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Polaroid gets in on the Windows Phone 8.1 act…

Published by at 8:37 UTC, September 9th 2014

Shrouded in either mystery or (more likely) obscurity, Polaroid (yes, the camera and film company) appears to have launched yet another low cost OEM Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. Dubbed the WinPro 5.0, the specifications are fairly familiar, being based on the existing Microsoft/Qualcomm reference design for Windows Phone 8.1. Is there a special imaging focus, given the name? Nope. But the more the merrier, eh?

From the WinTouch site (in German, here machine translated):

Somewhat hidden on the IFA, we were able to discover a small stand of Polaroid and consult the somewhat grumpy representative also for their Windows Phone. Yes, actually we discovered they do a Windows Phone smartphone:

Polaroid WinPro 5

Since the smartphone in its system info doesn’t give much away and called itself “JSRTECH I7B” we dig a little more. Specifications shall be as follows:

  • Name: WinPro 5.0
  • 8 GB of memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 1.3 Ghz Quad Core processor (doubtful)
  • 2400 mAh battery
  • Dual Sim Function
  • 5 inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution

As to availability, it’s next month (October 2014). Priced to cost less than 200 €. 

Although patently built to a price and with unremarkable screen (judging from the video and images), the combination of those baseline specs and Windows Phone 8.1 should nevertheless produce something that’s very usable. It’ll come down to fit and finish, to how good or bad the screen, camera and speaker are, and of course to street price in the developing markets it’s aimed at.

Polaroid WinPro 5

Source / Credit: WinTouch

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Hardware
 

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Nokia Glam Me becomes Lumia Selfie, gets polished and whitened

Published by at 7:15 UTC, September 6th 2014

A more polished version of its previous incarnation, Nokia Glam Me (which was a horrible name), the new Lumia Selfie (also a horrible name, but at least its trendy)  works surprisingly well and is destined to be shipped on the Start screen of newer devices like the 730. It’s also available (as was Glam Me) for all Lumias with front-facing cameras, of course. 

In fact, it’s possibly installable on devices with only rear cameras, in view of the back camera and auto-line-up support, comments welcome if you try this.

Lumia Selfie is recognisable as an updated version of Glam Me, but there has been quite a bit of work to improve it, in terms of icons, explanatory text, efficacy of effects, operation of the audio alignment section, and so on.

From the updated Store description:

Lumia Selfie is the perfect app for taking selfies with your front or main camera and sharing them with your friends.
It’s so simple to capture the perfect picture of yourself, automatically enhanced and ready to share straight away.
You can also fine-tune your facial details and apply high quality effects.

Although, as with Glam Me, the application occasionally refused to recognise my face because it didn’t like my glasses, the algorithms have obviously been tuned and most of the time I got good results. There’s something somewhat magical about seeing your eyes enlarged, your smile made happier and your teeth whiter (hey, it’s cheaper than going to the dental hygienest, etc.), even if the end result ends up looking rather unnatural!

Here’s Lumia Selfie in action:

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Step 1 is to take the selfie photo – the app defaults to the front facing camera, obviously… step 2 is to select your filter – here I’m experimenting with ‘reflect’, about another dozen  arty filters are available to play with… Also, note that slimming and other facial enhancements have already been applied – by default Lumia selfie automatically applies whatever you did to the last selfie you processed.

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

Browsing through all the filters available in one handy pane; (right) in the ‘enhancements’ section, setting a slider for each facial feature – here whitening my teeth! The end results are rarely that natural – maybe the secret is to be more restrained with the sliders, Steve!

Lumia Selfie screenshotLumia Selfie screenshot

The help text – note the timer reference – the timer options have all been lengthened compared to Glam Me, to give users more time to set shots up; (right) about to try the rear camera ‘auto selfie’ – the rapid beeps and then steady tone work very well in practice.

I did notice the odd minor bug, in that with multiple effects turned on, their overall effect was a little erratic as I adjusted individual sliders. Still, you can download Lumia Selfie for free in the Store here and try it for yourself. Effectively Nokia Glam Me has itself had its smile enhanced and teeth whitened!

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Chase gets a much needed UI update

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Chase Mobile is the mobile app that can be used to monitor and manage your Chase bank account. For a good while, Chase Mobile has used the same old UI that was just plain ugly. It might have passed as modern about 2 years ago, but in the current age, it was obvious to everyone that it needed an update.

oldchase

“The UI could use a tweak or 20…”

This quote from one of the Play Store ratings describes how just about every person who uses Chase Mobile felt about the app. It was clunky and painful to use. Everything functioned flawlessly, but the UI was so bad that I almost cried every time I switched from my carefully crafted homescreen over to the terror that was Chase Mobile.

Well good news everyone! Under the cover of the IFA excitement and the Motorola event, JPMorgan Chase has updated the Chase Mobile app with a refreshed UI that is a lot nicer on the eyes. The update includes:

  • New user interface with enhanced navigation and updated menu design
  • Enhancements to improve Chase QuickDepositSM photo capture experience
  • External Transfers: Transfer funds between your Chase account and your accounts at other U.S. financial institutions

Version 3.18 of the Chase Mobile app is a much needed update bringing the app up into the current tech world.

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Moto X+1 gets detailed in in-depth video leak

What a better way to start September off than with a juicy leak of the soon-to-be-unveiled successor to the Moto X. Today a supposed Moto X+1 video leak has hit the web, and it lines up with everything we’ve seen before – and a lot of what we’re expecting to see – though there are still questions being asked.

The leak comes to us from TK Tech News, which has been hit-or-miss but relatively accurate with previous Motorola leaks (like the one where the Moto Luge was brought to light). The leak itself unfortunately doesn’t tell us as much as we’d like, but we do get a few critical bits of information. First of all, that Motorola logo dimple on the back is apparently a power button, and its’ color is supposedly customizable through Moto Maker.

The flash is apparently part of the camera itself, as a plastic tube that goes around the main sensor. Speaking of that camera, this leak says that it will have optical image stabilization abilities.

The X+1 pictured in this video is apparently made of a bamboo material with an aluminum trim, and it sure looks that way. It seems logical that those two things could be customized through Moto Maker as well.

Hopping on into the software, the thing we most care about is an app called Moto Aware, which looks to show up as just “Moto” on the home screen. Details are scarce on exactly what this thing does, but it’s speculated that the sensors on the front of the phone could be related to it – another of TK Tech News‘s sources says that the sensors are used for a 3D-like effect similar to the one on the Fire Phone, so we’re hearing conflicting reports here.

Finally, Moto Maker options are seemingly confirmed. TK Tech News says that they were able to confirm build materials “Such as Aluminum frame, Wood, Plastic, Leather, Denim, and yes a later edition will be ALL CARBON FIBER, (This reportedly is a VERIZON Exlusive for the holidays).” Based on this, we’re assuming that leather and denim options will be available through Moto Maker from the get-go.

Source: TK Tech News


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