TechCrunch: Why Apple Wants Beats.
Curious. At first I thought they simply wanted higher quality earbuds. Apparently there’s some other reason behind it. Apple’s been about style *and* substance. Beats seems to lack (in reviews) the substance angle. Maybe they’ll kick up the audio quality, keeping the already-established PR (and pricing scale). But I’m just shooting from the hip here; no idea.
Wired: An Inside Look at the Insanely Complex Formula 1 Steering Wheel.
Looks complex, but if that’s all you had to memorize to make a living … not bad.
vowe dot net: Netgear TREK - Extend your hotel WiFi.
Of note to my travelling readers.
ExtremeTech: Sony develops tech for 185TB tapes - 3,700x more storage than a Blu-ray disc.
A Renaissance for tape?
Luminous Landscape: Sony a7R Wishful Thinking.
Fancy: Blacksmith-Labs Leather Holster for Apple iPhone 5/5s with Metal Alloy Belt Clip.
Annoying as they can be, I do use rugged holsters. Very nice.
Giz: Massive Hard Drive, Wacom Trackpad, Sony Cameras …
5GB USB external for $160? Stick it on your Airport Extreme, sleep better.
News Shooter: The Logger’s Lunchbox – an all-in-one ENG style solution for DSLRs.
Yes, yes, YES. End the “Frankenstein’s monster” of DSLR video rigs, once and for all. Watch this video, you’ll be jumping up and down like I was.
Re/code: Apple Launches Replacement Program for Faulty iPhone 5 Power Buttons.
If’n you’ve got a wonky iPhone 5 ...
HiConsumption: The 7 Best Drones.
Uh-huh. Could be wrong, but I have a feeling that the multicopters are easier for beginners, while a conventional helicopter-style layout (main rotor/tail rotor or jet) ends up being better for professional uses.
DP Review: ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review.
Scroll down and look at the waist belt. At least it can be swapped out for other belts (padded) … which I’d consider *essential* (adding cost). Load this thing up with that standard belt, you have a medieval torture device.
Gadget Flow: Jimi - USB Port Extension.
Wonderful, except for one little thing. It should have a pass-thru at the back, so you can have two items plugged in (one front, one back). That would be an insta-purchase. Otherwise, I’d just invest in a USB hub.
CNet: Get 50GB of iDrive iOS cloud storage for 99 cents.
Cloud storage just keeps dropping in price. Keep going.
Luminous Landscape: Panasonic GH4 Report.
Video goodness. Still love the availability of an external grip with XLRs.
Photo Rumors: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (Canon version) tested at DxOmark.
Hmmm. I rented the Zeiss 50mm F2 Makro and liked having an f/22 in addition to half life-size detail work. I’d miss the 1.4 shallow DOF, perhaps. But 800 or so extra smackers’ll buy another lens. 50mm isn’t that compelling a focal range.
Youtube: Newest Honda ASIMO Robot Moves Like A Human.
Cute. The perpetual-bent knees make my quads hurt just lookin’ at ‘em, though.
CNet: LaCie admits to year-long credit card breach.
“LaCie, which is set to merge with American hard drive maker Seagate, said it was informed about the breach on March 19, 2014 by the FBI. But the hardware company speculated that all transactions between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014 were possibly affected.”
CNet: The secret to saving a wet phone or tablet.
BitTorrent Sync Beta.
“No cloud required.” Interesting, in light of Google’s recent pricing strategies. Security?
The Dissolve: Film preservation 2.0.
“Archivists can use whatever media best suit their needs. But right now, there aren’t any great options.” Punched paper tape, perhaps? I was lamenting this just the other day. Via MeFi.
ReadWrite: Apple Retires Snow Leopard Support, Leaves 1 In 5 Macs In The Dust.
Not unexpected. My old white Macbook has stayed current longer than my Quadra 840AV did ...
DP Review and Zack Arias give impressions of the Fuji X-T1.
TechCrunch: Next-Gen YotaPhone Follow-Up Unveiled, With Full-Touch E-Ink Rear Screen.
The Luminous Landscape: Fuji’s X-T1.
BonjourLife: Shortcut-S Photoshop Keyboard.
That, and a Wacom tablet, and you’d be set. Maybe. I spend more time screwing with brush sizes and specs, which I don’t see on this ‘board.