Indonesia – Royal Air Force’s A400M visits Jakarta

The Royal Air Force, brought its Airbus A400M Atlas heavy transport aircraft to Jakarta during a Whirlwind Tour, which saw the aircraft circling the globe. Arriving at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force base on Sunday afternoon, the aircraft and its crew are from the no. 70 squadron, Royal Air Force based in Brize Norton, some 105 kilometers northwest of London. (Photo: Dhoni Setiawan)

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Latest Adobe app features HDR mode, RAW format

The latest version of photography app for smartphone, Adobe Lightroom Mobile, has allowed iOS and Android users to capture HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode in RAW format. 

According to dailysocial.id, HDR is a solution for capturing photos in difficult lighting, such as when the object is in front of the lighting source, creating a backlight.

Compared to other apps, which mostly use JPEG format for their HDR mode, the Adobe Lightroom Mobile utilizes Adobe’s RAW image format called Digital Negative (DNG), which automatically combines three different photos into one.

Compared to other apps, which mostly use JPEG format for their HDR mode, the Adobe Lightroom Mobile utilizes Adobe’s RAW image format called Digital Negative (DNG), which automatically combines three different photos into one.(Adobe/File)

“By capturing three raw shots and merging them on the phone, you’ll get a greatly increased dynamic range with the ability to edit and share right away,” wrote Adobe on its official blog. Users can later edit their photo on their smartphone, ranging from exposure to adjustments.

This new feature can be downloaded for free and users will not have to register as members of Adobe Creative Cloud. However, transforming desktop-caliber algorithms to mobile devices will require certain devices to allow the app to run smoothly, namely iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and iPhone SE; iPad Pro 9.7”, Samsung S7 and S7 Edge; and Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Also, keep in mind that HDR mode usually takes up a lot of smartphone memory. (wir/kes)

Source; TheJakartaPost

‘Logan,’ an R-Rated Super-Hero Film With Box Office Powers

The R-rated “X-Men” spinoff “Logan” slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, while best-picture winner “Moonlight” got a significant, if far from superhero-sized, Oscar bump.

The debut of 20th Century Fox’s “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, ranks among the biggest March openings ever and top R-rated debuts. Like last year’s R-rated “Deadpool” (also a Fox release), the better-than-expected opening for “Logan” — a darkly violent, grittily dramatic movie applauded by critics — further proves moviegoers’ hunger for less conventional comic book films.

Read also: Why final Wolverine movie ‘Logan’ has best possible finale

“‘Deadpool,’ was to comedy what ‘Logan’ is to drama. The only common theme is that they’re quote-unquote ‘comic-book movies’ and they’re rated R,” said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson, who credited director and co-writer James Mangold and Jackman for executing their personal vision for the film.

Jackman has said it will be his final performance as Wolverine, whose claws he has worn for 17 years. “Logan,” made for about $100 million, also sold $152.5 million in tickets overseas.

“On a global scale, we’ve exceeded all pre-release expectations,” Aronson said.

Last week’s No. 1 film, Jordan Peele’s horror sensation “Get Out” slid just 22 percent — a small drop for any movie but particularly in the horror genre. The acclaimed Universal Pictures release, made for $5 million by Blumhouse Productions, dropped to second place but still grossed $26.1 million. Its 10-day total is $75 million.

The Oscar best-picture winner “Moonlight” had its widest release yet, appearing on 1,564 screens. It turned in its biggest weekend, too, with an estimated $2.5 million. That accounts for roughly 10 percent of the movie’s total domestic haul of $25.3 million.

“Moonlight,” made for just $1.5 million, is also out on DVD and on-demand. Indie distributor A24 said it will be its highest-grossing release in its five-year existence. “Moonlight” also ranks fourth on iTunes.

“That’s a true Oscar halo effect in full view,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “Usually the biggest bounce comes from the nominations. But this film hadn’t made a ton of money. A24 smartly expanded into more theaters, and it really worked for them.”

Barry Jenkins’ drama is nevertheless one of the least widely seen best-picture winners. Only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” ($17 million) earned less at the domestic box office.

Though it memorably did not win best picture, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” — winner of six Academy Awards — is closing in on $400 million globally after adding another $11 million internationally and $3 million domestically.

Lionsgate’s “The Shack” also opened in North American theaters over the weekend and came in third with $16.1 million. The Christian tale, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, was slammed by critics, but it attracted one of the largest faith-based audiences in recent years.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

Cambodia – WWII-era shipwreck found off Koh Rong

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A group of six divers led by The Dive Shop Cambodia owner Dennis Funke have discovered what they believe is the wreckage of a Japanese merchant vessel sunk by a US Navy submarine during World War II.

The cargo ship is suspected to be the steam-powered Burma Maru, and was discovered on Tuesday last week over the course of a two-day dive. The find was the result of nearly five years of research, Funke told The Post yesterday.

“I got the information from the log books of the submarine that shot the boat,” he said, adding that the shipwreck was within 1 nautical mile of the coordinates logged by the Navy submarine, the USS Swordfish.

Funke – whose team of divers based in Cambodia and Thailand included Tim Lawrence, Ivan Karadzic, Oliver Zaiser, Mikko Paasi and Leon Webber – said that the wreck, which was about 60 nautical miles (more than 110 kilometres) from Koh Rong island, presented a daunting technical challenge. Diving at a depth of 52 to 67 metres, the team made use of techniques and military-grade technology they say had not been put to the test before in the Kingdom.

“I never expected to make such a deep dive in Cambodia,” he said.

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Diver Mikko Paasi surfaces after a visit to a wreck believed to be the Japanese merchant ship Burma Maru, sunk by the US submarine USS Swordfish during World War II. A group of divers found the vessel last week after five years of research. Mikko Paasi

According to their observation, the wreck is 120 metres long, and while name markings were not visible, it matched the expectations they had for the Burma Maru, which was sunk on June 12, 1942.

“What we believed is that the ship was hit by a torpedo [that] ripped off the bow of the boat, and so it began sinking head first, which put pressure on the stern of the wreck, which blew out the doors and windows, throwing out debris,” he said.

According to records by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, the Burma Maru was built in 1917 at the Kawasaki Dockyards in Kobe, Japan, measured 117 metres in length and its last owner was the Nanyo Kaiun KK shipping company. The ship’s cargo at the time of the sinking has yet to be determined.

The sinking of the Burma Maru – which was not a Japanese Imperial Navy vessel – fell under the December 7, 1941, order by the US chief of naval operations to conduct unrestricted submarine warfare against Japan.

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First They Killed My Father author Loung Ung on trusting Angelina Jolie to tell a story for all Cambodians

First They Killed My Father author Loung Ung on trusting Angelina Jolie to tell a story for all Cambodians

The story of Loung Ung and her family’s suffering under the Khmer Rouge became known around the world with the success of her autobiographical book, First They Killed My Father.

Now her childhood has been immortalised in a film of the same name, which Ung co-wrote with her longtime friend, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

Following its world premiere in Siem Reap last Saturday, the film was screened in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, and will be shown in Battambang today.

The Post’s Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon and Keo Ratana sat down with Ung in Siem Reap to discuss what First They Killed My Father‘s legacy could be. Watch the video above to hear more.

Source: PhnomPenhPost

Authors: Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Keo Ratana and Jenni Reid

 

Jaguar And Shell Launch World’s First In-Car Payment System

Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel with a new cashless payment app.

The Shell app is one of several new enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. Other updates include the introduction of the latest efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines and the addition of convenience features such as gesture technology where the sweep of a foot can open the boot.

Rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners who install the Shell app can simply drive up to any pump at a Shell service station (initially in the UK and then globally) and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using PayPal or Apple Pay. Android Pay will be added later in 2017.

An electronic receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen, so customers can leave the forecourt confident of having paid. A receipt will also be sent directly from the pump to the driver’s email address so it can be added to accounting or expenses software.

Unlike current phone-based payment methods, Shell and Jaguar Land Rover have created a simple but secure customer experience that uses geolocation technology and a cloud based pre-payment check with the Paypal or Apple Pay wallet.

The Shell app with in-car cashless payments will be available to download from 15 February and will be rolled out to additional markets globally during 2017.

Source: DDN

Tiny Device Allows You To Track Your Car Using Your Smartphone

 

With Over 5 Million Units Sold Worldwide, This is The Most Affordable Solution to Find Your Lost Items!

Have you ever lost your car on a parking lot? It happens. You park and go shopping. When you get back, you don’t have a clue where your car is. Then you start roaming around clicking on the panic button on your car keys so the alarm goes off. It can be frustrating, especially on a hot, sunny day.

No, you don’t need to install an expensive GPS system to keep track of your car. That’s way too expensive. You would need to pay a monthly subscription fee just to use it. Don’t we have enough bills to pay already?

But is there a way to track your vehicle without spending a fortune? Yes, now there is!

A California-based startup company was able to make this a reality. They created a tiny device that works with your smartphone, and it could be exactly what you’re looking for!

What is it?

It’s called TrackR Bravo. It is a state-of-the-art tracking device the size of a quarter. It’s changing the way we keep track of the important things in our lives.

How Does it Work?

It’s easy! Install the free TrackR app on your smartphone, connect the app to your device and you’re ready to go! Simply attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. The entire process of setting it up only takes 5 minutes or less.

You can attach it to your keys, briefcase, wallet, your latest tech gadgets and anything else you don’t want to lose. Then use the TrackR app to locate your missing item in seconds.

“This device has saved me tons of time and money!” – Johnny Blaze

Forget expensive GPS systems or tracking services. Nobody wants to pay expensive monthly subscription fees. We understand how stressful these things can be, and this is the reason why TrackR was created. This device is your VIP when you need to take care of more important things in life.

Remember the car scenario above? If you have the TrackR, you can just hide it under your car’s floor mat, in the trunk or in the glove compartment. Somewhere it won’t be found if your car gets stolen.

If you forget where you parked your car, whip out your smartphone and open the TrackR app. Tap on the “lost item” icon on the screen and the app will tell you the exact coordinates of the last known location of the TrackR.

Watch The Video Below To See How TrackR Works…

How Much is it Going To Cost Me?

You’re probably thinking that this device is very expensive… False! TrackR only costs $59 $29 (discounted price). That’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, isn’t it?

Where Can I Buy TrackR?

NOTE: Click on the link below, to activate your 50% discount.

Offer expires: Saturday 18 February, 2017

You can buy it directly from the company’s official website by clicking here.(50% discount applied)

What Else Can I Do With TrackR?

As we said before, TrackR has unlimited possibilities. The device is small and unobtrusive enough that you can attach it to your pet.

Put it on their collar, and the issue of searching for them as they scamper off to nearby places will be over! Attach it to your keys and wallet, and never waste a minute rummaging the whole house for it.

Source: Daily Life Tech

This captivating short film by Johnnie Walker will inspire all Thais to come together for a brighter year

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As we head into 2017, with New Years resolutions written in our Notes app and social media feeds filled with good wishes, Johnnie Walker urges us to reflect on the year and see how we can be better, together.

It’s been a hard year for Thailand. We’ve lost the captain of our ship, the leader we all look to for guidance and the father of our nation. So 2017 is a time of change, which is always difficult, always constant, and always crucial.

This new video short film by Johnnie Walker opens with beautifully crafted, yet familiar scenes of Bangkok; traffic jams, crowded skywalks and shouting motorcy dudes. Everyone is in black, looking somber. But the familiar quickly gives way to something else. The motorcy dudes are giving free rides and the passengers are smiling thankfully.

“We all play different roles. Sometimes we are the givers. Sometimes we are given to.” How true.

Heartwarming scenes of cleaning the city, painting over graffiti and sharing support for farmers quickly follow. The ominous voiceover turns hopeful and reminds us that although we are different, we all face obstacles together. We are 60 million strong, all united under a shared goal of a better tomorrow. (Queue the orchestra, the watery eyes and repeat viewings of this video.)

Johnnie Walker reminds us that together, #wewillkeepwalking towards a brighter future. When we’re alone, making an impact seems scary and overwhelming. But when all Thai people come together then anything is possible.

And if you ask us, we can’t imagine a better message for 2017: a future of giving, a future of helping one another, a future of doing it all together.

Watch the video and share the message for a brighter 2017. Then help ensure a better tomorrow by visiting www.wewillkeepwalking.com to make a pledge and inspire others. Because when we walk together we progress the furthest. 

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This is how Thai students think expats see Thailand (Video)

Water boxing, riding “beautiful elephants” in a commercial elephant camp, and grabbing a quick bite of fried bugs and Pad Thai on the street are what a group of award-winning students think expats love about Thailand.

This homemade video by five Communication Arts students at Nation University, in the northern province of Lampang, won first prize in the government-sponsored contest “Through the eyes of foreigners: Youth’s reflection on the image of Thailand.”

Their three-minute video was awarded THB50,000 cash by the National Legislative Assembly.

According to the announcement that called for submissions, the project was a chance for young Thais between the ages of 15-25 to present a story that reflects their perception of the expat community towards Thailand and paint a picture why they think those foreigners chose to settle down in the land of smiles.

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The video by winning team “Kapook Creator” was released to the public by the National Legislative Assembly last night — it offers an interesting look at what the government and Thais think expats are interested in.

Nukul Kammin, a third-year advertising major who was the cameraman for the project, said his group was inspired by the music video “Bangkok City” by Thai-American hip hop group Thaitanium, which might remind you of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”

Asked how he thinks expats see Thailand, the junior said: “Just like in the video. Travel, culture, massage, world-famous Muay Thai, food, elephants, I think these are why foreigners came to Thailand.”

“I didn’t expect we’d win. I think our video is pretty cool, but I thought we’d only get experience, not an award,” the filmmaker said.

Adviser to the project Ajarn Chinnagrit Udomlappaisan commented that it was more about the opportunity for his students to develop a video with a set of instructions.

“The project gave the kids an opportunity to think how they would present Thainess within a limited time,” Chinnagrit said.

Source: Coconuts.co

USA Ambassador to SYRIA petition

Aren’t Ambassador positions are reserved for favors, asked a friend?
Answer:
My friend, as you know, this “Syria” situation is very fluid, NO ONE WANTS IT now!
So my odds of succeeding are very good, this campaign is going to help a lot…
If nothing else the comments and the page is a nice resume…
It is more about that and I would be honored if you could sign and leave a
comment to a friend who values your friendship…
Never mind the Politics of it, I am a Libertarian Ron Paul style…
Well read into the constitution and the importance of the bill of rights.
Syria is in need of my HONEST AMERICAN advice
(I hope to become a contributing observer as they craft the constitution)!

I want to convey the honesty and sincerity of Washington,
the cleverness and Witt of Jeferson!
Did you know that Madison sat on almost every discussion about the constitution?
Did you know that Hamilton loved and respected Washington and he, Washington, treated him like a son?
the intensity of the mission and how well they treated it…
Besides, I know where to build the embassy, how to keep it safe, how to employ everyone growing organic food…
All I have to do is have pilots and ships haul the fruits and vegetables to USA Markets.
I promised USA 100 * times its investment and I plan to GUARANTEE THIS PROMISE…

 

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