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'The Simpsons' Pay Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

'The Simpsons' Pay Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Combine the magic of Studio Ghibli with the side-tickling hilarity of The Simpsons and you get one phenomenal mashup The Simpsons are no strangers to great referential humor, but this particular homage to Hayao Miyazaki definitely goes above and...
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Such fun ...perhaps its time to start watching the Simpson's show again.

 

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Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy

Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
While 2014 is just another year for Facebook to collect users, data and revenues, it's also a reminder of how far the social network has come.
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The problem staring Facebook in the face, is that there is so much information and connectivity on the platform that it's becoming hard to keep any of it straight. Other social networks, like Twitter, Snapchat, or WhatsApp are filling the niche use cases like photo sharing or status updates that used to be Facebook's domain.

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Steampunk Emporium & Bazaar - Dieselpunks

Steampunk Emporium & Bazaar - Dieselpunks | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The main theme of this event is Steampunk but anything of a handmade, artsy, creative, vintage, antique, nostalgic, retro-future or retro nature may be avai…

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Cast All The Spells With This Light Up Digital Wizard Hoodie

Cast All The Spells With This Light Up Digital Wizard Hoodie | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
ThinkGeek is really delivering the magic with this creative and wondrous wizard hoodie. The Technomancer lights up in different colors and produces sound effects.
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I both love and loath this.
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Lets Go On a Street Art Tour Around the World - Artsnapper

Lets Go On a Street Art Tour Around the World - Artsnapper | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
We like to talk a lot about Street Art here at Artsnapper, but that's only because it's so relevant to the arts community in this day and age! Plus, it's qu

Via Kuniko, Annie Brightstar
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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:45 PM

I love Street Art. Amazing things are happening around the globe related to it.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:51 AM

While it is true that people still deface buildings and bridges with squiggles that could hardly be called art, a good portion of it is now an innovative, creative expression of people worldwide that deserves a new title: Street Art. - See more at: http://artsnapper.com/street-art-worldwide-phenomenon/#sthash.9mwVsy06.dpuf

Art Jones's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:07 PM

Wow!

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Marvel at Netflix: Intersecting Comics and Transmedia The Nerd Machine

Marvel at Netflix: Intersecting Comics and Transmedia The Nerd Machine | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

President of Marvel Entertainment Alan Fine.


“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Fine. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”


Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
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This is pretty amazing news. Disney has always been a leader in expanding its product into new markets.
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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:32 AM


The Nerd Machine:  "Not content with ruling the big screen when it comes to comic book movies, Disney/Marvel has inked a rather epic deal with Netflix: four series with 13 episodes each, all leading up to a final team-up miniseries" ....

malek's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:53 AM

a great strategic move: 2nd tier heroes who won't make it to big screen deployed for TV shows. Spinning an old asset is always one of the best marketing decisions you can make.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:36 PM

Disney/Marvel has inked a rather epic deal with Netflix: four series with 13 episodes each, all leading up to a final team-up miniseries. The subjects of those series: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. And if that wasn’t a sweet enough deal for fans, the deal is also part of a broader arrangement between the two that grants Netflix exclusive, first-run subscription rights to Disney and Marvel films - See more at: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/marvel-at-netflix-intersecting-comics-and-transmedia/#sthash.VrVc0Tpb.dpuf

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Decide Which Kind Of Elf You Are With These Ear Clips

Decide Which Kind Of Elf You Are With These Ear Clips | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
If you claim that you’ve never wanted to have elf ears, I don’t believe you. There’s just something about pointy ears that makes them appealing. Even so, I
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Windows 8.1 Upgrade

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Windows 8.1 came out recently. For Windows 8 users the upgrade is free. Some of you will see it pop up as a standard Windows update without your doing anything. Be warned! There are a certain numbe...
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if you are running Win8, look to see if you have the COA/Product Key. If you can’t find it, consider using a program called a product key finder to retrieve the key before you run into problems.

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How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld

How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Google just updated its terms of service to allow the company to use your real name, face, and comments in ads. Here's how to slam the brakes on it.

Via Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association, Alexina
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To stop Google from using details from your Google+ profile in its advertising campaign, you’ll need to head to the Shared Endorsements page on Google+.

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Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:51 PM

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The Endgame for Google+ Is Turning You into Ads

So this is why Google's been forcing its social network on us.


http://techland.time.com/2013/10/11/the-endgame-for-google-is-turning-you-into-ads/

Alexina's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:59 PM

In case you missed it, effective 11 November, Google is going to start using your real face and name next to "reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts". Here is an overview of their changes to the TOS for Google accounts. http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/changes/

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:27 AM

But while Facebook forces all users to participate in “sponsored stories,” Google gives you the opportunity to opt out of its ad program. Minors will be automatically excluded, but you’ll have to manually tell Google to leave your name out of its ads if you’re over 18. Fortunately, it’s easy to do so.

Click the picture to read how.

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A CIO finds a way to protect sensitive data and pave the way for BYOD

A CIO finds a way to protect sensitive data and pave the way for BYOD | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Pat Smith, CIO of Our Kids, devises a way to protect sensitive data while paving the way for mobile devices and a network of care providers.
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Not only does SonicWall provide network security, but it also enables Our Kids to create different levels of access to the database, effectively controlling who sees what, she said. That means Smith can provide granular data on any of the 3,500 children in Our Kids' care to the appropriate user. Security, though, is not just about which users can access what information within the system; it also pertains to information users can access outside of the Our Kids system.

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How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies - Huffington Post

How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies - Huffington Post | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies Huffington Post I suggested to the audience that the best way we as women could overcome these inequities was by focusing on the excellence of our work -- and by taking on big...

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Brilliant Digital Art by Oliver Wetter

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Set of inspiring digital collages by Oliver Wetter

Via Annie Brightstar
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Charming and creepy ... maybe the eyes are what do that. I like it!

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Google's Gmail scanning unclear to users, judge finds

Google's Gmail scanning unclear to users, judge finds | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
A U.S. federal judge allowed a class-action suit against Google to proceed, saying the company's terms of service are unclear when describing how it scans Gmail content in order to deliver advertisements.
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Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocate group based in Washington, D.C., called Koh's ruling a "tremendous victory for online privacy."

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When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women

When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Jens Rost/FlickrOnline threats against women are the subject of a lengthy Pacific Standard article by Amanda Hess, who argues that gendered harassment has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet and their place in the digital era.
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How a great sale affects your brain - CBS News

How a great sale affects your brain - CBS News | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Shopping experts say a huge store discount creates a dopamine effect, making you feel great about opening your wallet over and over again

Via k3hamilton
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or ...how they use our brains fool us into spending too much money

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Gorgeous Rings Let You Wear A Tiny City On Your Finger

Gorgeous Rings Let You Wear A Tiny City On Your Finger | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
One of the beautiful things about jewelry is that it can be plain and simple or insanely detailed. These rings by designer Sevan Bicakci fall into the latter category. The large faceted domes on the rings conceal miniature cities.
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These are just crazy beautiful.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, December 25, 2013 3:17 AM

One of the beautiful things about jewelry is that it can be plain and simple or insanely detailed. These rings by designer Sevan Bicakci fall into the latter category. The large faceted domes on the rings conceal miniature cities. Seriously. It’s like something right out of a fantasy novel.
Read more at http://fashionablygeek.com/jewelry/gorgeous-rings-let-you-wear-a-tiny-city-on-your-finger/#QYUO5CQQMPQZAHE6.99

Alexina's comment, December 25, 2013 9:50 AM
Wow. I agree. Thanks for posting,
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Web inventor in surveillance warning

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The "growing tide of surveillance" threatens the democratic nature of the internet, warns the creator of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Via Alexina
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The report compiled by Sir Tim's World Wide Web Foundation ranks countries in terms of the social and political impact of the web.

Sweden tops the annual web index, ahead of Norway, and followed by the UK, US and New Zealand.

It found that in 80% of the countries studied, the web and social media played a role in mobilising the public on a range of issues.

It also found that rich countries did not necessarily rank higher in the index. The Philippines, with a per-capita income of $4,410 per year, is more than 10 places ahead of Qatar, the world's richest country.

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Obduction

An all-new, immersive adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven.
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Myst was one of my favorite games ... I think I will be helping to fund this one!

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$1.3 Million in Bitcoin Stolen in Major Online Robbery

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Cybercriminals have stolen $1.3 million dollars' worth of Bitcoin from inputs.io, a company that let users store the digital currency in online wallets, the site's founder claimed in a message on the site on Friday that started with a frowning...
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Seems like Bitcoin only makes the news when there's an exploit.

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Crytek's Off The Map Competition Won By Pudding Land Productions

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Pudding Lane Productions, a team of students from De Montfort University in Leicester, has won the prestigious Off the Map competition which turns historic maps from the British Library into realistic and detailed CRYENGINE scenery.

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Supported by The British Library, GameCity, and our state-of-the-art CRYENGINE technology, participating teams and universities were allowed to choose three different maps as their inspiration: The Pyramids of Giza, Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, or London around the time of the Great Fire in 1666. Pudding Lane Productions chose the London map and were highly involved and concerned with achieving historic accuracy, something already showing in their first progress update. The team impressed the judges with its realism and attention to detail, showing the tightly packed streets and lanes of the capital city.

 

Asil Note:  The release includes a video embed of their machinima.  Great stuff!

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the tiny Viking

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The Vikings production blog last week was all about how the Vikings have unique shields… so why not Athelstan, too? (RT @HistoryVikings: Take a look at #TheTinyViking's take on Athestan's first encounter with a #Vikings shield!
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Charming comic site.

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Stanford researchers discover 'alarming' method for phone tracking, fingerprinting through sensor flaws

Stanford researchers discover 'alarming' method for phone tracking, fingerprinting through sensor flaws | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

One afternoon late last month, security researcher Hristo Bojinov placed his Galaxy Nexus phone face up on the table in a cramped Palo Alto conference room. Then he flipped it over and waited another beat.

And that was it. In a matter of seconds, the device had given up its “fingerprints.”

Code running on the website in the device’s mobile browser measured the tiniest defects in the device’s accelerometer — the sensor that detects movement — producing a unique set of numbers that advertisers could exploit to identify and track most smartphones.

 

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...conscientious users can at least exercise choices to minimize these capabilities — by selecting browsers that block certain tracking cookies by default, like Apple’s Safari, carefully picking apps that are less intrusive and managing which services access certain data.

 

Fingerprinting devices though the accelerometer and mobile browser, however, could eliminate such control, potentially undermining choice and transparency for the user. That’s what troubles privacy advocates the most.

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Ring Clock: A Ring That Gives You Time On Your Hands

Ring Clock: A Ring That Gives You Time On Your Hands | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Ring Clock is a beautiful marriage of the ring and the watch. You will be rewarded with the time, when you play with this gadget.
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I love the idea of this thing.  I remember my grandmother had a winding watch in the shape of handbag that was a ring. 

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Street artists given free rein to decorate every available wall space in 10-storey Parisian building that will open to the public for one month before being torn down

Street artists given free rein to decorate every available wall space in 10-storey Parisian building that will open to the public for one month before being torn down | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The world's best street artists were invited to create whatever they wished on every surface this enormous building, in Paris. The result is a dizzying array of colourful pieces, some puzzling, others beautiful, and even some optical illusions.

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Verizon Magic Wire – Fiber Optics For Everyone!

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Verizon has developed a cable called Magic Wire, which delivers better performance than traditional cable .. and is so thin it's nearly impossible to see.
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This reads like real innovation.  Verizon is piloting it in the New York market as part of their FiOS offering.

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