Ramón C. Taylor

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How to Record Great Sounding Natural & Ambient Audio In-Camera

No budget for a dedicated sound recordist/mixer? No access to sound equipment other than a video mic for your camera? No problem.<p>As part of their …

Music Production

Woman Shuts Down Dude Who Demanded $5 Back For Coffee Date

Dear men, this is how NOT to respond to rejection.<p>We've all had at least one date from hell, but how many people have been asked to "pay back" a date who they've rejected? It happened to one U.K. woman, Lauren Crouch, as chronicled on her dating blog No Bad Dates, Just Good Stories.<p>In a blog post …

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MIT smartphone knows your heartbeat from across the room

Most fitness trackers take the form of a wearable wrist band -- which many users find unsightly or cumbersome. But now researchers say that heart …

500px Launches Its Photo Sharing And Licensing Platform In China

500px, the photography platform where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos, has become the latest Western technology company to enter China. The Toronto-based startup launched a localized version of its service in China — 500px.me — this week, following an initial trial period.<p>This …

40 must read books on storytelling, play & design

What are the best books for those interested in storytelling, play and design? While I was prepping for a course that I’m teaching this semester at …

How Google handles searches it's never seen before

Most people don’t notice when Google updates its search engine with new algorithms. But in order to help users sift through the billions of sites on the Web (with 822,240 new ones added each day), the company needs to keep improving its capabilities.<p>Bloomberg reports that over the past few months, …

A 97-Year-Old Visits Google, Is Flabbergasted By 'The Future'

Olive Horrell got to visit the tech company's Mountain View campus thanks to Wish of a Lifetime.<p>"Certainly in my wildest dreams, I couldn't conceive of what I saw today."<p>Those were the awestruck words uttered by 97-year-old Olive Horrell after her recent visit to "the future" -- also known as …

Nonprofits

How Has Technology Changed the Concept of Community?

For some, making connections has become easier, but others say that life has become more isolated.<p>At a time when Americans can flick a keyboard or swipe a touchscreen to connect with products, people, and information from anywhere in the world, are they in danger of disconnecting from their own …

A Simple Secret to Better Street Photography

What separates ‘standard’ street photography—the kind of photo that only holds your attention for a moment before, poof, you’re on to the next …

Street Photography

Bill Clinton Is the First U.S. President In Oculus [Updated]

The film showcases the Clinton Global Initiative’s efforts in solar power, hearing aids, and girls’ education in Africa.<p>Two days ago, I found myself facing Bill Clinton, listening to the former U.S. president talk passionately about the work he and his foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, …

This is the First 4K Film Shot with the New iPhone 6S

Want to see the 4K video quality on the new iPhone 6S camera? Check out the short film above that was just released today by the media company RYOT. …

Over 1,500 Free 4K Stock Video Clips, All Courtesy of a Single Cinematographer

Mitch Martinez is a Philadelphia-based director of photography and cinematographer. Over the past 2.5 years, he has been working on building a free …

Top Apps to Help You Manage Your Personal Finances

<i>The following is by staff writer, Kayla.</i>Whether you need to dramatically reduce your debt levels, want to save up for Christmas, or would like to …

Personal Finance

Google is not the only one: Here are 9 more tech companies that changed their logo this year

Some companies, like Quora, only made minor changes. Others, like Oculus, dropped its name entirely.<p>Here are nine tech companies other than Google who have changed their logos in the past nine months.

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will deserve another look

Apple Maps. Just typing the words can drive fear into the heart of any iOS lover.<p>OK, that might be a <i>little</i> extreme, but for the many users who were …

Maps

Experience the horror of Ebola in this new VR film

Gallery: Experience the horror of Ebola in this new VR film<p>Gallery: Experience the horror of Ebola in this new VR film<p>+ 9<p>+ 8<p>+ 7<p>In a Liberian hospital …

Generation Z: Young adults are now targets of brands' marketing

Believe it or not, millennials are aging out of their privileged position as the nation’s most sought-after consumers, the ones advertisers want to …

Public Relations

Trusted Lets Parents Book Vetted Babysitters At The Last Minute

Trusted is launching a new service for parents in search of high-quality babysitters — particularly parents who need to find someone ASAP.<p>CEO Anand Iyer compared the startup’s approach to the recently launched senior care service Honor. When you’re looking for a babysitter, Trusted lets you browse …

Google gives us a good look at what its new visual language will look like on mobile

<b>Update:</b> Google has just started rolling out many of these changes to mobile devices. Both Google Maps and Google Translate have been updated in the Play Store with new icons, and the most recent version of the Google app brings some big visual changes as well. To get a good look at what your device …

Android News

How to Quickly use the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom to Clean Up Your Photos

While not an exciting post processing action, using the spot removal tool is a necessary step in cleaning your photograph. From dust on the sensor to …

This Ebola Documentary Shows VR Film's Radical Potential

An intense new virtual reality film isn't a documentary so much as it is a prayer; its lector is a young Liberian woman named Decontee Davis, and her …

#BlackLivesMatter Street Signs Coming to New York This Fall

A new set of “Black Lives Matter” street signs carrying some provocative messages will appear in New York City in October. Created by public art …

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

It bears repeating: Media ethics aren't a one-off endeavor and shouldn't be a priority only when trouble brews.<p>The topic came up repeatedly during the Arab Media Forum in Dubai.<p><i>Arab Media Forum ethics panel (Abu-Fadil)</i><p>A panel entitled "The Chaos of Ethics" featured noted journalists like …

Joe Stiglitz Knows How to Solve Inequality, if Anyone Will Listen

Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the battle against economic inequality. He’s …

Income Inequality

This is why Brazil is worried about China's shaky economy

Stock markets across the globe rebounded today. But not China’s. The Shanghai Composite Index plunged more than seven percent for a second straight day.<p>The economic news isn't just troubling for Chinese investors. Countries like Brazil depend heavily on exports to China — iron ore, crude oil and …

Latin America is on the brink of a major debt crisis

With most developed economies stalled and their engines flooded, part of this "hot money" went elsewhere, and much of it poured into the fast-growing developing and emerging markets of Latin America, where it chased high-yield risks that would have been unthinkable, were it not for the newfound …

Google's Home Services Product Finally, Officially Launches Today

You can find a plumber on Yelp, book a cleaning person on Amazon, hire a handyman on TaskRabbit — or, as of today, do all of the above through Google.<p>Today, after much anticipation, Google is finally launching (the beta version of) its local home services product, which will allow some San …

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