Do you watch a lot of Internet video? With so much out there to consume, from hot music videos and "SNL" skits to arty Vimeo clips and sports highlights, it's impossible to see everything. But an app that's new to iPhone helps you discover new videos by organizing them into channels you can browse by category, popularity, and Web site.Squrl Video Discovery, (free) was formerly for iPad only, but now brings the app's wealth of video discovery tools to the iPhone. You can get started by browsing through popular or "Fresh" (new) videos to see the type of content you can watch. But to really get the full experience of Squrl, you should connect with social networks like Facebook and Twitter so you can watch videos posted by your friends and share your favorites with them.… Read more
Socialcam Video Camera lets you create videos, share them with a community, and offers several cool features to make your personal videos pop.
To get started with Socialcam, sign up from within the app using your Facebook or Twitter account, or you can sign up with your e-mail address. From there you have buttons across the bottom for Videos (users you follow), Popular Videos, Friends (filled with various people and friends you can optionally follow), and latest activity. Touch the Popular or Friends tab to see what Socialcam is all about and see which people are posting (you'll see … Read more
Spring has finally sprung here in Northern California, and with the nice weather and everything in bloom, it's the perfect time to check out some new photo apps.
We all know about apps like Instagram, and I've talked about effects apps like PhotoToaster here before. But I have come across some new (or new to me) photo apps recently that are great for playing with your images and sharing them with friends.
This week's iOS apps are perfect for snapping pictures of springtime (or really, any time). The first is a social photo app like Instagram with … Read more
Instagram created a social-media uproar last night when it changed its terms of service to state that it could license user photos for display by advertisers without consent and without compensation. Granted, Instagram isn't the first social-networking service to claim the right to use uploaded content, but the broad language with phrases like "without any compensation to you" spurred a quick and vocal backlash. And rightly so.
Video surveillance, often associated with bank-robbing and 7-11s, isn't just for retailers. Thanks to dirt-cheap apps like iCam, anyone with a computer and smartphone can set up their own video surveillance with little effort and without breaking the bank.
When you're on vacation, traveling for work, or even want to set up baby monitoring, iCam provides the tools to turn your computer's Webcam (or an IP camera) into a surveillance camera that you can monitor remotely with your smartphone or tablet.
You'll spend $5 total, and get access to features like motion detection, multi-camera monitoring, audio … Read more
Collectors of exotic gadgets might want to take a peep at the Minox miniature digital camera, freshly available in a swank 24K gold-plated tone.
The tiny camera literally fits in the palm of your hand with dimensions of 2.9 inches by 1.8 inches by 1.7 inches and a paltry weight of 4 ounces. While the German manufacturer calls it a "thoroughly modern digital camera," however, the specs reek of yesteryear. … Read more
You might think the 200 marked runs at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in British Columbia would be enough for most skiers.
But just before Christmas, my two teenage boys, a friend and his two teenage sons, and I scoped out a largely untouched stash of snow in an area called Flute Bowl. No chairlifts scaled that part of the mountain, so we hit the slopes early, made our way over to Flute Bowl, kicked off our skis, and hiked 45 minutes to the top.
It was a cloudless day, and on the ridge, we were rewarded with spectacular views of the Coast Mountain range. Then we got to ski the wide open bowl, and the remains of powder that had fallen a few days earlier, all to ourselves. It was one of those moments worth capturing.
LAS VEGAS--Helmet-cam maker Contour is teaming with Toyko-based Cerevo to give skiers, cyclists, and others the ability to stream the video they shoot live to the Web.
Contour's top-of-the-line $500 Contour+ will connect with an HDMI cable to Cerevo's $300 LiveShell, a deck of cards-sized gadget, to stream live video to Ustream's Web site. The deal will let the athletes--recreational and professional--show off their coolest tricks or their biggest wipeouts as they happen.
"It's a perfect complement to our Contour+ camera model," Contour Chief Executive Marc Barros said in a statement about the deal, … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Along with introducing its InTouch Skype HD videophone for TVs, Samsung Techwin America today rolled out two new consumer video-monitoring cameras, the WiFi IP SmartCam and WiFi Video Baby Monitor.
Both cameras are designed to be very simple to set up and both will hit the market in March for $149.99.
Samsung claims the set-up is basically a no-brainer, requiring a single button push (or really two).
"Users simply locate the WPS [WiFi Protected Setup] button on the device and their home router," the company says, "and with a click of each, the two will automatically sync and the camera will be added to the network in less than 30 seconds."… Read more
If Indiana Jones were a photographer and needed a camera case, the Cam Crate would be it.
Whether you're braving sandstorms in the Gobi desert, wading through the crocodile-infested Amazon, or negotiating the dense jungles of Sumatra, this rugged case promises to protect your shooter. It's waterproof, mudproof, crushproof, and even shockproof.
Able to fit most dSLRs, the camera case by product designer Matthew Geyster has a quick-access latch that allows users to quickly open and close the container and features a soft, padded interior. It's made from a hardy composite material and comes with a lifetime warranty, as well as a carry strap. … Read more