NASA images show China pollution clears as coronavirus shuts factories

London now has the ULEZ but this takes reducing the levels of pollution to another level.

Posted 3rd Mar 2020 @ 10:28

Precision bend ruler

We've recently completed a bunch of work on our house, just a few bits I've had to take on myself like decorating, but something like this would have been infinitely useful for tackling things in right corners.

via Reddit

Posted 3rd Mar 2020 @ 09:00


Reminded me of The Flash TV series, where Barry Allen's costume lives in a ring or Black Panther who has a suit that grows over him.

Posted 2nd Mar 2020 @ 11:22

Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Impressions: The Wraparound Display!

Pretty interesting concept with a wrap around display. Great way to have a full-res selfie camera.

While it looks very cool and the kind of thing we might have seen predicted 30 years ago, I'm left wondering if we really need edge to edge displays. Security features like Face ID don't have to be limited to full screen phones so the only difference comes down to gestures.

The new Razr from Motorola is far more interesting to me. Taking the phones we have and shrinking them down when not in use. That should be the future.

Posted 2nd Mar 2020 @ 08:57

Polestar Precept

As if I wasn't already a fan of the Polestar brand, they announced the Precept that they're taking to Geneva Motor Show and it's pretty stunning.

The interior I linked too in this week's article was actually a teaser for the precept, not the Polestar 2 interior. They're not that different, but it's far cleaner in the Precept. More like the interior in a Tesla Model 3 or BMW i3.

Posted 27th Feb 2020 @ 15:32

Google testing new double-tap gesture on back of Pixel phones

Thinking about this from an iOS perspective, would this be any faster than swiping up/down to get to Control Centre and launching the camera from there? Maybe a little, but trying it just now, I don't hold my phone in a way that would allow me to comfortably double tap the centre.

Despite access to the camera through Control Centre, I still see plenty of users that press the home button, swipe to the screen with the Camera app and launch it from there.

Not sure how easy it would be to discover and if it's something that gets triggered inadvertently then that would be annoying.

I'd prefer a dedicated camera button.

Posted 24th Feb 2020 @ 15:47

Hasbro to launch 'Real Ghostbuster' action figures

I had at least one of these when I was a kid, complete with proton blasters and the little ghosts that have a really odd texture. I can feel it now.

Posted 24th Feb 2020 @ 12:48

Types of intersections & interchanges

Changing the layout of a highway intersection can almost double the throughput. The Turbine format is may favourite, about 30 seconds in.

Posted 24th Feb 2020 @ 11:00

Fake Bakes

It's not hard for a recipe video to engage me, just needs to have a lot of sugar or meat. Yet another area of content online that is doing all it can to take advantage of clickbait.

Posted 23rd Feb 2020 @ 09:00

Popup selfie camera > holepunch cutout

While I've never owned a phone with either, I would say that my thinking is the same.

There are actually quite a few phones with pop up cameras out there. I think the Xiamo's Mi Mix 3 has the best solution, where you can slide the entire back up to reveal the hidden camera.

In the comments to this thread, waterproofing seems to be a big deal to people. While I was excited to get a waterproof phone and I planned to, I've never put it under water. It's had drinks thrown over it accidentally and survived but so did my iPhone 5s. The reaction to that is overblown in my opinion, but it's surely something that could be overcome.

Posted 22nd Feb 2020 @ 11:08

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