Month: July 2010

Microsoft’s Street Slide

A Must-See Video of Microsoft’s Street Slide, Better Than Google Street View

Microsoft Research has come up with a fantastic way to use street view images in panoramic form, including the use of the unused screen area above and below images. Watch the video, it’s quite good.

Couple this with their very useful Bing maps (try birdseye view of your area) and I’d say Microsoft is giving Google a run for their money. Good.

[via Jon Moss]

Solar roadways: The prototype

The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by our homes and businesses. Our ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways. This renewable energy replaces the need for the current fossil fuels used for the generation of electricity. This, in turn, cuts greenhouse gases literally in half.

Solar Roadways

[via Dale Allyn]

America in Color from 1939-1943

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Absolutely incredible collection: the US after the Great Depression, before World War II.

An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings

An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings

Jeffrey Friedle on how Lightroom’s JPEG settings differ from other applications that can convert RAW and TIFF images to JPEGs and how to think about evaluating each image being converted to JPEG so as to get the most compression with the least loss of image quality.

This is an extremely well written and useful.

[via Daring Fireball]

Flipboard

Flipboard may very well be the killer app for the iPad. It’s the ultimate aggregator and content presenter for everything you track: The New York Times, Facebook, Twitter, blogs with RSS feeds, everything with a feed.

Robert Scoble interviews Fliboard CEO, Mike McCue and once they get into the meat of the app it’s worth watching to get a better handle on what Flipboard is: First look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard.

[via Jon Moss]

iPhone4 cable issue with bumper

Let me preface this by saying I love my iPhone4 and no doubt Apple is going to give me a credit for the bumper I bought for it.

Apple iPhone connector cables

The Apple USB charging cable on the left is the older one although still sold by Apple to work with iPhone4 (see blow), the Apple USB charging cable on the right came with the iPhone4.

With the Apple bumper installed on iPhone4 the newer cable works fine but the older Apple cable doesn’t fit into the phone. Take the bumper off and the older cable works fine.

Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable

This USB 2.0 cable connects your iPod, iPhone, or iPad — directly or through a Dock — to your computer’s USB port for efficient syncing and charging or to the Apple USB Power Adapter for convenient charging from a wall outlet.

As if Apple didn’t have enough public relations problems with the iPhone4… and now everyone will have a bumper.

I don’t know about you but I have a few of these cables I bought as extras and it would be a shame to have to replace them with new ones that Apple doesn’t seem to sell as accessories.

Addendum: After talking with a friend who’s had a 3G, a 3Gs and now an iPhone4, we’ve come to the conclusion that Apple changed the cable when the iPhone 3Gs came out but they’ve failed to update the picture on their store. If you buy that cable from the Apple store you get the newer (smaller) one, not the one pictured. The extra cables he bought from Apple for his 3Gs are the same cable that comes with the iPhone4 and work fine with the bumper.

So, this problem only affects people who bought iPhone charging cables pre-iPhone 3Gs.