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What to Expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

June 23rd, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Consumer Electronics

Samsung’s newest addition to its smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is considered to be half-camera, half-smart phone. The device goes a bit beyond both camera and phone to give users a better image snapping experience. The phone uses the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and includes a 4.3 inch AMOLED 960X540 display, camera functions that can be accessed by simply twisting the Zoom Ring and a 10X optical zoom.

There is a second camera that faces the front of the device that is 1.9 MP and the phone features LTE as well as 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities. The camera functions of the smartphone can be easily activated by the Zoom Ring, which is simply a dial that surrounds the lens on the back of the device. Simply twisting the ring starts up the camera and the ring works perfectly even when talking or texting on the phone. It is designed to allow users to snap photos and send them instantly to whoever they are talking to or texting at the moment.

The Zoom Ring also allows users to select different camera modes and functions. The camera has a 16 MP CMOS sensor that is back-illuminated and is designed to allow for close-ups and landscapes no matter what the lighting conditions. Smart Mode will automatically adjust the camera settings once the users determine which preset mode is best, although the camera can also suggest the best settings.

Photo Suggest is a feature that will allow users to tap into libraries containing images provided by others so that photo opportunities can be recommended based on the user’s current location. In other words, the library contains various shots taken by other photographers and the camera will tell users where they can also take similar shots.

Users can also edit and order photo prints directly from the smartphone device. Photographs can be synced with computers as well for sharing and the full HD video capabilities allow for 30 frames per second of video. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to hit markets by the end of 2013. In some countries, preorders have already begun, showing that this stands to be a very popular device for the upcoming Christmas season. German consumers can preorder the device now for around $500 by Cyberport.de. The price for the device has not been officially set, although many speculate that it will come in at around the same price as the latest iPhone.

Tech-savvy consumers who are looking for a smartphone that is smart enough to help them take pictures as well will find the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom to be right up their alley. With a camera that is just as good as other digitals on the market and the addition of smartphone technology all in one device, this could be the most popular technology on the market by the end of the year. Other manufacturers may already be looking into designing their own device that will double as a phone and a high powered camera.

Edit Photos before Sharing with the Facetune App for iPhone

June 19th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Software

The App Store has many different apps that you can use for many different purposes. If you are looking for a fun app and one that allows you to completely edit your photos before you share them online, Facetune seems to be getting some rave reviews. The app costs about $3 and is essentially a portrait editor that allows you to improve how your pictures and your photo subjects look before you upload them to the internet.

Many consumers are using Facetune to improve their own looks before submitting their photos to Facebook and other social media sites as well as many online dating sites. While it may not promote complete honesty when it comes to how you look in person, some consumers like it just because they can change around photos and have fun with it.

The app gives you 10 tools that are very user friendly. Each tool has an easy interface and you can just grab the photo to zoom in and move the picture around to apply different effects. After you initially take the picture with the app, or you can load one into the app from your phone’s memory, you can start cropping it. There is a tool that will whiten your teeth so you can look like you just stepped out of the dentist’s office and one that will remove shiny looks from skin.

There is also a Details tool that lets you really make changes in great detail. You can accentuate your best features. If you want longer and fully eyelashes for instance, the tool allows you to change how your eyelashes look. You can also brighten your eyes and make them a deeper color and even change the shape of your face. Note that the Reshape tool should be used with caution. You can actually change your face shape so much that it becomes a bit distorted. A Refine button will enable you to make really fine adjustments to your face so you can cover up acne, wrinkles or anything else that you do not want showing in your photos.

A Patch tool lets you move and re-size your face and you can eliminate blemishes and other spots as well. A Tone button will enable you to change the tone of your skin or hair and make it lighter or darker. If you have a photo for instance that does not present you in the best possible light and your skin looks a bit pasty, you can darken it up a bit and make it look more natural. Of course there is also a Red Eye button so that you can remove red eyes from all of your photos and it allows you to remove blemishes and red marks as well.

Overall, the Facetune app is a fun application for iPhones that will allow you to spruce up any photo before you share it with others. It can come in quite handy if you are looking to produce a professional looking photo and you need to remove a few blemishes and other less-than-attractive aspects of your pictures.

Upgrading the Wi-Fi Card on Your Laptop

June 2nd, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Computers

Laptop computers are great for portability but unfortunately, they do not always have the amount of memory and storage that you need. Upgrading them is a common occurrence and relatively easy to do. Upgrading the Wi-Fi card on your laptop can help to improve performance as well. While most people opt to upgrade just the storage and memory and give no consideration to the Wi-Fi card on their laptops, a simple upgrade can have a major impact on how your laptop performs, giving you faster throughout and a greater range.

There are some things that you will want to think about when it comes to upgrading a Wi-Fi card or more specifically, when it comes to choosing the new card that you want to install. You have to determine whether or not your laptop uses a whitelist in the BIOS. If so, the card that you want to install may not be fully supported by your laptop. Most manufacturers do not tell you anywhere in your documentation whether or not they use a whitelist in the BIOS so you may have to hit the internet and do a bit of research to learn whether or not your laptop is going to be affected by this. You should be able to research the manufacturer and model of your laptop and find out if you are going to have problems with a new card.

You will also want to consider the size of card that you need. You can do this by finding the current card and looking at its size. New cards are typically half-eight although some laptops that are a few years old have full-eights. Your laptop may not be completely compatible with a half-eight and if you run into this problem you can simply use a bracket adapter which should solve the issue and make the new half-eight card fit properly.

When you begin the upgrade, you have to ensure that you unplug your power adapter and take out the battery if you can. If the battery cannot be removed, you will just need to proceed with caution to ensure that you do not inadvertently turn the laptop on while you have it apart. Once you have located the old card and are ready, you will need to detach the antennas. Make sure that you note how they antennas are connected so that you can properly reconnect them when you insert the new card. Remove the card from the mounting section and then lift it out.

You want to be certain that you line up the new card properly and do not put too much pressure on it when inserting it. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi cards will only go into the slot one way so if it seems as if the card will not fit, you may need to turn it. Once you have it in place, just screw it in and replace the antennas. You may need to install the drivers for the new card, although some laptops may pick up on the card and already have the drivers in place when you turn the laptop back on.