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Sony’s latest Xperia is a terrific slow-mo shooter, with caveats

Engadget - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 10:00
At long last, Sony has made a seriously compelling flagship. Not only is the Xperia XZ Premium the best-looking handset the company has made in years, but it also boasts a high-end camera capable of extreme slow-mo video recording. It's also one of t...
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24 Women Allege Sexual Harassment By Investors, and Another VC Gets Demoted

Slashdot - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 09:34
An anonymous reader writes: Friday technology investor Dave McClure tweeted a link to a statement from the new CEO of the start-up incubator he co-founded which announces his demotion after engaging in "inappropriate interactions with women in the tech community." The new CEO of 500 Startups says "I sincerely apologize for the choices he made and the pain and stress they've caused people. But apologies aren't enough without meaningful actions and change. Because of this, we made the decision a few months ago to change the leadership structure at 500." Meanwhile, McClure will attend counseling "to work on changing his perspectives and preventing his previous unacceptable behavior... As much as we want to be part of the solution, we clearly have also been part of the problem." The same day more than two dozen female entrepreneurs told the New York Times about incidents of sexual harassment in the start-up industry, "often providing corroborating messages and emails." Several women told the Times they were warned that saying anything might lead to ostracism. Chris Sacca -- whose firm invested in Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Twilio, and Kickstarter -- told the Times he was grateful for the courage of the female entrepreneur who told the Times how he'd propositioned her, and Sacca also wrote in a post on Medium, "I've learned that it's often the less obvious, yet pervasive and questionable, everyday behaviors of men in our industry that collectively make it inhospitable for women... It's the unrelenting, day-to-day culture of dismissiveness that creates a continually bleak environment for women and other underrepresented groups." The article also notes that Justin Caldbeck -- accused by six different founders of making unwanted advances -- worked at three different VC firms over the last seven years. The Times also cites a 2014 admission by investor Pavel Curda that he sent two women text messages asking for sex after a networking event, adding "The new accounts underscore how sexual harassment in the tech start-up ecosystem goes beyond one firm and is pervasive and ingrained."

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Your Apple Pay purchases can help preserve national parks

Engadget - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 08:31
If you're buying anything from any Apple Store, Apple.com or the App Store in the US, you may want to consider paying with the company's mobile wallet. For every Apple Pay transaction at its official outlets, Cupertino will donate $1 to the National...
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Uber, Airbnb Lead the Way as Sharing Economy Expands

Slashdot - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 08:00
As trust and familiarity with sharing economy services continues to grow, so too will the number of users, estimates marketing research firm eMarketer. From the article: Over a quarter (26.0%) of US adult internet users -- or 56.5 million people -- will use a sharing economy service at least once in 2017. This is a higher figure than previously projected due to stronger-than-expected uptake of both ride- and home-sharing services. This year, 16.9% of US adult internet users are expected to use their Airbnb account at least once, equating to 36.8 million people.

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Pratt Institute students tackle Alzheimer’s with Design for the Mind project

AdaFruit - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 04:00

Clever design ideas for those dealing with memory loss. The designs include a moon clock to help distinguish between am and pm, a color coded clothing organizer for simplifying getting dressed, and Velcro walls for velcroing everything. Via Dezeen:

Students from the Pratt Institute in New York have created a series of home products and accessories designed to help those suffering from memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Presented at the ICFF trade show in May, the Design for the Mind project is a collaboration between the Pratt Institute, the Cooper Hewitt museum and non-profit organisation CaringKind.

The industrial design students worked with medical experts and spoke to Alzheimer’s patients and carers to design the range. Each item is intended to aid or assist in everyday tasks, or help avoid complicated or confusing situations.

“Objects and furnishings are understood not only as aesthetically pleasing, but are responsible for producing relationships, thoughts, ideas, and ways of being,” said the school.

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Ward Roberts’ Far Rockaway Beach Based Series Flotsam #celebratephotography

AdaFruit - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 03:00

It’s incredible how scorchingly hot but serene this series from Ward Roberts feels.via Creative Boom:

In his large-format photographic series Flotsam, Ward Roberts portrays abstracted sunbathers upon New York’s canicular Far Rockaway Beach. With his twin signatures of controlled composition and faded colour palette, the images frame the relentless heat and isolated subjects of a seemingly anonymous beach.

Soon to be available in a new book of the same name, Flotsam’s description reads: “Whitest sands and deepest blue skies fade from harshest light, while aeroplanes soar high above the washed ashore sun-worshippers. Roberts’ altogether surreal juxtapositions of beached castaways set against a waterless panorama of anonymous American suburban horizons, appear almost timeless.”

Flotsam will be previewing at Cosmos Arles Books during the opening week of the festival Rencontres d’Arles on 3-8 July, 2017. For more information, visit www.cosmosarlesbooks.com.

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We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

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Niv Rozenberg’s Series Boswijk Takes a Closer Look at Architecture in Bushwick #celebratephotography

AdaFruit - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 03:00

Interesting and colorful series from Niv Rozenberg via Feature Shoot:

New York City is renowned for its cultural and ethnic diversity; it was in Manhattan’s Lower East Side that the term ‘melting pot’ was coined, and the city continues to be the leading gateway for immigrants starting afresh in the United States.

This multiculturalism is reflected in the city’s architecture. A Bushwick resident for the past eight year, Rozenberg was intrigued by the mixed architectural history of the area and its constantly changing citycape; he also realized that the uniqueness of many constructions often gets overlooked.

“I started photographing buildings next to where I lived, at first from rooftops above then from street level across” he writes. After isolating buildings from their surroundings through the lens, he used digital manipulation to further deconstruct these facades to emphasise their forms and colors.

Read more and see more from Niv Rozenberg

We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

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Folder Compact Tripod #3DPrinting #celebratephotography

AdaFruit - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 02:00

From MakerTronica on Thingiverse:

Printer:
Recicled parts 3d printer

Rafts:
No

Supports:
Yes

Resolution:
0.2

Infill:
30%

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We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

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Digital Self-Defense and Empowerment Workshops offered by the New Museum

AdaFruit - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 01:00

Via Core77

For those of you in the NYC area this summer, the New Museum is holding a fascinating-sounding series of “Digital Self-Defense and Empowerment Workshops” on July 22nd.

This afternoon of workshops extends the exhibition’s inquiry into the complexities of determining identity and truth to the online sphere. Addressing increasing vulnerability and participation in surveillance, artists and activists will offer tools to learn about how data is mined and fed back to us, as well as strategies for self-protection, particularly for members of vulnerable communities. Workshops will support the demystification of hidden processes through both tactile, hands-on experiences and analytic software.
The workshops will be presented in three separate parts throughout the day.

Part 1: Handmade Computers with Taeyoon Choi

What is computer, really? Computer is an idea that’s evolved over time. The sleek machines we use day-to-day are made from elements extracted from the earth, and every bit of data is actually something, somewhere. And underneath the operating systems, there’s a history that needs to be examined.

Let’s build a computer, from its most fundamental elements: Adder, Clock, and Memory. By handmaking a computer, soldering electronic components, we may find an elegance in the abstraction and repetition of computational logic that can only be described as “poetic.” The 1-Bit Computer Kit is an open-source tool and curriculum for making computing more accessible. By learning how computers work on a fundamental level, participants can gain agency and imagine a reciprocal relationship with technology. We can make technology more approachable by giving access to tools and ideas and demystifying computer science.

Read more and tickets are free so register here!

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The Mountain or Valley Illusion #SaturdayMorningCartoons

AdaFruit - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 23:30

via minutephysics

This video is about a multistable perceptual illusion, similar to the hollow face illusion, whereby maps or aerial or satellite photos look upside down/inside out, ie, concave (valley) parts look convex and convex (mountainous) parts look concave. Just flip the images around and things will make a lot more sense! It’s just because our eyes gauge depth based on the location of shadows, and the sun always casts shadows on the bottoms of things.

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Thor: Ragnarok Hela Headdress How-To

AdaFruit - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 16:00

Thor: Ragnarok is set to debut in November, and cosplayer/YouTuber Aerith Mon-Kishu will be ready with her costume of the film’s villain, Hela. One of the most notable features of the character’s ensemble is her massive headdress. Aerith is hard at work on crafting the antler-like look and filmed an overview showing the materials and tools she’s been using for the build. Watch it above.

via Tumblr

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