In the News: 2014-12-21

Written on:December 21, 2014
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Apple News: Apple Watch release date, news and features
It’s been a few months since Apple CEO Tim Cook’s “one more thing” announcement was literally up his sleeve: a sapphire-coated smartwatch dubbed the Apple Watch, not the fabled iWatch. This iPhone-compatible watch was unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, fulfilling the Cupertino company’s “new product categories” promise for 2014. It’s not a circular smartwatch like its fashionable rival, Moto 360, but it still features a premium rectangular design with rounded-off corners and works seamlessly with iOS 8 devices.
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Technology News: A Futurist on our Future
Mining asteroids, an activity that could produce the world’s first trillionaire by 2030. 3D-printed cruises ships and hospitals. But no more taxi drivers, firefighters and (gulp) journalists. Indeed, the future of the world according to Thomas Frey is not quite what you might expect. Frey is executive director and “senior futurist” at the DaVinci Institute, a 17-year-old think tank where he gathers a group of high-profile intellectuals for deep conversations about tomorrow. And we mean high profile: regular contributors to these “mastermind groups” include nearly every sitting governor of Colorado (the think tank’s home state), CEOs like Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, the commissioner of the U.S. patent office, university presidents and science fiction authors like David Brin. His most spot-on predictions have included calling the invention of prepaid credit cards as well as the proliferation of mobile communications technology — both of which he guessed back in ’98. And his prediction that we would eventually be able to suck moisture out of the air to create self-filling water bottles came true earlier this year. But not all of his predictions, as he readily admits, have come to fruition, and there are some harsh critics of his practice. “Futurologists are impersonating public intellectuals,” says Dale Carrico, a lecturer of critical theory at UCLA Berkeley. Here is what Frey had to say to OZY, in our edited conversation.
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Programming News: How to design an environmentally friendly website
Your website could be doing a lot more harm to the planet than you think. It might seem like a flash on a screen couldn’t cause much damage, but every small feature of your site has a discernible impact on the environment, with more complex features requiring greater resources to maintain. Over time and in great quantities, it adds up. Many factors – from the color palette you choose to where you host your site – can influence your site’s carbon footprint. Designing more environmentally friendly site for your business lets your customers know you have an ethical stance that reaches beyond the balance sheet. Plus, going green can also make your website more efficient, allowing users to access your content more quickly.
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Photography News: Why Auto-ISO + Manual Mode is the best Auto Exposure Mode
Many of you have and do use Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority on a consistent basis. But what if I told you that Auto ISO, when combined with Manual Mode, is actually the best auto-exposure mode there is? Now, before you all jump down my throat, yes, Shutter and Aperture priority can be used to great effect. But my problem with them lies with the fact that I have to pick between my creative aperture choice (Aperture Priority), or motion control (Shutter Priority). As a sports and wildlife enthusiast, this is not ideal. I want to be able to stop the motion, AND get the creative aperture I want. This is why I choose to use Auto-ISO in conjunction with Manual Mode to give me control over the creative look of my image. There is a big stigma in the industry regarding auto-ISO, and I think that a lot of this has to do with how bad noise could get at higher ISO numbers in the past. The reality is that most newer bodies are pretty good with noise up to ISO 3200 or 6400, which in many situations, is plenty. The other part to this stigma, in my mind, is that ‘auto’ is used in the function name. People, especially Pros and Semi-Pros, get scared with that word in regards to their camera exposure.
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In the News: 2014-12-20

Written on:December 20, 2014
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Apple News: Apple’s iPad Business Is Anything but Dead The world’s most valuable company continues to receive more than its fair share of sensationalism. Apple’s iPad business recently came under scrutiny after posting a lackluster quarter. Headlines used “crash” and “tank” to describe sales figures, while others suggested the end was near for the tablet. However, the death of the iPad is over-exaggerated. Apple released the first iPad to a…

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In the News: 2014-12-19

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Apple News: An interface exploration for the Apple TV Direct manipulation using a trackpad. With videos and prototypes! The new Apple TV is eternally inminent. People like me are waiting eagerly for it, since the current Apple TV UI hasn’t gotten any sort of relevant refresh in a long while, and it leaves a lot to be desired. I got tired of waiting. I’ve had this idea for a while…

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In the News: 2014-12-18

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Apple News: 9 Books Steve Jobs Thought Everybody Should Read Why did Apple think different? Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company. “The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts,” he said. Jobs’ lifelong interest in the humanities gave Apple…

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In the News: 2014-12-17

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Apple News: Apple Pay gets more support from banks The electronic payment system Apple Pay, which allows the new iPhone to make payments in stores, has the backing of banks that dominate 90 percent of all credit cards transactions from the US, the company has announced.The technology giant introduced the new system in September, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 6 and the announcement of its first smart watch,…

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