Smartphone Portrait Mode vs DSLR: Bokeh Fight!

Portrait mode vs DSLR! Can software processing on our phones FINALLY match the output from a standalone camera? Is Portrait Mode a worthy competitor to a nice camera body and fast glass? Years ago I produced a comparison where DSLR’s handily crushed phone cameras, but for consumers, the battle is a LOT closer. Let’s take a quick look at some samples, and see how far phones have improved!

Phone vs DSLR (2015) https://youtu.be/AyQOgf7NVBk
Smartphone Bokeh Test (2013) https://youtu.be/zGVtbcDtsV4

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Geek Book Club 006 – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness is an incredible achievement in science fiction, pushing the boundaries on late 1960’s gender discussion, and building a world for future novels to explore.

What happens to a society when you strip away gender, and then introduce a man into that society? Plus we get super squirrely talking about fantasy characters’ genitals…
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GBC006 – The Left Hand of Darkness

Next month’s review: ‘Altered Carbon’ http://amzn.to/2BH1Sbm

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The Headphone Jack Should Die! Geek Debate!

The debate is TODAY! 4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST!

The plug we use to power headphones has been around for over a century. Is it time to get rid of it for a better connector? Is wireless the way to go? We need a Geek Debate! Ron Richards from All About Android and Enobong Etteh from Booredatwork will hammer out the pros and cons of cabled audio, and YOU get to decide the winner! Watch the live stream RIGHT HERE, or join the live chat on YouTube!


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Enobong Etteh https://twitter.com/booredatwork
Ron Richards https://twitter.com/ronxo

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An Ode to My Precious FrankenBuild PC

I’ve been building my own workstations for years, and changing from one build to the next is always exciting and a little bit sad. I’m nearing the end of my current PC’s life, and it’ll be time to move on to the next new hotness soon.

Thankfully the Ninjas at Newegg helped me put together this memorial to my beloved Hera, the FrankenBuild. Schniff… The feels man… The feels…

No More Notch! Leave our phone screens alone!

NO MORE NOTCHES! I don’t care that I CAN get used to a uni-brow cutting into my phone screen. I SHOULDN’T HAVE to get used to a screen cut out. As the iPhone X has sold relatively well, how can we stop copycat manufacturers from forcing us all to adopt a TERRIBLE selfie camera adaption?

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Review: Killer Gimbal, Killer Price

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Review! Want to smooth out your smartphone videos? Want higher quality vlogs? Want to improve your mobile journalism projects? YOU NEED A GIMBAL! Thankfully prices on stabilizers have dropped significantly from the first options released years ago. DJI now has their label on a solution which wont break break the bank. Here’s my review of this “selfie stick on steroids”, the Osmo Mobile 2!

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Movies You May Have Missed 038: Learn the Gun Kata in ‘Equilibrium’ (MYMHM Recovered)

A dark, dystopian future where emotions are outlawed, but we aren’t spared Taye Diggs gorgeous smile. We don’t really care about that plot though. ‘Equilibrium’ delivers action porn in spades through the ridiculous creation of a new form of Kung Fu! Thankfully the film takes it seriously enough for this action porn to be fun. GUN KATA!

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Microtransactions RETURN to Star Wars Battlefront 2: I TOLD YOU SO!

Microtransactions RETURN to Star Wars Battlefront 2: I TOLD YOU SO! Gasp. Shock. Actually, I think many fans of gaming and Star Wars could have predicted this.Especially with EA missing their conservative sales forecast, it was inevitable that some kind of monetization mechanic would be employed. LET’S COMPLAIN!

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