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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Workday CEO: 10 Powerful Business Leadership Lessons

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:56:58 by: Deleted Member

    If the problem you're solving is not hard, it's not worth doing. - Aneel Bhusri, CEO of Workday In 2005, two longtime friends and software visionaries Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri decided to form a cloud-based finance and human resources startup. Duffield had founded PeopleSoft in 1987, where Bhusri served as senior vice president of product strategy. The result was Workday. Today, Workday's enterprise applications for finance and HR are disrupting the global software industry, servicing some of the largest companies in the world, including my company Salesforce. Today, more than 1,000 organizations, including Fortune 50 enterprises, are Workday customers. Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri - Founders of Workday, 2005 Ray Wang, bestselling author and CEO and founder of Constellation Research, and I invited Aneel Bhusri to our weekly show DisrupTV to discuss business, leadership lessons learned during his incredible journey, as well as emerging and highly disruptive technologies in the financial and talent management industry. Aneel Bhusri is co-founder and chief executive officer at Workday. Aneel has been a leader, product visionary, and innovator in the enterprise software industry for more than 20 years. In addition to his role at Workday, Aneel serves on the boards of Intel, Cloudera, Okta, and Pure Storage. Aneel is also an advisory partner at Greylock, a leading venture capital firm that he has been associated with since 1999. DisrupTV Episode 0030 Featuring Aneel Bhusri, Steve Boese & Holger Mueller from Constellation Research on Vimeo. 1. You cannot replace luck and timing From a startup to a highly successful company with a 98% customer satisfaction score, Workday has been a great success story. Bhusri and his team have a consumer internet mindset that drives the management and innovation philosophy at Workday. The same leadership guiding principles that led to Bhusri's success as a successful venture capitalists at Greylock are employed ...

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  • Digital Detox

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:39:00 by: Deleted Member

    On my family adventure this summer, I gave into the unreliable cell reception throughout several national parks from Yellowstone down to The Petrified Forest...and UNPLUGGED. Surrounded by travelers armed with selfie sticks and eyes glued to their phones rather than the extraordinary sights right in front of us, I looked up. I took a breath and paused. I sat still on the top of mountains and at the bottom of canyons. I relaxed and felt totally and completely on vacation. Source: Lori Axler, Grand Prismatic Spring I managed to suppress my FOMO temporarily on some "must read" articles about the latest nutrition and parenting trends. I most definitely missed milestones in the lives of my friends, their kids, and their pets. But what did I gain? For one thing, I was able to avoid the relentless stream of political updates. But even more gratifying was achieving clarity, focus, and some time to appreciate being present in the moment. By disconnecting, I was able to connect with my husband, kids and our amazing surroundings without any distraction. I listened and discovered my daughters' enthusiasm for exploring other parts of the country. I noticed their fascination with seeing new landscapes unlike anything they had ever imagined! According to CNN, Americans spend at least eight hours a day staring at a screen. And more than one-third of smartphone users get online before they get out of bed (I'm guilty). We have become obsessed with constantly checking for the latest and greatest deals, or making sure we don't fall behind in the continuous stream of updates and posts. But do we actually benefit from all of this information? Does it fill a gap in our lives to feel connected to people, places, and things since we can't physically be there? We know we need to set boundaries for kids by restricting their screen time on electronic devices, but we are the ones setting the example. The negative psychological, social and cultural impact is real for all of us. As the ...

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  • Martin Shkreli Will Need Ointment After This Sick Burn From Colbert

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:12:47 by: Deleted Member

    On Friday’s show, Stephen Colbert addressed the controversy of EpiPen, the medical device used to treat severe allergic reactions, which was driven up in price dramatically by pharmaceutical company Mylan, resulting in a large consumer backlash and claims of price gouging. Colbert likened it to another instance involving entrepreneur and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who increased the price of an AIDS drug over 5,000 percent. After showing Shkerli’s photo on screen, Colbert pulled out an EpiPen and this tweet was born. Douche allergies are no joke, y’all. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/CBGwNOAfKg— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 27, 2016 Martin Shkreli tweeted back, in the tone-deaf manner which we’re all very accustomed to at this point.  Suck a dick? https://t.co/yA7DPvnRC4— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) August 27, 2016 Good one. The next morning, Colbert replied from his personal Twitter account, and laid down a devastating mic-dropper. Depends, how much are you marking them up? https://t.co/tWMc3aRvVy— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 27, 2016 Oooooooh, good thing no one’s inflating the cost of Neosporin out of your price range, Shkreli, because you just got BURNED. - 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 on a ...

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  • The Holy Braille Tablet Could Totally Change How Blind People Consume Information

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:11:44 by: Deleted Member

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  • Earthquake Monitoring: For the People

    Posted 2016-08-29 15:28:06 by: Deleted Member

    What makes a great startup? Simply put, people. To steal from Abraham Lincoln, "[Startups] are of the people, for the people and by the people." Without people, startups don't serve a purpose. One of the reasons startups fail is that they forget this simple concept. Your customers are people. You're co-founders are people. Your investors are people. If you have a mediocre team, you will end up with a mediocre startup. So how do you get better people on your team? In response to this question, I give you three words; inspiration, perspiration, and expectations. At Zizmos we focus on these three words. They are ingrained into our thought process. They dictate how we work, plan and succeed. Inspiration Everyone loves to feel inspired to do more. We humans love to rally around a worthy cause. Zizmos started with an inspiring goal, "We save lives and property during and after earthquakes using tech already built into most phones." If you don't live in earthquake country, perhaps this doesn't inspire you. But most likely you know someone in California, Oklahoma or Missouri whose life is important to you. Simply put, people are inspired to help their loved ones. That is why Zizmos exists. We can detect earthquakes with an app running on your phone and alert your neighbors, your coworkers and your husband at work before they feel the shaking start. Our team is inspired to work harder because we want to save lives. Our customers are inspired to work with us to save lives. Yes, our investors want a profit, but they also want to invest in their family's safety. Perspiration We've all heard Edison's quote, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration." Startups are nothing if nothing is accomplished. It takes lots and lots of hard work to get a startup like Zizmos up off the ground. We wrangle in funds from investors, talk to tons of people about what they want and need, build out new technology and get some sleep ...

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