For all their generic similarities, Linux-based Android isn't like Windows. But it's not like Linux, either, or other Linux-derived operating systems like ubuntu -- at least not out of the box. But that doesn't mean it can't be, and developers are turning out free, open source apps that add Windows-like features to the Android OS. OI File Manager from OpenIntents adds Explorer-like file navigation and management capabilities to your Android device. With it, you can open, rename, copy, save, edit, move, and delete files and folders. It adds Open and Save commands to other apps. A … Read more
Nokia took the wraps off its new line of Windows Phone 8 smartphones today, along with what one would assume to be a carefully crafted media campaign to demonstrate their strengths.
One of the key features Nokia was touting was the PureView camera, which the handset maker said boosted optical image stabilization (OIS), the function that counteracts hand shake by moving the lens. Nokia even went so far as to claim its OIS was 50 percent more effective than systems in some high-end digital cameras.
But it turns out that Nokia's campaign to attract consumers was the most shaky. … Read more
As an increasing number of competitors add sensor-shift image stabilization to their consumer dSLRs--Olympus and Pentax, to name but two--OIS diehards Nikon and Canon have to keep up by moving lens-based stabilizers farther down their product lines. Earlier this year, Canon updated its staple f3.5-5.6 18-55mm kit-optimized lens with the IS moniker and technology, and now it's Nikon's turn to follow suit with its AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR lens.