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Sprint jabs Verizon with opening of Twice the Price store

This almost feels like it should be April Fools Day and maybe that is what Sprint is hoping Verizon customers feel about their wireless plans. In a pointed announcement accompanied by a spoof advertisement video, Sprint is inviting shoppers to visit a pop-up Twice the Price store in Flushing, New York today only from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. What is a Twice the Price store you may be asking? It is a store where all of the prices have been doubled to whatever their normal price is. The spokesman for the store, “Uncle Danny”, does a much better job explaining it in the “commercial” released to YouTube so be sure to hit the break and check it out.

Motion Stills app from Google now available for Android

Although it is getting rarer for these situations to exist, Google announced today that an app they had developed exclusively for the iOS platform is now available for Android devices running Android v5.1 or later. The app is called Motion Stills and it accomplishes a couple different goals. First, it can be used to create short form video clips by compressing longer videos using a feature called Fast Forward. Second, Motion Stills incorporates some advanced algorithms and code to significantly stabilize video clips. The new Motion Stills app is now available in the Play Store.

New Zeiss patent shows the way to new optical zoom with rotating lenses

As smartphone camera sensors get better and camera apps keep adding new features to process images, expect new and unique approaches to surface to set cameras apart from the current market. One area that could definitely be improved upon is optical zoom capabilities. To understand how limited things are now, just think of the market for clip on zoom lenses that exist right now. A new patent filed with the German Patent and Trademark Office reveals a new method Zeiss is working on to get around current limitations through use of a rotating lens system.

Google adds the International Space Station to Street View

The International Space Station (ISS) has orbited the earth for 16 years now, but a scant few of the world’s population ever get the chance to experience it for themselves, instead, that privilege was limited to scientists and other highly educated folk conducting experiments and collecting data, until now. Thanks to Google, the ISS has become the first ‘off planet’ location to be added to Google Maps’ Street View app that recently achieved the 1 billion install status.