Archive for May, 2014

This Blade Runner Art Show Will Hold You Over Until the Sequel

This Blade Runner Art Show Will Hold You Over Until the Sequel

Not long ago we covered an Indiegogo venture that was too good an idea not to let the world know. Six months later Moments Lost: A Blade Runner Tribute has come to complete fruition and it brought some really succulent Blade Runner fanfiction along with it.

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Nicholas Stango

May 31st

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What the Synapses in Your Brain Actually Look Like

What the Synapses in Your Brain Actually Look Like

Without synapses, your neurons wouldn't be able to communicate and your brain would be little more than a ball of meat. Exactly what synapses look like has been a mystery until now, and it turns out that even though their job is simple, they're complicated as hell.

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Eric Limer

May 31st

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Pizza Slice Pizza Plates Are a Classier Way To Serve Pizza Pie

Pizza Slice Pizza Plates Are a Classier Way To Serve Pizza Pie

Paper plates might be ok in a barbecue scenario, or for serving birthday cake, but a greasy pizza will make short work of what little structural integrity they had to begin with. When a slice of pepperoni pie is on the menu, there's no better way to serve it up than on a set of these pizza graphic plates.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 31st

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This week in tech reads: What really happens when you shock a dead brain with electricity, the real

This week in tech reads: What really happens when you shock a dead brain with electricity, the real science behind the summeriest sci-fi movies, ex-Lulzsec hacker walks free, and more!

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Eric Limer

May 31st

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The Forgotten History Of CGI

The Forgotten History Of CGI

The roots of CGI lie in the first mechanical aids to drawing and painting. The earliest of these were developed to help solve a problem every artist has found to be sticky: perspective.

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Ron Miller on io9, shared by Eric Limer to Gizmodo

May 31st

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Review: VoiceSnap allows you to control your iOS camera remotely with voice commands [giveaway]

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VoiceSnap, a new app from MocaApps LLC, allows you to take photos using voice commands on an iPhone or other iOS device. Rich in features, the app is very customizable and includes the settings needed to make it an effective solution for taking photos.

When you first open the app, it asks for permission to use your microphone, and then brings you into a concise, helpful tutorial comprised of seven screens you flip through.


As I started to use the app, it worked pretty much as the tutorial indicated. There is a brief delay between when you say the command “Voice Snap, take a picture,” and when the shutter actually clicks. The app then saves the photo to the camera roll.

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Settings can be accessed with the gear icon on the bottom right. The app has a nice selection of options, such as a square cropping mode, a grid to properly align your photos, and burst mode. I liked that when I changed certain settings, a prompt was generated that explained what that setting does.

Also in settings, the Remote Snap feature allows you to use another iOS device to take a photo from a distance by using voice commands or simply tapping the button at the bottom of the app.

The two iOS devices must be paired via Bluetooth to enable this mode. The images below reflect the pairing process and remote snap mode using an iPhone remotely via an iPad.

The Remote Snap feature also allows you to control the iOS camera by pinching to zoom, changing the flash settings, setting a timer, and switching between the front and rear cameras. The flash setting has an always-on lighting option that can act as a flashlight, which can be handy if you want to take multiple photos without startling your subject with the flash.

At the bottom of the settings is a theme setting, which allows you to use the app in light or dark mode, with an option to switch between the two automatically.

The app can also use shorter, more practical voice commands. At the bottom of the settings page, tap Info, then Voice Commands. A list of commands that the app can recognize is displayed.

Taking photos remotely from another iOS device gives the app significant additional functionality. For example, you can mount your iPhone on a small tripod, and then snap a nice photo that is very steady with no jiggle. You could already do this with the center button on a pair of earbuds with remote and mic, but that method only allows you to move a few feet away from your iPhone when snapping the photo.

Voice Snap can be very useful in situations where you have a perfectly-framed shot set up on a tripod and want to remotely snap it without accidentally moving the camera. To me, much of the usefulness of the app is because of the remote snap feature, which can also be used with non-iOS Bluetooth devices.

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After spending some time with the app, I’ve found it to be a great deal for the price. VoiceSnap is available in the App Store for $1.99.

Giveaway:

10 download codes for Voice Snap will be given away randomly. To enter the giveaway, post a link to this article on Twitter and mention @whitneyjmarks and @mocaapps. Winners will be announced on Twitter on June 6th.


Filed under: Apps, Reviews Tagged: app giveaway, Camera apps for iPhone, selfies, voice commands

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May 31st

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Do You Ever Snoop on Friends’ Phones?

Do You Ever Snoop on Friends' Phones?

If you've ever disabled the PIN on your lock screen (hi, hello), or lent your phone to someone, you know the feeling. Oh shit I left my phone in there with them! I hope I don't have anything embarrassing on there. Shit, did I leave that tab open? It's OK. I can trust them, right? Can I trust you? Time to fess up.

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Eric Limer

May 31st

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Google’s Stealthy Logo Update, Beats by Apple, Pink Slime, and More

Google's Stealthy Logo Update, Beats by Apple, Pink Slime, and More

WWDC is on the horizon, and we're waiting with bated breath about what iOS 8 might bring. But in the meantime Google tweaked its logo ever so slightly, Apple bought Beats f'reals, we tried out the Surface Pro 3, pondered pink slime, and saw some new self driving cars. Check out all that and more below!

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Eric Limer

May 31st

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The FCC may finally admit that 4Mbps doesn’t count as ‘broadband’ anymore

How Is Broadband Speed Defined

When companies like Comcast talk about all of the intense "competition" they face in the broadband market, chances are they're talking either about competition from mobile carriers that have capped data plans or from 5Mbps DSL services that are no longer adequate to meet our needs in the age of Netflix streaming. However, The Washington Post reports that the Federal Communications Commission is finally looking into changing its antiquated definition of broadband, which now stands at any Internet service that delivers download speeds of 4Mbps or higher.

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Brad Reed

May 31st

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One Man’s Crazy Quest To Build a Tiny House on the Moon

One Man's Crazy Quest To Build a Tiny House on the Moon

There's no end to fantasies about living on the moon. Actually possible moon bases , fictional Nazi moon bases , insane Newt Gingrich moon bases . Swedish artist Mikael Genberg has a more modest goal: one, tiny, uninhabited lunar house by 2015.

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Eric Limer

May 31st

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