Tuesday, 19 April 2016

EDIFIER PORTOBELLO LIVE SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

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EDIFIER PORTOBELLO LIVE!NEWS
Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers!

Do you love the arts? Do you live in London?

#Edifier #Cabaret #PerformingArts 
#PortobelloLive
Edifier, leading manufacturer of quality, contemporary audio systems is proud to announce their sponsorship of Portobello Live... 

UK, April 19 2016
 Edifier, leading manufacturer of quality, contemporary audio systems is proud to announce their sponsorship of Portobello Live. Now in its second year, Portobello Live! returns to West London on 1st and 2nd of May with an exciting mix of music, cabaret, spoken word, performance and art.

Edifier has grown from a small team of audio enthusiasts to an internationally recognized leader in audio solutions where customers from over 70 countries now enjoy their products. Edifier is committed to creating a responsible business and giving back to the society. The company believes in inspiring and encouraging musical talent and have set up the Edifier Music Program to support the discovery and development of new talent to help them realise their potential.


“We are delighted and proud to be accepted as a sponsor for Portobello Live!,” commented Audrey Anne Felix, Edifier Marketing Director. “Events like this allow everyone to come together and unite in their love of music and the arts. Edifier’s motto is A Passion For Sound – West London will rock on 1st and 2nd May!”

See you there!

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I'm coming back, Baby!

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SYNAPSE CIRCUIT RELAUNCHING SOON

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT 
RELAUNCHING SOON... 
NEWS

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers!

It is so wonderful to see you all again after what seems like ages! What can I tell you? Stuff happens and has kept me from doing what I love doing which is write about Tech!

I just want to thank for continuing to read my articles in my absence! THANK YOU!

Whilst I have been away I have had time to rethink! Synapse Circuit will come back stronger!

Watch this space... The official website is being redesigned! I, Blue Gene, Synapse Circuit relaunch very soon!

All the best to you!

Blue Gene / Synapse Circuit

Monday, 10 August 2015

REALLUSION DEBUTS 3 INNOVATIONS FOR 3D ANIMATION AT SIGGRAPH 2015 SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS


SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
NEWS:
REALLUSION DEBUTS 3
INNOVATIONS FOR 3D ANIMATION
AT SIGGRAPH 2015


Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! It’s great to see you as always! Yes, it has been quite a while. I’ve just finished lending a hand on a friend’s project and now I am taking a little break to recuperate.

I am a little behind schedule but rest assured that I will catch up with y’all soon!

In the meantime here’s some news...

#Reallusion #iClone6 #3DAnimation #NFTS

Los Angeles, Calif., August 7th, 2015 — Reallusion delivers disruptive innovations in 3D animation during the 42nd annual Siggraph Expo August 11th - 13th. (booth #236) 
See real-time demos of iClone 6 animation, Character Creator and the iClone Live Motion Capture System featuring the Noitom Perception Neuron.

THE PIPELINE
1. iClone 6 Animation Pipeline updates to animate and deliver characters and content for Unity, Unreal & Autodesk Stingray game engines.

2. iClone Character Creator launches an on-demand 3D character designer application to build-up custom characters from scratch with dynamic morphs, ethnicity, aging, skin, conforming cloth, cosmetics and fabrics. Characters are fully rigged and ready for animation and lip-sync in iClone, game engines or other 3D tools.

3. iClone Live Motion Capture System with the revolutionary Perception Neuron enables any size studio to leverage the power of motion capture that disrupts the normal price-tag of mocap.  The iClone Live Motion Capture System imports any character rig and characterizes it to iClone so your motion performance can be seen on any rig, in real-time while you perform.
Reallusion 40 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPDxtkHeb8I

iClone 6 Animation Pipeline:
The iClone 6 Animation Pipeline featuring the all new 3DXchange 6 completes the chain to import, animate and export content from iClone to any game engine or 3D application.  iClone 6 has a completely redesigned QT user interface, Nvidia PhysX for soft and rigid body physics, Allegorithmic Substance for dynamic materials and direct access to fine rendering with the IndigoRT render engine.  3DXchange 6 enhancements include new scene preview modes, updated 3D Warehouse compatibility and export capability for FBX and OBJ.  The ability to create, animate and populate your films and games with characters imported or designed and animated with iClone 6 make it possible for indies and pros to quickly generate characters and animations for projects in Unity, Unreal, Autodesk Stingray or 3D applications. 

Game developers using iClone Animation Pipeline & Unity
Indies are Saving time, Winning awards and getting Funding for their games.

* RGBird Games is a two-person game studio that achieved Steam Greenlight in less than 9 days for their game, “Mute”. RGBird uses iClone for 3D character design and animation.

* Pixel Ripped is a game created in Unity for the Oculus Rift and has achieved funding based on their wildly popular prototype.

iClone Character Creator - Dynamic Designer for Human 3D Characters
Reallusion’s latest enhancement to the iClone product family is the Character Creator, a new tool for total character design that generates fully-rigged 3D characters on-the-fly and ready for face, body and lip-sync animation.  Character Creator is a real-time character morph designer to build-up customized body-styles, skin, faces and a conforming cloth wardrobe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpHAHYD81GE

* Part-1 Body Creation and Conforming Cloth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ifqEy8Akw
The Character Creator provides artists with an area-sensitive body gizmo to easily click-and-drag any body part to intuitively shape characters, as well as an extensive set of slider-based parameters to create a limitless range of character looks.  Characters can also be parametrically aged to transform any character from young to old automatically.  
The conforming cloth creates interchangeable, multi-layer clothing for use on any character while conforming to any body shape.  Add clothing and skin overlays with the aid of the integrated Allegorithmic Substance. 

* Part-2 Dynamic Textures - Ethnicity – Aging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id4GEx_EoiA

The iClone Character Creator is offered as a plug-in to iClone 6 (early September 2015) and later as a Stand-alone application able to generate 3D characters for any application or game engine that supports FBX.

iClone Live Motion Capture System - Reallusion & Noitom Disrupt Mocap
Reallusion and Noitom, makers of the Perception Neuron mocap suit partner to disrupt motion capture with a solution that enables any size studio or indie to incorporate real-time motion capture into their toolbox.  Live motion capture is unique by letting you actually load your character, perform your mocap on that rig and see your characters perform live in iClone while you simultaneously watch and record your motions captured with the Perception Neuron.  The combination of real-time mocap with your actual character models decrease capture time with the ability to see your characters perform the motions and know when your performance was just right. For example, larger-scale characters like our Warrior, Trenton has a body-style and scale that is different from normal human form; with iClone you can embody your character and record the character’s best performance. 

* Video: iClone Live Motion Capture System 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OZhCcUn--g

Clean-up is minimal with the Perception Neuron and iClone as your capture environment so your motions get where you need them quickly and without the need for extensive editing.  iClone adds the ability to combine motion captured with the Perception Neuron with other motion files by blending and editing via a HumanIK motion layer editor or by masking body parts when live capturing into iClone.  The Perception Neuron and iClone is ultra portable for capturing motion anywhere and supports wifi capturing that lets your motion artist move freely during their performances.  iClone supports any Perception Neuron configuration including the 32 neuron option which is capable of capturing motion from head to toe and all fingers.  iClone and the Perception Neuron mocap suit is accessible mocap and animation for game developers and filmmakers on any budget.

Reallusion Tools Pricing & Siggraph 2015 Show Special:
* iClone 6 PRO
List Price: $199.00 | Show Special: $99.00)

* Animation Pipeline Bundle 3 in 1
(List Price: 797.00 | Show Special: $399.00)


* Pipeline 3 in 1 plus G6 Bundle (G6 Clone Cloth & Morph Pack)
(List Price: $1,125.00 | Show Special: $599.00)

About Reallusion Inc
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Reallusion is a leading-edge software developer providing cinematic animation tools for PC, Mac and mobile platforms. Reallusion’s pioneering storytelling technology excelling at character animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync allows fast creation of interactive avatars for 3-D real-time filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production. Their powerful yet easy-to-use tools make character animation accessible to both Mac and PC users of all skill levels. Reallusion’s development of core technologies and growing base of intellectual property firmly establish the company as power among emerging technology innovators, furthering their graphic and imaging embedded kernels to top-brand device manufacturers worldwide. http://www.reallusion.com/

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

AUSLOGICS RELEASES BOOSTSPEED 8 SYNAPSE CIRCUIT


SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
NEWS
AUSLOGICS RELEASES BOOSTSPEED 8: BRAND-NEW VERSION OF ITS FLAGSHIP OPTIMIZER FOR MS WINDOWS®
VISIT SYNAPSE CIRCUIT DOT COM http://www.synapsecircuit.com
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Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! I hope that all is well and that the weather is treating you wonderfully wherever you may be in this world.

I will be back very soon once I have finished working on a friend’s project! In the meantime check out this optimizer for your Windows PC!

#Auslogics #BootSpeed8 #PCOpitimizer

The long-awaited Auslogics BoostSpeed 8 is finally released to the public, bringing a complete interface redesign with user convenience in mind, Windows® 10 support and new features added.

UK – July 21st, 2015 – An Australian publisher of popular PC optimization tools, Auslogics Software has just released a brand-new major version of its award-winning suite of tools. BoostSpeed 8 comes out the year Microsoft is to release its new operating system, Windows 10, and the program already comes with new OS support.

Being the company’s flagship product, BoostSpeed has been a recommended solution for home and business use for over 7 years. Colleges, schools, government offices, businesses and regular home users have been receiving the benefits of automatic and advanced PC optimization offered by this tool.

Version 8 comes as a result of an extensive effort to analyze user feedback and implement all of the most asked for features. The upgrade includes over 100 improvements throughout the program interface and functionality. The most anticipated feature in this version is the System Advisor tool that returns to the program to check the system for potential improvements and to suggest up to 56 tweaks for better performance. The program appearance can now also be customized with the help of 7 different skins. 

Auslogics has updated each of the 18 tools in the All Tools section. Some of them upgraded with advanced features, such as boot-time defragmentation of locked files in Disk Defrag. The new Live Speedup section now provides more detailed information on real-time resource optimization results. The Startup Manager tool now handles more than just the PC startup by providing a way to disable tasks scheduled for other times.

“We are really excited about releasing the biggest upgrade to date, BoostSpeed version 8. I am positive many of our users will see the features they’ve written us about and will find that this long-anticipated release meets most of their needs and wants,” says Anna Lind, Auslogics PR representative. “Auslogics BoostSpeed has been a user favorite largely because of the balance between its simple interface and advanced functionality, which has been setting it apart from competition. We believe that we were able to keep that balance with this upgrade and even improve on it.”

A free trial version of Auslogics BoostSpeed 8 is available from the publisher’s website at www.auslogics.com/en/software/boost-speed/. Special upgrade pricing is available to current users of older BoostSpeed versions. BoostSpeed 8 is available at £30.99 inc

Company Background:
Founded in 2008 in Sydney, Australia, Auslogics Software publishes a wide range of computer maintenance, optimization and security tools for home and business use. The wide array of software titles produced by Auslogics includes virus and spyware protection, disk defragmentation and cleanup, Windows registry maintenance, Internet connection speedup, file recovery and a lot more.

Software from Auslogics is used by over 15 million people around the globe and is the tool of choice of many IT and computer manufacturing companies, like Sony VAIO or AVG, in the US and other countries. Auslogics is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner and an Intel Premier Elite Software Partner.

Auslogics Disk Defrag has been praised as the best disk defragmentation tool on CNET and other online resources, as well as included in the 10 best free software programs of the year list by PC Magazine several years in a row.

More information:


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ANTISOCIAL NETWORKING MEDIA LOBOTOMIZED vs.COSBY SKEPTICS SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

Cosby. Guilty or not guilty? Should the media be allowed to decide?
SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
F**K OFF AND DIE!!!
YOU’RE PROBABLY A RAPIST TOO!!!

There goes the neighbourhood...
ANTISOCIAL NETWORKING
MEDIA LOBOTOMIZED vs. COSBY SKEPTICS

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! It’s great to see you as always! Once again, I haven’t abandoned you! I am just helping a friend with his project. I’ve got the know how! Wink, wink!

Besides tech, at the moment, is very quiet to a large degree... There’s not much happening as such... Smartphones are still smartphones and tablets are still hard to swallow... Don’t worry I will be back covering these wondering things and more... Much more!

Tell me, what is it about the Interweb and social networking sites that can sometimes bring out the worst in people, huh?

#BillCosby #Cosby #Media #TheMedia #MediaMonopoly #iDiots

“COSBY ADMITTED THAT HE RAPED THOSE WOMEN...”

READ CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER:

1. Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene does not condone any sexual misconduct of any nature. Anyone guilty of sexual misdeeds should be punished by law to the fullest extent.

2. Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene do not believe in “different races”. We are one human race. It seems to me that what we often refer to as “race” is skin colour and / or culture. If the human race is to survive we really have to come out of our imprisoned minds.

3. Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene are of the firm belief that one should endeavour to remain dedicated to the truth. Thinking that something is true out of ignorance is still perpetuating lies / falsehood. The truth is exactly what it is. We must tell it and also strive for it.


“F**k off and die!!! You’re probably a rapist too!!!”
While I understand the emotions that comes with the speculation of rape – celebrity or otherwise – there is no excuse for the sentiments as quoted above. No matter how much you or anyone else wants to hurl abuse at someone for not believing in the same thing or things as you do it won’t change what is actually a fact.

The factor in the case of American comedian, Bill Cosby, is that he has not admitted to raping any of the accusers.

Last week I came under fire for pointing the above out... Again, Bill Cosby did not admit to rape. I was involved in a discussion on a social network that became heated when a male and female (who I will keep nameless) were not pleased that my viewpoint differed from theirs.

The male, when he was rumbled for his racism and condescending attitude, decided to have a look through my profile to see what he could find to use to insult me like a big baby. But, hey! Isn’t that what the media does on occasion?

LOBOTOMY BY MASS MEDIA
“What about the Quaaludes? You still haven’t said anything about it...” says the male.

Did you see what happened there? It went from Cosby confessing to rape to “What about the Quaaludes?” So, I didn’t have to look at the article to know that Cosby hadn’t confessed to rape / serial rape. The media created the headline to make it appear to their brainwashed masses that Cosby admitted rape / serial rape. If the man had confessed to raping these women that confession would have likely ended with Cosby being held in police custody or something along those lines... In fact the headlines would have read, “Cosby confession has lead to his arrest...” That headline would have been more appropriate and would make sense if that was what had happened.

Through reading the article I have understood that the use of Quaaludes was recreational. I would imagine that it would be consumed in a similar way to marijuana or cocaine... It appeared and still appears to me that Cosby gave Quaaludes to women in the way one might consume alcohol to chill out before participating in sexual intercourse. Again, Cosby did not state, either himself or through his lawyer, that the Quaaludes were used to knock women unconscious for the purpose of rape. Fact! You may not like me for pointing that fact out but that’s not admitting rape.

Yes, of course I would like to see any man or woman prosecuted for proven sexual misconduct. But the article whereby Cosby has admitted to giving Quaaludes to women is not proof of rape. I am sorry to have had to break it to you if you didn’t know that.

I would imagine that Cosby would use a different drug if he had intended to rape women... That drug is Rohypnol; it has been used by many to incapacitate women as it is often slipped in drinks as it apparently has no taste. Cosby is alleged to have stated that Quaalude was the drug in his era, the 70s. The first time I heard about Quaalude was at the time of Elvis Presley's death as it was one of the many prescription drugs he (Presley) took habitually to the point of abuse.

Anyway, such sensationalist and seemingly malicious headlines can have the effect of the consumers wanting blood! It’s like the time when singer Britney Spears was having a meltdown in public (what with shaving her hair off) and there was a bet about the way in which she would die: suicide in the bathtub as portrayed in one of her music videos; car crash or whatever... The bottom line is that people were expecting her to die and when she didn’t I can imagine that those baying for blood felt let down. The same for the late and great Amy Winehouse – people – me included – was anticipating her death. In fact I told a friend whom I bumped into on my travels that, “Amy will probably be next...” Less than a week later she was gone. God rest her soul. I digress a little... ...you get the point I am making, right? The point is, in short, that the media can implant things in our minds whereby we act in accordance to those headlines. A vast majority of us are eating out of the hands of the media. A lot of us believe in what we're told by the "news" and the media in general. Many people stop thinking for themselves as they get on with the daily routine of life.

To be very clear: I did not want Amy Winehouse to die... I felt that it was going to happen... It's different from wanting it happen.

We read, “Cosby raped ex-amount of women... Get him! He’s dangerous to women!” Many of us won’t question it. And when we do question these headlines we get abused. At least I got abused... Lol! Why some people can't reason things out is peculiar. People see in those headlines what they want to see.

RACISM?
Could it be that the media is hounding Cosby because of his perceived race? Maybe... I mean just look at the reaction to prince Andrew in the UK who was said to have allegedly had sex with a minor in an American state that prohibits sex with a 17 year old. Many people thought that this was okay. Here in the UK the legal age is 16 and there are some that want to lower the age of consent further! Many people here in the UK think it is okay for a mature adult to give a 17 year old alcohol and have sex with them. I personally think that this is wrong for a grown man (or woman) - regardless of status to do that. If the law was broken in an American state then the consequences should meted out. The story has gone cold... Gee, I wonder why?

Again, many people in the UK didn’t think too much - if anything - of a royal consorting with a known paedophile that introduced that young woman (of illegal age in an American state) to Andrew. I find that shocking!

However, with Cosby, people all over the world have already condemned the man without due process. There has been no legal trial but by the mass media.

People want Cosby punished on speculation... Okay, it’s more than speculation... But even so the stories around the accusers seem, to me, sketchy. There is one that sticks in my mind whereby one of the accusers waited a whole year before reporting it to the police. Surely, you’d go to the police straightaway and report it thus getting a toxic screening done to identify any drug used for purpose of subduing to commit rape? I would. The media has only portrayed one side of Cosby situation. Whenever a celebrity supports Cosby and his legacy the coverage is nearly always done in a way to give the impression that the celebrity is deluded. And when a celebrity has had a change of mind – probably due to feeling pressurised – it’s bigger news still to say, “Oh, look! Cosby must be guilty because yet another one of his supporters have withdrawn his or her support...”

I think that what is happening looks very, very strange from a legal standpoint... Cosby is being crucified by the media without any evidence against him. Once again, Cosby has not admitted to sexual misconduct when he allegedly stated (probably through his lawyer) that he gave Quaaludes to women like he would give a glass of wine.

Cosby is a powerful man but because he is perceived as a "black" man by a majority of people he may not be as powerful as his "white" contemporaries. I reckon that it would have been so much easier to have reported Cosby for drugging and raping because of institutional racism; I can see that the police would have come down very hard on him. Maybe executed him on the spot. "Cosby shot dead by the police whilst resisting arrest..."

Ideally, there should be a media lockdown when a celebrity is being accused of something very serious such as rape, etc. I don’t think it is right to have a media witch hunt as the law should count for something. 

Just look at what happened when two celebrities passed away...

1. Michael Jackson’s career was dogged by accusations of paedophilia and when he died nothing more was said other than one child was told to falsely accuse Jackson to extort money from him.

Here’s a video and newspaper article on the Jordy Chandler case.



Suicide?

2. When UK radio and TV personality Jimmy Savile died it came out that the once beloved charity fund raiser was nothing like his persona away from the spotlights. The man, if you can call it that, was into all sorts of sick practises that included child rape and necrophilia.

We do not know the full extent of Savile’s sexual misdeeds that is said to include murder!

SICK, SAD & SHADY
When there is a time for the media to expose real abuse it’s seldom done. Former child actor Corey Feldman revealed how he and fellow former child actor, Corey Haim, were horrifically abused as children in Hollywood. As far as I know nobody in Hollywood has been brought to justice for Feldman’s and Haim’s horrific abuse at the hands of Hollywood major players. Do I see the media pushing for names to be named in the case of Corey Feldman??? Of course not!



Again, why Cosby? I have come to the conclusion that he’s being destroyed because of the colour of his skin.

Let me be clear... If Cosby is guilty then let the law provide evidence. This media crucifixion is no substitute for the law. I know that some women do not report sexual assault for many reasons. But not all women are the same and would react in the same way. As a man with the kind of personality that I possess I believe that I would go to the police as soon as I were able if I had the misfortune to be raped. I can’t really know what I would do until it happens to me (I pray that it does not and I pray it will not happen to you too). Men have been raped... Jesus H. Christ! Boys have been raped in shopping malls and toilets in broad daylight (here in the UK)! That is crazy! I’ve heard and read stories of how a man was raped by a couple of men hiding in the toilets for example. One part of London became a no go area at night for men in particular. That area was Hampstead Heath. Yes, I am going off on a tangent... Bear with me...

The essence of what I am stating is that powerful "white" men who are accused of sexual and other misconducts remain nameless in the media. For example, in the UK there are a multitude of politicians that have been accused of child sexual rape and one instance of murder but nobody knows who they are. Now these child sexual rapes and murders have been going on for a long, long time... There many survivors who have been trying for decades to have these child raping and murdering politicians arrested. But sadly, these "men" (and women) use their statuses to escape punishment and to remain nameless. Some of these scandals also involve celebrities – cherished household names!

This shows me that it is very likely that Cosby is being destroyed on purpose.

SPECULATIONS
I could speculate as to why Cosby is being destroyed in this very public manner but I feel that is best not to. I ask you, whether you believe Cosby is guilty or not, to do your own research as to why it could be that all these accusations is being played out in the public arena like it is. I feel uncomfortable in branding a man a rapist without a proper legal trial. At least with the Jimmy Savile revelations there were actual witnesses that covered up his trail of horrific child rape, the rape of the physically and mentally incapacitated and more! And sticking with the UK it hasn't escaped my attention that a certain UK celebrity has gone very, very quiet. 

I do wonder if Cosby took advantage of women seeking acting jobs in his productions i.e. the dreaded “Casting Couch”. It may surprise you to understand what a cesspit Hollywood can be. In fact the entertainment business is a cesspit period! If you are a parent of a daughter (or son) the following words will chill you to the bone, “I want to be a singer / Popstar...” Or if you are one of those parents that will push your child or children into abusive situations thinking about the money maybe you would be prepared for your child or children to use his / her body / bodies as currency to claim this fame and fortune.

Just listen to what Irish singer, SinĂ©ad O'Connor, has to say about “frisky men” in the music industry. I think she’s putting it mildly. I know from experience that some young women will “do anything” to become famous. As a result these "producers" expect sexual favours in return for the promise of fame and fortune. The operative word is "promise".


Is that what you want for your daughter or son? Would you want them to be sexually 
harassed just to release a recording? Is it any wonder that some celebrities turn to alcohol and drug abuse as they can't live with what they've done for a career in the entertainment business???

It doesn’t help matters when young women and men willingly offer themselves up in a bid to be famous but they do and will continue to do so. That is the nature of the beast. Are some of the accusers angry because they didn’t advance their careers based on a promise from Cosby? I have no idea.

Beyond that it would be unwise for me to speculate further. The truth always comes out in the end. I just have to wait for the truth – if I ever get to know it in my lifetime. Justice must be served where it is due!

Anyway, calling people names and wishing for them to die isn’t going to bring about that truth. It’s so ironic that dirt throwers do not see that they are acting just like the media.

I will always stand for the truth and I will not be bullied for it and nor should you.

WHAT???? WHO????


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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS THE NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL TEAM UP WITH REALLUSION ON GAME LAB!


SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
NEWS:
THE NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL TEAM UP WITH REALLUSION ON GAME LAB!

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! I hope that you had a great weekend! I also hope that all well in your world and that you’re making the most of your tech!

Here’s some brilliant news if you have been looking for a cost effective way to get into 3D animation and without a media degree!

#Reallusion #iClone6 #3DAnimation #NFTS

NFTS & REALLUSION

UK (July 16th, 2015) — The National Film and Television school has a long history of creating great cinema, TV and recently the next great game-makers! The NFTS campus was originally a famous British movie studio where the first British talkie was filmed, England’s war propaganda films were made and in 1971 became the home of the National Film School.  The school’s accolades include the birthplace of “Wallace and Gromit” animation, 2012 Oscar nominated short, “Head Over Heels”, current TV series “Peppa Pig” and was named by Hollywood Reporter as the #1 International Film School in 2014.

AMAZING?  
As you know I am very familiar with Reallusion and its products... Yes, I am aware that my iClone 6 review is well overdue... It’s coming... In the meantime read more here:
NFTS, RealLusion & Game Lab

I think that Reallusion and especially iClone Pro is super-amazing! The things you can do with 3D animations and stills are bewildering! Moreover, the asking prices for the software is just bewildering! I keep telling you lovely Synapse Circuit Readers that this is the

Pricing & Availability:

iClone6 is now available at Reallusion Online Store in 2 versions for Windows PC.

iClone6 Standard list price: £79.99
iClone6 PRO list price: £159.99
Great value bundle deals: starts from £119 

About Reallusion Inc
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Reallusion is a leading-edge software developer providing cinematic animation tools for PC, Mac and mobile platforms. Reallusion’s pioneering storytelling technology excelling at character animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync allows fast creation of interactive avatars for 3-D real-time filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production. Their powerful yet easy-to-use tools make character animation accessible to both Mac and PC users of all skill levels. Reallusion’s development of core technologies and growing base of intellectual property firmly establish the company as power among emerging technology innovators, furthering their graphic and imaging embedded kernels to top-brand device manufacturers worldwide. http://www.reallusion.com/

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 CM12.1 SYNAPSE CIRCUIT


SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
ROOTING FOR YOU
SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 CM12.1& BOO HOO: NO LOLLIPOP FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 AND NOTE 2


THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 GETS A LOLLIPOP FROM CYANOGENMOD...

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! It’s great to see you as always! No! I haven’t abandoned you! At the moment I am taking time out to help a friend with his project! The diversion has come at a opportune time as it’s kinda quiet on the tech front... At a glance I see the same tired ol’ headlines, “Samsung Announces A Loss For The Second Quarter...” “Here’s a phone leak...” C’mon, Synapse Circuit Readers... That’s not news anymore...

You may have heard that Samsung UK have announced that they have no plans on bringing Lollipop to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Well, that bit of news comes as no surprise as the aforementioned handsets are long in the tooth – although the Galaxy Note 2 is still a powerhouse of a handset considering its age! As an owner of the Galaxy Note 2 I am not bothered in the slightest as Android just works! There’s always an app and / or launcher – such as Nova – that can bring some elements of the latest Android build / version. Read on...

#CyanogenMod #CM12POINTONE #Samsung #SamsungGalaxyS2

SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 GETS A LOLLIPOP FROM CYANOGENMOD...

If you want to get the latest Android version on your old and beloved handsets then rooting your handset is the only option available to you! I’ve done some articles about rooting before and I recommend that you have a read to see what you are letting yourself in for... Rooting, if you haven’t rooted any of your handsets already, is a mix of panic, rage of frustration and elation!

ROOTING FOR YOUR SYNAPSE CIRCUIT ARTICLES: PART ONE & PART TWO

I can think of many reasons to root and the foremost reasons are as follows:-

1. Your phone is buckling from the weight of a recent update... When I received an Android update for the Galaxy S and S2 I was very happy until the update slowed the handsets down considerably. And when my contracts were up I didn’t sell these handsets on... Uh-uh... I used the opportunity to tinker with them.

2. It goes with point one but if you have no desire to upgrade as you may be waiting for something substantial to come along you want to get maximum usage from your current driver (“driver” = your main or only handset that you use daily).

3. As linked with points 1 and 2, you want to further your knowledge that could lead to you doing your own coding! I haven’t reached that level yet... I want to learn to code at some point but at the moment my hands are full! There’s nothing like that triumphant feeling when you’ve performed a root and flashed (installed) a new custom ROM featuring the latest that Android has to offer.

As I have outlined... Rooting can be a strange game... I’ve rooted a number of handsets over the years:-

HTC Hero – after a few months it packed up! I never bothered to do anything to it again as I had moved on...

HTC Desire – same as the Hero; one minute it was working well and the next... Lol! Never mind...

HTC One X – this one is still going and I use it as my daily personal driver. It has the CyanogenMod version of KitKat on it.

ZTE Blade – after installing a CyanogenMod ROM the performance was still terribly slow and I managed to sell it on (to some sucker). No, I sold it at one of those computer exchange shops!

Motorola RAZRi – I had two of them... One died as it couldn’t hack (no pun intended) the notifications from busy social network apps. One is still working today and it is so slow!

LG L3 – this is a cute dinky handset that died on me after a few months of good functionality. As it was quite underpowered I just didn’t bother with it!

And, of course, my Samsung Galaxy S and S2... The original Galaxy S kinda functions but I reckon that a battery extension kit put an end to innards... I think the battery extension has done something untoward to the circuit board... I could boot it up and it just won’t function as it should. What a pity as it would’ve been nice to preserve it.

The Galaxy S2 is remarkably still going very, very strong! It’s only up until a week ago that I decided to put the unrooted Galaxy S4 in its place... I’m glad I did! Here’s the story...

HITTING THE BRICKED WALL
One morning I woke up to see a notification that I had a CyanogenMod upgrade for my Galaxy S2! I was over the moon as it was a Lollipop update! So, without much thought – if any – I downloaded it and installed it...

Everything was looking sweet until it finished booting and I noticed that the Google Play Store app wasn’t working... Duh! I had forgotten to install the latest GAPP (Google App) and so I went on a bit of wild goose chase to find the appropriate one... I think I must have gone through about 4 or 5 different GAPPS to no avail...

I also noticed that the “SuperUser” icon was no longer in the app tray and it looked as though my Galaxy S2 had become unrooted in the process... Shock! Horror!

Then I tried a few solutions that included flashing a bootloader  - at least that’s what I think I done... And installed / flashed something called “Root Restore” that comes in a ZIP file like the CM12.1custom ROM as does GAPPS.

After about a solid day of trying just about everything that I could think of (in my limited capacity) I decided that it was a good time to use my Galaxy S4 instead and that I would come back to the Galaxy S2 when I wasn’t busy! Sometimes you have to know when to quit! Lucky for me I have a few spare handsets lying around! Tell a lie! I spent a day and a half trying to fix it... The following morning I called quits.

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of having “bricked” your phone... I thought, “Oh, no! I have destroyed my Galaxy S2!” It went from just about working to nothing working at all... I LOVE the Galaxy S2 as the design is great! Rather than to keep getting frustrated to the point where I’d smash it like I did the ASUS Fonepad 7 LTE I put the Galaxy S2 out of sight (out of mind) and concentrated on helping my friend with his project....

HALF-BAKED
One of the most annoying things about rooting is that – in my experience – there hasn’t been a step by step guide on the process on the CyanogenMod website. If it is there I do apologise... In any event the rooting to flashing a custom ROM guides isn’t found on the CyanogenMod website where you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s there! Again, I do apologise if I have overlooked this matter...

Anyway, last night I decided to revisit my botched Galaxy S2 and see if I could find some more information...

FORMAT/SYSTEM
It’s funny how I can forget the process of flashing a new custom Android version once I have become accustomed to downloaded regular updates of one particular CyanogenMod version, CM11 KitKit. I forgot totally that I had performed a ‘Format/System’ command to completely wipe the handset. That right there, ‘Format/System’ is the vital key to successful flashing of Lollipop with the CyanogenMod flavour!

So, if you are just about to bite the bullet and go from CM11 to CM12.1 then do not forget to perform a system format.

If you have messed up then all you have to do is the following:-

Your phone should be able to boot albeit without the Play Store functioning... Download the following:-

The latest version of CM12.1... For the Samsung Galaxy S2 International version you should be able to download it via your phone. If not you just download it onto your PC and transfer the file(s) across to the root folder on the internal drive “SD0”. Here’s the download page: CM12.1

You also need a GAPPS that is going to work with CM12.1. Download it here: GAPPS-5.1

Copy the GAPPS ZIP file to the root folder of your Galaxy S2 along with CM12.1 custom ROM.

The steps are as follows:-

1. After a system format you install the CM12.1 update. You should also “Wipe the cache”. It may not be necessary but that’s what I did.

2. Install the GAPPS in exactly the same way as you did the CM12.1 update. Again, “Wipe the cache” for good measure.

3. Reboot and when you get the message asking to “Fix Root” say “Yes”. And when your Galaxy S2 boots up everything should be working!

Oh, you might want to back everything up before you start the process as explained above. I personally don’t bother as everything is backed up via my Google account and anything important to me is saved to the following:-

Google Drive, microSD card, Dropbox, PC and USB stick – you can’t be too careful!

Anyway, I hope that I have helped you fix your bricked Samsung Galaxy S2! I reckon the system format routine is vital for all makes of phone but be sure to read up on your particular model! I know from experience how drawn out rooting and flashing a custom ROM on HTC handsets can be! I don’t think I want to go there again!  Let’s hope that CyanogenMod will make it easy to update HTC handsets... I think Lollipop will look good on the One X!

Remember: Synapse Circuit is rooting for you! Also there are different custom ROMs out there if you wish to give them a try! Don’t get angry. Don’t smash your phone. Use the Internet to get the answers! The truth is out there!

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