Lospec, a resource site for “digitally restrictive art”

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Lospec offers various tools and tutorials for creating “digitally restrictive art”, typically pixel art that restricts the pallette and resolution in honor (or explicit imitation) of retro computer hardware.

The biggest collection of pixel art tutorials on the net! Search by topic, author or medium to find the perfect article, video, image or book for you.

A searchable collection of palettes for pixel art. Every palette can be downloaded in 6 different formats, and imported into nearly any software used to create pixel art.

The Lospec Pixel Editor is a free, easy to use tool for creating pixel art that you can use right in your browser.

It’s the work of Sam Keddy, who operates a patreon that you can pledge to to help further develop the site. Read the rest

Why Microsoft has to bet big on an ARM-based Surface

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The (Intel-based) Surface Go

The (Intel-based) Surface Go | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Of everything Microsoft is rumored to be announcing this week, the ARM-based Surface is far and away the most important thing to my mind. This is not what I would have told you a month or two ago, honestly. It’s surprising because there are really important storylines for everything Microsoft is set to announce. Let’s just strafe a few of them before digging into ARM.

Take the Surface Pro, for example. Microsoft hasn’t changed the overall design in years, so it feels overdue for a bezel-killing update. At the very least, Microsoft will hopefully bow to the inevitable and include a proper USB-C port on it.

The potential dual-screen device hits on so many long-running Microsoft stories I can’t even begin to list them all. There’s the…

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Application extension: pitch in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin

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Great news for time-strapped early-stage startup founders across Europe and beyond! We’re extending our application deadline to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. If you’re ready to launch your startup on a global stage and complete for glory, cash, media attention and investor love, it’s time to act. Apply to Startup Battlefield before […]

Do 64-megapixel phone cameras really make a difference?

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realme 64mp xt

Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge

Phones with 64-megapixel cameras are already starting to be released. In recent weeks we’ve seen the Realme XT, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro, and the Vivo Nex 3 announced with the same 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor, and you can expect this to proliferate just like 48-megapixel phone cameras did throughout the first half of the year.

I have the first of these phones, the Realme XT, in hand right now, so I thought I’d shoot some comparison photos to see what advantage the sensor can bring over the previous 48-megapixel chips. The Samsung sensor is basically the same thing but bigger — the pixels are the same size and use the same filter, so there’s just more of them across a larger surface area. Just as 48-megapixel phones shoot…

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Logitech’s new mechanical keyboard lets you swap its switches as easily as keycaps

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Logitech’s latest keyboard, the Pro X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, uses key switches that can be swapped out without you needing to desolder them. Instead, as Tom’s Hardware reports, you can extract them using a simple plastic tool, which makes removing and replacing them almost as easy as swapping the keyboard’s keycaps.

Being able to change a keyboard’s switches this easily is great for anyone who wants to try out a different switch type without having to buy an entirely new keyboard; they can just buy a new pack of switches. Also, since you can replace the switches on an individual basis, you could theoretically customize a board that uses one switch for some keys, and an entirely different switch for others.

Keyboards with these…

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