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... best PhotoSphere ever!

The best photosphere ever!


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... best PhotoSphere ever!



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Problems that a new iPhone 6 Resolution and Screen Size will cause

Problems that a new iPhone 6 Resolution and Screen Size will cause

Just reading some articles (9to5 linked) on the latest rumoured iPhone 6. It is said to be 4.7 inches at least which is brilliant. Anyone who worry about a screen being "too big" will soon forget it any love the real estate it gives you as many have found out on the Android platform.

The problem is with the Apps. The way iOS apps are developed is that they are built with scale in mind. When the original iPhone was released it had a 4:3 resolution screen at 480x320. When the retina came out they doubled the resolution to 960x640 but they kept from a developer point of view a 480x320 resolution, hence the more detail display. Also the screen size stayed the same at 3.5 inches.

When iPhone 5 came out, they increase the height of the display to 1136 and made the screen a 16:9 resolution. What this done to the old pre iPhone 5 apps was it cause black bars at the top and bottom of the phone as the apps were made to the 4:3 resolution. It was fixed eventually by developers updating their apps however this here is the inflexibility of developing for iOS.

Now if rumours are true and iPhone 6 will keep the same 16:9 resolution as iPhone 5 but increase the screensize to 4.7 inch (or maybe 5.5 inches) this letterbox effect we saw early with a 4:3 to 16:9 switch will not be apparent, you do get another problem

Because apps are developed to specific screen resolutions, in this case for iPhone it is developed to 568x320 for post iPhone 5 (2X of retina) it is built to the same dimension.

All iPhones have the same width of 51.60mm. The new iPhone 6 with an increase screen size of 4.7 inches will bump the width to around 60mm. If the target is still 51.60mm width then all a bigger iPhone does is make everything bigger. You basically gain no advantage of a bigger screen because everything is just blowing up bigger.

A bigger screen should allow more information to be displayed and that is what you won't get initially with the iPhone 6. That will need to be sorted when the new iPhone comes out with iOS 8. To some extent this is what happened to iPad mini with everything being too small as it scaled with the bigger iPad.

WWDC is next week and Apple needs to sort this out. They have to make it by default that everything should scale regardless of screen size. I think iOS7 moving towards vector graphics shows the direction they are moving towards but changing the fundamental way of building apps on a platform is going to be hard, especially something as crucial as the UI which was imbedded from the conception of the iPhone

http://9to5mac.com/2014/05/14/likely-iphone-6-with-sharper-larger-1704-x-960-resolution-screen-in-testing/

iPhone 6 with larger, sharper 1704 x 960 resolution screen in testing
Apple is preparing to release a new iPhone with a larger screen later this year, and while multiple reports have indicated that the screen will be larger, the exact dimensions of the screen and its...

Solar Roadways is the new Concrete!

Solar Roadways is the new Concrete!

The potential of this is huge! Not only would we solve the environmental and energy crises, but it also provides things that we might need later that we have not thought off. I like the fact that each panel will be connected together not only mean that the system can tell if a solar panel would need to be replaced but more importantly we could run high speed internet through it.

I love the idea that it can be heated therefore no need for ice on the streets and I like the way it can also display different light patterns for road lines but also for informational messages on what's ahead.

Obviously there are challenges ahead to get this mass produced. This looks super expensive to produce and scale, plus making sure the glass is durable and ideal for road tires is a big safety concerns. But this is all solvable and with enough investment and funding this is achievable. I do think a company like Google should buy them out as they need a lot of money to get this off the ground.

It seems to be that this is the next big thing in construction and for me is a replacement for the good old concrete :)



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YouTube to offer crowdfunding - Take on Patreon?

YouTube to offer crowdfunding - Take on Patreon?

I think this is a big thing. Not every YouTuber would want to have adverts on their video because viewers like me hate it. Services like Patreon allows viewers to donate a small fee to help support the creator. It was just a matter of time YouTube will allowed this on their services, but I am not sure if they will match Patreon 5% fee...

This is a good move and it allows another way to help the creators.

This does not mean that Advertising is going to go away. I think advertising is good, but I would feel content producer would like to have more control, maybe to select companies they would like to advertise and maybe the exact videos they would like to show, which currently they cannot do. But it is good to see many ways of helping the creators!

YouTube will soon let you crowdfund projects directly on the site
Plenty of users weren't happy when YouTube ditched its commenting system in favor of Google+, and following that backlash the video-sharing service has

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GIF I won't want to make that Lion angry

GIF I won't want to make that Lion angry



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Playing with the king of the jungle.









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Mario Cats

If eBay wants user to change their passwords, a good start will be to actually say it on their website...

If eBay wants user to change their passwords, a good start will be to actually say it on their website

Pretty much been report on all the news website that eBay has been hacked and they recommend all users to change their passwords but it would be good if they actually posted it on their front page!!!

Anyway, good to change your password, and use something like +LastPass  to generate long passwords and store them securely.

eBay makes users change passwords

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So five years later... #FrankFurter

So five years later... #FrankFurter 









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If new Google+ post then post to Blogger #IFTTT I have been experimenting with IFTTT to auto post my...

If new Google+ post then post to Blogger #IFTTT

I have been experimenting with IFTTT to auto post my Google+ post to my blogger at http://www.richardtan.co.uk. I have been posting some test post on Google+ so you might have seen them but I finally got what I wanted.

First, I created an RSS feed of my public post from: http://gplusrss.com/

I then went to IFTTT and set up the recipe seen in the image below. I took any new items added to the RSS feed and then auto post it to my Blogger. There is a 2 hour delay as I am on the free account on GPlusRSS but I am happy with the results

+Mike Jenkinson has also experimented with RSS to Email and then Blogger which I could not get to work. Check out his recipe here https://plus.google.com/u/0/107382142272653589780/posts/jcx6Qpj6E18

If you find this useful and that others may want this please share this post.

Now I need to work out how to update Google+ post with my Blogger permalink automatically... All better still, Google Integrate Plus and blogger together :)


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