More than $170,000 was raised at the 2014 Mentor Awards Gala to benefit the treatment and education programs for at-risk youth served by Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services.Held Oct. 23 at a private club in downtown Los Angeles, the evening honored three of Optimistâ€™s major supporters â€“ survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy John and Karen Odom of Redondo Beach and labor attorney and philanthropist Alfred J. Landegger, Esq. of Tarzana. A special Helping Hand Award was given to the Burbank/Magnolia Park Optimist Club. Co-hosted by CNNâ€™s Michaela Pereira and KTLAâ€™s Chris Schauble, over 275 guests feted the Odomâ€™s and Landegger at the dinner and auction. The dinner chair was Carolyn Rodriguez of City National Bank, last yearâ€™s Mentor Award Recipient.The proceeds include $19,000 which was raised through a live auction at the gala and earmarked to support the installation of artificial turf on the agencyâ€™s main campus as well as foster parent recruitment.LA County Supervisor Don Knabe presented the Odomâ€™s with the Mentor Award and Gary Gitlin, Esq. presented the Humanitarian Award to Landegger.Founded in 1906, Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services is one of the regionâ€™s largest education and treatment centers for juvenile offenders and other at-risk children. It operates residential care facilities for 97 boys on its Highland Park campus, four group homes, a state certified non-public high school, a Charter School for probation and foster youth, multifaceted mental health programs for community youth and families, and a foster care and adoption agency. 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Gatherings Boston Marathon Tragedy Survivor Honored by Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 2:42 pm More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, meanwhile, has earned an automatic 12-month extension to his contract after an appearance-based clause was activated. Koren signed for the Tigers on a free in 2010 following his release from West Brom and became a key performer in the middle of the park, winning the club’s player of the year award in 2012 and scoring 29 goals in 151 appearances across four seasons. Faye was another free-transfer signing, arriving following his release from West Ham in 2012. The imposing defender made 31 league appearances as Hull earned promotion to the top flight in his first season, but made just three league outings last term. Slovenian midfielder Koren, 33, and Senegalese centre-half Faye, 36, were instrumental in helping the club secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League a year ago but found their opportunities limited last term as Hull finished 16th in the league and reached the FA Cup final. The twin departure was announced as the Tigers announced their retained list for the 2014/15 season, which also confirmed talks remain ongoing with striker Matty Fryatt, goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and full-back Joe Dudgeon over new contracts. Hull have confirmed club captain Robert Koren and veteran defender Abdoulaye Faye will not be offered new deals when their contracts expire this summer. Press Association
Facebook Twitter Google+ Thirty-five minutes before Syracuse’s game against North Carolina on Feb. 5, SU guard Brianna Butler jogged onto the court for an individual pregame shooting session. Wearing a blue warm-up shirt and her white game shorts, Butler took the court before any of her teammates or opponents. It wasn’t just because Syracuse held a 0-7 record against Top 25 opponents and needed a resume booster. For Butler, it was more so being frustrated about how many shots she was missing.At that point in the season, Butler had shot an identical 29 percent from inside the arc and beyond it. “I needed to make some type of change,” Butler said. Although she shot 2-of-21 from the field and 0-of-14 from 3 that night against the Tar Heels, Syracuse’s second-leading scorer has enjoyed a resurgence since, shooting 39 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3 for the No. 23 Orange (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast), which is one more game away from the postseason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s been really frustrating when you’re shooting as many and not making as many as you did last year,” Butler said. “It’s definitely been hard to deal with all those misses. The UNC game was definitely hard for me.“Now getting back on the right track and getting back to how I used to play, it’s definitely reassuring.”Though she’s not sure when, Butler started her altered pregame routine sometime around the team’s road trip to Louisville and Florida State from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. The warm-up isn’t about getting a certain amount of shots or a certain amount of makes, but about “getting in the mindset of the game.”At the beginning of the season, Butler was swarmed by defenders who last year primarily focused on Brittney Sykes. But with Sykes having played only three games this season because of a torn ACL, defenses have keyed on Butler. Most of her 3-point attempts have been either contested or step-back looks.But despite individual-game stat lines of 2-of-12, 2-of-14 and 2-of-13, SU head coach Quentin Hillman has echoed his catchphrase that Butler has a “neon green light” to shoot whenever she wants. And regardless of if she shoots poorly or efficiently, Hillsman always says she should shoot more. “She continues to work on her shot and she really continues to try to make us a better team by making shots for us,” Hillsman said after Butler scored 20 first-half points against Boston College on Thursday. “That’s why I’m so adamant in defending her and adamant that she keeps shooting.”Against Virginia Tech on Feb. 15, Butler knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the Orange to within two points with 3:23 to go in regulation. She then made a 3 with 1:39 to go to give the Orange a 53-51 lead, and Syracuse beat the Hokies, 59-51, with a 16-1 run to close the game.In SU’s next game, against Boston College on Feb. 19, Butler came out and hit her first six 3-point attempts, the fifth of which broke the school’s record for all-time 3-pointers made.“She’s used to this,” SU point guard Alexis Peterson said after the game. “She’s played this role since she’s gotten here … I know it’s big for her and big for our team when we have Bri clicking on all cylinders. You want to get her the ball. You want her to keep shooting. And she did.”Multiple times this season, Butler has talked about not being afraid to shoot even if she continues to miss. She needs to keep a shooter’s mentality, she says. And finally, her fortune has turned around and her shots are beginning to fall just as the ACC tournament approaches. “Once you start hitting shots it’s pretty easy to get the rest of them,” Butler said. “You feel confident. You get that muscle memory back and you’re able to just knock them down.” Comments Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:12 am Contact Josh: [email protected]
Athletes Women 6: Winnie Nanyondo (800m), Halima Nakaayi (800m) Stella Chesang (5,000m), Peruth Chemutai (3000mSC), Juliet Chekwel (10000m & 5000m) and Adero Nyakesi (marathon)Men: Stephen Kiprotich, Solomon Munyo Mutai, Kiprop Jackson (marathon), Joshua Cheptgei (10000m and 5000m), Timothy Toroitich (10,000m), Phillip Kipyeko ( 5,000m), Ronald Musagala (1,500m), Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat (3,000m SC), Jacob Kiplimo (5,000m), Moses Kurong (10000m).Other sports:Swimmers: Jamila Lunkuse, Joshua EkirikubinzaBoxing: Flyweight Ronald Serugo, Light heavyweight Kennedy KatendeFLASHBACKVideos after the last games: ****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Kiprotich celebrates his gold in 2012Uganda’s Olympic team has finally been confirmed. It will comprise six women and 15 men.The athletics event will provide the bulk of the team, 17, which is the biggest track and field team since the previous record 13 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Unlike four years ago when Stephen Kiprotich traveled to London as a mere participant, he this time heads to Rio as Uganda’s main medal hope.Defending Olympics marathon champion Kiprotich leads a strong team of runners in the 42k.1m event, the 800m, 1500m, the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and 10000m.The track and field team was confirmed after a Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) technical meeting at the weekend, and according to the sport’s president Domenic Otuchet, focus now is on turning the talent they have seen into medals.“I believe our athletes are maturing and we are no longer going to Olympics just to participate. I see three or four medals from this team, “ Otuchet said.“Other than Kiprotich and Nyakesi who are in Iten Kenya, the rest of the team is now in high-altitude training in Bukwo. The first 14 athletes leave on August 7 and the marathoners on August 14, all a few days to their events,” he added.Halima Nakaayi (800m) was the last athlete to qualify at last week’s national championships.At the last games, Uganda returned with one medal, a historic gold for Kiprotich on the last day of the London Olympics. That was only the second gold Uganda has bagged at the Olympics and first since John Akii Bua’s 400m hurdles gold in the Munich games in 1972.Only seven Ugandans have won medals at this level, boxers Leo Rwabogo (1968 and 1972), Eridad Mukwanga 1968 and John Mugabi 1980. Athletes Akii Bua 1972, Davis Kamoga 400m 1996 and Kiprotich 2012.
WELCOME BACK!! Jockey Victor Espinoza acknowledges the crowd after Thursday’s second race at Santa Anita, his first mount since winning last Saturday’s Dubai World Cup aboard 2014 Santa Anita Derby winner, California Chrome. With his win on Saturday, California Chrome is now racing’s all-time leading money winner, with career earnings of more than $12 million. “Chrome” is scheduled to make the final start of his legendary career in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.
The European Union has invested €35m in a major cross-border project to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.The Shared Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) project was officially launched in Derry on Tuesday. It will see enhanced wastewater treatment being built for Lough Foyle, between Derry and Donegal, and for Carlingford Lough, between Down and Louth.The €35M fund will come from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It provides for the construction of new wastewater treatment works as well as upgrades to sewerage networks on both sides of the border to address wastewater pollution in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.The four-year project – which is being led by Northern Ireland Water working in partnership with Irish Water, the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Loughs Agency and East Border Region – will culminate in the development of a unique environmental legacy model that can be used to achieve further improvements in water quality in these shared waters.The work being carried out under the SWELL project will involve a total of eight wastewater infrastructure upgrades, as well as catchment studies and ecosystem modelling, within the Carlingford Lough drainage basin (within Newry, Mourne & Down and Louth council areas) and the Lough Foyle drainage basin (comprising Derry City & Strabane and Donegal council areas).The improvements to the wastewater assets will help contribute to raising the current EU Water Framework Directive status of ‘moderate’ to ‘good’. Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.Pictured below, L-R, are Pamela Arthurs, East Border Region, Michael O’Leary, Irish Water, Sharon McMahon, Loughs Agency, Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Gina McIntyre, SEUPB, Denis McMahon Permanent Secretary, DAERA, Paul Harper, NI Water and Matt Service, AFBI. Picture: Michael Cooper €35M investment for major cross-border water project was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:water
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A misguided health teacher tangled with the wrong farm broadcaster when showing the film “Food, Inc.” to a sixth grade health class that included the daughter of Ty Higgins. Ty politely, but very firmly, informed the teacher and school administration exactly what he thought and he found a fairly receptive new audience.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we speak, we are chopping corn silage. We are about done with the first silo and we’ll get five or six loads this morning. We are seeing pretty good yields tonnage wise. This is our second planted corn this spring, April 25. It was a pretty good stand with good ears on it. We are getting 23 or 24 tons to the acre, which compared to last year is pretty good. This is 110-day corn we are chopping. I think it will be pretty good quality stuff.We are a good three weeks later chopping this year than last. We have another 10 days or two weeks until we can chop the next corn. If it gets warm like they are talking about it might be a little sooner.This might be the first year that I can remember where we don’t cut beans in September. They have quite a ways to go. The first beans I planted were May 10 and they are 2.7s and they are not even half turned. It has been so cool. It has been like October weather the last two weeks.It was 40 degrees the other morning. We need some heat. These beans have a long way to go. I think if we get some rain here this week it will still help some of these later beans. The corn is pretty well done. We got a little rain last week, but it wasn’t even tacky out in the fields.I have a group of calves I turned out on pasture 10 days ago and they still have plenty of green grass. This is one of this first years I can remember where we didn’t have to feed any hay. We’ve had pretty good luck. We mowed everything once and it came back pretty nicely.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers are back in Ohio today, and will end up with decent coverage. We are looking at picking up .25″-.75″ of rain across 75% of Ohio. Rain lingers through Saturday as well. During the day its not that big of deal..only a few hundredths to .25″ through evening with coverage at 60%. However, overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday we have a significant wave of moisture coming. Rains and thunderstorms bring .25″-1.5″ rain potential to 80% of Ohio. The heaviest rains will be from I-70 southward, but we still get decent rain chances north of there.There will be some clearing finally moving into the state Sunday afternoon and Monday looks to turn out mostly sunny! Our next big batch of moisture starts to push in on Tuesday, and we are wet through the middle 3 days of the week next week. Tuesday will feature increasing clouds through the morning hours, and then scattered showers develop mainly in areas from US 20 northward by sunset. Totals will be minor, a few hundredths to at most two or three tenths. Wednesday is just a damp feeling day without a lot of new precipitation. We won’t deny there is a chance for scattered showers, but amounts will be a few hundredths to a quarter inch total, and coverage will be 40% or less. The big rain day next week comes Thursday (or actually overnight Wednesday night through Thursday midday) with rain and thunderstorms producing .25”-1” of rain and 100% coverage. This will bring combined rains to .5”-2” for the event, which is unchanged from our previous forecast. With only a day an a half to at most 2 full dry days ahead of that moisture…we truly see no net drying through the end of next week. We should see partly sunny skies emerge next Friday. A new wrinkle in the forecast this morning is a cluster of thunderstorms that is trying to surge northeast next Saturday. Clouds increase Saturday morning and midday. Then rain and thunderstorms arrive at Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning. That rain moves in from the west and southwest, spreading across the state. There is a chance of some strong to severe weather embedded in this system. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″ over 80% of the state. This is a new inclusion in the forecast, so we will be looking for data to back up this solution over the weekend and solidify the rain chances. Feel free to hope we are wrong! The map at right shows cumulative 10 day rainfall potential. Better news is emerging as we finish the 10 day window and move into the extended period. We see sunshine returning for the afternoon of Sunday the 12th, and then our system for early in the 11-16 day widow has diminished greatly. The way we see things now, there is potential for the week after next two be dry with a mix of clouds and sun from Monday the 13th through Thursday the 16th. That would mean 5 days back to back of dry weather, for our first period of net drying in a long time. There is still plenty that can go wrong here, namely that early week system re-strengthening…but tentatively we are going to try and put a little bit of good news out there. Rain is back for the end of the extended period, with .25”-1” totals likely for the combine period of Friday the 17th through Saturday the 18th.
Lumia 1020 outside, sunny, no zoom dan rowinski Then there’s Windows Phone 8. Some people like it, some people hate it. Nokia is trying its best to emulate the approach Samsung takes to Android and build its own features into Microsoft’s mobile operating system. With the Lumia 1020, Nokia released a software developer kit (SDK) of its camera capabilities so that apps could take advantage of the superior photography features in the smartphone.As yet, only a handful of partner apps are using the SDK, like Path and Hippstamatic. What it comes down to is that Nokia needs to be on the forefront of developer adoption for Windows Phone apps or the platform will forever lag behind the behemoths Android and iOS. The camera SDK is a good start, but it won’t solve the problem of developers declining—or, in the case of Instagram, outright refusing—to build apps for Windows Phone.The Value? Depends On Your PrioritiesNokia’s distribution strategy is a little perplexing with the Lumia 1020. It’s releasing the phone exclusively to AT&T at $299 for a two-year contract. Elop can keep insisting that AT&T has been a “great partner” to Nokia, but U.S. sales don’t really bear that out. For what it is, the Lumia 1020 is both a little pricey and locked to one carrier. It’s not a great combination.Whether or not you feel like embracing the Lumia 1020 may depend on how much you value the camera. Is it enough to trap yourself into using Windows Phone 8 on AT&T for the next two years? The camera is good and will stand the test of time over that period, but if smartphone photography is only of tangential interest to you, then it’s probably not worth it.The lack of some apps on Windows Phone 8 will also be a hindrance in the short term, at least. Nokia, of course, will keep trying to improve its developer relations while Microsoft continues to work on persuading top developers to port their apps to Windows Phone.The bottom line is that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a superlative camera and a middling smartphone, punctuated by a big question mark hovering over the future of Windows Phone and its app ecosystem. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Lumia 1020 camera is second to none.2013 is the year of the smartphone camera. BlackBerry got the ball rolling in late January with new features in its BlackBerry 10 smartphones that allowed users to edit faces and movement within still pictures. HTC followed up a few weeks later with its “ultrapixel” smartphone, the HTC One (which also boasted motion features and unique sharing features). Samsung, as is its wont, went way overboard in March with the camera in its Galaxy S4, which sported different modes for capturing motion, panorama and other features with a 13-megapixel camera.Nokia takes all of that and steps it up a notch with the Lumia 1020.What Nokia has done was to essentially take the camera from its PureView 808 smartphone (which ran its dying Symbian OS), soup it up and shoehorn it into a Lumia-quality smartphone running Windows Phone 8. For all its faults, Windows Phone 8 is more robust than Symbian and allows Nokia to do more with the camera capabilities in the Lumia 1020.The Lumia 1020 sports two camera modes: Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam.Let’s break down the features.Nokia Pro Cam:The Pro Cam gives you the features of a good dedicated digital camera (i.e., one that isn’t also a smartphone). You can set features such as aperture, exposure time and white balance, and either focus manually or let the app do so automatically.It sports a Xenon flash, optical image stabilization, Carl Zeiss optics (which is really just a fancy brand name at this point) and six-lens optics (Nokia has actually built six lenses into the camera that float with the optical image stabilizer).The PhotoBeamer function allows you to share photos to any screen—theoretically, anything from another smartphone or tablet to laptops, PCs and televisions—from the Lumia. It will scan a code and briefly store your photos on Nokia’s servers so you can share an album with a friend.Cinemagraph is a feature that allows for movie and still photography mixtures similar to the features that Samsung instituted with the camera capabilities in the Galaxy S4.The camera’s “oversampling” feature allows great shots in low light conditions and creates color-rich, high-definition photos. It is very similar to what HTC does with the “ultrapixel” camera in the HTC One. Basically, the oversampling will create a 5 megapixel image that is rich on detail but still able to be printed or shared easily without losing the high definition from camera that produces 38 megapixel or 34 megapixel pictures depending on the setting of the camera. If you really want to learn exactly what is going on with the Lumia 1020 camera and “oversampling,” check out Nokia’s whitepaper on the subject here [PDF]. The same feature also works with the camera’s video mode, allowing for some good HD video recording on the Lumia 1020. Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, 3x zoomThere’s A Phone In Here SomewhereYes, this camera has a smartphone in it. Excepting the camera, its hardware specs are good, but not great. The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch display with a 1280×768 resolution (334 pixels per inch, similar to the iPhone 5 but well behind the HTC One and Galaxy S4). Its battery is 2000 mAh, which also lags the HTC One and S4. The Lumia 1020 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and comes with 7 GB of free cloud storage through Microsoft SkyDrive.The screen sports all the good features that the Lumia 920 offered, including a highly sensitive touch screen (that supposedly works even if you’re wearing mittens), a display you can read even in direct sunlight and sculpted glass.The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor also lags the quad-core processors of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 and other top smartphones of 2013, at least from a pure hardware perspective.Nokia may have been able to significantly upgrade the camera, but it appears that a lot of the hardware in the device lags that offered by top Android manufacturers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thankfully, Nokia has done away with the wireless charging inside the Lumia 1020 (a wireless charging case is available as an optional accessory). That makes the device thinner and lighter while sporting nearly the same dimensions (4.5-inch screen, 130 mm height and about 71 mm wide). The Lumia 1020 weighs in nearly an ounce lighter, at 158 grams (about 5.5 ounces); it would weigh considerably less if it didn’t also feature a significant bump on its back that is its 41-megapixel PureView camera.(See also: Nokia Is Doing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool)About that bump. The camera on the Lumia 1020 protrudes significantly from back of the device. When laying flat, the bump props up the phone, like a kickstand or an off-center see-saw. The bump does not quite make the phone awkward, but it’s distinctly noticeable. It’s palatable because you know what that bump is: the best camera ever to be put into a flagship smartphone.The Camera Outside (cloudy) Nokia Lumia 1020, low-light conditions, no special settingsInside Nokia Lumia 1020, outside, no zoom Nokia’s Lumia 1020 is a smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.No, wait. It’s a 41-megapixel camera jam-packed with everything you might ever need from the best DSLR point-and-shoot devices.Wait, wait, wait. It’s a smartphone because it can use apps, make phones calls and send text messages. Hold on, it’s a digital camera that you can use with a “loss less” zoom, motion enhanced pictures, the ability to change apertures and exposure times and an array advanced photo techniques.It’s a smartphone. It’s a camera. A smartphone. A camera.Let’s just call it a smameraphone.Nokia Improves The DimensionsWhen Nokia released its flagship Lumia 920 last year, the result was less than compelling. It was big and bulky and didn’t have a defining feature that made you say, “Wow, I must have this phone!”Size and weight were the real dealbreakers for the Lumia 920. One person said to me at one point, “I feel like I could beat somebody up with this thing.” At 185 grams (6.5 ounces), it was heavier than just about every other top-end smartphone on the market, and thick (10.7 millimeters) to boot. The main culprit was the wireless charging feature enclosed in the 920’s (otherwise high quality) polycarbonate unibody shell. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lumia 1020, outside, sunny, 3x zoomLow light: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Lumia 1020 Related Posts Tags:#digital cameras#Nokia#Windows Phone 8 Nokia Smart Cam:The Smart Cam is Nokia’s equivalent to the features that Samsung, BlackBerry and HTC have brought to market earlier this year. It allows for “Best Shot” in-photo editing, combining multiple shots into one picture, “strobe” effect that emphasize movement and the ability to remove movement from still photos or choose a “best face” from a series of photos.Nokia also has some augmented reality capabilities within the camera app through Microsoft’s Bing “Vision” feature and its HERE Maps product. These features are interesting to play with, but not a primary selling point for the device. Is The Camera Really That Good?Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was positively giddy on stage in New York City during the announcement of the Lumia 1020 earlier this month. Like a kid playing with a new toy. It’s always hard to credit hype from a CEO trying to get the most buzz from a product that is about to launch. Will the features really work like they’re supposed to? Like the commercials say they will?In the case of some of the gesture and movement related features that Samsung touts with the Galaxy S4, the answer is no. But the camera on the Lumia 1020 is the real deal.I take a lot of smartphone pictures, usually for events or on vacation or of other smartphones for various articles. Often, the camera is lacking and I have to find that perfect balance of angle and lighting and the ability to hold really, really still to get the right picture. If I’m any real distance from an object or it’s too dark, I’ll usually get something of middling quality (which is actually a great improvement over smartphone cameras from even a year ago).The Lumia 1020’s camera eliminates most of those problems. The digital zoom works much better than most other smartphone’s digital varieties. Low light conditions are impressive and photos are rarely blurry.Updated to clarify the difference between optical and digital zoom in the Lumia 1020. Zoom Samsung Galaxy S4 in low-light conditions, no special settings