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New Lens Technology Could Bring Optical Zoom to Even the Thinnest Smartphones by 2016

A new type of lens technology will enable even the thinnest smartphones to utilize optical zoom. Smartphone cameras have improved exponentially since their introduction to the world, but one company still believes there’s plenty of room for improvement. That company is DynaOptics and their latest tech is promising to pack optical zoom into more smartphones Read MoreRead More

Disney Introduces Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras

Disney has created an system of automatically cutting multiple camera angles using computer algorithms. We present an approach that takes multiple videos captured by social cameras that are carried or worn by members of the group involved in an activity—and produces a coherent “cut” video of the activity. Footage from social cameras contains an intimate, Read MoreRead More

New Rules for Stylish and Proper Behavior with Guest Voice of Reason: Jerry Seinfeld

As technology pioneers, we are inundated with new gadgets, services, apps, messaging, games, and media. We’re doxing, vaping, and Lyfting. And that means there are new rules for how to behave. Is it ok to answer an email during dinner? Is Google Glass ever cool? We got some help from Jerry Seinfeld, keen observer of Read MoreRead More

Thomas Dolby Explains How a Synthesizer Works on a Jim Henson Kids Show (1989)

“She Blinded Me With Science” author Thomas Dolby explains in basic terms how a synthesizer works. We’ve all heard the musical fruits of audio synthesis, especially if we regularly listen to the pop of the 1980s. But how, exactly, does a synthesizer work? Ask a modern electronic-music enthusiast and the answer may come out too Read MoreRead More

Why Do We Hate Selfies? | PBS Idea Channel

Are we really about to defend SELFIES?! Yup. Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes Read MoreRead More

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