Apple scoops up UK startup that could boost iPhone camera’s powers

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The iPhone 11 Pro's excellent camera is about to get even better.
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Future iPhone cameras could get some big upgrades thanks to the latest company Apple purchased in the U.K.

Spectral Edge, a start-up that combines image processing with machine learning to create sharper smartphone photos, has quietly been acquired by Apple, giving the iPhone a potentially huge advantage over its competitors.

Lightroom for iPad gets import-export features it should have had all along

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Adobe cuts a little workflow time with Direct Import for Lightroom mobile for iOS and iPadOS.
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Adobe launched a major power boost today to Lightroom Mobile that adds Direct Import and Advance Export features to iOS and iPadOS.

Direct Import streamlines the workflow by eliminating the need to import photos into the Camera Roll. Users can now skip that by connecting a drive or SD card to transfer photos directly to Lightroom for iOS or iPadOS.

Vertical panoramas are the iPhone camera’s hidden jewel

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It's not a vertical panorama, but at least if fits at the top of this post.
It's not a vertical panorama, but at least if fits at the top of this post.
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Panoramas are those super-wide, letterboxed strips of photos that look spectacular, and that are impossible to fit into Instagram. Maybe you already shoot a lot of panoramas, and maybe you even use the pano camera to create amazing glitch photos.

But did you consider that panoramas don’t have to be super-wide? They don’t even have to be horizontal. Let’s take a look at vertical panoramas — the iPhone photographer’s surprisingly great secret weapon.

Adobe takes first steps to fix Photoshop for iPad

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Adobe promises changes to Photoshop on iPad very soon.
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Adobe says it will soon deliver features and updates to its iPad version of Photoshop.

The announcement comes after a buildup of user frustration over the launch earlier this month of Photoshop for iPad, a highly anticipated release after the imaging software giant promised a full-power version for the tablet computer.

How to crop, straighten and unskew photos on iPad and iPhone

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It’s not better, but it offers a different perspective.
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You’ve always been able to crop photos on your iPhone and iPad. It’s easy to “zoom” into your images, cutting out cruft and distraction at the edges of the frame to focus on what’s important. But now, in iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can do more than crop and chop. Now you also can skew images — aka correct perspective errors — all inside the Photos app’s edit mode.

You can do all kinds of things with this new Photos tool. If you snapped a picture of a painting in the gallery, and didn’t hold your iPhone parallel to the wall, you can fix that. Or you can get more radical, perhaps by “fixing” an image of a skyscraper to stop it from disappearing to a point in the distance. The good news is that these perspective tools are fun and easy to use. Let’s check them out.

Shoot cinema-quality smooth video with this 3-in-1 discounted gimbal [Deals]

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Take stunning photos and videos with this 3-in-1 gimbal.
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From dedicated digital cameras to smartphones, advances in technology have put incredible image quality in the palms of our hands. The images we can create with pocket-sized cameras are on par with professional optics from years past. But these are hand-held cameras, so the quality of video we shoot is still limited by how steadily we can hold them. Not so if you have this universal gimbal stabilizer.

Xiaomi’s new phone packs an insane 108MP camera

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The Xiaomi CC9 Pro packs six cameras total!
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Notorious Apple copycat Xiaomi is ready to up the ante on the iPhone 11 Pro Max with its newest phone that packs not three, not four, but five camera lenses on the back.

The CC9 Pro from Xiaomi isn’t the first smartphone to pack five lenses but it is the first Xiaomi phone to and it’s also armed with a 108MP sensor that churns out high resolution photos the latest iPhones can’t match (in size).

iOS 13.2 is out now with tons of new emoji and Deep Fusion for iPhone 11

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3-nanometer chips will be ready for 2022 iPhone
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Apple released iOS 13.2 to the public this morning after beta testing the software update with developers for a month.

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 bring a bunch of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone and iPad, including more than 50 new emoji characters and support for the new AirPods Pro that were just revealed this morning.

Google takes aim at Apple with Pixel 4, Pixel Buds and more

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Google has a bunch of new hardware coming down the pipeline.
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Google is gunning for Apple with a wave of new products designed to compete with everything from the iPhone to AirPods.

During its hour-long event this morning, Google revealed its best smartphone ever in the Pixel 4 and we must say, it actually looks pretty awesome. Google also came out with new smart speakers, WiFi routers, a new MacBook competitor and much more.

For a company that makes most of its money off of search engine ads, Google’s hardware game is finally looking like a worthy Apple challenger.