Montblanc numbering system

In the late 1930’s Montblanc introduced their new numbering system for pen models. This consisted of a three-digit number, sometimes with an additional letter at the end. This model number can be “read” if you know how to decode it. The third number is the size of the nib.

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The Best Notebooks for Fountain Pens, 2019 Review

A world class dancer needs a partner of equal measure to perform at the highest level, and a fountain pen deserves no less in the notebook it is paired with.

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Microsoft’s redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud

Microsoft just unveiled redesigned versions of its Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps. Designed with Microsoft’s Fluent Design system, the changes are meant to “take mobile productivity to the next level,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

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BMW reverses decision to charge vehicle owners an annual fee to use Apple CarPlay

BMW has backtracked on its controversial decision to charge an annual fee for the use of Apple’s CarPlay in its vehicles, according to 9to5Mac. Since 2016, the German automaker has required owners to pay extra to use CarPlay — first as a one-time $300 option and then later as an $80-a-year fee.

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CO2 Emissions Will Break Another Record in 2019

Global carbon emissions are expected to hit an all-time high in 2019, scientists say, smashing a previous record set in 2018. By the end of the year, emissions from industrial activities and the burning of fossil fuels will pump an estimated 36.

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Amazon plans three solar power projects in the US and Spain

Amazon continues to face criticism for its lack of environmental commitments, but it’s making at least some strides toward reducing its impact on the planet. The internet giant has unveiled plans for three new solar power projects, two of them in the US and one in Spain.

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Mario Kart Tour was the most downloaded iPhone game of 2019

Despite launching relatively late in the year, Mario Kart Tour was the biggest game on the iPhone in 2019. Today, Apple revealed its top charts for the year, and the free-to-play version of Mario Kart, which debuted in September, topped the free game charts.

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Big Ideas: First Insights From NASA’s Parker Solar Probe And Birds Are Shrinking

These changes are present in nearly all of the species he measured, according to a study of 70,716 bird specimens from almost 40 years published Wednesday in the journal Ecology Letters. Morphing birds, Willard and his colleagues say, reflect a changing climate.

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Motorola vows to release lightning-fast flagship phones in 2020

Motorola hasn’t produced an Android smartphone with flagship, top-tier specs over the last couple years. But during today’s introduction of Qualcomm’s latest processors, the company said that’s going to change in 2020.

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Qualcomm’s new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader can read two fingers at once

Qualcomm has announced a second-generation version of its ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, the 3D Sonic Max, that promises to fix the issues with the original 3D Sonic Sensor by offering a sensor that’s 17 times bigger.

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Apple now owns Intel’s mobile modem business

Intel completed its sale of the “majority” of the company’s smartphone modem business to Apple today. The deal — which was announced in July — is valued at $1 billion, though Intel claims it is still taking a “multi-billion dollar loss,” according to Reuters.

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Engadget readers can get DJI’s Osmo Action 4K for just $249

We called DJI’s Osmo Action 4K camera “a worthy rival” to GoPro’s Hero 7 Black, missing only a few options like a GPS, editing and social features. The action cam is available today exclusively for Engadget readers on Cyber Monday at Wellbots at its cheapest price yet.

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Photoshop Adjustment Layers Explained and How to Use Them (Part 1)

If you use Photoshop, you probably already know that layers are a great non-destructive way to edit. Within the realm of layers, there exists a group of very useful editing tools called Adjustment Layers that allows for easy editing of your images.

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