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17 April 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Google Camera, autofocus, Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone and Smartmontools.

  • Google has released Google Camera for Android 4.4+ with a "sleek design" featuring a 100 percent viewfinder and larger shutter button, lens blur with both background blur and refocus after taking the shot, improved panorama shooting at higher resolution and photo sphere captures at 360 degrees and 50 megapixels.
  • In It's the Focus Nikon Should Focus On, Thom Hogan confesses, "On the fastest and most sporadic moving birds near at hand in the Galapagos, I sometimes struggled to get high hit rates on focus." He suggests, "The real issue with digital photography these days has moved mostly from cameras to lenses and focusing."
  • The Pixelmater blog reveals a "major Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone update is on its way" with "an entirely new Repair Tool ... to remove dust, blemishes and entire objects from your images with an unsurpassed level of precision and quality."
  • George Jardine describes Getting Smartmontools Up And Running On Mavericks. Why? To check the S.M.A.R.T. health of your USB external drives.

More to come...

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