Friday, August 30, 2013

Nintendo 2DS

VideoGamer reports: [edited]

The Nintendo 2DS is a revised take on the existing 3DS, featuring dual screens and full compatibility with Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS titles.

However, it lacks the 3D capability of its predecessor and the folding, clamshell design. Instead, it features a flat design, and either a red/white or blue/black finish.

Nintendo describes the 2DS as an "entry-level dedicated portable gaming system" and is "designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games".

The handheld arrives in the UK on October 12, 2013 for £109.99.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sony A3000

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

The A3000 is essentially a 20.1MP APS-C mirrorless camera that uses the same E-mount as the Sony NEX line, yet which has the look and feel of a traditional SLR. Though not the first manufacturer to take this approach, Sony is the first to achieve the low starting price point of $399 for both 18-55mm lens and body. However, to achieve that price point the company had to choose lower quality components for the LCD and electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Superficially, the Sony A3000 is rather like the now-discontinued Panasonic G10, a low-priced mirrorless with an EVF and an LCD on the back, designed to ape, if not directly challenge Canon's Rebel and Nikon's D3000-series SLRs.

Its appearance screams low-budget, with few controls. The LCD is more coarse than we're used to seeing these days, with disappointingly low 230,400-dot resolution; its 3-inch size amplifies the effect. The small EVF is also disappointing, and what appears to be a rubber pad around the outside is actually hard plastic, a hazard to glasses-wearers. Those who liked the menus of the NEX system cameras will feel right at home with the A3000's menu; those who did not will carry on hating.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

McD's Double Cheeseburger, Nutritional Champion?

Neatorama reports: [edited]

Economist Stephen Dubner, one of the authors of Freakanomics, argues that the McDonald's McDouble is the most nutritious food devised.

Stephen hosted a debate on his blog after a reader suggested it packed a better nutritional punch for the penny than is often assumed.

The Double Cheeseburger provides 390 calories, 23 grams of protein – half a daily serving – seven per cent of daily fibre, 19 grams of fat and 20 per cent of daily calcium, all for £1.29.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Another iWatch Concept

9to5Mac reports: [edited]

Designer Federico Ciccarese has teamed up with some friends to create his latest iWatch render.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Vintage Type

Daring Fireball reports: [edited]

Great collection of vintage type available here.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Getty Puts 4,600 Images Into Public Domain

Open Culture reports: [edited]

Getty’s Open Content Program has just made available over 4600 high-resolution images of the museum’s collection freely available in the public domain. You can download them, modify them, distribute them — do what you please with them.

President and CEO James Cuno writes. “The Getty was founded on the conviction that understanding art makes the world a better place, and sharing our digital resources is the natural extension of that belief". Cuno promises many more images to come, and material from other sources like the Getty’s international field projects.

Friday, August 16, 2013

London - Lincoln - Bradford - Lincoln - London, 16-08-13

London to Lincoln
R.E.M.: Losing My Religion
Disclosure: F For You
Little Green Cars: My Love Took Me Down To The River
The Temptations: Psychedelic Shack
Outfit: House on Fire
Basement Jaxx: Romeo
Elvis Presley: The Wonder Of You
Naughty by Nature: O.P.P.
Laura Marling: Devil's Resting Place
Elvis Costello: Peace Love And Understanding
Ghostpoet: Cold Win
Ash: Burn Baby Burn
Tori Amos: Winter
Al Green: Take Me To The River
The Vaccines: Melody Calling
Björk: Army Of Me
The Naked and Famous: Hearts Like Ours
Primal Scream: Jailbird
Cornershop: Funky Days Are Back Again
Dance Across The Floor - Jimmy Bo Horne
The Glory Of Love - Otis Redding
Good To Me - Otis Redding
Daydream - Günter Kallmann Choir
Chant Number No 1 (Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
Come To Me - Otis Redding
I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell
Shack Up [Part 1] - Banbarra
Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Klaus Wonderlich & His New Pop Organ Sound
Four Black Sheep - Martha Wainwright
Apache - Micheal Viners Incredible Bongo Band
I Can't Write Left-Handed - Bill Withers
Cola Bottle Baby - Edwin Birdsong
Merengue - Bolivar
Respect - Otis Redding
Sweet Lorene - Otis Redding
You Send Me - Otis Redding
Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore
House Of Mirrors - David McCallum
Call The Doctor - J.J. Cale
The Dog - Otis Redding
Whole Lotta Love - Ike & Tina Turner

Lincoln to Bradford
The Wizard - Madness
Sweet Is The Night - Electric Light Orchestra
The Loser In The End [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Shadow Of Fear - Madness
Waltz Into Mischief - Madness
Not Home Today - Madness
The National Anthem - Madness
4am - Madness
Killer Queen [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Last Train To London - Electric Light Orchestra
Liar [De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971] - Queen
Queen of the Hours - Electric Light Orchestra
You Take My Breath Away [Live In Hyde Park, September 1976] - Queen
Twilight - Electric Light Orchestra
Crazy Little Thing Called Love [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Save Me [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Keep Yourself Alive [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Mad House (Our House Instrumental Mix) (Our House Instrument - Madness
Armory - Daft Punk
Africa - Madness
Voyager - Daft Punk
Digital Love - Daft Punk

Bradford to Lincoln
MKII - Madness
In My Own Time - Electric Light Orchestra
The Prophet's Song [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Going To The Top - Madness
Destination Unknown - Electric Light Orchestra
The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Keep Yourself Alive [Long-Lost Retake, June 1975] - Queen
The Prince - Madness
Cardiac Arrest - Madness
Shut Up - Madness
You Take My Breath Away [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Night In The City - Electric Light Orchestra
Nightvision - Daft Punk
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy [Top Of The Pops, July 1977] - Queen
Turn To Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Hold On Tight - Electric Light Orchestra
'39 [Live at Earl's Court, June 1977] - Queen
On The Town - Madness
Disappear - Madness
Rectifier - Daft Punk
Now I'm Here [Live At Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975] - Queen
Roll Over Beethoven - Electric Light Orchestra
Flick Of The Wrist [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Drowse [2011 Remaster] - Queen
God Save The Queen [2011 Remaster] - Queen
March Of The Gherkins - Madness

Lincoln to London
Ain't Talkin' - Bob Dylan
Take This Waltz - Leonard Cohen
Unbelievable - Bob Dylan
Somebody Loves You - Phil Keaggy
Wheel In The Sky - Journey
Winning A Battle, Losing The War (Andy Votel) - Kings Of Convenience
The Day It Snowed - Amusement Parks On Fire
My Girl - Otis Redding
Musette and Drums - Cocteau Twins
To Love Somebody - Slobberbone
No One is to Blame - Howard Jones
Boys - Ryan Adams
Joanna - The Walker Brothers
The Day I Met Marie - Cliff Richard
Show Girl - The Auteurs
La Mambo - Van Morrison
My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine & Dandelion Wine) - Ry Cooder
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Robert Palmer (feat. UB40)
Stairway To The Stars - Ella Fitzgerald
The Great Unknown - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
The One - Elton John
Human Condition - Charlie Peacock
Already Gone - Eagles
Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
I Can't Stop Loving You - Elvis Presley
Look Me In The Eye - Margaret Becker
Waterfront - Simple Minds
Happy Being Lonely, Lonely Being Happy - Vigilantes Of Love
Sultitan Itan - Cocteau Twins
Listen To The Band - The Monkees
Snow In Sun - Scritti Politti
Walking In The Rain - The Walker Brothers
White Moon - The White Stripes
I See Jesus - Wynona Carr
Coda And End Credits - Jimi Hendrix
I Wonder - The Ronettes
Desperate Ain't Lonely - Whiskeytown
Dishes - Pulp
Rescue - Lucinda Williams
She Saw The World - The Blue Nile
Ali Baba - John Holt
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young
On the Run - Easy Star All Stars
Hey - Pixies
Nine Times Out Of Ten - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
New Biography - Van Morrison
Amy - Ryan Adams
There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret) - Nanci Griffith
Woman I Love - J.J. Cale

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sony launching 'Smartphone' lenses

SonyAlpha Rumors reports: [edited]

The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses have a built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wifi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot. You will be able to control them through your smart phone or tablet (via WiFi or NFC). The lenses can be magnetically attached on your smartphone and work on Android and iOS devices.

One has the RX100II sensor and Zeiss lens. The second model will feature a 10x zoom lens with 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same sensor and lens as the Sony WX150.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Astell & Kern AK120

Amazon reports: [edited]

The Astell & Kern AK120 portable audio system is an audiophile's dream. It is capable of playing Mastering Quality Sound files (MQS) from online stores like in addition to a slew of other lossless formats like Ogg FLAC WAV WMA APE and MP3 audio files.

It packs 64GB of built in memory, and sports 2 micro SD card drives that can each take a 64GB card (total 192GB) and two Wolfson 8740 DACs giving you isolated left and right audio channels.

Price: £1,099

Monday, August 12, 2013

Extract Images From Microsoft Office Documents

lifehacker reports: [edited]

If there are a bunch of graphics, videos, and other elements in a Word or PowerPoint file, you can extract these individual elements with a compression/archive program.

Simply open the file in, for example, 7-Zip (right-click on the file and choose to open it with 7-Zip) and then you can extract all the contents.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

London - Somerset - London, 10- & 11-08-13

London to Somerset
Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
You're Unbelievable - EMF
Pompeii - Bastille
Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairmen Of The Board
When Doves Cry - Prince And The Revolution
Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) - The Vaccines
King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O - Chubby Parker
Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce
Punching In a Dream (Single Version) - The Naked & Famous
Duquesne Whistle - Bob Dylan
Zambesi - Piranhas
You're the Reason Our Kid's Are Ugly - Loretta Lynn
Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo
banana splits theme - Dickies
She's a maniac - Michael Sembello
Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) - Robin Thicke
Little Does She Know - The Kursaal Flyers
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) - B.o.B
The Boys of Summer - DJ Sammy
Hey Ya - Outkast
Comedy - Shack
Coin-Operated Boy - The Dresden Dolls
Dragostea din tei (Mai Ai Hii) - O-Zone
Long Hard Times to Come (From "Justified") [feat. T.O.N.E-Z] - Gangstagrass
Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra
Rhythm Is a Dancer - Snap!
Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha
I say nothing - Voice of the Beehive
Ladies of the Harem of the Court of King Caractucus - Rolf Harris
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
The Diary Of Horace Wimp - Electric Light Orchestra
Testifying Time - The Amazing Snakeheads
Cruel To Be Kind - Letter to Cleo
That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings
Love Shack - The B-52's
Centerfold - J. Geils Band
Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
Tomoko - Hafdis Huld
Frankie - Sister Sledge
Ring Ring Ring - De La Soul
Rhythm of the night - Corona
More Bounce to the Ounce - Zapp
Time Of The Season - The Zombies
Bang Bang - B.A. Robertson
Magic - Pilot
Rama Lama Ding Dong - The Edsels
Don't Get Me Wrong - Pretenders
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Hands Up - Ottawan
Rip It Up - Orange Juice
I Can't Wait (extended) - Nu Shooz
88 Lines About 44 Women - Nails
Sideboard Song (live) - Chas 'N' Dave
Angel - Shaggy
Knock On Wood - Amy Stewart
Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
Baby Come Back - Player
Night Boat To Cairo - Madness

Somerset to London
Tonight's The Kind Of Night - Noah & The Whale
Yeah Yeah Yeah Song - The Flaming Lips
Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Scribble (Radio Edit) - Underworld
Car Wash - Rose Royce
The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun) - The Polyphonic Spree
Whiskey In The Jar - Metallica
11th Dimension - Julian Casablancas
Nice Weather For Ducks - Lemon Jelly
Nellie the elephant - Toy Dolls
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That - Dolly Parton
Love The Way You Lie - Eminem Feat. Rihanna
Hungry Like The Wolf - Reel Big Fish
Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club
Breezeblocks - Alt-J (∆)
Call on Me (Radio Edit) - Eric Prydz
Burning Love - Elvis Presley
Cracklin Rose - Neil Diamond
Cynical Girl - Marshall Crenshaw
We Will Rock You [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Amanaemonesia - Chairlift
Bourgeois - Phoenix
Louise - Human League
Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper
Levels - Avicii
Ariel - Dean Friedman
Hey Ruby, Shut Your Mouth - Ruby and The Party Gang
Alphabeat - DJ (Madeon Remix) - Alphabeat
Stronger - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Dear Lincoln - Kiran Leonard
Better Off As Two (single) - FrankMusik
Your Drums, Your Love - AlunaGeorge
It's A Shame - Detroit Spinners
Burning Love - Wynonna
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Don't Save Me - Haim
This Charming Man (hoh) - The Smiths
Swoon (Radio Edit) - The Chemical Brothers
Tesla Girls - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Everlasting Love - Love Affair
Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites
Shake It (Lenny B Remix) [Extended Version] - Metro Station
Life could be a dream (Sh-Boom) - Crew Cuts
What’s Up - 4 Non Blondes
What's Up (Dance version) - 4 Non Blondes (DJ Miko version)
Le Freak - Chic
Killer - Sparkle Moore
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
Really Free - John Otway
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes

Friday, August 09, 2013

Maggots - The Next Gourmet Experience?

Wired reports: [edited]

Designer Katharina Unger is on a mission to make eating insects irresistible.

The recent graduate from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and current Fulbright Scholar devoted her thesis project, called Farm 432: Insect Breeding, to developing an appliance that incubates insects for human consumption. The striking blue and white vessel is stocked with one gram of black soldier fly eggs, and over a period of 18 days, the eggs move through the device’s chambers, gestating, reproducing, and ultimately producing 2.4 kilograms of nutritious, if slightly nauseating, fly larva.

Unger didn’t stop at growing the flies — she also developed recipes, including a stellar tomato and larva risotto, to help make the icky output more enticing. She’s now working out how changing the diet of the larva would impact taste. “I always speculated what happened if I gave them just one specific type of food,” she says. “Maybe you could make them taste like strawberries?”

Turning insects into a protein powder or peanut butter like substance could help introduce edible insects to the mass market more smoothly, but Unger wanted her project to make a statement. “I felt it would be inconsequential to suddenly hide the main product away,” she says. “In the end it is not only about producing food, but also about the adventure of growing live animals in your home!”

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cookpad, Japan's Largest Recipe Site, Now in English

~Open Culture reports: [edited]

Cookpad bills itself as having the 'Best Japanese recipes from the largest cooking community in Japan'. And that’s not just your usual web site hyperbole. Established back in 1997, Cookpad houses 1.5 million recipes created by a base of 20 million users. And it’s now a publicly-traded company on the Tokyo stock exchange. This week, Cookpad did everyone in the Anglophone world a favor by releasing an English language version of its site.

Right now, you can navigate your way through 1,500 recipes and find dishes like Udon with Thick Egg Soup, Very Delicious Stir-fried Tofu with Shimeji Mushrooms, and Pan-Fried Autumn Salmon with Ginger Sauce. And if you’re patient, you’ll soon find another 30,000 recipes added to the site. It’s worth noting that all recipes are translated by humans, not computers, and the translators are apparently compensated for their efforts.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

3-D Printed Figurines

Wired reports: [edited]

Using the latest in 360-degree scanning and 3-D printing technologies, Twinkind, a new company based in Hamburg, Germany, will turn you, your loved ones, or your pets into detailed little statues.

The final figurines, which can range in size from roughly 6″ (around $300) to 13″ (around $1,700), are strikingly, maybe even a little unsettlingly realistic, capturing everything from poses and facial expressions down to hair styles and the folds in clothes.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Free-to-play vintage handheld video games 

kottke reports: [edited]

PicaPic is a digitised collection of vintage handheld games made by Hipopotam studio.

They're all free and playable in your browser. It's a really slick implementation. It even has the plasticy clacking sound of the buttons.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Free Font - Billion Stars

Da Font are hosting this font, designed by Måns Grebäckfree.

The free version is for personal use only. The commercial version is available here.

Swashes can be added via the '[](){}' keys.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Superadrianme has published a hands-on of Panasonic's new high-end compact Micro Four Third camera, complete with ISO comparison image samples.

Snippets follow:

"The system is intuitive and easy to control when comes to changing settings using the dual dials in manual mode. Weighing 500 grams, it fits in nicely to my hands and offers a much better & firmer grip when compared to OLYMPUS PEN 5. The sleek retro design and alloy chassis makes you want to compare it with the Olympus OM-D or even a Leica Rangefinder."

"The LCD touchscreen is fast and responsive. The tiltable LVF is super clear and its reproduction does not lose out to the LCD touchscreen. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 allows user to use the LCD touchscreen to work like a mouse pad for shifting focus point for fast focusing when using the LVF."

"The AF focusing have significantly improved from previous models. The built-in image stabilizer works exceptionally well, that even for night shot at 2 second shutter speed handheld, the picture came out with minimum blurring which is only visible at 100% crop."

"The colour reproduction is very close to what we see in real life, not too contrasty and over saturated. The image quality at ISO 200 produces great detail even at 100% crop."

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Cocoon Grid-It Slim

core 77 reports: [edited]

The GRID-IT organiser first caused a stir when it hit the market some years ago. It was an affordable and clever way to bring order to chaos. The seemingly-randomly-placed elastic straps belie the object's ability to organise whatever you want, in whatever order you want it.

My only gripe with the thing was that it was somewhat awkward to pull in and out of bags, with accidental friction causing some items to snag or shift, thus ruining my organizational OCD masterpiece. For that reason I stopped using mine. But Cocoon Innovations has now finally integrated the GRID-IT into its own bag, the SLIM.

Available exclusively through their website and Apple, the $80 SLIM is kitted out with de rigueur materials - water-resistant ballistic nylon and waterproof zippers - but it's got that sweet GRID-IT built-in behind the front flap, while the secondary compartment closer to your back holds your laptop/tablet. It ain't gonna hold your gym stuff, but for folks like me who are fans of slim bags (it's just 3.5" thick) this is looking like a home run.