Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brewbot

Brewbot reports: [edited]

Brewbot uses sensor technology to track and automate the beer brewing process. Simply follow the instructions in the app, add the ingredients when prompted and, hey presto, you can call yourself a brewer.

Monitor, track and understand how water turns into beer using the mobile app, from adding the ingredients on brew-day to the day it is ready to drink. Brewbot provides an insight into how your beer is doing every step of the way.

Join the community and begin brewing your own Brewbot Ale by picking up a Brewbot at the special pre-order price, starting at £1,700.

Current orders are shipping in September 2014.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

London-Nottingham-London-Somerset-London, 25- & 27-07-14

London - Nottingham, 25-07-14
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard Thompson
Walking on a Wire - Richard Thompson
Wall of Death - Richard Thompson
Down Where the Drunkards Roll - Richard Thompson
One Door Opens - Richard Thompson
Persuasion - Richard Thompson
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (alt) - Richard Thompson
I Misunderstood - Richard Thompson
From Galway to Graceland - Richard Thompson
Valerie - Richard Thompson
Shoot out the Lights - Richard Thompson
Beeswing - Richard Thompson
When the Spell Is Broken - Richard Thompson
Dimming of the Day - Richard Thompson
Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
Seven Days - Ron Wood
Just Like A Woman (live) - Richie Havens
When The Ship Comes In - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Introduction - Johnny Cash
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash & Shawn Colvin
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Rehearsal) - Eric Clapton
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Eric Clapton
Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
The Band - The Band
Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
License To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn

Nottingham - London, 25-07-14
Beaten Up In Love Again (Album Version) - The Doves
There's A Hole In My Bucket - Harry Belafonte & Ertha Kitt
Laisse Tomber Les Filles - April March
Sweet Talkin' Guy - The Chiffons
In The Shadows - The Rasmus
Whoops Now - Janet Jackson
Belle - Beauty and the Beast
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - The Georgia Satellites
Metarie - Brendan Benson
Chartjunk - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Vicious - Lou Reed
He's A Tramp - Lady And The Tramp
Cologne (feat. Nikki Cislyn & Javeon) - Clean Bandit
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Shang-A-Lang - Bay City Rollers
Take on me - a-ha
Fade To Grey - Visage
You Sexy Thing (16/6/87 BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session) - Cud
Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same - Happyness
Love Is To Die - WARPAINT
Bad - Michael Jackson
Monday Morning 5:19 - Rialto
Borderline - Madonna
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That - Dolly Parton
The Wire - HAIM
Archie, Marry Me - Alvvays
Toop Toop - Cassius
Take On Me - Reel Big Fish
Better Off As Two (single) - FrankMusik

London - Somerset, 25-07-14
Dance Wiv Me (feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome) [Radio Version] - Dizzee Rascal
Mr. Fortune Cookie Fortune Writer - Bud Light - Real American Heroes
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyoncé
My coo ca choo - Alvin Stardust
Cum on Feel the Noize - Slade
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy
One More Night - Yellow Dog
Stop, Stop the music - The Hollies
Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) - Raspberries
I'm Not Alone (Radio Edit) - Calvin Harris
Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic feat. Felly
Birthday - Katy Perry
History Eraser - Courtney Barnett
Jump In the Line - Harry Belafonte
(I Hate) Everything about you - Ugly Kid Joe
Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit) - Guru Josh Project
Brand New Lover - Dead Or Alive
I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star - Prince And The Revolution
Mr Jones - Counting Crows
Dilemma - Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland
When Can I See You Again? - Owl City
Mayor Of Your Town - Leona Naess
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Rock My Heart (Radio Mix) - Haddaway
One Fine Day - The Shirelles
Get Low - Flo Rida
Banquet - Bloc Party
Daughter - Loudon Wainwright III
eez-eh - Kasabian
Papa don't Preach - Madonna
I'm Your Man - Wham!
Sitting Down Here - Lene Marlin
Going To The Chapel - The Shirelles
Swoon - Emily Wolfe
Got To Get - Rob 'N' Raz feat. Leila K
Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton (with Kenny Rogers)
Sonic Boom Boy - Westworld
I Love You 'Cause I Have To - Dogs Die In Hot Cars
One Girl / One Boy - !!!
You're The One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
Helena Beat - Foster the People
My Girl - Madness
Klapp Klapp - Little Dragon

Somerset - London, 27-07-14
I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
Zombie (Dancin' With The Zombie) (cranberries remix) - A.D.A.M. feat. Amy
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues - Eels
I Think I'm A Clone Now - "Weird Al" Yankovic
Don't Save Me - HAIM
Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry) - 3OH!3
Secret Smile - Semisonic
Feel It (feat. Maya) - The Tamperer (feat. Maya)
Mr. Handlebar Mustache Wearer - Bud Light - Real American Heroes
Goshen '97 - Strand Of Oaks
My White Bicycle - Nazareth
Another One Bites The Dust [2011 Remaster] - Queen
The Streak - Ray Stevens
These Aren't The Droids - Neko Case and Kelly Hogan
Dhoom Machale Dhoom - DHOOM-3
Bad Boys - Wham!
Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett
Slung-lo - Erin McKeown
Good Morning Baby - Semisonic w/Bic Runga
I wanna be sedated (Ramones cover) - The Offspring
Call me maybe - Nightcore
Innocente (feat. Leigh Nash) - Delerium
Mah Na Mah Na - Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths
Cool Jerk - The Revillos
Return to Yesterday - The Lilac Time
Take On Me - El Conjunto Nueva Ola
Ride A White Swan - T.Rex
Sailor's Daughter - Sabina
Nature Boy [Edit] - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence + The Machine
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Kung Fu Fighting - Bus Stop Feat. Carl Douglas
Rhythm Is a Dancer - Snap!
Louie - Ida Maria
Move It Like This - Baha Men
Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers - Joanna Gruesome
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Number Three (live) - They Might Be Giants
Word Crimes - "Weird Al" Yankovic
99 Red Balloons [Pleasure Delux techno remix] - Nena
Daddy's Girl - Red Sovine
Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo - Alma Cogan
Under Pressure [2011 Remaster] - Queen (ft. David Bowie)
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Pump Up the Volume - Marrs
The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Ambrose and His Orchestra
Virginia Plain - Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Insane In the Brain - Prince Fatty
Feel It In Your Heart - Abandon
Encore Une Fois - Sash!
Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
Yes Sir I Can Boogie - Baccara
Polka Face - "Weird Al" Yankovic
3 Little Words (single) - FrankMusik
Sign Of The Times - Belle Stars
The Ketchup Song (Asereje) - Las Ketchup
Summer Girls - LFO
Pacifier - Catfish and the Bottlemen
Ridin' - Chamillionaire Feat. Krazie Bone
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Yeti SB5c

Wired reports: [edited]

The SB5c features 27.5-inch wheels, a compromise between the lighter weight of 26-inch wheels and steam roller-like qualities of a 29er. According to some industry experts, this in-between wheel size is also appealing to aggressive riders who want to get some air, and more petite riders who may feel overwhelmed by 29-inch wheels.

There’s also a new suspension platform that optimises pedalling efficiency by smoothing out small bumps and offering controlled travel during descents. It uses a 'translating pivot' system composed of a pair of short rails above the bike’s bottom bracket. The carrier goes up on these rails to make pedalling smoother, and as rear travel increases, this hardware moves downwards on the rails to increase chain tension and give a better path for the rear wheel.

Some other notable specs include 127mm of travel on its Fox Float rear shocks and a 140mm fork; Shimano XT disc brakes; and a SRAM 11 speed cassette. Its curvaceous frame comes in turquoise or black, and the whole setup weighs in at 26 pounds before pedals.

The SB5c ships now starting at $6,600 with a SRAM X01 build, but can run up to $10,600 if you opt for SRAM XX1 parts and an Enve M60 wheelset.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pexels

Design Instruct reports: [edited]

If you’re looking for a convenient, singular source of great photos to use in your design projects, head over to Pexels — an image-based search engine that only features copyright-free public domain photos.

Pexels looks for photos from sites like Unsplash and Gratisography, and then pulls them together in one spot. Finding photos by subject is easy because the site takes the time to tag each image it features.

The search engine has over eight hundred free photos, with thirty new photos added every week.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A tree that produces 40 types of fruit

Science Alert reports: [edited]

In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many of these rare and old varieties of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree.

Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It's then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken's first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete. It looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.

Not only is it a beautiful specimen, but it’s also helping to preserve the diversity of the world’s stone fruit. Stone fruits are selected for commercial growing based first and foremost on how long they keep, then how large they grow, then how they look, and lastly how they taste. This means that there are thousands of stone fruit varieties in the world, but only a very select few are considered commercially viable, even if they aren't the best tasting, or most nutritious ones.

Van Aken has grown 16 Trees of 40 Fruit so far, and they’ve been planted in museums, community centres, and private art collections around the US. He now plans to grow a small orchard of these trees in a city setting. Of course, the obvious question that remains is what happens to all the fruit that gets harvested from these trees? Van Aken told Lauren Salkeld at Epicurious:

"I've been told by people that have a tree at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit. So rather than having one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties. Since all of these fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also aren't inundated."

Read the rest of the interview, here.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Digital Photography Review has published a full review of Panasonic's premium superzoom.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"The DMC-FZ1000 is one of the most exciting 'compact' cameras to come along in some time. The combination of a 1"-type sensor and bright 25-400mm lens make the FZ1000 a compelling choice for both the traveler and someone who wants a camera that does both stills and video very well."

"The FZ1000 is the first compact camera to support 4K video recording (at an impressive 100Mbps bit rate), so it's ready for the next generation of televisions."

"Exposure is generally accurate, with highlight clipping not being a huge issue. Colours have a nice vivid look to them, without being over-the-top like some other consumer-level cameras."

"Panasonic has taken a relatively conservative approach to noise reduction, leaving more grain than the Sony RX10, which tends to brush away fine detail. The FZ1000 maintains fine detail until about ISO 3200 and you can comfortably shoot a stop higher, after which you'll want to downsize or switch to Raw."

W"hile image quality is close to that of interchangeable lens cameras at their base ISOs, the FZ1000 falls behind relatively quickly due to its smaller sensor. That said, no ILC offers the same combination of size, video, and price as the FZ1000."

"Video quality is excellent. 4K video also allows one to capture 8 megapixel stills, which look very good. The 1080p video is top-notch."

"The FZ1000 is one of the most responsive compacts we've seen, whether it's startup speed, autofocus, or the user interface. The autofocus speed is what really stands out, regardless of the lighting condition. The FZ1000 has an available electronic shutter, which allows for silent shooting. You can compose your photos and movies on either a fully articulating 921k dot LCD or via a gorgeous XGA electronic viewfinder."

Price: £749.00
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bacteria that lives on electricity

Engadget reports: [edited]

All life is ultimately powered by electricity, albeit indirectly, since most organisms consume sugars that produce electrochemical reactions. Several types of bacteria are known to skip the sweets and go straight for the electrons, however - and researchers have discovered that they may be everywhere.

New Scientist reported that biologists have grown bacteria (Mariprofundus ferrooxydans PV-1) that harvest electrons directly from iron electrodes. Several species were teased out of soil from a seabed floor and deep well in Death Valley, California, just by applying a charge to the ground. In a lab environment, a separate team found that they can be kept alive exclusively with electricity.

Scientists found that up to eight species may eat and excrete electrons, including some with remarkable properties. For instance, hundreds of thousands of bacteria can form daisy-chained "wires" an inch or so long, and tap seawater oxygen for energy. Such filaments can hold soil together and conduct electricity about as well as standard copper wire. Those properties could lead to interesting practical applications, like "SPUDs" or self-powered useful devices that clean up pollution, or bacteria that create electric "biocable" networks in the soil.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Free Font - Intro Condensed

Font Fabric reports: [edited]

The Intro type system consists of 50 unique font styles and weights. Two are available free.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Tooth Decay Treatment

The Guardian reports: [edited]

Scientists have developed a new pain-free filling that allows cavities to be repaired without drilling or injections. The tooth-rebuilding technique developed at King's College London does away with fillings and instead encourages teeth to repair themselves.

Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

A two-step process first prepares the damaged area of enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site. It could be available within three years. Professor Nigel Pitts, from King's College London's Dental Institute, said: "The way we treat teeth today is not ideal. When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and refilling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails.

"Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it's expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments. Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth."
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Monday, July 14, 2014

LG G Watch Review

Wired has published a review of LG's Android smartwatch.

Snippets follow:

"The company’s new G Watch is the first of three Android Wear smartwatches — the other two being the Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live. It comes with an always-on, 1.65-inch LCD display and a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with 4 GB of memory."

"the G Watch feels like the worst parts of your smartphone strapped to your wrist, plus Google Now and some third-party app integration."

"the G Watch comes with a 280 x 280 pixel resolution LCD display that’s bright and clear, although it’s unreadable in bright sunlight. A replaceable 22mm synthetic band straps that LCD watch face to your wrist. The band, inlaid with shallow diamond-shaped indentations on the inside, feels very thick. It never blends seamlessly into your daily experience — you’re aware there’s a watch there. Its rectangular face measures approximately 38mm x 47mm x 10mm."

"While Android Wear has promise — the user interface is clean and intuitive, and there’s a clear, easy way for third party developers to get their apps onboard — it’s hardly a saviour for our smartphone woes. In fact, the watch is mostly a hell of constant, vibrating notifications. You can cease the constant buzzing by going into the Android Wear app and selecting which ones you don’t want notifications from; you can also temporarily silence the watch. But in both cases, it silences indiscriminately."

Luckily there’s far more to the watch than just Gmail notifications. Android Wear’s third party app ecosystem promises to open up infinitely more use cases. After granting developers access to its API on the 7th, there are currently 33 Android Wear-optimised apps, including software from entities like Pinterest, Runtastic, Eat24, and BandsInTown."

"One thing LG’s G Watch does do well is voice control. You don’t even have to hold the watch up to your face, a simple utterance of “OK Google” instantly brings up the voice command interface, letting you record a note, set an alarm, make a simple query, search directions on Google Maps, and more. When you get a text or Hangout, you can dictate and send a reply straight from the watch. It does a stellar job of interpreting what you say so long as you’re in a reasonably quiet location."

"The G Watch is water and sweat resistant, but it isn’t truly waterproof. It charges in a small cradle that the watch face magnetically snaps into. You can easily use 80 to 100 percent of its battery in a day, so you’ll want to keep this charging cradle at your office desk or by your bedside."

"The goal of wearables, smartwatches in particular, is to free you from your smartphone dependence. “Look, now you don’t need to pull your phone out of your pocket to check what that notification was. A discreet glance at your wrist will let you know if it’s important or not!” False. When your wrist is vibrating constantly it’s both irritating and distracting for you and everyone else around you. And unlike a smartphone tucked away in a bag or pocket, you can’t ignore it."
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

IBM investing 3 billion dollars in graphene chip research

The Register reports: [edited]

IBM's big blue scientists have been given the money to solve a problem that lurks not so far in our future. That problem is the imminent breakdown in conventional chip operation and chip materials as we shrink transistor gates from today's 14nm process size to 10nm and 7nm.

At around 7nm, which most industry observers expect we will hit in the early 2020s, more and more jostling electrons will jump in and out of gates, leading to a frustrating problem known as gate current leakage.

The company sees carbon nanotubes (CNT) as a good candidate for the replacement of silicon as they are "three to ten times better than silicon tech on a [process] node-to-node basis". Production of CNT at mass scale is ramping up as well, he said: "You have to make carbon nanotubes with purity levels that are six nines. Today we are at four nines and over a year ago [we were] at 98.5 percent."

Alongside CNT, IBM is also working on III-V MOSFETs, which are transistors designed to better cope with the aforementioned leakage problems.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Free Font - Bebas

FontFabric reports: [edited]

Bebas Neue is a sans serif font family based on the original Bebas Neue free font by Ryoichi Tsunekawa.

Now the family has four new members – Thin, Light, Book, and Regular – added by Fontfabric Type Foundry.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Enabling Email Send Undo in Gmail

osxdaily reports: [edited]

If you’ve ever sent an email that you immediately realised wasn’t complete, contained errors, or, even worse, was to the wrong person, you know that feeling of dread. For web-browser Gmail users, an optional setting offers a layer of forgiveness to those situations, providing the ability to recall a sent email.

Go to gmail.com and log in to your Google account as usual.

Click on the gear icon/settings button in the upper right corner of the Gmail inbox window, then choose the “Settings” option from the pulldown menu.

Select the “Labs” tab. Locate “Undo Send” by ‘Yuzo F’, check the “Enable” radio box and click 'Save Changes' at the bottom of the window.

Next, go to the “General” tab within Gmail Settings, locate the “Undo Send” option and adjust your recall email/undo send cancellation period. Again scroll to the bottom and select “Save Changes”.

To use the feature, send any email, and you’ll find an “Undo” option available next to the “Your message was sent” box that shows up in yellow at the top of the screen.

When you click “Undo” the email becomes unsent, returns and becomes a draft, allowing you to amend and resend the message.
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Monday, July 07, 2014

Karbonn Smart A50S

The Register reports: [edited]

For the same amount of money as an Apple adapter plug, Indian mobile company Kabonn is selling a fully fledged Android smartphone.

It is on sale now at a starting price of 2,699 rupees, or twenty-six of your British pounds, SIM-free. It’s only 2G with EDGE support, but it does have a 2MP pixel main camera, VGA front camera and 2GB of internal memory – of which they claim 600Mb is free. This is expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card. It also has a micro USB charging port.

Its 3.5-inch capacitive touch-sensitive screen has a pixel resolution of 480 x 320 and a 1100mAh battery that is good for a day. The size of the screen means it’s small at 61.8x115.7x10.5 mm and light at 120g.

Based on a 1.2GHz dual core processor, it supports Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. The A50S is a dual SIM phone and runs Jellybean.
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