Google’s Year In Search 2015

Fantastic 2 minute video

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My Favorite Android Apps 2015

These Apps also run on iPads and iPhones.

Here are my top five apps

  • Pocket:  Previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet. It runs on my Android Phone, iPad Mini and Macbook Pro. I now subscribe to the Pro Version and can search from a list that has 2 years worth of entries

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  • Google Photos – Do you want an easy 1-2-3 photo editing program as well as unlimited storage and the ability to create movies and stories from your photos – then run don’t walk and download the app

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  • WhatsApp – Facebook acquired this super texting and VOIP program. You can send free texts to individuals or groups all around the world. A skype type video conferencing will be introduced within the next year

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  • Moves – A great app to record your steps, walking, cycling etc. You also get a map of your travels and you can save and share in miles or kilometers.

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  • PocketCasts: Live in Ecuador but want to listen to Terry Gross on NPR- No problem with the Pocketcasts App. You can stream or download your favorite Podcast or TV Show and automatically have them queued for playback

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Paseo Del Ñinos 2015

This is the big day for Cuencano kids. The whole town marches in a parade that lasts the whole day. This year the route changed because of the Tranvia construction. I have become spoiled to going two blocks from my house and seeing the parade. I got to the parade a little late and although there was a significant police presence I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures with my Nexus 6.

The first movie is some photos I snapped. The second movie is one of my favorite characters.

 

 

Nexus 6 Smartphone 64 gb On Sale

Very limited sale on the Nexus 6 Smartphone 64 gb. It’s selling for $299. I purchased mine on sale 3 months ago for $399 and I thought I got a deal because the original price was $699. Run, don’t walk to Amazon.com

Best smartphone I have owned. The only down side is that it is a phablet. 6 inch phone and on the heavy side. I love the camera and speed.

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What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Attention CTL Subscribers. If you don’t take photographs on your smartphone on a regular basis then skip this post. I promise I won’t get mad 🙂

If you’re still reading this post then you should really be familiar with HDR. Simply statedHDR combines the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed, and balanced shots to create a dramatic image with beautiful shadowing and highlights.

Google Camera 3.0 automatically detects when HDR+ (High Dynamic Range + Low Light) should be used to capture great photos in low light and backlit scenes on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.

HDR works in a similar fashion on the iPhone.  Below are 3 photos the first one is without HDR, the second is with HDR and the third one is taken almost in the dark.

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LifeHacker has a great article on HDR here

 

Reminder: The next Smartphone Photo And Video Course is scheduled for January 25, 2016. Find out what you will learn at this link