by Jakub Han | 19th December 2016
Having your smartphone stolen is never a good thing. Fortunately, nowadays there are a few useful tracking apps you can use to get your phone back, or to… well… get to know the thief a little better. Check out Find My Phone, a documentary about tracking a stolen phone. After having his smartphone stolen, Dutch film student Anthony van der Meer decided to do an experiment. He bought a second phone and equipped it with the anti-theft tracking software Cerberus. After talking with Cerberus developers, he was able to install the app into the system part of his phone’s memory, and made it invisible by renaming it. By disabling system updates, he also made the app almost impossible to uninstall. Now he just had to get his phone stolen. When it happened, he began collecting material from the tracked phone and created a short film. You can watch his documentary Find My Phone here: The Cerberus app allows you to secretly take over many functions of your stolen phone whenever it connects to the internet. You can track the phone’s position, take photos and videos, record audio or download media files, contacts, messages, call history and so on. Anthony was able to track and photograph the thief. He recorded some of his conversations, read his messages and even got to see him with his own eyes. It is interesting to watch how he even seemed to develop some kind of relationship with him over time. The film’s open end also hints at a part 2 of the documentary in the future. His short film has already become very popular, collecting over 2,5 milion views on Youtube already. It is interesting to see how much remote control is possible with a phone. The great thing is that you can really track your phone and possibly retrieve it thanks to an App like Cerberus. On the other hand – isn’t it a little bit creepy how easy it can be to track and control a phone? Will we have entire films secretly made with the build in cameras of smartphones in the future? What do you think? Via Petapixel.Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 2nd September 2016
The Osmo Mobile is now the latest addition to the DJI family, coming shortly after the recent release of the DJI Osmo+. Aiming to bring the functionality and ease of use of DJI’s small handheld stabiliser to your smartphone, the Osmo Mobile could prove attractive to both enthusiasts and professionals alike. DJI has been bringing steady footage solutions to the masses with multiple variations of their drone and gimbal products, and recently also the baby in their catalogue, the cute little DJI Osmo. Available in different configurations — from the humble original Osmo to the venerable Osmo Raw with the Zenmuse X5R camera — there is now yet another: the Osmo Mobile. This new offering lets you use your smartphone as a camera, bringing DJI stabilisation to the budget-conscious shooter… and perhaps a pro or two out there, as well! The Osmo Mobile accepts smartphones anywhere between 58.6 and 84.8mm long and up to 8.4mm thick. Simply attach your phone with the included clamp, balance the camera to ensure proper functionality by adjusting the locking knobs and you’re ready to go. The handle on the Osmo Mobile features a photo shutter button, a video record button and a customisable joystick to control the direction the camera faces in. Under your index finger, you will find a trigger, which allows you to momentarily lock the camera’s direction, re-center the camera, or enter selfie mode, by pressing it once, twice or three times respectively. One of the good things about the Osmo Mobile is that you can use the stabiliser’s basic functions with any camera app on your phone, such as the impressive Filmic Pro, which Richard wrote about here. However, the real potential of the Osmo Mobile is realised when connecting via Bluetooth using the DJI GO app. This opens up advanced functionality such as ActiveTrack, which lets you to select a subject on the screen of your smartphone for the Osmo to follow. The Panorama and Time-lapse options are also available through the DJI GO app, allowing you to set start and end frames, and having the app and gimbal work in conjunction to take care of the rest. Please note that some functions are only available in the iOS version of the app. At a price of between USD $299.00 – $409.00 depending on the range of accessories included, the Osmo Mobile is priced very reasonably. I am sure it will prove very attractive to smartphone shooters wanting to add a touch of cinematic quality to their work, especially when combined with Filmic Pro and third party lenses for smartphone cameras. The advanced features of the app, in conjunction to long-lasting removable batteries, make this a truly attractive solution for these kind of shooters. In addition, considering the rise of the use of smartphones for news gathering applications, this could also prove to be a very useful tool for journalists. The optional Universal Mount available for the Osmo range means reporters in the field could easily attach small audio and lighting accessories in order to make their iPhone rig a very flexible, professional and compact solution indeed. For more information, head over to the DJI Osmo Mobile product page. Would DJI’s Osmo Mobile fit in your workflow at all? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Tim Fok | 9th March 2016
G-Technology has announced a new set of portable drives that accommodate the fast and efficient USB-C protocol. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive will come in 1TB 7200 RPM form in three different colours; Space Grey, Silver and Gold. Like the current G-Technology Mobile Drives, the new G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drives are slim, sleek looking and bus powered. USB-C is a relatively new protocol, better known as that singular small port found on the new Apple Macbooks. Despite it being another frustrating new port users will have to buy a shed load of adaptors for, it’s use has great potential. For starters, USB-C is a reversible connector, meaning you no longer have to fumble around working out which orientation your cable should go. Through the USB 3.1 standard USB-C has the potential to match Thunderbolt 1 whilst providing more bus power. The potential speed of USB-C is currently one to only longingly gaze at, as with many portable disk (not SSD) drives the bottleneck is the hard drive speed. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive therefore falls under the same transfer speed category as many other G-Technology drives at 136MB/s. The advantage of the G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive is direct connectivity with the new MacBook, confirmation of just how closely these are linked is through the exclusive colour options of Space Grey and Gold (said to ship only from Apple Stores and likely recommended retailers). It’s great to have a sleek storage option to match the aesthetics of the MacBook, and units look to ship later this month.Read more
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