Apple Supersizes iPhone & iPad, Instagram Hyperlapse Turns Heads, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, HP didn’t start the fire, Uber goes on lunch break, the Sounds of Street View are melodious, the sounds of typewriters typing are annoying, and why you should never take selfies in front of people.
Apple Is Supersizing Its Product Line
Apple is finally ready to supersize its products, at least if the latest rumors are to be believed. The Cupertino company has so far resisted following the trend for larger displays, with the iPhone 5s sporting an understated 4-inch screen. But everything looks set to change with the next round of hardware upgrades.
It looks highly likely the iPhone 6 will be available in two different sizes: 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. The former is now standard for flagship smartphones, but the latter would mean Apple is releasing a phablet comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is also preparing to launch a larger iPad boasting a 12.9-inch screen. Sources from within Apple’s supply chain are cited, and if they are to be believed, this would add a third option for iPad buyers alongside the iPad Air (9.7-inches) and the iPad mini (7.85-inches).
These claims should all be taken with a pinch of salt, but we’ll know more in September when Apple reveals the iPhone 6. This supersizing may upset some Apple purists, but bigger is always better, right?
Instagram Releases Hyperlapse For iOS
Instagram has released a standalone app called Hyperlapse from Instagram. The app, initially only available on iOS, uses stabilization technology to turn short video clips into stunning timelapse videos. Wired has an in-depth look at how Hyperlapse from Instagram came to be, while the video above offers a visual demonstration of its power to transform jerky footage into smooth and seamless video clips.
The release of Hyperlapse from Instagram comes less than two weeks after Microsoft Research showed off similar technology . So it seems, as is becoming standard, Microsoft has missed the boat once again.
HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Leads
HP announces Notebook PC AC Power Cord Safety Recall & Replacement Program. To see if your cord is affected, visit: http://t.co/HCvdRROPqD
— HP (@HP) August 26, 2014
HP has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords due to a risk of them being a fire hazard. After 29 reports of these leads overheating, HP is recalling 5.6 million of them in the U.S. and 446,000 in Canada.
The LS-15 power cord was sold between September 2010 and June 2012, and will be replaced by free to anyone going through the proper channels. Those who miss the memo will, we guess, still be at risk. So please do pass this on to family and friends.
Uber Starts Serving Lunches
— Uber Los Angeles (@Uber_LA) August 26, 2014
Despite being locked in a brutal battle with Lyft and others for control of the ridesharing market, Uber is venturing into new territories. Its latest effort is uberFRESH, which is currently being tested in Santa Monica, California. UberFRESH serves fresh lunches on demand, making it a Meals on Wheels for hipsters . Depending on how this small test goes, uberFRESH may be extended and/or expanded.
Hear The ‘Sounds Of Street View’
A company called Amplifon has identified what’s missing from Google Street View. The Sounds of Street View [Broken URL Removed] is an attempt to add atmosphere to the silent vistas created by Google. It works surprisingly well, but soundscapes have only been added to a limited number of places so far.
Thankfully, the framework is available on GitHub, meaning other developers can get involved. And who knows, perhaps even Google will join in.
Journalists Forced To Listen To Typewriters
— Jules Mattsson (@julesmattsson) August 26, 2014
Journalists working for The Times of London are being forced to listen to the sound of typewriters, with a speaker pumping out the clackity-clack of this out-of-date technology into the modern-day newsroom. News UK has described this as “a playful idea,” but no one seems quite sure what it’s meant to achieve. Tom Hanks will be happy though, which is nice.
Dad Secretly Films Daughter Taking Selfies
And finally, if you must insist on taking selfies , then you should at least do so in private. This teenage girl learned that lesson the hard way when her dad filmed her pulling all manner of weird expressions in order to get the perfect selfie on her phone. Should he have put it online for the whole world to see? Probably not, but that doesn’t make it any less amusing.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
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