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
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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
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Google Nexus 6

Google reports: [edited]

Display: 5.96” 1440 x 2560 display (493 ppi)

Camera: f2.0 lens, 13-megapixel with optical image stabilisation

Battery Life: 24 hr from full charge. 6 hr from 15 minute charge.

Size: 83mm x 159mm x 10mm

Weight: 184 g

Price: $649
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Tesla unveils dual-motor Model S

Extreme Tech reports: [edited]

Telsa has released a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S. On the top-of-the-line P85D, that second motor brings the max speed up to 155 mph and 0-60 mph down to 3.2 seconds. Musk also announced a new 'autopilot' system for all new Tesla cars, which can automatically change lanes when you push the turn signal stalk, automatically reduce your cruise control speed when its forward-facing camera spots a new speed limit sign, and other self-driving functions. Over time, software updates will be rolled out to add more safety/driver assistant features, until eventually your Model S can drive itself.

Some reports suggest that the new Tesla Model S also has stop-and-go adaptive cruise control (it watches for cars slowing down in front, and then speeds back up automatically), it can automatically park, and (on private property) you can summon the car to your current location. If these features aren’t available immediately, they’ll be added later via over-the-air software updates.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Hudl 2

Tech Radar has published an in-depth review of Tesco's latest budget (£129) tablet.

Snippets follow:

"This is an accessible device with an HD display, solid build quality, and almost unadulterated Android 4.4 KitKat."

"The screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels. Colours are rich and vibrant, text is sharp and easy to read, and you can happily watch movies, game, or read on it for hours."

"The Hudl 2 measures 224 x 128 x 9mm. and weighs 410g. It feels nicely balanced and it's satisfyingly slim. The soft touch coating on the back wraps around the sides adding grip and making it very comfortable to hold."

"The Hudl 2 feels surprisingly premium and it looks good too. I had the black model for review, but you can add some colour if you prefer as it's available in blue, turquoise, orange, pink, purple, red, or white."

"After fully charging the Hudl 2, I surfed the web for a couple of hours, played Clash of Clans for ten minutes, watched two movies, and then the kids watched an episode of Spongebob. By the end of that it was dropping down to the 10 percent mark. Not too impressive."

"If you're shopping for a family tablet that you can share with the kids, this is it. If you want to gift a tablet to someone who has never tried one before, this is it. If you want a cheap tablet for casual use around the house, this is it."
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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Google offers a camel’s eye view of Liwa Oasis

The National UAE reports: [edited]

Most images for Google Street View are collected with a car, but for the first time, the task was given to an animal – a 10-year-old camel named Raffia.

Raffia walked through the desert around Liwa Oasis with a Street View camera mounted on top of her hump to create panoramic views for internet users around the world.

The images, now available online show scenery from Liwa including dunes, the oasis, other camels and Raffia’s footprints and shadow.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Free Fonts - Nexa Rust

FontFabric reports: [edited]

Nexa Rust from Fontfabric Type Foundry is a multifaceted font system consisting of font sub-families Sans, Slab, Script, Handmade and Extras.Each of these sub-families contains a number of font weights which have a characteristic warm, rough look and display a few degrees of saturation.

Font Designers – Radomir Tinkov, Svetoslav Simov, Ani Petrova & Vasil Stanev
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Friday, October 03, 2014

Emergent

Emergent reports: [edited]

Emergent is a real-time rumour tracker. It's part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumour are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

You can view a list of rumours being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualises the sources reporting the rumour, and a breakdown of social shares per source.

You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article.
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Nixie

Intel reports: [edited]

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. At your cue, Nixie unfolds and takes flight. Nixie composes the perfect shot from an awesome perspective, capturing the moment without interrupting the moment.

[Ed. This project is one of the finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable competition.]


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

BBC reports: [edited]

Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever. The hope is they will multiply, breed and become the majority of mosquitoes, thus reducing cases of the disease.

The bacterium Wolbachia is found in 60% of insects. It acts like a vaccine for the mosquito which carries dengue, Aedes aegypti, stopping the dengue virus multiplying in its body. Wolbachia also has an effect on reproduction. If a contaminated male fertilises the eggs of a female without the bacteria, these eggs do not turn into larvae.

If the male and female are contaminated or if only a female has the bacteria, all future generations of mosquito will carry Wolbachia. As a result, Aedes mosquitoes with Wolbachia become predominant without researchers having to constantly release more contaminated insects.

Dengue re-emerged in Brazil in 1981 after an absence of more than 20 years. Over the next 30 years, seven million cases were reported. Brazil leads the world in the number of dengue cases, with 3.2 million cases and 800 deaths reported in the 2009-14 period.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

MagMIMO Wireless Charger

New Scientist reports: [edited]

Charging your phone may soon be as simple as sitting down at your desk, thanks to a device called MagMIMO that can charge phones at a distance.

Wireless chargers exist, but they require a phone to be right next to a charging pad. At a distance of 30 centimetres a prototype can charge an iPhone 4s battery from dead to full in just under 5 hours. It doesn't matter what orientation the phone is in – upside down in a pocket or flat on the desk – and the phone needn't be stationary.

MagMIMO borrows a trick from radio communications: advanced Wi-Fi routers can detect when a computer is connecting to them and boost the signal in their direction. MagMIMO does the same thing, but using magnetic fields instead of radio waves. An array of wire coils generates a magnetic field and when a phone disrupts that field, MagMIMO senses it and focuses on the phone by creating a slightly different field with each coil. The magnetic fields reinforce each other so as to maximise the strength of the overall field reaching the phone.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

India's first Mars satellite enters orbit

BBC reports: [edited]

India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, becoming the fourth country to do so. Mangalyaan - more formally referred to as Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) - was launched from the Sriharikota spaceport on the coast of the Bay of Bengal on 5 November 2013.

The Mangalyaan robotic probe will soon begin work studying the Red Planet's atmosphere. One key goal is to try to detect methane in the Martian air, which could be an indicator of biological activity at, or more likely just below, the surface.

The total cost of the Indian mission has been put at 4.5bn rupees ($74m; £45m), which makes it one of the cheapest interplanetary space missions ever. Nasa's recent Maven mission cost $671m.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

iPhone eye test spots vision problems

++++++++ reports: [edited]

The World Health Organization estimates that 246 million people have poor vision. Of these, about 90 per cent live in low-income areas without good access to healthcare or expensive diagnostic machines.

To solve this problem Smart Vision Labs has combined two tools often used for eye tests into a single inexpensive and portable device. The first tool, an autorefractor, calculates whether someone is short-sighted or long-sighted, and to what extent, by measuring the size and shape of their eye. The second, an aberrometer, looks for distortions in how light reflects off the eye, which could indicate rarer problems such as double vision.

This equipment usually costs thousands of dollars, but Smart Vision Labs says it has made a device with the same functions that clips onto an iPhone. It can estimate vision problems by taking a handful of pictures of a person's eye and using software to analyse them. The company plans to sell it as part of a low-cost kit for people in developing countries.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

For those of us who desire a compact camera that delivers non-compact camera photo quality, the only choices have been the Sony RX100 trio or the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark I and II. I've been very impressed with the RX100 III's image quality and excellent video features but, like some of my colleagues, I don't find it very pleasant to use. While I like the photo quality and controls on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, it's just to big for everyday use.

The LX100 fits in-between these models, with more of a lean toward the G1 X II. It's not pocketable like the Sony but it's not quite as bulky as the Canon.

It's nicely built, as you'd expect from a $900 camera. The physical dials for aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation allow for quick changes. I'm less enthused about the electronic viewfinder, which uses a 'field sequential system' that causes a sort of rainbow effect and drives my eyes crazy. Some coworkers thought that it wasn't as bad as on the GX7, which Panasonic said may be due to an increased refresh rate.

If you want shallow DOF on a compact camera, this is the camera you want to buy. The lens isn't as long as I'd like, but that's the trade-off that was made to keep the LX100 as compact as possible. The camera lacks an ND filter as well, though you can screw one on to the front of the lens.

Some other features I'm excited about are the DFD autofocus system which was so impressive on the FZ1000, the multi-aspect modes that Panasonic has made very accessible, and the ability to record 4K video.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lumix DMC-CM1

Digital Photography Review Connect reports: [edited]

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone features a 1 inch 20MP sensor, which is likely the same imaging unit we've seen used by other recent high-end compact cameras like Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 III.

The large sensor is coupled with an F2.8 Leica lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 28mm. This is by far the best camera specification on any smartphone and the 20MP resolution should even allow for a good-quality digital zoom. The CM1 is also capable of recording 4K-video and Raw images. Focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance can all be adjusted manually, and there's a mechanical click-wheel around the lens ' barrel' on the front of the camera/phone.

The rest of the specification is in line with current high-end smartphones. Images can be viewed and composed on a 4.7-inch 1080p display and Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz. 16GB of internal memory are on board but the device also takes microSD-cards of up to 128GB capacity.
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