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Found the design for my next kite board

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yEq3Yn9EjQ
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they'd dissolve in contact with water
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New Road Bike Party video. Martyn Ashtons legacy continues!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=55&v=BM0oQIRIyrs
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This kick starter looks quite cool. Essentially its a device to help generate a custom weather forecast for a specific area rather in much finer granular detail than that currently available. Whats not to like.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/441602794/wezr-the-industrys-most-precise-weather-tracker

I came across it whilst reading this review of it : https://wetestkites.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/pre-review-the-wezr-sensor-a-device-for-a-better-wind-forecast/#more-554
WEZR Corporation is raising funds for WEZR - The Industry's Most Precise Weather Tracker on Kickstarter! Connect the WEZR sensor to get with real time, up to date and ultra local weather forecast on your smartphone.
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As a windows phone user I have generally been delighted with the operating system and the way that it does things. Each time I have tried moving to Android and looked at IOS I have always come back after being unable to replicate some of the basic features of WP. 

Its a frustrating time right now though as gradually all of the features I really wanted are being removed and the functionality merged to be just like everything else. Want a nice simple to use pivot architecture you can operate with your gloves on, sorry we are moving to the menu based architecture like Android. Want to avoid the Facebook smell that is their app, sorry we are just going to re-skin their app and leave you with the mess that is the Facebook timeline.

It used to be worth the lack of interoperability to stick with windows phone but as all the bits I really liked start to get removed I'm starting to wonder.....  
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Had a chance to test my new bicycle light and it gets a big thumbs up. I took a gamble on a Busch and Muller Ixon IQ Premium and I think its probably the best commuter light I have heard about.

Pros:
-Excellent beam pattern.
-Bright enough to see the road by
-Light positioned onto the road not into the eyes of oncoming traffic
-Reasonably priced. (not as cheap as the chinese copies, cheaper than most MTB lights)
- German K marked so actually legal for use as a sole front light in the UK (unlike most alternatives). 
-Choice of good mounts including fork crown mount.

Cons:
-AA (although rechargeable) batteries. Would prefer 18650 cells
-Proprietary charger. Would prefer usb

So if you are looking for a new light. Check this one out.
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After a little longer with life using Android, I thought I should probably jot a few experiences down in case anyone else was thinking of swapping from WP and wondered at the differences. In a bid to avoid thus looking like a gigantic whinge, I'm going to try and add some structure to this post.

The good:
- Google apps. The photos app is superb. It has everything I want and is simple and intuitive to use. Chrome is superb. MS raised their game with a new version of IE for WP8 but it isn't in the same league as chrome.
- battery life has surprised me. I'm getting close to 3 days out of a second hand nexus 4 with WiFi and location enabled. Sure I'm not making a lot of phone calls but I'm browsing my usual social networks and taking the occasional photo.
- GPS seems to be good. I'm only comparing to a galaxy s2 but its noticeably faster to get a position.
- camera start up time. Its noticeably faster to start the camera than on my Nokia - even without a dedicated hardware button.

The frustrating:
- chrome! its good but why do I have different products for both mobile and tablet. On the mobile app there is a brilliant swipe gesture to kill tabs. Its a tiny little cross in the tablet and I am forever creating new blank tabs instead of closing tabs. Not so bad but then why won't the mobile app display pages that open on the tablet version. Its barmy!
- No hardware camera shutter button.
- Possible choice. I've complained before about having too many apps that makes it difficult to find the best ones. I've had a similarly frustrating time with hardware. I bought a USB OTG cable. Downloaded a bunch of apps only to find its not a compatible cable. The day before I tried to plug my tablet into the USB port on the TV and use it like a hard disc. No joy. Not a problem I think, I can borrow an MHL cable. Nope. That only works for Samsung phones. I'm left feeling a little flat that the possibilities are very high but with a correspondingly high level of incompatibility which makes me ask myself - is this too much flexibility in a phone?
- The stock phone dialer. I just don't get on with this. I keep hanging up calls when I'm trying to take them. Who thought it was a good idea not to show you which direction you need to swipe before you have touched the screen and covered up the correct option with part of your hand? I know you would get used to it but it still needs fixing. Any recommendations for a better one?

Halfway score:
I like both the phone and the tablet I'm using but it's too early to tell if I'll stick with them. I started this experiment because I felt limited by WP8 and I felt I was missing out but I can't help feeling the same is true on android. It seems you buy your hardware based on your criteria and accept that other hardware will do loads of other stuff you'll just never get working yourself 
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Nexus 4s rock ;-) welcome to the club
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Interesting gadget for a go pro. Given that its waterproof I'm wondering what footage I might get kayaking or kiting. Hmm...


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/slick-stabilizer-a-motorized-gopro-steadicam#/story
--Slick stabilizer-- A Motorized GoPro Steadicam for Filmmakers. Waterproof. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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best to wait till March when it launches
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I'm used to missing out on being able to play with cool apps due to being a windows phone user but this time its a Microsoft app and my 'Flagship' lumia is missing from the supported devices list.

Looks cool though! (Available for Android)

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/hyperlapseapps/
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Living with my Microsoft Band notes:

Battery life:
Suprisingly good! Managed 2 hours less than 4 days from a single charge. Will easily go for a weekend without needing a charge. Note I didn't do any workouts during that 4 day period and that would affect the battery life. However, on an earlier test, a days use including 2.5 hours of GPS tracking left me with 50% battery. Not to shabby.

Heart Rate and steps:
Yep. This seems to work.

Notifications:
This is the reason I chose the band over some of the competition. It works pretty nicely. As will have been noted elsewhere, it would be nice if reading the notifications on the band cancelled them on your phone - but its a multi platform device so you can't expect it to be flawless yet.

Keyboard: 
Works surprisingly well. Good for a couple of word reply but a bit of a chore for anything more. As to be expected really.

Calorie counter:
The only disappointing thing at the moment. I remember testing out a band a while back and it seemed more accurate/feasible. An example, 2 days ago I lazed around the house with a cold, did 0.5 mile of steps and burned 1950 kcal. Yesterday I walked 6 miles and did 2100 kcal. Either it is now a lot more accurate or it underestimates when not in workout mode. Either is possible.

Overall:
Currently a happy camper. I'm slightly limited in choice due to my preferred phone platform but I don't feel like I'm missing out at the moment.
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Fab, that's really helpful thank you!
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Short film review time:

John Wick. 4/10
Keanu Reeves plays ex mafia hitman John Wick. The mafia break into his house and kill his dog. Cue action.

Unfortunately even the well choreographed action scenes cant rescue the one dimensional plot. Worth a watch if you are bored but if you have the option watch Last Man Standing or Fist full of dollars as they are better versions of this film.
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This month on Kraaft It LIVE! we issued a challenge to the Kraafters Kommunity to "alter something"
I happened to stumble upon this video tonight and thought of all my kraafty friends who do something everyday with what most people throw away or even take a single item meant for some other original idea and turns it into a WHOLE NEW something.

I do hope you are considering this month's challenge and even if it means building a night stand out of peanut butter jars, you will be sure to share it with us and tag it with #KSDNov  
#crafts   #creatvity   #creativegenius  
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