- Lens Blur (aka SLR, Bokeh)
- Enhance foreground focus and blur background (or vice versa)
- Software algorithm to account for single lens in smartphones
- Vary length of blur to change amount of focus
- 360 degree picture
- Multi-layer panorama
- Stitch panels of images to create full image
Are you on an Android 4.4 or higher based device and find the camera lacking in features? Do you want to take Photosphere or Lens Blur pictures just like the Nexus 5? Then check out the official Google Camera app.
The camera app from Google can be downloaded directly from Google Play as an official Google app but currently requires Android 4.4 (KitKat) or higher. While the camera, video, and panorama modes are standard, the app introduces two features otherwise not available.
The first is Photosphere. This lets the user take highly immersive pictures in 360 degress. It can be thought of as a panorama on top of a panorama as far as size and scope. To take a Photosphere, the user needs to center the viewfinder into the dots which takes individual pictures. When the checkbox in selected, the Photosphere is processed and is ready to share.
The second feature if Lens Blur. What this feature does is focus on an object or person in the viewfinder and blur the background for additional foreground focus. Lens Blur achieves this by taking the initial picture and the user moving the phone vertically or horizontally depending on the direction the phone is angled. If the user moves too fast or the foreground object is no longer centered the app will let the user know. Processing works similarl to Photosphere and will show up in the Gallery when ready.
Blizzard TCG Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now out on the iPad. The supported devices are the iPad Air, iPad 2, 3rd, 4th gen as well as the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina. If you already are playing Hearthstone on the PC your collection and progress will be shared across all the devices. For new players completing an introductory mission will get you a free pack of cards. If you are already playing Hearthstone just go in to Play, Arena, or Practice mode to earn that bonus card pack.
As with all Blizzard games an internet connection is required to play as well as a Battle.net account. Just download Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from the iTunes App Store.