The Ramifications Of H.265

H265The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently approved the next generation video format known as H.265, which would be the successor to the current H.264 standard. H.265, also informally known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), is supposed to be twice as efficient as H.264 in terms of compression. H.265 relies on the fact that processing power is increasing on our devices, and uses more processing power to achieve better compression. Now how will this affect our lives? Is this just an algorithmic improvement or will it have a tangible impact?   Continue reading

Near Field Communication (NFC)

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a form of contactless communication between devices like smartphones or tablets. Contactless communication allows a user to wave the smartphone over a NFC compatible device to send information without needing to touch the devices together or go through multiple steps setting up a connection. This is very fast and convenient. NFC technology is popular in parts of Europe and Asia, and is quickly spreading throughout the United States. It is very useful to people who are buying things at a grocery store, businesses looking for faster and secure payments methods for customers, friends touring some unknown place, etc. So what exactly is the technology behind NFC? Is it any different from bluetooth?   Continue reading

Panoramic Images


Consider a situation where you are standing on top of a mountain or some other beautiful natural scenery. You are enjoying a beautiful view that seems to span from far left to far right and you want to take a nice picture of the whole thing. Your camera allows you to capture only a limited field of view. So to capture the whole scene, you will have to capture multiple images. Doesn’t feel exactly the same watching it in pieces, does it? We really want to capture the beauty within a single image. You can certainly record a video and capture the whole scene, but what if you want to print it out? This is where panoramic photography technique comes in. Panoramic images are images with elongated field of view. The image above is one such example. These images cannot be captured with a single camera click because the field of view is limited. So how do we do capture panoramic images?   Continue reading

Rooting Your Phone

A lot of Android devices are being activated everyday. We hear the term ‘rooting’ floating around all the time. Most of the people don’t bother to tinker with their phones. They just want to enjoy their device as it is. Some people think that rooting their phone will break the software or damage their phone in some way, and so they don’t want to mess around. What exactly is rooting? Do we even need to root our phones? If so, why exactly do we need to root our phones?   Continue reading

Touch Me Not

We are increasingly moving towards touchscreen technology. Every new mobile gadget that’s coming to the market has a touchscreen. Most of us interact with touchscreen technology on a daily basis. I’m sure you would have gotten curious some time or the other to know how it actually works. What happens when you touch the screen? How does it know where you touched the screen? All of us deserve to know how it works, especially when we use it so often.   Continue reading