Friday, November 21, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Digital Photography Review has published a full review of Panasonic's premium compact zoom camera.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"The LX100's image quality is amongst the best we've ever seen from a compact. The lens performs well across most focal lengths and apertures, and the sensor performance means the camera is able to lives up to the expectations its spec sheet sets. Taken together, this means the LX100 will continue to offer excellent image quality in a broad range of shooting conditions."

"In Raw the LX100 will comfortably match its high-end rivals (the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III and Canon PowerShot G7 X), gleefully trump what should be its closest competitor (the G1 X II) and delight in rendering the rest of the enthusiast compact crowd irrelevant. That's not enough to gain it honorary membership of the prime-lens, APS-C club but it narrows the gap like never before."

"It's not a small camera, but it's not that much bigger than the likes of the Canon PowerShot G12. And, importantly, it offers significantly better image quality than pretty much any zoom compact ever made. It's not a camera entirely without flaws but most of them are so minor that it's unlikely they'll ever be more than slight irritations about a camera you'll love."

"Other than size, it's the camera's zoom range that stops it being the ideal camera for a majority of dedicated photographers. I did find the 24-75mm equivalent range a touch restrictive, but it's the only major concern I had: my overall experience has been much more about what the camera can do than what it can't. The LX100 is a pleasure to use and offers superb image quality. I'd consider it one of the best photographers' cameras on the market and probably the best zoom compact ever made."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to fold the world's best paper airplane

Kottke reports: [edited]

In 2012, Joe Ayoob broke the world record for the longest distance paper airplane flight with a plane designed by John Collins. In this video, Collins demonstrates how to fold that plane, the Suzanne.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Zotac ZBOX Pico PI320

Zotac reports: [edited]

Bring the power of a PC in your pocket with the tiny (115.5 x 66 x 19.2mm) ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico series mini-PC. Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor, the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico series mini-PC delivers a responsive computing experience with smooth HD video playback.

The pocketable ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico series mini-PC packs external expansion with USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output and micro SDXC slot for easy add-ons and upgrades. Connect to high-speed 802.11n wireless or Ethernet home networks with the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico series mini-PC for maximum performance with or without wires.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

35 Useful Google Search Tips

Digital Trends has published a useful list of ways to use Google's search engine, for instance:

To check the weather for a specific area: Enter “weather” followed by a zipcode or city

To look up film showings: Enter “movies” followed by your zipcode or city

Monday, November 10, 2014


Cult of Mac reports: [edited]

The best smartphone camera in the world doesn’t mean jack if your 16GB iPhone can’t hold another 30 second video, so the guys at Leef have come up with a brilliant solution to ensure you never run out of room for all your video. It’s called the iBridge, and while it might look an ordinary USB-stick, it has the extraordinary ability to add storage to both your iPhone and Mac.

The iBridge comes with a Lightning connector on one side that you can plug into your iPhone, and a USB on the other so it can double as a regular USB drive. Unlike other iPhone storage expansion options, like Mophie’s Space case, iBridge works both with and without a case, thanks to its J-shape that wraps around the back of your iPhone or iPad to beef up your storage.

iBridge will require users to download its app to add files to the storage drive, but now that iOS 8 lets apps into the share sheet, tossing pictures, music, videos, and other files onto this thing should be a breezy. Leef tells us all the details will be revealed later this month, with the first units hitting stores before Christmas.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Microsoft offer Office free on iOS & Android

The Verge reports: [edited]

Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. You no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud.

The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web.

You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Fantastic Fonts And Where To Find Them

Plato Web Design has produced a useful infographic indicating alternative free typefaces to the ones available as standard in Microsoft Word. There is also a link to a zipped file containing the featured typefaces.

For a 'print-friendly' version, click here

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Internet Arcade

The Internet Archive reports: [edited]

The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package. Containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, the Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade.

The game collection ranges from early "bronze-age" videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behaviour or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.

Many games have a "boot-up" sequence when first turned on, where the systems run through a check and analysis, making sure all systems are go. In some cases, odd controllers make proper playing of the systems on a keyboard or joypad a pale imitation of the original experience.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Microsoft Band

Apple Insider reports: [edited]

Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Band, a fitness-focused wrist-worn device that connects to Microsoft Phones, Android, iOS and OS X. It will also integrate with Apple's HealthKit service and Health app for iPhone.

The Microsoft Band is very similar to Samsung's Gear Fit, offering a thin watch-like device that wraps around a user's wrist. Up top is a rectangular colour touchscreen that displays content horizontally, which can be somewhat awkward when holding a watch in front of your face with your elbow at a right angle.

A resizable clasp is at the bottom of the Microsoft Band, allowing users to find a size that's most comfortable for them. The device is also sold in sizes of small, medium and large.

Inside the band loop is a magnetic charging attachment and a heart rate sensor. Microsoft advertises that the Band will offer two days of runtime on a single charge. The colour display turns on for notifications but is turned off the rest of the time, and requires a button press to be enabled.

The Microsoft Band features integrated GPS for run tracking (the Apple Watch does not feature integrated GPS).

Price: $199

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free Font - Neris

Cargo Collective reports: [edited]

A display sans for one paragraph (or shorter) length text: quotes, openings, titles, etc. You could use it for body copy, but that’s not where the typeface shines.

The font has many, many languages and features. Stuff like small caps punctuation or Bulgarian/Serbian alternates. There is an instructional PDF included.

Neris is the name of my city's river. While it doesn't really translate into anything meaningful, it looks good in both Lithuanian and English while showcasing most of the distinct features: slanted e, semi-serif i, stylized ink traps and curved sharp joints.

Monday, October 27, 2014

NASA sounds available on SoundCloud

NASA reports: [edited]

Here's a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind" every time you get a phone call if you make our sounds your ringtone. Or, you can hear the memorable words "Houston, we've had a problem," every time you make an error on your computer.

Friday, October 24, 2014


New Scientist reports: [edited]

In late 2013, E-Volo flew a driverless version of the Volocopter, and Stephan Wolf, one of the company's founders, is confident that the first piloted model will fly very soon. While it won't be cheap, it is the kind of technology that will eventually democratise flight by the mid-2020s, says B├╝lthoff.

Developed by pilot Mike Jump and his colleague Mark White at the University of Liverpool, the simulator that I flew simplifies flight control down to basic up, down, left, right and speed control moves that anyone can learn in a short time. Or it can fly autonomously between chosen points. In tests, five volunteers who had never flown but who could drive cars, mastered the system in around 5 hours.

The Volocopter has 18 rotors, each 1.8 metres long, that work in counter-rotating pairs around a circular frame. While it looks odd, this arrangement means the torque effects of each pair cancel out and the vehicle just goes up and down, or side to side, by changing the speed of different rotor pairs.The prototype has nine lithium-ion battery packs, each driving two motors, that currently allow it to fly for 20 minutes.

The joystick works in the same way as a quadcopter remote control, Wolf says. "It's easy to fly even if you have never flown. If you let go of the stick, the Volocopter just hovers where you left it," he says.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Material Design Icons

GitHub reports: [edited]

Today, Google Design are open-sourcing 750 glyphs as part of the Material Design system icons pack. The system icons contain icons commonly used across different apps, such as icons used for media playback, communication, content editing, connectivity, and so on. They're equally useful when building for the web, Android or iOS.

What's included in the release?

SVG versions of all icons in both 24px and 48px flavours
SVG and CSS sprites of all icons
1x, 2x icons targeted at the Web (PNG)
1x, 2x, 3x icons targeted at iOS (PNG)
Hi-dpi versions of all icons (hdpi, mdpi, xhdpi, xxhdpi, xxxhdpi) (PNG)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Somerset - Bracknell - London, 19-10-14

Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett
It Started With A Kiss - Hot Chocolate
Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Leila K
The Millionaire - Dr Hook
Brandy (you're a fine girl) - Looking Glass
eez-eh - Kasabian
Show Me the Wonder - Manic Street Preachers
Crash - The Primitives
Wrecking Ball - Nightcore
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tight Fit
Royals - Lorde
January - Pilot
My Lovin' (never gonna get it) - En Vogue
Words of Advice for Young People - William S Burroughs
C'Mon C'Mon - The Von Bondies
Trouble - Shampoo
Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys
What I Am (single) - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Letter from America - The Proclaimers
Father & Daughter - Paul Simon
I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak) - Ibibio Sound Machine
Zambesi - Bert Kaempfert
Crimson and Clover - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - Dollar
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
Here Comes the Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
Hey Ya - Outkast
Celebrity Skin - Hole
Who's Zoomin' Who - Aretha Franklin
Imagination - Belouis Some
Kiss (feat. Tom Jones) - Art of Noise
Get Lucky (Radio Edit) [feat. Pharrell Williams] - Daft Punk
Call Me - Spagna
How It All Went Wrong - Les Incompetents
Do You Believe In Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
Xenon (DDR version) - Dance Dance Revolution
Our House - Madness
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Baby's coming back - Jellyfish
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Silence (DJ Tiesto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix) - Sarah McLachlan
Generator - The Holloways
I Want To Be Free - Toyah
Hit - The Wannadies
Believe (rhythm promo) - Cher
Just Lose It - Eminem
Love Your Money - Daisy Chainsaw

London - Bracknell - Somerset, 17-10-14

Alive - Empire of the Sun
Moonlight shadow (trance remix) - Mike Oldfield
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
Bum Bum - Mabel
I Can't Help You - Cate Le Bon
One Step Beyond - Madness
Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.
Drinking from the Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah) - Calvin Harris
Yellow River - Christie
We Built This City On Rock And Roll - Jefferson Starship
Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis
Luna - Bombay Bicycle Club
Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
Better Get To Livin' - Dolly Parton
Don't Look Back Into The Sun - The Libertines
Venus - Bananarama
Run Runaway - Slade
Facts Of Life - Lazyboy (Lazy B)
Tacky - "Weird Al" Yankovic
Nellie the elephant - Toy Dolls
Pretzelbodylogic - Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL
Sandstorm (Italian DDR Poison remix) - Darude
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Poison - Alice Cooper
Pompeii - Bastille
Last Night - The Strokes
Moonlight Shadow - Nightcore
Brass In Pocket - Pretenders
The King's New Clothes - Danny Kaye
Dirty World - Traveling Wilburys
Finding Out True Love Is Blind - Louis XIV
Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
We're Going To Be Friends - The White Stripes
Perfect - Fairground Attraction
Make Me Smile (Come up and see me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Frankie - Sister Sledge
Lean On Me - Red Box
Nancy Boy - Placebo
Lazy guy - Slobberbone
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Look Of Love (Part One) - ABC
Superman (It's Not Easy) - Five For Fighting
Dont Call Me Baby (club Mix) - Madison Avenue
Bottle Rocket - The Go! Team
She Is Beautiful - Andrew W.K.
Zombie - Jamie T
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Class Historian - BRONCHO
Go Wild In The Country - Bow Wow Wow
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
Can't Stop The Rain - Cascada