Monday, July 25, 2016

Glif Redux

Studio Neat reports: [edited]

Almost 6 years ago, we launched the Glif, a tripod mount for the iPhone 4, on Kickstarter.

The landscape for smartphone photography has changed dramatically since we launched the original Glif. With each successive smartphone, the camera is getting more and more incredible. The smartphone has become a legitimate tool, for photographers, filmmakers, and mobile journalists. Our goal is to create the best tripod mount for smartphones. We are focusing on three areas...

1: An innovative quick release mechanism
The quick release lever, when opened, allows the jaws to move freely, making it easy to quickly load or remove your device. When you close the lever, it automatically tightens around your device, resulting in a secure connection.

2: Portrait and Landscape
With things like panoramic photos, Periscope streams, and Snapchat, smartphones have legitimised portrait orientation. The Glif has a side mounted tripod mount, which allows devices to be mounted directly in portrait orientation.

3: Extendability
The Glif has a total of 3 tripod mounts, one on the bottom, one on the side, and one on the top. These allow you to add additional accessories, like a microphone or light.

The Glif can hold devices from 58 mm to 99 mm width, from a naked iPhone SE to an iPhone 6 Plus with a really thick case on it. In all likelihood, your device will fit.

For more information visit Kickstarter.
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Birthday Weekend Playlist

Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix) - Alabama 3
Frankie Sinatra (Extended Mix) - The Avalanches
Tiny - Dinosaur Jr.
Life Itself - Glass Animals
Go! (feat. Mai Lan) - M83
Bubblegum - Mystery Jets
Red Lipstick (Radio Edit) - Skint & Demoralised
The Sound - The 1975
The Boys Of Summer - The Ataris
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 - The Flaming Lips
Flowers In The Rain - The Move
California - Semisonic
The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
I can't control myself - The Troggs
Bridget The Midget (The Queen Of The Blues) - Ray Stevens
Outtasite (Outta Mind) - Wilco
Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway
Back to life - Soul II Soul
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
Needy Girl - Chromeo
Two Hearts - NZCA Lines
Movin On Up - M People
Fit But You Know It - Streets (Featuring The Futureheads)
Golden Days - Whitney
I Wanna Be Loved By You - Betty Boop (Helen Kane)
Brimful of Asha - Cornershop (norman cook remix)
Jeans on - David Dundas
Macarena - Los Del Rio
Who put the bomp - Viscounts
Going Down To Liverpool - Bangles
If She Knew What She Wants - Bangles
Eternal Flame - Bangles
7 Days - Craig David
Up Up And Away - Fifth Dimension
Old Town - Phil Lynott
Don't Go - Yazoo
Jilted John [vinyl version] - Jilted John
Can't Stop Movin' (Radio Edit) - Sonny J
Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley
I'm Gonna Love You Too - Blondie
You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Always The Last To Know - Del Amitri
It Might As Well Be You - Del Amitri
Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
Motorcycle Emptiness - Manic Street Preachers
Let Your Shoulder Fall - Matthew Jay
All the Way from Memphis - Mott The Hoople
Roxanne - The Police
One Of Us - Prince
Love U More - Sunscreem
I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough) - TheAudience
Break Dance / Electric Boogie (Edit) - West Street Mob
Jonny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce
More More More - Andrea True Connection
Somewhere In My Heart - Aztec Camera
Everlasting Love - Love Affair
The Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond
Mr. Brightside (original single) - The Killers
Lay All Your Love On Me - A-Teens
Re-Rewind When The Crowd Say Bo Selecta - Artful Dodger & Craig David
Boten Anna - Basshunter
Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
Ac-cen-tchu-ate The Positive - Bing Crosby & Andrew Sisters
White man in Hammersmith Palais - The Clash
I Don't Believe In Miracles - Colin Blunstone
Fill Me In - Craig David
Good Enough - Dodgy
You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book - Drifters
You're Unbelievable - EMF
WOLD - Harry Chapin
I kissed a girl - Jill Sobule
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Single Girl - Lush
The Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
Come back and stay for good this time - Paul Young
Zambesi - Piranhas
Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root
This Wasn't Supposed To Happen - Sugar Cubes
That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo (blippy version) - Tony Christie
Here I Go Again ('87 Remix) - Whitesnake
No Woman - Whitney
The Size of a Cow - Wonder Stuff

Banana Cake by Cyan
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Google Arts & Culture App

Tech Insider reports: [edited]

Google's latest app (for iOS & Android) allows you to view and learn about works of art. You can search by historical movements or artists, or by medium, e.g. ink or watercolour.

You can search by place if you want to see the art that's available near your location, and everything you view on the app can be saved for viewing later.

If you have Google Cardboard, you can use the app to take virtual tours, and Google say they are working on image recognition functionality that will let you take a photo of a painting and the app will give you information about it.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Isolate Ear Plugs

Kickstarter reports: [edited]

Isolate blocks sound from entering your ears, including bass frequencies, without any batteries.

Traditional ear plugs and defenders cannot block low frequencies from entering your ears. They make sound muffled, leaving you feeling disconnected.

With Isolate ear plugs, noise is blocked by a dense material suspended in soft memory foam to isolate it from the effects of conduction. The result is total direct noise isolation for your ears without any electronics.

Kickstarter Pledge: from £23
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini

The Week reports: [edited]

Nintendo has announced a miniature version of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

The NES Classic Mini will ship with 30 classic Nintendo titles (listed below), a NES Classic Mini controller, HDMI and USB cables.

— Balloon Fight
— Bubble Bobble
— Castlevania
— Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
— Donkey Kong
— Donkey Kong Jr.
— Double Dragon II: The Revenge
— Dr. Mario
— Excitebike
— Final Fantasy
— Galaga
— Ghosts N' Goblins
— Gradius
— Ice Climber
— Kid Icarus
— Kirby’s Adventure
— Mario Bros.
— Mega Man 2
— Metroid
— Ninja Gaiden
— Pac-Man
— Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
— StarTropics
— Super C
— Super Mario Bros.
— Super Mario Bros. 2
— Super Mario Bros. 3
— Tecmo Bowl
— The Legend of Zelda
— Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Available from 11 November, £49.99.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

OnePlus 3

Quartz reports: [edited]

It has 6 GB of RAM — triple what the iPhone 6S Plus ships with — and has a top-of-the-line 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor on board that means even the most processor-heavy apps and games should run smoothly on the OnePlus 3.

The camera is a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera also has a mechanical and digital image stabiliser. The 1080p AMOLED display looks great, it comes with 64 GB of storage space. And it has two SIM card slots.

OnePlus runs a customised version of Android that it calls OxygenOS that’s pretty much the clean, stock Android software that Google intended it to be, with a few minor upgrades.

The OnePlus 3’s “dash” charging system allows the phone to charge to 60% capacity in 30 minutes.

Price: £329 (A 64GB iPhone 6S costs £619).
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Garia Golf Car

Wired reports: [edited]

The Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car has fancy wheels and a carbon fibre roof and Mercedes describes it as “sporty and well-balanced,” which seems like a stretch. The rear spoiler doubles as a golf bag holder.

Inside, a 10.1-inch touchscreen keeps tabs on your range, (up to 50 miles), lets you select sport (!) and eco modes, and displays a course map and scorecard. A mini fridge under the leather seat keeps your beers cold, and cupholders keep them from toppling when you get up on it.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Bang & Olufsen H6 Portable Headphones, Second Generation

The Verge reports: [edited]

The H6's sound is instantly engaging and gratifying. Bang & Olufsen has noticeably bumped up the bass response from the first edition while retaining impeccably clear and prominent highs. The extension in both directions is excellent — from growling sub-bass to the tinkliest of treble — and there are no recessed mids to spoil the party either. Compared to analytical or audiophile headphones, the H6s have a definite bass bump.

They are as articulate and as detailed as many of the $1,000 cans I have dotted around my home office. Consider that I have at my disposal the Focal Elear, the Beyerdynamic T5p.2, the Technics T700, and the open-back Audeze EL-8, and I'm favouring a set of cans that costs a fraction of their price. The over-ear H6s are closed-back, and they insulate external sound well, but their presentation of music doesn't feel closed at all. They have a very wide (for their class) soundstage and delightfully precise imaging. I'm getting goosebumps-inducing bass wobble from one spot and hard percussion hits from another.

Besides performance, the H6s are also rich on practicality. These headphones' design is gorgeous in a way that almost everyone can appreciate. But more importantly, the H6s are feather-light and unbelievably comfortable. No creaks, no flaws.

Price: £275
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

London-Somerset-London, 9 & 10-07-16

London to Somerset, 9-07-16
Holy Macaroni - Golden Rules
Digital Love - Daft Punk
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Scottish pop - Spearmint
You Little Thief - Feargal Sharkey
Luck Be A Lady (From Guys And Dolls) - Peter Gallagher & Company
Wheels - Foo Fighters
Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) - Stylistics
Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll - Mott the Hoople
White no sugar - Clint Boon Experience
Resurrection - PPK
Nuthin' But a G'Thang - Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
Electric - Leila K
Sunny - Boney M
Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards - Billy Bragg
Parks and Recreation - Emma Pollock
The Blow Up - Blackalicious
Action (feat. Cat Power & Mike D.) [Single Edit] - Cassius
Royals - Lorde
Freed From Desire - Gala
Wow - Beck
Hands Up - Ottawan
Hush - AM Radio
Don't You Want Me (J Pipe Mirrorball Radio Edit) - Alcazar
Stool Pigeon - Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Tiny Dancer - Tim McGraw
National Express - The Divine Comedy
Criticize - Alexander O'Neal
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
Right Beside You - Sophie B. Hawkins
House of Love (feat. Chaka Khan, Taka Boom & Mark Stevens) - FOMO
Stand Inside Your Love - Smashing Pumpkins
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - Her Space Holiday
Star Wars Cantina - Richard Cheese
Lily the Pink - Scaffold
As Our Witness - Piers Baron
Days Are Gone - HAIM
Take On Me (techno remix) - a-ha
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight) - Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Far and Beyond - Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Somerset to London, 10-07-16
C Moon - Paul McCartney & Wings
Kiss me - Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy
Call it Love - Poco
Wrapped Up In Books - Belle and Sebastian
I Can't Wait - Stevie Nicks
You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me - New Seekers
Hotel California - SkaDaddyZ
Rubber Ducky (german techno mix) - Sesame Street
A Good Man Is Hard To Kill - Beulah
Carnival - The Cardigans
Love Shack - The B-52's
Boy from School (Radio Edit) - Hot Chip
Good Looking Woman - Joe Dolan
It's All Been Done - Barenaked Ladies
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
Valerie (alt) - Amy Winehouse
Rama Lama Ding Dong - The Edsels
Get Dancin' - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah) - White Denim
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
All around my hat - Steeleye Span
Ding Dong Song - Gunter
Unconditional - The Bravery
Three Small Words (Movie Theme Song) - Josie and the Pussycats
Rip It Up - Orange Juice
The Riddle - Gigi D'Agostino
Perfect 10 - The Beautiful South
I Really Like You (Bleachers Remix) - Carly Rae Jepsen
I Am Chemistry - Yeasayer
House Of Love (Pedigree Mix) - East 17
I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now - John Shuttleworth
Sweet About Me (2010 version) - Gabriella Cilmi
I Wanna Dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
Misfit - Amy Studt
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne (St. Etienne)
Do The Hucklebuck - Coast to Coast
Lucky Number - Lene Lovich
The Things We Do For Love - 10cc
I Think We're Alone Now (techno) - Tiffany
Take Me Back to Your House (feat. martina sorbara) - Basement Jaxx
Rubber Ducky - Sesame Street
Singularity - New Order
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Hold Me Now (Radio Edit) - The Polyphonic Spree
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (From Company B) - The Puppini Sisters
There's your trouble - Dixie Chicks
Take It On the Run - REO Speedwagon
Like Clockwork - The Boomtown Rats
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Friday, July 08, 2016

Universal Flash Storage (UFS)

Samsung reports: [edited]

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the industry’s first removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. Coming in a wide range of storage capacities including 256, 128, 64 and 32 GB.

It provides more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most SATA SSDs. It transfers a 5GB, Full-HD movie in approximately 10 seconds.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Google My Activity

The Washington Post reports: [edited]

A new tool called My Activity allows you to view the information Google is stockpiling about you — and delete things you'd rather it forget.

My Activity shows you what Google has saved about your online activities going back as far as Google has been tracking them. You'll probably be prompted to enter your Google password, after this you will see a chronological list of things you've done using Google's services — the searches you've made, videos you've watched on YouTube, and so on (assuming you haven't already used Google's privacy controls to block the collection of certain information).

You can even search through the data trove to look up a specific record or activity Google has saved.

If you don't want Google remembering a particular search, find the record you want to delete, click on the three vertical dots on the right end of the record and select the delete option.

You can also delete things in bulk by clicking on the three dot menu at the top of the timeline, choose "Delete activity by" and selecting a date range to erase on the next page. If you want an entirely blank slate, opt for the "All Time" option.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope

The Verge reports: [edited]

China has finished the installation of the world's largest radio telescope. The last of the telescope's 4,450 triangular panels was fitted into the dish this weekend, ahead of the telescope's planned launch in September. It is the size of 30 soccer fields, and has taken over five years and $180 million to build. It is nearly twice as big as the next largest radio telescope — the 300-meter-wide Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

"The project has the potential to search for more strange objects to better understand the origin of the universe and boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life," said Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences — the organisation that built the telescope.
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Friday, July 01, 2016

ICE Full Fat 26FS Offroad Trike

ICE Trikes reports: [edited]

Make easy work of challenging terrain on the ICE Full Fat. This expedition-tough trike rolls over mud, sand, snow and rough trail, giving you greater freedom to cycle wherever, whenever.

ICE Full Fat trikes have a wide range of options, including suspension, wheel type, and components. All trikes are built individually to order, so you can specify your perfect trike.

Price: from £4,000
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pleurobot



BBC reports: [edited]

Scientists in Switzerland have created a robotic salamander that mimics the gait of the ancient amphibian in great detail.
The Pleurobot can walk, crawl and even swim underwater.

The team at EPFL in Lausanne used x-ray video of a salamander to track 64 points along its skeleton as it walked and swam.
They used that data to build Pleurobot using 3D-printed bones, motoriSed joints and a 'nervous system' made of electronic circuitry.

The researchers hope that by replicating the salamander's movement, the robot amphibian can teach them more about the interplay between the spinal cord and the body in vertebrates, and so aid development of therapies and neuroprosthetics for paraplegic patients and amputees.
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