Cinemagraphs Stun Casual Observers

This is a “cinemagraph,” an animated GIF created by New York collaborators Jamie Beck (the photographer) and Kevin Burg, a motion graphics designer. Vonstipatz likes it because it’s something that is simply stunning, guaranteed to make you stop and stare. It’s just plain cool. How often do we find something that actually creates a sense of awe?

Animated GIFS are more commonly thought of as those tiny little attachments you add in emails–squinting yellow smiley faces or throbbing hearts, or flies buzzing around a cow pie (charming, no?) These meticulously created works of art are intriguing because they combine the dead stillness of an instant of time with a preternaturally alive movement, soundlessly at that. GIFs are created from X number of still frames and can be programmed to display at different speeds, looping endlessly as these do, or running once upon display and stopping until a page is re-loaded.

Perhaps the most effective use of these, if an animated GIF could be so programmed, would be to allow the photograph to remain static for 15-20 seconds, and then come alive for just a second or two before going back to “sleep.” That might qualify as creepy shocking, mightn’t it?


Samsung Galaxy Note II

After celebrating Samsung’s billion-dollar horsewhipping by the courts, word is that Apple is going after an injunction to keep their “copies” of Apple’s products off the market. While we love Apple, we wonder if “design similarity” has trumped actual technical patent issues and will prevent other manufacturers from seeking sleek simplicity in their design programs. Hey Apple, isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

samsung ‘galaxy note II’ smartphone

Samsung electronics has released information about the ‘galaxy note II’, their latest android-powered smartphone. The new touch screen device incorporates an ‘S pen’ that provides the user with a real pen-like experience for note-taking, messaging, drawing, and multitasking. emails, messages, directions and phone numbers can be easily
accessed by writing a specific command with the ‘S pen’.

Built with a 1.6ghz quad core processor, the device delivers fluid browsing experiences with its large 5.5 inch HD AMOLED screen using a 16:9 viewing ratio. measuring just over 9mm thick at 180 grams, the phone maintains a slim body for a more ergonomic interaction.

Product Specifications:

processor: 1.6GHz quad-core processor
display: 5.5″ HD super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
OS: android 4.1 jellybean
connectivity: bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi HT40, NFC
memory: 16/32/64GB user memory + 2GB RAM, microSD (up to 64GB)

dimension: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm
weight: 180 g
battery: Li-ion 3,100mAh battery

camera: main: 8 megapixel with auto focus & LED Flash, front: 1.9 megapixel

video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
playback/ recording: 1080p full HD@30fps, 720p HD@30fps

audio: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB),MIDI, WAV, AC-3, flac music player with soundalive, 3.5mm ear jack