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Dreams of Burma: Explore the Country with this New App From National Geographic and Fotopedia

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.

Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  [Read more...]

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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more...]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more...]

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Algorithm: Help Launch a New “Hacker Film” About Fighting Government Monitoring

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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What if there was no such thing as privacy in the world. What if there was a group of people who had access to all your information. What might that group possibly do and how would the people react? This futuristic (and quite possibly realistic) situation is the heart of a new technological thriller yet to be filmed titled “Algorithm.” Developed by writer and filmmaker Jonathan Schiefer, the film revolves around a hacker-for-hire who discovers that the government is monitoring everything people are doing. He and his friends decide to fight back in full force. Does this story sound somewhat familiar? Edward Snowden has done something similar by becoming a whistle blower on the NSA, yet this story was written before the Snowden episode. Currently Schiefer and crew are looking for support in all ways, hoping to make their dream a reality and begin filming in San Francisco. [Read more...]

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Inside the Amazing New Google Offices in Tel Aviv

Wednesday 02.27.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought your office space was cool, here comes a new Google office design. Google has been known to provide great offices for their employees for years now and as a company have been committed to providing fun and stimulating workspaces for their employees. By doing so, they create environments where creative ideas flow. Some of these ideas end up becoming the next best product for Google. [Read more...]

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FML / Filter My Life — Instagram, Its Rise, and the Noise

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by

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Photo sharing sites have now turned the ugliest cat pictures into something that could be passed off as art. Filters are infiltrating our lives and making everything around us look nostalgic and campy. If you own a smartphone, you’ll know that the power of the camera in your handheld device is 10x better than handheld cameras were just a few years ago. This means we now all have the ability to take fantastic photos in regards to the quality of the photo. But, while technology and the Internet allow us to share our lives seamlessly to the world, convenience should never trump true creativity. This video by Grant Timothy McGuire looks at how using a filter has changed our world. But, have they really just created more noise?  [Read more...]

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Love is in the Cloud: Use Pinterest to Score on A Gift

Tuesday 02.12.2013 , Posted by

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Valentine’s Day is rarely the stuff dreams are made of, and usually has more of a sink-or-swim aesthetic to it. The stress of planning a perfect outing causes borderline paralysis. You knew the day was coming for weeks, mostly because you’ve seen the candy aisles at Target light up with pink, red, and white. Your significant other was dropping hints about what they wanted like it was going out-of-style. But, you were too busy wondering which was in more dire need of being replenished — your socks or underwear — and didn’t pay heed to any of these signs. This graphic has complied the best apps to help you figure out how to impress your significant other because in our modern time, love is in the cloud. [Read more...]

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Digital Jailhouse Illustrations by Felipe Luchi

Wednesday 02.06.2013 , Posted by

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These illustrations were created for a print campaign in Go Outside Magazine, and portray the current digital landscape in bleaker terms than we’re all used to seeing. Digital advancement is coveted and hailed on major news outlets all across the web. Each day, people are encouraged to create the next big: social network, music site, mobile app technology, or inspired to integrate technology into a current service – like the Uber town car service in San Francisco. While it can be seen that technology is advancing our lives, is anyone stopping to look at how we’re also becoming prisoners to it as well? These digital jailhouse illustrations by Felipe Luchi explore this idea, and allow us to take a hard look at what we’re really getting ourselves into. [Read more...]

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Nostalgia Ultra: Child of the 90s

Friday 01.25.2013 , Posted by

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Nostaliga. I just love the way the word slips off the tongue, and excites my memory banks. Just the mention of the word sends images racing through my mind at breakneck speeds. I grew up a child of the 90s. Nirvana was one of the first bands I ever really got into (In Utero was the first album I ever slipped into my my Sony Discman® and prayed the skip stabilizer would hold). My shoes either pumped up so I could run faster and jump higher during the day — or — lit up to light my way at night, when I stayed out after the street lights came on. Internet Explorer was born in the 90s, and as they grew up, a generation known as Millennials did too. Which makes this campaign tug a little harder on the heart strings — for those who remember. [Read more...]

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Will this be Apartment Living in 2080?

Monday 01.14.2013 , Posted by

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The future of the human species always seems to hang perilously between excitement and destruction. Excitement for the future of technology, and the improvements it can bring to our lives; and destruction, because every week there seems to be another disaster. Our hope and determination to survive against all odds will bring about an exciting new way of life. As technology continues to advance, will we begin to see all types of changes come our way, transforming our living spaces into scenes out of 60s retro futuristic drawings? Imagining what apartment living in 2080 will look like is a great way to daydream about the future. [Read more...]

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