There are a lot of self-styled "action cameras" out there, most of which are trying to catch at least some of the thunder of the wildly popular GoPro. GPS specialist Garmin has thrown its hat in the ring with VIRB, a deluxe, ruggedized, mountable HD video camera with a plethora of bells and whistles. Like the competition, the Garmin VIRB now has an official Android app for remote control, viewfinding, and recording.
Well, sort of. The VIRB app is only compatible with the VIRB Elite, the $399 model that demands a $100 premium over the basic version (though you can find it a little cheaper than that).
Android 4.4 has a new screen recording function for developers, but as the CyanogenMod team has already demonstrated, it can be adapted for more general use. Well-known developer Koushik "Koush" Dutta has taken advantage of this for Mirror, a new screencasting app for KitKat that allows any rooted user to either record video directly on a device, or stream to an Apple Airplay-compatible receiver like Apple TV. No custom ROM required.
We've all heard the story before. A brand new, very popular device rolls out to the public and everybody hurries to get their hands on it. Shortly thereafter, people start to notice some of the more serious issues that degrade the experience or even make the gadget unusable. When that device is a phone and one of those issues is audio quality during calls and recordings, people can become justifiably angry. It seems this is exactly what's happening with quite a few Nexus 5 owners, as audio going into the built-in microphone is plagued by hissing, popping, loud static, and very low volume.
Do you live your life to the fullest? Do you wish you could remember every day of it? Are you doing the opposite, wasting your life away and wishing you could turn things around? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can do all of these things! 1 Second Everyday is a video-recording app that asks users to record just one second of their life everyday, and at the end of the year they will have a six-minute video of how they lived their life that year. Interested? Just wait, there's more.
Actually, no, there isn't much more to 1 Second Everyday than that.
SoundCloud may not be the most famous app around, but when it comes to sharing a simple audio clip or a song, it's hard to beat. Now, the company's mobile app is getting an overhaul and with it comes a shiny new interface that doesn't suck. The UI upgrade makes use of the action bar, side navigation panel, notification controls and all the other fancy new features that we've grown used to since Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.
The update also brings improvements to the search features that should help you track down public audio (like our podcast!) more easily.
So, Songify - have you heard about it? It's pretty popular on iOS, something 9 million people love it (or so I've heard). Basically it's autotune, but more fun. What's more fun than autotune, you ask? Autotune plus music, that's what.
It's pretty simple: you speak into the app, and it autotunes your voice, puts it to music, and randomly loops it. The end result is actually quite a bit more humorous than I expected. Case in point:
Notice that "click" in the my clip? That was me tapping the screen to stop recording, so the app appears to be pretty sensitive to sounds.
Paper Camera, a crowd favorite for novelty photo shoots, is preparing for an update that will bring video recording and Android Beam support, along with a few other tweaks. We got the chance to go behind the scenes and give you, our lovely, smart, beautiful readers a preview of the new features.
The folks at JFDP Labs are still testing out video recording, but so far they've got support for the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, and Droid 3. We tested it out on an Epic 4G Touch and everything worked smoothly, which isn't surprising as this device is in the Galaxy S2 family.
Popular screen recording app, Screencast, has just received an update with some pretty sweet additions. Those of us who use this powerful app know how awesome it already is, but it just got better with a new time lapse recording feature. I'm sure some users have been waiting for this for some time now, and it sure is welcomed. It'll definitely add a whole new element to app and game demos. In addition, the speed of video processing has more than doubled with this update, and some minor bugs have been exterminated.
Check out these videos of digital speed paintings recorded with Screencast:
While I was tapping away on my laptop trying to keep up with the Ice Cream Sandwich event earlier today, the desktop machine was happily recording it for future reference. This should hold us over until Google posts the official HD version - the video is about 1 hours long, but almost every minute of it is totally worth it (at least once you get to the juicy ICS bits):
Update: The official HD video has now been posted: