The specs of the GoPro Hero 6 Black have been leaked and this is what we know before its official launch on September 28.  The first thing we learned was that it will shoot 240 fps slow motion at 1080p.

The new camera will come with a 12 MP lens and will capture 4K footage at 60fps. At least this is what was revealed by Photorumors.  If this is true, that would be an important upgrade from the GoPro Hero 5 which offered 4K footage but at 30 fps.  This will make videos shot with the new Hero 6 Black to play smoother and a much clearer footage when played back.

For those adrenaline junky fans, the camera will still allow those over 30 feet water jumps and adrenaline-filled activities.  The company has seen tough times as they have been reporting losses and personnel cuts.

The retail price of the camera will be $649 in Canada, according to the leak from there, which places it at a rough $499 in the US.  It is fair to note that, on the outside, the GoPro Hero 6 will not be looking much different from its predecessor, which is all right given the software new implementations.

It is also believed that GoPro will drop Ambarella and replace it with its custom processor known internally as “GP1”. This is probably due to the split between the two companies.  Now, this might sound like good news as GoPro will be able to manage most of the processing pipeline and offer better quality or battery life.

Other important rollouts from GoPro company are Fusion and Karma.  Fusion is its consumer 360-degree camera, which might be launched later this year as part of the September event.  Karma will probably get an update that will add a “follow me” feature, similar to the one found in DJI’s drones.

At the beginning of this year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said that the company is planning on making major investments in hardware, mobile and cloud tech. This with the idea of improving their specs for 2017.

Early this year, in February, he stated, “In 2017, we will build on this foundation for our customers while improving efficiency and managing costs to achieve profitability.”  With this, he hinted at the GoPro Hero 6 but did not give any details about it or launching date.

So far, we got speculations and can hardly wait for four days from now when we will finally be able to review the true specs of GoPro’s new camera.

The announcement of the iPhone X, whose keynote during the presentation was precisely the top-notch facial recognition technology, there is a lot of buzz flying around.  This sparked a lot of reactions and comments between those who consider the technology as the next great thing to prevent phone theft and those who believe there are still some challenges to overcome.

Facial recognition is becoming more and more common, actually.  But if you ask anyone how to get on top of it, easy, they’ll say, just cover your face.  If the technology is applied to unlocking a phone, just like the iPhone X, this can bring some security issues and even problems with wearing heavy makeup or getting a plastic surgery.

Does it Really Work?

During the presentation of Apple’s most expensive iPhone ever, there was a pretty embarrassing glitch.  During the first-time public use (or attempt) of face ID feature, Apple executive Craig Federighi was not able to get it started and had to use password unlock, which is what the phone will do when the face is not recognized.

This brought about doubts about if the technology works.  Apple then explained themselves after the little issue stating that it was not the device that failed but the staff did.  “People were handling the device for stage demo ahead of time,” an Apple spokesperson told Yahoo, “and didn’t realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face. After failing a number of times, because they weren’t Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode. Face ID worked as it was designed to.”

This statement from the company eased some skeptics.  We still believe there is a long way to go with this technology but we can’t wait to see how Apple has overcome the difficulties.

Some weaknesses of Facial Recognition Technology

From what we know so far, this technology is still far from perfect.  Here are some pros and cons with facial recognition technology.

  • The viewing angle still struggles.  It works good full front and even with a 20-degree angle, but problems start when you go full profile.
  • Face recognition often misreads a person’s face and this could lead to controversy. Google took a storm hit after their face ID technology mistakenly confused a couple of black persons with two gorillas.
  • The fact that the technology is usually tested in racial majorities, the fact that it struggles to recognize minorities also sparks controversy.
  • Systems get less effective if the expression changes.  Basically, if you smile, for instance, the tech will probably have a hard time identifying your face.
  • If a person has a covered face, current face ID technology would not be able to recognize them.  However, work towards improving this is taking place.

A Privacy Disaster on the Horizon?

Of course, there are privacy issues and related events that might also be implied in this technology.  Take for example that a phone that unlocks with face recognition has to always be on.  Meaning that it can be unlocked even if it is just resting on a table.  Senior Staff Attorney Adam Schwartz from Electronic Frontier Foundation explains that this “always on” features means always gathering information.

“Once the always-on device gathers information, it may be available to many kinds of people, contrary to the user’s intentions,” Schwartz said.

The fact that the camera is always on is going to be a privacy issue.  Why?  Because your device can pickup unwanted data that in the future could get you in trouble.  This is like Amazon’s Echo, which is always on and can accidentally pick up stuff and make it available to third parties.

 

As usual, the presentation of the new iPhone X created much anticipation and a storm of comments on the web.  It is a habit of Apple to present us with cutting-edge technology and innovative design.   During the same event, the iPhone 8 was introduced and in a matter of 25 minutes, it became obsolete.

Now the buzz is about the new iPhone X and probably the most commented feature is the top-notch face-recognition technology which Apple now introduces as a strong security measure.  With this, you will be able to unlock your phone, Apple Pay, and use it with third-party applications that enable it.

But there are some other interesting features about the iPhone X that you probably missed.  We understand, the whole face-recognition and using makeup vs. not using makeup thing probably shadowed everything else.

But do not fret.  We got for your the top five features of the iPhone X that might make you go above and beyond to buy one for yourself.  Brace yourself!

A Cleaner Display

With a color ratio of 1,000,000:1, 458 ppi of pixel density (that is more than 2 million pixels, by the way), all of this features on an OLED display, which Apple calls Super Retina Display, this is the cleanest display you will ever get.

To this, you must add a 5.8-inch display which goes all over the entire front and a 2046 x 1125 resolution and you get a pretty clean experience for watching your videos.

No Home Button

Just to make your life easier, and we saw this one coming, Apple has eliminated the Home button.  It has been replaced with gestures.  In this way, if you want to go to your home screen, you just swipe up from the bottom.  Eliminating the home button allowed Apple to offer a full screen on the front with no edges or interruptions.  We are not complaining at all.

Animoji

Apple decided to expand the face-recognition technology and made it into fun “animojis”.  Not that you can do without them but you will now be able to have an emoji simulate your expressions in a video to send to your friends.  This fun feature is available thanks to the True Depth camera system.

Wireless Charging

We have been waiting for Apple to allow Qi wireless charging, which is the standard when it comes to it.  This is great news since it seems like you will not need to go get an Apple exclusive to take advantage of this feature.  Apple does have a charging matt that allows wireless charging of other devices.  Speaking of charging, the battery of the iPhone X lasts two hours longer than the iPhone 7.

Cameras

The 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a second telephoto lens for zooming are promised to offer a better graphics experience than iPhone 7.  This new iPhone offers some other cool features to enhance the look in pictures and videos.

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X is expected to be released on November 3 in a very short supply.