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Control Your DSLR Camera With Your Smartphone

That’s right, if you own a Canon EOS camera, then you now have a new way to take pictures.  It used to be that you had to use the EOS utility on your computer to do “live view” shooting but now, all you need is an Android powered smartphone (sorry iPhone users) equipped with a new app from Chainfire called, DSLR Controller.

The app is just about what you think it would be.  When turned on, it turns your Android device into an external live view monitor.  Some other features allow you to tweak exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focus, zoom, flash, and much more.  The app gives you complete control over everything your camera does and you don’t even have to be next to it!

Right now, the app is in beta so there are still some things that need to be fixed.  Such as the app being only available on certain smartphones or how the live streaming at 15 frames per second.

Either way, this app seems great.  When it comes out of beta i’m assuming many people will find great use of it.

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Speech to Text in iOS 5

According to a recent report by 9to5Mac, it seems that iOS 5 will be bringing voice controls to a whole new level.  This feature for iOS 5 will be available for the iPhone and iPod touch but reports say that the iPad will not be able to right away.

9to5Mac says that the text-to-speech feature is pretty simple.  While messaging, the microphone icon will be placed directly next to the space bar.  Press the mic button and start to speak and obviously, words will start to appear on the screen.

Obviously, lots of smartphone’s already have this feature so why should we be excited about this?  Well this can be exciting because iOS 5 can make the voice recognition feature work a LOT better than other phones have in the past.  The new iOS will have full-integrated voice control through a app called Assistant.  Through Assistant, you can control your entire phone without even touching it and Assistant can even talk back to you!  So far, Assistant has not “popped up” in the iOS beta released this weekend so we most likely won’t be seeing in until the release of the iPhone 5.

Download iOS 5 beta

Quick post here.  Just heard that the upcoming iOS 5 for the iPhone 5 is now available for download.  This is just the beta version though so obviously, not everything is going to be perfect in it.  It will be interesting to see what this new software brings to the table

Samsung’s iPod Competition

It has been announced that Samsung will be revealing their own mp3 player based on their Galaxy S phones in order to compete with Apple’s iPod touch at CES next week. The mp3 player looks very similar to the Galaxy S phone but of course will not actually have the phone capabilities. However, it will be running on Android 2.2.

Not much is known about the device yet but reports say that it will be 9.9mm wide with a 4 inch LCD touch screen display.  Besides running on Android 2.2, the device will have a 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD video playback.  It of course will have         Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS capabilities and an expandable MicroSD card slot.  And like all Android devices, you will be able to purchase and download apps from the market.

So not much is know yet, but from what is, it looks to be a great competitor to the iPod Touch and the Zune HD.  In my mind, it looks like Samsung is catching on to Apple’s selling techniques with a competitor to the iPhone, iPad, and now iPod.  What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Apple iPad coming to Verizon users?!

Earlier today, Apple announced that one of their latest products, the iPad, will be available to Verizon Wireless users on October 28th. The iPad and its bundle will cost $630 for a 16GB model, $730 for a 32GB model and $830 for a 64GB model.  Besides this, Verizon will also offer a $20 monthly data plan for up to 1GB of data.

Although this is great, Verizon will unfortunatly not be selling 3G versions of the iPad.  To replace this, they will be selling the regular Wi-Fi iPad with their own mobile hot spots which will allow users to connect to the internet anywhere where the 3G network can be used.

Many people believe that this is a start to something great.  With Apple making a “bond” with Verizon Wireless we could start seeing Verizon selling more Apple products such as the iPhone as early as early next year.

What are your thoughts on the Apple-Verizon bond?

T-Mobile G2 unveiled, more surprises coming our way

Earlier today, T-Mobile announced their newest phone, the G2, which will be available for purchase later this month. Many reviewers have given this phone high reviews which can be a very good sign for the brand new HSPA+ high speed network the G2 runs on (this is the first phone to ever use HSPA+).  No price has been announced yet but rumors say that it will be around $200 with a two year contract, and $500 without one.

The phone is considered to be a direct competition to the iPhone(s) itself.  The G2 will come with Android 2.2 making it completely up to date.  The phone will also have a 5 megapixel camera with a very bright LED flash and autofocus.  The large memory on the G2 also allows the user to record videos in 720p HD.  Also, the G2 comes with 4GB of internal storage as well as an 8GB memory card, giving the user the option of upgrading it to 32GB.  The processor on the phone is an 800MHz Snapdragon giving you quick speeds while navigating through the phone.

I am looking forward to this phone a lot.  The G1 provided a great competition to the iPhone as well as making it the first Android device but now with upgrades, more apps, and a better phone all around, it will be very interesting to see what this new G2 is going to be like.

What do you think of the T-Mobile G2?  Are you for Android or iPhone?

Apple revealing a 4th Ipod Touch?

A case manufacturer named X-Doria claimed to have made new cases to fit the upcoming 4th generation Ipod Touch. From the look of the picture, the new Ipod has space for both a camera and a flash on the back side of the device and also room for a front facing camera. Also, the case has a rounded back meaning it will not be following in the footsteps of the Iphone 4.

To provide more “evidence” to this, Apple sent out invitations to a “special event” taking place on September 1st in California.

My thoughts on this? I think it would be great to have these new additions to the Ipod but it seems as though Apple is running out of physical upgrades for the Ipod Touch. It seems that the gap between the appearance of the Ipod and the Iphone is getting smaller and smaller so this may in fact be the last Ipod Touch generation.

What are you thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Samsung Galaxy tab gives Apple’s Ipad competition

Lately, there has been a lot of hype of rumors about the upcoming tablet made by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy tab. Samsung released plans explaining the tablet earlier this year but it seems as though they will be launching the device in the upcoming weeks at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The tablet itself will have a 7 inch Super AMOLED display screen and will run on Android 2.2OS a.k.a “Froyo”. Besides that, the tablet will have a 1.2GHz A8 processor and will come installed with 16GB of internal storage. Although it only comes with 16GB, it can be expanded to 48GB if you so choose.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will have a 480×800 display, both back and front facing cameras, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. If that’s not enough, the tablet will also have Adobe Flash Player and Javascript 1.5.

From all of this info about the new tablet, I believe that it will be a big hit compared to Apple’s Ipad. With the large screen, 48GB of storage, fast processor, and the ability to play flash videos, it’s hard to not like this device.

Will you be buying the new Samsung Galaxy Tab? Leave a comment explaining why or why not below.