Monthly Archives: July 2014

Former NASA Employee Katrina Parrott Launches New Diversity-Filled Emoji App



What do you do when you become frustrated with Apple’s lack of diversity within their emojis? Well, Katrina Parrott, a former NASA employee, took it upon herself to create her own app filled with a variety of over 900 diverse emoticons.

According to Katrina, after her daughter noticed the lack of diversity within the system she knew it was time to take it into her own hands to do her best in launching her own system. This is when the birth of iDiversicons happened.

Katrina stated, “We wanted all people to be able to find an emoticon that looked like them.” Since Apple doesn’t seem to be in a major rush to implement the ethnicity update, we respect those who have taken it upon themselves to do their part in raising the bar to equality.

RELATED: African Company Oju Africa Beats Apple to Release First Black Emojis

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“Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

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My CD copy of Mandatory Fun by “Weird Al” Yankovic arrived in the mail on Wednesday afternoon.  After ripping the tracks to my computer, I listened intently to all of them, following along with the lyrics in the liner notes.   There are 12 songs on the album: a mix of parodies, original compositions, and a medley.

I usually listen to contemporary jazz and jazz fusion, especially if there aren’t vocals.  So, you may be wondering why I would own a “Weird Al” Yankovic album.  I’ve admired “Weird Al” for years, dating back to Bad Hair Day, which my sister Lauren received back in 1996.  And since I’m not into mainstream pop and rock, Al’s parodies are as close I choose to get.

Here are my three favorite original compositions on Mandatory Fun:

  • “Mission Statement,” a Crosby, Stills and Nash pastiche a la “Suite: Judy Blue…

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Instagram IM Service leaked

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Today a leaked screenshot shows that Instagram is preparing to release an instant messaging service. It will be called Bolt and be a photo sharing service similar to Snapchat. Only a few users saw this link and it appears to have been taken down. The Play Store link appears to be a dead link. Will you be using this service if it comes out? Leave a comment below and follow for the best daily tech news.

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Infographic: Google’s Ad Revenue Domination

The library is a verb: wondering, discussing, tinkering…

Melbourne High School Library

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Curiosity can draw students in. Surprise them with something unexpected, provide no instructions, and you might attract a group of students asking questions, making assumptions, providing possibilities.

Makerspaces in the making. 

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Student to me about the motherboard: Where did this come from? Did you put it here or did you come in this morning and just find it?

Me (looking up to the ceiling and raising my hands) ???

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We are on our way to redefining the library space – not only as a place for books but also a place of wonder and tinkering.


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Samsung Gear 2 Neo Review (2014)

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This is a review for Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo smart watch, one of the two successors to 2013’s Galaxy Gear.  I have been using this watch since it came out in April and wear it at least 5 days a week for more than 8 hours each day.  There are two models for the Gear 2, the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo.  The Gear 2 has a steel exterior while the Gear 2 Neo is made from plastic; the latter also lacks the 2-megapixel camera which was moved from the strap unto the watch itself.  Besides the camera and the steel exterior to the watch itself, both watches are identical on the inside.  The watch has an upgraded 1.0 GHz dual-core Exynos 3250 system-on-chip.  Screen size has remained the same as the Galaxy Gear, 1.63 inch, 320 pixel-wide square-shaped Super AMOLED touchscreen display.  Memory remained the same at…

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App that brings the booze to your doorstep


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DENVER, Colorado (KUSA) If you are looking to enjoy your favorite brew or liquor without having to go to the store, you may be in luck.

An app called “Drizly” will soon allow customers who are 21 years old and older to order alcohol, delivered to their door in less than an hour.

Matthew Erley, general manager for “Drizly Denver,” says for now that app is only partnering with Argonaut in Denver, Colorado and will allow customers to order a minimum of $20 worth of alcohol from the store during regular business hours.

“Drizly is a mobile application that allows smart phone users to purchase their favorite beer wine and liquor. It’s about conscience,” Erley said.

The app already has its critics.

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Feeling Nostalgic About Old School Photography? Check Out 1-Hour Photo App Noemi Twigg


Feeling Nostalgic About Old School Photography? Check Out 1 Hour Photo App image 1hour photo app

Remember those days when you had to wait for hours, or even a day, to get your roll of film developed by a shop before you could see how your photos turned out? Sometimes, you even get the “pleasure” of a bucketful of frustration when you found out that your whole roll was ruined. Or that you shot crappy photos.

Gone are those days, thanks to smartphones and digital cameras, but I think you will agree that there has been more than a little bit of hipster whining about “the good old days” and “nostalgia” when it comes to “real photography”.

If you feel that way, then here’s a photo app for you: 1-Hour Photo.

What does it do? It basically makes you wait an hour before you can see the results, which are processed by their black and white film emulation. Talk about real old school.

The makers…

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Apple Reports $7.7 Billion Profit on Strong iPhone Sales by BRIAN X. CHEN

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Sales for the smartphone grew even in a time of year when smartphone sales are expected to be slow.

Published: July 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

from NYT Technology

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Product Videos in 1-2-3

In-house design and creative teams are charged with making killer videos all the time, but where do we start? What story do we tell? What emotions do we evoke? Where do we shoot it? A great place to start is with a customer having a great experience with the product. Catch the reality of your product or service from the view point of the person using it. Here’s three easy steps to do that.
1. Back to life, back to reality. Feature a real user and get their honest feedback.
2. Show and tell. Show how it works. Don’t over-show how it works. You have a smart product and the buyers are smart. Treat them like the wiz kids they are. Tell them why it benefits them and the people they will use it with. Show how it works, tell how it benefits.
3. Script scenes – not language. Let…

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