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GoPro’s Hero4 cameras offer 30 fps 4K shooting or touchscreen controls

GoPro started life as a home-brew wrist-mounted 35mm camera, but it’s come a long way since. Today we’re getting a look at the next instalment of that story: The Hero4. The latest cameras from the action sports behemoth bring some anticipated…

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‘Anti-router’ stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device enters the vicinity of your home. Even better, you can lock those devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network. If you’re really looking to make a statement, you can even show those “Glassholes” who’s boss by preventing all surveillance devices near your Cyborg Unplug from connecting to any Wi-Fi network.

The device is really just a tiny router the size of an old Apple Airport Express that’s had its firmware customized to sniff out and block…

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Ferguson police trial body cameras following mass protests

Police in Ferugson, Missouri have begun wearing on-body cameras, following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last month. Police Chief Tom Jackson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department received about 50 body cameras last week from two companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally. Some officers wore them to a protest on Saturday, though Jackson says the department is “still playing with them.”

Supporters of on-body cameras say they could provide authorities with a clear and unfiltered record of police interactions with civilians. Brown’s death, at the hands of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, and the department’s heavy-handed response to protesters have stoked a national debate over police aggression and brutality….

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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

Hand holding - zoomed in Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

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Ricoh’s rugged WG-4 and WG-20 are its first cameras to drop the Pentax badge

Ricoh acquired the Pentax brand over two years ago, but you almost wouldn’t know it when the badging has largely remained the same. However, that’s changing today — Ricoh’s new WG-4, WG-4 GPS and WG-20 compact cameras are its first to ditch the…

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Ricoh’s rugged WG-4 and WG-20 are its first cameras to drop the Pentax badge

Ricoh acquired the Pentax brand over two years ago, but you almost wouldn’t know it when the badging has largely remained the same. However, that’s changing today — Ricoh’s new WG-4, WG-4 GPS and WG-20 compact cameras are its first to ditch the…

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New York City police install 200 security cameras to guard against Super Bowl terrorism

New York City police commissioner Ray “Get Used to It” Kelly is out of office, but the department’s zeal for surveillance persists. Police have installed 200 temporary security cameras around midtown Manhattan in order to guard against terrorism during the city’s Super Bowl activities, reports the Associated Press.

The department has plenty of experience with events that draw large crowds, including New Year’s Eve in the same area. Police used a similar strategy during the New York City marathon when they covered the finish line with cameras.

The temporary cameras will supplement thousands of permanent ones

The temporary cameras will supplement the thousands of permanent ones the department already monitors as part of its “Domain…

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New York City police install 200 security cameras to guard against Super Bowl terrorism

New York City police commissioner Ray “Get Used to It” Kelly is out of office, but the department’s zeal for surveillance persists. Police have installed 200 temporary security cameras around midtown Manhattan in order to guard against terrorism during the city’s Super Bowl activities, reports the Associated Press.

The department has plenty of experience with events that draw large crowds, including New Year’s Eve in the same area. Police used a similar strategy during the New York City marathon when they covered the finish line with cameras.

The temporary cameras will supplement thousands of permanent ones

The temporary cameras will supplement the thousands of permanent ones the department already monitors as part of its “Domain…

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HTC One sequel rumored to have two rear cameras for better focusing and image quality

Last year’s leak of the HTC One’s follow-up, the M8, seemingly raised more questions than it answered. When will it ship? And what’s the deal with that second hole on the back? We may have a much clearer picture today, though. Bloomberg sources now …

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MaxStone Kickstarts A Remote iPhone Shutter For Digital Cameras That’s Also A Bluetooth Tracker

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A new Kickstarter project is hoping to combine some popular recent gadget trends with commonly sought after DSLR and pro photography features for a Bluetooth gadget that’s unique and more versatile than most in the same category. It’s called the MaxStone, and it’s a smartphone controlled camera shutter, Bluetooth device locator and remote smartphone shutter trigger all in one.

The MaxStone is a small device powered by a single watch battery that you affix to your camera via a simple loop strap. It attaches in touch a way that it covers the camera’s shutter button, and hands down a small, pebble-like main body in front of your camera’s IR sensor. This actually contains an IR blaster that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so that you can remotely trigger the camera’s shutter from your device. It’s a lot more low-tech than using Wi-Fi or something like that, but it means MaxStone is much more broadly compatible with a range of camera brands and models.

You can use the MaxStone apps to either trigger the camera’s shutter instantly or via time delay, or program it to take photos at intervals for time-lapse photography spanning nearly a full year, according to MaxStone’s Kickstarter page, and maintaining operation even if your phone is powered down or loses connection. It can also handle video start/stop recording on some models of camera.

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That alone would be pretty impressive in a device that’s priced at a $ 29 pledge to start for backers, but it also offers a Bluetooth proximity alarm sensor, which makes it possible to set a location gate so that you can receive alerts if you move away from your camera, or whatever else it’s attached to. It can also be used the other way, to located your phone, thanks to functionality that allows it to trigger an alert on your device when you press the MaxStone button. Finally, it can operate as a remote shutter for your iPhone camera, too, which is crucially important for the selfie generation.

The MaxStone was created by Will E and Lia Zhang, a husband and wife team who did the original prototyping and design. Radio engineer Will Griffith helped refine RF communications, and Shawn Han developed and continues to build the MaxStone iOS app. The New York-based team is seeking $ 50,000, and has raised around $ 6,500 already, with 59 days left in their campaign. Should everything go as planned, they plan to ship the MaxStone by March, 2014.

I have yet to plunk down any cash for a lost-and-found style Bluetooth tracker, but MaxStone’s versatility and price point might make it the first such device I do back, and yet that’s not even its main function. The team here has the right idea though: bundle a number of smart device features that make sense together, and suddenly people have more than one reason not to look elsewhere or pass on the idea altogether.

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