Apple Clips on iPhone X updated with 360-degree selfie video recording, iCloud integration

As it stands, Apple Clips is sort of a middle ground between iOS’s automatic slideshow feature and the much more involved iMovie. The app was made with short videos in mind and offers users a wide variety of built-in image filters to toy around with, as well as the so-called Live Titles, which are basically animated (and optionally user-voiced) captions to go along with videos.

Clips launched back in March and now it’s getting its second big update in the form of iCloud integration and 360-degree selfies. Dubbed Selfie Scenes, the new feature makes use …


iOS developer creates stand-alone Animoji app with longer recording time

Apple’s new animated emoji give you a rare opportunity to experience what it would’ve been like doing face mo-cap for a turn of the century CGI film. Doing animoji overdubs and karaoke is all the rаge right now, but with severely limited recording times—just 10 seconds—coupled with the fact that the 3D characters are exclusive to iMessage, it isn’t exactly easy to go wild, unless you want to do some stitching and editing in post.

I made a thing. #AnimojiKaraoke #ACDC #iPhoneX #moneywellspent pic.twitter.com/tGHxVZhkSi— Duncan Birnie (@duncanbirnie) …

More problems: Pixel 2 XL owners report terribly tinny, distorted audio recording in videos

The Pixel 2 XL has been off to quite a bumpy start. From clicking sounds to faulty displays, the hits appear to keep on coming. Fortunately, the latest reported issue — distorted audio quality in video recording — should be easily fixed with a software update.

First reported among owners on Google’s Pixel Community website, the audio quality in video recordings is described as “tinny”, “overly compressed”, and “unusable” among many other descriptors from a growing number of users. Some describe it as a sometimes intermittent issue, leading many …

The Galaxy Note 8 also has 4K at 60 FPS video recording coming… soon

The camera is one of the most important modules in modern smartphones. It’s a huge part of why consumers are willing to spill a huge chunk of cash for a flagship, after all — the combination of media-streaming, top-end hardware, and a great camera to capture your memorabilia with just 1 device is always a nice excuse to drop $800 on a handset.
So, naturally, phone manufacturers work to improve smartphone cameras each and every year. And this year, Apple was the first to announce that its new iPhones would be able to record 4K UHD video at 60 frames per second. Now, …

HTC U11 gets new update, 1080p 60FPS video recording on board

A new update has started rolling out for the HTC U11. Coming in at about 663MB, the software upgrade should bump the software version to 1.27.400.9

There’s a nice new functionality aboard the latest update – users will be able to record 1080p 60FPS video clips after they install it. HTC vowed to include the feature earlier this year, so it’s nice to see the company fulfill its promise. Also included is the Android security patch for the month of August, as well as a bunch of system improvements which aren’t specified. 

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New HTC U11 update featuring support for Bluetooth 5.0 and 60 fps video recording rolling out now

Good news for customers who purchased the HTC U11, as the Taiwanese handset maker has just announced a new update is now available for download. The update is supposed to bring a few new features that weren’t available in the HTC U11 at launch, such as improved video recording and connectivity features.

If you don’t remember, we reported last month that HTC U11 could get support for Bluetooth 5.0 in a future update. Earlier this week, news about HTC enabling 60 FPS video recording (1080p) for the U11 emerged as well.

Today, HTC Taiwan confirmed that a new firmware is now being pushed …

New HTC U11 software update will enable 60 FPS video recording "over the next couple of months"

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about a major software update that the HTC U11 is bound to receive. Now, HTC is officially confirming that an update is indeed coming soon, although it doesn’t mention all the new features that are rumored to be included in it – like support for Bluetooth 5.0, or sRGB screen mode. Nevertheless, HTC can confirm that the U11 will gain support for 60 FPS (frames per second) video recording.

HTC says that the update enabling 60 FPS video recording “will be rolling out over the next couple of months to devices everywhere.” As you can …

The OnePlus 5 shows audio recording superiority over OnePlus 3 in a new video

With the OnePlus 5 just around the corner, it is hardly a surprise that new details about it pop up every day. Yesterday we took our first look at the new phone, and today, we learn that we can expect improvements in the audio recording capabilities of the OnePlus 5. 

Heeding the feedback of OnePlus 3 and 3T users who wished for better audio capturing in noisy environments, the OnePlus guys are outfitting the OnePlus 5 with microphones of a higher grade. In fact, here’s a clear example of the difference between audio recordings from the OnePlus 3 and the …

HTC U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording, new video teaser suggests

HTC wants us to get excited about its upcoming flagship smartphone – the HTC U 11. The handset will be officially announced next week, on May 16, but, before that, HTC released a new video teaser to keep our interest piqued.

HTC’s new video – embedded above – is quite short, and is accompanied by a “360 real-life recording” caption. From this, we can conclude that the U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording – or maybe 360-degree video recording, too? This is the second U 11 feature that HTC is (kind of) confirming, after the phone’s squeezable frame – apparently …

This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type

“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!”

Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger. Hell, it’s not a charger at all. It’s actually a little spy device disguised as a phone charger, capable of sniffing out every key you type on that wireless keyboard on your desk. Oh, and it can send the stuff it picks up straight to the eavesdropper’s phone. Oh! Oh! And it’ll keep working even if you unplug it — it only pretends to turn off.

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That little box up top is built by Samy Kamkar (Yeah the same Samy who built the self-titled worm that ravaged MySpace back in the day, and who built that crazy hands-free hacking necklace a few weeks back) who has dubbed it the “KeySweeper”.  (Youtube Video)

Before you panic and throw your keyboard in the trash, the good news: this specific device only affects certain wireless keyboards. Most notably, Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards. We’re still trying to dig up a more exhaustive list — but for now, let “Microsoft wireless keyboard” be your caution sign.

In a statement, Microsoft notes that it only affects their 2.4 Ghz (not Bluetooth) keyboards released before July 2011. Even if it’s “only” older keyboards, remember: outside of the gamer crowd, most people don’t update their keyboards very often.

Here’s some of the crazier stuff KeySweeper can do:
■Sniff out keystrokes as you type them.
■If it detects certain keystrokes (like “TopSecretWebsite.com”), it can grab the chunk of text that follows (like your username and password) and send it over SMS to whoever planted the device
■Store keystroke logs on the device itself. These logs can be extracted from the device by hardwired USB, or by putting a second KeySweeper device within range of the first (like, say, an outlet on the other side of the wall).
■When plugged in, it grabs its power from the wall
■When unplugged from the wall by an abnormally suspicious bystander, it looks like it powers down — but it actually just switches to battery power. Logging/sending continues. Naaaasty.

On the upside, most brand-name wireless keyboards sold today use encryption methods that are a bit tougher to crack. Logitech, for example, uses

Samy estimates that each unit would cost $10 to $80 to build, depending on what sort of features you want (ditching the SMS support, for example, brings it down by about $45) — but is quick to note that he’s not actually selling these.