APEMAN 4K Ultra HD Action Camera

I recently purchased the APEMAN 4k Ultra HD Action Camera to use while hiking but thought I would test it out as a dash cam first. The quality doesn’t reflect well in this video due to the restriction on my editing software but I assure you it is very good.

The Apeman comes in a semi hard case with all the attachments you need to attach to a trekking pole, bag, dashboard etc with Velcro, sticky pads, clips and brackets. It comes with different cases which can attach to tripods including a waterproof case if you like to film underwater. It comes with two batteries lasting around 60 minutes each if you use the 4k Ultra HD or 120 minutes each on 1080p.

The downside to this camera is the audio quality. It’s not great but if you are like me this wont deter you too much as I intend to use it with a music score. The Apeman so far proves to capture great images with its  170 degree wide-angle lens. You can use the WiFi to control it from your mobile as well.

It retails at £160.00 but currently reduced to £80 on Amazon. Lucky me, I had a £50 voucher from the Three store to reduce the price further. Apart from sound it is a good option if you don’t want to shell out for a Go Pro Hero.

I thought it would be a great share if anyone is looking for an affordable action camera without the cost of a Go Pro Hero.

I feel a great disturbance in the force….

George Lucas and Disney Characters
George’s realisation that he just lost Lucas Films in a poker game the night before

The story loved throughout the world, a simple fantasy tale of love, revenge, over coming difficult challenges, evil overlords, religious orders and swash buckling heroes. A story influenced by Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress”. Yes, I’m referring to Star Wars set in a galaxy far, far away.  Where robots camp it up  and giant green slugs have a thing for scantily clad princesses in chains. Like it or hate it,  Star Wars is one of the greatest film franchises ever made and has a religious following all of its own. So why did George Lucas decide to sell Lucas Films?

“I feel a great disturbance in the force. Like millions of voices cried out in terror and suddenly silenced.”

George Lucas said he always wanted to pass Star Wars on to someone who could continue its legacy. Someone with a new perspective on the story. So it was surprising that he sold it onto Disney. A company lacking in original ideas but strong on marketing. It was  also surprising that Disney snapped it up for only $4.1 billion.  Disney are known for buying up franchises and  have previously acquired Pixar .  Even more surprisingly they bought Pixar for more money than they did for Lucas films at a staggering $7.4 billion .

Some devout Star Wars fans were outraged and have accused George Lucas as being a sell out and turning the force over to the Dark Side. Mockery/anger call it what you will is still bounding around the social network sites with one image depicting the Death Star with Mickey Mouse ears. Some fans though are looking forward to the fact that there has been a promise of three more Star Wars films (these are probably the people who liked the Phantom Menace) coming out every two years. But will they be starring Mickey Mouse as Han Solo, Goofy as Darth Vader?  It’s a scary thought that this film, loved by so many could well end up going the way of the Death Star.

It looks like it’s all too late and judging by George Lucas’s expression he’s realised that he just lost Lucas Films in a poker game the night before. He does no doubt have a look of regret. Which makes you wonder, why did he sell it?

Do you remember MySpace?

New MySpaceIt was the social networking site launched in August 2003 and gained more and more popularity mainly in the US with 25 million unique users. Then in 2008 Facebook became the new social networking site and MySpace became a ghost town as users jumped ship to join the ever popular Facebook until finally MySpace disappeared and the name hardly ever mentioned in polite society.

Google + became another social networking site that has split the social networking community, offering structure to the chaos. There were those who have chosen to stay with Facebook for reasons that most scientist couldn’t fathom but probably has something to do with the fear of loosing their attained popularity and ego via extended friendships. By extended friendships I refer to the need for automatic friendship with people you will never meet, never hang out with and don’t really know how you got them as a friend in the first place, but you are too polite to not to tell them otherwise.

According to the Dunbar number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar’s_number) you can’t sustain a friendship of more than 100 to 230 people.  Google + tries to get around this with Circles where you can ‘pigeon hole’ your friends, family, people …well lets say distant friends  into a more categorised way rather than sharing everything with everyone.

For those who  jumped to Google + it offers a more structured environment and some would say with more intelligent conversations which don’t consist of pokes, throwing sheep or what you ate and threw up last night. So it’s for the Geeks out there I hear you say. Well, I guess I would agree with you on that  and  the divide of personal preference is as wide as the Apple vs Android debate.  Most people will stay with what they know.

So it was a surprise to hear that MySpace hadn’t actually disappeared. It has always been there lurking in the ether.  So why has MySpace suddenly reared up to retake another slice of the social networking pie? Well, Justin Timberlake has bought it for one  and  it looks visually outstanding. Bringing together Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest like feeds.  Forming an amalgamation of sleek entertainment news back dropped by a heavy graphical design. It promises to bring fans even closer to the  stars and that alone makes it different from the rest. Albeit the stars may end up with some extended friends who they really don’t want in a hundred feet of them.

It may not offer what the other social networks sites do and we won’t know if  it will be as useful as Google +, as popular as Facebook or easy to use like Twitter but I can’t wait to find out.   https://new.myspace.com/

New My Space