Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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Sony have today released a new version of their app which allows users to defocus the background of their photos after they’ve been taken at a tap of the screen.

The update has been issued to the Google Play Store and is available to Sony Xperia phones runningAndroid 4.2 or later.

How to use Background defocus:

1. Start the Camera and select Background defocus as camera mode
2. Tap the object you want to focus on in the viewfinder
3. Tap the camera key to take a photo
4. Change the blur level and blur effect with the controls on the screen
5. Tap the save buttonTips for best photos:

For best results, Sony recommends users to focus on objects that are 15-45cm away with a background at least 5 metres away from the subject.

New Amazon smartphone rumors spell out gestures, tilting, and more

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It seems the Amazon smartphone is getting yet more details in the latest leak and the 3D effects were just that start of Amazon’s plans to bring something new to an already crowded market.

Unsurprisingly, the Amazon smartphone will run a heavily customised version of Android just like their Kindle range, but will come packed with exclusive features not yet seen on a device of this sort.

The Amazon smartphone will feature four low-powered infrared cameras on the face of the device which will be used to track the users facial position in relation to the device. This will enable users to navigate through apps and integrate with the device in a way which has never been seen before.

Amazon plan on using this combination of hardware to build in a feature where you tilt the device to reveal additional information on the screen. This could include revealing labels beneath icons, Yelp ratings appearing on map searches, and IMDb ratings on top of movie thumbnails.

it seems like Amazon are certainly exploring the options of new ways of interacting with devices, and whilst it’s uncertain at this point just how novelty these new features will be, it certainly is interesting nonetheless.

Amazon wants your old phone so you can buy a new one

Looking to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 over the next few days and weeks? What are you going to do with that old device? Amazon says they’ll take it, and they’ll even pay you for it.

Amazon’s Trade-In program is not necessarily new but, considering the timing, it’s worth reminding you that it exists. If you have an old smartphone and don’t plan on keeping it, you could earn a little scratch buy giving to Amazon. Regardless of whether you bought that phone from them, Amazon wants it. Actually, they’ll take all sorts of electronics, textbooks, CDs, movies, and video games. Go ahead, grab that box full of stuff you can’t part with and finally part with it.Amazon-Trade-In-Store-631x310

 

Right now Amazon is offering great trade-in values* on top smartphones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, Black Mist 16GB (AT&T) $190
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Blue (Verizon Wireless) $100
  • Apple iPhone 5 16GB Black–(AT&T) $224
  • Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black – (AT&T) $154.30
  • HTC One M7, Silver 32GB (Sprint) $123

As long as your stuff matches the description you provide Amazon and is in at least “acceptable” condition, you should be good. The process is free (shipping, too) and takes up to 10 days to complete.

Amazon wants your old phone so you can buy a new one

Looking to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 over the next few days and weeks? What are you going to do with that old device? Amazon says they’ll take it, and they’ll even pay you for it.

Amazon’s Trade-In program is not necessarily new but, considering the timing, it’s worth reminding you that it exists. If you have an old smartphone and don’t plan on keeping it, you could earn a little scratch buy giving to Amazon. Regardless of whether you bought that phone from them, Amazon wants it. Actually, they’ll take all sorts of electronics, textbooks, CDs, movies, and video games. Go ahead, grab that box full of stuff you can’t part with and finally part with it.

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Right now Amazon is offering great trade-in values* on top smartphones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, Black Mist 16GB (AT&T) $190
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Blue (Verizon Wireless) $100
  • Apple iPhone 5 16GB Black–(AT&T) $224
  • Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black – (AT&T) $154.30
  • HTC One M7, Silver 32GB (Sprint) $123

As long as your stuff matches the description you provide Amazon and is in at least “acceptable” condition, you should be good. The process is free (shipping, too) and takes up to 10 days to complete.

Say “Hello” to hello sms for Android [App of the Day]

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Stock SMS messaging apps are often known for being boring, lacking options, and overall just providing a bland user experience. Hello sms aims to fix the drab look, as well as give you a more organized and streamlined inbox.

Hello sms organizes your conversations unlike any other messaging app, and does so by sorting conversations in tabs that run along the left side of the inbox. It’s a very beautiful design that is obviously inspired by simplicity and ease of use. Perfect for the on-the-go texter who prefers a clean and polished look.

T-Mobile intros $40 Simple Starter Plan

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T-Mobile on Wednesday introduced its latest service option, the $40 Simple Starter plan. Touted as part of something larger unfolding this week (Day 1 of 3), the plan provides unlimited talk, text, and 500MB data with tethering for only $40 per month.

“Un-carrier is a movement, not a marketing strategy. We are freeing consumers from the predatory practices of traditional US wireless companies and that includes these plans that start with a low price and a low data limit, but then hit you with insane fees if you send one too many emails. It’s wrong!.. I know we have it right and when we all are done reporting results from the first quarter – I think you’ll share my conviction.” – John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.

The new Simple Starter Plan launches April 12 and is designed for “value conscious” customers. As of today there are no other wireless carriers offering single line $40 rate plans with 4G LTE data included.

T-Mobile CEO John Leger penned a blog post today, thumping the proverbial chest and promising more great things ahead.

Not only aren’t we done, we will never be done. We’ve hardly gotten started.  We will keep listening to our customers because they are innovating and showing their creativity in the way they are using wireless.