Gone in 60 Seconds. Not the movie. Our drone. It was bouncing along the grass, struggling for liftoff, so Joy handed the controller to Bob, and said, “You try it.” Bob naturally pushed the lift lever all the way up and the drone climbed like a socialite at a garden party. Within three seconds it was out of sight. We couldn’t have been more surprised if we’d launched a pocket rocket. “There,” Joy said. “I think it came down over there.” This was all wishful thinking, of course. As we went through the grass and the nearby woods, the odds were growing that it came down in the next county. Maybe. Bob had made the most common mistake in droning, […]
Most people take photos with their phones, not digital cameras. So Yahoo.com/Tech did an informal test of the best phone cameras, using four tech reporters, and looking at six top phones. LG’s G4 phone won easily. Next came Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4. These were followed by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. HTC’s “One M9” came in last.
Use an upcoming facial recognition app while wearing Google Glasses and you will be able to glance at some people and instantly see their Facebook and LinkedIn histories as well as anything they might have posted on dating sites. What fun – and how exhausting. It all appears on a projection in front of your eye.
Phone photos are easy to share: just hand the phone to someone or tap the share button to send it somewhere. But how do you get the photos from a regular camera into a cell phone, so they can be easily shared? Well now there’s an easy to do that.
A reader tells us he bought a new Nikon Coolpix S9500 camera for $345. He asked the salesman “What’s that number in the lower left corner?” It was his elevation above sea level. The salesman then raised the camera over his head and the elevation number went up. “What’s that red arrow?” That’s the compass needle pointing north, he was told. It works with the GPS function. “Why does the number 180 come up when I press a button?” Because you selected panoramic view. When you press start, and begin to turn, it shuts off when you’ve done a half turn. It can also do a 360 or a floor to ceiling shot.
Color us impressed. We were too cheap to buy a fancy Ni