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5 types of rest every creative should adopt


There’s a pervasive idea out there that life and creativity are a zero-sum game. Indulge one, destroy the other. Or, as designer Stefan Sagmeister once wrote in a mural of coins across a plaza in Amsterdam: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” But as anyone who has ever experienced it knows, there comes a point when obsession makes your work worse too. Burnout can be creatively lethal. As Sagmeister explains in his TED talk, “The Power of Time Off”: There comes a point when you need to step away. But it can be very hard for for…

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Is VR The Future of Filmmaking?


The question of how Virtual Reality will transform creative industries such as Film is a big one, but Cannes certainly seemed like an appropriate place to tackle it. So in between attending red carpet screenings, gawking at mega yachts and indulging in some celebrity spotting (Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Mads Mikkelsen all in one day!) I attended a series of talks and panels hosted by HP, most of which revolved around the interplay between technology and creativity, with VR being a hot topic. “Believe me, when we are looking at VR today we are looking at the punch cards…

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Foursquare data suggests tourism to US is plummeting


Foursquare today released data suggesting international tourism numbers to the United States are in freefall. The data comes from 13 million of Foursquare’s users, spread out over 150 countries, and charts travel patterns from July 2016 through March 2017. According to the charts Foursquare has shown, tourism to the United States took a downward turn around October 2016, and shows little sign of recovery in the intervening months. The data specifies a difference between “business travel” and “leisure travel,” defined by the different places the traveler stopped: Leisure venue visits are defined as stops at the following: casinos, department stores, malls, monuments/landmarks, museums,…

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Build electronics projects great and small with the SainSmart UNO for Arduino, for under $55


Understanding how electronics actually work can be pretty confusing. Often, inquisitive students succeed or fail in creating small electronic projects by simple trial and error. Thankfully, you can offer some structure to your pursuit of electronics knowledge with the SainSmart UNO for Arduino microcontroller board. It’s on sale right now for only $ 53.99 (19 percent off) from TNW Deals. This powerful board is the “sandbox” for inventive tinkerers to create their own electronics projects — then bring them to life. Powered by the open-source versatility and extensive library of Arduino, you can use the SainSmart UNO to build handfuls of simple electronic…

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The 400 million dollar company helping people find the right fitness class


Who doesn’t love options? But as psychologists have pointed out, choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them. And if you’ve been paying attention to the growing boutique fitness class trend,  you know that the options are endless – and slightly overwhelming. It used to be that you went to class at your local gym. Now there’s pilates, yoga, barre, spin classes, CrossFit, and countless others. And unless you have a small fortune and copyist amounts of free time, you’re unsure just what’s best for your fitness goals. This is the problem Payal…

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Report: Google is bringing the Assistant to iOS users


It was only a matter of time: According to a report on Android Police, Google is planning on bringing the voice Assistant to iOS soon. This could happen as soon as Google’s I/O conference this week, but the exact timing isn’t clear. The report suggests the app would be a blend of the Assistant’s chat functionality – as seen in Google Allo – and the voice features in the main Google app. Of course, this being Apple and all, you won’t be able to set the Assistant as your main voice AI. Instead you’ll likely have to access it from…

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Microsoft’s wicked-smart camera AI tracks people and equipment to keep workers safe


Artificial intelligence is going to radically change the workplace. But not just in terms of eliminating jobs, but also by making them measurably safer. Today at Microsoft’s Build conference in Seattle, Andrea Carl, Director of Commercial Communications at Microsoft, demonstrated how the Azure stack, Azire IoT Edge, Microsoft Cognitive Services, and commodity camera equipment can make the workplace safer. It does this by identifying tools, people, and even potential accidents, like spillages and improperly-stored tools, all in real-time. The software can even identify people who are trained to use a specific tool. So if, say, a hot saw or a…

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Add Cisco network mastery to your resume with two certifications for only $55


One thing is certain for any jobseeker: Being a go-to bonafide specialist in your field will put you head and shoulders above the average garden-variety resumes in a hiring manager’s pile. And when it comes to IT networking and infrastructure, there are few more advantageous specialties than knowing everything there is to know about Cisco Systems equipment and services. Be the guy who KNOWS how Cisco equipment fits together and works with this double-barreled Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) & Professional (CCNP) Certification training, which you can get now for the limited time price of only $ 55 (over 90 percent…

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Apple TV may be getting Amazon Prime Video at long last


Amazon’s Prime Video TV service may be available on Apple TV later this year, according a report by Recode. For those not keeping track, Amazon hasn’t exactly had a smooth relationship with some of its competition in the video streaming space. The company’s Prime Video service is not available on Apple TV or most Android TV devices, and the company has ignored Google Cast in lieu of its own Fire-branded streamers. In fact the feud runs so deep that Amazon removed all Apple TV and Chromecast listings from its store in late 2015. It gave the lame excuse that it would…

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Mark Zuckerberg finally addresses the string of violent deaths on Facebook


Facebook has unintentionally played host to an unfortunate string of horribly violent incidents over the last few months and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is finally addressing the issue head-on. In a new post on his personal Facebook account, the young leader announced the company will be expanding its operations team – which already has over 4,500 members – with 3,000 new hires in order more efficiently respond to and deal with violence-related reports. Here is the full post: Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted… Posted by Mark…

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