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An external lens will not completely fix the function of your webcam, but it has advantages

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Recently, some of the most popular webcams have been difficult to buy at major online retailers as people bought them to help stay in contact while social distancing or working from home during the pandemic. For example, as of this writing, Logitech’s popular C920 HD Pro webcam is sold out on Logitech’s US online store, and its listed price on Amazon US is currently well above Logitech’s own $79.99 asking price. Other models are available, but the situation means you might not get the exact webcam you want.

That means people have had to get creative by using standalone cameras or even old iOS or Android devices as replacement webcams. But today, I’ve been trying out a different approach: using an aftermarket lens from Moment to improve my laptop’s existing webcam, rather than replacing it entirely. The lens mount was originally designed for smartphones (where most of Moment’s focus has typically been), but Moment tells me it started targeting laptops in response to customer demand.

The Moment Webcam Set, which I’ve been testing, is a $77.98 bundle (currently discounted to $61.98) that includes an O-Series mount and an 18mm wide-angle lens. Alternatively, if you’ve already got a Moment lens, you can buy a mount separately for $29.99. (There are versions for both its O-Series and newer M-Series lenses.) It also works with phones and tablets. Importantly, all of these kits are currently listed as available on Moment’s online store; there are no stock shortages here.

Installation is simple. The mount has a screw with a rubber cap on it, which you turn to hold it steady against the back of your laptop screen, and you can shift the front part of the mechanism up and down so that the lens hole lines up with your webcam. (I found it helped to have my camera app open while I was doing this so I could get the alignment right.) Moment says the lens mount supports laptops as thick as 10.75mm, and there’s a thicker rubber screw cap included for slimmer laptop lids. Then, you can attach the lens itself into place on the mount.

The effect of the wide-angle 18mm lens was obvious, as you can see from the photos below; it gave my webcam a much wider field of view. Whereas previously, my Surface Laptop’s webcam typically only included my face and the tops of my shoulders, with the lens installed, its field of view stretched down to my chest and included much more of my surroundings (but also, regrettably, the mount itself). It’s even a much wider field of view than the Logitech C920 HD Pro I included as a comparison. Naturally, this effect will vary depending on which lens you use, which laptop you’re mounting it to, and whether you opt for the O-Series or the M-Series mount (the latter of which is designed for larger lenses).

There are some limitations to this approach. The biggest, obviously, is that it relies on your computer having an existing webcam to work. So if you’re working on a laptop like the webcam-less Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 or a desktop computer with an external monitor, then an external lens won’t be much help.

Even if it does, it won’t do much to fundamentally change the quality of your webcam. Putting a lens over it doesn’t change the fact that my first-generation Surface Laptop is still taking photos using a 720p webcam. Compared to a decent standalone 1080p webcam like the C920, the difference is stark. And yes, I tried to see if I could mount Moment’s lens to the front of the C920, but Logitech’s webcam was, unfortunately, too thick.

It’s also a little bulky. Once installed, the arms on the Moment mount covered part of the top middle of my screen, and it goes without saying that you won’t be able to close your laptop with the lens mount installed. Oh, and on my machine, the mount also seemed to break Windows Hello’s face unlock. The limitations mean that you’d probably want to detach the lens whenever you’re not using it, but thankfully, that’s a fairly easy process.

That doesn’t mean the lens mount is without its uses. Being able to change your webcam’s focal length could be really helpful. The 18mm lens that comes in the bundle, for example, makes the field of view much wider, perfect for getting your whole family in frame for a Zoom call. Better still, if you’ve already got one of Moment’s lenses lying around, getting a mount for your laptop is a fairly cheap investment and something you can use across multiple devices.

I don’t think Moment’s webcam kit is for everyone. The cost of the bundle is comparable to a decent standalone webcam (if you can find one in stock). And if you choose right, an external webcam should give you a good boost in image quality. But if you’re someone who’s already invested in Moment’s lenses, then its webcam mount is a neat way to get more out of your existing hardware.

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Amazon sells wireless waterproof headphones for only 28 euros, and in four colors

It goes without saying that there are more and more wireless headphones for sale, especially the so-called True Wireless,

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It goes without saying that there are more and more wireless headphones for sale, especially the so-called True Wireless, that is, without cables of any kind. As there are so many, it is sometimes difficult to choose, especially if you are looking for ones that are above all cheap.

However, there are certain models that have a good price and are completely trustworthy, such as the Umi. by Amazon W5s that, as its name suggests, are endorsed by Amazon and cost only 28 euros at the moment.

They are available in four different colors and have another promotion, for which you can take four units paying only three , in case you want to share a purchase with family or friends.

In addition, the wireless standard used is Bluetooth 5.0, which not only improves the connection speed and latency, but also makes the link much more stable, and all this with less energy consumption.

They come with their included charging case, where you can recharge them multiple times without having to go through a plug. Adding the different battery cycles can reach about 30 hours of battery life .

They are IPX7 certified water resistant, so you can exercise with them without fear, even if it’s raining heavily.

One of the few drawbacks is that when it does not come close to € 29, shipping is only free if you include two units in your order or if you have Amazon Prime, in which case the store will assume all shipping costs to the address that indicate.

The best option to save costs is to sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial month , since without having a commitment to stay you can cancel at the time you want and without penalty for the first 30 days.

In this article, ComputerHoy receives a commission from its affiliated partners for each purchase you make through the product links that we have included, something that in no case represents an additional cost for you. However, our recommendations are always independent and objective. You can check our affiliate policy here .

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Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro Reportedly Banned by Indian Government, Company Claims All Privacy Data Comply With Indian Law

The Indian government reportedly banned the browser offered on Xiaomi’s smartphones furthering extending it’s a rage against the Chinese companies operating in the country.

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The Indian government reportedly banned the browser offered on Xiaomi’s smartphones furthering extending it’s a rage against the Chinese companies operating in the country. According to the report from TOI, the government took action against Xiaomi’s browser called – Mi Browser Pro – Video Download, Free Fast & Secure. Some of the analysts claim that the browser holds the potential of impacting device’s performance. It is important to note that the company is presently looking to have a detailed conversation with the government to clarify the same. 2020 Xiaomi Ecosystem Product Launch: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, Mi Smart Band 5 & Mi True Wireless Earbuds Launched Globally

The company also claimed that this particular move from the Indian government will not see any impact on the performance of the devices. And, the users are free to download and use any other browser will are willing to do so. The Indian government has ordered to ban another Chinese app called – QQ International in India. According to the official sources, the action against the Xiaomi browser may impact the functioning of the smartphones while using the internet. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has retailed more than 10 crore smartphones in India. And, presently it is the leading mobile brand in the country.

The company highlighted that it follows the local data protection regulations and other guidelines specified by the Indian government. However, the brand will talk to the ministry officials to sort out the issue. The company spokesperson said, “Xiaomi continues to comply and adhere to all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law. We are working towards understanding the development and will take appropriate measures as required. As part of the process, we will work with key stakeholders for an opportunity to make our submissions.”

The Indian government took this step as a wider measure initiated against the Chinese apps functioning in India. The steps were taken after growing tensions between India and China over the border disputes. As a reminder, the government had banned 59 Chinese apps in June including some popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, Shareit, Mi Community, WeChat and CamScanner. Last month, the government also blocked 47 other apps that included Baidu Search, Weibo and more.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Aug 05, 2020 03:16 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Musk hints that there will be a smaller Cybertruck for Europe

Two things cannot be denied. The first is that everything around the Tesla Cybertruck is of great interest to many people across the planet.

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Two things cannot be denied. The first is that everything around the Tesla Cybertruck is of great interest to many people across the planet. Whether with adoration or dread, this vehicle is expected to change the road landscape and there is great curiosity to definitely see it on the market. The other issue is that Elon Musk’s Twitter account is an inexhaustible source of news .

There were many details that drew attention when the Cybertruck was discovered. But beyond its angles or the interior, the large size was something especially commented. As pointed out in Autobild , the measurements are 5,881 mm in length, 2,027 mm in width and 1,905 mm in height . Perhaps a size they are more used to in the United States, where trucks are common, but not in Europe.

In any case, yesterday they asked Musk about the possibility of a smaller version for Europe, and their answer was that it is very likely to be seen in the future .

Highly likely down the road – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2020

In the same conversation, someone also commented on the need to reduce the width of the vehicle to be able to move or work in the city , to which Musk answered True .

As they point out in Electrek , this comment comes months after Musk met with his chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, and scrapped the idea of ​​reducing the size of the van by 3% . These swings are an indication that there is a discussion regarding the size of the vehicle.

Despite the great impact that this van has and the large number of reservations that are taking place in the United States, there are many doubts about its launch . A few weeks ago we told you about the changes that they will be forced to make in their design to adapt to US legislation, but surely in Europe they will find more obstacles to obtaining circulation permits.

In any case, we must not forget that Musk knows the promotion he achieves through his tweets and that he sometimes likes to remove the networks to achieve repercussion. But it’s true that with the Tesla Cybertruck there is still a lot to discuss before it goes into production .

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