(You're reading all posts by Charlie Sorrel) Charlie Sorrel sits in his gadget nerve-center in Barcelona, Spain, and spits out words about various weird plastic widgets while the sun shines outside his iCave. Previously found at Wired.com's Gadget Lab covering cameras, power cables and sneaking in as much Apple-centric coverage as he could, Charlie spends his rare moments outside perched atop a bicycle and snapping photos. You can follow him on Twitter via @mistercharlie
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Next year, Europeans will most likely be able to travel around their happy Union and enjoy the same call and data charges as they do when they’re at home. But even before roaming is scrapped, the EU is pushing down prices. As of now, travelers in the Eurozone will enjoy more than a third off the prices of calls, data and SMS messages.
This is a great idea: It’s a gadget that bolts onto your car’s dashboard and won’t let the engine start unless your phone is in it’s slot. The device is called the Origosafe, and it is designed to stop your teen from driving whilst texting, or whatever. And it will. As long as your teen has a Galaxy S3.
You know what the world really needs? Yet another golfers gadget. And what could be more essential to the world than a Universal Golf GPS and Smartphone Mount for your golf cart? Yes, I’m serious.
This old video, bubbled up via Reddit, is a perfect look back at the all-manual past of photography as we head into yet another amazing year of easy iPhoneography.
It shows the most common method for focussing SLR cameras, using a split screen and microprism etched into the focussing screen that lays horizontally at the bottom of the camera’s pentaprism (the top-mounted turret that houses the viewfinder assembly).
Remember when you used to take the film out of your camera, head to the nearest drugstore and drop it off, do a little shopping or grab a coffee, and then return one hour later to pick up your printed photographs?
This process was fraught with possible problems – you might end up paying to process a blank film, or for prints of out-of-focus, unusable photos – but it was also pretty exciting.
With Printicular, you can now experience all the good parts and none of the bad. The app lets you print your photos at the local Walgreens, and the latest update has added support for Instagram.
New Year’s Eve, the night when alcohol-fueled confusion reigns. But unlike this self-inflicted bamboozlement, which can only be cured with time and a hearty breakfast, the confusion you feel when you start thinking about camera exposure can be fixed right now, using this excellent resource from Exposure Guide.
POC, maker of protective headgear for snowboarders, cyclists and other smart people who eschew personal motor transport, has added headphones to one of its helmets. This is both good and bad.
If the current custodians of the much-abused Polaroid brand have any sense, they’ll call this upcoming camera the Polaroid Android, and they’ll license the Radiohead song of (almost) the same name to promote it.
Or they could just rip off the song, just like they appear to have ripped of the design: If the 18.1 Megapixel IM1836 looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost identical to Nikon’s J-series cameras.
I have such low blood pressure that I over-salt my french fries just to give it a little boost. Or I would, if I ever ate fries. And how do I know this? Because I have a Withings blood-pressure monitor in my home, letting me keep track of the meanderings of my heart.
But if searching for your iPhone, and then your Lightning-to-dock adapter, and then looking for the monitor itself are too much for your fragile ticker, then consider the Blipcare monitor. It still comes with an iOS or Android app, but instead of a direct connection it uploads its data direct to the cloud via Wi-Fi.