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Incredible Collecton of Light Painting Images with the Help of Kayakers and Canoers

Light painting has surely spawned its share of enthusiasts, one of which is Stephen Orlando. Light painting is a photographic method in which …

Light Painting

Samsung Ads Show Famous Artists Taking Selfies To Create Iconic Self-Portraits

<b>To promote</b> its compact mirrorless camera NX Mini, Samsung has launched a creative ad campaign that features some of history’s most famous …

Hacker Creates Custom Firmware for the Samsung NX300 That Can Auto-Encrypt Photos

Want a camera that can automatically encrypt photos after taking them? A hacker named Doug did. After having this idea for years without seeing …

Photo Sharing is Big, Big Business: Instagram is Now Reportedly Worth $35 Billion

When Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a …

Using Vintage Camera Lenses With Ease: 5 Simple Considerations

A while ago, I wrote an article on vintage lenses. I personally adore vintage lenses. But the reality is that they aren’t that easy to use. In fact, …

Mountain Photographer Captures Exceptional Views from the Top

29-year-old Karol Nienartowicz is a photographer from Poland whose main passion is to shoot the Alps. Nienartowicz was born and raised in Jelenia …

2014 Year in Review: Unframed

Paint & Cut: The Art of Emilio Perez<br>Emilio Perez breaks the rules when it comes to painting – he layers latex paint directly over enamel allowing him …

Intricate Shadow Silhouettes Carved from Knife Blades by Li Hongbo

Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo recently unveiled <i>Shadow of Knives</i>, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures exhibited in his solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind …

Knives

New Energy Efficient, Sand Dune-Shaped Building by Zaha Hadid

World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has just unveiled plans for a futuristic, sand dune-shaped building. The white, gently sloping edifice will serve as the new headquarters for Bee'ah, a United Arab Emirates-based environmental firm. Along with company offices, the two main dunes will house public …

Architecture

Manchester's Gorgeous Color-Changing Infinity Lights

This new 10-meteres-square installation by Squidsoup asks visitors to walk through it, becoming one with the art. Made exclusively for Quays Culture and The University of Salford, <i>Aeolian Light</i> is made up of thousands of points of light floating and changing in color in response to both the wind and …

Salford

A 3D Ship Projected onto Curtains of Water at the Amsterdam Light Festival by visualSKIN | Colossal

<p>Romania-based architecture collective visualSKIN arrived at the Amsterdam Light Festival with a splash this year, installing a three-dimensional …

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Aaron Draplin's Logo Tutorial<p>Aaron Draplin—owner of Draplin Design Co and creative mind behind the popular Field Notes memo books—documents his design process in a tutorial showing just how much calculation goes into creating the simplest of logos. Throughout the video, Draplin discusses what it …

Street Style

Minecraft: Story Mode spin-off game announced by Mojang

The block-building mega-hit is getting an episodic adventure courtesy of Walking Dead developer, Telltale<p>Fans of the block-building phenomenon Minecraft will soon have a new way to explore the game’s chunky universe. Developer Mojang has announced that a new spin-off title, Minecraft: Story Mode, …

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.<p>The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this …

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 2 starts price war on Thunderbolt 2 docks w/ $170 pre-order, reg. $200

Looking to grab market share from rival makers of Mac Thunderbolt docks, CalDigit today announced Thunderbolt Station 2, an aggressively-priced Thunderbolt 2 docking hub that promises to surpass earlier Belkin and Elgato units in features and build quality. Redesigned from a prior model, …

How NASA launched its web infrastructure into the cloud

Image copyright NASA on The Commons.Among U.S. government agencies, the adoption of cloud computing hasn’t been moving full steam ahead, to say the …

Holiday Gift Guide: Docks

People always ask me what to get the person who has everything. My response? Something to keep it in. Or in the case of an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, something to dock it in. My favorite docks come from HengeDocks. I've used their MacBook docks for years as they make it easy to reconnect keyboard, …

iPad Mini

This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

Up until the last few years, heat-sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super rich got to play with.<p>Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. …

Nintendo wins patent troll’s appeal and can keep selling the Wii U

An attraction company has lost its appeal to block the importation of Nintendo’s Wii U.<p>Creative Kingdoms, the company that owns the MagiQuest live-action role-playing theme park-like locations, filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking it to prevent Nintendo from bringing the …

EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. …

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 15% off, Samsung 40″ LED HDTV $298, Sony on-ear headphones from $8, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p><b>Today’s can’t miss deals:</b><p>Get <b>15% off</b> iPad Air 2 at Target stores<p>Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED …

Apple Loop: iOS 8.2 Details, Apple's Working Conditions Attacked, Ignore Apple Watch

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers a preview of iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support, the result of the iTunes DRM class-action suit, the BBC looks at working conditions in Apple’s supply chain, a new TouchID patent, Paypal in the Apple Store, Apple …

Instagram is now worth 49 times what Facebook paid for it

Many baulked when Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg agreed to drop $1 billion on Instagram in April 2012. "That's $33 per user," said some; "there's no business model!" screamed others. Less than three years later and Citigroup now says Instagram is worth $35 billion. That's almost <i>49 times</i> higher than …

Reddit Reveals Its Plan for Paying Users $5 Million

In a rare and perhaps unprecedented move, Reddit announced in September that one-tenth of its latest massive funding round wouldn't be used for, well, any of the things investors might generally hope it is used for. Not expanding product lines. Not hiring. Not broadening an international …

Internet

Instagram Worth $35 Billion, Facebook Stock $91, Citi Says

Just before its 2012 IPO, Facebook shelled out $1 billion for photo-sharing service Instagram in a move greeted by mixed reviews at best. Two and half years later, the word shrewd barely does justice to Mark Zuckerberg’s coup in snapping up the business.<p>Citigroup estimates Instagram is worth $35 …