Well, most of the time that wasn’t just coincidence – those photos were taken during what’s commonly known as the golden hour, also known as the magic hour.Also, while the terms are nearly synonymous, golden hour actually has a definition based on the measurable angle of the sun to the horizon, whereas magic hour is a broader term that sometimes incorporates both the golden hour and the blue hour — another measurable time based on the sun’s angle to the horizon.The temperature of the light during this time is, as the name suggests, in the yellow range when it comes to the light spectrum.When the sun is very low in the sky, its angle is more drastic in relation to the earth, making shadows longer and softer.Having long shadows in your shot helps show all three dimensions of the world when you’re trying to capture them in a two dimensional space.Shooting portraits during the golden hour
I am from a different land—a different time, maybe—where the car people resist the circling.It is in south England, a land recently torn asunder.They call this swirl of movement the magic roundabout .The wise elders teach us four-way intersections are deadly places, that driving in circles reduces the likelihood of what they deliciously call a t-bone.The scholars say the roundabout reduces injurious crashes by three quarters.Yes, a Submerged Floating Bridge Is a Reasonable Way to Cross a Fjord
The 2-in-1 market continues to grow, with new machines featuring convertible hinges or detachable keyboards arriving for both Windows 10 and Chrome OS.Dell is expanding its own 2-in-1 lineup, adding to the very nicely designed and built 13-inch XPS 2-in-1 with a larger 15-inch model.In a move that’s reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 upsizing, the new XPS 15 2-1-in is the spitting image of its smaller sibling.Essentially, it looks like Dell simply took the XPS 13 2-in-1 and blew it up, while scrunching various design elements like the InfinityEdge bezels to keep everything proportional.In terms of materials, the XPS 15 2-in-1 utilizes a similar all-aluminum chassis with carbon fiber lining the keyboard deck for a comfortable feel.According to Dell, the new machine will arrive in spring 2018.
A lot more people have had their eyes opened to wireless charging pads thanks to the latest Apple iPhones (and a couple of generations of high-end Android phones before that).PC and accessory maker Razer wants to broaden the definition even more, with a new battery-free wireless gaming mouse that pulls its power from a special mousepad.The new HyperFlux line consists of the Mamba HyperFlux mouse, a new entry in its longstanding Mamba gaming mouse series, and the Firefly HyperFlux mat.Razer says the new technology "allows the mouse mat to create a magnetic field that efficiently transfers power directly to its companion mouse instead of charging a heavy battery."Without the battery, the Mamba is indeed a few ounces lighter than its predecessors, and felt very responsive in a brief hands-on demo.Even with no internal battery, the mouse can hold enough charge to keep it connected for a few seconds if you lift it off the pad.
The tech uses a magnetic field to type on a virtual keyboard or reduce the brightness of a virtual bulb.Scientists have developed a crucial link between physical and virtual reality (VR) – a magical 'e-skin' that lets you manipulate objects in the virtual world without touching or seeing them.At first glance, the skin – which is thinner than a strand of human hair – looks like a simple tattoo, but there is obviously a lot going on in there, and is almost like a typical high-end gadget in a sci-fi movie.The tiny device carries magnetic sensors that interact with a permanent magnet to detect physical motion and these sensors transmit that information to a connected software.Working with every angle of motion, the software manipulates an object in virtual reality.This means that adjusting a light dimmer or typing on a virtual keyboard can be done with just a single wave of your hand.
By day, Matthew Jacobson is the global executive design director of DigitasLBi.By night, he transforms into his magical alter-ego, with tricks and illusions he’s practiced since he was seven years old.It was his grandfather who first introduced him to the craft as a way of building his confidence as a young boy.Pretty soon he became known as Detroit’s youngest magician and toured his own curated performance, the Magical Matt Jacobson show, at local fairs and parties.It was the alluring imagery of old magicians’ posters that inspired Jacobson to take up design as a career.However he still continues to hone his skills of trickery on the stage.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, May today talked extensively about the benefits and dangers of technology (quick version: tech in business: good; tech in society: bad) and returned again to the issue of extremist content swirling around platforms like Facebook, arguing that more rules and laws were needed.At the heart of the issue is software using truly end-to-end encryption – where not even the biz that developed the app is able to read messages sent between users.New FBI director Christopher Wray gave a speech earlier this month in which he outlined his views on encryption.And, reiterating the exact same wording of his predecessor, Wray also swore that he was "not looking for a backdoor."In another go around the roundabout, Wray's comments sparked a letter [PDF] from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in which the lawmaker lambasted the g-man for "parroting the same debunked arguments espoused by your predecessors, all of whom ignored the widespread and vocal consensus of cryptographers."They must focus their brightest and best on meeting these fundamental social responsibilities."
CATONSVILLE, MD, January 25, 2018 - In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood's first animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and modern hits like Toy Story, Shrek and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole.However, a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that employing the latest technology doesn't always ensure creative success for a film.In his study, "Drawing Snow White and Animating Buzz Lightyear: Technological Toolkits Characteristics and Creativity in Cross-Disciplinary Teams," Pier Vittorio Mannucci of the London Business School looked at 218 animated movies produced in the U.S. and released in theaters between 1978 and 2012.Of these 218 films, he focused on the core production team, consisting primarily of the producer, director, writer, editor, cinematographer, production designer, composer and art director.He then identified the technological tools that each core team member knew how to use, as well as their level of expertise with each one.He also took into account the primary animation tool utilized for in each movie, for example, cel animation, computer animation, motion capture, and clay or puppet animation.
That’s a shame, because there are a lot of compelling options out there, like Cake Browser, which re-imagines how search can work on mobile.Cake Browser’s genius is that it makes a single assumption: most times when you search for something, the first result is the one you actually care about.So, why don’t you just go to that, rather than look at a page of results, the majority of which you don’t care about?After you type your query and hit ‘return’, it takes you to the first result Google (or Bing.If that’s not what you’re looking for, you just have to swipe right until you reach the result you want.Cake Browser’s novel approach to search feels slicker than the Exxon Valdez, and is vastly less exhausting than perpetually dipping in-and-out of Google results in order to find the page you care about.
Or, my son dives in, and I follow.We don't have time to finish building our fishing rod.When Nintendo surprise-announced Labo last month, the initial reaction was, "April Fool's Day came early this year."Yes, it's targeted squarely at kids -- but would parents really pay $70 for a product that seems like little more than chopped-up cardboard boxes wrapped around the Switch game console?It seemed like a grade-school arts-and-crafts project that Nintendo was somehow trying to sell at a big markup.He dabbles in Scratch programming, makes tons of Lego kits and has done paper craft.
Last month, Nintendo announced what may be strangest thing it’s ever produced.It unveiled Nintendo Labo, an educational sub-platform for the Nintendo Switch that allows you to build cardboard peripherals, including controllers for minigames and remote control gadgets, which Nintendo calls “Toy-Cons.”Though it’s unique, it may not be interesting for everyone.It helps that each Toy-Con comes with thorough, step-by-step interactive instructions.Each “step” include many folds, and the process of watching each step, then performing it, demands a careful, deliberate pace.You play a key, and the right Joy-Con’s camera detects movement from an IR sticker on that key’s back side, triggering a noise on the Switch.
The New York Giants did their best Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey impersonations in a third quarter Super Bowl spot promoting the NFL.After a series of short teasers, the 60-second commercial came on and featured Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. practicing their passing routes.They ultimately celebrate a touchdown by recreating the iconic dance scene from the 1987 hit movie 'Dirty Dancing,' to the theme song '(I've Had) the Time of My Life' sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.Both players are joined on-the-field by their offensive linemen – Brett Jones, John Greco, Chad Wheeler, DJ Fluker, and John Jerry – who serve as the duo’s backup dancers.Watching from the sideline, safety Landon Collins delivers the memorable line, “Let them dance.”Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons from the Tony Award-winning musical, 'Hamilton,' the touchdown celebration culminates with Beckham sprinting toward Manning in slow motion as Beckham soars into the air for the perfect cinematic catch, mirroring the movie’s climactic scene.
But for VR luminary Chris Milk, the next step forward is something simpler: hanging out with your friends.Milk is the co-founder, with Aaron Koblin, of VR and multimedia company Within (previously known as Vrse).The company's latest project is a VR experience called Chorus, directed by Tyler Hurd, which hurls groups of players into a psychedelic sci-fi spectacular set to the music of French electro group Justice.I sat down with Milk and Koblin last month at the Sundance film festival, where Chorus premiered, to find out why they're so interested in bringing people together inside VR.Milk spoke of how people thrive on shared experiences, especially with those they're closest to."That shared human experience," he said, "is something we haven't witnessed with storytelling in most mediums thus far, but virtual reality is uniquely a medium of shared experiences that you're living firsthand."
Kellogg's is launching a trial run of Unicorn Cereal in the U.S. starting next month, according to Food & Wine.The limited-edition product — consisting of pink, purple and blue rings sprinkled with white "crunchlets" — is being marketed as "magic cupcake" flavor.The new item varies in color and flavor from the Unicorn Froot Loops that Kellogg's launched last fall in the U.K. and Asia.LimitedEdition Unicorn Cereal is now available exclusively at @kelloggsnyc before it hits supermarket shelves on March 5th (or until supplies runs out).A post shared by Kellogg's NYC (@kelloggsnyc) on Feb 6, 2018 at 10:34am PSTThe mania for all things unicorn has not yet dissipated.
Google is no longer hoarding its artificial intelligence chips to itself, offering its Cloud TPUs for users wanting smarter processing in the cloud.Dubbed machine learning accelerators, the Cloud TPUs are custom hardware chipsets of Google’s own creation, used for everything from recognizing the same people across a host of different photos, though to making safe driving inferences from autonomous car data.In short, they’re an attempt to make cloud-based processing smarter, and better able to observe and pick out patterns and more.The Cloud TPUs will live alongside, rather than replace, Google’s existing chips that power its Google Cloud Platform (GCP), which include everything from Intel’s latest CPUs through to high-end GPUs such as NVIDIA’s Tesla V100.Instead Google intends to offer targeted machine learning abilities to projects that might traditionally be unable to afford it.Even those that do have in-house machine learning infrastructure, Google points out, could still benefit from what its cloud services are now offering: with a fleet of Cloud TPUs, for example, multiple variants of a machine learning model could be trained in short order, with the most effective then deployed internally.
It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around.The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles.Inside each wand—which will be available later this year for $25 (£17) in Harry, Dumbledore, and Voledemort designs—is a motion sensor similar to what you’ll find in smartphones and video game controllers.It tracks the movements of an aspiring wizard’s hands and arms as they learn to master the unique gestures and motions needed to trigger 11 different spells.But don’t get too excited about pretending to finally eliminate your enemies with the flick of a wrist because Avada Kedavra—the unforgivable killing curse—isn’t included.These are all kid-friendly conjurings.
A wizard's wand in your hand can make you feel like just about anything is possible.New interactive Wizard Training Wands from Jakks Pacific, which debuted at this year's Toy Fair in New York, will mostly likely give you the same sense of power Harry Potter felt when he first waved his wand around Hogwarts.And the best part is you don't have to worry about accidentally hurting any of your Muggle friends and family.The wands have a motion sensor that tracks your movements as you learn to master the motions needed to simulate 11 different kid-friendly spells.No Avada Kedavra killing curse for you.While these wands don't actually wield real magic, they do have sound effects, as well as multiple LED lights on the wand's handle that will light up in different patterns for the various spells.
Its seemingly sole value was the ability to get me into Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S9, held Sunday on the eve of the Mobile World Congress 2018 trade show in Barcelona.But with a hover of my iPhone X's camera over it, the badge suddenly transformed into a digital rendering of a Galaxy S9 -- and a prime example of a technology called augmented reality, which overlays digital images over the real world.I could move it side to side, or raise it for a closeup."I actually thought they did quite well as far as energy, considering how much of it was already known," said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.The event also marked a return to Barcelona for Samsung, which has traditionally used MWC as its platform for the global launch of the newest members of its successful Galaxy S franchise.Last year, Samsung opted to hold a separate event in New York after the conference, allowing other phones to take the MWC spotlight -- notably the nostalgia-tapping Nokia 3310, the BlackBerry KeyOne and the LG G6.
Apple is aiming to pivot its AirPods success into a set of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones, reports suggest, effectively competing with its own Beats range.The AirPods, Apple’s Bluetooth earphones which do away with wires between the two earpieces completely, have been a stand-out win for the Cupertino firm, and are still in high demand even a year after they first went on sale.Now, according to analyst predictions, Apple is hoping to do the same thing but with a different style.The company already counts Beats under its umbrella of brands, and indeed several Beats headphones models use the same Apple W1 Bluetooth chipset that gives the AirPods their easy-connectivity process.The same chipset has since been used in the HomePod smart speaker, indeed.He’s predicting an “all new” design, Apple Insider reports, and an attempt to encourage audiophile listeners to leave their current cans and embrace Apple’s instead.
"Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery," the upcoming free-to-play role-playing mobile game for Android and iOS based on J.K. Rowling's famed book series, is set in the years when the Boy Who Lived is too young for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.(This is good, because it means most of those beloved folks who die in the books are still around.)Instead of playing Harry or Hermione, players create their own characters who then enroll at Hogwarts.Your character dons the Sorting Hat, but it doesn't dictate your house, so if you've always longed to be in Slytherin, go for it.Once you've picked your house, it's on to studying under professors such as Snape and McGonagall, and mastering spells and potions.A new trailer for the game, released Thursday, shows players get to make choices and build friendships to help them progress through the game.