Just for grins.
I picked up a Zoom H4n to get better audio for my video projects. The wind widget makes the thing look like a troll … and that’s the new nickname for it. The Troll. “Go grab the Troll for me, will ya?”
99U: Scribe Lets You Copy and Paste Between Your iPhone and Mac.
iPhone to iMac ‘workflow’ remains a bit of a challenge. This might help.
Sonnet: Thunderbolt Storage, Adapters & Expansion Boxes.
Expansion chassis still quicken my blood ...
Macworld: Great gear you may have missed.
A plethora of Apple iOS device cables and mods.
Ars Technica: Google to buy Nest for $3.2 billion.
Later: Thinking further about Google’s recent purchases. Robots, now proximity-sensing thermostats. AI burglary, then? [Joking …] No, wait. Drones. They need drones. That’d be the trifecta.
DP Review: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000.
20MP? Now you’re talking. Let’s see what the reviews say about ISO quality.
Amazon.com: Livescribe 4 GB Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen.
Neat idea. Where have I heard of that before? Ah yes. My umpteen year old Newton would do that, and store my writing as digital, editable text. This one doesn’t.
MacStadium: Dedicated Mac Pro Server Hosting and Colocation.
Hope those racks have more cooling airspace than they seem to from a first glance.
AppleInsider: New Mac Pro’s processor reportedly user-upgradeable.
Fantastic, if true. Fondly remembering the days of Powerlogix, et al (processor upgrades for PowerMacs). At the end of my PowerMac days, I spent my time rigging cooling fans pointing at my accelerator boards ...
Jaxenter: Data Democratization at SoundCloud.
Gawd, I don’t miss supporting business meetings in their modern incarnations. [Another guy clicking and looking at his slides. Yuck.] You can fast forward to the good stuff.
Apple Insider Review: mPact Glass screen protector for iPad Air.
I point this out, because a product of similar design saved my 5D DSLR’s LCD screen a month or two ago. The head of my monopod swung into the LCD, hitting it obliquely just about a quarter of an inch from the corner. The protective Schott glass protector shattered, saving the LCD. There’s just the smallest nick on the edge of the plastic LCD screen. I think very highly of such products now.
Anxious Machine: Placebo-philes.
Funny that ‘audiophile’ is being framed as placebo-effect. Entering that world as a late teen, I realized one very basic fact: I would never achieve the sound I wanted. The pursuit of perfect sound would be a lifelong one … and very expensive. So I chased the most expensive items I could afford, stayed in a state of marginal satisfaction (never anxiety), and ultimately put it all aside for other pursuits. I still have my NEAR metal-cone bookshelf speakers. I doubt they’ll wear out in my lifetime.
Macworld: Ergotron WorkFit - Have a seat or stand at attention with your Mac.
Pricey, but will probably work with your existing desk. The convenience of fast sit/stand config might be worth the price.
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.