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Instagram’s Hyperlapse app allows you to shoot time lapse videos

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 1 Comment

Hyperlapse by Instagram

If you are at all into videography or photography for that matter, then you will definitely be excited about Instagram’s latest app – and no, it’s got nothing to do with vintage filters.

Hyperlapse is one of Instagram’s first ever stand alone apps, meaning it functions outside of Instagram. However, that doesn’t make it any less cooler, in fact, Hyperlapse will almost certainly take off.

Hyperlapse is a video recording app that allows you to record time lapse videos. It essentially also allows you to stabilize and smooth out a video – a handy tool that any videographer will appreciate.

What is so cool about Hyperlapse, is that it makes taking time lapse videos and stabilizing videos easier and more accessible to everyone. Previously, this was only possible with expensive equipment and software.

Hyperlapse is also super easy to use. The entire app is very simple and straightforward and doesn’t fuss around with unnecessary functions. Some may complain that it doesn’t really offer you any video editing options, but personally I feel that is unnecessary anyway.

With the app, you simply record a video then choose what speed you want it to playback. You can choose to make the video up to 12 times faster than normal.

Should you choose to make your video just 1x faster, it will simply stabilize that video. However, choosing 12x faster will result in a more traditional looking time lapse video that you know.

To stabilize the videos, Hyprlapse makes use of Instagram’s own image stabilization algorithms – a very clever initiative if you keep in mind how expensive stabilization software and rigs are. (more…)

Impress Me – an app to help you land your dream job

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

impressme

We all know that finding a job – and a job that you actually want – in this day and age can almost be an impossible task. With so many people looking for the same job as you are, it is almost a certainty that your resumé will end up in a pile of other, equally impressive resumés.

That is why you need to stand out from the crowd – and that is exactly what the Impress Me app looks to do; helping you stand out from the crowd to land the job of your dreams.

Impress Me is a video-based app that allows you to visually impress your potential employer and address them ‘face-to-face’ without even being called in for an interview.

The premise is actually really simple. The app allows you to submit a unique video clip of yourself, telling recruiters or potential employers exactly why you are right for the job. Impress Me also has a search function, detailing various open positions in an array of different fields. You can, for instance, search for a job in the computing and IT field, find a job you would be interested in, and submit your video.  (more…)

More tech giants accept ice bucket challenge

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, No Comments

Gates Ice Bucket

Last week we reported on Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who stepped up the ‘ice bucket challenge’ in support of ALS disease.

Both Nadella and Zuckerberg doused themselves with ice water in order to raise awareness and money for the destructive neurodegenerative disease.

As you probably know by now, the challenge works like any other social media challenge; once you have performed the challenge, you get to nominate other people to do the same within 24-hours.

Nadella nominated Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge and posted his video on YouTube.

Bezos proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of ice water on stage during a company, ‘all-hands’ meeting. He did think ahead though, as he stood in a ridiculous looking inflatable kiddies pool while dousing himself.

His nominations seemed to have a theme – Star Trek. Bezos nominated Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and  George Takei.  (more…)

Zuckerberg, Nadella do ‘ice bucket challenge’ for charity

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

ice bucket challenge

If you have been paying any attention to you social media timelines lately, you may have noticed a new fad going around called the ‘ice bucket challenge’

Much like any other social media challenge (remember those idiotic neknominations…) it requires a person to perform – a usually ridiculous – task and then nominate or challenge other friends to do the same.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’, however, seems to support a good cause. Rather than simply dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for no apparent reason, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease much like Motor Neuron disease.

Surprisingly enough, some high profile tech giants have also somehow caught wind of the challenge and has started challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and then donating money towards the fight against ALS. (more…)

Have a look (and listen) to this 3D printed saxophone

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, No Comments

3D printed sax

We’ve heard of all kinds of 3D printed things, including 3D printed musical instruments. However, this is the first time we have come across a 3D printed saxophone.

Considering the fact that traditional saxophones are made of brass, it is essentially this metal that gives it its unique sound. What then would a 3D printed plastic saxophone sound like? Surprisingly like a sax.

This plastic sax was made by Olaf Diegel, who already dabbles in making ‘high-end’ 3D printed guitars under the name ODD Designs.

His version of a saxophone is made entirely of printed plastic. However, he did use a traditional saxophone to copy the various key spacings. (more…)

X-Wing to make return in Star Wars Episode VII?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

StarWars-XW1New Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has been giving avid fans a little insight into the Star Wars universe he is currently creating. In his latest video straight from the set of the new film Abrams gave fans one more thing to look forward to – the return of a X-Wing starfighter. The iconic starfighter, an ever present force within the Rebel Alliance fleet and partially responsible for the destruction of two Death Stars, looks quite beat up and even a bit modified. It seems clear that the legend fighter will make an appearance in the new film. (more…)

Alleged iPhone 6 sapphire screen tortured with sandpaper

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

iPhone 6 sapphire

Every couple of weeks a new iPhone 6 rumour or headline pops up. This week, we’ve already seen another rumour about the much anticipated phone’s new, improved camera.

Another feature of the phone that has been discussed (well, speculated over) at length, is it’s rumoured sapphire crystal display.

The idea with the sapphire crystal screen, is that it is stronger and much more ‘scratch resistant’ than the current Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 5S. Theoretically, the sapphire crystal screen would be much more robust than the Gorilla Glass and one YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (or MKBHD) set out to ‘torture test’ the new, iPhone 6 screen.

Now, we have no idea where Brownlee got his hands on a prototype of the iPhone 6 screen. We can’t verify whether it’s legit or not, but nevertheless – it’s a pretty interesting video to watch.  (more…)

Amazon releases first ad for Fire Phone

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

Fire Phone ad

Yesterday, Amazon released their first commercial for their latest venture, the Fire Phone. Unveiled exactly a month ago, the Fire Phone made some waves in the media and overall, looks like a nice enough smartphone.

Their ad, however, is rather strange. You would expect their first commercial to highlight everything that’s great and innovative about the phone – instead it almost solely promotes a feature that has got more to do with the company than the phone itself.

The ad starts off with two 9-year old kids, apparently on a date, in a coffee shop. Now you see, that’s already kind of weird. Do 9-year olds really go on dates in coffee shops? I don’t think so.

Both kids have the Fire Phone and then continue to discuss what they have “on deck”. They then describe all the different content they have on their phones, at the same time.

From movies to books to social media, we now get the angle of the ad – that you have access to so much content with the Fire Phone.  (more…)

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