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The team behind the document scanning app Scanbot has used its smartphone scanning expertise to create Unfade, a new app for the iPhone that lets you scan old photos and restore their color using automated filters.
The app has been designed with ease-of-use in mind and works almost fully automatically. You simply need to hold your smartphone camera over a photo print and it will be scanned. The app then detects faded colors and presents the option to restore them using a filter function. Once images have been digitized and restored they can be sorted into albums. On the Unfade website the team also says that a range of new features are currently in the development pipeline, including editing features, image presentation options and sharing tools.
Unfade requires iOS 9 or later and is compatible with the iPhone 5s and newer models in addition to a number of recent iPad models. The app is currently available at a 40% launch discount but will still set you back $4.99 in the Apple App Store.
Adobe Photoshop CC will soon offer content-aware cropping, the company has announced. The feature, as demonstrated in a video released today, will allow Photoshop users to automatically fill any white space around an adjusted photo with content that matches the original image. The tool can be used to add content (to change the aspect ratio, for example), or to fill in gaps that result from rotating or repositioning the image.
Content-aware cropping has been a frequently requested feature, says Adobe. The company will include the new cropping tool ‘as part of an upcoming major release,’ though it doesn't specify whether it will be the next major update or a later one.
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has announced its latest high-end device, the Axon 7. It comes with an impressive camera specification that includes a 20MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor, fast F1.8 aperture, a sapphire glass lens front element, optical image stabilization and on-sensor phase detection autofocus. A dual-LED flash helps with illumination in dim conditions, and in video mode the camera is capable of recording footage with 4K resolution. The front camera comes with an 8MP sensor.
The other components of the device match the camera's high-end specifications. The Axon's aluminum unibody houses a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution that is covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 4 and the Android OS is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. In terms of memory consumers get to choose between a version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage or a 6GB/128GB premium model. There is also a microSD-slot for expansion. A hearty 3140 mAh battery supports the Quick-charge 3.0 standard. There are also a dedicated audio chip, dual speakers, a fingerprint reader and a USB Type-C connector.
The Axon 7 will be launched in China first in July and make its way to international markets at a later stage. Official pricing will be revealed closer to launch, but is expected to be below $500 which sounds like an interesting offer for such a well-specified device.