As a misanthrope living in a vibrant city, I’m never short of things to complain about. And in particular the problem of people crowding into my photos, whatever I happen to shoot, is a persistent one. That won’t be an issue any more with Bye Bye Camera, an app that simply removes any humans from photos you take. Finally!
We went to the LA Zoo yesterday and had a picnic lunch near the kids’ playground. It was in the grass under a shady tree. We brought along this 80″ x 60″ picnic blanket ( on Amazon). It folds up into a small package and comes with a handle for easy carrying. The underside is made of a tough material to resist scratching, and the top is softer and easy to wipe down. It has a thin layer of foam to provide a bit of a cushion. We’ve used it a bunch of times and it holds up well. Read the rest
The easy pitch for the new HBO / BBC co-production Years and Years might be What if Black Mirror, but a family drama? But the more accurate pitch might be What if Black Mirror, but with a full and beating heart? That isnt intended as a slam on Charlie Brookers anthology series about dystopian futures. Its more of an appreciation of what creator Russell T. Davies has been able to achieve with his six-episode limited series, premiering Monday, June 24th on HBO. (Its run on BBC One recently concluded.)
Years and Years begins in 2019, with a focus on the complicated intergenerational Lyons clan: Muriel (Anne Reid), her grandchildren Edith (Jessica Hynes), Stephen (Rory Kinnear), Daniel (Russell Tovey), and Rosie (Ruth Madeley), and…
“Pure metallic mercury is far less dangerous than most people think,” says Cody, before pouring some in his mouth. “I’m not gonna swallow it,” he says. “I might swallow some. It’s not really that big of a deal. It’s gonna come out as shiny as it went in.” Read the rest
Graffiti Diplomacy is a Brooklyn-based graffiti art studio and educational outfit with a terrific Web site containing free lessons, handouts, and craft activities for beginning (and advanced) artists. Their “Urban Blight” diorama how-to, complete with popsicle stick picket fences, looks like a lot of fun to build and tag.
This ten-minute video of Japanese toy car, robot, and spacecraft TV commercials bears repeated viewing. The special effects (including stop-motion animation) are fantastic. My favorite is this one for Voltes V toys. Here are photos of the toys from that commercial. As you might guess, these toys sell for a fortune on eBay. Read the rest
Googles Nest Hub is on sale more frequently than not, and todays discount brings it down to its best price ever. Usually $129, its just $61 (before tax) at Rakuten with the offer code SAVE15 used at checkout.
Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, this smart display is worth the cost if youre invested in Google services. As noted in our review, the Nest Hub makes for an excellent digital photo frame if you have a Google Photos library. Amazons brand-new, freshly reviewed Echo Show 5 is currently its closest competitor in terms of features, and so long as you dont plan to watch YouTube (its not supported), its $89.99 price isnt bad if you want better audio quality and a camera with a hardware shutter for privacy.
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4 While the Raspberry Pi first started as a simple computer designed to […]
Eccentric eyewear maker Scott Urban first kickstarted his “Reflectacles” frames in 2016; the frames used emedded retroreflectors to make them throw back tons of light, making them highly visible (and great for things like night cycling); subsequent iterations beefed up the IR reflectivity, which blinded many CCTV surveillance cameras (they use IR to paint low-light scenes, and their sensors can be overwhelmed if enough of that IR bounces back at them).
iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13 are available in public beta, and you can download and install them now. The process for installing each is a bit different, but well walk through whats new and how to get the new software on your device.
Unless youre enrolled in Apples developer program, this is your first opportunity to try out the new software in beta. These betas will update periodically, culminating in the final release, which we expect at the end of summer. Itll likely be timed around the new hardware announcements made at Apples annual September event.
First, the usual word of warning about beta software: these releases may seem stable, but they could contain bugs that wont be squashed until the final releases…
Apple is planning to release iOS 13 this fall to iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads (under the guise of the new iPadOS). It has a lot of improvements under the hood, but the most dramatic overhaul is coming to Apples in-car interface known as CarPlay.
CarPlay was first introduced four years ago, and aside from gaining the ability to use third-party mapping apps last year, it hasnt really changed since then. But in iOS 13, its getting a major overhaul that makes it much more competitive with Googles similar Android Auto platform. Ive been testing the new CarPlay in beta form and have been immediately impressed with the changes, though Apple does still have a little bit of work to do before this launches publicly later this year.
This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But […]
In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. Thanks to these incremental improvements, it should make the end user experience much more enjoyable. And with iOS 13, it feels like Apples main focus is on this concept. Dark Mode is basically the only new flashy feature of iOS this year. […]
If youre active on several social networks, it can be a real pain trying to keep up with all your accounts. When you want to spread around some photos of your vacation, get some recommendations for your next phone, or simply complain about the weather, having to go to each service and send the same message to each and then return to each so you can follow any responses is time-consuming and inconvenient, to say the least.
One way around it is to use a social network manager that lets you monitor, and post to, more than one social network at a time. These handy tools used to be more available to day-to-day users, but are now, for the most part, mainly selling their services to businesses who want to use social networking for…
For some of us, there are few sounds more satisfying than the deep resonant “thunk” of a high quality toggle switch slamming into position. There isn’t an overabundance of visceral experiences when working with electronics, so we like to savor them when we get the chance. But of course there’s …read more