- The Journey of Cameras: From Obscura to Smartphone
- HP Launches Affordable Netbook for Students
- Google Kills ‘Picnik’ and Upsets Users
- Nokia Lumia Strikes 1 Million Sales
- China sent 10 billion SMS in one day
- Ruby on Rails 3.2: Easy Web App Development
- US Tech Salaries Climb, India Cautious
- Finally, Indian PM Tweeted
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 11:03 PM PST
Now a day's everyone of us capture lovely moments of our lives, indiscriminately with smartphone camera. Have you ever thought about the journey of cameras and how they reached your smartphone? Here is the fascinating story of camera form 'camera obscura to the smartphone camera'.
The camera obscura is the first device which started the evolution of camera. This device is actually a dark room with a pin hole on the one side to enter light and produce an image inside the room. The image appeared upside down but it cannot be captured, you have to draw the image.
The Daguerreotype was the first successful photographic process. Louis Daguerre invented this camera in 1836 with the help of his partner Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.
3. Twin Lens Reflex Camera
Twin Lens Reflex or Double lens cameras were first developed around 1870. This type of cameras has two objective lenses of same focal length. The first lens is for the photographic view by which photographer view the image and another one for focusing the image.
With the invention of dry plate, it has improved the quality of images and the photographic exposure time was shortened. This new process simplified the work of photographers and helped them to take more photos. Dry plates are improved type of photographic plates invented by Dr. Richard Maddox in 1871.
5. Celluloid film in 1889
With the development of celluloid film for still photography, it became possible and easy to directly capture objects in motion in real time.
In 1933 Exakta introduced the first single lens reflex camera using 127 mm roll film and in 1936 with 35 mm roll film. The single lens reflex (SLR) cameras typically use mirrors and prism system allowing the photographer to view through the lens and see exactly what will be captured. This SLR technology became the main character in cameras and framed a whole new path of evolution.
7. Polaroid Instant Camera in 1948
An American scientist Edwin Land invented the first Polaroid instant camera called as Land camera in 1948. These instant cameras are capable to generate a developed film images in just 1 minute. This new invention changed the whole perception of camera industry.
In 1988 Fujifilm introduced the world's first digital camera 'DS-1P' and it was the beginning of the new digital era. These digital cameras can shoot continuously and store them on a digital media. Today we can see a wide variety of digital cameras from compact point and shoot digital cameras to high-end digital SLRs.
9. Mobile Phone with Camera in 2000
J-Phone is the first to implement camera in Phone successfully. J-Phone is a Japanese mobile company which introduced camera mobile in 2000 and within two years half of the Japanese were using camera mobiles. In 2003 many companies started manufacturing camera phones and in 2005 Nokia become world's most sold camera phone brand.
Today the smartphones are making buzz in the camera world, you can find one or the other capturing photos without any limits using smartphones. These smartphone cameras are capable of capturing 1080p HD video and take 8 MP photos. Nokia N8 was the first smartphone featuring 12 MP Autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics lens.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 10:57 PM PST
HP has launched a new netbook for students and business users, the Mini 1104. The new HP Mini 1104 looks similar to other HP business netbooks and measures 10.6 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches and weighs about 1.26 kilograms.
HP Mini 1104 sports 10.1 inch display with 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution and is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel GMA 3600 integrated Graphics card.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 10:53 PM PST
The photo editing service 'Picnik' is going to be slashed by Google. The company says it will cancel Picnik and will import many of its functionality to other Google properties like Google+. With the death of this online photo-editing prowess many online photo sharing services like Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, MySpace, Webshots, Box.net, Picasa Web Albums, and Lexmark will also lose it's editing and enhancing features.
Thousand of unhappy comets poured in when Picnik website updated the news regarding its closing. A large portion of comments criticized Google's tactic to make its social networking site Google+ popular by stopping Picnik.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 10:46 PM PST
Nokia has sold over 1 million Windows Phone based on its Lumia smartphone series in the fourth quarter of 2011, says Bloomberg. Bloomberg came up with this fact as result of a survey which was conducted on 22 different analysts, who predicted the sale of Windows Phone based Lumia smartphone in the end of 2011.
Only one among 22 analysts predicted that Nokia has sold less than 1 million Lumia smartphones in 2011, so on an average analyst sales prediction ranges between 8 lakh to 2 million. Therefore the average sale of Nokia Lumia smartphone line ups could be 1.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 10:29 PM PST
Chinese mobile phone users may have sent more than 10 billion greeting messages Sunday, an expert said.
Kuang Jie, senior partner of ProKing Management Consulting, made the estimate based on the number of text messages sent by phone users during the same periods of the past two years.
Subscribers of China Mobile’s Beijing branch sent 680 million greeting messages on the Lunar New Year’s eve of 2010, while subscribers of the carrier’s Shanghai branch sent more than 900 million messages on the Lunar New Year’s eve of 2011, Kuang said.
“Considering that China’s mobile subscribers have risen by 11.5 percent year-on-year to reach 975.7 million by the end of December, I think it’s highly possible that messages sent on Sunday evening exceeded 10 billion,” Kuang said.
Short messages have become one of the most popular ways to exchange greetings during the Spring Festival holiday, a time for family reunions.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 09:34 PM PST
The world of web-application development framework has a new arrival: Ruby on Rails 3.2, which is said to be quicker and more convenient for web-application developers.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 09:29 PM PST
If you were an average techie working with internet technology companies, your average annual salary would now be $100,000; if you were in Silicon Valley, that is.
Posted: 24 Jan 2012 09:24 PM PST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has joined Twitter to capture the attention of young Indians and inform people about the work done by his office through 140 characters on the popular microblogging site. The account attracted 10,000 followers within hours of being set up.
“The Prime Minister’s office is now on Twitter @PMOIndia Thank you for your support,” Manmohan Singh’s newly appointed communications advisor Pankaj Pachauri said on his own Twitter account.
Within hours of opening the account late Monday, Manmohan Singh attracted nearly 7,000 followers and written three tweets till Tuesday afternoon.
The account refers to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and it would be handled by his media team, PMO sources said.
The prime minister’s opponents have been criticising him for maintaining a silence over burning issues and remaining inaccessible to the media.
A close aide told IANS that the work done by his office was not being “reflected properly”.
“The Twitter account may help in sending out the information to larger, particularly young, audiences,” the aide told IANS.
His first three tweets were about a function on bravery awards. This included his picture with the winners.
“You make all of us proud…PM tells young bravehearts,” said his last tweet, which provided a link to his public speech at the bravery awards function.
PMO sources said the account was presently managed by his communication team but there was a possibility that Manmohan Singh would send out tweets personally.
The account has already invited a barrage of reactions from people. “The #PMOIndia twitter account is a brilliant attempt to tweet silence in 140 characters,” said @RoflIndian.
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