Luminous Landscape: DxO One Hands On Review.
Scroll down to “The Final Word.” You might be better served waiting for the next generation of mobile phones.
Microstock Diaries: Scoopshot Pivots to Become Uber For Photographers.
“Through their initiative “Everyone’s private photographer” –that counts with 1800 accredited photographers in 55 countries, at the moment– they will make it extremely simple to commission work. This platform will feature photographer’s portfolios (limited to only 9 photos) and also a bid engine for professionals to bid on assignments.” Ruh-roh. As if it wasn’t already hard enough to make a living.
DP Review: Polaroid Snap instant digital camera prints 2x3” photos.
99 smackers. Didn’t see a price for the internal paper/dye supplies.
Guardian.UK: Can Shell afford Arctic oil?
“No-one can have any surety about what is trapped in the rocky structures 2.5km below the surface until the company has drilled into them (the process may take a year). Despite good prospects they may find nothing, as happened to Cairn Energy in Greenland. It could also be gas. If either of these occur, the company has said it will take the hit and walk away.” Interesting backstory we haven’t generally heard.
DP Review: Tamron relaunches SP series with 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD.
Generally vibration control is pretty much wasted on wide angles. This may be a play for the popular (and very variable in quality) ‘street photographer’ niche.
HolyCool: The Studio Roller Wall Mounted Paper Roller.
This is making the rounds again; was meta-linked a year ago. “Everything old is new again” ... especially when it hasn’t sold enough units.
DP Review: BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene.
Nice. Compare it to the new high MP Canon ... slide that box over the top of the champagne bottle in the studio scene, you’ll notice the Sony has better shadow detail.
Mashable: Walmart cuts some workers’ hours to help control costs from raising wages.
You know, I hope, that Wall Street watches Walmart closely. WM has realtime results for every store, and moves accordingly in very swift fashion.
Archaeology News Network: FBI warns collectors about ISIS-smuggled antiquities.
Needs sharper teeth. The FBI needs to put penalties in place commensurate with the crime of supporting a terrorist organization.
Lifehacker: Moleskine Unveils New Notebooks Designed for Productivity and Organization.
Moleskine has, without my intention, become part of my brand. If I don’t show up with my little black book, clients ask if I forgot it.
Autoweek: Smart ForTwo goes topless for the Frankfurt motor show.
Valet/Fall 2015 Buying Planner: Chukkas.
Atlantic: Modafinil Really Is a ‘Smart Drug,’ Study Says.
Where’ve you been? Prozac started the ‘work-doping’ trend. The perceived ‘mood brightener’ became a must-take for salespeople in the 90’s.
SpendingItAll: Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank.
Digital Reader: Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service.
“Both of Scribd’s bold moves made the service attractive to potential subscribers, but they came at too high of a price. Rather than just draw in paying customers, Scribd attracted the type of customer it does not want - those who would use the service as it was intended by consuming as much content as they can.” My italic emphasis.
Medium: The Evolution of Magazine Covers.
Genuinely entertaining article.
Re/code: Many Drivers Ignoring New Tech Features in Cars, Survey Finds.
“... car makers are spending more and drivers are paying more for potentially unwanted technology bundled into cars. Drivers, especially those ages 21-38 from Generation Y, are still relying on their smartphones rather than their cars to connect to their favorite apps or search for nearby services.” Reinventing the wheel.
NY Times: Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web.
“Ad blockers could end up saving the ad industry from its worst excesses. If blocking becomes widespread, the ad industry will be pushed to produce ads that are simpler, less invasive and far more transparent about the way they’re handling our data — or risk getting blocked forever if they fail.” If they did not interfere with the reading and comprehension of information, I wouldn’t mind. But when they do, I block them.
Hemmings: Bonneville Speed Week cancellation spurs proposals for salt flats replenishment.
“Potash had been mined from Bonneville since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Bureau of Land Management, tasked with overseeing public lands including the Bonneville Salt Flats, determined that potash mining “may be causing the salt layer to thin and retract” and that ‘such diminshment would degrade the unique geology and historical relevance of the site and would disrupt the recreational opportunities that have been part of the BSF for over 80 years.’”
PS Blog: 9 Pieces of Gear I Wish I Hadn’t Purchased.
Hah. Everyone’s different. I use some of these daily.
Locanto: Mercedes home-built, made from Mercedes parts (and an Alfa windshield).
This would be great to drive to rallies and p-ss off Merc owners.
Amazon.com: Premium PU Leather Book-Style Case Cover for Kindle.
“Synthetic” leather, but awesome. Seen a better, with real leather? Let me know.
Later: Oh hey, this one’s nice too. I like the engraved look better. Like the elastic handstrap on the previous, though.
Tannus Tires: Solid Bicycle Tires.
Luminous Landscape: Zeiss Batis 85mm and Batis 25mm Lens Review for the Sony E Mount Cameras.
Microstock Diaries: 500px Modifies Pricing Structure In Marketplace.
Most I’ve talked to found the prices too high.