McLaren P1 Design Inspired by Sailfish


Dalmeet Singh Chawla, BBC:

The analysis revealed that the scales on the sailfish’s skin generate little vortices that result in the fish being enveloped in a bubble of air instead of denser water. This reduced drag allows the fish to move even faster.

McLaren’s designers applied the same texture as the scales of the sailfish to the inside of the ducts that lead into the engine of their P1 hypercar. This increased the volume of air going into the engine by 17%, improving the car’s efficiency [...]

Cool.





Comcast Coerce Netflix → Netflix Lose Customers


Peter Kafka, Re/code:

Florance has already argued that Comcast forced Netflix to pay for a “transit” deal, by effectively degrading the quality of Netflix streams for Comcast’s broadband customers. [...]

Now, in his FCC statement, Florance says that Netflix’s Comcast customers noticed, and complained, and in some cases quit paying for Netflix.

It is 6:15pm on a Thursday evening in Silicon Valley. I am a Comcast customer and pay for 50Mbps. I wanted to see how fast my actual download speed was so went to www.speedtest.net and ran a test. The results? 5.64Mbps, a little more than 1/10th the speed I’m paying for.

If Comcast was messing around with Netflix streams, on top of already crappy speeds, I can understand how miserable the experience could have been. Instead of cancelling Netflix I would have cancelled Comcast. But in some areas there are no other options but Comcast.





LG G Watch R


Engadget: LG will be unveiling its G Watch R at IFA 2014 next week. R stands for round, and it seems perfectly round, not like the 270-degrees round of the Motorola Moto 360. Check out LG’s teaser. Nice.

Update 2014.08.27: LG put up photos, and the G Watch R is lookin’ good sporting a 1.3-inch circular plastic OLED (P-OLED) for the display. Full circle.





Kobo Aura H2O


Kobo: The Kobo Aura H2O is an IP67 certified 6.8-inch 1430×1080 E Ink reader, which means you don’t have to worry about water ruining your reading experience. Just make sure the port cover is closed.





Why We Watch People Play Games


Rich McCormick, The Verge:

There’s no easy answer, but the most popular streamers offer viewers one or more of three key benefits: buying advice, a community built around a streamer’s personality, or the chance to observe professional grade skill. These elements, coupled with Twitch’s ease of access and gamer-friendly attitude, have contributed to both the company’s billion dollar valuation, and a huge change in the way millions of people play and think about video games.

When we watch people play games we want to experience a drama unfold where their personalities combined with their skills lead to glorious victories.





12.9-inch iPad


Tim Culpan, Adam Satariano, and Ian King, Bloomberg:

The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.

Too big.

Some consider the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 “big for a tablet”.





HTC One M8: Windows Phone Edition


Brad Molen, Engadget:

The software giant has buddied up with HTC to convert the One M8, its Android flagship, into a Windows Phone. That’s all there is to it. There’s absolutely no change to the hardware — and it’s a fantastic idea.

As long as smartphone hardware manufacturers, like HTC, design smartphone hardware so either Android or Windows Phone can run, a bit of power might trickle back to them during negotiations with Google and Microsoft. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Samsung decided to launch Windows Phone editions of its Galaxy S5 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 4…





Prime-time Twitch Is Bigger Than CNN, MSNBC, And MTV


Ben Popper, The Verge:

One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn’t even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well.

Gregor Aisch and Tom Giratikanon, The New York Times:

Twitch’s peak viewership now rivals the average prime-time viewers of some cable networks, as seen in the chart above. But compared with online video giants, Twitch is small. In hours of video viewed each month, Netflix is roughly eight times larger than Twitch, and YouTube is roughly 24 times larger, according to statistics from each company.

Traditional TV is dying.





Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine


Moleskine:

The Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine #1 is an elegantly designed blank space that brings thoughts and ideas straight to your device as you write on its pages. Using the Bluetooth technology of the Livescribe 3 Smartpen and dot paper, its content instantly appears in the app in real time.

An elegant analog plus digital note taking solution.





Hyperlapse by Instagram


Instagram Blog:

Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.

Cool.





   



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