Thursday, June 30, 2011

Netflix Limits Quality

Remember the days when internet video was limited to small blocky images stuttering in our screen, and the idea of using the internet to stream high definition quality video seemed a far fetched dream?

Well, that far fetched dream not only came true as it is now forcing us to tone down its quality... In response to the growing number of metered internet plans, Netflix has introduced stream quality options that can reduce the usual 2.3GB/h data rate to just 0.7GB or even 0.3GB.

Although I think that's a good idea, I can't stop wondering why internet operators that have offered "unlimited" internet for so long, are now starting to change their minds... right when their customers would actually benefit from such unlimited plans.

Once again, it's easy to sell "something" you know for sure you can't deliver and your customers won't use... until they actually start using it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Project Google+

Google has been trying to enter the social networking community for a long time (they even bought Orkut back in the day, remember?)... But until now, all attempts have failed - some in truly "Michael Bay explosive fashion" ways. But Google has a secret weapon in hands, and this time they might actually make it right:

I present you Project Google+ which, from what we can see, looks like it has a lot of potential.


Like myself, you've probably faced the problem of wanting to separate your "friends". Things are rarely "black or white" or digital "on/off" in the real world. We might have friends... and "friends".
And even with close friends, some might like some things, others other things, etc.

With Google+ Circles, Google might have found the perfect solution to handle it all, allowing us to create circles where we can group people as we please: family, coworkers, friends that like a particular kind of music/movies/sports, etc.


With Sparks, Google+ is able to feed us constantly updated news about what we're interested in, and "sparking" talks and discussions with friends sharing the same interests.


This might actually be the killer feature that makes Google+ standout from the rest. It basically allow us to meet and "hangout" with our friends, no matter where we are. Friend can drop in/out at any time. And, this might actually be the tool that will make multi-person video chat  mainstream.

Instant Uploads

If you're like myself, you've always hated the process of manually transferring your photos from your mobile device to your computer. With Google+ Instant Uploads, you'll never have to worry about it again. Your photos will be instantly available in a private folder in Google+, where you can share it with your friends and family.


Last but not least, Huddle allows you to chat with a circle of friends.

Unfortunately, Google+ is still in beta and available by invite only (maybe I'll need to mobilize and organize Google+ invites like just we did back in the Google Wave days! ;)
A Google+ App for Android is already in the market, and we should soon get one in the App Store for the iPhone as well.

What do you think? Will Google+ finally succeed as the social network Google so desperately needs/wants?

Google What do You Love?

Google keeps trying to find new and better ways to presents us the results of our searches, and if this new  What do you Love? is any indication, it seems we might be in for a treat.

Instead of showing the usual endless list of links and snippets, this WDYL shows us results under various categories, ranging from: books, videos, locations, charts, product sales, and even patents... and lots more.

I can't help but find it a bit confusing; but no one can deny it sure looks like a polished product compared to other projects Google has shown us over the years. Maybe this will take us one step closer to the ideal "search results presentation" we're still waiting for. At the very least, it seems to point us in a better direction for future voice results/actions integration with Google search results: allowing to buy, find, make an appointment, translate, or any other number of stuff we can hope to do after searching for something.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nevada Approves Driverless Cars

It might look like science fiction, but the day driverless cars will roam our streets is closer than ever. In fact, it isn't science fiction at all, Google's driverless cars have made thousands of miles autonomously, next to everyday regular traffic, paving the way of what's to come.

In the USA, the State of Nevada wants to allow driverless cars and is pushing forward the new tests and regulations required to do so in a safe certified way.

As a driver that every day has to face hot-headed driver's transgressions that put others in danger, I welcome the day where every vehicle will be driven by a cool-headed CPU immune to stress. In fact, with autonomous vehicles, mathematical precise routes and driving will make traffic flow in a much more efficient way, making traffic jams a thing of the past. Driving will become obsolete has a way of transport, and be relegated to leisure and sport activities, that will be done in safe and controlled environments - putting no other "drivers" at risk.

Sure, I can imagine the first ever autonomous car accident will make the news - not to mention the outcry should ever a mortal accident occur. But let's face it... just like millions of people trust their lives in automatic guidance systems everyday, in high-speed trains and airplanes, it's only logical we should do the same in the most accident prone automobiles and its drivers...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Live HD Streaming from Space

Although we can currently watch thousands of video streaming cameras located everywhere around the world, option drop drastically to zero when gaze up into the sky and wish you could look down on our planet.

What if we had a 24/7 HD video stream of our planet as seen from the ISS orbiting high above?

That's exactly what we're about to get, starting next year thanks to UrtheCast.

Looks like the first step into turning Google Maps imagery from the static photos we've all grown to love, to a real-time video feed that might, someday, offer the same high-resolution... in fully replayable video! ;)

(I know, the privacy implications alone would make it unfeasible for now - not to mention the technical aspects... but one can always dream.)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lytro Refocable Pictures

How many times have you wished you could go back in time to the moment you took a photo... after transferring it to your computer and noticing it was out of focus?

After centuries of minor advances in the photography field (although we now use digital image sensors, the exact same principals go back to the days of the first photos) it looks like we're about to leap ahead.

What if you were able to change the focus point of the photograph... at any time after taking it?

That's exactly what you'll be able to do with Lytro cameras.

Instead of capturing focused light rays, these cameras capture the entire "lightfield", with information about the direction of each ray - which, after applying some digital processing allows us to refocus the image at any point of our choosing.

... Well, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. See the following photos, and click on different point of the image to see it in action. :)

Impressive! Now we just have to wait to see how much these Lytro cameras will cost (for now they only say it will be between $1 and $10,000.

But, until then, be sure to check their refocable photo gallery.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Autodesk 123D

Autodesk, the creators of the world famous AutoCad, now offer us this easier to use 3D modelling app: Autodesk 123D. This free program, that most will compare to Google' own SketchUp - and rightfully so - allows you to do more complex "mechanical" things, like complex assemblies and movement constraints.

There are lots of YouTube tutorial videos that can help you find out what this Autodesk 123D is capable of. From what I've seen... it sure looks like an amazing program, and being free... there's nothing stopping your from trying it out and find out for yourself.

Friday, June 24, 2011

60 Seconds of Internet

Ever wondered what happens on the internet every 60 seconds? You've probably read a few posts, browsed a couple of sites, and made a few searches... But globally, things get a lot "scarier".

Every 60 seconds:
  • Search engine Google serves more that 694,445 queries
  • 6,600+ pictures are uploaded to Flickr
  • 600 videos are uploaded to YouTube, amounting to 25+ hours of content
  • 695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments are published on social networking site Facebook
  • 70 new domains are registered
  • 168,000,000+ emails are sent
  • 320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated on social networking site Twitter
  • iPhone applications are downloaded more than 13,000 times
  • 20,000 new posts are published on micro-blogging platform Tumblr
  • Popular web browser FireFox is downloaded more than 1,700 times
  • Popular blogging platform WordPress is downloaded more than 50 times
  • WordPress Plugins are downloaded more than 125 times
  • 100 accounts are created on professional networking site LinkedIn
  • 40 new questions are asked on
  • 100+ questions are asked on
  • 1 new article is published on Associated Content, the world’s largest source of community-created content
  • 1 new definition is added on
  • 1,200+ new ads are created on Craigslist
  • 370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
  • 13,000+ hours of music streaming is done by personalized Internet radio provider Pandora
  • 1,600+ reads are made on Scribd, the largest social reading publishing company
Although some numbers may be off, you get the point... :)

[via Technolog]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lexar 32GB MicroSD Class 10

If you're looking for the best way to expand your Eee Pad Transformer storage capacity - or any oother device that uses microSD cards and requires the fastest memory card available - here's one you'll want to have by your side: the class 10 32Gb Lexar Micro SDHC.

The class 10 means it will save your data at a minimum speed of 10MB per second, a lot faster than the regular Class 2 and Class 4 cards (2 and 4MB/s) - and it even comes with a mini USB card adapter, for easier data transfer to/from the PC.

(In fact, nothing stops you from using this combo as a tiny but speedy 32GB USB Pen drive. :)

You can find it on Amazon UK for 73€ / 65£.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Zoosh Ultrasonic NFC

Although NFC is the buzzword these days, promising wireless data transfer and payment transactions just by bumping your smartphone on another device, we're still forced to wait until everything is in place for it to work.

How would you feel going somewhere and not being able to pay via your now trusted NFC wallet? Some companies are pushing this technology really hard (as seen by Google's Wallet) but it will still take some time till we actually get there.

What if we could take advantage of the same desirable features NFC has to offer - without actually having to have NFC hardware? That's exactly what Zoosh proposes by using a simple speaker and microphone already present in your smartphone, to create a ultrasonic data transfer.

It's actually so simple one wonder's why no else had though of this before. See it action in the following video:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Using Picasa to Take Screenshots

Here's something I just found out accidentally the other day. I'm an avid screen capture user; and as you're probably aware by now, you can capture whatever you're seeing in your computer screen by pressing the PrtSc key (from its old gone printing days "Print Screen"). That takes a screenshot and places it in the clipboard, ready to be pasted anywhere you can paste an image. (If you're using Chrome and Gmail, you can now paste the image directly to the email text box ;)

Unfortunately, most of the time you'll need it in a "file", either as a BMP, JPEG, PNG or other. That means having to open a image editor program (like Paint) pasting the image there, and saving it.
Sure, there are countless screen capture programs that can ease up that process, but I really don't like having those around.

That's when, by accident, I found out Picasa can also provide a similar feature. If you happen to have Picasa installed (and who doesn't?) and running, whenever you press the PrtSc key it will automatically save it to a specifica screen capture folder!

So, if you need to make a bunch of screen captures... just open up Picasa and start pressing that PrtSc key.

Monday, June 20, 2011

ICANN Aproves New TLDs

The internet as we know it is abou to change. ICANN has approved the creation of new TLDs. Top Level domains are last suffix you find in internet addresses: the popular .com / .net /.org and so on.
So, instead of just the current ones we're used to, we'll soon be facing internet adresses like .nyc / .bank / .auto/ .etc

ICANN expects to approve between 300 to 1000 new TLD, which will not only be generic but might also contain brands as well (here comes a .apple TLD!)
But, before you start thinking about creating your own TLD, just keep in mind you'll have to pay an $185k entry fee and $25k every year... Yep, it doesn't come cheap.

Some say this is just one more step to force brands into paying up to prevent having these new addresses taken over by cybersquatting and phishing sites...

To me, it seems its just the natural evolution of the internet. Just like most people today doesn't even think about phone numbers, relegating that task to out cellphones address book - you just know you want to call "John" or "Mary" - so to will the web eventually.

In fact, most people already rely on google or other search engines to find the site they're looking for (even though they could just as easily type the URL in the address bad). So, for them, it's completely indifferent if the website's URL will be .com or ".apple".

Sure, there will be a lot of friction - just imagine how many sites and programs validate URL and email addresses. Nearly all of them won't even allow you to use an email address like - but, change is never "easy"...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Living in 258 square feet

Here's an excellent example on how to make the most of a small apartment turning a 259 sq. feet home into a lot more than it might seem at first sight.

Thanks to a modular system, this small apartment can "transform" itself according to its owner's needs: hanging around with friends, sleeping, eating, etc..

I'm sure everyone will marvel at some of the ingenious solutions we can see in the following video, and will find a way to use some of those ideas to our own homes. After all, if you can do this in a small apartment, just imagine what you could achieve if you applied the same concept to a larger one!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Android Projection Mapping by LG

To promote their line of Optimus Android smartphones, LG decided to put projection mapping to use. And the result, as you can see in the following video, is definitely one of the best examples og what you can achieve with clever graphics and powerful projectors, allowing a Berlin building façade to jump to life.

Friday, June 17, 2011

LulzSec Email Checker

It seems like we're living in the days of the hacking wars, with several hacker groups routinely compromising sites and stealing information about thousands (even millions) of users. Just recently LulzSec has published a list with thousands of compromised email account and its passwords.

So, it's in everyone's best interest to quickly check if any of your email accounts has been compromised and change all the now reveled passwords.
You can do it by using this LulzSec email-checker widget to find out if your email shows up on any of their lists

... Let's hope that's not the case!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Most Common iPhone Passwords

Ever wondered what kind of PIN unlock codes iPhone users are most likely to use? Wonder no more, as we can now glimpse into the souls and minds of thousands of iPhone users and find out the most common iPhone passwords.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, the top ten iPhone passcodes are:

  • 1234
  • 0000
  • 2580
  • 1111
  • 5555
  • 5683
  • 0852
  • 2222
  • 1212
  • 1998
After the most common 1234, the following one is 0000 and the somewhat surprising 2580... surprising until you notice it's just "straight down" when pressed at the number keypad (it's upward variation also appears in the top ten). And the last entry reveals the beginning of the "dates" method, which is also quite popular among iPhone users (and - my guess- everyone else.)

Considering anyone can try up to 10 times to unlock your iPhone... your best bet is not to be using anyone of these PIN codes...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Google with Image Voice and Instant Results

Google has learned how mobile users better use search and decided to bring some of those mobile features to the desktop. Searching by voice, imagem, and even instant page results are some of the things you'll be able to notice starting today.

Voice Search

It's nothing new if you're using Google on your Android or iPhone smartphone, but now you'll be able to do voice search in your desktop with the web version of Google.

Image Search

Improving on the Google Goggles experience - the image recognition and search system that can even solve Sudoku puzzles - Google now brings that image search capability to the web.

You can drag and drop an image into the search box, upload an image from your computer, or simply copy paste an image URL into Google Images to search for it.

There are also Chrome and Firefox extensions that allow you to search by right clicking on any image.
(This is being rolled out as we speak, and you should get it in the next few days).

Instant Pages Results

Last but not least, knowing that no one is keen on waiting for a page to load and render, Google took the page prefetch concept even further and now presents us Instant Pages.

Instead of just prefetching the most likely result page you're looking for, Chrome will completely prerender the page, making it instantly available by the time you actually press the result link.

For now, it's only available for the developer version of Chrome, but it should arrive to the "public" version this Summer.
And, it won't benefit just Google's results. Any web developer will be able to use this prerender technique to speed up their site's navigation as well.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Android Market App Compatibility Check

It was one of the most annoying things in the Android Market... You would search for an App and... you wouldn't be able to install it, with no kind of warning or explanation whatsoever.

Looks like Google noticed that as well, and the Android Market now shows a much nicer compatibility checklist in order to inform you on what devices you'll be able to install each App.
(I think it could still be a little more descriptive, so that users would know why their devices are incompatible - not enough resolution, lack of some needed hardware/CPU, etc. But, I guess it's a step in the right direction.)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Blogger gets Custom Favicons

It took them a while (a very long while, just like so many other "simple" features lots of Bloggers users have been waiting for, year after year), but at last we can now choose custom favicons to use in Blogger.

The favicon is the small icon that shows up next to your blog name/url in a browser, and it's quite useful to  make your website stand out from the rest in the middle of dozens of open tabs. Until now, if you wanted to change your blog favicon, you had to mess around with the HTML in the template - not a very user friendly affair.

Now, it's a lot simpler and can be done by anyone in their blogs design/layout section.

(All I need now is a nice logo for Internet Best Secrets... as the one I have in my portuguese tech blog: Aberto até de Madrugada. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

AirPlay Display Mirroring in iOS 5

One of the most prominent features in Apple's recently presented iOS5 for the iPhone and iPad (and iPod Touch) is "cable-cutting". You won't need iTunes or a PC/Mac to use it, nor cables to manage backups and updates. So... it just makes sense that you'll be able to do display mirroring without cables as well: thanks to the AirPlay Display Mirroring; which allows you to wireless stream whatever is in your screen to a nearby TV via Apple TV.

As you can see in the following video, it really is very simple to use - and I'm sure it will be one of the features that lots of people will immediately love - especially all those that are currently frustrated by having to carry video adapters and cables to do the exact same thing.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Google Calendar gets Appointment Management

Here's one new Google Calendar feature that is sure to bring lots of new users to this amazing time management and scheduling service: Appointment Slots in Google Calendar.

That's right, now you can let Google Calendar manage all your appointments. You need only select when you're available and how many appointment slots you have (for instance: 30 min slots from 3 to 5PM) and... that's all you need to do.

You can embed it in any web page so your clients can automatically make their appointments with you, or share it via a url link.

If they also use Google Calendar, they'll be able to see their own schedule - so they won't make an appointment when they're already booked somewhere else.

Really amazing and useful! :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

How to Remove YouTube Logo from Videos

Ever wished you could embed a YouTube video in your webpages, without the iconic YouTube logo plastered in its corner? Well, now you can.

YouTube now allows you to choose whether to show the YouTube logo or not.

That can be done by simply adding the following embed parameter  "?modestbranding=1" to your embed code.

Also, to keep up with the higher quality videos, YouTube will now show a high-resolution preview image in 480p or higher quality videos .

Thursday, June 9, 2011

How to Install iOS5 Today

Lots of users won't be willing to wait until Fall to see iOS 5 by themselves. So, if you want to check out how iOS5 looks like and feels like in your own iPhone or iPad, here's how to install iOS5today.

As always, be sure you know what you're doing - this is beta software and non-approved methods; so if anything goes wrong, you're on your own.

  1. Download the iOS 5 IPSW file from the web (it's easy and readily available. Just Google it and torrent it down).
  2. Update your iPhone using iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone to your computer, click on the Check for Update button with the Option (Mac) or Shift (PC) key pressed. Select the iOS 5 IPSW file from the place you downloaded it to.
  3. Wait until it upgrades. A new activation screen will appear.

Then onwards to Activate iOS 5 via a backdoor:

  1. Triple click the home button. This will activate the Voice Over.
  2. Triple click the home button and Emergency Call will appear.
  3. Click on Emergency Call and, while it's switching, swipe with your three fingers down.
  4. The Notification Center will appear!
  5. Click on the Weather widget. The Weather app will load.
  6. Click on the home button to exit to the iPhone's springboard.

At least, is seems like iOS5 is running fine even in the 3GS - though we'll still have to figure out which things will be left out of it - for now, no image editing and some other stuff; which might be just because its a beta version.)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vuzix STAR 1200

I must admit that, ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to be able to wear some kind of digital glasses that could superimpose any kind of digital information over the real world around us. Virtual Reality glasses were one such option, but until now it seemed there was always something wrong with them: too bulky, too expensive, not enough resolution...

But, maybe we're coming to a turning point and fulfilling that dream with these Vuzix STAR 1200.

Unlike other "virtual reality" glasses, these Vuzix show the digital image over the real workd image - without cheating through the use of digital cameras to capture your surroundings and feeding it back to its tiny screens.

I supposed these will still lack a wide area view, but... I'm hoping this means we're one step closer to those ideal digital glasses I've always dreamed about.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New iOS 5 Video

Steve Jobs himself presented some of the new things we can expect from Apple in the WWDC 2011 opening keynote, where we were shown some things about OS X Lion (mostly boring stuff - the highlight was it would cost just $29.99 and be available via Mac App Store only), the iCloud service keeping all your data secure (daily backups) and synchronized across all your devices - for free! - and, the mostly antecipated thing: the new iOS5 for the iPhone and iPad with lots of new stuff as you can see in the following video.

But, just to sum it up: new notification system; improved camera App (with lockscreen instant access); no more iTunes/PC (yes!); improved mail and game center; system wide twitter integration; reminders; improved Safari; iMessage messaging and more.

Monday, June 6, 2011

How to Fix Nikon P500 Battery Problem

Having upgraded from a Nikon P100 to a Nikon P500 a couple months back, I was quite pleased by the enhancements and improvements made by Nikon in their ultra-zoom camera. There were lots of things that were visibly improved to user's delight... but I was baffled to see there was also a very big problem: battery life!

While I never had any problem with the P100 battery life, the P500 quickly became an entire different matter. Just a session of photos and videos was enough to drain its battery - leading me to believe there was something wrong with the battery or camera. This was made words as I found that, even if I left the Nikon P500 unplugged after fully recharging it... after a single day the camera would be dead!

Update: Nikon has finally released a firmware update that fixes this issue.

I searched for answers on the internet and found lots of other users complaining of similar problems; but surprisingly, Nikon's official statement was there was nothing wrong with the camera - that it was user's fault!

Then I came across a thread where a user suggested turning off the "Charge by Computer" option which is in "Auto" by default, and to my surprise... it did fix the P500 battery problem!

I can now leave my camera unplugged, knowing that will still have a nearly full charge the next time I need it.

This is something Nikon should really acknowledge and take a serious look into, as it  is clearly a firmware problem! Blaming the users really doesn't suit a brand with such a long standing tradition in providing us with high quality cameras. I really find it hard to believe how they could have launched a camera with such an obvious bug that is affecting hundreds or thousands of people.

Anyway, turn off the USB charging option, and you should find your Nikon P500 becomes the camera it should be.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Gmail News

Google keeps improving Gmail, and it's once again time to graduate some of the Gmail Lab features to "regular use", and also drops the unneeded ones.

So, say goodbye to the Google Search Lab Box - you can do web searches from the Gmail page already - and say hello to the newcomers:


Why stick to a single golden star when you can use different stars and symbols to better manage your emails? Choose you star set from your Gmail settings.

Neste Labels
Now you can have your cake and eat it too. With nested labels you'll no longer have to figure out the best way to keep your emails in order. Just add the labels as you see fit - no restriction whatsoever.

Advanced IMAP Controls

For everyone accessing Gmail via IMAP service, you now get a lot more control over how things get done. You can limit the number and size of synced emails, as well choose to sync just some labels. The control is yours.

[via gmailblog]

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mapnificent - Where can you get in 15 minutes?

A few years ago, I recall having sent a suggestion to several GPS navigation systems developers, so that they would include a feature that would allow us to select a destination by travel time. Meaning, if you had a coupld of hours free, you could get a list of places you could get to in that alloted time.

They didn't hear me back then, but now you can do it yourself by using this Mapnificent. It's a bit different as this service uses public transportation information - and even so, it's not available in every single city in Google Maps, but it's quite interesting nonetheless. And, it can become a valuable tool for public transport entities to check out and optimize their services, helping them track "blind spots" that could be better served.

Mapnificent from Stefan Wehrmeyer on Vimeo.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Windows 8 News

Having a lot of catching-up to do in the mobile segment, where iOS and Android are in the lead, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind in the desktop and tablet market, and is already starting to show off the upcoming Windows 8, (although the "you're either with us or against us" attitude towards chip makers doesn't really suit them). But, let's see what this Windows 8 has to offer, and if it will have a chance to live in a Android ridden 2012 world...

Microsoft has realized the regular windows interface isn't that useful in a tablet/touch environment. So, the new Windows 8 will have a Windows Phone like, Live Tile user interface, allowing easy access to information  in a touch-friendly way.
Of course, underneath it all there's still the old regular Windows we all know... but for touch-only users... At least they'll get a usable Windows OS.

(Live tiles and Apps can be done in HTML5/javascript - which is nice.)

But, there are lots other hidden secrets in Windows 8. From the App store, to an hybrid boot mode allowing you to start windows in under 20 seconds, as well as less instrusive updates and automated performance auto-tuners and enhanced defrags for SSDs.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

HDR Video on the iPhone with Flare

When the iOS 4.1 arrived, one of the most visible features was the HDR (High-Dynamic Range) mode in the camera App. This system allows the iPhone to take several shots using different exposure settings, in order to grab as much detail as possible in over-exposer and under-exposed areas of the image, and combine the results into a better looking high-detail image.

Sure, it didn't take long for people to adapt the same concept to HDR video, but now it's time to do it using nothing but an iPhone thanks to this App: Flare.

I don't think this is actually a real HDR video, but more of a color changing effect, as I didn't find a video that actually showed more detail in under/over-exposed areas.

Nonetheless, the App might prove useful, as it allows you to adjust the exposure setting independently from the focus area, which by itself will be worth its price for some.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

White iPhone 4 Camera vs Black iPhone

The white iPhone 4 took them longer than expected to arrive to market, and one of the reasons was the unexpected interference the white case had in photographs taken with the flash enabled. This certainly seems to be a problem, as the upcoming iPhone seems to have a separated flash assembly.

But, just how much difference is there between the black iPhone 4 camera and the white model? This site decided to put both iPhones to the test. And the truth: indeed there is a difference, with the white model offering a better white balance and deeper colors.

This might just have to do with the post processing settings used by each iPhone model, but... indeed it's noticeable.

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