Nokia’s Live View AR app reveals what’s nearby you

Sweet!!! I’ve always been a fan of augmented reality since I was a child. You know, the helmet worn in SciFi movies by the superhero that can find people, places, cars, locations everything that he needs by just looking around? Well, this application by Nokia pretty much does just that.It tells you where stores, shops, or even social places are located throughout the city by looking through your cellphone screen. You then have the ability to see how far it is located from your location, and even selecting the place to travel to the location or even texting the location to a friend so they can meet you there.

The application is called the Live View AR app, it’s the most recent creation of Espoo’s Beta Labs, check out the video below to see how it works: Via: All About Symbian

The iPhone SLR Mount

When Cellphone cameras came out with their astonishing 1.0 mp picture taking ability, everyone went head over heals over the technology. The Motorola Razor re-revolutionized the camera with their amazing added features like adding figures, of hearts or balloons floating around a person. Eventually, cellphone cameras became a thing of the past. Every cellphone now days has some sort of camera, from cameras that record in 720p to cameras that take 10.0 mp pictures. But, after all the bells and whistles are out of the way, you are still left with a device that takes “picture facebook updates.” What happened the night before? who was wearing what? what were Jim and Pam doing in the back ground? etc. etc.  For the most part, a 10.0 mp cellphone camera will never be as good as a real 10.0 mega pixel camera… for obvious reasons… one is a phone, the other is a camera.

The iPhone’s Camera is just the same thing as any other camera, the only difference, is that the iPhone has been dying to become things that really… it will never be. The iPhone has different applications that help your phone move forward in the quality of pictures, but at the end, the picture can only be digital-ized so much. One added advantage that the iPhone DOES have over any other phone, is the number of people who make and develop gadgets that will make the phone do amazing things. Thanks to those gadget-makers, we can now enjoy taking high MP pictures using an SLR Mount. For $250 bucks, the mount will allow you to take photos that can compete against “real” pictures… no filters added!

The way this works, is by placing a lens adapter case around your entire phone. The adapter case has a double functionality. One, it will protect your phone when you drop it, and two, it allows you to mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to the phone.  Once added, the phone will give you the ability to take powerful depth of field wide angle “CellaPhotos” that will make any camera jealous.

The iPhone has already become the #1 camera of choice for Flickr, and other photo services like Picasa. The mount developers are hoping to jump into the popular train before it slows down. There are two loopholes on each end of the case let you tie on a camera strap, so you can hang it around your neck just like your real DSLR. The only problem I see with this design is… I don’t want to be carrying a camera all day. The reason cell phone cameras are so popular is because they can fit into your pockets, or purse. Adding a lens that is that is 10 times bigger than your phone, completely defeats the purpose of compact-ability. So yes, this is an awesome addition to the camera phone, but not very practical…

I guess if you are a photographer, and constantly have to be on the run, you could use this as a back up when your camera’s batteries run low. You will have the adapter on your cell phone, at the ready to switch your SLR lenses from your Nikon to your iPhone in a matter of seconds, and continue to take those awesome pictures we all love to see.

Buy the The iPhone SLR Mount at the Photojojo Store!

The $1,000,000 Iphone 4 Protoype

What would you pay for an iPhone 4 prototype that Apple engineers used? would you pay $1 mil for it? If that’s something that you are interested, this iPhone 4 prototype is on  ebay right now. The bidding started out at $98 bucks, but 91 bids later, the phone went up to a staggering 1 million dollars. This is the phone that was used by publishers, testers, and engineers, to make sure the phone was working properly before it was released to the public, the serial numbers for the phone are  XXXXX and FCC ID: BCGAXXXXX IC ID: 579C-AXXXXX.That proves that it was an unreleased version of the iPhone 4.

Only problem is that Apple decided to brick the phone to keep people from adding any type of programs, or snooping around the insides of the phone. The Owner of the phone said that the phone will not allow any type of software to be uploaded, it also will not work on any service, he even tried to use an AT&T sim card to activate the phone to no avail.

So, for $1,000,000 bucks, you will effectively be getting a paper weigh device, I guess you can use it to keep some of your money from flying around all over the room. Unless, that guy who is winning the bid knows something that we don’t know.  Via: TekGoblin

Teenage Girl in China Offers to Trade Her Virginity for an Iphone

Every once in a while we hear extreme news that makes us wonder, “W.T.F Mate?” If this story is true, this would make the second extreme tradeoff for an Apple product. Not long ago we heard about the Chinese Teenager who sold his kidney on the black market to buy an iPad 2. Which was an extreme trade off, but now a Chinese girl offered up her virginity in exchange for an iPhone 4…

Biznewschina reported that a young female born in the 90’s, tweeted on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, that it is her “dream to own a iPhone4 but her father won’t let her get one.” The girl posted a picture of her self on a website and added some personal information about who she was and what she liked etc. Similar Information that you would find on a Dating site, she then offered to sell her virginity to anyone who buys her a new Apple Iphone.

She got some mixed responses to her post, while some people tried to talk some sense into her by telling her the iPhone is not worth the trade, others joked that she should wait for the iPhone 5 release in September. I’m going to have to agree with the people that said It’s not worth it.

By now, I’m sure her father has gotten the news of his daughters “plans,” and I don’t know what I would do if I was in his position. Punish her, she’ll run off with a stranger. Buy her the phone, she’ll try to pull this stunt every time she want’s something.  This is one of the downfalls of technology, it connects us to a number of individuals who may have shady backgrounds. It started off in the chat rooms, then it moved over to social sites, but now it’s the other way around. For the first time people, mostly teens, are looking for these strangers who are willing to try, do, or buy anything to get  their next victim.

Public Health supported by Mobile devices-mHealth

Recently, there have been several devices created for smartphones that are beginning to change the world of health care and the way that it is performed. Three such inventions are the Withings blood pressure cuff, the iCard ECG, and the iBGStar. Whether you are a trained professional, like myself, or just the average joe on the street, the devices are easy to use and understand.

A new device by Withings will allow you to plug a blood pressure cuff directly into an iPhone, iTouch or iPad. So whether you are on the go in the back of an ambulance racing through a busy street or in privacy of your own home, you could just plug in this blood pressure cuff and have a quick and accurate reading right at your finger tips.

The iCard ECG allows patients to monitor their own electrocardiogram with an iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Droid or Tablet. It’s very simple to use, you put the case on your phone, turn on the app, and hold it to your chest. No more bulky machines to lug around with the gooey adhesive electrodes that pull off all of your chest hair.

And last but not least, the iBGStar it connects directly to the docking port on your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. Plug it in, pull up the app, insert testing strip, poke the finger, and soak up a drop of blood. The adapter displays the the results and it also appears on the app screen.

The bottom line: The world is becoming a more technology based society where everything will eventually be performed by multi-use-devices, with a simple add-on or an app, such as these. Eventually you’ll see more and more of these inventions hitting the market.

Via: EMS2

Secure your iPhone with a Facial Recognition APP

We’ve all seen what happens when you “Jailbreak” your equipment… Networks get taken down for days. Yet, people continue to Jailbreak their phones and system, Why? because it’s fun and it releases hundreds of features. The iPhone 4, once Jailbroken, can install RecognizeMe a little hack that uses the front Face Time camera to scan your face and after you pass the facial recognition, it unlocks your smartphone.

When you are on the main lock screen you have the option of typing in your password… in case you get beat up to an unrecognized pulp and you need to dial 911 with a busted lip. On the top right corner you can press an icon and a red scanner, like the ones from the supermarket, will begin to scan your face and determine whether it matches the one you originally set to unlock your phone.

You can mess around with a number of settings and how sensitive you want the facial recognition to be, RecognizeMe is developed by Apocolipse and cost $7, The tweak is kinda cool only problem, for $7 dollars, I’m sure there are many ways to hack the application. Just put a picture of the user in front of the camera and it’s done, or if you have a twin the phone can be fooled yet again.

We haven’t had a time to play around with the app, but really for $7 bucks, I think we’ll stick with the free “whats your password” screen that comes up, it’s Free, Fast, Reliable, and Only you know the password. Even that one “swipe motion” application can be hacked, just lay the phone sideways and look for finger print streaks, follow the same path and POW!

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iPhone Tracking your EVERY move

Thank god Batman does not own an iPhone, apparently since the new release of the iPhone iOS4 the phone has been tracking your every move… to an exact location. Even if you have your GPS turned off, the phone can be tracked using Triangulation via Towers. The phone actually stores this information in an UN-encrypted website for the rest of the world to see.

The privacy flaw was discovered by two security professionals and one of them claims to have worked for Apple. Information is easy to access, both on your phone or on any computer that you’ve synced it to.

You can download the program and once you run it, it will open up the grim details on a Google Map. Really cool, but unfortunately very scary at the same time. Expect this to be all over the news and Apple talking about what the heck was going through their heads later. In the mean time, they’ll continue to store your data in a box for everyone to see. Yet again, another reason why Android is Better!

Check out the video below to see the video of how this looks like: or read more at Peter Warden

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