With so many tablets being released these days, what is your primary mode of interaction with the tablet? I would be so bold as to venture that the most of us use our fingers since that is the most intuitive and convenient. On a side note, I did hear from a friend of mine that if you happen to be walking in the favelas of Brazil, it would be best not to point at anything or anywhere, as it might just get you killed. Can anyone verify that? I digress, and for the more sophisticated among you, here is a stylus that you might want to get to use alongside your tablet – the new gadgets, E FUN APEN A5 stylus. It is said to be the key to unlocking your creative potential as you design, create, draw, write, sketch, and edit on the iPad without missing a beat. Being extremely natural to use, you are able to write or draw right from the get go without having to go through a steep learning curve or alter your writing habits. Student, educators, business professionals or creative artists should be able to find a use for the $99 E FUN APEN A5 stylus. There is a built-in battery that is said to be able to last up to 90 hours, so you won't find yourself juicing this up too often. More information in Geminideal.
There is nothing that I love more this time a year then giant, overly elaborate Christmas new gadgets-light displays. Someone at the Festival of Lights 2011 in Lyon has created a light display that can be used all years. The reason why is because this display is a giant pinball machine, which will always be in season, even though the fad peaked at least thirty years ago. There is a video after the jump if you want to see it in motion, but my source doesn't tell me how it was all rigged up. The flippers look projected on there, and I would imagine that the rest of the lights were actually fixed up like neon. This Urban Flipper is designed by Carol Martin and Thibaut Berbezier, and it covers the Celestins theater. There is some serious 3D mapping technology on this facade, which seems to be made for a big pinball machine. It makes me wonder what other buildings can be made into giant pinball machines. How about the Notre Dame cathedral? Is that too much? I have no idea how long this display will be on display, or how much it costs to play it. Something tells me it is more than a quarter. More information in Geminideal.
Cold weather and holidays bring the opportunity to shoot those enchanting firelight pictures, rich with amber hues that make every frame warm and inviting. But Vincent Laforet, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, filmmaker and author of “Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet,” warns it's not as easy as rolling off a yule log. Here are his seven tips to get that shot of your family lit by hearth, menorah or blinking Christmas new gadgets. Get more stops. “The easiest way is to get a very bright lens,” said Mr. Laforet, meaning using a lens that lets in a lot of light, which is described by an “f” number. It's counterintuitive, but the lower the number, the more light a lens lets in. He said to look for at least an f 2.0, but if you can afford it, get an f 1.2. The hitch is that the faster the lens the more it costs. To go from an f 1.8 50mm lens to an f 1.4 lens almost doubles the price. ”Those lenses tend to be more expensive, but they get some great images,” he said. Stay still. A less expensive way to get more light on the camera's sensor is to use a longer exposure, but even that requires special equipment. “The cheaper thing to do is to use a tripod and hope your subject stays still long enough for a lengthy exposure,” said Mr. Laforet. “The obvious problem is people, especially kids, tend to move during your photo and you are going to have lots of images with motion blur.” There is no magic formula for snapping subjects at the right second, he said, “other than asking them to stay still.” Boost your ISO. It costs nothing to adjust your ISO setting, which increases the camera's sensitivity to light, but typically lowers the quality of the image – you are likely to lose definition and get those grainy speckles called “noise.” That is changing with new technology, though. “The bodies that are coming out these days are breaking those rules more than ever,” Mr. Laforet said. Newer cameras can often take high quality shots at higher ISO settings. Test your different ISO settings in candlelight conditions before settling in for shots at the hearth, said Mr. Laforet, “You have to see how good is good enough to you.” Trick the meter. Any camera on automatic is going to try to get the candle right, which leaves faces in the dark. One way to overcome the problem is to trick the meter. “Keep the light source out of the picture. If you keep the candle or tree outside of the frame you don't have to balance for it.” To trick the meter focus on a person's face, for instance, then press the shutter button half way, which on most cameras lock the settings. Now swing the camera back to include the candle in the photo and the exposure should be just about right. Bounce your light. You can give the firelight a little boost using a strobe, but there are tricks you'll need to keep the flat white light from overpowering your warm natural lighting. “A trick is to bounce your strobe behind you or to the side, so you shower the whole room with light, helping freeze your subject,” said Mr. Laforet. “That is the professional way to do it.” You will want to dial the power of your flash down, though, “As a general rule you'll want to under power your strobe two-thirds of a stop to a stop and a third.” Experiment beforehand. Fake it. “The real professional way of doing it is to recreate that natural light,” Mr. Laforet said. An advanced technique is to have a remote strobe coming from the same direction as the natural light. That probably means you will need a long strobe cord or a wireless trigger. You will also want to cover your strobe with a gel, a transparent colored material that will make the tint of the strobe light the color of the firelight. “You would likely cover the strobe with an orange gel.” Said Mr. Laforet. You can adjust the color later in Photoshop, but it requires some skill to tint the faces without turning the firelight deep red. Overshoot. Shooting by firelight is an inexact science. Event the pros tend to spray and pray. “The one secret pros don't like to share is, we are willing to take a lot of shots,” said Mr. Laforet. “It's worth wasting a few dozen frames for that one golden moment.” More informtion in Geminideal.
First, technology killed the typewriter industry. Wrapping paper could be next. With software replacing physical goods as the most sought-after gifts — at least for those who've already procured new gadgets-mobile devices — gift presentation is suddenly a challenge. ITunes gift cards are becoming so ubiquitous that they're almost passé, but mobile software developers can't sell their own app-specific cards. (Imagine how many apps Martha Stewart or Major League Baseball could sell if they packaged a gift code along with a fancy ladle or an authentic ball.) At least iTunes users have the option of gift cards, though. Android users had few answers to the iTunes gift card until recently, when the Canadian-based Mobiroo introduced gift cards for $15 and $25, for both Android and BlackBerry users. The cards are being sold at Target and RadioShack, among other retailers. Mobiroo gift cards aren't as versatile as iTunes cards, since you can choose from only around 200 Android apps, but the apps are generally of high quality. The average user ratings are four stars out of five for each app on the site, the company said. The selection is heavy on games, with notable ones from Electronic Arts (like Tetris and Monopoly) and Namco (Ms. Pac-Man), but blockbuster names like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope are missing. It's not great, in other words, but it's decent — which is perfectly fitting for Android and BlackBerry. More information in Geminideal.
You know you've arrived on the world stage when everywhere you fly would be First Class, while you stay in hotels that have at least a 5-star rating, and do not do your own laundry or pick up after your socks. Not only that, driving a Ferrari is passe for you, been there, done that, and you constantly monitor your cash flow as well as investments to make sure that the volatile market does not eat into your retirement fund. Well, since traveling around the world is your passion, surely you would need a more comfortable ride to bring you and the family along – so why not spoil yourself silly? I'm talking about the new gadgets- £1,900,000 Marchi Mobile eleMMent RV – yes sir, being a millionaire does not qualify you, but a multi-millionaire would definitely will.
The Marchi Mobile eleMMent RV is certainly a jaw dropping set of wheels, where you get this 40 foot long of what some deem to be a luxurious room that is on-the-go. Austrian company Marchi Mobile is the mastermind behind this vehicle, where it has high specifications in terms of make and fittings. For starters, the pop-up roof terrace measures a whopping 215 sq. ft, where there is also underfloor heating as well as a bar so that you can stop for a drink at your own convenience. Getting over bridges might be a wee bit tricky though, since this 20-ton behemoth is no featherweight. At least all that tonnage equals to a monstrous master bedroom with a 40″ TV complete with a state of the art en suite bathroom that has a rainfall shower. Heck, even the driver you employ has a bunk bed to call his own – certainly with all that obscene wealth, you're not going to drive this thing yourself, are you? That would just be beneath your station in life. The mileage is going to get you very poor returns though – I guess that is the only ugly bit about the Marchi Mobile eleMMent RV. Sporting a 510bhp engine underneath the hood, it is capable of going up to 93mph, so that means its brakes are definitely going to have some really, really serious stopping power. With a mileage rating of just 13mpg, I guess it will not matter that much since those who can afford this puppy will definitely find fluctuations in the gas prices at the pumps to be nothing but of an annoyance. Marchi Mobile says that will most probably produce about five a year – I wonder which roads around the world can support this RV? More information? Come on in Geminideal.