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Hexbyte – Glen Cove – News Instagram Is Ruining Instant Photography—The Instax Mini LiPlay Is Proof -Hexbyte Glen Cove News

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Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for Instagram, and that’s the problem.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for Instagram, and that’s the problem.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

There’s a reason instant cameras died the first time around: They’re unwieldy, the film is expensive, and even if you’re a great photographer, you’re going to have a ton of overexposed or blurry snaps in which no one looks good. Their recent resurgence is as much about nostalgia as it is about looking cool when you post a pic of your crappy-yet-artful shots on Instagram because let’s face it, while instant photography kind of sucks, the unpredictability is part of what makes using instant cameras fun.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay replaces all that analog quirk with digital finesse. It’s Bluetooth-enabled and has a companion app which you can use to print photos from your smartphone camera roll. It does away with a viewfinder entirely, opting for a 2.7-inch color LCD screen like your typical point-and-shoot. You can even record audio, and then print a QR code onto your photo. It’s a feature no one asked for but is gimmicky and fun to use—at least for one social media post. The result is a camera that’s way more convenient, but lacking soul.

Taking photos with a regular instant camera is simple. You get your friends to pose, you snap a pic and cross your fingers the photo turns out alright. The fun is waiting to see how the film slowly develops. At best, the photo will be mediocre, but candid. That makes the occasional gem all the more satisfying and precious.

Using the LiPlay is a much more controlled experience. You take photos, review them on the LCD screen, and then decide whether or not you want to print them. On the one hand, this is great for your wallet because there’s zero chance you’re going to waste expensive film on a dud shot. On the other, now that the LiPlay gives you the power of review, will you ever print an authentic but unglamorous photo ever again?

In my experience, the answer is no. If I weren’t reviewing the LiPlay, I would’ve never printed any of the janky photos I took while testing. Instagram has for better or worse, taught us all to value magazine-spread tableaus of ordinary life. I admit I’m a vain millennial. Left to my own devices, I’d probably only ever use the LiPlay’s smartphone camera printing feature. Honestly? I don’t think I’m the only one. At the LiPlay launch event, Fujifilm invited a bunch of Instagram influencers to share their experiences using the camera. Part of that was a mini-gallery of their photos, and trust me, there was nary a crappy photo in sight. Everything was gorgeously lit, meticulously composed, and actually, I’m pretty sure they just printed off their Instagram feed. There was none of the candidness that made instant cameras so delightful in the first place. One influencer told us how the LiPlay was the perfect tool for ‘documenting experiences,’ but that’s only true if your experiences are devoid of imperfection.

Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News The pic on the left was from my camera roll. The one on the right was taken with the LiPlay. One is clearly better, but less candid, than the other.

The pic on the left was from my camera roll. The one on the right was taken with the LiPlay. One is clearly better, but less candid, than the other.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

There are a few other features on the LiPlay that are heavily Instagram inspired. You can pick from 30 filters and six frames. It’s weird because you’re adding a filter so the photo you’re taking on an instant camera looks like a photo taken on an instant camera. Via the app, you can also use your phone as a remote for the perfectly posed group shot—God forbid the squad look less than luminous. Everything about the LiPlay is geared to be an aspiring influencer’s best friend.

But is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. There’s a lot the LiPlay gets right. As I said earlier, using low-tech instant cameras gets old really fast. While filming our instant camera Battlemodo, we had to schlepp all the cameras in a duffel bag around Astor Place and some, like the Lomo’Instant Square Glass, were a genuine pain to use. Not only did it feel like I needed a master’s degree in engineering to unfold the Lomo’Instant Square, figuring out which button to press wasn’t straightforward at all. Larger instant cameras like the Polaroid OneStep 2, while retro chic, are awkwardly sized. That alone is enough reason to leave them at home.

Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News Here you can see the audio record button, the power button, and three shortcut buttons for your favorite filters.

Here you can see the audio record button, the power button, and three shortcut buttons for your favorite filters.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

Conversely, I took the LiPlay with me on a trip to California and never had to take it out for TSA inspection because it has a similar footprint to my iPhone XS Max (but it’s thicker). Its compact size also meant I could easily stick it in a purse and take it with me to a concert. I don’t have to wonder what buttons I have to press because they’re clearly labeled. Battery life is good enough that I haven’t had to charge it in two weeks.

Another plus with the LiPlay is you can print multiples of a photo, which solves a gripe I’ve always had with instant cameras: Who gets to keep the good photo? I happened to snap a great picture of a friend at dinner, and it was easy to print off two copies—one for me, one for her. That’s not something you can do with a typical instant camera.

I’m still perplexed by the audio feature. It’s simple enough—you just press the microphone button on the front, and when you go to print a photo, you’ll be prompted to place a QR code. The only catch is you need the companion app open at the same time to upload the audio. Sure, you could use this to record a special message to a loved one, but it’s more effort than the novelty is worth. I tried snapping an audio shot of my cat meowing, and all I got was ten seconds of ambient noise and me fake meowing in attempt to get him to do the same. I couldn’t delete the audio, or record a separate audio clip to print with that specific photo, so now I’m just stuck with my failure. Though, I guess you could say that’s the most traditional instant camera experience I had with the LiPlay.

Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News It’s a bit chubby, but size-wise the LiPlay is about the size of a smartphone.

It’s a bit chubby, but size-wise the LiPlay is about the size of a smartphone.
Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)

For the average person, the LiPlay is probably the instant camera that makes most financial sense. While it’s on the pricier side at $160—you can find the Instax Mini 9 on Amazon for around $50—its convenience and portability pay off in the long-run. You’ll never waste film with the LiPlay. It also uses Instax Mini film, which you can frequently find on sale on Amazon for an average price of about $1 or less per photo. You’re also getting two devices for the price of one since it can double as a printer for your smartphone pics. Lastly, because it’s easy to carry around, you’re more likely to take it with you, and as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have on you. In a way, it’s the most practical instant camera I’ve ever used.

And for me, that’s part of the problem. Instant cameras aren’t supposed to be utilitarian! They’re supposed to be spontaneous and whimsical. The LiPlay felt like a semi-analog extension of social media, and the more I used it, the more I felt my curation instincts kicking in. There was no fun in waiting for photos to develop—I knew exactly how they were going to turn out. Instead, I spent more time stressing about getting a shot worthy enough to print. I’m sure some will continue to embrace fiddly retro gadgets and all their quirks. I have a hunch the rest of us have become image-obsessed monsters who would gladly trade imperfection for the type of control the LiPlay offers. That fits with how Instagram has changed my approach to personal photography—throw crappy shots into my Stories for the giggles and only post glamor shots on my feed. But maybe that’s just how photography is now. Maybe I’m a grumpy old biddy who’s wildly out of touch for expecting any degree of authenticity from an instant camera. Maybe the LiPlay is a roadmap of how instant cameras will evolve. At a certain point though, using the LiPlay stopped being fun. And what’s the point of if it’s not fun?


  • Includes an LCD screen so you can review photos before printing. Not instant but great for your wallet!
  • You can record 10 seconds of audio and print them on your photo as a QR code.
  • Can double as a printer for your smartphone camera roll photos.
  • While practical, the LiPlay loses a lot of the whimsical charm you expect from instant cameras.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Just Made Half a Billion Dollars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Just Made Half a Billion Dollars

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No matter how good your Fourth of July was, we venture it wasn’t as great as Peter Parker’s holiday weekend.

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Hello, welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. How was your Fourth of July? Good, we hope. Yet, no matter how good it was, we venture it wasn’t as great as Peter Parker’s holiday weekend. Spidey’s latest flick, Spider-Man: Far From Home, brought in more than half a billion dollars globally in just a few days, netting the web-slinger the biggest six-day opening weekend ever for a movie released on Tuesday. Who else had a good Fourth? Well, Mulan for one. Read below to find out more.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Has $580 Million Opening Weekend

In the midst of a kinda bleak summer movie-wise, Spider-Man: Far From Home just steamrolled through the box office, bringing in $185 million domestically over the long Fourth of July weekend. Globally, the movie has made more than $580 million over the six-day weekend. So, yes, Spidey just made more than half a billion dollars—not bad for a high school kid from Queens.

After Stranger Things, Netflix Vows to Cut Down on Onscreen Smoking

Following a recent report that smoking in television shows like Stranger Things could put youth at risk, Netflix has vowed to cut down in cigarette use onscreen. “Going forward, all new projects that we commission with ratings of TV-14 or below for series or PG-13 or below for films, will be smoking and e-cigarette free—except for reasons of historical or factual accuracy,” the streaming giant said in a statement to CNN.

Disney Is Dropping All Kinds of Trailers

Not to be out-shined by its child, Marvel parent company Disney just dropped a pair of trailers for its own films. The trailer for the new live-action remake of Mulan, which hits theaters in the spring of 2020, and the trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which drops October 18, are both below.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

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The internet is a revolving door of recommendations. We see you recently watched Chernobyl; may we recommend another bleak television series? How about a continuously updating playlist of songs based on your listening history? Or a pair of socks to go with those hiking boots in your shopping cart? You gave that Facebook post a thumbs up—would you like to see more posts like that?

Not long ago, Henry Boldizsar started to smell something fishy in these algorithms. Boldizsar was working for Calm, the meditation app, which had just begun building a rating system for its sessions. “That night, I was on Facebook and saw either sensationalist headlines or frivolous cat photos,” he says. Why is the newsfeed like this, he wondered. “What if instead, we used ratings which reflect what people actually find important, like nuance and veracity?” Something clicked.

Boldizsar quit Calm and began working on an app that would deliver the news with a more useful algorithm. That app, called Gem, launched on iOS this week.

At first, Gem looks similar to apps like Apple News: another standard news-finding machine. You choose categories you’re interested in reading more about, like “technology” or “culture.” But Gem differentiates itself by exercising two main principles: First, you rate the stuff you read based on adjectives rather than a simple thumbs up or down. You can choose terms like “objective,” “surprising,” or “nuanced”—terms that Boldizsar likens to “nutrition facts for the internet.” The idea is to reduce sensationalism and surface stories that are actually meaningful.

Second, the algorithm is designed to give users more control over what they want to see. You can filter articles by type (“tutorials,” “opinions,” or “news”) or adjust the influence of certain factors. Gem still recommends news articles algorithmically—including a daily “gem,” the article you’re most likely to enjoy. But it tries to avoid some of the pitfalls of other algorithms, which can be “prone to creating echo chambers where only your world view is repeated, and work in opaque ways, mostly out of your hands.”

Arielle Pardes covers personal technology, social media, and culture for WIRED.

The app arrives at a time when tech companies are beginning to reel back the power of their recommendation algorithms. YouTube, awash in controversy for recommending extremist videos and child pornography, recently retooled its recommendation system. It now lets users block certain channels from appearing in their recommended queue and offers more information about why a specific video has been recommended. This year, Facebook changed the way its News Feed ranks stories, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of misinformation.

Gem isn’t the first app to offer an alternative. NewsGuard, which launched late last year, makes a browser extension that rates news articles by credibility. And entrepreneur Brian Whitman, formerly a Spotify engineer, is building an app that will recommend a few things to read or listen to each day. Eventually, these ideas may be swallowed up by the bigger tech companies looking to rehabilitate their own recommendation algorithms. And we may all be better for it.

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Hexbyte  News  Computers proposed German megaproject

Hexbyte News Computers proposed German megaproject

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An artist’s conception of what Atlantropa might have looked like, as seen from space

Atlantropa, also referred to as Panropa,[1] was a gigantic engineering and colonisation idea devised by the German architect Herman Sörgel in the 1920s and promoted by him until his death in 1952.[2][3] Its central feature was a hydroelectric dam to be built across the Strait of Gibraltar, which would have provided enormous amounts of hydroelectricity[4] and would have led to the lowering of the surface of the Mediterranean Sea by up to 200 metres (660 ft), opening up large new lands for settlement, for example in the Adriatic Sea. The project proposed four additional major dams as well:[5][6][7]

Sörgel saw his scheme, projected to take over a century, as a peaceful European-wide alternative to the Lebensraum concepts that later became one of the stated reasons for Nazi Germany‘s conquest of new territories. Atlantropa would provide land and food, employment, electric power, and most of all, a new vision for Europe and neighbouring Africa.

The Atlantropa movement, through its several decades, was characterised by four constants:[8]

Active support was limited to architects and planners from Germany and a number of other primarily northern European countries. Critics derided it for various faults, ranging from lack of any actual cooperation of Mediterranean countries in the planning to the impacts it would have had on the historic coastal communities left stranded inland when the sea receded. The project reached great popularity in the late 1920s to the early 1930s, and for a short period again, in the late 1940s to the early 1950s, but soon disappeared from general discourse again after Sörgel’s death.[10]

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Outline map of the various hydroelectricity and land reclamation projects combined in Atlantropa.

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Sörgel’s proposed new locks at the Gibraltar Dam.

The plan was inspired by the then-new understanding of the Messinian salinity crisis,[11] a pan-Mediterranean geological event that took place 5 to 6 million years ago.[12] The contemporary geologists proposed that the large salt deposits surrounding the Mediterranean coast were the result of its partial isolation by a shrinking of the seaways connecting to the Atlantic. Today it is a majority opinion among geoscientists that the Mediterranean underwent a significant drawdown during that period, of at least a few hundred meters.[13]

The Utopian goal was to solve all the major problems of European civilisation by the creation of a new continent, “Atlantropa”, consisting of Europe and Africa and to be inhabited by Europeans. Sörgel was convinced that to remain competitive with the Americas and an emerging Oriental “Pan-Asia“, Europe must become self-sufficient, and this meant possessing territories in all climate zones. Asia would forever remain a mystery to Europeans, and the British would not be able to maintain their global empire in the long run—hence a common European effort to colonise Africa was necessary.[14] The lowering of the Mediterranean would enable the production of immense amounts of electric power, guaranteeing the growth of industry. Unlike fossil fuels, this power source would not be subject to depletion. Vast tracts of land would be freed for agriculture—including the Sahara desert, which was to be irrigated with the help of three sea-sized man-made lakes throughout Africa. The massive public works, envisioned to go on for more than a century, would relieve unemployment and the acquisition of new land would ease the pressure of overpopulation, which Sörgel thought were the fundamental causes of political unrest in Europe. Sörgel also believed the project’s effect on the climate could only be beneficial.[15] Sörgel believed that the climate could be changed for the better as far away as the British isles due to a more effective Gulf Stream creating warmer winters.[16] The Middle East under the control of a consolidated Atlantropa would be an additional energy source and a bulwark against the so-called Yellow Peril.[17]

The publicity material produced for Atlantropa by Sörgel and his supporters contain plans, maps, and scale models of several dams and new ports on the Mediterranean, views of the Gibraltar dam crowned by a 400-metre (1,300 ft) tower designed by Peter Behrens, projections of the growth of agricultural production, sketches for a pan-Atlantropan power grid, and even provision for the protection of Venice as a cultural landmark.[18] Concerns about climate change or earthquakes, when mentioned, were framed as positives rather than negatives.[16] Sörgel’s 1938 book Die Drei Grossen A has a quote from Hitler on the flyleaf, demonstrating that the concept was not inconsistent with Nazi ideology.

After the Second World War, interest was piqued again as the Western Allies sought to create closer bonds with Africa and combat communism, but the invention of nuclear power, the cost of rebuilding, and the end of colonialism left Atlantropa technologically unnecessary and politically unfeasible, although the Atlantropa Institute remained in existence until 1960.[18]

Most proposals to dam the Strait of Gibraltar since that time have focused on the hydroelectric potential of such a project, and do not envisage any substantial lowering of the Mediterranean sea level. A new idea involving a tensioned fabric dam stretched between Europe and North Africa in the Gibraltar Strait is envisioned to cope with any future global sea-level rise outside of the Mediterranean Sea Basin.[19]

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  1. ^ Hanns Günther (Walter de Haas) (1931). In hundert Jahren. Kosmos.
  2. ^ “German Genius”. The Advocate. LXII, (3956). Victoria, Australia. 13 June 1929. p. 36. Retrieved 20 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ “No title”. The Week (Brisbane). CXII, (3, 001). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 28 June 1933. p. 20. Retrieved 9 February 2018 – via National Library of Australia., …The Munich architect, Hermann Soergel, has published his gigantic project “Atlantropa,” a . scheme which he has been supervising for six years, which by lowering the level of the Mediterranean, he contends, will water the Sahara desert, win new land and connect Europe and Africa. This is one of the drawings belonging to his exhibition…
  4. ^ “Atlantropa: A plan to dam the Mediterranean Sea.””16 March 2005. Archive. Archived 2017-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Xefer. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  5. ^ Ley, Willy (1959). Engineers’ Dreams: Great projects that could come true. Viking Press.
  6. ^ lord_k. “The Atlantropa Project”. Dieselpunks.org. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  7. ^ Bellows, Jason (2008-09-25). “Mediterranean be Dammed”. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  8. ^ Voigt, Wolfgang (1998). Atlantropa – Weltenbauen am Mittelmeer (in German). p. 100. ISBN 978-3-86735-025-9.
  9. ^ Politische Geographien Europas: Annäherungen an ein umstrittenes Konstrukt, Anke Strüver, LIT Verlag Münster, 2005, p. 43
  10. ^ Voigt, Wolfgang (1998). Atlantropa – Weltenbauen am Mittelmeer (in German). p. 122. ISBN 978-3-86735-025-9.
  11. ^ Krijgsman, W.; Garcés, M.; Langereis, C.G.; Daams, R.; Van Dam, J.; Van Der Meulen, A.J.; Agustí, J.; Cabrera, L. (1996). “A new chronology for the middle to late Miocene continental record in Spain”. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 142 (3–4): 367–380. Bibcode:1996E&PSL.142..367K. doi:10.1016/0012-821X(96)00109-4.
  12. ^ Gautier, F., Clauzon, G., Suc, J.P., Cravatte, J., Violanti, D., 1994. Age and duration of the Messinian salinity crisis. C.R. Acad. Sci., Paris (IIA) 318, 1103–1109.
  13. ^ Garcia-Castellanos, D.; Villaseñor, A. (2011). “Messinian salinity crisis regulated by competing tectonics and erosion at the Gibraltar Arc”. Nature. 480 (7377): 359–363. Bibcode:2011Natur.480..359G. doi:10.1038/nature10651. PMID 22170684.
  14. ^ Sörgel, Herman. Atlantropa. Fretz & Wasmuth, Zürich 1932, p. 75 ff.
  15. ^ Sörgel, Herman. Atlantropa. Fretz & Wasmuth, Zürich 1932, pp. 66–67.
  16. ^ a b Brock, Paul (1963-08-06). “German engineers dream of building a new continent”. Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com. One of the most significant advantages would be a change of climate [to that] of Northern Europe – and especially the British Isles – because the warm Gulf Stream would be rendered much more effective.
  17. ^ Sörgel, Herman. Atlantropa. Fretz & Wasmuth, Zürich 1932, p. 80.
  18. ^ a b “Atlantropa.” Issue 10 Spring 2003. Cabinet Magazine. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  19. ^ Cathcart, R.B. Medicative Macro-Imagineering: Earth + Mars Megaprojects (March 2014), Chapter 8 pages 391–468.

Hexbyte News Computers Further reading[edit]

  • Gall, Alexander (1998). Das Atlantropa-Projekt: die Geschichte einer gescheiterten Vision. Herman Sörgel und die Absenkung des Mittelmeers. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus. ISBN 3-593-35988-X
  • Gall, Alexander (2006). Atlantropa: A Technological Vision of a United Europe, in: Networking Europe. Transnational Infrastructures and the Shaping of Europe, 1850–2000, edited by Erik van der Vleuten and Arne Kaijser. Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, pp. 99–128. ISBN 0-88135-394-9
  • Günzel, Anne Sophie (2007). Das “Atlantropa”-Projekt – Erschließung Europas und Afrikas (2nd edition). München: Grin. ISBN 3-638-64638-6
  • Sörgel, Herman (1929). Mittelmeer-Senkung. Sahara-Bewässerung = Lowering the Mediterranean, Irrigating the Sahara (Panropa Project), pamphlet. Leipzig: J.M. Gebhardt.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1931). “Europa-Afrika: ein Weltteil” (37): 983–987. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1932). Atlantropa. Munich: Piloty & Löhle.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1932). Atlantropa (3rd, illustrated edition). Zürich: Fretz & Wasmuth.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1933). Foreword to “Technokratie – die neue Heilslehre” by Wayne W. Parrish. Munich: R. Piper & Co.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1938). Die drei großen “A”. Großdeutschland und italienisches Imperium, die Pfeiler Atlantropas. [Amerika, Atlantropa, Asien]. Munich: Piloty & Loehle.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1942). Atlantropa-ABC: Kraft, Raum, Brot. Erläuterungen zum Atlantropa-Projekt. Leipzig: Arnd.
  • Sörgel, Herman (1948). Foreword to “Atlantropa. Wesenszüge eines Projekts” by John Knittel. Stuttgart: Behrendt.
  • R.B. Cathcart, “Land Art as global warming or cooling antidote”, Speculations in Science and Technology, 21: 65–72 (1998)
  • R.B. Cathcart, “Mitigative Anthropogeomorphology: a revived ‘plan’ for the Mediterranean Sea Basin and the Sahara”, Terra Nova: The European Journal of Geosciences, 7: 636–640 (1995).
  • R.B. Cathcart, “What if We Lowered the Mediterranean Sea?”, Speculations in Science and Technology, 8: 7–15 (1985).
  • R.B. Cathcart, “Macro-engineering Transformation of the Mediterranean Sea and Africa”, World Futures, 19: 111–121 (1983).
  • R.B. Cathcart, “Mediterranean Basin-Sahara Reclamation”, Speculations in Science and Technology, 6: 150–152 (1983).

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