to Chicago-based SkyPan for illegal drone use

Imaging Resource - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 21:27
The FAA isn’t playing games when it comes to the reckless and illegal flight of drones. Yesterday, the FAA announced it was hitting SkyPan, a Chicago-based real estate aerial video company, with a whopping $1.9-million fine for illegally flying its drones in both Chicago and New York. According to the FAA, ‘SkyPan conducted 65 unauthorized operations in some of our most congested airspace and heavily populated cities, violating airspace regulations and various operating rules.’ As a result the FAA is handing out a record-breaking fine that SkyPan has 30 days...
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Sony spins off image sensor division to form its own company

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 19:02

Sony Corporation is to split the part of its business that makes imaging sensors away from the Devices segment that it currently comes under, to form its own company called Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. Sony has said that the degree of autonomy that the new company will enjoy will allow it to react more quickly to changing market forces and will encourage the business to grow more quickly. Read more

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Manfrotto launches Pixi Evo mini tripods for DSLRs

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 19:02

Manfrotto has launched the Pixi Evo, a miniature lightweight tripod with two-section legs and five adjustable steps. The Pixi Evo represents a design update over the original Pixi mini tripod, and is designed, in part, to support entry-level DSLRs with large lenses. Read more

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And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 16:00

PIX 2015 has given us the opportunity to do something we've wanted to do for a long time: present awards recognizing the significant bits of photographic gear that have been announced in the last year. We handed them out last night, see which products were winners. Read more

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Tenba updates its Messenger DNA bags with new colors and silent velcro

Imaging Resource - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:46
Tenba has announced an update to its Messenger DNA lineup with a slightly new look, more color options and a single standout feature that sets this bag apart from the hundreds of others on the market. Now available in four earth-inspired colors (Graphite, Olive, Cobalt and Copper), the updated Messenger DNA lineup features a unique velcro that is practically silent. Inspired by velcro developed for military personnel – to allow soldiers the ability to open their packs in the field without giving away their position – this innovative feature provides the...
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Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: The Analog Revolution

A List Apart - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:29

Paper books and vinyl records: they’re not just for hipsters anymore. I’ve tried to hold back on commenting on this cultural shift toward more analog products, because it’s such an easy target for jokes. But I think it’s time for us to face the inevitable: there’s a very peaceful and quiet revolution happening right under our noses. And those of us who work in software have to start paying attention to it.

The evidence for this shift is all around us. Craig Mod’s recent essay on reading made a big impact online. In Future Reading he describes his journey there and back again—from paper books to going all-digital for many years, to an almost unconscious shift back to paper. What’s interesting about the article is not only what’s there, but what’s not. Gone is the nostalgic longing for “the smell of books” that is the butt of so many jokes. In its place we find arguments for the tangible benefits of reading non-digital books—their permanence, their design, their readability.

Closer to home, a friend told me recently that he went back to buying CDs because he needs the physical reminder of what’s in his music library. Digital music just kind of disappears once the files go “in the computer.” As for me, I’ve been bearing the brunt of my friends’ ridicule for a while now, since I went back to buying vinyl records. Yes, I think they sound better than digital music, but my reasons also have a lot to do with permanence and tactility—it’s an activity I can enjoy with my daughters, and something that will hopefully bring back positive memories for them once I’m long gone and they sort through their (inherited) collection. And I’m clearly not alone in this.

All of these thoughts have been swimming in my head as I reflected on what I really want to talk about in this column: the idea that “software is never done.” This has become a rallying cry in our industry—a way to push ourselves to constantly make things better. We use those words for anything from excuses to ship terrible MVPs, to arguments with engineers about why we need to move that button 3px to the left. Some of the consequences of this meme are good. Continuous, incremental improvement is a good thing. But there are also some bad parts.

It isn’t that long ago that software actually was done when it came out. Only a couple of decades ago, new operating systems showed up on a CD-ROM and we made VHS videos about how to use them:

When Windows 95 came out, it was done. Yes, there were some patches to it, but they were few and far between, and in general quite difficult to come by. But of course, then the internet and app stores happened, and suddenly everything changed.

The thing about “software is never done” is that sometimes the software gets better, but often it does not. Talk to any long-time Evernote user about the product changes over the past year and see if they’re able to contain their rage. Take a look at the recent release of Paper by FiftyThree and how this beloved product has become close to incomprehensible. Last night I just wanted to watch something, but when I turned on my PS4 I had to wait ten minutes for it to update. I have no idea what changed. Everything still looked the same. But hey, software is never done. Even our updaters need updates sometimes.

Contrast this way of looking at the world to the architect’s view of the buildings they design. Here is Jennifer Fraser in What I Bring to UX From Architecture:

As an architect, the implicit permanence of designing a building carries with it a sense of responsibility… I can’t help but wonder if we would have better designed products if some of that responsibility and sense of permanence of architecture found its way into what we do as user experience designers.

And here’s Tony Fadell, talking about the creation of the Nest thermostat:

Fadell looks out at the Manhattan skyline and says that he always wanted to be an architect; that buildings stay beautiful forever but digital devices are quickly obsolete. “You look at hardware or software five years later? They’re crap. You would never use them again. People use architecture all the time.”

His voice rises. “What is our form of architecture? What is the thing that lasts of beauty?”

So I wonder. I wonder what would happen if we felt the weight of responsibility a little more when we’re designing software. What if we go into a project as if the product we make might not only be done at some point, but might be something that lasts for a while? Would we make it fit into the web environment better, give it a timeless aesthetic, add fewer unnecessary features, and spend more time considering the consequences of our design decisions?

All of this brings me back to the analog revolution. I’m fascinated by our renewed passion for things that are permanent (warts and all) and tactile. I think we need to take that trend seriously, and it needs to influence the way we make.

To make this more concrete, I think we need more software that has ties to physical objects. I know we’re a bit disillusioned with the “Internet of Things”—and for good reason. But I know we can do better. Designers like Josh Clark have been thinking and writing about this for a while. It’s within our reach to bring some physicality to some of our designs.

Most importantly, I think we need more software that’s done—not all of it, just more of it. Just like we’re always going to have prefab buildings to serve a particular function at a particular time, software that continues to change and improve pushes us forward and is absolutely necessary. But maybe it’s ok for that app you’re working on to be done. And by going into it with a realization that it’s going to be done some day, you might even make something that lasts for decades.

We don’t have to give up on digital products, or fight the analog revolution. But we must learn from it, take what’s good, and throw away the rest. And on that note, let’s at the very least agree that dragging a file into a trash can isn’t nearly as satisfying as crumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it over your shoulder

Kategorien: Webdesign

Video: Cristina Mittermeier delivers PIX 2015 keynote

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 04:40

Day one of our PIX 2015 re:FRAME speaker lineup wrapped up with a moving keynote presentation from Cristina Mittermeier. Read more

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This tiny drone packs Sony’s 4K Exmor sensor into one high-tech frame

Imaging Resource - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 02:32
It seems as though each new day brings a new drone to the market. As a result, companies are looking to become more and more innovative and advanced than the previous days’ products. One such company is Vantage Robotics, whose Snap drone packs a lot of power and a clever design into a device that can fit inside your backpack. Built with video in mind, the Snap uses Sony’s Exmor IMX 377 1/2.3” 4K sensor – the first drone to our knowledge that contains Sony’s Exmor sensor. In addition to shooting 4K footage at 30fps, Snap can also capture 1080p video at up...
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Nikon J5 Field Test: A worthy contender in the crowded compact camera market

Imaging Resource - Di, 06/10/2015 - 23:26
    Announced back in March 2015, the newest addition to the Nikon 1-series of compact mirrorless cameras, the Nikon 1 J5, brings about a number of upgrades and improvements over J4 in terms of image quality and performance, as well as a few design quirks like the lack of a PASM mode dial in the predecessor. Inside, the J5 shows off a brand-new CX-format (1"-type) CMOS image sensor with a slightly higher resolution of 20.8 megapixels. It's also a backside illuminated design, which should improve noise performance.  The camera also...
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Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze

Digital Photography Review - Di, 06/10/2015 - 22:50

Adobe has released Camera Raw 9.2, introducing a local version of its new dehaze adjustment. ACR 9.2 also adds support for the DxO ONE, though not for the camera's SuperRAW files. Other cameras supported by the update are the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, Sony Alpha 7S II and Leica S (Typ 007). Read more

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with larger screen and more power

Digital Photography Review - Di, 06/10/2015 - 20:39

Today Microsoft not only launched two new smartphones with PureView camera, but also the latest incarnation of its high-end Surface Pro tablet capable of running full desktop apps, such as Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom. Read more

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These color-corrected photos from the Apollo missions are literally out of this world

Imaging Resource - Di, 06/10/2015 - 17:23
Earlier this week, The Project Apollo Archive, in collaboration with NASA, released over 8,400 high-resolution images from the historic Apollo missions. All of the photos, which have been left unprocessed, are available for public consumption on Flickr, where they are licensed under Public Domain. As such, the photos can be shared, altered and reproduced without any restrictions. It was this creative freedom that gave photographer Jeremy Dreier the idea to take some of the best unprocessed images and color correct them to account for the overexposures,...
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