Presenting the first ever music video shot entirely using iPhone 4S (video)

One of the noticeable improvements of the iPhone 4S over its predecessor is its camera. Upgraded to 8 megapixel, the new shooter is also capable of kicking out 1080p video, an improvement over the already mightily impressive 720p, 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4. Hence, it comes as no surprise we have our first ever music video shot entirely using the iPhone 4S:

Music types, The Turnback decided to film this video for their new single, Cellophane Sky, using two shiny new iPhone 4S handsets. Filmed in full 1080p at the New York nightclub, Webster Hall, the video is believed to be the first made using the iPhone 4S.

On October 14th, 2011 we received 2 brand new iPhone 4S smart phones. On Sunday October 16th we shot the video at the famous NYC nightclub Webster Hall. Over the next several days, with little sleep and lots of coffee, the final video was finished.

This video was shot entirely using those 2 iPhone 4S’s and was edited on Final Cut Pro.

Apple releases first iPhone 4S Siri commercial (video)

The first Apple iPhone 4S TV commercial has gone on air. The advert concentrates on Siri, the 4S’ intelligent personal assistant, giving a few real-world uses of the feature. Some Siri examples from the commercial:

  • Looking up Google Maps directions (to a hospital)
  • How to do something (tying a bow tie)
  • Checking the weather
  • Location-based reminders
  • Playing music from the iPhone music application
  • Setting up alarm clocks
  • Sending text messages

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – Features at a glance

If you are a techno buff, you must already be aware of Google’s latest and greatest version of its Android operating system finally becoming a reality – 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). And if you’re a nerdy geek, chances are you already know what ICS is all about. But if you are one of those who are not so well informed, here’s a recap of the several enhancements Google’s Andy Rubin announced for ICS:

  • Option to use virtual buttons in the UI, instead of taking up capacitive touch buttons
  • Widgets are in a new tab, listed in a similar list to apps
  • Folders are much easier to create, with a drag-and-drop style similar to iOS
  • A customizable launcher
  • New phone app with visual voicemail functionality that lets you speed up or slow down voicemail messages
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar
  • Gmail has offline search, a two-line preview, and new action bar at the bottom
  • Swipe left or right to switch between Gmail conversations
  • Integrated screenshot capture by holding power and volume down buttons
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard
  • Ability to access apps directly from lock screen (similar to HTC Sense 3.x)
  • Improved copy and paste
  • Better voice integration
  • Face Unlock, a facial recognition service
  • New tabbed web browser, allowing up to 16 tabs
  • Browser now automatically syncs your Chrome bookmarks
  • Modern “Roboto” font
  • Data Usage section in settings lets you set warnings when you reach a certain amount of use and disabling data when you go over your limit
  • Ability to kill off apps that are using data in the background
  • Camera app: zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, zoom while recording
  • Built-in photo editor
  • New gallery layout, organized by location and person
  • Refreshed people app with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images
  • Android Beam, a NFC feature that lets you exchange websites, contact info, directions, YouTube, etc.
  • Don’t like some of those preloaded carrier apps? Disable ’em. Android Engineer Dan Morrill mentions that, among other new features, any app can be disabled, and while it will still take up space in ROM, it won’t be snatching any of your precious resources or clock cycles again if you don’t want it to.

We’re glad that ICS is nothing like we thought it would be back in August. It is much better than that with a lot more features and a smooth UI that will engage the user pretty nicely.

The ICS update is expected to roll out to select devices come November, with more devices gaining the chilly desert gradually.

Via Engadget

Windows 8 Developer Preview (Direct Download Links)

As you might be aware, Microsoft gave a first glimpse of their new, “game changing” OS, Windows 8 yesterday at BUILD. They had also promised that a developer preview would be available soon and that it will be accessible not only to developers but to everyone. Fulfilled.

Microsoft is making the same Windows 8 developer preview it handed out to developers at BUILD yesterday available to users all around the world, free of charge and without requiring any registration — a big step forward from previous occasions where registration was required and then too it was available to everyone only after the first beta.

There are 3 version available to download:  a 64-bit version with all the developer tools built-in, along with sample Metro apps to get developers started; a 64-bit version only with the sample apps and without the tools; and a similar 32-bit version without any developer tools. All of these three versions should operate in a similar fashion, so unless you’re aiming to develop Windows 8 apps, you’ll probably be fine with either one of these.

Download (ISO)

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) with Developer Tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) without the developer tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit)

Are you downloading Windows 8 developer preview? Which one of the three?

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First Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ commercial goes viral (video)

The first Windows Phone 7.1 (it’s NOT 7.5) aka ‘Mango’ commercials have hit the web and, though not from Microsoft themselves, give a good indication of where the new OS’ marketing is heading towards.

The new commercial, put together by Japanese carrier KDDI, showcases several mysterious Windows Phone devices and outlines the main features of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS, including Xbox Live integration and a mobile version of Office. That said, the advert still fails to convince us properly. Probably they’ve left it for Microsoft to do that (?).

Anyway, here’s the Mango advert we’re talking about:

First-Person Mario: Witnessing Mario’s world through his own eyes (awesome video)

What happens when you stick everyone’s favorite mushroom-stomping plumber smackdab in the middle of a first-person shooter? YouTube effects phenom, Freddie Wong shows us exactly what, in this awe-freaking-some video below:

Impressive, isn’t it? Well, Freddie’s creativity doesn’t end here. Below is a more modern version of Mario which sees him sport guns and other weapons as he makes his way past he chilly weather and harming insects into his castle.

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