for the love of selfies

For the love of selfies
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It could be that residents of Tel Aviv are just happy people or possibly oozing with self-confidence, but now there is actual data proving their commitment to sharing their personal lives via social media. Time Magazine surveyed instances of selfies (self-portraits shot at arm’s length with a mobile phone) originating from the top 100 cities in the world, or those with more than 250,000 residents. The study ranked each city according to the number of selfies shared on Instagram, which also posts the individual’s location. While Tel Aviv took the sixth slot of selfie takers with 139 for each 100,000 residents frequently posting selfies, Jerusalem did not make the cut at all. Makati City and Pasig in the Philippines topped the list at 258 for each 100,000 residents and Manhattan came in second with 202 per 100,000.

Selfies on the Run

Keeping in that Tel Aviv tradition, Maccabi Tel Aviv player Eran Zahavi surprised fans when he was so excited during a game on March 17 against Hapoel Tel Aviv that he snapped a series of selfies while running the length of the pitch. No, he didn’t have a camera on him at that moment, but he grabbed one from a nearby photographer.

Mobile Phones with Double Lenses

Israeli startup Corephotonics is working hard to close the gap in quality between shots taken with a mobile phone and those of a standard camera. According to Gal Shabtay, who cofounded the company and is its director of development, the zoom function on mobile phones is the biggest drawback that results in fuzzy selfies. A good zoom requires a thick lens, which mobile phone manufacturers are reluctant to install. Corephotonics is working on a patented technology that will consist of a mobile phone camera with two lenses. One will have a distant and narrow field of vision while the other will be broad and close up. Taking information from both lenses to create one photo should provide real zoom functionality in a cellular camera.