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This lens blur is quite interesting as gives away a little info on what's happening in the app when you choose the focus. Look close at the orange ring and spot the 2nd image (with specs of in focus) .. 
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+Mike Downes please don't call me Shirley... and no, the characters at +HTC decided (so far) to keep my HTC OneX on Jelly Bean diet :(  So, I can buy as many Kit Kats at the local store as I want, even choose the regular (ie milk) or dark chocolate version, but can't use either with my phone :(  Perhaps once my wife's shiny new HTC One gets upgraded - I'll play with it.
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Share 1 is this post, while post 2 is my first test:
https://plus.google.com/113797508378819391794/posts/RuyMKc7x8gJ 
 
Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app
Posted by Carlos Hernández, Software Engineer

One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras (http://goo.gl/XeAhti) over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh, http://goo.gl/xHR774), which makes the object of interest "pop" by bringing the foreground into focus and de-emphasizing the background. 

Achieving this optical effect has traditionally required a big lens and aperture, and therefore hasn’t been possible using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet. That all changes with Lens Blur, a new mode in the Google Camera app (http://goo.gl/UpMubk). 

Lens Blur  replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world. 

To learn more about the algorithms and optimization that makes Lens Blur  possible, head over to the Google Research Blog, linked below. We hope you have fun with your bokeh experiments!
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+Chad LaFarge Not on motoG it don't :(
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This group has now reached 300 members And as such, let's survey who reads it + 1 this post as a sign you have seen this note. I cannot know how many of you still receive notification alerts, so this test will help. Many Thanks..
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Thanks!
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Here's more on that Twitter redesign. You may need a new header - +Sarah Hill has done just that. Little bit of a statement in there +Google Glass don't you think? ..
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What, no Hangouts from Glass?
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Share 2 is my first test with the new Google Camera App with Lens Blur .. Here is Post 1 which links to the Research at Google post:
https://plus.google.com/113797508378819391794/posts/P6xdY2VKDcm
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samsung-sgh version 4.3, it hasn't updated yet : (
when i clicked on your link to playstore, it says not compatible. the new camera options are what i am looking forward to...
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Grab control of your Desktop from Android - how cool is this. You will need the mobile App too:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.chromeremotedesktop
 
Have you ever used Chrome Remote Desktop to remotely access your computer from a different laptop or computer? Today that same functionality is coming to +Android phones & tablets with the Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android. Simply launch the app, select which computer you’d like to access, and start using it as if you were sitting in front of it. 

You can start setting up a computer for remote access by installing the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome Web Store: http://goo.gl/V9bJ9. And if you’d like to learn more about how to use Chrome Remote Desktop, you can check out these tips: http://goo.gl/7T58lk.
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Who has saved Images in +Google Drive and forgotten they were there? Have a look then (in Google+ Photos) as 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/search/%23GoogleDrive
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I cannot believe this Hangout with +Rebecca Adlington and +Cadbury was March 2012 Seems such a long time ago. +Jerry Daykin narrates, +Michael Tucker asks a Q, while me a the flag are quiet. My post:
http://www.whatsinkenilworth.com/2012/03/rebecca-adlington-was-in-google-hangout.html
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I still tweet, only to post - rarely have a discussion. I was asked to update to the new look and have tried the pin a tweet feature. My guess, it's only seen if you visit a profile? .. https://twitter.com/mikedownesmedia
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+Emma Duke-Williams  It looks like the page width will size down to 1000px and adjust the banner, which is nice (as many other sites do that already. For the images, looks like 16:9 is best, scrolling media is much better - leading me to post short text note and a longer text image. Which may help open up discussions, rather than directly link away from twitter. I have been of late, posting my g+ image and then pointing back to the g+ post (as cannot get my point across otherwise). 
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#bloggertalk now available Using Google's Blogger Season One Episodes 1- 10 ..

Video Channels Mike Downes Media and the Mike Downes vlog 


Archive 2013

I'm speaking at a CILIP Event, they asked me for a bio and the title of my talk. It sums up what I'm about.. view my slides, there are many ..

Mike Downes Creative Teacher Broadcaster Google+ Hangout Specialist, Media Educationalist

After spending fifteen years as a school teacher, Mike moved to local media by starting whatsinKenilworth.com in April 2010. After getting noticed by mainstream media (by blogging about Library closures and local Policing), Google+ opened in June 2011 allowing a whole new experience. Mike quickly saw Hangouts as a realtime video tool that connected people. Anoek Eckhardt, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google said: “Mike is a great ambassador for Google+. His interaction with thousands of people from across the world to share knowledge, advice and learn together highlights the collaborative power of Google+.
 
Realtime Communications - When will LIVE Video become Natural and Commonplace?

In this talk, Mike will outline Google+ Hangouts and Zoom.us while giving many examples on how others have used LIVE at YouTube to engage with the Communities they serve. Mike's been in 1,800 Hangouts including Usain Bolt London 2012, The British Ambassador in Lebanon and helping US Anchor Sarah Hill win an Emmy. 

On posting, I was asked how much time I spend doing things and my ideas behind it. My reply ..

For me, it's doing what's in my nature. I'm told I'm a natural teacher and an altruist. Read More >
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Chrome Remote Desktop
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Accedi in sicurezza ai tuoi computer dal tuo dispositivo Android.• Su ogni tuo computer puoi configurare l'accesso remoto utilizzando l'app

Google Camera
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Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.Features • Ph

YouTube star Stampylonghead launching new education channel
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British Minecraft gamer Joseph Garrett announces plans with multi-channel network Maker Studios

YouTube wants its creators to build 'fanbases' rather than audiences
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‘An audience tunes in when they're told to. A fanbase chooses when and what to watch’ says entertainment boss Alex Carloss

YouTube Ads Spotted In NYC Subways For Michelle Phan, Bethany Mota, Rosa...
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Eyewitness reports of YouTube advertising sightings featuring Phan, Mota, and Pansino are starting to trickle into YouTube, Vine, and Twitte

How to busk: with Billy Bragg and Jack Monroe – video
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We challenged food writer (and keen singer) Jack Monroe to go busking. Musician Billy Bragg went along to share his tips

Michelle Phan Tells Beauty Brands to Chill for 'Authentic' Videos
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Still from Michelle Phan's "Matte About You" video The online community is well-aware that an elite class of beauty vloggers are making mill

Harry Styles Breaks That Brand New Hog Between His Legs, Needs Emergency...
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Harry Styles has a problem with the business between his legs, so he called someone to help him out!

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Two delis in New York are at war over who has the right to call their food orgasmic!

UK Police Social Media Survey Feb 2014 One Year On Twitter Facebook YouT...
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One year ago, I made a post looking at how UK Police Forces were using Social Media (14 Jan 2013). Welcome to the annual Feb 2014 Survey whe

Hangout Swapshop the idea #hangoutswapshop the hashtag uses Realtime Video
www.whatsinkenilworth.com

Remember this from 1976-82 ? Hangout Swapshop is an idea I'm working on following last night's hangout and the six hours I spent Sunday from

Uppingham Community College pupils chosen to help launch national event
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Youngsters are set for a big day out in London to show off their work and help promote a national school initiative.

Computer Coding Skills For Children 'Crucial'
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Writing for the Sky News website, leading internet entrepreneurs say children in the UK need to learn computer programming.

Martha Lane Fox: Lack of girls studying maths is 'terrifying' for Britai...
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Martha Lane Fox, the dotcom millionairess, has suggested that "nonsense" assumptions about what men and women are good at has led to fewer g

The hour of code: why we should get with the program… and try coding
www.theguardian.com

The tech industry is championing a new initiative to get us all to try programming for an hour. But just how hard is coding, and why should

Zoom is an excellent product that I cannot recommend enough. I use Zoom for all my screen recordings. I'm convinced I can teach eights faster with Zoom than I can with any other video service..
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There's something special about this hostel, having the corner room with views of the rising sun and beach was just brilliant..
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Once through the door, so many hidden treasures at great prices, staff welcome..
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Staying here, is like being in another world. Gas lights, open fires and really black skies where the stars come out. Sends chills through me just thinking about this place..
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My visit here was before Google was invented, but I have great memories of the clear river springs and those fish swimming by.. awesome
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Always friendly staff here. Last purchase was a Moto g at a brilliant price.
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