Archive for March 6, 2018

Kylin M 3-axis Camera Stabilizer Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 6, 2018 by itnerd

A new lightweight, handheld camera stabilizer has been launched via the Indiegogo crowdfunding website offering a three axis stabilizer for lighter cameras such as DSLR, mirrorless camera and smartphones. The Kylin M 3-axis camera stabilizer, which has already raised close to $150k still has over a month left on its campaign.

The Kylin M camera stabilizer is available to back with early bird pledges starting from $239, with shipping expected to take place during April 2018, if the camera stabilizer is successfully manufactured. Equipped with a focus and shutter release button, as well as a video recording button and zoom control on a “unique rotatable handle”. The Kylin M has been designed to provide an easy-to-use portable camera stabilisation system for both budding and expert photographers alike to use.

  • High-accuracy stabilization and smooth control based on Snoppa’s new algorithm and the brand new closed-loop control structure;Revolutionary and transformable handle, which enables you to freely switch between handle and carry modes and keeps video steady whatever the angle is, thus it is especially suitable for low-angle filming;
  • Multi-function control handle, which allows direct control of the camera’s zoom, recording start/stop, focus and shutter for more streamlined filming;
  • BUS backup interface, through which more accessories, options and convenience can be added in the future;
  • Multi-device support for lightweight cameras, smartphones and action cameras;
  • Lightweight and portable, only 980g in weight including batteries, and 22x25x9cm in dimension, thus it can be easily put in pocket or bag

The link to the Indiegogo campaign can be found here:


Flipsy Returns More Value For Your Used Smartphone Than Carriers Do

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 6, 2018 by itnerd

The March 16 Samsung Galaxy S9 release means a lot of people will soon be searching for articles on where to sell their old phones.

Flipsy just ran the numbers and found that the online buyback stores on will pay way more than carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

How much more? An average of 56 percent for the latest Samsung Galaxy models, which can add up to $100 or more.

Galaxy S8

  • Flipsy: $320
  • Verizon: $255 (22.6% less)
  • AT&T: $210 (41.5% less)
  • Sprint: $200 (46% less)
  • T-Mobile: $184 (53.9% less)

Galaxy S8 Plus

  • Flipsy: $370
  • Verizon: $275 (29.4%)
  • AT&T: $230 (46.6%)
  • Sprint: $220 (50.8%)
  • T-Mobile: $212 (54.2%)

Galaxy S7

  • Flipsy: $167
  • Verizon: $107 (43.7%)
  • AT&T: $90 (59.9%)
  • Sprint: $40 (122.7%)
  • T-Mobile: $65 (87.9%)

Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Flipsy: $191
  • Verizon: $125 (41.7%)
  • AT&T: $115 (49.6%)
  • Sprint: $85 (76.8%)
  • T-Mobile: $91 (70.9%)

Flipsy is completely free to use and helps people get more money for their old phones. You can see how it works here:

The Reason Why You Should Get Your iPhone Battery Replaced As Illustrated By This Video

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 6, 2018 by itnerd

A while ago when “batterygate” broke, my wife quickly got the battery in her iPhone 6 replaced. It was a bit of an adventure as I documented here. But the battery swap paid dividends as it basically gave her a brand new phone. But I came across a video that illustrates the big difference that a battery swap can make to an iPhone. In the case of the person who shot the video, has an iPhone 6S and they walk through the performance of the phone before and after the battery swap. The difference is noticeable. And to be clear, even though you’re seeing two phones side by side, this is the same phone that is being videotaped.

Thus this illustrates that if you have an iPhone that could be affected by this problem, you should sign up to get the battery replaced. You may have to wait for it to happen as the word on the street is that it may take weeks for Apple to get around to you, but it’s clearly worth it.


MoviePass Tracks Your Location In Ways Not Mentioned In Their Privacy Policy

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 6, 2018 by itnerd

Let me introduce you to an app called MoviePass. The $9.95 a month service which is driven by an app on your phone allows subscribers to attend one screening per day at participating theaters. It kind of sounds interesting. But you may want to think twice about using it because MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told an audience at a Hollywood event last Friday that the app tracks moviegoers’ locations before and after each show they watch:

“We know all about you,” he said at the keynote, appropriately titled “Data is the New Oil: How Will MoviePass Monetize It?”

The data collection information elicited some nervous laughs from the industry crowd, many of whom raised their hands to show they were MoviePass subscribers.

“We get an enormous amount of information,” he said, noting the company knows subscribers’ addresses and can glean demographic information based on where they live. The company also can track subs via the app and a phone GPS.

“We watch how you drive from home to the movies,” he said. “We watch where you go afterwards.”

That sort of data fits into a long-term revenue plan.

Here’s the problem with that statement. What this doofus said isn’t in the company’s privacy policy for the app. If you read the section on location tracking, it says that the app discloses only a “single request” when selecting a theater, which will “only be used as a means to develop, improve, and personalize the service.” There’s nothing about tracking you before or after the movie that you decide to see.


Now I wasn’t born yesterday and I am fully aware that apps share all sorts of info about me to a whole bunch of entities. But to not put it in your privacy policy is a great way to become the victim of a backlash from those who would not be thrilled about that. Not to mention that it would likely run afoul of privacy and data security standards like GDPR in the EU or PIPEDA in Canada. But I am a computer nerd, not a lawyer. In any case, I suspect Mr. Lowe is about to figure out that his desire to monetize his business in a less than upfront way is a great way to be put out of business in a hurry when users choose not to use his app.