Fancy: MacCase Premium Leather Flight Jacket.
Pricey but solid and no-nonsense vintage.
Gizmodo: This Dual-Screen E-Ink Phone Is Now Real (But You Can’t Have It, Yet).
“The YotaPhone, priced at €499, runs Android and combines a standard 4.3-inch 720p LCD touchcreen up front with a 4.3-inch E-Ink screen around the back.” HAH. Told you. See previous. Should have patented that idea (though someone else probably got to it long before).
DataCent: Failing hard drive sounds.
Western Digital Product update: Mavericks Data Loss Issue.
vowe dot net: Yoga 2 Pro has landed.
Yoga 2 Pro looks very interesting. Since I’m handicapping iPad Air vs. competition, I need to get my hands on a Yoga to see if it will fit my work-needs. I will be hard-pressed to leave some of my iPad apps behind, but a tablet with built-in keyboard is quite seductive. No doubt sleepless nights before I make up my mind.
DisplayMate: Mini Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out.
“The Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7 both have Color Gamuts close to the sRGB/Rec.709 Standard, in the range of 97 to 103 percent, which is very good. However, the iPad mini Retina Display has a much smaller 63 percent Color Gamut, which is incredibly disappointing because it produces noticeably subdued image colors. In fact, it’s almost identical to the Gamuts on the much older iPad 2 and the original iPad mini. That is inexcusable for a current generation premium Tablet.” Photographers, take note. [Later: Though the entertaining use of initial caps begs the question.]
Macworld: Paper developer FiftyThree enters the stylus fray with Pencil.
Paper is one of my favorite iPad apps; I’ll be excited to see the reviews.
CNet: Backblaze - Our bet on consumer hard drives looks good so far.
Interesting! I suppose I should put any four-year-old or greater externals on my ‘replace soon’ list.
Later: Direct Backblaze post link.
Macworld: WD My Cloud EX4 review ... Four-bay NAS wins on features, not speed.
RAID 5+Hot Spare and sheer capacity sell this to me more than the speed. Speed would be nice, but it’s a cost premium in RAID hardware at this point in time. I’ve got a lot of photos to keep online!
On Taking Pictures: Fuji x100s Travel Camera Review.
“It is definitely not the ‘Ooh, look at that! <instantaneous snap!>” camera that some other reviews have touted it being. It’s not even close to the shutter on a manual film camera. If there was a time element involved in getting a picture, the camera was slowing me down.” Dealbreaker. Nothing drives me crazier with point-and-shoots and cellphone cameras. I’ve been so curious about all the positive press over the Fuji. This puts paid on it, for me. YMMV.
ChargeCard: Micro USB Cable, Credit Card Sized.
Mashable: iPad Air Explodes in an Australian Phone Store
“A Vodafone spokesperson said a ‘burst of flames’ appeared near the charging port of the device.” In a store? Someone spilled coffee on it.
Western Digital: External Drives for Mac Experiencing Data Loss …
WD recommends uninstalling their drivers, and supply a download. Have backups.
xlr8yourmac: 10.9 Mavericks problems with WD Drive Manager/Raid Manager/Smartware.
CNet/MacFixIt: External drives experiencing data loss after Mavericks installation.
Important. I never use built-in drivers for my externals; I always format with Apple’s Disk Utility. If you haven’t — beware! Apple needs to release a simple little test app for this.
Anki: Bringing Consumer Robotics & AI Into Everyday Life.
Mixing slot cars and video games. I gotta tell ya, I get enough of a blast just racing against others on slot car tracks. Adding weapons? Meh. But then, I’m out of the demographic.
VentureBeat: Apple, it’s not just the iPhone 5S — the 5C sensors aren’t accurate e
“The upshot, of course, is that the sensors in the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C are simply not accurate. At least, not in my models, and certainly not in the models of others on Apple support forums, or in Gizmodo’s testing.” I would imagine that puts the kibosh on gaming, too. I hope there’s a software fix.
NotCot: Wildcat, all-terrain robot.
Soon as they start up that lawnmower engine, you’ll laugh. The potential, however, is palpable.
ImagingResource: Fujifilm announces $200 Instax Mini 90 instant camera.
Missed this. Two bucks a print, but lots of control. Love to try one out.
DP Review: Manfrotto revamps 190 series tripods with updated design.
Worth a look. I still shoot on a bloody heavy old Gitzo that looks like I found it in an armed conflict overseas someplace. Heavy tripods rule.
DxOMark: Apple iPhone 5s overview.
Scores a 76. Only the Nokia 808 scores higher, apparently.
Designer News: Macbook Pro vs Macbook Air.
DP Review/Connect: How does Apple’s new iPhone 5s perform as a camera?
It’s a multi-page article, but I take you to the conclusions page.
Techfounder: 4 days charge on an Android? Yes.
The title pulled me in immediately, and for once, it delivers. I’ll start my own experiments soon. My Android HTC Sensation 4G barely lasts the day at present (two years old now).
Macworld: WD My Cloud review—A better, more secure alternative to cloud storage.
Hmmm. Needs to have a built-in backup drive. I’ve only rarely had an issue with a WD internal drive, but I’ve had occasional issues with their externals. Just my experience: so I say, if you buy it, get a backup drive while you’re at it.