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Apple Maps "Look Around" coverage expands to Chicago

I had assumed that the Apple Map expansions included Look Around but it turns out that's a different update all together. So while I am eager for Apple's updates to roll out to Europe, and London in particular, until we get Look Around, there will still be times when I'm opening Google Maps to actually look around.

Posted 22nd Apr 2020 @ 16:08

The A-Z of AI

Beautiful website that spells out the different aspects of Artificial Intelligence in plain English. Put together by the Oxford Internet Institute and Google, it's pretty, interactive and most importantly, it's fast. You don't even need to click through to see more detail, the short descriptions are enough to give you an idea of what the phrase means in the world of AI.

Posted 20th Apr 2020 @ 14:47

LED bulbs use less energy for the same amount of light

It's really not that long ago that we saw LED streetlights being rolled out. Our street actually got them a few years ago, but the adjoining streets only caught up in the past few months for some reason.

Incandescent bulbs do seem to spread light in a more pleasing way. LED bulbs are pretty harsh and some introduce flickering when recording video. We've tried quite a few bulbs over the years, these are the ones that have worked the best for us:

  • E27 LED Corn bulbs (15W, 6000K & 1500LM) – Used in our new garden lights, at least twice as bright as the incandescent bulbs with the same wattage (previous version we bought was twice as tall and 'only' had a brightness of 1350LM
  • B22 LED Corn bulbs (15W, 6000K & 1500LM) – The bulb in our loft light blew, so I got a bulb that was brighter
  • G9 LED bulb (5W, 400K & 650LM) – The brightest G9 bulbs I've managed to find that will work with our light fitting that only allows up to 5W
  • GU10 LED downlight bulb (5W, 4000K & 520LM) – The light from these is great and very natural looking

LM: Lumens, a measurement of brightness

Posted 19th Apr 2020 @ 12:00

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