iPhone 4.1 and HDR

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 @ 6:50pm

iOS 4.1 was released today, and one of the newest features is the added capability to take HDR photos. For those of you who aren’t familar with HDR, it stands for “High Dynamic Range.” What this means is the camera takes several photos in succession at different exposures and merges them together to bring out more details from photographs.

With HDR being added as a part of 4.1, I wanted to take a few test photos to see how well they turn out. Hover over the images (or click on them) to see the HDR photo:

There’s not a large difference in the above photo, but you can see a little more of the trees and the grass comes out to be closer to its natural color.

This photo is by far the most impressive result. In the original exposure the sky is a complete white out, while the HDR photo brings out the color of the sky.

…yet not every photo is as impressive. I actually find the original exposure here to be the better photo. Thankfully, iOS 4.1 allows you to save both photos – just in case!

You can see how the light washes out some of the cabinets, with HDR restoring to a more natural view.

While I wouldn’t consider my iPhone as a permanent placement for a full featured camera, it’s great to have around since it takes pretty decent photos and I’m likely to always have it on me.

iPhone 3G for Sale

Friday, August 13th, 2010 @ 8:44am

For any interested parties I am selling my iPhone 3G 16GB phone. Comes with all of the original packaging (except for the earbuds). It is jailbroken/unlocked and currently on 3.1.3, but I’d be happy to update it to the latest firmware upon request. If interested, let me know.

iPhone Accessories

iPhone 3G

iPhone/Mobile View

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 @ 3:47pm

Jason's Blog on iPhoneI’m probably the only one who would actually access my blog on an iPhone, but I’ve just now pushed out a design that should be better suited for mobile devices. I’ve optimized the design obviously for the iPhone/iPod, but it should work on other mobile devices like the PSP, DSi, or Android (fingers crossed).

Pretty much the only thing you should see is the header menu, the main content area (blog posts, archives, main content, etc.), and the footer. The sidebar and random quotes were removed due to lack of sufficient space. If you see anything in addition to that, it means something isn’t working as it should.

If you have a different mobile device *cough*guy*cough* and are willing to give it a go, please let me know. If the page doesn’t fit right or something just looks strange, please leave a comment here and any images that you can provide to see if I can’t fix it. Any other ideas or suggestions that might help will be considered as well.


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 @ 7:04pm

Prickly City by Scott Stantis

My head wouldn’t explode if I ever misplaced my iPhone, but I would sure go into a panic.

The iPlunge

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 @ 10:08am

iPhoneEver since the iPhone was initially released, I have had my eye on the newest Apple toy. I initially thought that a plan would be too expensive, but found out that since I was already on my parent’s family plan, it would be just as simple as buying the phone and adding the data. Now one week in with my new phone, I wanted to post my thoughts.

One of the nicest things about the iPhone is of course its OS/software. The standard apps included with the phone are of course great, but the App Store is where this phone really shines. There are literally thousands of free and paid apps in the store covering nearly anything that you can imagine. Of course, having internet on the go is quite incredible as well, since I can now check my email or look up the latest movie times. It’s going to be hard to imagine not having this convenience as it was with my old phone. In addition to replacing my phone, I had been planing on replacing my iPod at some point anyway, considering that its battery life was waning.

Needless to say, there are a couple of things there are slightly annoying about the phone. Without some sort of film or protective case over the screen, this thing picks up fingerprints and dirt like you wouldn’t believe it. I also noticed that if you have two events on the same day at the same time, you only receive notifications for the first event.

With that all said, I must admit that I am very happy with my purchase and considering the small amount that I’m paying for it, the plan is well worth it.

Where’s the next iPod?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 @ 4:59pm

The iPod has been a popular MP3 player since its introduction in 2001. Since then, over 100 million units have been sold. Yet looking at the release of various models, one thing has struck me as curious, where’s the 6th generation iPod?

6th Generation iPod?Since 2001 there have been 5 major generations of iPods with on average a new generation developed about once a year. However, this has seemed to have stopped with the 5th generation released back in Sept. of 2005. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation and mock ups of what the 6th generation iPod could be. To the left is one such possible mock up of the next generation.

Of course, I guess my question is, where is it? Does Apple plan for the iPhone to replace the iPod? If that’s the case, this is a very risky move by Apple since I seriously doubt most people are willing to shell out $500 or $600 for only 4-8GB of storage space. Rather, I suspect that Apple is waiting in NAND memory to continue to drop in price before the next iPod upgrade. The current 5th generation iPod is not enough to convince me to upgrade from my 4th geneartion, but release an iPod with iPhone like capabilities and increased storage space (preferably flashed based) with a price comparable to the current iterations of the iPod and you have me hooked.

Safari Comes to Windows

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 @ 12:08pm

Apple launches a beta version of Safari for windows during it’s WWDC conference. While the release version is quite buggy at the moment, I welcome the coming of Safari to the Windows platform. This is a great opportunity for web developers, as well as providing more choices for web browsers on Windows.

If you’re interested in downloading the latest release, be sure to visit Apple’s website.

The Problem with Wikipedia

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 @ 7:55pm

A picture is worth 1000 words, and the following comic describes it all:


I’ve been kind of busy lately, I guess its the usual. Projects, classes, homework, same old, same old… But a lot of other things are going on in the background too that are keeping me occupied as well. So I could use a little prayer if you wouldn’t mind.

In other news, my iPod has finally returned after almost 6 weeks of being “fixed” by BestBuy. I can finally listen to something else in the car other than my radio. Yay!

Apple Boot Camp

Thursday, April 6th, 2006 @ 10:45pm

Big news today. Apple now does windows. Apple has finally taken an official stance, from the move to Intel processers from Motorola, to now allowing Windows XP to be installed on Apple hardware. A move I never expected to see from their side, but now provides an ever bigger shoe in the door for Apple to sell their products.