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Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media. Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how Read More

Indoor Drone Arena Opens in Tokyo; Is This A Trend?

The world’s leading drone manufacturer, Shenzhen-based company DJI, just gave the people of Tokyo a nice drone-related surprise. The new indoor drone arena is essentially a flight center replete with knowledgeable staff to assist customers with any technical issues, a retail store, and a big, safe space to race their unmanned aerial vehicles around. According to Nikkei Asian Review, DJI worked alongside JDrone Tokyo on the facility, which is located in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward. The indoor space is about 120 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 27 feet high. Additionally, it’s separated into two areas: One reserved for professional flyers practicing sophisticated moves like traversing hexagonal gates, Read More

THE VERY BEST CAMERA BACKPACKS OF 2017 SEASON YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR

One thing I’m asked time and time again by photographers is “What is the best camera backpack?” Obviously ‘best’ is often a very subjective term, but I created this post nonetheless to show you my selection of favourites in the hope of uncovering the very best camera backpack for you. One thing’s for sure – there’s no shortage of camera bags available in 2017. From a stylish leather camera backpack to a rugged outdoor one, the number on offer to photographers is quite overwhelming. The best dslr backpack for one photographer will be quite different to that of the next, but I hope the short reviews below Read More

THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST WORKSTATION – BUT CAN YOU AFFORD IT?

Just when you think that Clockwork Orange might be leaving our culture, comes the Emperor Workstation. I can’t help be reminded of the scene when Alex is having to watch “bad” images with Beethoven music. This workstation does not make me feel more productive, but more tortured having to work.   They are actually trying to sell this scorpion like beast for $40,000 and you can buy it at www.novelquest.com. So hurry. Now if we all see this thing in the next Star Trek film then it might be a tad cooler. Here, it’s just dorky. Having said that, if the company would like a more accurate Read More

Tour dozens of amazing buildings for free as Open House makes Atlanta debut

This weekend, Open House Atlanta marks its inaugural year, as buildings and sites throughout downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead open their doors for curious visitors—for free. The two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, and all visitors need to do is show up to explore some of Atlanta’s most unique and storied spaces.   To help urban explorers along their way, find two visitors centers—one at Colony Square and one at Woodruff Park—stocked with guidebooks that point the way to sites. Added bonus: At each site, stickers will be given to visitors, which will entitle participants to discounts at restaurants and bars throughout Midtown. The map below Read More

Computer Chip Inventor Wins Epic Tax Battle In California–Sort Of

In 1990, Gilbert Hyatt invented a computer chip and was awarded a patent for it.  Hyatt’s patent was later invalidated but not before he made a mint in royalties. The inventor is now nearly 80 years old and for the past 26 years has been battling California’s Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board over unpaid taxes dating back to the early 1990s. State tax collectors accused Hyatt of lying about a move to Nevada just as the money for his patent started to roll in. The case was recently in court and was settled mostly in Hyatt’s favor. The California Board of Equalization was split on Read More