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John Childs
USA/UK National, Student, Liberal, Atheist, Geek
USA/UK National, Student, Liberal, Atheist, Geek

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+Trey Ratcliff What are your thoughts on Google's HDR strategy:

The traditional way to produce an HDR image is to bracket: you take the same image multiple times while exposing different parts of the scene, which lets you merge the shots together to create a final photograph where nothing is too blown-out or noisy. Google's method is very different — HDR+ also takes multiple images at once, but they're all underexposed. This preserves highlights, but what about the noise in the shadows? Just leave it to math.

"Mathematically speaking, take a picture of a shadowed area — it's got the right color, it's just very noisy because not many photons landed in those pixels," says Levoy. "But the way the mathematics works, if I take nine shots, the noise will go down by a factor of three — by the square root of the number of shots that I take. And so just taking more shots will make that shot look fine. Maybe it's still dark, maybe I want to boost it with tone mapping, but it won't be noisy." Why take this approach? It makes it easier to align the shots without leaving artifacts of the merge, according to Levoy. "One of the design principles we wanted to adhere to was no. ghosts. ever." he says, pausing between each word for emphasis. "Every shot looks the same except for object motion. Nothing is blown out in one shot and not in the other, nothing is noisier in one shot and not in the other. That makes alignment really robust."

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Waiting for the 4th of July parade.

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Hands-on with Motorola's Moto 360:

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I love Google+ Stories. When software can automatically weave my photos, videos and places I've been into a beautiful travelogue, that's a plus.

Congratulations to the Google+ team!

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Happy mothers day! Fathers and kids: Recipe for the best pancakes in the world. Buttermilk is the secret. These are thinner than normal. Pancakes:

Preheat griddle.

stir together:

1 cup of flour
1/2  tsp. of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp. sugar.

stir together:

2 cups of buttermilk (sometimes i substitute  half yogurt or 1/4 sour cream)
2 eggs.
4 Tbs melted butter.

Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.

Drop small pancakes on the hot greased griddle (I used clarified butter)

Add blueberries if desired.

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Cherry Blossoms in DC with a little HDR magic from snapseed (now in g+ photos).

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Wow, this is really amazing. Just tried it and it worked in the Foursquare app and in Chrome. Its a little messy in Chrome but totally works!

+Evan Jones 

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Android Wear Developer Preview Now Available

Today, we announced that Android is extending to wearables with #AndroidWear. So how do you get started developing for Android Wear? Well, you probably already have. With Android Wear, notifications from your Android phone are automatically sent to your wrist.

You can also now sign up for the Android Wear Developer Preview which lets you customize notifications for the wrist. The Preview provides new APIs for wrist-based wearables, such as receiving voice replies, adding notification pages and stacking multiple notifications. There’s also a system image for the Android emulator to let you test your notifications.

To learn more about Android Wear and the Developer Preview, check out the blog post (linked below) and these #DevBytes episodes:

DevBytes - Android Wear: Developer Preview
DevBytes - Android Wear: Receiving Voice Replies

Also make sure to join the new Android Wear Developers community right here on Google+ to discuss your next wrist-based wearable project:

Android Wear Developers on Google+


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An interesting article about how people use (and view) social spaces and networks.
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