Small cameras with interchangeable lenses are a relatively fresh phenomenon in the digital world, but for those who remember something called 35mm film, the form factor is far from new. In fact, some of the world's highest-quality optics, coveted and used by the best photographers for decades, have been designed for 35mm rangefinder systems, most notably Leica's M-mount.
Naturally, photographers diving into digital interchangeable-lens compacts were eager to pair them with super-sharp Leica lenses, and there are several adapters on the market that make this a possibility. But is it worth it?
It's done via the app store--download the "iPhone 4 Case Program" app, enter your Apple Store ID, and pick your free case--an Apple bumper or one of a few other third-party cases. All are currently backordered 3-5 weeks.
Rather than continuing to communicate only with Steve Jobs's contradictory, condescending emails, Apple has called a short-notice press conference to address the growing problem that is the iPhone 4's faulty antenna design. Will there be a recall? Free bumper cases? Follow along with one of many liveblogs (we liked Ars Technica and GDGT last time) and check back here for analysis after.
Update: Apple kinda sorta admitted there is a problem, and will pay for an Apple "bumper" or another third-party case for any current iPhone 4 owner who requests one via the web.
A long, long time ago, Icarus and his father Daedalus did something pretty incredible: they constructed wings out of wax and feathers and flew. Apple too has achieved remarkable greatness--after proving themselves consistently capable of pushing mobile gadgets further than anyone else, here lands the iPhone 4, the best smartphone ever made. Onwards and upwards, to the sun.
But what's that faint honey smell? And the feathers slowly peeling off, drifting lazily back down to Earth on the wind? There are problems. The wax is starting to melt.
This is a Lamborghini Countach. It was created by taking a hyper-accurate 3-D model of an actual Lamborghini (made up of millions of polygons), then gradually decreasing the resolution of the model with 3-D software until the object is lo-resed down to its stealthy essence. United Nude, a shoe company founded by Rem D. Koolhaas (nephew to the Rem Koolhass), is applying this interesting technique (which they've dubbed the "Lo Res Project") to its shoe designs.
Here's one of the first shoes to be designed with the process:
It's been in the works for so long it's hardly a surprise, but today Hulu announced that their subscription service is finally happening. Called Hulu Plus, it offers a "season pass" to current shows on ABC, NBC and Fox, as well as an extensive episode backlog, all streamable to a multitude of devices including your game console, mobile phone, iPad or web-connected TV. It costs $10 a month. But can I cut out my cable yet?
Sunday was not a good day for soccer referees. Two glaringly obvious blown calls--disallowing a clear goal for England's Frank Lampard that would have tied the Brits with Germany, and allowing a score from a clearly offiside Carlos Tevez in Argentina's defeat of Mexico--have strengthened cries for FIFA to take action. And in a press conference today, FIFA president Sepp Blatter indicated that's exactly what he's going to do.