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Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a series called Alternate Perspectives 1 and Alternate Perspectives 2. Mr. Slavin also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos, and it is just as cool as his photography. He's using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. Note that you can't see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.
We have a new developer bundle for you called Game Developer Bundle. Even better, it's a pay-what-you-want deal. Pay anything—as little as a penny—and you get the Game Development for Non-Coders' 5-Course Bundle. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.22 as of this writing, you'll get the Unity 3D Game Development & Design 4-Course Bundle and HTML5 App & Game Development 6-Course Bundle. 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Creative Commons, a worthy project. And if you make the Top Ten at any point, you get five entries into the Samsung 50-Inch 4K TV & Media Device Giveaway. Good luck!
Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.
I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?
The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.
Check out the Exogear 3-Port USB Charger for your car. Like the name suggests, it has three USB ports for charging up to three devices at once. It has an aluminum body and a compact design. Check it out.
Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.
"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]
The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.
Check out NetSpot, a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.