Your Next iPhone May Take Photos Like A DSLR Camera

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We’ve seen some rapid advancements in cameras for the smartphone in recent years. But to date, all these advancements have really only turned a smartphone camera into a moderate to high-end point-and-shoot.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom brought us a zoom lens attached to a smartphone. Earlier this year, Panasonic introduced the Lumix CM1. The 20-megapixel camera on that device almost makes the smartphone part an afterthought. And the HTC Desire Eye switched the high end emphasis to the front-facing camera. The resolution on the Desire Eye’s front camera is designed to create a higher quality selfie.

But there’s a new report suggesting Apple may be introducing the best smartphone camera yet. If and when Apple does unveil this camera that borders on DSLR quality, it likely would be with the introduction of the next iPhone.

That could be some time off, of course. The company only recently updated its flagship mobile device by releasing the iPhone 6 and the new iPhone 6 Plus phablet.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball reported in a recent edition of his podcast “The Talk Show” that he’s privy to a rumor suggesting Apple is working on a unique camera to add to the next iPhone it manufactures. On his podcast, Gruber says “a birdie of a birdie” told him that the new iPhone’s camera would use a “two-lens system” that helps the rear-facing camera take pictures with DSLR quality.

That would be similar to technology currently being used on the HTC One M8, according to a MacRumors report. On that smartphone, the second lens is used to gather more image information to send to the first lens. The two-lens system on the HTC One M8 allows someone taking a photo to shift the focus. also believes that if Apple does adopt a two-lens solution to produce DSLR-quality images, it may use technology being produced by a company called Corephotonics. With Corephotonics’ technology, each lens captures an image at different zoom levels. This allows a zoom-like feature without the moving parts needed in traditional digital single-lens reflex cameras.

Here’s an overview of the technology from CNET:

The dual lens system combines two 13 megapixel cameras — one a wide-angle lens, the other a telephoto — that, when combined, produce an image quality three times that of optical zoom.

If is correct in its assumptions, the new DSLR-quality camera would be included on the next iPhone — likely the iPhone 6S. If Apple stays true to its recent release schedule, that phone might be making an appearance at the end of next year.

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A Fugitive and his Family: Escape to the Islamic State

Subscribe to VICE News here: Abu Rumaysah, also known as Siddhartha Dhar, is reported to have traveled to Syria with his family after fleeing the UK while on conditional bail. The Islamist convert was one of nine people arrested on September 25 on suspicion of supporting the banned terrorist organization al Muhajiroun. Two days after his arrest, Rumaysah failed to comply with bail conditions requiring him to hand in his travel documents and instead boarded a coach from London to Paris with his wife and four children, which was reportedly headed for Syria. After weeks of speculation concerning his whereabouts, Rumaysah posted an image to Twitter showing him posing with a baby and an automatic rifle. He claimed that he had made it to the Islamic State. “What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State,” he wrote. VICE News spent time with Abu Rumaysah before he fled to find out more about his activities in imposing Sharia law in the UK and his views on foreign policy. We also interviewed radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who was arrested on the same charge, and spoke with him about Rumaysah’s exit from the UK. Check out “Countries That Pay Ransoms for Islamic State Hostages Might Be in Trouble With the UN” – Check out “Two Brits Latest to Join Kurdish Fighters Battling the Islamic State in Syria” – Watch “London’s Holy Turf War” – Watch “The Islamic State (Full Length) – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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The Search Continues: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Part 2)

Subscribe to VICE News here: On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead. The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire. In this episode, VICE News travels with a volunteer search party in Iguala continuing the search for the missing 43 students, while the parents of the disappeared students petition President Enrique Peña Nieto to give answers, or failing that, his resignation. Watch Part 1 – Check out “Mexico Moves Detained Protesters to Maximum Security Prisons” – Check out “Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Spotlight: JDog Junk Removal Spawns Franchises in Six States

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Junk removal isn’t a very glamorous industry. But when Jerry Flanagan was looking for a new entrepreneurial venture, it seemed like the right fit. It turns out that choosing a career in the junk removal industry was a great decision. It helped Flanagan’s business succeed through the recession. And now, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling has even expanded throughout six states through franchising. Read more about Flanagan’s junk removal business venture in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does:

Sorts, recycles, discards, and transports unwanted junk items.

People can hire the JDog team to remove unwanted items from just about anywhere. The company can remove items ranging from appliances and furniture to building materials and walls. The JDog team can remove unwanted material from residential and commercial locations, garages, storage units, and even demolition sites.

Items that aren’t moved between locations are donated and recycled through organizations like Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity.

Business Niche:

Helping veterans find career opportunities.

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchises are owned exclusively by veterans and their families. Since Flanagan is a veteran himself, he considers it both important and beneficial for his business to support the veteran community. The company also works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to support the rehabilitation of veterans through its Compensated Work Therapy program and donates to veteran charities.

But the decision to offer franchising opportunities to veterans isn’t just a charitable effort. Flanagan says:

“Veterans making the transition from military to civilian life face steep competition and are challenged to re-enter the workplace with a uniquely valuable skill set. JDog Junk Removal & Hauling allows veterans to join a new mission that capitalizes on their strengths in a work environment that matches their strong work ethic.”

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How the Business Got Started:

After careful research and planning.

When Flanagan completed his service in the U.S. Army, he attended college and technical school on the GI Bill. He then held several different management positions at retail companies. But he wanted to create a more stable career for himself. He explains:

“I started JDog Junk Removal & Hauling to change careers from the retail industry to the service industry and avoid the risks I foresaw when the economy began its downturn. My goal was to create something recession proof that would allow me to apply the skills and discipline I acquired in the Army. Through my research, I discovered that the waste industry had both high demand and high margins, which I felt would lead to fast growth.”

Biggest Risk:

Starting a new business without any experience in the industry.

Flanagan says:

“I could have fallen flat on my face, though my market research told me the odds of that happening were low. Happily, that research proved to be correct and now JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is prospering, barreling forward with momentum as other veterans learn about the opportunity to start their own franchise.”

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Biggest Win:

Partnering with Julip Run Capital.

Flanagan says:

“The group of investors and experienced management team believed in my vision so much to invest their money and their hearts to help build this National Military Veteran Brand. Thanks to the group, I can offer thousands of veterans small business ownership and career opportunities.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000:

Spreading the word about the business and expanding opportunities for veterans.

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Song That Describes the Business:

“My Way,” because this really is an opportunity to be the master of your fate.

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3 Essential Things to Do When Building A Free Website

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Want to know the fastest way to get your website online? Use a free website builder tool.

Oh the price is right, of course. Prices start at free. (And for just a little extra you can add on bells and whistles if you want to — although you can have a professional-looking website without add-ons or premium features.)

But one of the biggest benefits you get is speed. Your time is valuable. A good website builder app gets your website up and running with a minimum of time investment. You can go from no website to a professional website in a single afternoon — sometimes less.

You don’t need to be a Web designer or programmer, either. Most free website builder tools are based on templates or layouts. You choose a template that looks appealing or perhaps is designed for a business similar to yours. Then you add images such as your company logo and photographs. Or choose from a selection of stock images provided. Then tailor the text to describe your business, offerings, location, contact details and other information. Before you know it, your website is ready for prime time.

To get the most out of using tools like these, it helps to have a plan. Don’t forget these three things:

1. Do an Inventory of Your Needs

Please don’t skip this step. It doesn’t take long, and will save you time in the long run. Not every website is the same, and it really depends on how you plan to use yours in your business.

Do you need a one-page flyer for your business? Or are you looking for a multi-page website with pages to outline your services and products in detail, and collect email leads? What about e-commerce — are you planning to sell anything on your website?

A benefit of using free website builders is that you can start small and add to it over time. As your business grows and your needs get more sophisticated, you can choose from varying levels of upgrade packages for an additional fee. What is included in a free package versus a premium package will vary from provider to provider. Knowing what you require now – and what you might need later on – will help narrow down the list of potential website builders. That way you won’t have to start all over again six months or a year from now.

This chart from Verisign includes a list of basic features to consider, and identifies which are generally included in a free package versus an upgraded package.

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2. Choose Your Domain Name From the Get-Go

Your domain name will be your virtual address online. Some website builders suggest skipping this step, offering to give you an address as a subset of their domain name. Verisign recommends putting your website on your own domain name right from the start. Your own domain name:

  • Brands your business. Being memorable is key. You can pick a domain name that matches your company name, or choose a descriptive name that highlights certain aspects of your business.
  • Gives you a consistent address on the Web for customers to find you. When you use an address provided by your website builder (such as:, your domain name will go away if you switch website builder tools later on. With a domain name you own, you assure continuity.
  • Provides an easy-to-remember address for marketing.
  • Enables you to have a company-branded email through the domain name. Having an email address such as will look more professional than using a general email address such as It looks more permanent. It builds confidence in customers because it says that your business is here to stay.

3. Compare a Few Website Builder Tools

We recommend taking time to compare 2 or 3 different website builders. This will allow you to choose a tool that can give you what you need. It’s also helpful to understand what each offers in their base package, versus the premium packages in case you want to scale your website with them in the future.

Remember not all tools are created equal. Over the years, free website builder tools have gotten easier to use, more feature-rich, and yield more stunning end results. Choosing the right builder for your needs will save you time and frustration down the line. Many of the companies that sell domain names offer free website builders, or you can simply do an Internet search for ‘free site builders’ to find the top tools available now.

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