Smart Front Back Dual Camera for Android - Insert your selfie into photos you take
OK it's not quite what Samsung offered with its instant one-click photo that inserted your selfie into the main photo but it achieves the same results and does actually work on my Pixel 2 XL. It does also allow you to choose the border type for the insert and move around its position.
Yes, there is a catch... the selfie photo is taken with a delay. It defaults to 1000ms but you can try change this in the settings. It is livable for me though as it follows after the main photo is taken.
|Smart Front Back Dual Camera - Apps on Google Play
Latest Google Camera mod adds Tracking Autofocus & Motion Metering in Night Sight on the Pixel/Pixel 2
Tracking autofocus is one of the cool new features introduced with the Google Pixel 3 and allows you to select a subject and it will keep it in focus. Your camera will lock onto that object and track it through the scene. You can focus on a box and walk around a room with the camera still focused, for example. Another great usage is to lock the camera onto your kid or a pet – you can then take a photo exactly when the moment is right, without relying on your camera trying to focus again. Enabling it with video, for the time being, breaks EIS.
And that’s not all, either. Motion Metering is enabled in Night Sight as well. While the original Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 both received an update to support Night Sight, it’s not the exact same implementation as on the Pixel 3. Motion Metering is what prevents the photo turning blurred if something moves in the viewfinder as the camera collects light and means your photo won’t be ruined by an accidental shake either. Night Sight is already a crazy-good feature, yet somehow it’s going to be even better.
If you want to give the latest version of the Google Camera application a try, you can download it from cstark27’s thread below. Owners of the original Google Pixel should be mindful to download the version marked specifically for their device.
|Google Camera mod adds Tracking Autofocus & Motion Metering in Night Sight on the Pixel/Pixel 2
The latest version of the Google Camera mod for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 adds tracking autofocus and motion metering for night sight.
Lifehacker: Apply Antiperspirant at Night for Maximum Effectiveness
If you use antiperspirant deodorant, applying it is most likely part of your morning routine (like its always been my routine). It's much more effective, however, to apply it at night before bed.
Applying your antiperspirant in the morning, particularly right after showering, makes it harder for the active ingredients to get down into your sweat ducts and clog them. In the morning your sweat volume is typically higher than it is at night, and your antiperspirant will wash right off.
The night is the best time for application because your sweat glands are less active and your skin is drier. The effect of the ingredients usually lasts around 24 hours and will remain active when you shower in the morning because the pores will still remain plugged.
Funny how we get an idea in our heads as to why something should work a particular way and we rarely question it - I always thought straight after a morning shower would maximise the following 12 hours of antiperspirant. I've tried this new routine for one day only but it seems to be working and did not wash off in the morning. I suppose it is much like the idea that eating fat will make you fat - it sounds logical, but it isn't.
|Apply Antiperspirant at Night for Maximum Effectiveness
Ridy - First Distracted and Drowsy Driving Alert
Drowsy and distracted driving kills thousands of people every year. Students, shift workers, parents risk the most. They decided to solve this problem with technology. Meet Ridy - the first smart driver's alert:
* Ridy monitors when you are driving drowsy
* It monitors when you are distracted from driving
* Installs on any car in 60 seconds
* No Internet connection - completely private
How does Ridy work?
Ridy uses machine vision analytics to determine whether you are concentrated on the road. It continuously analyzes eye blinking frequency, eyes movement, and other facial expression patterns. Based on the behavior patterns it can understand the situation and give the driver alerts.
They use real-time analytics. When you turn on Ridy for the first time it requests you to calibrate the device so it can detect your head normal driving position. Later on it will adjust the algorithm to learn user's head position automatically, so the "calibration" would not be needed, but at this time there is a simple "touch of a button" calibration. Then it can monitor and score certain events, such as eye blinking frequency, duration of eyes closing, relative head rotation, yawning and so on. Depending on the event or overall scoring, it produces different alerts. It may be more or less mild reminder like "keep your eyes on the road" if it detects a user not looking ahead for a prolonged period of time, or a rather stiff warning with loud and screechy beep: "Danger! Danger! Wake up!" if it detects that a driver closes their eyes. So in a nutshell, it will constantly monitor the user's face and take an appropriate action as the situation requires: from alerting the user to keep off their smartphone to waking up the driver to recommending to take a rest.
The Indiegogo campaign did not reach its funding goal but it seems the project went ahead anyway. Shipping apparently started on 5th November 2018 and the price is around $99 to $129 depending on where you order.
|Ridy First Smart Fatigue Monitor for Drivers – heyridy
Google’s high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa
Loon, spun out of the search giant’s X innovation lab in July, is teaming up with Telkom Kenya to build a network of high-flying balloons to connect people in the East African country starting next year. The prize for Alphabet, the parent of Google, is the opportunity to profit from advertising and other businesses tied to bringing the Web to more of sub-Saharan Africa, where hundreds of millions of people lack net access.
Loon’s Kenyan project is modelled on technology used to temporarily connect people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year knocked out power supplies and phone service. In Kenya, Loon says it will start with about a dozen balloons — enough to cover roughly 10% of the country — and gauge how many more are needed. Loon has begun work with the operator to install ground stations in Nairobi and the city of Nakuru in the western highlands that will beam signals to the balloons.
“We’re turning what we have been working on for the past six years into a commercial operation,” says Loon CEO Alastair Westgarth. “We’ve proven we can do it at scale.”
The pumpkin-shaped blimps, almost as big as the bubble over a tennis court, ascend about 20km into the stratosphere, above planes, birds and storms. Westgarth says each carries “several tens of kilos” of routers, relays, batteries, antennae and other electronic gear, and can serve 5 000 square kilometers of land, or 30 times the area of a telecommunications tower.
Signals are beamed up to the balloons, which can relay them back to devices below or pass them on to other balloons. The balloons have solar panels to recharge their batteries and can stay aloft for several months before they must be brought down for servicing. Loon declines to disclose costs, but says the technology is far cheaper than building power lines and towers to reach sparsely populated areas across difficult-to-access terrain.
|Google's high-flying balloons to provide Internet in Africa - TechCentral
Some photos from my visit to Bay Harbour Market at Hout Bay in Cape Town
Lots of interesting craft stalls here and not just the usual stuff you see next to the road. There is also a good variety of food on sale (including ultra healthy options and even sugar/gluten free cakes). I always opt for the lamb burger and a good craft beer though.
The Bay Harbour Market is open every Friday 5 – 9pm and Saturday/Sunday 9.30am – 4pm.
See https://photos.gadgeteer.co.za/index.php?/category/221 and more info on the market at its website at https://www.bayharbour.co.za
|Places / Bay Harbour Market Hout Bay | Danie's Photos
Places / Bay Harbour Market Hout Bay
Time to replace Slack! Who will win, MatterMost or Riot/Matrix?
Slack is the prodigy of the revival of team communication. This is an awesome development. In the early days of the internet IRC (the grandfather of chat channels) was the way for nerds to have non stop communication with each other. On IRC we discussed everything from private topics on life up to project topics. When I left the student life and the non-stop nerd contact stopped, the chat channels also disappeared from my life.
I was surprised that in Large Enterprises the whole concept of chatrooms or continuous digital contact between people was not present. The only thing you did was start to start a one-on-one dialogue with someone by picking up a phone or send an email. No chatter about life, the direction of the company etc. Slack has brought chat rooms back to companies.
It just amazes me still today that so many enterprises still only use telephones and e-mail (well OK WhatsApp has also appeared but what enterprise has control over WhatsApp apart from Facebook itself) yet we have some excellent open source, secure, and self-hostable applications like Riot and Mattermost. The linked article unpacks some of the similarities and differences between them and Slack.
|Time to replace Slack! Who will win, MatterMost or Riot/Matrix?
Slack is the prodigy of the revival of team communication. This is an awesome development. In the early days of the internet IRC (the…
Single Edge Makes Wet Shaving Damn Cool
Ever tried a safety razor? It is hands down the closest shave you will get. Sorry Gillette, facts are facts. Wet shaving is becoming all the rage again. Closer shaves. Cheap and long lasting blades. What’s to hate?
Single Edge aimed to redesign the traditional safety razor into something easy to use, customizable and gorgeous. And they did so via a Kickstarter campaign a while back. I see their razor is already in its version 2 release.
They really did redesign the concept of single blade shaving. Instead of the standard double-edged razor blade, this one uses a special single edge blade that comes in a cartridge that aids loading the razor. Surprisingly the blades only cost $0.50 each. The only downside for me is these blades will not be as universally available as the standard DE blades.
See https://www.newsledge.com/single-edge-wet-shaving/ and don't miss watching the short video they have in the article. You can also see Supply's own website at https://getsupply.com/products/the-single-edge-razor?variant=9738752645.
Verily pauses research on glucose-sensing contact lens (ex-Google project)
Verily, previously Google Life Sciences, is putting a hold on its program to build a contact lens that can monitor glucose in tears. First announced in 2014, the glucose lens has been one of Verily’s highest-profile projects, even as experts suggested the entire project was a pipe dream.
The lens — which was supposed to contain a tiny wireless chip and glucose monitor — was intended to help diabetic patients. People with diabetes need to carefully monitor their glucose levels, but all the existing monitoring options involve needles and can be painful. For many life science companies, building a needleless blood monitor is the holy grail of the industry, especially because 592 million people worldwide are expected to have diabetes by 2035. Last year, rumors circulated that Apple, for example, was trying to build a needleless glucose monitor
But all of these companies are facing an uphill battle. Glucose is fundamentally hard to measure. Among other challenges, the body doesn’t have a lot of it, and it lacks distinguishing features. Plus, experts say the contact lens program was misguided from the beginning.
|Verily pauses research on glucose-sensing contact lens
Experts say it was a pipe dream all along
How to view battery usage per hour on iOS 12
Battery technology, as far as consumer products are concerned, isn’t improving much. Everything else is getting better and at this point, manufacturers of processors and GPUs are looking to reduce the amount of power their devices need to run. This is why battery power, and how long you can use a device on a single charge, is important when you buy an expensive phone. Apple knows that battery size is a constraint which is why iOS added a useful battery graph that lets you look at battery usage.
On iOS 12, the battery usage graph has improved. You can now view battery usage per hour. See how at https://www.addictivetips.com/ios/view-battery-usage-per-hour-ios-12/
|How to view battery usage per hour on iOS 12
How to view battery usage per hour on iOS 12