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Sony’s RX100 VI adds a long zoom lens to the best compact camera

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Sony’s RX100 series cameras have been some of the best point-and-shoots you can get over the past few years. Today, Sony is introducing a new model, the RX100 VI, with one particularly notable change: a really long zoom lens.

The previous model had a 24-70mm equivalent lens, which didn’t take you much farther than the human eye. This new model reaches from 24mm to 200mm equivalent, providing a huge magnification. It’ll make the camera a much better choice for, say, photographing a student at a graduation ceremony.

In exchange for the zoom, the camera’s aperture is changing from f/1.8-2.8 to the somewhat slower f/2.8-4.5. But Sony says it’s improved the lens’s optical image stabilization, which is now supposed to add four stops of speed....

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mellangatang
14 days ago
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I like options, and I'm sure plenty of people will opt for the long lens. I, however, would rather have the faster aperture.

Apple will let developers port iOS apps to macOS in 2019

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Macs and iOS devices have been getting closer and closer to each other in terms of functionality, and now Apple is bridging that gap with an announcement that the company will be making it easier to port iOS applications over to macOS at its WWDC developer conference.

Apple has already been testing its new frameworks, with the recently revealed News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home apps that Apple introduced with Mojave all actually being ported versions of the iOS apps. According to Apple, the cross-platform porting is made possible by integrating elements of iOS’s UIKit frameworks directly into macOS, alongside the existing AppKit framework used on desktop.

The cross-platform porting is still in development, with Apple...

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mellangatang
15 days ago
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I wish Apple would stop announcing things they're planning on doing in the future. I want to know what I can get NOW, not next year if priorities don't change.

Zack Snyder says his next project is an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

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The man behind Batman v Superman and Justice League is developing another bleak tale

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Ya know, I was just thinking that the world definitely needs more Ayn Rand. Thank god Zack Synder's on it.

Sailor 1911 Large Stormy Sea: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Sailor has been producing the 1911 model for thirty years in a variety of colors. The most recent iteration (available only in North America) is Stormy Sea.

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Stormy Sea is a gorgeous deep blue with silvery chatoyance.

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The rhodium-plated 21k nib and rhodium trim complement the color perfectly. The large version is 140.5mm/5.53 inches capped, 122.7mm/4.83 inches uncapped, and 153.6mm/6.05 inches posted. I think of this as a medium-sized pen, especially since it’s slightly smaller than a Montblanc 146. A large pen (to me) is one that is comparable to a Montblanc 149.

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I bought my Stormy Sea from Dan Smith and had the medium nib ground to an italic.

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This gives the nib a bit of line variation and a lot of character, though you definitely have to find the sweet spot to avoid scratchy writing and corner snags.

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If you prefer a smoother writing experience, I’d suggest a stub, but I’m really enjoying the crispness of this italic grind.

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Stormy Sea comes in a typical Sailor dark blue clamshell box—no super fancy packaging for this pen.

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One cartridge and a converter are included.

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The pen is a typical cigar shape with rhodium trims on the cap, grip, and barrel. The cap sports Sailor’s simple clip and a large ring engraved with “Sailor Founded 1911.”

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The 21k nib is decorated with scrollwork and the Sailor anchor logo. I think Sailor produces some of the most beautiful nibs available today (though Aurora nibs are my absolute favorite).

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Although most of my Sailor nibs are unyielding, this nib has a tiny bit of give to it, which I like.

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I inked my Sailor Stormy Sea with an ink brand that is new to me: Krishna, purchased from Vanness. The color is called, appropriately, “Sailor’s Blue” and it’s a perfect match for this pen. I’ll be reviewing several Krishna inks soon.

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Many retailers offer the new Sailor Stormy Sea 1911 in large or standard sizes, but I highly recommend purchasing from Dan Smith since you get a complimentary nib grind along with your purchase. The pen (with nib grind) costs $288 plus shipping.

Pros

  • The Sailor 1911 Large is a comfortable pen and will fit all but the largest hands well. Because it is made from resin, it is not heavy (24.5 grams capped), and, in fact, it might be too light for those who prefer hefty pens.
  • The Stormy Sea color is one of the most beautiful Sailor colors I’ve seen. I absolutely love the silvery sheen and deep sea blue color.
  • As you would expect, the nib is outstanding. Sailor nibs do have some feedback, but if you don’t like that, you can have them ground into a smoother tip, such as a stub. If you plan on having the nib ground, I highly recommend purchasing from Dan Smith since a nib grind is included with the purchase.
  • Even though the Sailor converter doesn’t hold a ton of ink (1.1mm), I like converter fillers because they are super easy to clean.

Cons

  • Sailor pens are on the expensive side, especially since they are made from resin and the cigar shape isn’t especially unique. But, the price includes a solid 21k nib.
  • If you prefer weightier pens, the Sailor 1911 (even the large model) will probably be too light for you.
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This pen is gorgeous - Sailor's been killing it lately. Just wish the ends were flat, I'm not a fan of the bullets.

Am I Gross For Sucking Snot Out Of My Baby's Nose?

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Welcome to Am I Gross? A recurring feature in which we tell you if you’re gross. If you’d like to know if something you are doing is gross, email our columnist at AmIGross.Deadspin@gmail.com.

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Yes.

No Man’s Sky is finally getting multiplayer in July

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No Man’s Sky’s next major update is coming in July, and it’s bringing a much-anticipated feature to the game: online multiplayer. Developer Hello Games announced the release date for No Man’s Sky NEXT, which is described as the biggest update to the game yet, and it will also see No Man’s Sky make its belated debut on the Xbox One. (It’s currently available on both the PlayStation 4 and PC.) The NEXT update will hit all platforms on July 24th.

The big news for the update, though, is that full multiplayer support is finally coming, a feature that was talked about prior to the game’s launch in 2016 but was never actually implemented. No Man’s Sky takes place in a vast, procedurally generated universe that’s the same for all players, yet...

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Did Hello Games lie about having multiplayer at launch?
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