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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi Mobi Cloud intro (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

When EyeFi first launched the Mobi card, it seemed as if they greatly improved the service. The Mobi card was centered around transferring JPEG images to your phone quickly and easily through a two step process. If you wanted to send RAW images, you’d need to go with something else like the Eye-Fi Pro card.

Today though, the company is announcing not only a rebranding but a new service in EyeFi Cloud. The cloud is a premium service that they are pitching to those that use multiple devices. EyeFi Cloud enables someone to shoot and image, send it to their phone (or other device) which then in turn beams the images into the cloud. When the images hit the cloud, they’re accessible from your other devices such as your computer, tablet, or phone.

But we’re not sure that it’s for everyone.

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Earlier last year, we had a peek at Adobe Lightroom Mobile behind closed doors. It was in an Alpha stage at that point but had most of the functionality that the company wanted to get out with its release today. Fast forward to last week, and we were invited to sit with Digital Imaging Product Manager Sharad Mangalick to be briefed about the new Adobe Lightroom Mobile. If you’re the type of person that does some very minor edits to their photos (as most users seem to do) then you’re in for a real treat. While the mobile version of the product isn’t as robust as its desktop brother, it still gives the user quite a bit of control over their images as well syncing  with the also announced Adobe Lightroom 5.4.

At the moment, Adobe Lightroom Mobile is only available for the iPad. Sharad tells us that they’re focusing on the iOS version right now that the Android version will be done afterwards. Working with Android provides a host of problems, the least of which are the different screen sizes.

Coupled with calibration software like those from Spyder and X-Rite, Lightroom Mobile can be a great use to photographers that have a need for it. And like the full version of Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements, not everyone needs it.

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FaceCrypt iOS app

Android users have long enjoyed a feature called ‘Face Unlock’ which requires them to take a picture of their face (i.e. a “selfie”) in order to unlock their phones. While iPhone users are still relying on the classic slide-to-unlock and PIN technologies to unlock their phones, they can now secure sensitive data such as pictures or passwords with a new iOS app called FaceCrypt.

Similar to the technology used in Android devices, FaceCrypt requires the iPhone user to authenticate themselves by snapping a “selfie,” and will only unlock the 256-bit encrypted data when the image contains the correct biometric information. The data is stored in so-called ‘vaults,’ which can contain anything from photos, videos, notes and documents to passwords or credit card information.

Though the extra level of security that FaceCrypt adds will most certainly be appreciated by iPhone users that store sensitive data on their phones, there is a major problem with this app. Just like the Face Unlock feature in Android devices, FaceCrypt’s “selfie” lock is virtually unusable, as according to this flowchart it is really never acceptable to take a selfie. At all. And that includes encrypting or decrypting the data stored on your phone.

Luckily, FaceCrypt also supports unlocking via pattern or password, so you can still use the app for securing your data. It is available on iTunes for US-$ 6.99. Just make sure never to use the “selfie” lock. (We’re joking of course. But still, don’t take selfies.)

Via Digital Trends

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No more overly contrasted photos with the Lux feature! Instagram enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Facebook-owned photo and video social networking app has revamped its otherwise generally ineffective feature (it’s the one with the SUN icon).

The Lux feature was added to the app about 2 years ago to add more contrast and brightness to dull and poorly lit photos; but its effect was too strong to deem usable probably 80% of the time as it only makes the photos look more like badly executed HDR photos than nicely exposed shots. On Monday, however, the feature has been given a simple slider to customize the intensity of its effect. Now users of this crowd favorite photo-sharing service can use the feature more effectively by tweaking how much vibrancy, brightness, and detail enhancement every single shot gets. They can even add more softness to their shots, giving them a more vintage look.

Of course, this new update is only a small improvement and it’s nothing like what the VSCO Cam app already has. But we’re pretty sure this is but one of the many steps the service is taking towards something bigger as it just recently inked a $100 million advertising deal with Omnicom. How this deal will affect how its 150 million users will use the app remains to be seen but it’s clear that we will be seeing some more changes on Instagram in the near future.

For now, let’s just enjoy this minor enhancement. While there’s no word yet on whether on not it’ll be available for Android, iOs users can download the update now from the app store.

Via Cnet

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Ever since people started taking video on their smartphones, the internet has been plagued with countless terrible vertical videos filled with thick black bars that are like sticking thumbtacks into the viewers’ eyes. After years of wailing comments simply saying “vertical,” there may finally be hope on the horizon with an app named, appropriately enough, Horizon.

The folks at Evil Window Dog designed the iOS app to stop shooters from ever taking vertical video again. Using the iPhone’s gyroscope, Horizon automatically creates a smaller widescreen video recording window, no matter if the user is holding their smartphone completely vertically or off to some crooked angle. The trade-off of course is that the resulting footage loses its full resolution as well as some field-of-view. But, that’s a small sacrifice to fix the very real-world problem of “vertical video syndrome.”

On top of automatically cutting your video window to a 16:9 pane, Horizon also has some options to change it to a 1:1 or 4:3 aspect ratio. Additionaly, users can set the app to rotate as normal, rotate and scale the frame to fill the screen as it turns, and no rotation modes. There are even options to adjust the resolution to be VGA, 720p or Full HD. Currently, there isn’t any word of an Android app, but you can pick up Horizon from the iTunes store for $1.

Just say “no” to vertical video and check out the app in action after the jump.

Via Imaging Resource

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony QX10 QX100 for mobile phones (9 of 15)ISO 32001-640 sec at f - 2.8

Tonight, Sony is announcing a new update to their Play Memories Mobile app that enhances the usability of the QX cameras. Minor things are included, like better performance with iOS devices. But with that said, the QX10 and QX100 are receiving firmware updates too. Both cameras are getting 1080p 30p video recording in the MP4 format and ISO expansion to 12,800.

But the other cool thing is that shutter priority is coming to the QX100–which makes a ton of sense because the RX100 Mk II and Mk I both have full manual capabilities.

It’s going to be a very interesting day for the mobile photography world when these units get manual control–and then Nokia might be shaking. Maybe we’ll see something at CES 2014.