The latest version of my favourite HDR software is out.
Changes in 4.6: Latest Version 4.6 (18/Oct/2009): Updated RAW reading for newest cameras,including Olympus EP-1, Panasonic GF-1, Pentax K7, Nikon D5000 and others.
It’s still only $55 – a steal, especially when you consider current USD exchange rates.
Oh – the chumby folks made the Chumby One available in germany, too!
It even comes with european plugs! (Image by Dave Winer):
I ordered two ;)
Headsoft have ported the classic ZX Spectrum game Manic Miner to the Nintendo DS!
“The tale of Miner Willy and his incredible adventures in the mines, and then the mansions, of Surbiton is legend. But like all legends, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Most people know Willy simply as a digger who got lucky and lived happily ever after in decadent luxury. Far fewer know the secret – suppressed for quarter of a century by the government – of how he also saved Planet Earth from alien invasion.
It wasn’t until an eccentric but dedicated historian writing a paper for a renowned academic journal (Retro Gamer issue 63) pieced together the complete saga of Willy’s heroic exploits from fragments of scattered evidence – in the form of obscure retellings of the ‘Manic Miner’ folk fable in ancient languages readable only via long-obsolete machines – that the whole truth was finally revealed.
Welcome to Manic Miner – The Lost Levels!”
Excellent! Get it now!
At least that’s what Aral Balkan thinks, and I’m tempted to agree.
“WTF?” I hear you say – what about all those years of Symbian and Windows Mobile dominating the market?
Well, these are great operating systems, and they deserve a lot of credit. But from *today’s* perspective, they bet on the wrong horse.
What makes the iPhone, WebOS and Android different are three main things:
- As stupid as it sounds, the fact that you could only buy the phones with a data plan finally proved the point that connected devices are far more usable as non-connected devices. Yes, you could use all those other smartphones online as well, but people only seriously started doing this (in numbers) when they were ‘forced’ to buy proper data plans.
- Having many more users with ONLINE smartphones paved the way to app stores and mobile consumption of online services. They also had proper browsers that you could really use on the go for the first time (don’t give me Opera Mobile now – please….).
- The three mobile operating systems above were designed with ONLINE in mind, and they only make sense in online scenarios. This point is made very well every time I leave the country and can not afford the rip-off data roaming rates, which turns my great iPhone 3GS into a quite bulky iPod that can’t even do GPS without data.
Now the next step is affordable data roaming. I’m pretty sure this will happen over the next few years.
The first step towards this may be – strangely enough – that Amazon started selling the Kindle (US version) in the rest of the world. I heard someone from the US say yesterday that he’d be buying an international Kindle in the US (!) to use it on international trips.
If that kind of madness doesn’t trigger innovation nothing will.