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Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OS

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5994852/android-was-supposed-to-be-a-camera-os

Android Was Supposed To Be a Camera OSAndy Rubin, the now-departed former boss of Google’s Android division, has revealed that the OS was initially developed to power digital cameras, before the slump in snapper sales encouraged his team to turn it into a mobile phone system.

“The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones,” Rubin told attendees at an economic forum in Tokyo. “We decided digital cameras wasn’t actually a big enough market. I was worried about Microsoft and I was worried about Symbian, I wasn’t worried about iPhone yet.”

Rubin showed off a presentation he put together in 2004, which showed a digital camera connecting to a computer and uploading images to a central server known as the… Android Datacenter. Once he’d switched it to a mobile OS, Android and Rubin’s team were acquired by Google in 2005. [PC World]


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Kodak agrees to sell Gallery online photo service to Shutterfly for $24 million

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/02/kodak-agrees-to-sell-gallery-online-photo-service-to-shutterfly/

Remember that Kodak Photo Gallery online picture service that we didn’t use? It appears that years of shipping packed-in with the company’s cameras have netted it some 75 million users, making it an asset that now-bankrupt Kodak has agreed to sell off to Shutterfly for $23.8 million. The deal isn’t quite done yet, with Shutterfly’s offer entered as a stalking horse bid while other buyers may also submit proposals before the process is targeted to close in the spring. This is all a part of Kodak’s pivot away from digital cameras and related products as it focuses on enterprise services and desktop printers instead. Under the current agreement, current gallery customers uncomfortable with being shipped off to Shutterfly will be able to opt out and either download their stored pics or buy them on DVDs. Otherwise, their accounts will be transferred in a way that is “preserved, and protected” — that is to say, almost entirely unlike the way they’re handled on iOS and Android.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

The Days of Single Purpose Devices Are Numbered – Digital Cameras vs Cameraphones

With the proliferation of smartphones like the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and android devices, users now have digital cameras with them at all times. These digital cameras shoot 5 megapixel – 8 MP still shots and 720p or even 1080i HD video. Furthermore, their built in GPS automatically attaches geolocation information to images and videos.
As can be seen in the charts published by Flickr below, the Apple iPhone 4 has already shot past other major cameras from Nikon and Canon to be the most popular overall camera in the Flickr Community. With additional more detailed data, the Apple iPhone 4 (both 4 and 4S) has an average daily users count of 5,798 while the 2 most popular Canon point and shoot cameras (S95 and SD1100S) have a combined average daily users count of 980.  The iPhone has about 5x the activity.
Flickr Most Popular Cameras List – November 28, 2011.
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U.S. Smartphone Penetration

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 news No Comments

Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the Planet [Facebook]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5841667/facebook-photo-library-dwarfs-everything-else-in-the-planet

Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the PlanetCheck out the gigantic volume of photos now stored in Facebook compared to Flickr, the Library of Congress and Instagram. I knew they were big, but I never imagined the difference could be so huge. 140 billion photos! It defies belief.

It’s 10,000 times larger than the photo catalog in the Library of Congress! And Flickr, which I erroneously thought would be larger than anything else, is just a tiny fraction of Facebook.

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous – it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there. Already Facebook’s photo collection has a staggering 140 billion photos, that’s over 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress.

According to 1000memories, so far humanity has taken 3.5 trillion. Right now, “every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s.”

Maybe someday someone would do something incredibly useful with them, like monitoring the state of mind of the whole planet by analyzing the expressions and landscapes of all these photos.

Facebook Photo Library Dwarfs Everything Else on the PlanetIt’s sad to see the demise of analog photos—and surprising that there were still four billion taken in the last year alone. [1000memories]


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Monday, September 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Top Posts – Week Ending August 7, 2009.

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  • How to manufacture a viral video sensation and make viral profits – Post 2 of 2
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  • What is Web 3.0? Characteristics of Web 3.0
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  • Twitter Marketing; Twitter Advertising; Twitter Customer Service
  • Enthusiast digital cameras – super high-speed, high dynamic range, foveon direct capture
  • Brand Gravity attracts new customers and keeps current ones in orbit
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    Monday, August 10th, 2009 digital No Comments

    Top Posts – Week Ending 7/31/2009

    The JKWeddingDance video was real; the viral effect was MANUFACTURED – Post 1 of 2

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    The Perfect Babe – Megan Fox (pics)

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    Monday, August 3rd, 2009 digital No Comments

    palm-sized cameras for an enthusiasts toy box

    Casio superfast camera 1,200 frames per second

    casio one is to capture slo mo (bullet blasting through apple)

    Casio High-Speed Exilim EX-FC100 9 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black)


    Sigma DP2 foveon 14 megapixel direct capture camera

    foveon is to capture intricate fabric detail (every pixel has R, G, and B captured, not extrapolated)

    Sigma DP2 14MP FOVEON CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 2.5 Inch TFT LCD


    Fuji super high dynamic range camera

    Fuji’s CMOS sensor captures 2 shots in one – one low light and one high light, and smashes them together to

    achieve a high dynamic range shot (previously you’d have to bracket the same shot yourself, and smash the shots together with software)

    Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR 12MP Super CCD Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

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