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  • The 6 Tools Every Graphic Designer Should Have

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:52:18 by: Deleted Member

    Photoshop has its perks. But let's face it, it's massive, complicated and often intimidating for the casual graphic designer. Even with all the DIY guides and manuals available online, mastering Photoshop can be a tricky business, especially if you don't do a formal course. But why let all that keep your talent suppressed and your creativity unrecognized? Read along, for this is not another top-ten list photo editing alternatives, this is a compilation of some really innovative applications that'll help you get through your next project with ease. PicMonkey I have tried a lot of photo editors, online and offline. There's Fotor, Pixlr, LunaPic and many more. However, none of them offer the amazingly vast set of tools and effects supplied by PicMonkey. It may not be meant for the kind of advanced graphic designing that PhotoShop can do, but if all you are looking for is to give your photography a perfect finish and some artistic expression, nothing beats PicMonkey in terms of the simplicity and uniqueness it offers. It's collection of effects is the most useful I've seen online. From the Dracula Dusk to the Graphic Novel, this photo editor offers features that make it stand out of the crowd. And guess what, the free version itself isn't bad at all! InPaint Many images that you find online are watermarked. This is often done to prevent commercial reuse of these pictures without proper permission. But what if all you want to do is turn that awesome modern art you found on DeviantArt into a tee-shirt? If a watermark or a signature is what's coming in your way, InPaint is a handy tool that helps you remove any imposing text or watermark elements from your image without spoiling its actual quality. DeviantArt Whether you are a graphic designer looking to upload your work to a platform for millions to see or one looking to derive inspiration from the works of others, DeviantArt is the largest collection of superior quality graphic design that you can find ...

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  • EU Set to Rule Apple Tax Deals With Ireland Illegal

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:47:36 by: Deleted Member

    The European Union’s antitrust regulator is poised to rule as soon as Tuesday that Apple’s tax arrangements with Ireland have breached the bloc’s state-aid rules, according to people familiar with the ...

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  • Why Learning a New Skill Aborad Should Be On Your Bucket List

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:42:47 by: Deleted Member

    'Co-authored by Michelle Halpern, blogger behind 'Live Like It's the Weekend' We live in an age where everyone has an online course to offer and learning a new skill right in front of our computers is easier than ever. Getting an education this way may seem more convenient and efficient, but after a recent trip to Bali with the Institute of Code, I'm a firm believer that getting out of your environment and taking your education abroad is the best way to learn faster and get the most out of any educational experience. Here are a few reasons why you should check out options abroad next time you want to upskill or beef up your resume. Real Life Networking With many courses these days, your only interactions with fellow students are digital - in a Facebook group, online portal or webinar chat - which can make facilitating connections a bit tricky. At the Institute of Code, I found that meeting other students in person and spending time with them not only during class, but at meals and around the pool, helped foster deeper and more meaningful relationships. As everyone at IOC works, sleeps and relaxes at the villa together, you're bound to network effectively and make friends who will stay contacts for years to come. Taking Away Routine Distractions Helps You Focus on Learning Let's face it. When you're sitting at home trying to teach yourself a new skill, and it's dinner time or you haven't been to the gym yet, other thoughts are bound to cross your mind. Going abroad to teach yourself a new skill takes you out of your daily routine so the frustrations and distractions of your life back home are able to fall away. If you can find a course that's all-inclusive like IOC, even better. We had private chefs cooking us meals, complimentary yoga courses at the villa and transportation organized for us so there was literally nothing we had to worry about - except learning. And with that kind of focus learning comes much quicker. Shorter Bursts of Learning A ...

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  • Space: (Still) The Final Frontier of Our Imaginations

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:33:43 by: Deleted Member

    "Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, 'When I grow up I will go there... True, by this time it was not a blank space any more. It had got filled since my boyhood with rivers and lakes and names. It had ceased to be a blank space of delightful mystery-a white patch for a boy to dream gloriously over. It had become a place of darkness." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness My fascination with the white spaces on maps began before my earliest memories- on an adventurous family trip to see Apollo 14 launch from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Merritt Island, Fla., on January 31, 1971-exactly two weeks before my second birthday. My memories of that trip come from home movies shot at Cape Canaveral by my father, who had procured special tickets for our young family to watch the manned lunar mission escape Earth just a chip shot away from where then-Vice President Spiro Agnew also was observing. Perched atop my pea-green, short plastic "car seat" on the folded-flat and carpeted tailgate of our 1969 Grand Torino station wagon, I'm sure my father agreed with James T. Kirk's declaration that space was, in fact, the final frontier. At the time, our family lived in Baltimore where my father was in medical school at Johns Hopkins University. He was a resident and had provided medical services for a secretary who had access to special tickets reserved for military personnel at Cape Canaveral. Despite my mother having just given birth to my sister, Sara, three weeks earlier, we packed up the car with my older brother, Tim (age 3 1/2) and me (almost two). Seeing a launch was that important to my parents. The idea of driving more than 13 hours with ...

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  • 4 ways to protect yourself against Zika

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:05:00 by: Deleted Member

    Zika has arrived in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself against the mosquito-borne ...

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  • Awesome New Company Lets Kids 'Wear Their Imaginations'

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:56:51 by: Deleted Member

    Watch out, fashion world. This new company is giving kids the chance to design their own clothes, and the results are super stylin’.  Mom and entrepreneur Jaimee Newberry founded “Picture This” ― a new service that allows kids to turn their drawings into dresses. The process is simple: Parents choose a dress size and print out the coloring book-style templates available on the “Picture This” website. Once their kids have colored and decorated the templates, the grown-ups can upload photos of the completed designs on the website and place their orders. The finished dresses arrive within a few weeks. “Picture This” was inspired by a dress Newberry made for her daughter, Zia, inspired by her artwork. In a Medium post detailing the history of “Picture This,” Newberry wrote that Zia loved the dress and told people, “I’m wearing my imagination!” “Due to the positive response and requests from Zia’s friends and classmates to also ‘wear their imagination,’ friends Ken, Igi, Stephan and I chatted about how to turn this concept into something where kids everywhere could have fun with hands-on drawing and coloring, and then see their imaginative artwork come to life in wearable fashion form,” Newberry explained. In addition to kid-sized dresses, “Picture This” also allows kids to design dresses for their dolls. And although the service currently only offers dresses, they have plans to expand the clothing options. For now, Newberry invites families to try out the service and post photos of their dresses on social media with the hashtag #PictureThis. Based on the wide spectrum of kid art in the world, it’s clear these dresses will certainly be ... unique. H/T BoredPanda - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed ...

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  • Tokyo Might Make Medals For 2020 Olympics Out Of Old Cell Phones

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:56:16 by: Deleted Member

    It’s still four years away, but Tokyo is already dominating its upcoming Olympic Games. The host country may make all of its future Olympic medals out of gold, silver and bronze found in old cell phones and other used electronics devices, according to Nikkei Asian Review.  The reality is that these awards don’t require that much metal, and Japan actually has enough e-waste to produce them. A gold medal in Rio, for example, was made of about 1 pound of silver 0.01 pounds of gold, according to NBC Montana.  In 2014, Japan was able to recover about 3,452 pounds of silver from small consumer electronics that had been tossed, according to Nikkei. Using discarded electronics will help keep these toxic products out of landfills.  Electronics aren’t biodegradable, and many contain noxious materials. And while they can be recycled, they’re often just illegally sent off to developing countries to deteriorate in landfills, waterways or public spaces, The Huffington Post reported in May.  Determined to break the cycle, nonprofit GENKI Net for Creating a Sustainable Society organized a meeting in June for government leaders, event organizers and tech companies in Tokyo to begin formulating a plan for crafting the eco-friendly medals. GENKI’s mission is to create a zero-waste society by developing partnerships with citizens, businesses and government leaders. In Japan, about 650,000 tons of small electronics and electric home appliances are thrown out every year but very little of that is recycled. According to Nikkei, about less than 100,000 tons is collected for recycling.  Now it’s just up to the groups involved to devise a way to effectively collect old electronics so they can be repurposed for the upcoming games. The problems surrounding e-waste is only going to become more concerning as the world’s reliance on such technology grows, experts point out.  In 2014, there was about 46 ...

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  • Frank Ocean Takes an Unusual Journey to No. 1 With ‘Blonde’

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:40:29 by: Deleted Member

    The album, which was released independent of a record label but with the support of Apple, debuted at the top of the Billboard ...

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  • Apple sends out invites to major product launch on September 7

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:10:00 by: Deleted Member

    Apple has sent out invites to an event next week that is expected to mark the debut of the new ...

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  • Transferwise Moves Away From Banks

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:07:25 by: Deleted Member

    Transferwise, the London-based global money transfer startup, is getting ready to free itself from relying on ...

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