March 6, 2014
The MassDOT recently shared this timelapse video showing how they simply installed a new bridge on River Street in Hyde Park in 2012.
February 25, 2014
Two 4K Phones Coming
The Sony Xperia Z2 has 20.7 MP, 4K and is waterproof. Only 8.2mm thick, weighing 163 grams. It also claims extended battery life, saying it can do up to 19 hours of talk time on a charge.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has 16 MP, 4K and claims to be water resistant. 145 grams, 8.1mm.
The display is limited to 1080p on both cameras.
February 24, 2014
The title is pretty much the whole story. SanDisk pushes the envelope again with a 128GB MicroSD card. Looks like the SRP will be $200. You can get a regular SD card with a capacity of 128GB for as little as $66. But now with a MicroSD card of that size, you will be able to lose many thousands of photos and several hours of video with one little careless moment as you extract the MicroSD card from your device. "Did anybody see where that went?" In the 21st century the MicroSD card fills the role held by contact lenses in the late 20th century: things to be searched for on your hands and knees.
If This Were The Only Smartphone App, It Would Be Sufficient To Justify The Existence Smartphones
SteadyServ Techologies introduces the Keg Sensor app. All hail Keg Sensor!
The SteadyServ keg sensor collects and sends a host of information to users, including how much beer remains, the type and style of the beer in the keg, when it was delivered, when it was tapped, its age, and when the keg may run out. It sends this information to SteadyServ's cloud-based software, where it is paired with other information, such as how much safety stock remains, the next delivery date, previous order information, past consumption trends, event information, beer consumption trends nearby, and even local weather forecasts which may impact patronage trends.
A cross between Keg Sensor and some popular social apps could let you know how much someone who is within a certain radius has been drinking. I would call that app Beer Goggles.
I was reading about a new device coming onto the market that is so low-cost and so behind the curve on technology that it will only be marketed in South America, Eastern Europe and Asia (not Japan). But rather than compare it to the very latest product from, say, Apple, I thought I should do a comparison to the very first IBM-compatible computer that I had access to in the early 1980s:
|1980s DOS PC||New Device|
|Display:||640 x320 EGA||WVGA (800 x 480) display.|
|Color:||8-bit color||TrueColor (24-bit/16M)|
|Pixel density:||80 columns x 24 rows||Pixel density: 233 ppi|
|Display tech:||Cathode-ray tube||Display technology: IPS LCD|
|Power source:||120 volts, 60 Hz||Charging connectors: Micro-USB|
|The power grid||1500 mAh battery|
|Audio:||Built-in speaker can beep||AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector|
|Like I said, it can beep||Audio playback file formats: MP4, AAC, MP3, MIDI|
|Connectivity:||You can connect to your keyboard and monitor, what else is there?||USB: USB 2.0|
|Huh?||Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS|
|What?||Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|Security:||To establish privacy you turn off your computer||WAPI|
|Processor:||The 286! Way better than the 8086!||Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4, dual-core 1 GHz processor|
|RAM:||1 MB, 640 KB usable||512 MB|
|Storage:||20 MB hard drive||4 GB storage|
|External storage:||5¼-inch floppy||Expandable memory card type: MicroSD|
|That floppy can hold 1.2 MB||Maximum memory card size: 32 GB|
|Camera:||Kodak Instamatic, get the prints from Walgreen's, go to the post office and mail them off||Main camera sensor: 3 MP|
|Radio:||There was room on the desk for an FM radio||Stereo FM radio|
|Video:||Video! WTF are you talking about?||Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG|
|Weight:||Massive. Many pounds.||128 grams|
|You want a handcart and maybe a back brace if you're going to be moving more than one of these||Fits in your pocket|
|Price:||$2,000 at least||$122.00|
|Target market:||Marketed to businesses in the U.S., Europe and Japan||Marketed to the average person in developing nations|
The new device is the Nokia X running Android.
GoPro Now With Google Glass
A developer has devised an app that allows Google Glass to connect to any GoPro camera with Wi-fi, so that would be any GoPro Hero3 and any earlier models with the Wi-fi BacPac connected. The app for Glass is no earth-shaking breakthrough. The existing apps for iOS, Android, and even Windows allow one to access the camera remotely with a phone or tablet using Wi-fi. I don't understand this sentence in the article: "Right now there doesn't appear to be a way to actually trigger recording to the GoPro's own storage, something which would make for a useful addition." I assume this Glass developer had access to GoPro's specs for its remote apps so he could create his for the Glass. A standard part of the GoPro app in all versions is the ability to turn recording on and off. How could it be that this developer got all of the specs from GoPro except how to do that one essential thing?
That 8 to 12 second delay is something that needs to be worked on too. My Hero2 with Wi-fi BacPac has a 3 to 4 second delay.
January 30, 2014
The "rear" shown almost full size. This should probably be the front. The only thing on the "front" is a power light. Even the power switch is on the "rear."
It's labeled only on the base where no one will see it.
January 26, 2014
The Napwell is presented to you by a grad student at MIT and Harvard Medical. Obviously, he would have no time to sleep at all. Even so, he pretends that he also naps, therefore the Napwell. It's probably a fine piece of equipment, but I just want to point out one thing. I think when people start using these strange devices with a red, blinking countdown timer display on airplanes, some innocent person will be accused of being a suicide bomber and the plane will be diverted to the nearest airport.
January 22, 2014
More Old Windows OS News
Did you know that 95% of the ATMs worldwide run on Windows XP? The Bloomberg article says that ATM owners are rushing to upgrade to Windows 7, but that means lots of new hardware too. XP support is scheduled to end in April 2014. The ATMs would continue to function, but they would no longer receive security updates. So Microsoft has announced it will "continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015." Because even Microsoft employees take money out of ATMs and put their pants on one leg at a time.
January 21, 2014
Paramount Has Gone 100% Digital
The movie that will go down in history as Paramount's last film (literal film) release was Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Thus history is written. There should be a small asterisk after that statement that Paramount has switched to digital 100% for distribution, and here's that asterisk: "* in the United States." Okay, so there will still be literal films. Interesting fact in that linked L.A. Times article: 92% of theaters in the U.S. are digital. Well, they snuck that one right up on me.