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YESTERDAY - Tuesday 17 October 2017
These Shots Made With A Nokia 3310 Are Gorgeous, But Only If You Don't Look Too Closely
OCT
17
Ah, the old/new Nokia 3310. It's simple, virtually indestructible, and comes with Snake — but what we really wanna know is, how does its camera hold up? Singapore photographer Xavier Lur took the iconic handset out for a try, and the results are pretty stunning Admittedly, the photos look heavily filtered, but are still quite a sight to behold — that is, if you don't look too closely. Lur tells us he used Adobe Lightroom to edit the photos, then applied a VSCO filter on them for added effect. "Based on today's standards, the camera isn't fantastic at all. Photos look pixelated, night photos will have a blue tint if you use the default auto white balance setting, and you have to hold the phone steady for around 2 seconds every time it takes a photo," he told Mashable. And indeed, a quick zoom in on the pictures reveal that they are extremely pixelated by today's standards, although the quality of the two megapixel camera might not exactly come as a surprise. Lur thinks that the pictures, while not comparable to that of a modern smartphone, are still of a "decent" quality. [MORE]
About the organization Nokia:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Telecommunication, Telecommunication Hardware, Telecommunication Software, Computer, Computer Software
Magic Mushrooms Could Help Treat Depression
OCT
17
A new study has revealed the positive effects of magic mushrooms treating depression. 19 patients ingested the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin, with results showing that half of them had responded positively after five weeks. Reduced depressive symptoms happened as a result of decreased amygdala CBF, as stated by Scientific Reports. The study goes on to say: "The post-treatment brain changes are different to previously observed acute effects of psilocybin and other ‘psychedelics’ yet were related to clinical outcomes. A ‘reset’ therapeutic mechanism is proposed." Dr Robin Carhart-Harris of Imperial College London told the BBC: "Patients were very ready to use this analogy. Without any priming they would say, 'I've been reset, reborn, rebooted', and one patient said his brain had been defragged and cleaned up." [MORE]
About the organization BBC:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: TV Channel, Radio Channel, Internet, Internet Service Provider, Website, News, Media, Mass Media, Online News, Press
Facebook Buys Tbh, The Anonymous App Teens Can't Get Enough Of
OCT
17
Facebook just scored a huge win its quest to win over teens. The company has acquired tbh, the anonymous app that's been going viral with teens. The app, which is targeted toward middle school and high school students, is a network that allows users to swap compliments by participating in anonymous "quizzes." It's proved to be a winning formula for tbh, which has been in the App Store's top ten for weeks, including two straight weeks as the number one app, according to data from Sensor Tower. Facebook confirmed the acquisition saying, “tbh and Facebook share a common goal - of building community and enabling people to share in ways that bring us closer together." The app, launched in September, racked up more than 2 million downloads in its first month in the App Store, according to data from App Annie. Since then, the app has reached 5 million users who have collectively exchanged more than a billion messages, according to tbh. [MORE]
About the organization Facebook:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Website, Social Networking Agent, Text Hosting Agent, Picture Hosting Agent, Blogging, Microblogging
Google Masters The Art Of Making Great Boring Phones
OCT
17
By all accounts, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL were failures. It's not easy to admit, but outside of tech nerd circles, nobody really cared about them. The tech giant's first premium phones were good phones that fell short of challenging Samsung and Apple's dominance. But don't think for a second that Google's tossing in the the towel anytime soon. The Pixels are here for the long, long haul. In fact, Google's new Pixel 2 and 2 XL come out with guns blazing. They may not be the prettiest or most feature-packed phones, but damn it if they're not just the kind of competitive flagship phones the world needs now that companies are charging $1,000 (or more) for the latest and greatest glass slabs. [MORE]
About the organization Google:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Website, Search Engine, Computer Software, Application Software, Telecommunication Software
Sunday 15 October 2017
Björk Says She Was Sexually Harassed By A “Danish Director”
OCT
15
Inspired by other women coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment, musician Björk shared a story of her own experience with a Danish director on Facebook. "I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a Danish director," she began. She goes on to relay a story where the unnamed director created the illusion on set that she was the difficult one after she repeatedly turned down his advances. According to the singer, he would sulk and punish her for it. "It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm.." she tragically shares. It wasn't just the director. Björk wrote that dozens of the staff on set enabled and encouraged it. "I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it," she wrote. "The director was fully aware of this game," Björk continued. She shared that she was convinced the next movie he made after working with her was based on their experience. [MORE]
About the person Björk:
Art: Music
Genres: Alternative Rock, Electronica, Experimental, Trip Hop, Jazz, Folk, Alternative Dance, Electronic, Ambient, Industrial
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians House Is For Sale For A Cool $7.8M
OCT
14
The house that made countless appearances over the last 10 years on Keeping Up With The Kardashians is for sale. So if you ever wanted to know what it felt like to live like one of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, now is your chance. Located in Fryman Canyon Estates in Studio City, CA, the property is named the Iredell Estate , according to People. It's being listed by Brandon Assanti of Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills for $7.8 million. With an architectural style reminiscent of an Italian villa, the house has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a wine cellar, and of course a pool. What Los Angeles-area estate would be complete without a pool in the backyard? An important note, neither the Kardashians or the Jenners have actually lived at the house. Instead, the facade was used for filming as to not reveal the actual location of their home for security purposes. In 2014, Kim Kardashian explained why that was the case. [MORE]
About the person Kim Kardashian:
Art: Television, Acting, Modelling
Genres: Celebrity TV, Reality TV, Socialite, TV Personality, TV Programming, Series, Television, Curvy, Instagram, Commercial
50 Tracks That'll Take You On A Trip At 8am
OCT
3
Sometimes you want your afters full of classic soul jams and throwback hip hop. Other times you want a transcendental ride through the deepest echelons of electronic music. And that's what this week's dose of The Afterparty playlist delivers. Kick back in the comfiest recess of your sofa and glide atop astral house from DJ Koze and FloPo, dank melodic techno from Cosmin TRG and Pev, synth excursions from Vangelis and E.M.M.A. and low-end hypnosis from Cooly G and Sinjin Hawke, among many more. [MORE]
About the organization Spotify:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Website, Streaming Agent, Audio Hosting Agent, Downloading Agent, Application Software
Banksy’s ‘snorting Copper’ Painting In London Has Been Restored
OCT
6
An original Banksy work has been restored at it’s original home in East London. The stencil, nicknamed the ‘snorting copper’, was originally stenciled on a toilet building at 115 Curtain Road in Shoreditch and was thought to be lost after it was vandalized, leading to Hackney Council covering it up. However, two property developers that bought the building rediscovered the infamous illustration and have now restored and returned the piece to its original resting place. After cutting it out of the wall, it took a specialist in Carlisle 16 weeks to restore the original, which is valued at £1.25 million, before it was returned to its original home and secured to the floor in a reinforced case. Unfortunately it doesn’t get us any closer to finding out who Banksy really is, although Goldie has an idea. [MORE]
About the person Banksy:
Art: Graffiti
Genres: Abstract, Character, Ephemeral, Ink, Lettering, Minimal, Mural, Post-Graffiti, Public Style, Spray
Tesla Fires Hundreds Of Workers Companywide Amid Production Struggles
OCT
13
Tesla just made some drastic changes to its workforce. The automaker fired between 400 and 700 workers from its south Bay Area headquarters and production plant this week, the San Jose Mercury first reported. The company claims the employees were fired for subpar job performance rather than laid off. "Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved, as well as how those results were achieved, during the performance period," a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement. "Performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures." The cuts come as the company continues to struggle with production delays and inefficiencies. The company had promised to create 1,500 of its new Model 3 cars earlier this month but only managed to deliver 260. [MORE]
About the organization Tesla:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Automotive, Car, Electric Car, Engine, Luxury Car
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Instagram Is The New Tinder—whether You Want It To Be Or Not
OCT
10
Forget about Tinder, Grindr, Her, Bumble, or whatever other apps you're hitting up for all your dating needs. There's another app that's rapidly becoming a hotspot for digital flirting, whether you want it to be or not: Instagram. In the past few months alone, my Instagram DMs have transformed from a desolate tumbleweed-filled vault into a rather busy inbox reserved especially for flirting purposes. Rather than receiving unsolicited chat-up lines from strangers, these messages come from people I know and already follow on Insta. Like, former flames, friends-of-friends, even classmates I haven't seen for 10+ years. And, depending on the person, these blasts from the past aren't always unwelcome. [MORE]
About the organization Instagram:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Website, Picture Hosting Agent, Video Hosting Agent, Application Software, Telecommunication, Telecommunication Software
Monday 25 September 2017
Game Boy's Lack Of Touch Screen Confuses Young Kid
SEP
24
Prepare to feel old. Picking up an old Game Boy will likely fill most with pure nostalgia. Toss it into the hands of today's youth and they'll likely be utterly confused. The problem? Most kids play games on tablets or phones, which all have touch screens. Watch as this little girl tries her very best to use the screen on this Game Boy Color, much to the enjoyment of her father. [MORE]
About the organization Nintendo:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Electronics, Electronics Hardware, Computer Software, Gaming, Gaming Hardware, Gaming Software, Consumer Electronics, Video Gaming
Facebook's Greatest Fear Is Coming True
SEP
22
Mark Zuckerberg is in damage control mode like never before because Facebook is facing the only real threat to its dominance: U.S. government regulation. Zuckerberg's video on Thursday told the story. Staring directly into the camera, the Facebook CEO offered by far his biggest mea culpa. He looked, for lack of a better word, scared! He should be. The revelations that Facebook's platform was used by Russia to target politically divisive ads represents a systemic threat to the empire that Zuckerberg has built in just 13 years. The threat doesn't come from its loyal users or from disgruntled advertisers or growing competition. Facebook has shown its ability to keep users happy, advertisers spending, and competition at bay. The Russian controversy is about one thing that keeps Facebook executives up at night: government regulation. [MORE]
About the organization Facebook:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Website, Social Networking Agent, Text Hosting Agent, Picture Hosting Agent, Blogging, Microblogging
I Hate Myself For Loving My AirPods
SEP
25
I finally caved. After nearly a year of inwardly mocking anyone and everyone I saw wearing AirPods, I walked into an Apple Store and handed over $172 so I could have my own set. And, even though I hated myself a little bit for it, I don't regret it one bit. First off, yes, they still look completely ridiculous. I won't pretend they don't. But I have long hair that almost always covers my ears, so most of the time they are far less visible than any other buds I own. And, as silly as they look — and as much as it pains me to say it — they do feel pretty great. I have abnormally small ears and EarPods were already about the only earbuds that fit comfortably without falling out constantly. At $159 AirPods cost more than five times as much as basic EarPods so, naturally, they feel that much more comfortable. [MORE]
About the organization Apple Inc.:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Computer, Computer Hardware, Telecommunication, Telecommunication Hardware, Retailing Agent, Computer Software, Telecommunication Software
Trump Takes On The NFL & The NBA In His Latest Political Battle
SEP
24
In a show of solidarity, players at numerous NFL games today kneeled during the National Anthem, while their teammates stood with locked arms. The only exception was the Pittsburg Steelers, who players mostly didn't leave the locker room until the anthem was over, as ABC News reports. Meanwhile, President Trump continued tweeting his own commentary, which varied from endorsing players standing, announcing that NHL team the Pittsburgh Penguins will be visiting the White House instead of the Warriors, and a return to his campaign theme to make America great again — with a few retweets thrown in supporting a boycott of the NFL if they allow players to kneel and one unknown source featuring a veteran who ostensiby lost his legs in battle. [MORE]
About the person Donald Trump:
Art: Corporation, Television, Politics
Genres: Entrepreneur, Construction, Founder, Executive, Management, Real Estate, Urban Development, Presidency, Republican Party, Celebrity TV
Pioneer Drops Slick Limited Edition White CDJs And Mixers
SEP
19
Pioneer DJ has just announced a limited run of special edition white NXS2 gear. The CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 will be available in the sleek white finish in early October. 1000 CDJs and 500 mixers will be released in Europe, and only 200 CDJs and 100 mixers in the US. Besides its exclusive shade, the new tech will be completely identical to Pioneer's current NXS2 catalog. [MORE]
About the organization Pioneer Corporation:
Type: Business
Sub-Types: Electronics, Electronics Hardware, Electronics Software, Hi-Fi, Hi-Fi Hardware, Hi-Fi Software, Consumer Electronics, Accessories, Audio Accessories, Audio Equipment
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