Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Learn 33 Languages with AR and Speech Recognition


Mondly is free with In-App Purchases


With Mondly, there's currently 33 languages: Spanish, American English, British English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Romanian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi, Hebrew, Polish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Czech, Croatian, Finnish, Persian (Farsi), Afrikaans and Turkish.

Augmented Reality is used to make learning fun and memorable. MondlyAR actually engages you in spoken conversations.

The Speech Recognition technology is almost like having your own private tutor. This is their best feature in my opinion. 

You will need to buy Subscriptions depending on how many languages you want to learn and for how long. There's also a lifetime subscription deal here on StackSocial where you can save $1,000 bucks. Bucks in French is des dollars.

Mondly won the App Store's Best of 2016 award and landed Google Play Editor's Choice App. 

There is a YouTube Mondly Chanel here

Best Camera Recommends Mondly mostly because of the Speech Recognition technology. The Augmented Reality needs improving, but AR in general is getting better for all Apps. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

PlantSnap for Exploring RainForests





PlantSnap, a Paid App, lets you snap an image of any plant then the App uses image recognition to identify and return the name. 

Surprisingly it IDs 90% of all known species of plants and trees. Over 585,000 species on Earth are identified according to PlantSnap Inc. 

It works in seconds because the image recognition models are downloaded to your device. 

They have over 7.5 million installs, so it's popular. 

Conclusion: The App works well. It is using the latest in CoreML Image recognition technologies. I like the App for exploring Rain Forests in Kauai. The App is a lot of fun and of course educational. 

*Recommended

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Not From Earth App

Coming Soon!


Star KIC 8462852 was thought to be a star encased in a Dyson Sphere because of its periodic dimming. But then NASA scientists said the dimming is just an orbiting cloud of dust because the light spectrum did not dim equally. That is a strange conclusion. Aliens smart enough to encase a star but not smart enough to filter the light they want to capture?



We need to know if they are here!

We have a Beta Copy of the Not From Earth App  The App is scheduled for release in March of 2019. NFE claims to detect alien visitors using advanced AI and image recognition. It then unmasks the alien, providing a glimpse of their appearance using style transfer effects. The App includes hundreds of free Alien Transfer Effects or ATEs. 

The coders have managed to combine Style Transfer Effects with Depth Masks. 
"It's Important to see the Aliens on their own planets," said the product manageNikola Tesla III. "We are wrapping up a galaxy browser for connecting aliens with their home planets."

Best Camera did a review on all the top Camera Apps and none of them had this cool style transfer and depth mask combination technology. 

The developers are busy training the image recognition and style transfer models. So far the App is easy and fun to use. Just snapshot individuals or even crowds and NFE will find the Alien and zoom in. Social sharing is included so you can warn others of discovered aliens walking among us. If everyone with a cell phone has this App, we have a fighting chance. 

"Best Pickup App Ever!" according to a beta tester in Santa Monica who went alien hunting on the beach with the App.

More to come on this unique solution to Earth's invasion. Check back here for release notice. 















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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oldest Photos Ever

The history of photography is fascinating. The artists taking these photos would be amazed at our modern mobile cameras and Apps.

In 1822, Nicéphore Niépce created the first fixed, permanent photograph, a copy of an engraving of Pope Pius VII. He accomplished this by contact printing in direct sunlight without a camera or lens. This first photo was destroyed later. 

Then in 1824,  Niépce created the first durable, light-fast camera photograph, on the surface of lithographic stone. This photo was also destroyed in the course of his experiments.

Then in 1826 Niépce took the earliest surviving photograph from nature. It required exposure in the camera of at least eight hours. 


Oldest Surviving Photo


The next is a photograph of Boulevard du Temple in Paris. It was shot in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. This is the first photograph to include a human.  The exposure time was over ten minutes. There were other people, horses, and moving objects, but they disappeared from the photo because of the long exposure time. But the man in the bottom left was having his shoes shined, so he was basically still enough to be included in the photo  - making him the first human to ever be photographed. 


Oldest Photo of a Human


Finally, here is the first Selfie ever taken. The date is 1839 in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA. His name is Robert Cornelius.


Oldest Selfie







Sunday, January 13, 2019

Obnoxious IOS Settings to Turn OFF



Quick Guide for Pain Relief


1. Settings-> Privacy->Advertising (Off to Limit Ad Tracking and stop Apple from tracking you)

2. Settings->Privacy->Analytics->Share iPhone Analytics. (Why share everything you do?)

3. Settings->Privacy->Loation Services->System Services->Location Based Apple Ads (Disable this stupid option unless you want more Ads)

4. Settings->Privacy->Location Services->Product Improvements (Disable all unless you want your info shared)

5. Settings->Itunes & App Store->In-App & Reviews (Disable to Stop Apps from constantly asking you to review them with Pop-Ups..Ahhh)

6. Settings->Itunes & App Store->Video Autoplay (Disable to prevents App Vids from auto-starting when browsing the App Store)



BONUS: These will also reduce your battery usage


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Coding Secret

Finding the cause of a problem is often harder than coding the fix. And App Design Matters.



How to fix those impossible bugs:

  • Reproduce the Bug
  • Use Stack Traces
  • Try to write a test case
  • Have a good reference for error codes
  • Google It
  • Understand the bug cause, then get exercise, then code the solution.
  • Become an expert on your debug tools. 

Best Female Photographers for 2019





Congratulations to our own Natalie Gildersleeve for making the list!



Natalie Gildersleeve Photography

Lifestyle, family, and portrait photographer in Portland, OR.



"The pictures we hold most dear are the ones that tell the stories of our lives. They’re the ones that linger in our mind’s eye and whisper truths to our hearts. We return to these pictures, over and over again, because there’s something precious we want to remember..."


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Changing Direction


Never give up. But sometimes we need to change direction. 


Friday, January 4, 2019

Those Missing Stars


While at the gym, some kids with their mobile cameras were explaining that the Apollo Moon landings were fake because the photos had no stars.  It's fair to say that the Apollo Astronauts had some knowledge of photography. They wanted us to see the Moon and the Lander.


Instead of rebuking them, I just shared this video.  Then I convinced 1 of the 3 that we did land on the Moon. I told them it's why an old guy can beat them in Racquetball. It's the physics. They were good kids.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Procreate Pocket - Best Mobile Drawing App






The power of desktop on your smartphone. This pocket App provides the power to draw, paint & sketch. It's clever. Check it out!

How did Savage achieve a fantastic App Design for Mobile drawing?

  • Easy to navigate user interface. 
  • Full 64 Bit Colors
  • Expanded Canvas Size (Supports up to 5750x7000 on iPhone X)
  • Large Variety of Brushes


The App supports the new pressure sensitive touch for depth. Layers and masking included. Perspective guides with vanishing points is a very cool feature.

Best Use Cases

1. Work on your drawing skills
2. Sketch your ideas on the go
3. Social sharing content


Summary: Apple selected this as their App of the year 2018 for a reason. And we at Best Camera agree. Well worth the price.