Sony today announced the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230, the industry's first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to boast an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function for superior focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. It's rated at 21 megapixels (effective) and sports a High Dynamic Range (HDR) function to capture backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly, even in high-contrast scenes, Sony says.
Browse millions of copyright-free images spanning hundreds of years
The Internet is a wonderful place filled with text, videos, and images. Lots and lots of images. In fact, Yahoo's popular Flickr photo sharing service is the lucky recipient of millions of historical images plucked from 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive. The project is spearheaded by Kalev Leetaru, who began work on the massive undertaking while researching communications technology Georgetown University as part of a fellowship sponsored by Yahoo.
Little by little, the Windows Phone platform is being fleshed out with a bigger and wider variety of apps. For you photography fans, Adobe Photoshop Express is now available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices as a free download. For casual edits, this means you no longer have to export your photos to your PC for Photoshop-style touchups and the like -- just use your Lumia device instead.
Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 bundle now $9.99 per month
In November of last year, Adobe began offering Photoshop CC, Lightroom, and 20GB of storage for the special price of $9.99 per month. That deal was supposed to run until December 2, but was extended. The same price was available to students. Fast forward to today and Adobe has opted to do away with all the special price shenanigans and make Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 permanently available for $9.99 per month.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, though if you post a copyrighted image without the owner's consent, it can actually be worth more than that. Much more. One of the most difficult parts about running a frequently updated website or blog is finding amusing images that are legal to use (hello, Creative Commons!). However, it's about to get a lot easier thanks to Getty Images, the world's largest photos service. In a surprise move, Getty Images is freeing up around 35 million photos from its collection spanning over a hundred years so that websites and bloggers can post them without getting smacked in the face by a lawsuit.
Let's be clear about something right off the bat. Highfalutin digital SLR cameras are very much relevant and will be for a long, long time to come. DSLRs have nothing to worry about from smartphones, not now, not tomorrow, and maybe not ever. But compact cameras and consumer point-n-shoots in general? Well, they're already feeling the squeeze from increasingly capable smartphones, and if Nokia's Lumia 1020 lives up to the hype, it could be the beginning of the end for budget digicams.
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of its Photoshop Lightroom 5 software for Windows and Mac OS. The photo editing software is being offered both as a standalone product and as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, a $50 per month streaming subscription package that includes continually updated versions of various Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and more.
Yahoo wasn't just content to spend $1.1 billion acquiring Tumblr, it also went out and revamped its Flickr photo sharing service in a significant way. The first thing you'll notice is a tiled interface with larger size images. Users are able to upload full resolution photos, and to make sure you have plenty of online space to store your photography, Yahoo is offering 1TB of online storage for free in an attempt to make the service "awesome again."
Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen posed for what would become an iconic photo 32 years ago, the two software pioneers situated side-by-side and surrounded by then-cutting edge PCs. Much has changed in the computing world since that photo was taken way back in 1981, going from IBM 5150 machines running MS-DOS 1.0 to touchscreen Ultrabooks wielding Windows 8, but the men are the same, albeit a lot richer.