It's...just a really nice pen, I guess? SEE ALSO: This fleece pullover is actually a rain jacket and it looks super cool, y'all The Magno Ink is an "affordable luxury" pen by UK-based design team Hribarcain (your guess on how to pronounce that name is as good as mine.) It hit its funding goal on Kickstarter in 90 minutes and has now raised over 8 times that goal. And TBH I don't understand it at all. SEE ALSO: This fleece pullover is actually a rain jacket and it looks super cool, y'all If premium pens are your jam, this one, described as "magnetic," "intelligent," and "magical," will probably fit the bill. It's very pretty, with a sleek metallic finish in six colors. I admit I'm very into the pink one, but I have a ton of pink pens that I didn't spend $40 on. Am I missing something here? The Kickstarter page lists a bunch of features that I wouldn't even think about needing in a pen, but apparently the designers of Hribarcain (and 917 backers) have. I suppose "anti … [Read more...] about This luxury pen is blowing up on Kickstarter and I really don’t get it
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My invitation to a private unveiling of Toshiba's Tablet PC device reads "gone are the days of your ink pen and pad of paper." The basis of this belief is Microsoft's Tablet PC edition of XP, which incorporates ink into the operating system. In addition, Microsoft made sure that applications (both old and new) are ready to run, Visual Studio Windows development tools integrate the technology, and a set of hardware specifications for Tablet PC-based devices exists. Based on my evaluation, this "version 1.0" of Microsoft's Tablet PC will be a huge boon to vertical applications that were previously confined to highly proprietary platforms. For general purpose business use, however, the operating system is not quite ready for prime time. Don't throw away that ink pen and pad of paper just yet. The true measure of any new platform's success is the extent to which it makes users more productive. In vertical scenarios, where clipboards and paper forms were once the norm, the … [Read more...] about Tablet PC: What will it do for you?
Welcome to a very special installment of the beloved Verge column One Video, with Kaitlyn and Lizzie. Every week of 2017 — or, technically, since February 3rd, when we had the idea — we’ve been sifting through the slew of music videos that hit the web and selecting the one (or occasionally two, or occasionally zero) that we absolutely need you to watch. Now the year is over, so we’re looking back at dozens of weeks of our own picks, and scraping the sides of the pan for whatever we may have missed along the way. It’s the season of reflection, so we’re complimenting ourselves on a sifting job well done, and we’re making plans to get better in the New Year. As you know, here at One Video, we’ve never cared much about “good,” best, or most important, and we’ve only ever been concerned with what you need. Or more importantly, what we need — which was for you to watch the videos we cared the most about. It usually … [Read more...] about The music videos from 2017 that we most need you to watch
Are you tired of spending your nights at home by yourself? Free lets your friends know when you’re available to hang out without sounding totally desperate.Launching earlier last week on iOS, Free users create statuses to show if they’re available to hang out. The app has three different modes including: Going Out, Flexible, or Busy. Whether you’re Going Out or Flexible, the app will send push notifications to friends who live in your current city letting them know your availability.Users choose who can see them, which friends can join in on their adventures, and how long the statuses last. You can also add text to propose an activity, as well as list a specific a location and time frame for the event. If you’ve got something in mind and know who you want to invite to come out with you, you can tag specific friends in the post, too.Friends may respond to your status in a private message, or they can use canned replies, such as, “Miss you,” and … [Read more...] about This app helps you find out who’s free to hang in your neighborhood
I wrote this last week.I often think in animated GIF.It’s the Internet’s fault, really. Even a year ago I hadn’t been sucked in this deeply, but within something happened and the animated GIF went from image format of the Internet elite to medium of the masses.But there’s a big, big problem that we aren’t really talking about.Why won’t most social sites let you used animated GIFs?While Tumblr is littered with them and Google+ is giving it a shot, the format is anything but universally accepted by the Internet – and I want to know why.Why can’t I respond in an animated GIF to a Facebook comment? Right now, it looks like this when I try and feel all the feelings in GIF form:Horrible. And the same goes for Twitter – a messy link, and a barrier between the recipient and my imaged reaction. While it’s not exactly a social network, Gmail and Gchat (er, Hangouts … are we calling it Hangouts now? Did we unilaterally make a … [Read more...] about Social networks, hear our cries! Why don’t you all support animated GIFs?
When Apple released the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, one of the best features on both phones was Live Photos. Live Photos are photos that display three seconds of video if you press down on them on your iPhone.Google has decided to build on the success of Live Photos by offer its new Motion Stills app. Motion Stills is a free iOS app that lets you turn Live Photos into GIFs that loop forever, and you can also turn your Motion Stills into movies by combining them with a swipe in the app.Here’s the official description of Motion Stills from the iOS App Store:Photos are an extension of our memories, and our memories are never still. Motion Stills is a pilot from Google that brings your Live Photos back to life with advanced stabilization and rendering. Turn your photos into GIFs that loop forever, or edit them together into epic movies.Turn your Live Photos into cinematic and beautiful Motion Stills with Google’s stabilization technology.Share your Motion Stills as looping GIFs … [Read more...] about Motion Stills: Google’s free app turns Live Photos into GIFs
Nearly everyone involved in creating or maintaining a Web site is aware that the two most widely used graphics formats for viewing in browsers and other Web-connected devices are GIF and JPEG. Yet outside of the Web design profession, very few people seem to know which format is appropriate for what kind of graphic. If you don't own a copy of Photoshop CS3, you can download a fully functioning 30-day trial. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a TechRepublic download.Figure A) is a JPEG graphic at 100 percent quality — that is, it has little to no compression. Likewise, the fake Northstar Publishing logo (Figure B) is a GIF format graphic at 100 percent quality.Figure AThe low-compression JPEG graphic that we'll be usingFigure BThe low-compression GIF fileOne of the biggest mistakes most people make is saving a graphics file in a format for which it is not really suited. This leads to graphics with poor visual quality, and worse, graphics that are not saved with a … [Read more...] about How do I… Compress a GIF or a JPEG graphic in Photoshop CS3?
Looking for new things to do (and play) on your Android phone? We can help: our latest Five to Try roundup spotlights the most enticing new and updated apps and games of the week. Facebook’s mobile app might be a known quantity, but its new Marketplace feature is a big addition, helping to connect local buyers and sellers of all sorts of goods. As far as totally new releases go, Giphy Cam offers a fun way to concoct and share your own strange animations, while Stash smartly sorts your saved links and articles for later. Meanwhile, the free-to-play Micro Machines is a fun blast from the past, and Peter Panic’s frantic action takes the unexpected form of a musical. Load up on some fresh apps to explore over the weekend ahead.Given Facebook’s 1.7 billion active users, we probably don’t need to recommend the social network’s mobile app—but you might have missed a new addition this week. Marketplace is the company’s attempt to put its … [Read more...] about Five to Try: Facebook Marketplace opens shop, and Giphy Cam gets weird with custom GIFs
The only thing Google loves more than creating doodles on random anniversaries is April Fools’ Day. Google went too far with one Gmail prank during the 2016 online laugh-fest, however. Before you could said “April fools!” Google had to pull the joke after people complained of missed business opportunities and lost jobs.It all started out innocently enough. Who doesn’t love a good “drop the mic” joke—like this one featuring Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston? So Google thought it would be a good idea to create a send button that automatically inserted an animated GIF featuring a Minion (from the Despicable Me and Minions movies) dropping a microphone.The idea was a fun way to close a conversation that would also automatically archive the conversation.The only problem was Google decided to swap out an actual button that did something similar. So instead of a Send + archive button, users saw a Send and drop the mic button.Now, to be fair, Google put … [Read more...] about Gmail April Fools’ prank yanked after Minion mic drop GIFs wreak havoc on people’s lives
You can install WordPress in 2 easy steps but it is recommended that you tweak some of the default settings to optimize the performance and also improve the security of your WordPress website.These suggestions are only applicable to self-hosted WordPress.org sites and not WordPress.com blogs. Also, I assume that you are running WordPress on Apache under Linux. The guide is now updated for WordPress 4.2. Let’s get started:1. Move out the media upload folderWordPress store all your uploaded images and files in the wp-content/uploads folder. You should however move this folder outside the main WordPress folder, preferably on a sub-domain. Thus your WordPress backups will be more manageable (the uploaded files and themes can be backed up separately) and, most important, serving images from a different domain will allow parallel downloads in the browser improving the page loading time.Open your wp-config.php file and add the following lines to change the location of the wp-content … [Read more...] about Things You Should Do After Installing WordPress