Cam apps – Cumming The Fragrance http://cummingthefragrance.com/ Wed, 18 May 2022 22:03:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cummingthefragrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Cam apps – Cumming The Fragrance http://cummingthefragrance.com/ 32 32 US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joins her colleagues in urging WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal to stop the spread of fake news/disinformation in Spanish on their group messaging apps https://cummingthefragrance.com/us-senator-catherine-cortez-masto-joins-her-colleagues-in-urging-whatsapp-telegram-and-signal-to-stop-the-spread-of-fake-news-disinformation-in-spanish-on-their-group-messaging-apps/ Wed, 18 May 2022 12:56:32 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/us-senator-catherine-cortez-masto-joins-her-colleagues-in-urging-whatsapp-telegram-and-signal-to-stop-the-spread-of-fake-news-disinformation-in-spanish-on-their-group-messaging-apps/ A study revealed that 66% of respondents whose main language is Spanish received misinformation/misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine via messaging apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp. May 18, 2022 – Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (DN.J.), Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) and 20 other colleagues in the […]]]>

A study revealed that 66% of respondents whose main language is Spanish received misinformation/misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine via messaging apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp.

May 18, 2022 – Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (DN.J.), Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) and 20 other colleagues in the sending of bicameral letters to the heads of WhatsApp, Telegramand Signal to express serious concerns about the rise of misinformation/misinformation in Spanish targeting Latin American communities on these group messaging apps. In their letter, the lawmakers urge these companies to outline what steps, if any, they are taking to prevent or combat the spread of misinformation/disinformation in Spanish.

“The spread of misinformation in Spanish is a threat to our communities, and tech companies must do more to combat it without compromising our privacy,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I will continue to work to hold tech companies accountable and ensure that we protect the Latino community from misinformation and work to build trust in public health and our democratic institutions.”

Lawmakers have made it clear that group messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal can combat the spread of mis/disinformation in Spanish without compromising user privacy or the integrity of private encrypted communications “by increasing the access to reliable fact-checking in all languages, hiring and investing adequately in staff who have the necessary cultural background, and implementing other tools to slow the spread of viral mis/disinformation. also emphasized that “the dissemination of content that promotes mis/disinformation, undermines public health efforts, and instills distrust in our democratic institutions must become a top priority…”

Mis/disinformation disproportionately targets Spanish-speaking communities in the United States, including campaigns during the presidential election 2020 and the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Lawmakers have expressed concerns about how attractive group messaging platforms like Telegram are to bad actors looking to quickly spread mis/disinformation to a mass audience as they allow up to 200,000 people in a group with limited supervision. They also highlighted how it is estimated that by 2023, almost 71% of the Latin American population of the United States WhatsApp users will be and how young Latinos, in particular, are twice as likely to use platforms like WhatsApp compared to the general population. This leaves young Latinos exposed to an even higher rate of misinformation than the general population.

The first and only Latina in the U.S. Senate, Senator Cortez Masto has pledged to fight misinformation. Last year she pushed Technology CEO to act on the rampant spread of misinformation in Spanish and other non-English languages ​​on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor. Her too urged the Biden administration to fight health misinformation and ensure accurate vaccine information reaches Latino communities across the country. Moreover, the senator called online platforms like Facebook and Twitter to take additional steps to stop the spread of voter-related and bipartisan-directed misinformation legislation to fund research into detecting “deepfakes”, online videos that realistically impersonate a person’s identity.

The full text of the letters can be found as follows: (WhatsApp| Telegram | Signal)
Source: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

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How to broadcast live events: Easy Reader News https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-broadcast-live-events-easy-reader-news/ Sat, 14 May 2022 18:22:10 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-broadcast-live-events-easy-reader-news/ I was asked to help ER livestream Monday’s 90-minute debate and said yes, both as a learning experience and because I love Easy Reader and editor Kevin Cody. But let me tell you, clicking Zoom to join a call is much easier than presenting an event and staging it with cameras. There are so many […]]]>

I was asked to help ER livestream Monday’s 90-minute debate and said yes, both as a learning experience and because I love Easy Reader and editor Kevin Cody.

But let me tell you, clicking Zoom to join a call is much easier than presenting an event and staging it with cameras. There are so many variables, necessary accessories and costs involved. Thinking of putting on a livestream one day? I thought you would all like to read some of the things I learned this week.

The debate, at The Shade in Manhattan Beach, will feature City Councilman Steve Napolitano as moderator, as well as opponents and supporters of Measure A, which aims to raise money for schools. Obviously, I can’t stick my laptop’s webcam in the middle of a table and capture all the attendees. Visually, it would be a hum.

One option: I’m using an older iPhone as a Zoom webcam anyway, so this would work. I could put it on a tripod and cycle back and forth between the speakers. (I prefer the iPhone to the traditional webcam because the resolution is much higher.)

The app Reincubate Camouflage connects the iPhone to Zoom, via the Lightning port, to the laptop and to the Web Camo web application (available for Mac and Windows.) From there, Zoom finds the iPhone as an alternate camera in the video preferences . The app is free, but is Camo branded. I pay $5 a month to have it removed.

But would is an iPhone enough to get good footage of everyone, or does it look like footage from security cameras?

I have three iPhones at home. How about using them for debate and software to switch between and make it look like a professional production? Use one as a wide shot and the other two for close-ups of the debaters?

There is an application for that. Switch is a $50 monthly program that would allow me to do just that, with the iPad collecting the multiple video frames from the iPhone’s camera and acting as a switching device, allowing me to use my fingers to switch between shot to shot, like a television director.

Obstacles: Sounds good in theory, but the folks at Switcher told me that the hotel wifi we’ll be using wouldn’t be strong enough, and that I’d have to bring an audio mixer for sound, get a hotspot from a wireless carrier (add $50) and buy a router to distribute the signal (add $150.) In my tests, without the router, Switcher worked just fine, but I started to worry that some of these elements were spoiled during a debate and presented themselves with so much equipment. I decided to go back to one camera, pan across the room, with Zoom. Just not an iPhone. A camera with a larger lens.

I have 3 Sony cameras at home. But to integrate one into the Zoom app requires a few accessories.

Elgato’s cam link is a small $99 Flash player that connects the camera to Zoom instantly, without software, and lets you stream in the highest resolutions.

Camera manufacturers have also free software connect the camera, but they may be inconsistent. This is not the case with the Cam link.

To get the Cam link into the computer, you use an HDMI cable, like the ones we connect to TVs, but of a different band: full-size HDMI on one side to micro HDMI.

I ran to my local Best Buy to buy the cable, but they didn’t have any. The one I ordered on Amazon does not suit me. My amazing local camera store, Paul’s in Torrance, CA saved the day, with the right cable.

Lateral bar: it turned out that I could do without the HDMI cable and Cam Link. My friend Jan told me that she connected a basic USB-C cable from Sony A7 cameras to the laptop, using Sony software. I tried it, it worked right away. Only downside for some: your stream will be in lower resolution than with Cam Link.

What if you wanted to plug all the Sony cameras into the laptop and switch back and forth, like with Switcher? There are also tools and applications for this, starting with video mixers, like the Elgato Stream Deck and apps like vmix.

But I’m sticking to the basic model of a camera for simplicity. It has a big zoom that will allow me to pan from speaker to speaker. Awesome, right?

There is another wrinkle.

The simplest and most common program for live streaming is Zoom. And you can even stream it live to YouTube and Facebook at the same time. Awesome! But: the free account will only allow you to live stream for 40 minutes. Go longer, and you have to buy a PRO account and pay for it for the whole year. Click: $150. That’s rather extravagant for a one-time event.

This prompted me to look for other cheaper alternatives. I logged into Facebook Live instantly (no time limit) with no issues. When I checked out YouTube’s live streaming options, it was rather complicated, requiring software downloads and streaming keys, via accessory software like OBS. Following!

Streamyard is a software solution that lets you stream directly to Facebook and YouTube (plus Twitch, Twitter, and LinkedIn) at the same time. (Without having to enter stream keys!)

Unfortunately, no zoom is available with StreamYard, but there is also no time limit, which is an important factor to consider for a 90-minute debate.

Cost: $25 per month. Were in.

The hotel sets up the sound for the event, using microphones and a PA system. My plan is to connect a lav microphone to my Sony and place it near the speaker, to pick it up that way, or connect my camera directly to the hotel sound system, via XLR cable and accessory adapter .

Wish me luck everyone. I need it.

The debate will be presented on ER’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/EasyReaderNews

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Samsung is developing a new 200MP sensor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is likely the pioneer https://cummingthefragrance.com/samsung-is-developing-a-new-200mp-sensor-the-galaxy-s23-ultra-is-likely-the-pioneer/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:49:05 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/samsung-is-developing-a-new-200mp-sensor-the-galaxy-s23-ultra-is-likely-the-pioneer/ 67222359 Imagine that kind of megapixels with Nokia/Microsoft’s PureView upsampling algorithm. I definitely won’t watch anything else, that’s for sure. k20770 Maybe in a parallel world, cell phones advertise extreme 7000mW headphone jacks and people wonder why cell phones don’t have on-board cameras anymore. “The on-board cameras suck! Get yourself a Bluetooth camera,” fanatics say. […]]]>
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Imagine that kind of megapixels with Nokia/Microsoft’s PureView upsampling algorithm. I definitely won’t watch anything else, that’s for sure.

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Maybe in a parallel world, cell phones advertise extreme 7000mW headphone jacks and people wonder why cell phones don’t have on-board cameras anymore. “The on-board cameras suck! Get yourself a Bluetooth camera,” fanatics say.

Megapixel wars are stupid when lens quality has been the limiting factor for at least a decade.

L92

The 108mp camera an s21 and s22 are really useless, terrible quality that shows the amount of resolution is only to fool people and now we will have 200mp😑 when this MP war stops

there80776

SuuperBaka, 5 hours ago200MP would be 12MP anyway because of the binning. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a… morePixel grouping is such a useless feature anyway. you see no difference between 64mp and 12mp. if you enlarge it, it looks soft. sometimes they apply so much sharpness

770690

-never see replies-, 7 hours ago200MP will be so overwhelming.. Ordinary people will use it, and then when they upload it to so… more200MP would be 12MP anyway because of the binning. I don’t think it will be as big of a problem as you make it out to be.

33878

200MP will be so overwhelming..
Common people will use it, then when they upload it to social apps, the quality of the image file will be lowered.

lmao

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Mobilemaster, 9 hours agoIt uses binning, so actual shots will be around 12 MP, but there is an option to take full shots… moreI can’t find any information regarding binning on the internet so far… I guess we’ll find out sooner or later. Even though it’s 4-way binning, 11.75MP shots could still be very good with such a large sensor.

BTW, all the other companies provide multi-camera setups, so I like the different route Sharp is taking with their latest flagships. One powerful camera can really make a difference in photography.

They actually went the multi-camera route with the R5G two years ago (Wide, Ultrawide, 2xTele, ToF), but the phone failed to catch on in a market full of similar phones. That’s probably why they’re trying something different.

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How about stopping the mp run and hoping on the sensor size > run?

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I thought Motorola Frontier would pioneer this not Samsung.
The pure Android experience still prevails Samsung bloatware unnecessary and typical.

133471299

AlienKiss, 20 hours agoI don’t care if it takes photos of Mars: NO SD card slot = NO PURCHASE! Dude, what’s so hard about buying cloud storage???

M5174652

Whackcar, 10 hours agoSharp brings something similar to your requests. The Aqous R7 comes with a 47MP 1″ se… moreIt uses binning, so actual shots will be around 12MP, but there’s also an option to take full shots (hopefully that works out well!). What I don’t like is the lack of a zoom camera. A 3x optical zoom would be appreciated on a flagship.

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Samsung, you could dramatically improve the sensor’s light gathering and resolution capabilities, by removing the CFA altogether, and either handling everything in post, or having a CFA projection on the sensor and using dual image (with and colorless), to dramatically improve detail and light information. Computational photography algorithms will need to be seriously modified to eliminate fringing and moiré. If done right, the sensor could have some serious zooming capabilities, without needing another sensor for that.

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Whackcar, 10 hours agoSharp brings something similar to your requests. The Aqous R7 comes with a 47MP 1″ se… moreI see. It said 47mp. As much as I want the 50mp, I feel like 40mp would have been a better compromise for pixel size. But 47mp 1 inch will still be nice…meanwhile Sony overloads the 1 inch sensor which you only get 12mp…and other phone specs are 2-8 years behind other phones. .. shame

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Mobilemaster, 14 hours agoThose complaining that it’s a dumb idea, just wait and see what Samsung can do! … moreSo much better than his own phone, there’s nothing to be proud of. It should be so much better than others that will turn heads. It’s good quality I admit, but at night it’s horrible. I kind of think they should be able to do better with hardware, but it’s Samsung always trying to use hardware to make up for its lack of software power. I can only imagine what Google can do with Samsung’s kind of camera hardware.

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Whackcar, 10 hours agoSharp brings something similar to your requests. The Aqous R7 comes with a 47MP 1″ se… moreOh, I thought it was still a 20mp. What a whole boy being 40/50mp still trades with huge pixels for a phone. I was impressed with the results of the r6 so I can’t wait to see what the r7 brings

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Anonymous, 10 hours agoCan’t we just get a 40mp 1 inch single bay sensor with dual aperture. Sharp brings something similar to your requests. The Aqous R7 comes with a 47MP 1″ sensor with F/1.9 aperture. It is not yet confirmed whether or not it uses any type of binning. Their last phone had a 20MP 1″ sensor without any binning, so they could really deliver a monster of a phone camera on a smartphone. Crossed fingers.

M5174652

Wayne., 13 hours agoWhat happened to the Xiaomi or Motor 200Mp phone? Just nonsense, wait another year. Does it have a… moreMotorola will soon announce the world’s first smartphone with a 200 megapixel camera.

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Can’t we just get a 40mp 1 inch single bay sensor with dual aperture.

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⚠ watch out! Warning!! Watch out..⚠

That’s enough people..!!!🤦‍♂️

If Samsung actually cares about the Ultra being “the best video/photographic galaxy”.. then they should think twice and focus on what the experts are doing.
..BIG sensors, small but powerful pixels, and a unique configuration (at least the same n-sensor aperture size for primary and UW modules)

_then add something like a laser and a 3dTOF sensor…👌
Period..!

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Xbox plans to launch streaming puck and Samsung app next year https://cummingthefragrance.com/xbox-plans-to-launch-streaming-puck-and-samsung-app-next-year/ Fri, 06 May 2022 17:45:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/xbox-plans-to-launch-streaming-puck-and-samsung-app-next-year/ Missed a GamesBeat Summit 2022 session? All sessions are available to stream now. Learn more. Microsoft is done waiting for you to come to Xbox. Instead, the company is gearing up to bring Xbox wherever you are. It’s part of the company’s Xbox Everywhere initiative, which was expanded yesterday by adding Fortnite to Xbox Cloud […]]]>

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Microsoft is done waiting for you to come to Xbox. Instead, the company is gearing up to bring Xbox wherever you are. It’s part of the company’s Xbox Everywhere initiative, which was expanded yesterday by adding Fortnite to Xbox Cloud Gaming. While you can already stream games from the cloud to your phone and PC, Microsoft is also planning to expand access through your family room TV, according to people familiar with the plans.

Within the next 12 months, Microsoft plans to launch an Xbox streaming device for cloud gaming. It will probably look like an Amazon First Stick or maybe a small Roku-like puck. And like a Roku, the Xbox streaming device will let you access movie and TV services in addition to a library of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

If you already have a Samsung smart TV, you might be able to skip a separate device altogether. Microsoft is working closely with its partners at Samsung to develop an Xbox game streaming app for that company’s TVs. This too is set to debut within the next 12 months.

This decision by Microsoft is hardly surprising. The company has repeatedly noted that it doesn’t really care how you enter the Xbox ecosystem. But while he said that, he also simultaneously invested huge resources in his dedicated Xbox consoles. It’s been kind of a concession that gaming hardware is still the best way to reach potential Game Pass subscribers.

But with games like Fortnite and Halo Infinite, Microsoft could attract an audience willing to try free games but unwilling to invest in expensive consoles.

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Best smart home camera | WRIC ABC 8News https://cummingthefragrance.com/best-smart-home-camera-wric-abc-8news/ Tue, 03 May 2022 16:30:04 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/best-smart-home-camera-wric-abc-8news/ What are the best smart home cameras? Smart home cameras are a great way to keep your home and family safe at all times, day or night. As smart technology continues to improve, so do these cameras. Many of them have features like two-way communication, high resolution, cloud storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity that allow you […]]]>

What are the best smart home cameras?

Smart home cameras are a great way to keep your home and family safe at all times, day or night. As smart technology continues to improve, so do these cameras. Many of them have features like two-way communication, high resolution, cloud storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity that allow you to use them from your smartphone or tablet. The best camera to secure your smart home is the Wired Ring Floodlight Cam Plus.

What to know before buying a smart home camera

Image quality

Image quality is based on the resolution of the camera, its ability to zoom, and its field of view. These three aspects make a difference in how powerful and effective your device is at detecting motion from a distance. They also affect how the camera picks up specific facial features and other details of potential strangers around the house.

For most cameras, 1080p resolution is standard and sometimes referred to as 1920 x 1080. Some devices, however, can achieve up to 2K resolution, which results in crisp images and clear color contrast.

Some cameras can also zoom in on images using optical or digital lenses. This is useful if you want to be able to review your recordings later and focus on specific details. It is also useful for capturing movement from further away.

Finally, many cameras use a wide-angle lens, covering large areas for a wider field of view. Some cameras can be rotated for a field of view up to 360 degrees.

Subscription and storage

Some smart home cameras have a card slot to hold a microSD card. You can save footage locally to this card to review at any time. This option is great if you don’t want to pay monthly or yearly subscription fees for storage.

Many modern devices require a subscription fee that gives you cloud storage. Most manufacturers have their storage system. This service costs between $1.49 and $12.50 per month for most basic plans. But the advantage is that storage is less limited than with most microSD cards. Plus, some subscription plans come with extras, like Nest’s facial recognition or Ring’s ability to record and share live video footage.

Connectivity

Most smart home cameras are compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or both. This means you can use a smartphone, computer, tablet or other smart device to operate them and view live footage. You can also change camera settings and delete past recordings from a separate device.

Depending on the camera, you may also be able to connect it to a completely wireless device. home security system like Simplisafe. Or you can connect it to digital voice assistants like Alexa. Check the specifications of both to make sure they are compatible.

What to Look for in a Quality Smart Home Camera

Design

Some cameras can stand on their own or attach to a wall. Others double as another device, like a video doorbell. There are also those, like the Ring Floodlight Cam, that include a camera and floodlight that activate when they detect motion.

When choosing a design, consider where you plan to install the device. For an outdoor camera with a wide field of view, choose one that can be wall mounted. For those who go inside the house, think of the one who stands on his own.

Most cameras are small and available in white or black. Some are very inconspicuous, while others are easy to see from a distance.

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How your smart home camera charges affects how you should position it. Some are cordless and rely on a rechargeable or replaceable battery. Some are equipped with a solar panel and can be recharged during the day.

Others are hardwired and run all the time. They’re great for those who don’t want to worry about battery life. The biggest downside is that they require a nearby outlet. They are also more difficult to reposition because of the wires.

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Some cameras rotate automatically throughout the day or night or when they detect motion. Others stay in one position, which limits the range of the device, but is ideal for securing a specific residential area, driveway or yard.

Additional Features

Other common features include:

  • Two-way communication with built-in speakers and a mic that you can use to talk with someone outside the house.
  • Motion detection to identify activity and send you alerts to your phone.
  • Activity areas Make the camera ignore certain areas, like a busy road near your home, while focusing on the most important ones.
  • apps you can download to another smart device to use the camera and check any activity.
  • Privacy settings that help prevent your camera from being hacked.
  • Waterproofing for devices that could otherwise be damaged if exposed to rain or snow.
  • Pan and tilt for a wider field of vision.

How much you can expect to spend on a smart home camera

It depends on how many cameras you get and how advanced they are. For a basic device, expect to spend between $25 and $50. A more complex camera or a package can cost between $100 and $500.

Smart Home Camera FAQs

Should I connect my camera to the Internet?

A. Most smart devices need internet access to work as expected. Without this connection, you won’t have online storage or the ability to monitor activity while you’re away.

Do I need a complete smart home system?

A. If your goal is to monitor specific areas of your home, one camera should suffice. But if you want to maximize security and privacy, a comprehensive system can help.

What are the best smart home cameras to buy?

Best smart home camera

Wired Ring Floodlight Cam Plus

What do you want to know: This motion-activated camera is perfect if you want an advanced device that can also illuminate the area.

What you will love: It comes with 1080p HD resolution, a powerful security system, two-way talk and a projector. It has a wide field of vision, night vision and is compatible with Alexa.

What you should consider: The audio quality is not clear.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon and Home deposit

Best smart home camera for the money

Blink Mini - Compact and smart plug-in indoor security camera

Blink Mini – Compact and smart plug-in indoor security camera

What do you want to know: This small indoor camera is discreet and offers a crisp resolution that allows it to monitor and detect any strange activity in your home.

What you will love: Available in one, two and three packs, these cameras feature motion detection, two-way audio and local storage. They can also send automatic alerts to your smart device. They are compatible with Alexa.

What you should consider: The app is a bit tricky to use. If you want cloud storage, you must purchase a separate subscription.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon and Home deposit

Worth checking out

Night Owl BTD2 Series 16 Channel 1080p Wired DVR Security System

Night Owl BTD2 Series 16 Channel 1080p Wired DVR Security System

What do you want to know: This set comes with 10 floodlight audio cameras, making it perfect if you want to cover a large indoor or outdoor area.

What you will love: With 1TB of space and 1080p resolution, these cameras are ideal for anyone who wants to secure their home without monthly fees. It comes with human detection, facial capture, and vehicle alerts. There’s also a handy app that lets you monitor activity, review footage, and change settings.

What you should consider: It’s not wireless.

Or buy: Sold by Home deposit

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Best Smart Home Camera – WJBF https://cummingthefragrance.com/best-smart-home-camera-wjbf/ Tue, 03 May 2022 16:30:04 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/best-smart-home-camera-wjbf/ What are the best smart home cameras? Smart home cameras are a great way to keep your home and family safe at all times, day or night. As smart technology continues to improve, so do these cameras. Many of them have features like two-way communication, high resolution, cloud storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity that allow you […]]]>

What are the best smart home cameras?

Smart home cameras are a great way to keep your home and family safe at all times, day or night. As smart technology continues to improve, so do these cameras. Many of them have features like two-way communication, high resolution, cloud storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity that allow you to use them from your smartphone or tablet. The best camera to secure your smart home is the Wired Ring Floodlight Cam Plus.

What to know before buying a smart home camera

Image quality

Image quality is based on the resolution of the camera, its ability to zoom, and its field of view. These three aspects make a difference in how powerful and effective your device is at detecting motion from a distance. They also affect how the camera picks up specific facial features and other details of potential strangers around the house.

For most cameras, 1080p resolution is standard and sometimes referred to as 1920 x 1080. Some devices, however, can achieve up to 2K resolution, which results in crisp images and clear color contrast.

Some cameras can also zoom in on images using optical or digital lenses. This is useful if you want to be able to review your recordings later and focus on specific details. It is also useful for capturing movement from further away.

Finally, many cameras use a wide-angle lens, covering large areas for a wider field of view. Some cameras can be rotated for a field of view up to 360 degrees.

Subscription and storage

Some smart home cameras have a card slot to hold a microSD card. You can save footage locally to this card to review at any time. This option is great if you don’t want to pay monthly or yearly subscription fees for storage.

Many modern devices require a subscription fee that gives you cloud storage. Most manufacturers have their storage system. This service costs between $1.49 and $12.50 per month for most basic plans. But the advantage is that storage is less limited than with most microSD cards. Plus, some subscription plans come with extras, like Nest’s facial recognition or Ring’s ability to record and share live video footage.

Connectivity

Most smart home cameras are compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or both. This means you can use a smartphone, computer, tablet or other smart device to operate them and view live footage. You can also change camera settings and delete past recordings from a separate device.

Depending on the camera, you may also be able to connect it to a completely wireless device. home security system like Simplisafe. Or you can connect it to digital voice assistants like Alexa. Check the specifications of both to make sure they are compatible.

What to Look for in a Quality Smart Home Camera

Design

Some cameras can stand on their own or attach to a wall. Others double as another device, like a video doorbell. There are also those, like the Ring Floodlight Cam, that include a camera and floodlight that activate when they detect motion.

When choosing a design, consider where you plan to install the device. For an outdoor camera with a wide field of view, choose one that can be wall mounted. For those who go inside the house, think of the one who stands on his own.

Most cameras are small and available in white or black. Some are very inconspicuous, while others are easy to see from afar.

loading

How your smart home camera charges affects how you should position it. Some are cordless and rely on a rechargeable or replaceable battery. Some are equipped with a solar panel and can be recharged during the day.

Others are hardwired and run all the time. They’re great for those who don’t want to worry about battery life. The biggest downside is that they require a nearby outlet. They are also more difficult to reposition because of the wires.

Spin

Some cameras rotate automatically throughout the day or night or when they detect motion. Others stay in one position, which limits the range of the device, but is ideal for securing a specific residential area, driveway or yard.

Additional Features

Other common features include:

  • Two-way communication with built-in speakers and a mic that you can use to talk with someone outside the house.
  • Motion detection to identify activity and send you alerts to your phone.
  • Activity areas Make the camera ignore certain areas, like a busy road near your home, while focusing on the most important ones.
  • apps you can download to another smart device to use the camera and check any activity.
  • Privacy settings that help prevent your camera from being hacked.
  • Waterproofing for devices that could otherwise be damaged if exposed to rain or snow.
  • Pan and tilt for a wider field of vision.

How much you can expect to spend on a smart home camera

It depends on how many cameras you get and how advanced they are. For a basic device, expect to spend between $25 and $50. A more complex camera or a package can cost between $100 and $500.

Smart Home Camera FAQs

Should I connect my camera to the Internet?

A. Most smart devices need internet access to work as expected. Without this connection, you won’t have online storage or the ability to monitor activity while you’re away.

Do I need a complete smart home system?

A. If your goal is to monitor specific areas of your home, one camera should suffice. But if you want to maximize security and privacy, a comprehensive system can help.

What are the best smart home cameras to buy?

Best smart home camera

Wired Ring Floodlight Cam Plus

What do you want to know: This motion-activated camera is perfect if you want an advanced device that can also illuminate the area.

What you will love: It comes with 1080p HD resolution, a powerful security system, two-way talk and a projector. It has a wide field of vision, night vision and is compatible with Alexa.

What you should consider: The audio quality is not clear.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon and Home deposit

Best smart home camera for the money

Blink Mini - Compact and smart plug-in indoor security camera

Blink Mini – Compact and smart plug-in indoor security camera

What do you want to know: This small indoor camera is discreet and offers a crisp resolution that allows it to monitor and detect any strange activity in your home.

What you will love: Available in one, two and three packs, these cameras feature motion detection, two-way audio and local storage. They can also send automatic alerts to your smart device. They are compatible with Alexa.

What you should consider: The app is a bit tricky to use. If you want cloud storage, you must purchase a separate subscription.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon and Home deposit

Worth checking out

Night Owl BTD2 Series 16 Channel 1080p Wired DVR Security System

Night Owl BTD2 Series 16 Channel 1080p Wired DVR Security System

What do you want to know: This set comes with 10 floodlight audio cameras, making it perfect if you want to cover a large indoor or outdoor area.

What you will love: With 1TB of space and 1080p resolution, these cameras are ideal for anyone who wants to secure their home without monthly fees. It comes with human detection, facial capture, and vehicle alerts. There’s also a handy app that lets you monitor activity, review footage, and change settings.

What you should consider: It’s not wireless.

Or buy: Sold by Home deposit

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how TikTok is changing the election campaign https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-tiktok-is-changing-the-election-campaign/ Sun, 01 May 2022 23:31:52 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-tiktok-is-changing-the-election-campaign/ Both big parties lean into the platform, using popular sounds and trends to create videos in a way they’ve never had before. On the Labor Party’s account, a video after the first leaders’ debate marked Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese as “Alpha Albo” in a clip with him walking away from the camera in slow motion. […]]]>
Both big parties lean into the platform, using popular sounds and trends to create videos in a way they’ve never had before.

On the Labor Party’s account, a video after the first leaders’ debate marked Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese as “Alpha Albo” in a clip with him walking away from the camera in slow motion. This is one of the trending “motivational” type videos that have been making the rounds on the platform.

On the Liberal Party’s official page, they joined in on the how-to videos, with a youthful voice recounting the recipe for an ‘Albanian smoothie’, telling viewers they’ll need ‘three cups of lies, a pinch of politics “.

Meanwhile, on the Greens Party page, a “sexy” Shrek filter is edited to dance to Parliament.

Daniel Angus, professor of digital communication at Queensland University of Technology, says there is always interest in new platforms in election campaigns, especially the first election after the platform went mainstream. .

“I certainly remember the first elections where Instagram was a novelty, or even the early days of Facebook and Twitter,” Professor Angus told The Feed.

“Generally, the general trend is that those who embrace these new forms of media earlier tend to have a slight advantage with them.”

Although more information may come after the election cycle ends, TikTok is already playing a role.

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With such a young audience, Professor Angus predicts that most parties would use TikTok as a sounding board to see what messages resonate with young voters.

“On the platform, they’ll ask, ‘What’s the general mood? What themes are they reacting to?’ With this information they will develop their campaign and messaging for young Australians,” Prof Angus said.

Screenshots of Liberal Party Tiktok videos.  An edited image superimposes the face of opposition leader Anthony Albanese on the film poster

“When you look at this demographic shift, in terms of who votes in this election, I think that youth vote is going to be incredibly important this time around.”

Last week, 214,000 people registered to vote through the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) – the largest one-day registration in Australian history. The AEC also reported an influx of young new voters.

Remunerate influencers and micro-influencers

Unlike Facebook, TikTok doesn’t allow paid political advertising on its platform – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

Last November, Crikey and TikToker reporter Cam Wilson said he was approached by a US-based marketing agency to create “anti-Scott Morrison” videos on behalf of the Labor Party. It is not known if others were approached and accepted the offer.

Earlier this month, the ABC also reported that a union had paid at least one influencer to produce anti-liberal content for the platform. While paying influencers for political content is more recent in Australia, influencers were reimbursed during the 2020 US presidential election.

Screenshots of the Labor Party's TikTok account.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison is edited for looking confused in front of a filter.  Another image shows Mr Morrison playing a game where all the options are "cut" Health Insurance.

Screenshots of the Labor Party’s TikTok account.

Unlike other platforms where you mainly receive content from people you follow, on TikTok you mainly receive content from those you don’t follow, based on how you interact with other videos.

One of the unique features of TikTok is that it can help the “micro-influencer” (someone with a small number of followers who gets sponsored) and those with no followers at all to “go viral”. said Dr Francesco Bailo, an expert on the use of digital and social media in politics at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Bailo said this widened the possibilities of contacting pressure groups or politicians.

“That means parties don’t necessarily reach out to big names, but rather reach out to an army of smaller ones in hopes that one will go viral,” he said.

He said that from a platform perspective, it’s harder to control because you’re no longer monitoring a few “big names.”

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While political adverts must disclose who authorized them, Professor Angus told The Feed that the middle person in the “influencer” transaction is clouding the waters.

“It gets murky if you have a political party that has paid a creative agency to hire influencers to create political content, it gets really hard to trace that,” Professor Angus said.

“I worry about the ability of platforms like this to ‘wash’ money in three hands.

“It’s still an advertisement.”

Separately, the algorithm that can make a video go viral in hours also acts as a low-cost way to campaign with young voters, Dr. Bailo said.

“[Politicians] can basically go from an unknown candidate to someone who is known simply because of a trending video.”

TikTok and the AEC have collaborated, but there’s still ‘minimal transparency’

In March, Tiktok announced that it had collaborated with the AEC to launch an in-app federal election guide. The guide said he will emphasize the importance of registering to vote,

“Of course, TikTok isn’t the go-to app for breaking news or politics, and

on our app,” the platform wrote in a statement with the announcement.

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“Yet we know that TikTok is a home where Australians speak out – and with that in mind, we are focused on supporting our users with authoritative education and information on important public issues.”

Overall, Professor Angus told The Feed, TikTok is not a very “observable” platform when it comes to following accounts, especially those of politicians.

While official pages on Facebook can be followed in separate apps to see what’s being posted by candidates – which can help with transparency and easily quash misinformation – it’s not as easy to monitor politicians on Facebook. Tik Tok.

“It’s a huge problem because we fundamentally lack observability tools.”

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What is Nest Cam? All you need to know https://cummingthefragrance.com/what-is-nest-cam-all-you-need-to-know/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 20:04:56 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/what-is-nest-cam-all-you-need-to-know/ Nest is fairly well-known as Alphabet Inc’s Google smart home arm, but the intricacies and history of its devices may still be elusive to some. The company’s Nest-branded cameras aren’t immune to this either. So this guide was written as a sort of primer specifically on what the Nest Cam is, current models, and answers […]]]>

Nest is fairly well-known as Alphabet Inc’s Google smart home arm, but the intricacies and history of its devices may still be elusive to some. The company’s Nest-branded cameras aren’t immune to this either. So this guide was written as a sort of primer specifically on what the Nest Cam is, current models, and answers to some common questions about the devices.

If any or all of this interests you, this article is for you. Continue reading.

What is the Nest Cam?

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In a nutshell, Nest Cam is the brand given to smart home connected security cameras in Google’s line of Nest devices. That includes three cameras, at the time of this writing. All branded “Nest Cam” and which we’ll talk more about in a bit. Although there have been others before throughout the company’s history.

Nest Cams are smart cameras. This means they connect to the Nest and/or Google Home app on mobile devices. And via the dedicated Nest camera website.

Via a cloud connection and the apps mentioned above, the Nest Cams offer a ton of great features. These include not only motion alerts, but also person, package, and animal alerts. As well as recognizing familiar faces. Alerts are also highly customizable, both in terms of scheduling and configuring notification areas. In addition to the types of alerts displayed, at the discretion of the user.

Plus, it’s all on top of AI-driven features like voice commands through Google Assistant. Accessible through smart display hubs and other devices. And all of these features only get even better when paired with a Nest Aware subscription.

What’s the story behind the Nest Cam?

Nest Cam IQ Promo

The Nest Cam’s history is short but, like the company’s explosion itself, began with an acquisition. Namely, the acquisition of Dropcam by Nest in 2014.

Nest paid around $555 million for the acquisition and effectively integrated Dropcam’s products into its own lineup. This follows the launch of its Nest Learning Thermostat and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Prior to this acquisition, Nest did not have a camera division.

The link would ultimately lead to the launch of the original Nest Cam Indoor the same year as the acquisition. The Nest Cam Indoor comes with optional Nest Aware services and only 1080p resolution. But it also came with plenty of features that have become staples in the company’s lineup. Starting with a rotating magnetic mount, with modern Nest cameras using magnets to connect to a wall mount. And in addition to night vision, two-way talk and sound and motion alerts.

Nest also launched an outdoor variant of this camera in 2016, with weatherproof construction.

Google, on the other hand, merged Nest with its own, with a full merger in 2018. The search giant continued the Nest product line, and its current line was launched as a result of the acquisition. But before that, Nest also updated its two cameras with the Nest Cam IQ and an outdoor variant.

The new cameras featured an HDR-capable 4K sensor with AI face recognition. As well as connectivity updates, infrared LEDs for night vision, and better speakers and mics. Close-up tracking for zooming has also been added to ensure a more accurate snapshot of any movement recognized by the cameras. Both models were launched in 2017.

Which Nest Cams are currently available?

Current Nest Cam presses for the modified Nest Cam segment

There are currently three camera models sold by Nest. Along with Nest Doorbell (battery) and Nest Doorbell (wired), the company offers Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor), Cam with Floodlight, and Cam (indoor, wired). The first two of these devices start at $179.99 and $279.99 respectively. And the main difference is the inclusion of Floodlight support, for the Nest Cam with Floodlight.

But there are also other differences when it comes to Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor) and Cam with Floodlight. Google designed this latest gadget, as its branding suggests, to be wired. As with any projector. And it is constantly fed, accordingly. The Nest Cam, on the other hand, is not powered but uses a battery. Unless hardwired using a 3rd party adapter or accessory.

This also means that with Nest Aware Plus and unless the Nest Cam is receiving constant power, only the Nest Cam with Floodlight can record footage 24/7. Again, that’s unless the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor) is powered. The wired indoor camera also supports 24/7 recording as it is wired. That’s if it’s linked to an account with a Nest Aware Plus subscription.

In terms of other differences, the wired Nest Cam for indoor use is also not weatherproof. While the price starts at $99.99 for this camera.

Otherwise, each camera is functionally identical. Offering facial recognition and sound recognition for breaking glass or alarms. And offers motion detection with precision detection for movement, people, vehicles and animals.

Each also shoots footage in 1080p HDR with night vision support. Storage of three hours of history as ready-to-use event video clips without subscription. Or up to 60 days with a subscription and up to 10 days of live footage with a Plus subscription.

The cameras further offer two-way talk via “talk and listen” and will record up to an hour of footage if they lose WiFi access. But only battery powered cameras will record during a power outage, until they run out of battery.

Finally, the three cameras all shoot with a field of view of 130 – measured diagonally, or 135 degrees for the Nest Cam (indoor, wired), at a 16:9 ratio.

Nest Cam with Projector

Cam (outdoor or indoor)

Cam (indoor, wired)

The Nest app isn’t the only way to connect your Nest Cam

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Now, among the more interesting aspects of Nest is what’s happened to its app since Google acquired the company. Not least because Google has muddied the waters in terms of How? ‘Or’ What the Nest app is used.

For cameras earlier than the latest battery-powered devices – Nest Cam (battery) and Nest Doorbell (battery) – the Nest app was a requirement. With these two cameras, and probably newer ones in the future, all you need is Google Home. So, in a way, the story of Nest Cam is similar to the story of Nest itself.

The change has undoubtedly made things easier for end users. All Nest cameras integrate with the Google Home ecosystem, but the Nest app requirement makes using them more complicated than necessary. Although the app brings a few features associated with the Nest Aware subscription service, it is not necessary for everything of them. And using two apps is not practical for several obvious reasons.

Also, these features aren’t available for Nest cameras that don’t require the Nest app. So while there is and will be some initial confusion for those who have owned older Nest cameras before, that shouldn’t remain the case in the long run. The latest cameras only requiring the Google Home app – and, in fact, not working through the Nest app at all – eliminate redundancy and potential confusion. With potential implications for the future, if Google continues in this direction with future gadgets.

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Parisian love stories for the era of Talk Less, Message More https://cummingthefragrance.com/parisian-love-stories-for-the-era-of-talk-less-message-more/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 14:43:14 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/parisian-love-stories-for-the-era-of-talk-less-message-more/ Zhang, who had never acted in a feature film before responding to a casting notice for the project she saw on Instagram, has a personal connection to the neighborhood: her parents, both immigrants from China, met there for the first time. The actress, who is studying business at a university in Paris and was 19 […]]]>

Zhang, who had never acted in a feature film before responding to a casting notice for the project she saw on Instagram, has a personal connection to the neighborhood: her parents, both immigrants from China, met there for the first time. The actress, who is studying business at a university in Paris and was 19 when she auditioned for the role, said in an interview that she was not intimidated by the nudity and sexual content of the project.

As part of the film’s pre-production, Audiard asked its main cast to watch “My Night at Maud’s”, among other films, and, to prepare Samba and Zhang for their intense sex scenes, the casting director asked them to improvise naked scenes.

Zhang added that her family, who were previously skeptical of her acting ambitions, supported her when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. “Although the first time my mom saw the movie, she told me there were a few moments where I wasn’t acting very well and I could improve,” she said.

In another of the film’s stories, Nora develops an unusually significant emotional bond with a cam-sex performer. “I see the film as showing a new romanticism,” Merlant, who plays Nora, said in an interview, noting how the characters pursue a wide range of sexual options and are open to exploring what she called sex. relationships “outside the box”. , like the one experienced by Nora. “The love story is virtual, but it’s also the most sincere,” she said.

Tomine, whose graphic novels have been widely praised for their subtle depictions of urban disconnection, said he admired the decision to emphasize smartphones and computer screens, which were absent from his stories. He said he was also pleased with the film’s non-judgmental approach to the subject, especially since “you know, Jacques is an older gentleman”.

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Radar detector and Escort Max 360c on-board camera https://cummingthefragrance.com/radar-detector-and-escort-max-360c-on-board-camera/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 20:19:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/radar-detector-and-escort-max-360c-on-board-camera/ As traffic data in cities like New York attests, traffic is up, and so are car sales and prices. Unsurprisingly, accessories like radar detectors are experiencing a concomitant surge in sales, and many, like the Escort MaxCam 360c that we recently tested, are becoming more and more sophisticated. Simply being able to detect all the […]]]>

As traffic data in cities like New York attests, traffic is up, and so are car sales and prices. Unsurprisingly, accessories like radar detectors are experiencing a concomitant surge in sales, and many, like the Escort MaxCam 360c that we recently tested, are becoming more and more sophisticated.

Simply being able to detect all the radar bands used by the police to scan the roads is not enough these days. Speed ​​camera detectors also need to be connected to the cloud to get red light and speed camera locations, get software updates, and exchange information about upcoming hazards. Radar detectors should also connect to smartphone apps, include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and come with built-in dash cams. The latest high-end Escort MaxCam 360c has it all, and more.

Although others, like the Cobra Road Scout Elite, have already integrated a dash cam into a radar detector, the MaxCam 360c is the first Escort model to do so. On the radar side, it searches all available bands using two antennas and a Lidar detector to cover what is ahead and behind you on the road. This proved useful in recording law enforcement following us on at least two occasions. Directional arrows on the detector screen show you where the radar is coming from, including radar speed signs used around construction sites and school zones so you know to slow down sooner.

Escort MaxCam 360c

On the video side, the dash cam records scenes at 1440p, and the clips we sampled, even those recorded at night, looked crisp and clear. The MaxCam 360c is set to record continuously by default and will also permanently record ‘events’ triggered by an internal accelerometer, should you get involved in a fender bender. You can upload videos to the cloud, view them on a smartphone or simply transfer clips using the microSD card.

Over more than 800 miles of road testing, we’ve found the Escort MaxCam 360c to be a reliable companion, faithfully signaling K- and Ka-band speed traps. In terms of sensitivity, it seemed to deliver warnings just half a second or more before an older Escort Redline detector. These anecdotal results were based on the detection of regularly stationed speed cameras. Of course, there were also several surprises, including laser blasts, but the alerts came early enough that at least once we let another driver pass in front of us to see this car come to a halt for a few moments. later by the police.

While no detector is perfect, the Escort MaxCam 360c seems to keep false alerts (such as those from security and other wireless systems) to a minimum, automatically cutting out about 50% of the false readings we usually get. along a route. The company also uses filters to minimize potential interference from onboard technology like blind spot detection and collision avoidance systems. We found no issues with the driver assistance systems.

The Escort MaxCam 360c is easy to install using an included suction cup windshield mount. It’s also relatively simple to use using a dial with an integrated four-way directional pad on the left side to let you cycle through menu options such as volume levels.

For more control, there’s the Drive Smarter app paired with Escort, which includes live traffic and navigation data. It can also be used to take a quick photo using the detector’s camera or to record a video clip. If you’re quick, you can also use the app to report a construction zone, speed camera, or traffic jam to other Escort users via the cloud. Conversely, it’ll talk to you, warning you that there’s a “red light camera ahead” while you’re driving. In general, we’ve found red light camera alerts to be accurate, although like other apps and detectors, it will sometimes alert you to cameras positioned on adjacent roads rather than the highway you’re on. Actually.

The Escort MaxCam 360c is a full-featured finder and is therefore priced at $850, which pits it against the likes of the Valentine V1 ($499) and Uniden R7 ($600). Although the MaxCam 360c is considerably more expensive, none of the high-end competitors include a dash cam. Plus, with fines in many states costing hundreds of dollars — plus surcharges and points that increase insurance premiums — the price may seem worth it to many drivers. While sales in the pandemic era are hard to predict, the radar detector market is expected to grow from $343.1 million last year to $463.7 million by 2028, according to Fortune Business Insights. But regardless of the size of the market, we expect the Escort MaxCam 360c to become a big player in the future.

Escort MaxCam 360c

Escort MaxCam 360c

  • Price: $850
  • Features: Radar Detector and dash cam
  • Radar and laser bands: K, Ka, X and lidar
  • Included: windshield mount, 12 volt adapter and cable, 16GB microSD card and travel case

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