Tag Archive: BLUR


Alter, replace, or blur your background imagery with XSplit VCam, now $20

You no longer need to be picked up by a major studio or entertainment conglomerate in order to broadcast your latest and greatest idea. Independent video bloggers can now earn millions of dollars while broadcasting from their own home, and with minimal equipment.

But if you want to bring your videos to the next level, you need an XSplit VCam subscription, which allows you to seamlessly remove, replace, and blur your background without having to use a green  [Read More…]

Google ‘app bundles’ help blur the lines between installed and instant apps

Soon it won’t be at all apparent whether an app is truly ‘installed’ or not.

Google’s developer-focused “Playtime” event series kicked off today, and with it comes a whole bunch of changes for developers publishing apps in the Play Store. The biggest push Google’s focusing on is changing the years-old paradigm of installing big (and increasingly so) apps on your phone in a one-size-fits-all manner.

The changes emanate from a new publishing format called an “Android App  [Read More…]

YouTube adds ability to blur moving objects after the video is uploaded

YouTube has made it easier for creators to blur moving objects without having to delete, re-edit and then upload their videos again. Now, thanks to a new tool, you can blur out moving sections of the video before you hit publish, right from the YouTube site. The feature is described by YouTube as:

With this new Enhancements feature, available on desktop versions of YouTube, you can blur any object in your video, even as it moves. Whether  [Read More…]

HTC Gallery lets One M8 photographers adjust their UFocus blur intensity

HTC Gallery has been updated today, adding a new feature for HTC One M8 owners: adjustable UFocus Blur. The feature, which takes advantage of the Duo Camera setup on the One M8 to add depth-of-field blurring effects to photos, allows users to now control just how much blur is applied.

Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur’ winner!

Which picture came out as the top shot this week? It was a tough choice.

Riding on the release of Google Camera into the Play Store and new camera features from the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, we decided to set up this week’s photo contest looking for the best sharp-focused and selectively-blurred pictures. With the combination of great hardware and new innovative software, it’s getting easier to apply realistic blurring effects to already excellent  [Read More…]

Battle of the Blur winner, and a look at how the cameras get it done

Your winner may surprise you …

Earlier this week we posted up a few pictures using the various background blur techniques from four different phones. We also asked you guys to vote on which you thought was the best image, without telling you which phone it came from. No bias, no manufacturer loyalty, just your opinion from seeing a picture. The result is probably going to be surprising.

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Enter ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur’ to win an HTC One M8 Google Play edition!

With more ways than ever to get the sharpest or smoothest shot possible, we’re ready to see what you can do with your phone camera this week.

With today’s release of the Google Camera app, more than a few people are thinking about the great things that are possible with camera hardware and software in today’s leading smartphones. You have more options than ever to take amazingly crisp and clear pictures, or selectively apply an artistic  [Read More…]

Battle of the Blur: Defocus camera showdown

New camera options bring a little extra to your pictures, but who does it the best?

The new rage in smartphone cameras these days is selective focus. Think of a really nice portrait you’ve seen of a friend or family member, where they were in focus and there was a lovely background that was slightly out of focus. It really makes the subject “pop” and photographers — both professional and amatuer — love the look. It’s  [Read More…]

Motorola RAZR Android 4.0 BLUR leaked

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Based on the latest ROM leak, it looks like the Motorola RAZR may be one of the first devices in Motorola’s lineup to be updated to Android 4.0. The leaked build shows off some of the customizations Motorola is planning to implement on top of the new UI elements from Ice Cream Sandwich. So far, the camera and lock screen have been skinned, but we’re a bit surprised that the only  [Read More…]