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Slo-Mo Filming for iOS 7?

1373426908Alongside the anticipation of Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system (still in beta testing) is the widespread expectation of the iPhone 5S’s US release this fall.  And if we know anything about iPhone releases, we know that the months leading up to them are fraught with rumors of the phone’s new features, and this time is no different.

The feature that most people expect to be included in the 5S/iOS 7 is a new camera mode, called “Mogul,” that can shoot video in super-slow motion.  Although slo-mo video apps already exist for current phones and operating systems, Mogul would be integrated directly into the phone’s camera, making slo-mo filming as easy as flicking a switch (so to speak).

John Koetsier says the new feature could be an avenue for Apple to one-up the Samsung Galaxy S4′s existing slo-mo capability:

“Typically slow-motion video capture requires lower-resolution capture — the Galaxy S4′s 13-megapixel camera captures slo-mo at only 800-by-450 pixels, almost certainly due to the massive flood of visual data pouring into the camera, CPU, and Flash memory at 120 individual frames every single second…One way Apple could differentiate itself with a coming iPhone 5S, of course, is allow full-frame slow-motion, which would be spectacular.”

If the new feature does end up on the new iPhone, imagine what kind of implications that would have for Instagram or Vine, especially if the videos are in HD.  If so, I really hope somebody decides to re-create Bo Derek’s slo-mo beach run.

Referenced from VentureBeat and cnet.com

Dropbox Further Entrenches the Cloud’s Takeover

On the same day (9th July) that Dropbox announced that it had grown to 175 million users, the cloud-based service also announced its new “Datastore API,” bringing to fruition the do-all capabilities of cloud technology.  


Although Dropbox has allowed its users to easily store their personal files and folders on its cloud to be accessed anywhere, that was all they could store.  With their new API, users will now be able to store data such as contacts, and even be able to store game progress, from any device with web access.  Dropbox also announced a new feature for its recently-purchased Mailbox servicethat will allow users to send e-mail attachments from their cloud directly within the Mailbox app.

Another feature of the API is the ability for developers to embed it in Android and iOS apps, or anything that runs on Javascript, using only a few simple (for them, at least) lines of code.  This would make it possible for somebody to, for example, start playing a game on their mobile phone on the commute home and finish playing on their tablet when they sat down on their couch.

John Koetsier describes the culmination of all Dropbox has done for its customers and, in truth, technology as a whole:

“The goal is to unify your data on a single platform — a data platform — not a hardware or software platform. In other words, a platform beyond iOS or Android, or Windows versus Mac, or even type of device. A pure cloud platform.”

Referenced from engadget.com and venturebeat.com