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Global Technology News for 29 May 2016
Apple Is 'Working Rapidly' ToAccording to Apple Pay Vice President Jennifer Bailey, Apple is 'working rapidly' to expand the mobile payments service in Asia and Europe. The service is now available in six countries.
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For some workers, Apple Stores don't pay that well, don't leave much room for advancement, and sometimes produce an extremely difficult climate to work in, according to an interview with a U.K.... staffer published on Saturday.
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Google Selling RoboticsGoogle is close to a deal to sell robotics division Boston Dynamics to Toyota. Alphabet executives did not believe that Boston Dynamics will be able to create a consumer product within the next few... years, prompting the sale.
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New effort comes after space station crew ran into unexpected problems earlier in the week
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There isn't much support forWhile certain members of the Senate have pushed hard for anti-encryption laws that would allow the government to spy on users, it seems as though those bills are on the way out, with most of the bills... support gone. The post There isn't much support for the Senate's anti-encryption laws appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Can machines be creative? MeetCan machines be creative? Google believes that you can teach a machine anything you want. At the Google Cultural Institute, the coder artists in residence teach machines how to view images like humans... and create art from them. The post Can machines be creative? Meet the Google coders teaching them to make art appeared first on Digital Trends.
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FDA Approves Monthly ZinbrytaThe U.S. FDA approved the monthly use of Zinbryta injectables for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis. The approval came after two successful clinical trials.
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Next Samsung Galaxy SmartphoneThe upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartphone could boast a 4K screen built for VR, says a report. This new display, measuring 5.5 inches, was showed off during the Display Week conference in San Francisco... this week.
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The consumer marketplace is flooded with a lively assortment of smart wearable electronics that do everything from monitor vital signs, fitness or sun exposure to play music, charge other electronics... or even purify the air around you -- all wirelessly.
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New Rat Study Ignites DebateDo cell phones cause cancer? A new report by a federal agency finds a link between cell phone radiation and cancer in rats. However, some experts remain skeptical.
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Brains Of SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is believed to be a degenerative mental illness. MRI imaging, however, showed that the brains of patients suffering from this condition become more 'normal' over time.
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One chip to rule them all? The It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming driver of innovation in the technology industry. Many components have made... stunning advances to keep up with consumer demand to have sleeker, more powerful devices every year. For chip makers, the pressure has been to produce smaller, more powerful components for each…
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iOS hacker shows off iOS 9.3.2Luca Todesco, better known around iOS hacking circles as qwertyoruiop, has released a video showcasing an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak. The jailbreak, which is performed on a sixth-generation iPod touch, is... performed in a style that’s similar to Comex’s famous JailbreakMe release for iOS 4.3.3 and below. While it’s highly unlikely that this jailbreak release will ever see the light of day, the video is fairly convincing, and Todesco is a well-known hacker who has the credentials that lend to the video’s validity. more…
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Mercedes-Benz home batteryWith plans to start selling the Mercedes-Benz home energy solution in other European countries, the company has announced installed system pricing including the required inverter. Daimler says most... users want backup power convenience. The post Mercedes-Benz home battery systems pricing is now public appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Robot jumping roach will chaseRobots that can do amazing things are creepy enough, but when roboticists start creating insectoid robots, things get really uncomfortable. Nevertheless, mimicking the behaviors of insects can often... be the perfect way to give robots additional abilities. Along those lines, a research group has created what they call the JumpRoACH Created by South Korea's SNU Biorobotics Lab in collaboration with UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, the tiny robot weighs just 59.4 grams and can jump to a height of just over five feet, according to a research paper published by the team. And like an insect, the robot can make its jumps even while running, and if it falls over it has the ability to stand itself back up on its legs. Yes, it looks just as unnerving as it sounds. 
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The EU is pushing for OpenIf science is meant for public benefit, then it stands to reason that it should exist in the public domain. That, at least, appears to be the line of logic behind the European Union's new law. The... post The EU is pushing for Open Access on all publicly funded research appeared first on Digital Trends.
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We've covered lots of ways to cram a lot of stuff in small suitcases , but this video and infographic from Expedia is full of handy packing tips to remember the next time you're heading out on a... business trip--or a well-earned vacation.
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Yearlong-Mission AstronautFormer astronaut Scott Kelly, who set the record for the longest sojourn in space for any American after his nearly yearlong mission ended in March, was honored at the Intrepid Museum's 25th annual... Salute to Freedom gala yesterday (May 26).
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I went down a Wikipedia hole looking up Corvettes recently. I can't remember how exactly I got there (does anyone ever remember how they ended up down a Wikipedia hole?), but it did give me occasion... to remember GM's Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicles (CERVs) -- a series of concept cars mostly based on Vettes that spanned over three decades from 1959 to 1993. Above is a complication of b-roll footage of the CERV III, which debuted in 1990 as a bleeding-edge engineering exercise: it had a chassis made of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum; four-wheel steering; an active suspension system capable of hopping over bumps in the road; electronically controlled all-wheel drive; and a twin-turbo V-8 pushing 650 horsepower. (650 sounds...
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Mars Is Closest to Earth in 11Time to tune up your telescopes! Mars is at its closest approach to Earth in 11 years on Monday (May 30), providing a great closer to Memorial Day events.
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SABC 'refuses' to run DA election ads

Tech Central - 29 May 2016 14:06
The SABC is refusing to air the Democratic Alliance's election advertising, the party alleged on Sunday. "The SABC informed the DA that it has no available slots for political advertisements at this... time due to delays in the IEC's work with respect to the elections
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Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial

DP Review - 29 May 2016 14:00
Looking Sharp: A focusThis was taken in the deserts of Southern Utah at Snow Canyon State Park near St. George, Utah.   Photo: Chris Williams Exploration Photography Background: Understanding the Process One of the... questions that I receive quite often from beginner photographers is "How do I produce tack sharp images from front to back in challenging shooting conditions or in cases where the foreground fills up nearly half the frame?" The answer in short is to utilize a process known as focus stacking. The answer is simple but the process can be very labor intensive from a shooting and processing standpoint. Even when working with a large depth of field there may be occasions where you still have to take more than one image due to low light, wind and or large foreground subjects. Most technique books will...
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Calvin Klein clothes, Cuisinart grilling gear, and an ergonomic mouse lead off Sunday's best deals.
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Part 1: Who Is Apple Innovating For?

TechPinions - 29 May 2016 13:22
Part 1: Who Is AppleThese days, there are a lot of questions swirling around Apple, and the biggest question of all is whether Apple has forgotten how to innovate. Of course, this question is not new. CAPTION: February... 1996 …
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Don't be alarmed if AndroidNo need to panic if you see a 'physical web pages' alert.          
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Intel and Warner Bros. are still very much embroiled in a war on companies stripping copyright protection from 4K and Blu-ray videos. Hardware seller Ace Deal has agreed to pay the two industry giants... $5.2 million to settle a lawsuit over alleged vi...
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Somehow this week the internet had a lot of opinions about whether or not Captain America could be gay and/or part of Hydra. The post While You Were Offline: Captain America Had a Tough Week, You Guys... appeared first on WIRED.
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Clinton is set to lock up the Democratic nomination for president on June 7. But that won't be the end of the online movement that propelled Sanders. The post Bernie Won't Get the Nomination. But His... Online Army Isn't Done appeared first on WIRED.
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It's time for all of us to admit that Outlander suffers from an excess of plot--narrative decadence, if you will, without any palate cleanser, ever. The post Outlander Recap: Bingeing Never Felt So... Bad appeared first on WIRED.
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remove federal protections for grizzly bears, but some scientists and environmentalists say it's too soon. The post The Controversial Science Behind The... Yellowstone Grizzly Losing ESA Protection appeared first on WIRED.
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German researchers have recreated the glider flown by aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal. The post One of the World's First Aircraft Comes Back to Life (Bowtie Included) appeared first on WIRED.
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Google App For iOS Now 'FasterIn an effort to enhance user experience, Google has updated its Google app for iOS. Apart from packing in interesting, new features, the firm says that the app is now 'faster every step of the way.'
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Current Flagship SmartphonesGoogle's VR chief Clay Bavor has disclosed that the current crop of Android-powered flagship smartphones will not be 'Daydream ready.' For those who want to take advantage of the mobile VR platform,... it would be wise to hold off for a few months before getting a new handset.
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Can a robot help Germany integrate its influx of migrants? A new research project thinks the answer might be "yes."
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Grab this Galaxy S5 hard caseWorried about breaking your beloved Galaxy S5? If so, Amzer's hard shell case with holster combo makes for a great addition to keep your phone safe. It provides protection while in use and a safe... place to keep it during travel, all for just $4.95 today! ...
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How Pop Culture Reacted to Roots

Slate - 29 May 2016 11:57
In a recent interview with W. Kamau Bell, LeVar Burton explained what convinced him that an update of the 1977 miniseries Roots was necessary:
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Ep. 76: Is Steve McCurry'sHere's episode 76 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. You can also download the MP3 directly and subscribe via iTunes or RSS! Leave a comment in this post, or use our voicemail widget for... feedback/questions for the show. In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us […]
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New Test Indicates Chance OfA common test can determine the awareness indication and chances of waking up among comatose patients. The test, which measures the level of the brain's sugar metabolism, provides hope for families... going through a tough time.
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Selle Royal's modular Ta+Too bike seat comes apart, to discourage would be thieves. The post This Modular Bike Seat Comes Apart to Deter Saddle-Stealers appeared first on WIRED.
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Waterloo grad gives back asThe fourth strongest Canadian startup ecosystem is also its most improbable. Are Waterloo and Kitchener angels about to flood the region with capital?
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Cyril for president - Clem Sunter

Tech Central - 29 May 2016 10:22
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would make a good candidate for next president of South Africa, according to scenario planner Clem Sunter. "I have always been a fan of Cyril and would love him to be... president. In dealings with
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ANC welcomes SABC's protest footage ban

Tech Central - 29 May 2016 10:17
The SABC's decision not to broadcast footage of people destroying public property during protests should not be seen as censorship, the ANC said on Saturday. "What the SABC has done with its decision... not to show footage or visuals of people destroying
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Google's week: crushingGoogle had a busy seven days having beaten Oracle over a court case, released new software and appeared to be getting tougher over technology vendors who drag their feet when rolling out Android... updates....
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Buying goods or services over the telephone is so easy but when it comes to cancelling a deal, it's not always so simple, even if the call has been recorded in the interests of "customer service and... quality purposes" as firms so often inform us.
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Best budget phones under £200

V3 - 29 May 2016 09:00
Best budget phones underWhen we set about recommending budget smartphones, we're not just fixated on price. These handsets need to be able to pass muster too. What we're looking for is a good balance between price and... performance....
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Pumped up: NASA has justFollowing Thursday's failed effort, NASA had another go on Saturday at expanding the International Space Station's first-ever inflatable room. The good news is that this time everything went pretty... much according to plan. The post Pumped up: NASA has just expanded the space station’s first inflatable room appeared first on Digital Trends.
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On the surface, Dropbox's Project Infinite sounds great. The feature will give you access to everything in your account without having to store them on your computer. It's bound to save space,... especially if you're using an SSD with a smaller capacity...
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Motorola Promises ToMotorola is expected to unveil the Moto Z Play and Moto Z Style on June 9. The company posted a video on Twitter teasing its modular capabilities.
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Women In Leadership: AmsterdamWhere many political leaders in Europe see the refugee crisis as a liability, Kajsa Ollongren saw it as an opportunity to boost diversity, innovation and business. Meet Amsterdam's Deputy Mayor.
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Amazon Fire TV Gets VersionAmazon updates the Fire TV lineup with software version 5.2. The latest software update brings improved Alexa support, enhanced parental controls, bug fixes and more.
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Tech to prevent distracted driving

USA Today - 29 May 2016 06:31
Tech to prevent distractedColumnist Jennifer Jolly shares apps to force you to put down that phone while behind the wheel.          
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7 can't-miss apps: MuseCam,With fresh rumors swirling about the iPhone 7 and new reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo competitor, you may have missed this week's best new apps. SEE ALSO: Hoverboards are coming back... Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes an app to help you find podcasts, a photo editing app and a new puzzle game. Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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(Terry Collins Assoc) A trio of wind turbines operating on the Galapagos Islands since 2007 has mitigated the need for diesel imports and inspired an ambitious plan to expand renewable energy in this... ecologically precious archipelago with a growing appetite for electricity.The performance summary and expansion recommendations are contained in a report by the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, which led and financed the initial $10 million wind project.
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Cinematic VR maker Jaunt needs a new CEO

Engadget - 29 May 2016 05:49
Let's say you run a well-funded startup in the super-hot virtual reality sector. What would you do -- bask in your success? Don't tell that to Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen. After just three years at the... cinematic VR company he helped create, Christe...
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Polaris inbound: AMD teasesThis weekend, AMD held a "Polaris Tech Day" for press and analysts in Macau, judging by the Twitter feeds of top AMD executives. The timing makes sense with the annual Computex tradeshow scheduled to... begin early next week, complete with an AMD livestream event that promises updates on Polaris, the cutting-edge 14nm FinFET graphics processors slated to power forthcoming Radeon graphics cards. In a tweet late Saturday evening, a Radeon employee may have given us an inadvertent glimpse of what's in store.
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Space Station's ExpandableThe Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is now fully inflated and pressurized.
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Unlike tweets, Snapchat Stories don't get lost in the social stream. As far as venture capitalists go, Mark Suster publishes more of his views online than most. He blogs. He tweets. And, as of late,... he snaps. A lot. So when he says he's learned some new things about distributing content online in 2016, it's worth a read. In a new blog post, Suster points out the big challenge of reaching all of your followers on Twitter with the same article or video or message, given the way the timeline is organized. Because Twitter was a reverse chronology network, once a Tweet had passed by your stream you were unlikely to see it. The "half life" was very short. As somebody who invested his time heavily in writing and wanting to share his thoughts through a blog I learned that I had to Tweet a post 3...
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Nest co-creator Tony Fadell isn't focused solely on making intelligent thermostats and smoke detectors. He recently unveiled Actev Motors, a company whose inaugural Arrow Smart-Kart promises to give... kids a taste of what smart cars are like. The ele...
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Amazon lets you access AlexaAmazon has released a web-based version of the Echo's Alexa, called Echosim.io.          
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Here's Why You Shouldn't FearThere are some things you just shouldn't say in the workplace. Like discussing a 'carriage return' with a co-worker.
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These Philips A19 bulbs aren't just the most popular light bulbs we've ever listed, they're one of the most popular non-Amazon deals we've ever posted. Today you can grab a 4-pack for under $5, until... they sell out anyway, which definitely beats out the previous discounts we've seen.
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These Philips A19 bulbs aren't just the most popular light bulbs we've ever listed, they're one of the most popular non-Amazon deals we've ever posted. Today you can grab a 4-pack for under $5, until... they sell out anyway, which definitely beats out the previous discounts we've seen.
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Happy birthday, Google Photos. In the year since its launch, the service has created 1.6 billion animations, collages and movies from your snapshots, according to a post on the Google blog. More than... that, there've been some 2 trillion labels, with 2...
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Blast music in any weatherTake a look at the Turcom AcoustoShock, a ruggedized wireless speaker with great sound that also has a great price point. For just over $100, this speaker is a great choice for your outdoor... excursions. The post Blast music in any weather with Turcom’s rugged Acoustoshock 30 watt appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Motorola Moto G Vs Moto G PlusMotorola has upgraded the Moto G with THREE new models, but what is the difference between them?
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NVIDIA's official GeForce GTX 1080 is fast, but let's face it: you're really waiting for the third-party cards that push the limits of what the high-end graphics chipset can really do. And it looks... like your patience just paid off. ASUS has reveale...
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How Topology Affects The Weather

Forbes - 29 May 2016 01:09
How Topology Affects TheTopology tells us that there opposite points on the Earth with the same weather conditions. No weather satellite needed.
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Need some extra money? BecomeThe bounty hunters of today aren't roaming the Wild West with a rifle and a pair of handcuffs -- rather, they're denizens of the online world, hunting for bugs. And boy, are they getting paid -- by... Twitter. The post Need some extra money? Become a bug bounty hunter for Twitter appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This Week's Top Downloads

Life Hacker - 29 May 2016 01:00
Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.
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What is LitRPG and why does it exist?

The Verge - 29 May 2016 00:21
I like good fiction. I promise I'm literate. But I spend most of my book time listening to "okay" sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels on Audible. I pepper in classics and non-fiction, but nothing... spends my Audible credits better than pulp about magic swords, brain implants, and private detectives. A couple weeks ago I'd finished or abandoned all my existing audiobooks, and decided to find something new for the commute. On a whim, I typed in "cyberpunk" in the Audible search bar to see if there's something I've missed. What I found was not cyberpunk. It was this: Survival Quest (The Way of the Shaman: Book #1), by Vasily Mahanenko. Here are things I dislike about this book at first glance: The name Survival Quest....
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23 tips to help take yourStreet photographer, Thomas Leuthard, shares 23 tips in this video from the Cooperative of Photography. Titled "23 Ninja Tips For Your Next Photo Walk," the four-minute guide could help you master the... medium. The post 23 tips to help take your street photography to the next level appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apartments are the hot new tech sector

TechCrunch - 29 May 2016 00:00
Apartments are the hot new Welcome to the land technology forgot. High-end leases negotiated and signed via fax. Millions of dollars in apartment inventory tracked on whiteboards with dry-erase markers. Client histories... recorded in longhand in legal notebooks and stashed in manila folders. Multi-family real estate (i.e. apartment buildings) is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now.
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If you want the perfect home bar for hosting parties and mixing cocktails, these essentials will cover all the bases.
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