December 17, 2013

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December 16, 2013

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Essential Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks

After using Windows Phones since the very beginning (late 2010) and barely knowing any other Windows Phone user IRL for years, I’ve seen 6 friends and relatives make the switch in the last couple of months of 2013 alone. It’s clearly gaining popularity, so I thought I should publish the list of tips and tricks that I usually email to newcomers.

So without further fanfare, here are most of the things you definitely don’t want to miss on your new Windows Phone, in no particular order:

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September 10, 2013

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Earth Time Lapse – Compilation from the ISS

Time-Lapse | Earth from Bruce W. Berry Jr on Vimeo.

May 13, 2013

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CURVES magazin – Soulful Driving

CURVES is a series of beautifully edited magazines showcasing the best roads accross the Alps (and soon the world), for us driveaholics whose spirit is perfectly summarized in this quote:

Fahren lehrt uns gegenwärtig zu sein. Und wer gegenwärtig ist, ist glücklich.

*Driving teaches us to be present. And he who is present, is happy.

March 10, 2013

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GOOD LUCK

Basement Jaxx + Orchestra Metropol

February 20, 2013

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Beck covers David Bowie with a 160-people orchestra

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January 28, 2013

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Best of life (Awesome World)

There was an equally amazing Part II of this video, but it has since been removed by YouTube for some reason.

October 19, 2012

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The War of Ecosystems. A comparison table

Apple, Microsoft, GoogleDuring this increasingly interesting War of Ecosystems, I have been trying to get an overall picture of how different factors compare between platforms. It’s easy and commonplace to compare every living thing to the number of apps in the AppStore, but that’s been long far from the most important issue. With this admittedly incomplete —and probably incorrect at times— comparison table, I wanted to shed some unbiased light into the advantages and disadvantages of buying into Apple, Microsoft or Google’s world. I will confess I’m all in with Microsoft, but what works for me may not work for you. I hope you find it useful. For corrections suggestions, please write me @luiskamino.

PS: Yes, I omitted Amazon —on the basis of lack of a phone platform and big tablets/computers— and Blackberry —on the basis of zzzzzzzzzz…

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October 4, 2012

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Windows Phone 8 won’t have start screen landscape support, but it should

Full disclaimer: I don’t actually know whether WP8 will support landscape support in more places than Windows Phone 7.5 or not.

But nobody appears to have seen any indication of it in any of the many leaks that have been published since the official reveal a few months ago. It’s not likely that we’ll get a screen rotation lock option either, even if that’s a major complaint for people “switchingtolumia” from iOS or Android.

The fact is, as you can see in these mockups (after the break), it doesn’t have to be that way. Landscape support IS possible, maintaining the exact same layout that every user will come to personalize and know like the palm of their hands, but rotating the content inside. This is not rocket science, and Windows Phone already has this neat detail in other areas of the UI like the top status bar (clock, battery, etc.) and the buttons at the bottom bar of all apps. Those app bar buttons actually perform a beautiful animation while they’re rotating to place, and I feel bad for the team responsible for implementing that: they KNOW this can be applied elsewhere.

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August 28, 2012

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U.S. National debt explained plainly

This rather brilliantly cuts through all the political doublespeak we get. It puts it into a much better perspective.

Lesson # 1:

* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $385

Lesson # 2:

Here’s another way to look at the debt ceiling. Let’s say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood — and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

What do you think you should do?

Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

August 24, 2012

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Indie Game: The Movie

Full movie available DRM-Free on www.indiegamethemovie.com for $9.99. Also on iTunes, Xbox Video, Steam and in any language and format you want!

August 21, 2012

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Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé: Barcelona ’92

I was 10 years old when this happened. The 1992 Olympics basically put Barcelona on the map, and this epic song by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé had to do a lot with it.

August 19, 2012

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Parkour dog WTF/FTW

I didn’t embed the YouTube video because its thumbnail image was hideous.

August 16, 2012

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Autonomous emergency braking to become semi-mandatory in Europe

FINALLY a really big step towards erradicating the plague of car accidents and the hassle of driving (from a driving enthusiast, yours truly). From 2014, EuroNCAP will require cars to have Autonomus Emergency Braking to get the 5-star safety rating! From Car Design News: Autonomous emergency braking to become mandatory in Europe.

I have a problem with that totally misleading headline though. Manufacturers may still decide not to include this technology, accepting the 1 star penalty which “only” leads to slightly bad publicity (as they do nowadays when they cut costs by not implementing the full pedestrian safety requirements).

I’m especially interested about the road to autonomous driving and that was a big focus on my Transportation Degree Thesis, for which I designed a Volvo for 2028, 8 years after the deadline Volvo has set itself to have nobody die inside their cars. Here’s a 10 minute presentation of my project:

And here’s the whole project: Volvo Twin Zero Master Thesis Report — Luis Camino

August 16, 2012

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Tearaway Trailer

Mobile gaming beyond touch!? /s Actually this is crazy creative.

By the way, the sountrack is ‘Shut Eye’ by Stealing Sheep.

Thanks Emily

August 1, 2012

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DPReview gives Gold Award to the Nokia 808 PureView

This sums it all:

“[The Nokia 808 PureView is] one of the most important innovations — arguable the most important — in mobile photography since the smartphone era dawned five or so years ago”

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July 21, 2012

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Mercury El Gato

What a sweet sideview. More pictures at Cardesign.ru

July 21, 2012

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Earth from space like you’ve never seeen it before

Yes this has auroras, lightning, cities at night… the lot.

November 7, 2011

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Skinemax: 80′s and early 90′s TV compressed for your ADD pleasure

Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes. It’s long form entertainment for short attention spans. An hour long VJ odyssey, it will move your body and warp your mind.

A nostalgic look back at a half remembered childhood growing up in the 80s and early 90s, Skinemax takes a close look at the culture of that era. The images that motivated, delighted, and terrified us on the silver screen, set to propulsive modern music that pines for a simpler time.

Please support the original works, these are film makers and musicians that have upheld the values of originality and creativity.

This video is protected under fair use copyright law. It is presented for the purposes of entertainment, education, and criticism/commentary only. No infringement is intended.

October 9, 2011

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Xbox 360 TV Experience with Kinect and Windows Phone

Siri, where can I buy an Xbox?