(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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When I first read this headline, I thought Sony had already obsolete it’s own QX lens cameras with new models, barely a few months after launch:
Sony Upgrades QX10 & QX100 Lens Cams with Higher ISO, Shutter Priority and 1080p
But no: these new features are free, and can be applied to your existing lens-cam with nothing more than a firmware update. That’s pretty neat, right? It’s almost as if Sony has been paying attention to Fujifilm and it’s awesome feature-adding, camera-improving updates.
Gmail now lets you star contacts in the web app, and if you use an Android phone then those stars will sync across to your mobile address book. They’ll also be added to a special starred section of your contacts list, and sync with your Android Favorites.
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.