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Steve Garfield's weblog on pop culture, wine, beer, travel, food, politics, golf, cars and technology as seen in TIME, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.



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2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 with Apple CarPlay

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:06:00 +0000

My Mercedes-Benz Dealership, Mercedes-Benz of Burlington, gives out loaner cars when you get your car serviced. I asked for an E300, while my C300 was in for it's B service. I got a 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. What a sweet car. It's a little bigger than my C300 and does away with the semi-floating 8.4-inch screen, replacing it with an inline 12.3-inch high-resolution central display. Display The 2017 E300 also has a USB plug in the cupholder section. After I plugged my iPhone 7 Plus in, the car detected it and asked me if I wanted to connect to Apple CarPlay. "A new Apple CarPlay device has been connected." I accepted "Automatically" and the CarPlay display came up. It's impressive.  The colors are vibrant and details are very pronounced. I saw Pandora on there, so I scrolled over to it using the COMAND system with touchpad controller. It was easy to scroll around my artists. I selected Paul McCartney & Wings. Next, I selected Maps, and chose to browse local shopping, and my supermarket came right up, so I selected it, and navigation led me there. The final thing I'd like to share is the 64-color LED ambient lighting. This was fun to play with and decide on a color. A network of LEDs can create not just a soothing ambience in the cabin, but one you can alter to suit your mood, or even create one. An incredible 64 selectable colors and adjustable brightness let the driver control the atmosphere like never before. Edge-lighting glows from beneath the "waveform" dash trim and door armrests, and from behind the instrumentation screen panel. Even the footwells, door handles and rear overhead assist grips are bathed in a soft glow. Disclosure: Mercedes-Benz of Burlington provided me with a 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 as a service loaner. I have a financial interest in Mercedes-Benz of Burlington. I was not asked to write anything about the car and was not provided any other compensation of any kind. All opinions I express regarding the Mercedes-Benz E300 are my own. [...]



PhotoScan from Google Can't Beat a Scanner

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:54:00 +0000

PhotoScan iOS and Android App for scanning photos, makes it easy to use your smart phone to scan in old photos, but it can't match the quality of a flatbed scanner.

Here's a test I did with an old wedding photo:

PhotoScan

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Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner (affiliate link) with Color Restoration

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The Shure Documenter MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:31:00 +0000

The Shure Documenter MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone joins the landscape of new microphones that utilize the iPhone Lightning connector providing a greater confidence that recordings will sound good, as opposed to using the headphone jack. In all my tests, the MV88 worked well, without any problems. As you add on external devices to help you record, you usually add in the possibility of technical failure. Not with the MV88. I was confident to use it each time. The sound quality was very good and I appreciated the ability to modify the direction of the audio capture depending on the environment. The app was easy to use. Here are the features of the mic, some video examples recorded directly to the camera and through Facebook Live, some of my suggestions for the next version, and some photos. Features• MFi certi ed compatible with all iOS devices equipped with a Lightning connector • Matched cardioid and bi-directional 1 cm cartridges for best-in-class audio • Mid-side architecture for a phase-perfect, clear stereo image • 5 DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud) • Automatically adjusts EQ, compression and limiting for optimal results • Innovative hinge/rotation design supports multiple recording angles, including video applications • All-metal construction engineered to withstand the most demanding recording conditions System Requirements iOS 7.0 and higher: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus; iPod touch 5th generation; iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2; iPad Mini 1st generation, iPad Mini 2nd generation, iPad Mini 3rd Generation ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ App Featuring: –24-bit/48 khz .wav (uncompressed) recording –Control over DSP mode selection, microphone gain, stereo width, raw mid-side adjustments, wind reduction, capsule selection, Left-Right Swap, 5-band EQ and compression/limiting Buy on Amazon.com (Affiliate Link): style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=getseen-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B010W6W8OW&asins=B010W6W8OW&linkId=f6cae450e9bdec5b03d6f2e3d43e32fe&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"> Testing: iPhone 7 Plus Recording src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10154694592652020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> iPhone 7 Plus Facebook Live Stream of Christmas Car Tree Review ASSEMBLE src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10154694627952020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> INSTALL ON CAR ROOF src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10154694704077020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> A few notes that I would pass on to developers: 1. I would like the mic to be able to be adjustable 180 degrees. So it can both be pointed at an interviewee or the person recording. 2. OR All the microphone to twist so that the side pics work while in landscape mode, allowing both mics to work at the same time for interviewer and interviewee. 3. I’d like the mic to have a daisy chained lighting port on it so that I can plug in another lightning cord to power the phone while using the mic. 4. I’d like a longer lightning connector so that I can use the mic while keeping a case on my iPhone Photos: [...]



Christmas Car Tree Lit Up At Night.

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:21:00 +0000

Christmas Car Tree Lit Up At Night. #sponsored

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Image: Christmas Car Tree Lit Up At Night.

This was fun to drive around with on the top of my car last night. Little kids were yelling, "Hey mom look at that!"
We also got a few "Merry Christmas" greetings.

It was very secure.

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INSTALL ON CAR ROOF
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Hear from real Americans this Election Day as they share who they voted for and why LIVE today on Facebook.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:50:00 +0000

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Hear from real Americans this Election Day, not pundits and projections. Exit Poll is bringing you the voices of voters all across this country as they share who they voted for and why LIVE today on Facebook.

Download the app and share your video to be featured: http://exitpoll.live

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Tech21 Evo Mesh Case for iPhone 7

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:05:00 +0000

The Tech21 Evo Mesh Case for iPhone 7 is available exclusively at the Apple Store.
Tech21's Evo Mesh Case powerfully safeguards your iPhone 7 with intelligent impact protection. That means impact force is absorbed, dissipated, and repelled away from your iPhone thanks to scientifically proven, hybrid impact-protection FlexShock material that’s injection molded into the Energy Absorbing System (E.A.S.). Ultra-thin and extremely lightweight, Evo Mesh offers tough protection for your iPhone, while preserving its natural beauty.
The information on the box and the website states that this case protects your iPhone from 9.9 foot drops.

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That's better than what the standard Apple Leather case would do.

I've had this case for less than a week and really like it. All the buttons work fine and there's room for many different lightning connectors that I've tried.

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YouTube Adds a new, optional feature for paid promotion disclosure

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:45:00 +0000

YouTube Adds New Tool To Help Creators Disclose Branded Videos:
YouTube is trying to do its part to ensure viewers are properly informed about sponsored content. It has launched a new feature that lets creators disclosed paid promotions by way of a small notice that appears in the bottom-left corner of the video player.

How to set up:

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Video Example:

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Note: New disclosure is on the bottom left as video plays.

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Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:19:00 +0000

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany – Read on Medium

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Love Lock Bridge Salzburg, Austria

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:39:00 +0000

Love Lock Bridge Salzburg, Austria – Read on Medium

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In Salzburg, Austria we stayed at the Sheraton Grand Salzburg. At the front desk we asked for directions to the local shopping areas. The old town shopping was just down the street. The desk clerk, marked a footbridge that we should cross with a little heart shape, telling us to cross the love bridge.

I had no idea at the time, that this footbridge, would be covered in love locks.
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Dachau concentration camp

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:24:00 +0000

Dachau concentration camp – Read on Medium:

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“Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work sets you free,” is seen in the wrought-iron gate as you enter Dachau concentration camp in Germany. As we approached the entrance of the concentration camp, I had decided not to take a lot of photos. Maybe a few here and there, but mainly I was there to take in the site without any distractions. Little did I know that my experience at the entrance would be the most emotional moment of my visit.(image)



Augustiner Braustubl Beer Garden Salzburg, Austria

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:27:00 +0000

Augustiner Braustubl Beer Garden Salzburg, Austria – Read on Medium

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How to find Augustiner Braustubl Beer Garden Salzburg, Austria by Steve Garfield 10/1/2016
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Mercedes-Benz Center Of Excellence European Delivery

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:08:00 +0000

Mercedes-Benz Center Of Excellence European Delivery – Read on Medium

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Belkin's new $39.95 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar gives iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus two female Lightning ports

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:13:00 +0000

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Belkin announces simultaneous Lightning headphone and charging adapter for iPhone 7

Belkin's new $39.95 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was "developed closely with Apple," the company said on Thursday. It features a single male Lightning plug on one end, and two female Lightning ports on the other.(image)



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