This week at Adobe MAX, described as the world’s largest creativity conference, Adobe announced the next generation of Creative Cloud, a suite of products spanning multiple platforms. The company launched Adobe Photoshop on iPad and extended Adobe Fresco to Microsoft Surface, while also previewing the highly anticipated Photoshop Camera.
Photoshop Camera gives consumers a powerful way to create and share imaginative, high-quality images on social media. As an intelligent camera app, it applies Photoshop Magic to photos, but unlike a native phone camera and third-party camera apps, Photoshop Camera uses Adobe Sensei to automatically enhance photo quality. Photoshop Camera includes an expansive library of unique lenses and effects from leading artists and influencers, including musician Billie Eilish.
Adobe provided the following information on features of the app:
Scroll through tons of Instagram-worthy lenses and effects to apply before or after the shot. Users will be able to swap them in and out, so you don’t have to worry about changing your mind after the picture is taken.
Blow up your social feed
Show off your style with Photoshop lenses and camera effects created by prominent artists and influencers. Post photos from right inside Photoshop Camera — and see how easy it is to express yourself in different ways.
It’s pretty genius
Photoshop Camera is packed with amazing AI-powered features that help users take gorgeous selfies, food and scenery shots, among many other scenes. Quick fixes like portrait relighting and distortion removal mean users can post images that look like they spent way more time on them than they actually did.
To apply for a preview of the new app, visit: https://photoshopcamera.adobelanding.com/limitedpreview
Second chance to get discounted Xbox One
Last year’s Black Friday deals for the Xbox One were epic, and this year they return to being heavily discounted.
With 9 days to go until the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday (29 November 2019), Prima Interactive has revealed its Black Friday deals for Xbox One.
The deals remain roughly the same as last year’s Black Friday prices, suggesting that these are the absolute minimum at which retailers can sell the consoles.
Xbox fans won’t have to wait until 29 November but will be able to purchase the following deals from 25 November to 2 December 2019 from all leading gaming retailers:
Xbox Box S (1TB) Console for R 3 599.00
Xbox Box One S + Wireless Controller for R 4 699.00
Xbox One X for R 6 999.00
Nokia 7.2 gets triple camera system
The latest handset from Nokia packs a 48MP triple camera system with Zeiss optics, as well as a PureDisplay screen.
HMD Global, maker of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 7.2, the first Nokia smartphone to combine a triple camera and PureDisplay. It features a 48MP triple camera with Quad Pixel technology and Zeiss Optics. It also introduces a range of Zeiss bokeh styles, exclusive to Nokia smartphones, that recreate the way legendary Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact and signature blur.
Alongside more AI-powered features such as night mode, users can get more creative with their photography. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, Nokia 7.2 combines PureDisplay technology and always-on HDR.
Shaun Durandt, GM of HMD Global Southern Africa, says: “With the Nokia 7.2 we aim to push the limits on what consumers can get from one of our popular Nokia 7 series smartphones. The Nokia 7.2 offers consumers advanced tools to express their creativity. Everything from the Zeiss Optics, exclusive Zeiss bokeh modes and powerful AI imaging, to its breath-taking PureDisplay technology, makes the Nokia 7.2 a device that truly stands out. In combination with the beautifully patterned satin glass back, Nokia 7.2 packs design innovation and stunning imaging performance, with a two-day battery life, into a smartphone for aspiring creators across the world at a truly incredible price.”
Nokia 7.2 is the first in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to feature a triple camera set up with Zeiss Optics. This is a combination of a highly sensitive 48MP sensor with a Quad Pixel technology main camera with ZEISS Optics, an ultrawide camera and a depth camera. The Quad Pixel technology combines four pixels into one for enhanced images in most conditions.
The new bokeh styles include a portrait mode, which uses powerful image processing to recreate the way Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact. These blur effects are called Zeiss Modern, Zeiss Swirl and Zeiss Smooth modes. Add beautification to improve skin tones for instantly shareable portraits. AI-powered night mode allows users to capture the moment in low light, combining image fusion and explosion stacking to deliver good low light performance.
It comes with an ultrawide camera, which has a 118-degree field of view that means users can fit a lot more in one shot. The selfie camera also features Zeiss optics with a 20MP.
With a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor, Nokia 7.2 upscales video content to HDR quality in real-time, with up to a billion shades of colour, higher contrast and expanded dynamic range. This means users can enjoy more contrast and deeper colours when watching TV shows, compared to other displays.
Crafted from polymer composite that is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminium, the device is light, yet super strong and rigid.
Nokia 7.2’s light-diffusing satin glass back honours the Finnish glass making heritage and results in a premium finish. Using a multilayer coating system with vacuum metallisation, the result delivers bright colours, a smooth finish and offers durability.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, the device offers balanced performance, making sure the phone is ready when users need it the most. The Nokia 7.2 also comes with the signature two-day battery life promise.
As part of the Android One partnership, Nokia 7.2 is Android Q ready and will receive guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, so it is claimed to get better performance over time.
Pricing and availability
The Nokia 7.2 comes in Charcoal and is available at Vodacom stores on 20 November from R6,299.