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Polymer Clay Rolled into Thin Strands Form Artworks

Washinton DC-based illustrator Joseph Barbaccia rolls polymer clay into thin strands of color and lays them out in intricate designs to create his colorful artworks. The vibrant 3-dimensional curves give his illustrations a style and texture that is very unique.<p>Born and raised in Philadelphia, …

Artworks

Apple CEO Tim Cook Heads to Ireland to Visit Government Officials, Company Facilities

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Ireland visiting the company's facilities in Cork and preparing to meet with government officials this afternoon, according to a report from <i>TheJournal.ie</i>. The specific reason for Cook's visit is unknown, but Apple has maintained a significant presence in the …

Kangaroo in 400-year-old manuscript could change Australian history

A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo could prove that Portuguese explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing in 1606<p>A drawing of a kangaroo on a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could potentially change the world's understanding of</b> …

New Gmail Feature Allows Anyone On Google+ To Email You & Vice Versa, But Opt Out Is Provided

Google is today making a change to Gmail that will further bake in Google+ to its webmail product in a way that’s actually somewhat practical, though also potentially invasive. Going forward, you’ll now be able to directly email your Google+ contacts from Gmail, even if you don’t know their email …

Larry Page's Second Big Mistake As CEO: Opening Your Gmail Box to Google+ Followers

Google just ignited a firestorm of protest with yet another attempt to jumpstart its Google+ don’t-call-it-a-social network.<p>The search giant today announced a way for Gmail users with a Google+ account to send you an email to your Gmail account via Google+, and to allow you to do the same with …

T-Mobile Will Cover Switching Fees To Steal More Customers From AT&T, Sprint, And Verizon

T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed “UnCarrier,” has a lot to crow about after a banner 2013 that saw the wireless carrier add 4.4 million customers. On Wednesday afternoon from CES, T-Mobile announced plans to build on that success by stealing more customers from incumbents AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint …

Read this before you take $450 from AT&T

AT&T T, -0.71% is willing to pay T-Mobile TMUS, +0.02% customers $450 to switch carriers. It’s clearly a tempting offer, but analysts say T-Mobile …

Snapchat hack should be wake-up call

SAN FRANCISCO — This new year of 2014 may very well be the one in which the ability (or failure) of social networks to protect their users' data becomes a competitive advantage (or disadvantage).<p>If so, Snapchat has started the year off in a bad way, by having its servers hacked and the user names …

Associated Press News

More Repurposed Pianos

One of last year's entries to make the 2013 roundup was this piano that was converted into a workbench. Any time you've got 300-plus pounds of …

Furniture

Looking back at Yan Nascimbene’s beautiful and deceptively simple illustrations - The Fox Is Black

Looking back over the year one of my favorite discoveries has been the work of French-Italian artist and writer Yan Nascimbene. Sadly I only …

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

Cameras

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …

What to expect for Android in 2014 & beyond

In 2007, Android was revealed with an air of skepticism. It was marketed as an open standard which would take on Apple and iOS. Six years and nine sweet-related names later, Android is at the pinnacle of mobile technology and it’s only going to get better in 2014.<p>Wearables 2.0<p>Whether you prefer …

Google Glass

As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

Three hundred sixty-five. That's the number of days the Minnesota Orchestra will have gone without playing in its concert hall in 2013. The orchestra became the unwitting poster child for labor strife in the classical music world — and, to some extent, an emblem of the problems facing non-profit …

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

<b>Listen · 4:52</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.<p>The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: …

Gorgeous Palette Knife Paintings of Flowers by Carmelo Blandino

Most of the time, fine artist Carmelo Blandino uses oil on canvas to create beautifully detailed paintings of flowers. His <i>Single Flower Series</i> explored the delicate beauty of individual flowers while his more recent flower series takes on a more messy approach. How and why did he completely switch …

Painting

Apple files another request to ban older Samsung phones and tablets

Apple is once again seeking a sales ban on over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets that were found to violate its patents last year. Though such a ban was initially rejected, last month Apple was given another chance to argue for one when an appellate court vacated the earlier ruling. …

Sign language interpreter a 'fake'

JOHANNESBURG — The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake." Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's …

Associated Press News

Security Firm AVG Launches First Service To Block Mobile Location Tracking

It’s well known that advertisers track our browsing histories on the web to better target us with ads, but they’re increasingly moving towards tracking our locations too, because the history of your physical movements can be just as valuable to an advertiser as your virtual ones. Now security firm …

ELLE's Instagram Gift Guide: What to Give Everyone on Your List Based on the Things They 'Gram

Find the perfect gift for someone based on their Instagram personality.<p>At a time when a picture is <b>worth a thousand likes</b>, everyone from A-list celebrities to fashion insiders are on Instagram creating a catalog of their tastes. This holiday season, consider scanning a friend's feed for some insight …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …