Samsung Electronics lost $12 billion in stock market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Analysts say sales momentum for the high-end version of the S4, which became its fastest selling smartphone since its launch in late April, has slowed.
The share slide of more than 6 percent comes after it recently introduced two stripped-down versions of the S4, fanning worries that profit margins for its mobile business will suffer. It also follows a report that arch-rival Apple will begin a trade-in program for iPhones.
"Samsung has yet to prove its 'creative' innovation, that is, launching a product or a market segment that has not existed before in addition to prowess in manufacturing technology," Fitch said, from Ratings agency Fitch Ratings.
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The developers of CyanogenMod announced the merging of HDR functionality into the CM 10.1 camera app yesterday, High Dynamic Range AKA HDR mode is a process that takes multiple images of a shot and then merges them together to produce a single photo. The technique is useful when a scene contains both bright and dark areas, though it can also be used effectively to add some "pop" to an image.
When someone snaps a photo with the function, a total of three pictures (one at minimal, neutral and maximum exposures) are taken and combined into a single HDR image with the help of an algorithm.
Differences in shutter speed, sensors and optics means quality will vary across smartphones, but the CyanogenMod team says that mid- to high-end devices outfitted with decent imaging hardware - especially those with zero shutter lag - should perform admirably. The CyanogenMod team also recommends using a stand or tripod to thwart movement and vibration from fouling up photos.
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