Posts tagged: iOS

Google Shutting Down Picasa

Ed Lee
 Feb 16, 2016

Google PhotosOn February 12, Google announced that it would be retiring Picasa, its photo management software program, and
Picasa Web Album, its  online sharing service, to put more focus on Google Photos. From my perspective, this is a bit of sad news. I have been a user and fan of Picasa since before it was officially launched almost 14 years ago. Read more »

Amazon attempts to set “Fire” to the smartphone market

Carrie Sylvester
 Jun 24, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone

June 18th marked the introduction of the Amazon Fire phone, Amazon’s first entrance into the smartphone market. The Fire phone features a 13 MP (front facing) camera with an f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. The base model features 32GB of storage and comes with free unlimited Cloud storage through Amazon’s Cloud Drive. The handset itself has a 4.7-inch display featuring Gorilla Glass, aluminum buttons, and a rubberized grip area. Performance wise the handset features a Quad-core Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.

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I Want to Print My Mobile Photos – A Windows Phone User’s Tale of Woe

Carrie Sylvester
 May 14, 2014

Recently, I have been thinking about printing photos from my smartphone. I have a high-resolution camera phone with some advanced photo features and had taken some pictures that I thought came out particularly well and a few I applied some artsy filters to as well. I wanted to see if they looked as good off screen. As if somehow Snapfish read my mind, the service introduced a promotion to get people printing photos from its smartphone app. The mobile-only promotion offers 100 free prints a month (4 x 6-inch), for one year, for mail delivery only.

Being a Windows Phone user, I went to see if there was a Snapfish app in the Windows Phone store. A search for “Snapfish” resulted in “We couldn’t find a match.” Then I searched for Shutterfly, which found a “Shutterfly” app, which was not from the official Shutterfly but from an unknown developer instead. I even dug far back in my photo print memory and looked up “York Photo” – no match. I expanded the search to “print photos” and a long list of apps came up but only a handful of recognizable brand names — Walgreens and Kodak Pic Flick being two of them.

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Microsoft Hopes that a “Royalty Free OS” Will Bring More Windows Mobile Devices to Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Apr 7, 2014

Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.

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September News Heats Up Mobile Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 20, 2013

Image credit: ZDNet

iOS (iPhone) in the News

Apple once again held true to its history of a September iPhone introduction. There was much speculation around the impending announcement and Apple delivered by introducing two models on September 11th — the iPhone 5c and the 5s. Although the overall excitement for some seems to be waning that never stops the true Fan Boys; the very day the phones were announced, there was a guy in Tokyo that lined up in front of his local Apple Store and lines continue to form wherever the phones will be available even though they will be available  on September 20th.

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 – who says a camera phone ISN’T a “real” camera?

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 15, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020

So you think your camera phone takes “good” pictures? Last week Nokia introduced a new smartphone that plans to change our definition of “good” mobile photos. The handset manufacturer from Finland introduced the Lumia 1020 on July 11th in New York City, a Windows smartphone that features a 41 megapixel camera with advanced photo features.

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Kodak Introduces the Prosper 5000XLi

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 11, 2013

At Hunkeler Innovationdays this week (February 11th to 15th in Lucerne, Switzerland), Kodak announced a new version of its Prosper high-speed inkjet printing system. The Prosper 5000XLi includes a new extended paper path, an improved transport/drying system, new more durable inks, and software improvements that better leverage existing camera/sensor feedback systems. Key to the features of the 5000XLi are items that improve quality for many applications, but particularly for high-coverage output on coated papers. For those types of applications, the optional Image Optimization Station (IOS) provides an in-line treatment (an aqueous coating) that allows users to use commodity papers instead of more expensive inkjet-treated offerings. The 5000XLi will replace the Prosper 5000XL. Upgrades will be available for current Prosper 5000 systems. The 5000XLi will be available immediately after Hunkeler Innovationdays.

Prosper 5000XLi at Mercury Print in Rochester, New York

I had a chance to see the Prosper 5000XLi running live at a user site in Rochester, New York. The site, Mercury Print (www.mercuryprint.com), has had its Prosper 5000 since July of 2011 and served as the beta site for the new 5000XL. It has also added the monochrome Prosper 1000, which was installed at the end of December.

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Smart Cameras and Facebook Printing Dominate Late Summer News

Alan Bullock
 Sep 6, 2012

It’s hard to recall a week with so much interesting news in the photo industry since the glory days of PMA trade shows. With Photokina less than a month away, the eight days from Wednesday, August 22, to Wednesday, August 29 saw a number of significant announcements hit the wires. Here are the highlights… Read more »

Walgreens Goes After the Mobile Print Market

David Haueter
 Aug 17, 2012

With more consumers using smartphones as everyday cameras, vendors in the photo output market are striving to come up with easier ways to print photos captured on mobile devices. Walgreens is one of the leading retailers in the U.S. market, and has been proactive in going after the mobile photo market. Back in July, they introduced a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit (SDK) into their apps, which will enable photo printing directly from iOS and Android mobile devices. The QuickPrints SDK is already implemented into seven partner apps, and is the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for developers to integrate their in-store services.

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Google and Motorola Join Circles

Carrie Sylvester
 May 23, 2012

On May 22, 2012, Google’s deal to purchase Motorola Mobility became official. The final purchase price was $12.5 billion. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business that will be headed by Dennis Woodside, former President of Google’s Americas region. Woodside has created a team of new executives with varied industry backgrounds (DARPA, Amazon and NVIDIA) along with some members of Motorola Mobility’s team. Under the terms of the acquisition, Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of the Android operating system and Android will remain open.

The big questions on many minds is what does this mean for Google’s open platform and how does it benefit the mobile industry?

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