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Mat Kearney

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Interesting Defunct United States Airlines
What I learned from the Boston Career Forum
Getting FancyUpload to Work
Google Plus bar color changer extension
Home Sweet American Culture
Install Android 2.2 Froyo on iPhone 3G on Windows with pics and video
An Engineer's Nightmare - Ocean Tower, South Padre Island
Setting up the Arduino Pro Mini and Bluetooth Mate on Mac
Python on the iPad
Custom iPhone lock screens on iOS5




Nov 30 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review

I’m a card carrying member of the heavy, bulky DSLR Canon fanboy group, so getting my hands on a Lumix DMC-CM1 was something that took a bit of warming up to. But at the end of the day, it’s what camera you have in your pocket that matters most, and this has turned out to be a mighty pleasant surprise.

By first impressions it looks like a lens bolted onto an Android phone, protruding somewhat from the squarish frame of the phone. But a better description is that it feels more like a camera with a smartphone built around it. You’ll take a photo imagining a smartphone quality shot, and then you’ll realize how much sharper, crisper and better your photos come out.

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Sep 23 | Naoshima Trip Report

Naoshima’s art museums feel like a cross between a hidden concrete paradise and an asylum. Tadao Ando is a genius, and Naoshima is an odd but deeply satisfying testament to his vision. Naoshima sits about an hour north of Takamatsu by boat, 3 hours south of Tokyo by train, and is more or less a […]

Sep 13 | Towards a more accessible map

The views represented here are my own, and not of my employer. I don’t think a single day goes by where I don’t use Google Maps, and not merely because I work for Google. And as much as championing accessibility is something I wished I did more often, it’s not something that I think about […]

Jul 27 | Xiaomi, MIUI and the Android ecosystem within China

Introduction One of the highlights of traveling to China was having the opportunity to understand the unique technology silo it lives in, and how it manages to remain innovating and cutting edge, relevant to its users, and rapidly gaining traction on the international tech scene. Much of how it accomplishes it today seems to be […]

Jul 13 | Wandering Istanbul

I hear the muezzin’s call and make my way towards the Kizilkayalar Hamburger stand in Taksim square, where I’d been wandering about as the clock ticked 8:36pm on my phone. Nearby, several women were debating between which ring of flowers to buy — the kind you put on your head — and a young man […]

Jun 22 | Photographing the Matterhorn

Click thumbnails for larger versions 70-200mm f/2.8 II at f/11, 170mm 1/15 seconds, ISO 100 It’s approaching 8pm and I’m sitting at the Chez Vrony, with the Matterhorn in front, waiting for someone to ask me if I’d like to have a drink. There’s a wedding reception going on, so I might be left alone. […]

May 11 | The thing that never was: ringback tones

This technology is part of a $2.5 billion market expected to grow soon into a $17 billion yearly market in the US alone. – “Ring Plus: Revolutionizing the Telecommunications Industry”, October 2008 Once upon a time, customizing mobile phone ringback tones was popular. The idea that if you called someone, you could hear something less […]

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