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OSX Screen Saver — ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

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I have created a simple screen saver for NASA Earth Viewing Experiment. This is a live stream from space station mixed with Soma FM Mission Control audio stream.

Download NASA OSX Screen Saver

About the mission:

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.

Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here.

For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here.

Quick notes about hdev video:

Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.

KPHP: KittenPHP Released

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This is VK/KittenPHP-DB-Engine project, consisting of efficient PHP-to-C++ translator called “KPHP” or “KittenPHP”, and several auxiliary high-performance “engines” (specialized non-relational databases), needed for its deployment.

It has been developed since 2009 mostly by Vkontakte Ltd, operator of social network VK.COM, and thoroughfully tested in high-performance enviroments, until a version useful for the general public was obtained. Fulfilling several previously given public promises, this version is now released for public use under GPL/LGPL terms.

Source code is licensed mostly under GPL version 2 or later.

Benchmarks (KPHP vs Facebook HipHop VM vs PHP):

kphp-testsTests sources available here.

Russian-language documentation is available at Github.
English documentation not available yet, sorry.

Google: Project Shield

Project Shield is an initiative to use Google’s infrastructure to protect free expression online. The service currently combines Google’s DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service (PSS), which allow websites to serve their content through Google to be better protected from DDoS attacks.

Project Shield is currently invite-only, and seeking additional “trusted testers”. Organizations with sites serving media, elections and human rights related content are invited to apply using the form here.

Dropbox for Mac Beta – Screenshot Sharing and iPhoto Import.

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Today, Dropbox has released a new public beta for Mac that contains some noteworthy new functionalities to speed up the process of adding files to your Dropbox account through the Finder, and particularly images.

My favorite one is an automatic screenshot sharing feature!

Download Dropbox Beta

Pure — a CSS framework by Yahoo!

Pure is a newest framework that is created by Yahoo!. It uses Normalize.CSS and doesn’t use any JavaScript but only HTML-CSS.

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The framework is built with responsive layouts in mind and has styles for typography, grids, forms, buttons, tables and navigation.
Markup used is very simple and the whole framework is pretty lightweight (5.7KB minified and gzipped).
Also, it is modular and styles for each module can be used separately.

Photoshop CC – New awesome features!

Camera Shake Reduction


Save shots you thought were lost due to camera motion.

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Foldify for iPad

Foldify for iPad: foldifyapp.com
Available on the App Store – itunes.com/apps/foldify
Vote for Foldify on best app ever – bestappever.com/v/ktoy/1/527118971

Draw, create, print and fold beautiful 3D figures with Foldify. You don’t need drawing skills, Foldify has tons of free content to create amazing, high quality figures!

Share your creations with other users, browse and like Figures from around the world! You can also print all figures you see online!

Each update will feature new features and further improvements, along with bunch of free content like more shapes and templates. First new features will include Photo Import, Color Eyedropper and Fill tools and few others. Foldify is 100% Indie app, created by 1 engineer and 2 designers.

Available on the App Store – itunes.com/apps/foldify

Shader Toy + Google Map + Panoramic Explorer

Street View is Awesome! We can go so many places! But can we see more? YES!

Tallinn:

New York:

More interesting places:

  1. Shibuya
  2. Heliopolis
  3. Construction in Hong Kong
  4. Admiralty, Hong Kong
  5. LA 110 Freeway
  6. SF Chinatown
  7. NYC Zuccotti Park
  8. Arashiyama, Kyoto
  9. Taipei 101
  10. Minamisanriku
  11. Akihabara
  12. Daibutsu, Nara
  13. Leake St, London
  14. Setenil de las Bodegas

DisplAir

A technological breakthrough
Created in 2010, DisplAir offers a true breakthrough in image display and natural interface technology. The DisplAir device projects images onto an ‘air screen’ that can be seen, heard, smelled and touched. Images can be easily configured through touching the images, allowing objects to be moved or played with, and even enabling drawing and virtual modeling.

Bringing magic to users
By providing users with a truly magical experience, DisplAir sets for itself the goal of enhancing brand communications, cultural creation, event experience, interior and exterior design, gaming experience as well as a range of educational and medical activities.

Born in Russia, growing globally
DisplAir is a resident of two of Russia’s leading tech hubs – Skolkovo and Kazan’s IT Park. The company cooperates with leading international tech players and brands as well as with a range of organizations in related fields.

Corporate social responsibility
A totally safe technology, DisplAir is energy efficient and causes no harm to the environment. The startup’s social responsibility has been demonstrated by its support of children’s sports and knowledge sharing through presentations and lectures as well as free training courses on physics and software.

Project page – Displair.ru

H.265 Draft

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) has met to issue a draft international standard of a new video-compression format that is twice as efficient as current standards.

The meeting, held in Stockholm July 16-20, gathered almost 450 people from 26 countries representing the telecoms, computer, TV and consumer electronics industries to approve and issue a draft standard for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). This format will enable compression levels roughly twice as high as the current H.264/AVC standard.

via Ericsson News