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Friday, September 25, 2015

We Gave the New iPhone 6S to Pro Photographers and the Results Are Impressive!

New York, Sept. 21, 2015.

Let’s get this clear: there are dozens of cameras–from Canon’s and Nikon’s DSLRs to Sony’s RX line–that offer better performance to professional photographers than Apple’s latest iPhones. But, when compared to most other smartphones as well as point-and-shoot cameras (those that have survived in the last few years anyway), the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus offer the best all-around results.
Here’s what’s new: The iPhone 6s now has a new iSight camera with a 12-megapixel sensor, compared to last year’s iPhone 6 which had eight megapixels. Apple says the devices have been reengineered to prevent “crosstalk between the subpixels.” (More on that in a moment.) The lens composition remains the same, offering an f/2.2 aperture. The larger iPhone 6s Plus model also has optical image stabilization, which is now available while shooting videos at up to 4K resolution. The Cupertino-based company has also updated its front-facing camera; it now packs five-megapixel sensor versus just 1.2 megapixels previously.
Jargon aside, this all amounts to a lot of noticeable improvement. (See the chart below.) The bump in the number of pixels is particularly welcome because it is coupled with “deep trench isolation” technology that compensates for the loss in quality smaller pixels usually bring with them. The result in low-light situation is astounding when compared to the iPhone’s predecessors and almost all of its smartphone competitors. That doesn’t mean your photos will be perfect. Washington, D.C.-based photographer Brooks Kraft tells us, for example, that inside the Capitol, as he followed Pope Francis’ visit, he had difficulties capturing movement, resulting in images where the main subject was blurry. (The iPhone has a tendency to keep ISO low, even in low-light situations, as it favors fast shutter speeds to prevent motion blur.)

Yet, if you’re shooting a portrait in bright daylight, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any faults with your images. Case in point: Kraft’s picture of Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. That’s precisely why the iPhone is good.

The new phones also have a faster A9 processor, which Apple claims provides 70% faster CPU and 90% GPU performance than its predecessor. In practice, this helps make the camera feel more reactive, ensuring that the software that operates it doesn’t get in the way of you getting the shot.
There are some other innovations aimed at mainstream users. Apple’s new Live Photo mode records a few seconds of video and audio before and after each shot. The result is a still image that comes to life if you press and hold it. It may sound like a gimmick, but it’s fun to play with and can yield beautiful results. The best Live Photos will be portraits or landscapes which capture subtle changes, rather than movement. (These aren’t like Vine or SnapChat videos.)

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Daniel Kaufman, Pres. & CEO, Reagan Wireless Corp.

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Daniel Kaufman, Pres. & CEO, Reagan Wireless Corp.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Powered single-wheel skateboard will zip you around in futuristic style.

Ever since Marty McFly zipped around the silver screen on a hoverboard in 1989's “Back to the Future II,” people have been fascinated by the idea of riding on a plank that levitates its user a few inches off the ground. Earlier this summer, carmaker Lexus announced that it had invented a hoverboard, and indeed it had. The only catch is that it can be used only in a magnet-filled custom skate park in Barcelona, Spain.

Now, a new “Hoverboard” is being announced, and this one you can ride anywhere. The catch is, even though the device claims the name of a levitating ride, it doesn’t actually float. It does, however, have only one wheel, and it looks like you’d have the sensation of floating while riding it. It seems kind of like a Segway without any handles.
The Hoverboard begins its fundraising campaign on Kickstarter Thursday, with the effort running until October 21 — the day McFly headed into the future and found his now iconic hoverboard.

In the middle of the Hoverboard is a 10-inch-diameter wheel (25 centimeters) turned by an electric motor that can crank out up to 5,000 watts of power. The board will keep riders balanced front to back, but they have to learn to keep their balance side to side. Leaning forward makes the board start rolling and accelerating, while leaning back causes it to slow down and, eventually, go in reverse.

The device’s inventor said he came up with the board less as a skateboard substitute than a nod to another sport. “I dreamt of a personal electric vehicle that would produce the sensation of surfing on land,” Robert Bigler said in a press release.

The gizmo, which will weigh 25 pounds (11 kilograms), has onboard lights and speakers and “ground-detecting sonar to keep the Hoverboard parallel to the changing ground,” according to the release. It can travel 12 miles with the standard battery and over 20 with an extended battery and reach a top speed of 20 mph/32 kph. Charging time is 16 minutes with a “supercharger” or one hour with the standard charger.

Riding the skateboard of the future won’t be cheap. “I didn’t want to approach the first real Hoverboard from the standpoint of making it a price-product,” Bigler said. “I spared no expense to make it fully everything today’s technology could possibly provide.”
That means if you want one, you’ll have to fork over $3,775 (about £2,437, AU$5,243). Do so, and Bigler is saying your board will be delivered by May 2016. Of course, history has shown that the more complicated an item is, the more it will miss its anticipated delivery deadline on Kickstarter, so you might just have to go a bit more into the future till yours is in your hands.

Daniel Kaufman, Pres. & CEO, Reagan Wireless Corp.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Apple's rose gold is the new pink

It’s that time of year again: new iPhones! Apple showed off the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at its September event for the first time, which come with a number of smaller, but impressive improvements to the phone.

The iPhone 6s will be available in a new rose gold aluminum finish, in addition to the existing gold, space grey and white models. 

Rose gold is the newest aluminum color Apple is adding to its repertoire. Following in the footsteps of space gray, silver, and gold, rose gold continues the tradition of adding more color to the Apple lineup.

In addition to offering the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in rose gold, Apple is also offering the Apple Watch Sport in rose gold. And granted, there are certainly golden aspects of this color, the but rose is very rose.

Let's put it this way, if Apple's traditional gold color can be likened to champagne, the rose gold is rosé if Apple's traditional gold color can be likened to champagne, the rose gold is rosé.

Speaking as the huge fans of pink, I heartily approve. When done well, a lot of people like pink tech products. 

Daniel Kaufman, Pres. & CEO, Reagan Wireless Corp.