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Why every movie you're likely to see looks orange and blue

Ever wondered why movies tend to look orange and blue?

Me neither. Then I read this post that might explain the reason behind it.

What the hell is going on? Well, back in the day, the colors projected on the silver screen depended first on how you shot and developed the actual, physical film, and then whether or not you had somebody go through and painstakingly, expensively apply more colors to every frame.

Now, most movies are shot digitally and it’s a lot easier to go back and rebalance things to achieve whatever affect you want. But someone still needs to actually do it. And if it doesn’t look good, that person gets in trouble.

Priceonomics

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The Marvel heroes network in infographic form

I can't say I ever wondered how the Marvel heroes all tied together, but I still find this infographic fascinating.

Click here for the huge version!

[Source: Avalanche Infographics - Marvel Heroes]

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Experts agree - the iPhone 6 camera rules

As you might have noticed, I've been doing the yearly Project 365 photography challenge this year. Perhaps more interestingly, I'm doing it using my iPhone 6 only. No DSLR, not even a conventional point-and-shoot.

Go iPhone, or go home.

The beauty of it all is that the pictures actually turn out pretty well, and the post-processing apps in the App Store aren't too bad either. I know I keep banging on about them, but be sure to check out Pixelmator and Exposure. I'm happy with the results.

The effortlessness of taking good pictures with the iPhone is probably that phone’s most underrated quality. And yet, its importance grows with every passing day. Consider how vital the camera in any modern smartphone is. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter are the most popular communication platforms, and they’re all either image-centric or moving toward a greater reliance on visuals.

So I saw The Verge's piece on the iPhone 6 being the best for shooting photos and took notice. Vlad Savov might be focusing on the speed and ease of shooting, but I'd throw the quality of the end results in there, too.

Be sure to give the whole thing a read, especially if you happen to be in charge of any camera software that runs on Android.

The Verge

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UK could block WhatsApp & iMessage because they're too secure.

David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Well, that's not good.

Independent

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Music (apparently) sounds different depending on which disk drive it's stored on

I've read this thrice now. I can't decide whether it's tongue-in-cheek or not.

TL;DR version: Someone decided they could tell the difference between music tracks played back on one NAS and the same tracks played back on another.

I shit you not.

Penguin Café Orchestra's Union Café has an altogether more natural recorded acoustic. On Scherzo and Trio QNAP1 promoted the leading edge piano transients, following through with a lighter, brighter instrument tone – possibly Steinway-like? The same piano had more lower mid body on QNAP2 and slightly softer hammer impact, perhaps more like a Bosendörfer.

That hint of glaze on QNAP1 also showed an impaired subjective noise floor elsewhere. In hi-fi parlance, QNAP2 had the blacker silences and deeper spaces between notes. If anything, this track highlighted a fundamental shift in timbre between the storage sources. This wasn't the gentle tweak of a DAC's digital filter option; we felt it was more akin to changing loudspeakers. System sound was improved as if the DAC itself had been upgraded, say from a £500 to a £2000 model.

This is a wind up, surely. Read the whole thing. It's long, it's wordy and, importantly, a load of rubbish.

Also, why I can't have a serious conversation with an audiophile.

Enjoy the Music

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