HTC Sensation Camera Mod Improves The Imaging Potential Of The Handset Tremendously!

The HTC Sensation was the Taiwanese handset maker’s best Android handset for quite a few months in 2011. When the Sensation was announced, it had everything to be termed as high-end, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8MP camera which was also capable of recording 1080p videos and a 4.3-inch S-LCD with qHD (650×960) resolution.

Sadly, with time the HTC Sensation has not really aged well, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S II which is still one of the best Android smartphones to buy out there. For a high-end phone, the camera on the Sensation was a pretty big disappointment. HTC solved this problem by releasing a slightly updated version of the Sensation, the Sensation XE, which comes with a slightly bigger battery, a much-improved camera and a slightly faster processor.

Anyways, thanks to a mod from a XDA member, NODO-GT, original Sensation owners can now enjoy a much improved image quality and video recording from their handset. The HQ Camera for ICS mod will do away with jpeg compression in images, thus letting Sensation owners save images with 0 compression and very less visible noise. Other than this, the mod also allows users to record 1080p videos at 20Mbps, which brings a noticeable improvement in the video recording quality. The developer is also working on adding a 40Mbps bitrate mod for the 1080p and 720p video recording modes. Sensation owners should head over to this thread for more information about the mod.

As a Galaxy Nexus owner, I really hope the developer ports the mod to the GN as well. The 5MP camera on the Nexus can take some decent pictures in daylight conditions, but is nothing short of a disaster in low-light conditions. The video recording – [email protected] – for a high-end handset is nothing short of a disappointment as well. The Galaxy Nexus easily has the power to record videos with higher bitrate, so it is only a matter of time before some developer unlocks that potential.

Via – Phandroid


Mount & Blade Mod Under Investigation for Showing Controversial Violence

I am a huge fan of Mount & Blade. By huge, I mean I have spent over a hundred hours of playing it in the few days of owning the game. By that I mean I have missed out on quite a few social callings just to seize a large town in a siege that lasted an hour or so of real life time. The game is most excellent. I have not even started on the plentiful mods that this game has mostly due to the developers making sure that the game has free modding access.


So when I hear a news story that starts with A CULT game has been hacked…to show a historical event whose wounds have still not healed and that a police investigation is underway, you cannot imagine my indignation. Gangs of Glasgow is a faithless recreation (dare I use that phrase?) of 1980s Glasgow. The city is rife with football riots within the Old Firm and hoarse cries from beer-drenched throats. The purpose of the mod is entirely comedic as it says in its summarizing paragraph:-

Gangs of Glasgow is a continuing series of mods for Mount and Blade, which transplant the game to the modern-day city of Glasgow, Scotland, where medieval massed melee combat is still widely practised. The mods are mostly comedic in nature, but deal with serious real-life social issues such as knife-crime, drug abuse, and sectarianism, usually in a ridiculous and/or offensive way. These mods are recommended for Adults Only due to some of the content and language used.

It is definitely meant to be taken with a pinch of comedic salt, but the Hampden park riot of 1980 is still fresh in the minds of some folks in Glasgow. It seems both Celtics and Rangers have condemned the mod.

Quite sad.