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iPad Addiction Hurts Infants’ Ability to Use Real Building Blocks

lego peopleSmall children may have difficulty understanding real space if they spend too much time in digital space. Recent findings show that with too many hours on iPad and digital devices, children can lose the ability to play with building blocks like their parents.

The news comes from the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who advise parents to keep digital hours to a minimum, especially right before bed. Teacher Colin Kinney thinks that without restraint, the effect of having too much digital time can lead to poor development in children’s social as well as motor skills: Read more

The Most Narcissistic Website Depicts Nothing but Selfies

selfeedThe unrelenting wave of mobile self-portraiture is here in the form of a website dedicated to the praxis of selfie-ism. Go there and you, too, can experience the humanity of selfies, streaming faster than lolcats on caturdays.

Created by artists Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter, and Jillian Mayer, the Selfeed, first premiered at the Utah Museum of Fine Art this past January. The museum has this to say about the universal, collaborative art project: Read more

Whistle: A Fitbit for Tracking Your Dog

Walk around San Francisco or Paris on a sunny day, you’ll notice, quite soon, that’s there’s a lot of dog poop traps littering the sidewalk. These cities love their pets, especially the dog variety.  Attached to each dog is the animal’s human, a smartphone carrying member of the technologically advanced specie. We’re now seeing that technology trickle down to animals as well.

Humans, for all of their ability to observe and handle their own toiletries have taken a liking to fitness tracking gadgets – they track, they measure, and they tell data to improve the well-being of their user. “Why not for our four legged pals too?” said the makers of Whistle. Read more

New Flickr App Update Comes With Live Video Filters

Shall we say, put a filter on it? The latest update from Flickr lets users take videos with live filter previews. Flickr also gives users 1,000 gigabytes of free storage, so you’ll have an unlimited amount of space in the cloud to dream up all of your photos, and now, videos.
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‘The Cornuta Curse’ is Today’s Free eBook

the cornuta curseToday’s free Kindle download, The Cornuta Curse, is a story about love with a twist of fate-fighting. From writer A. Scott, the narrative takes place on the historic bluffs of Cirque Terre, where Mara discovers that love, sometimes, requires us to break a spell, a curse, and a hard stone:

One in four men cheat. But what if their betrayal is inevitable? What if, the women are cursed? Cursed by a 500-year-old love lock. If you were the one in four, would you try to break the curse?

Mara doesn’t believe in curses. She believes in facts: the women in her family are the one in four just like 800 million other women in the world.  Read more

In the Future, Google Chromebooks Can Be Unlocked With Your Smartphones

unlockPasswords be gone! Google is seeking to eliminate those easily-forgettable, oft-unsafe alphabet puzzles we’ve been carrying aorund in our heads. The first step: Using your smartphone. Of course, you need to remember your password for that, but what if it used fingerprint scanning and facial recognition? I think we’re onto something here…

Currently, Google uses double authentication for users who want that extra bit of security. We also know they have been exploring using USB devices as another locking and unlocking mechanism. A smartphone is a digital tool that most people already own. Read more

Evernote’s Moleskin: A Business Analog to Digital Notebook with Plenty of Space for Play

Digital note takers, take note: Evernote’s Moleskin Business is neither all business nor all digital. Users on the analog side of the mobile device will be especially enthused. These notebooks allow you to upload your handwritten, pen-to-paper ideas to the cloud using your phone’s camera. The best part? There’s a secrete note-taking space for collaborate sharing. Just select whether you want to share the entire page or just the top section. The rest is your’s for the scribbling!
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TL;DR Wikipedia Shortens Long-Form Entries for Humorous, Mobile Browsing

Too long, didn’t read may be the most annoying, yet common, consequence  of our media hunger. Go on Facebook, and you’ll see plenty os users having lengthy arguments over stories they did not read. It makes the title of news stories ever more important, albeit, in a superficial, click-bait way.

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Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.
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Google Camera Brings Lens Blurring Manipulation to Mobile Photography

DSLR cameras are, for the most part, bulky but beautiful machines for capturing what our eyes see. They also give photographers a chance to manipulate the perception of distance, and that’s a feat mobile photography is about to accomplish.

Yesterday, a Google Camera was released, and with it, the ability to manipulate lens blurring, also known as the bokeh effect. With a small amount of blur, a photo can look real, like how the human eyes view the world. With a lot more bokeh, a photo can look miniature, fake, animated even – like those tilt-shift images that makes cities appear as miniature universes.

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