Archive for November, 2011
While Super Hi-Vision isn’t expected to bring its 7,680 x 4,320 resolution (16x more detail than your 1080p display, for those keeping count) home for several years, the NHK and BBC have confirmed it will be available for public screenings next year during the 2012 London Olympics. Screening dates have been arranged for three countries (Japan, UK, and US), and it appears domestic viewers will want to plan on visiting the Washington D.C. area next July / August to get a taste of the 33 megapixel video and 22.2 channel surround sound for themselves. Next year’s Games have already put extensive 3D coverage on the schedule and NBC has promised every event will be available for viewing live as it happens for the first time, so there’s plenty for everyone to look forward to. The only question now? Whether or not that silly false start rule can be changed so we don’t face the prospect of a men’s 100m dash final without Usain Bolt in it.
The rumor mill never stops turning. Today, we have word from Engadget that Lenovo is prepping a new 10.1-inch tablet for release later this year. Why the fuss over a Lenovo tablet? Because this one will supposedly include Nvidia’s speedy new 1.66-GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 2GB of RAM. And to top it all off, this mystery tablet is also expected to run on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Other tidbits include a rear-facing camera, a fingerprint scanner that could also be used as an optical joystick, and a USB port complete with the bane of our tech-centric lives, a port cover. Covering the tablet will be what Engadget referred to as a “Special Fusion-Skin Body” coating, although we’re still not too clear on what that means.
The last two Lenovo tablets we reviewed, the IdeaPad K1 and the ThinkPad Tablet, were both solid offerings that fell just short of being truly great devices due to their poor audio quality and bulky size. Here’s hoping this new 10-incher doesn’t suffer from the same flaws. There’s no word on when the tablet will be released here in the U.S., but we’ll let you know when we find out.
Firefox 9 Beta Changes:
- Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
- Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
- Added support for font-stretch
- Improved support for text-overflow
- Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
- Fixed several stability issues
You can check out Firefox 9 beta release notes to know further details.
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Remember those frustrating iOS 5 battery issues? It looks like they’re about to be a thing of the past, as Apple has just released an update to its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 5.0.1, designed to fix the problem. The software update includes a few of other tweaks, too, including bug fixes for document syncing via iCloud, the addition of multi-tasking gestures for iPad 1 and improved voice recognition for Australian users.
After customer complaints filled Apple’s Support Forums, the company admitted to finding “a few bugs that are affecting battery life” and promised an update shortly. It was difficult to pinpoint the cause of the battery drains, with a number of suspected culprits being called out, including a calendar bug, a time zone bug and issues with iOS 5′s location services.
No matter what the exact cause (or causes) was, it looks like we’ll find out soon if Apple has fixed the problem for good. If you’re not seeing the update pop up in iTunes, click the “Update” button to force iTunes to check for it from the iPhone’s summary page.
The iTunes download is 790 MB in size and is taking around 10 minutes to download at present. There’s also a 44.6 MB OTA delta update available that will show up for users connected to Wi-Fi sometime today, if it hasn’t already.
Here are 5 free websites to watch Hindi movies online. Almost all of us love Hindi movies but may differ in the preferred Genre such as comedy, action, thriller, etc. This Increasing and emerging traffic towards Hindi movies is one of a reason some websites show Hindi movies online for free. So here are some very popular and legal websites where you can watch free Hindi movies online.
YouTube: Watch Hindi Movies Online
YouTube is one of the most popular and widely used website to share and watch videos online for free. Most of us either upload or watch videos on this website at least once in a day. And the video quality of YouTube is also pretty good. YouTube allows people to discover, watch and share those videos which are originally created. This website acts as a distribution platform for original content creators. And YouTube is one of the most widely used site to watch Hindi movies online for free. You can easily discover and watch Hindi Movies on this site.
YouTube has got a search tab where you need to just enter the Hindi movie name for which you are searching for. It allows you to watch full length movie online absolutely free and note that it shows original prints not the pirated ones. Through YouTube you can easily discover and get a wide range of Hindi Movies in full length.
Check out our other article of websites to watch movies online for free.
BIGFlix: Watch Hindi Movies Online
BIGFlix is also one of the most popular websites which contains a wide range for Hindi movies. You can watch a Hindi movie online for free. This Site is owned and operated by the Reliance Entertainment (a company of Reliance group). BIGFlix includes a wide range of free Hindi movies, movie trailers, music videos, various TV shows, Kids videos, and short films. This legal site offers a very good quality videos which you would find in Cinema theatres or in original movie DVDs only. It includes old, mid, and recent released Hindi movies. This site allows you to easily browse videos and watch them in HD quality.
Moreover this site offers a service known as BIGFlix+ for you in which you can choose from over a Wide range of Hindi HD quality movies which does not include any advertisement for just INR.299. You need to just click and enjoy latest blockbusters or watch old classics, all from the comfort of your home.
Yahoo MoviePlex: Watch Hindi Movies Online
Yahoo MoviePlex is another platform where you would get a variety of Hindi movies online. MoviePlex allows you to watch Hindi movies online in HD quality, free of cost with your family. This site offers you full length movies for free. Features are not that distinctive from YouTube. This yahoo service allows you to browse a movie fast,watch movies with no more ad linking and aspect ratios.
This Yahoo service is created to enhance your movie watching experience with piracy free original content. That is all this yahoo service can do for you without charging you anything.
Rajshri: Watch Hindi Movies Online
Rajshri is a website where you can discover and watch Hindi movies online for free. This site includes a wide variety of old, mid and recently released movies. You can experience a Cinema theatre like feeling if you watch a movie on this site because of its amazing video quality. This site hosts the movies through YouTube so whenever you click a movie it is played in YouTube. Thousands of short videos are available for viewing and sharing among a growing YouTube community.
Rajshri Offers a wide range of full length feature films, TV shows, music videos, trailers and special interest videos in multiple Indian languages, all for free.
VideoDuniya: Watch Hindi Movies Online
VideoDuniya is also one of the widely used websites to watch Hindi movies online. Apart from Hindi movies this site also offers movies in other regional languages such as Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam, Telugu, etc. VideoDuniya means “a world of video”, and that’s correct it’s a world of videos where you can find variety of videos online. This site allows you to play videos online and that too in HD quality. Main motive of this site is to promote on-line movies that are legally available for free, particularly for the movies that are of interest to the people across the globe, who don’t have access to Indian movie theaters / DVDs.
This website keeps good quality content with itself for better movie experience.
Hindi movies are a class apart due their story base, dialogues, emotion, romance, action, and other heart touching stuff. Moreover these movies can influence you sometimes because of their story base.Watch Hindi movies online absolutely free on these websites for ultimate movie watching experience. So go ahead and enjoy Hindi movies online.
We have been hearing a lot about the Transformer Prime. First ASUS chairman Jonney Shih displayed it at AsiaD, then some more live shots surfaced, then came the FCC images, after that the benchmarks and the last we heard of it we found out that it will be delayed and coming in December instead. But now we finally have the official announcement that we have been waiting for.
ASUS today announced the Transformer Prime or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, as it is officially called. It will be the first device in the world to pack in the new Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that has a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. Apart from that it also has 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch IPS display, with a wide 178° viewing angle and Corning Gorilla Glass protection, micro HDMI port, 1.2 megapixel front camera, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 1080p video recording, auto-focus, F2.4 lens and backside illuminated CMOS sensor. All this in a device that is only 8.3mm thick and weighs 586g.
It will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities and will also have a microSD card slot for additional storage space. It will be priced at $499 and $599 respectively. The keyboard dock will be an optional extra and will cost an additional $149.
The claimed battery life for the Transformer Prime is 12 hours but when combined with the keyboard dock it can be extended up to 18 hours. It will be sold in two colors, Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold.
Initially the device will be sold with Android 3.2 Honeycomb with built-in apps such as SuperNote and Polaris Office but ASUS has promised that it will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update by December.
Color us skeptical on this one, but rumors are coming down the pipeline about an HTC phone called the Edge. It’s supposedly going to be the first Tegra 3-powered smartphone. According to Pocketnow, the device will supposedly offer a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 4.7-inch 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 lens and Beats Audio. Curiously, no LTE capability was mentioned specifically, though 21Mbps HSPA+ appears to be good to go, and there’s a slight possibility of Sense 4.0 being included — which given its proposed launch window of late Q1 / early Q2 2012, wouldn’t be a huge surprise. We’d love to start seeing more quad-core goodness headed our way, so we’re definitely keeping our fingers crossed to see a lot more of the above show up at CES and MWC.
Photoshop is an amazing tool that can take any photo and change it into anything you can imagine. While it can take years of practice to alter reality like a pro, there are a few simple tricks you can employ to reshape the world captured in your photos. Here are five of our favorite techniques and how to use them effectively.
“Note: While this guide centers around Adobe Photoshop (CS5, specifically), many of these tricks are possible in other image editors. Even if you don’t have Photoshop you’re not necessarily left out of the party. Read through the tips as we’ve tried to use methods that can be replicated in other software as well.”
Pop Pimples (and Remove Other Blemishes)
Sometimes faces aren’t as pretty as you might like, or dust got on your lens, or you missed a little bit of blood on the carpet when cleaning up after your last murder. Whatever the case may be, Photoshop is really great at removing unwanted visual information and offers three great tools to help. We’re going to take a look at them all.
“Watch the video to the left for a visual walkthrough or read on for a description of how to use each tool. Also, thank you to Instructables user KentsOkay and his real-life pimple-popping tutorial for the photo used in the video.”
The Clone Stamp is the old-fashioned way to repair blemishes and undesirable aspects of your images. It’s a tool you’ll actually find in many image editors, so if you’re not a Photoshop user you may still be able to touch up your photos all the same. To use it, you select it from the toolbar. (It looks like a stamp if you want to click it, but you can press S on your keyboard too.) First find an area of the photo that you want to clone. You’re going to use this clone area to paint over the thing you want to remove, so pick something that is similar in color, tone, and texture. When you’ve made your choice, hold down alt/option and click it. Now move your brush over to the thing you want to remove and paint over it. If you selected a good source area, the blemish will now be gone.
The Healing Brush is what you want to use when the Clone Stamp is looking too, well, clone-y. The Healing Brush actually works in exactly the same way as the Clone Stamp, but when you release the mouse a little Photoshop magic happens and it attempts to blend the brush’s source with the area it’s covering up. This makes the result look a little more unique and not like you just borrowed another part of the image. It’s generally ideal for removing pimples and other blemishes but terrible at, say, removing a tree from an empty field.
Content-Aware Fill is a cool new feature that was added in Photoshop CS5. Basically, you select any part of a photograph that you want to remove, press Shift+Delete, choose “Use: Content-Aware” (if it isn’t selected already), and click OK. Photoshop will think for a second and then try to cover up your selection. Sometimes it will do a phenomenal job and it will look like your selected object completely vanished. Other times it’ll completely botch the job or at least leave a trace. If it’s just a trace, you can use the previously mentioned tools to touch up Photoshop’s mistakes. If it’s a botched job you’ll just have to do the entire thing manually. Either way, when it works (or mostly works), this Content-Aware Fill is a huge time-saver.
Change Facial Expressions
One often-ignored feature in Photoshop is the Liquify tool, which is capable of warping your images in some compelling ways. We’ve previously demonstrated how it can be used to fix distortions, but it can also do something a little more fun: change facial expressions.
“Watch the video to the left for a visual walkthrough or read on for the written version.”
The important thing is to be careful and maintain subtlety when employing this technique because you can make your subject look completely ridiculous if you’re not careful. (See the “BAD” photo in the example on the right for a look at how altering an expression can go a little overboard.)
Taking care to maintain realism actually makes the process a lot easier because you don’t have to do very much to achieve the desired change. The real challenge is understanding how the muscles of the face work so you’re altering the relevant areas. For example, when someone smiles (genuinely, that is) their eyes squint a bit, their cheeks rise, and, of course, the edges of their mouth curl upward. If you only altered the mouth, the smile would look a little off. Before you even try this you should go look in a mirror and make both the original and desired facial expression. Watch which muscles move and how as you switch between the two. Once you know, you’re ready to use the Liquify tool.To alter the facial expression in your image, open it up in Photoshop and follow these steps:
- Go to the Filter menu and choose Liquify.
- Select the Warp Tool if it isn’t already selected. (It’s the first tool in the toolbar in the top left corner of the Liquify window. You can select it by clicking on it or just pressing the W key on your keyboard.)
- On the right side of the Liquify window you’ll see options for the selected tool. In that section, set your brush size fairly small. Generally a brush size between three and 20 will work, but your goal is to make it a little larger than the height of the smile line.
- When your brush is the right size, use the Warp Tool to paint the edges of the smile upward. It works just like a brush, but all you do is click on the area you want to move and use your mouse or trackpad to pull it in the direction you want. ”Do not move the mouth too much”or it will look ridiculous. You don’t want to try and move it into a full smile or it will look fake, but rather move it out of the frowning position. You’ll be able to sell the happier look by altering other parts of the face.
- Increase the size of your Warp Tool brush by about two times and use it to push the cheeks of your subject upward just slightly.
- Change the size of your Warp Tool brush to match the size of your subjects eyes, then use it to push the area directly below the eye upward just a tiny bit.
Now you should be done and your subject should look a little more pleasant. While some added patience and time could change your subject’s expression more dramatically, it’s generally better to keep it simple so the change looks natural and not cartoonish-ly false.
Few of us have perfectly white teeth, but we can brush the yellow away with the help of a couple of tools in Photoshop. All you really have to do is desaturate your not-so-pearly whites and then brighten them up. Just watch the video to the left or follow these steps:
- Take the Sponge Tool and paint away the yellow parts of the teeth. You can use the default settings (desaturate, 50% flow) but you’ll want to pick a brush size that’ll fit nicely into the teeth you’re whitening.
- Desaturating with the sponge is going to leave you with some ugly gray shadows, unfortunately, since yellow is darker in tone than pure white, but we can fix that! In the same place you found the sponge tool, you can also select the Dodge Tool. This tool will brighten up areas of a photo, but the default flow setting (50%) is way too high. Something between 10-15% will work much better. You also want to make sure you Dodge Tool is set to brighten up the midtones, which you can select directly to the left of the flow settings.
- Once you have your settings in place, use the Dodge Tool to paint over the gray areas of the teeth. This will lighten them up so they match the whiter parts of the teeth. If you find you’re over-brightening these areas, just lower the Flow setting of the Dodge Tool and try again.
It can take a little practice to be perfectly precise and have a clean, even look, but once you get the hang of it you’ll have the perfectly white teeth—or at least your photos will.
Lighten Up Underexposed Faces
One of the most common problems with your photos is that some part of them is underexposed. This often happens with your subject’s face or even their entire body. Fortunately it is incredibly easy to fix this problem in Photoshop or any other image editor. Just follow these steps (or watch the video to the left):
- Open your image and use a rectangular marquee tool to select the portion you want to brighten up. Be sure to leave some room around the edges. Copy your selection and paste it into a new layer.
- Use Levels, Curves, or a lighting adjustment tool of your choice to boost the midtones. Doing this may wash out the color of the image a little bit, so if you can you should also boost the red channel’s midtones in the selection. In Curves, you can do this by selecting Red from the Channels drop-down menu and pulling upward on its curve.
- Select the eraser tool and use a soft brush to erase the edges around the part of the image you brightened up so only the part you want remains.
- Adjust the opacity of the brightened selection until the brightness is exactly where you want it.
“Note: In Photoshop you can also make your selection very quickly with the Quick Mask tool and alter the brightness and color of that selection using an Adjustment Layer. I like the above method because there is virtually no layer-based image editor that isn’t capable of performing this trick. That said, using Quick Mask and an Adjustment Layer is proper practice in Photoshop. If you’re not familiar with these tools, check out our overview of Photoshop’s tools and features.”
When you’re done your photo should look like it was shot under better, more compelling lighting.
Extract Your Subject and Place Them on a New Background
Sometimes you’re sitting on the couch when you’d rather be relaxing on the beach. Don’t worry, Photoshop can help! It has plenty of tools you can use to extract your backgrounds. Be sure to watch the video to your left to see how this is all done, but here’s a look at a few tools you can use to help extract your backgrounds cleanly.
Personally, my favorite tools for extracting backgrounds are the Polygonal Lasso and the standard Eraserbecause they give you a lot of control over the exact edges. The Polygonal Lasso can be found by clicking on the standard Lasso tool in the toolbar and holding down to reveal your other options. It works by clicking points along the edge of the subject you want to extract to slowly create your selection. Basically, it’s like connecting the dots. Each click is a dot and the closer those dots are together the smoother the selection becomes. I like to zoom in and and make a lot of “dots” to get a pretty smooth line, then come in with the Eraser tool and smooth everything out. When you’re using the standard Eraser tool to touch up your selection, it helps to set its opacity to 50% or less. This is so when you erase the edge of your subject you make it transparent rather than remove it entirely. Doing so requires more work but it allows you to create a more realistic edges that blends in better with the background.While the Polygonal Lasso and standard Eraser tools make for a good team, they do take a bit of time to use. If you’re in a hurry and are extracting your subject from a simple background like a solid color (or something close to it), Photoshop has two special tools to expedite this job: the Background Eraser and Magic Eraser. To locate them, just click and hold down on the regular Eraser tool in Photoshop’s toolbar and select the one that you want. The Magic Eraser functions by just clicking the area you want to remove and watching it disappear. This may sound magical, but in reality it tends to leave jagged edges and make poor guesses about what is your background and what is not. The Background Eraser works like the regular Eraser except it only erases the background—or at least it attempts to. You’ll see a + in the middle of your brush and that’s the area you’re targeting to erase. If anything within the brush’s circumference is similar enough to what’s directly inside the crosshairs it’ll get deleted. How does Photoshop know how tolerant to be? Well, there’s a Tolerance setting up in the settings bar at the top of the screen. In fact, there is a tolerance setting for both of these special erases so you can dial them back if they’re eating parts of the photo you ”do not” want to erase.
Once you actually manage to remove the background using whatever tools suit you best, there are a couple of other things you want to keep in mind. You can’t just plop a subject on any photo and expect him/her/it to belong. Chances are the color and light in the photo you extracted your subject from is not going to match the one where you’re placing them. You can use Photoshop’s Color Match adjustment (go to the Adjustments menu and choose Color Match) but, as you’ll see in the video above, it doesn’t always do that great of a job. Opening Curves and trying to match the color and light manually makes a bigger difference.
Even when you match the color well, chances are your subject ”still” won’t look quite at home on his/her/its new background. This is often because if your subject were really, truly there the light from that location would affect them. Now there is quite a bit you have to do to achieve an incredible amount of realism when the lighting on your subject doesn’t look quite right for their new location, but that’s beyond the scope of this discussion. One thing you can do to help solve this problem, however, is allow the background to bleed onto the subject a little bit. Here’s how to achieve this effect:
- Control/command-click on your subject’s layer to select him/her/it.
- Go to the Select menu and choose Select Inverse.
- Click on the layer of your background in the Layers panel to choose it.
- Go to the Select menu and choose Refine Edge.
- In the Refine Edge panel, increase the Feather size and move the Shift Edge slider to the right. As you do this you’ll see your selection start to move inward and eat into your subject. When this happens a little bit you’ve done well and can stop. Press OK to accept your refined selection.
- Copy the newly selected area of your background layer and paste it into a new layer on top of your subject. It’ll look kind of weird, like the background has swallowed your subject’s edges. This is okay.
- Reduce the opacity of this new layer to about 20%. This will make everything look pretty normal again, but you’ll have a bit of color from the new background blending in with the edges of your subject much like it would in reality.
While there’s likely a lot more you can do to make your subject look more realistic in their new home, these basics tricks are a good starting point for when you want to transplant people, places, and things to new and exciting locations.
Chrome: The newest version of the Google Chrome beta introduces multiple account syncing, a feature many users have been asking for a while.
The primary use for the feature is to let multiple users who share a computer easily swap out accounts, but Google notes in their post it doesn’t have any security options, so it’s meant primarily as a tool to quickly swap interfaces for people who already share a computer. Of course, it will also be handy for those who use multiple accounts for work or personal use. You can download the beta from the official blog post below. To try it out for yourself, you’ll need to enable it under Options (or Preferences) >Personal Stuff > Add new user.
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