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Sixteen-Year-Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait | Colossal

<p>For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children …

Nomad ChargeKey review: An iPhone charger you won’t leave home without

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>I usually leave my iPhone(s aapl) plugged in to a power source right up until the moment I leave my …

Grab Over 500 Free Programming Books from GitHub

Whether you're learning to code or are already an experienced programmer, this GitHub repository is an incredible resource of free programming …

GitHub

Dad Sends Kids Toys Into Outer Space, Films The Entire Trip

If you were lucky enough to have a childhood which involved firing plastic bottles into the air and pretending they were rockets, then consider your …

Traditional Pinup Photos with Splashes of Milk as Clothes Captured with High-Speed Photography

Inspired by the classic pin-ups of the 1940’s and 1950’s, photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz came up with a current version of those iconic …

How an Engineer Earned 1.25 Million Air Miles By Buying Pudding

Air Miles are awesome, they can be used to score free flights, hotel stays and if you’re really lucky, the scorn and hatred of everyone you come in …

App Discovery: Why Can't Anyone Figure This Out Yet?

Good news! Now that both Google and Apple have passed 50 billion app downloads (each of course) we can all sit back and relax. The system is working, the world is downloading, the developers are making money, and the users are happy.<p><i>Au contraire, mon frère.</i><p>With each one of these giants approaching …

Deconstructing Google's Strategy: Will Google Eat Your Business Next?

After Google’s I/O announcements, I flashed back to a dozen or so conversations I’ve had with executives and entrepreneurs about <b>what</b> Google is doing. Reading between the lines, some imagined buying yachts after a Google acquisition. Others feared downgrading to an inner tube if Google entered their …

The First Six Months Developing For The Computer On My Face

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jon Gottfried is a Developer Evangelist at Twilio, Co-Founder of the Hacker Union, and a StartupBus Conductor. Follow him on Twitter @jonmarkgo.</i><p>Being one of the first cyborgs in the world, I have been privy to a unique set of bizarre experiences that have led to some early …

This Incredible Full Scale Lego X-Wing Is the Largest Model In History

This is truly unbelievable: Lego has built a <i>1:1 scale model</i> of the X-Wing fighter using an astounding <i>5,335,200 bricks!</i> It's as big as the real thing, …

Microsoft details how Xbox One cloud servers will tackle processor-intensive gaming chores

One of the Xbox launch's big reveals was that Microsoft added 300,000 servers to Xbox Live, and now GM Matt Booty has detailed to <i>Ars Technica</i> how that'll improve game play. He said the improved cloud architecture will speed up GPU- or CPU-heavy chores that aren't dependent on latency -- like …

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (i.e., Sint Maarten) is the famous Maho Beach. While it has the characteristic …

Chris Hadfield's photographs of Earth from space – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/13/chris-hadfield-space-in-pictures<p>720<p>During his five months in space onboard the International …

How to Capture Really Sharp Photos

One of the most frustrating experiences for a photographer is to get home from a photo trip with some great images only to find that some of the …

Landscape Photography

The Jarvie Window: Photographing Faces Through a Ring Flash

Check out the picture above. Pretty cool, huh? Well, to make photos like this you can use a special technique. It wasn’t invented by me, but by a Bay …

Zynga Tells CupidWithFriends To Stop Using ‘With Friends’

Zynga has apparently told the makers of the dating website CupidWithFriends that they need to change the site’s name, because it allegedly infringes on Zynga’s trademarks.<p>CupidWithFriends was built by the startup Apartment 7 (which also released the dating apps Flock and Wednesday Night). The site …

Shigeru Miyamoto Shares Nintendo Secrets

The revered video game designer on Nintendo's history, the next wave of gaming and the 'Year of Luigi'<p>Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, known as …

Bitcoin Is Up 92% Since Yesterday

The remarkable ride for Bitcoin traders continues today.<p>The virtual currency is now trading at $115, nearly double where it was yesterday, when Bitcoin plummeted to a low of $60 following a 12-hour trading halt on the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox.<p>On Wednesday, the currency topped out …

Cryptocurrency

The design history behind the iconic 'Pegman' of Google Maps

The imagery used in Google Maps is so common at this point that it's easy to forget that it didn't just leap into existence fully-formed; it actually had to be <i>designed</i>. <i>Buzzfeed</i> takes a look at the process behind creating one of the most familiar elements of Google Maps: the humanoid "Pegman" …

Wesley Snipes released from prison

The actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a US prison in Pennsylvania after serving more than two years for tax evasion.<p>Snipes was convicted in …

Facebook's Chat Heads May Eventually Make VoIP Calls

Following Facebook’s Thursday announcement of the Facebook Home software, I reached out to the company to find out how it would be leveraging technologies like Voice over IP (also known as VoIP), which is increasingly supplanting the traditional public switched telephone network.<p>Earlier this year, …

What Games Are: The Reviewers Are Wrong About OUYA

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>So let’s be upfront about a couple of things.<p>First, I went to the OUYA party at GDC. Second, I also was invited to the …

PhotosNormandie: An Online Archive of 3,000+ CC Photos from WWII

One of the benefits of the digital age is widespread access to archives that might otherwise never be seen by more than a few people. A good example …

3Gbps LED light bulb WLAN achieved by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

We first noted it back in 2008: the possibility of using LED light bulbs for secure and directional wireless internet access. Well, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is claiming that speedy data rates of up 3Gbps have are indeed feasible. The boost comes from its latest enhancements, allowing …