Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Not From Earth App

The Not From Earth Alien Detection App is within weeks of launching. We've got a link to their first video tutorial.

This App is a lot of fun. It uses image recognition, segmentation, style transfer effects and more.




Much more to come about this App because of the technology it uses. 

MacBook Pro 16 Inch

The new Macbook Pro 16 inch is the best laptop ever built by Apple. I just purchased one and I love it. Finally a computer for on the go programmers, designers and writers with nothing left behind.

Here's why:

1. At full use,  the battery lasts 11 hours. 

2. Comes with an Immersive 16-Inch Retina Display that is 80 Percent Faster

3. They finally fixed the keyboard. I'm not kidding. 

4. The display has a resolution of 3072x1920 and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi. The 16-inch Retina display delivers 6 million pixels.

5. It comes with advanced thermal architecture. The best ever in a notebook. So it runs at higher power for sustained periods of time. 

6.  The latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, deliver 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro. This thing rips. 

7.  It comes with a new AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics with GDDR6 video memory upgradable from 4 GB to 8GB of VRAM. Th GPU is 80 percent faster than the previous high-end configuration.

8. You are able to upgrade to 8 TB of storage.

At a similar price as previous Macbooks, Apple finally has a product that is worth the cost.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Not From Earth Photos

Fun Alien Photos

There are a lot of fun photos being posted here: https://www.instagram.com/notfrom.earth/

The Not From Earth App has both a depth matte camera as well as DeepAI photo segmentation. This lets the App place discovered aliens on their home planet.

For Example:

Learn more about this App here:


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Art of Self Publishing

I wrote an article on Medium for Self-Publishing.

Based on my efforts, I wrote down helpful steps, tips and told about the tools and websites you need to know about and how to use them.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Magic 3D Cameras. How do they work?

A dual lens camera, like that on the back of an iPhone X, uses the lens separation to detect a parallax shift to measure 3D depth? Objects closer to the camera, shift by a greater distance between the two lenses. This parallax shift, based on distance, is called disparity. 

Then how does the single lens front-facing camera measure depth? This technology is called TrueDepth. You might be surprised to know that the TrueDepth camera projects an infrared light pattern in front of the camera. By observing how the pattern is distorted by objects in front of the camera lens, the snapshot software calculates the distance from the camera to each point in the image. From this, it creates its own disparity. 

Both technologies then generate a secondary image of depth pixels. But instead of each pixel representing a color, the pixels represent depth at that point. By combining a depth map with colors it is possible to blur or even make transparent parts of a photo such as the background of a portrait. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

30 MOST READ Tech Stories of Q1, 2019

Congrats to our contributor, Rob Adamson for his science article on Quantum Mechanics and Simulated Reality

Rob is working on a great App Review article for us. It's a good one.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Quantum Entanglement = Simulated Reality

Do not read this article if you are timid and want to believe this world is real. It's like taking the red pill. The article was written by one of our contributors, Rob Adamson.

The transcript about Quantum Entanglement and Simulated Reality was published on Medium by Hacker Noon and featured on their home page.

There seems to be quantum proof that we are all living in a computer simulation.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Generate an Android App from your YouTube Videos Channel

There's an Android App (APK) builder called AppGeyser that has an option for turning your YouTube videos channel into an Android APK. This seems like a great way to get more subscribers.

Just click this AppGeyser link and select Start Now. Then in the template search box, enter "you" and select YouTube, like so:

You will be asked to enter the URL of your Youtube Channel and then it will generate an APK. They also make it easy to publish your App to Google Play. 

However, even if you don't have an Android device you can fully test your App with a technology called BlueStacks. For example, here's a download for a Mac version of BlueStacks. Test your generated Android Apps in BlueStacks on a Mac or PC and then publish it to Google Play. 

Here's BlueStacks in action. It lets you run your own local APK Apps or grab any Apps from the play store for use on your desktop. 

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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Monday, January 21, 2019

Ten Best Selling IOS Apps

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wall Prototype Photos Taken with Drones

Should we explain?

Hardened Criminals spotted flying Viagra into US

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. 




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. 


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.


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.