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Live in Limbo

A pop-culture and entertainment publication which focuses on music, video games, films and technology. Established in 2009.

Capsule

A new podcast experiment discussing music, film, TV and pop-culture matters.

Images

A collection of photographs ranging from travel, concerts, sports and special events.

Destinasean

An ongoing count of countries/nations visited across the globe. Currently 47 countries on 6 continents.

Technology

Apple Maps 2.0

Apple is not giving up and is heading in the right direction in the future of it’s built-in iOS Maps app.

More people today, especially those in big cities, are having to rely on third-party apps (on any OS) for their local transit and walking routes.

Today, Apple Inc. has formally announced the acquisition of two mapping companies.

The first one mentioned by AllThingsD is Toronto-based startup Locationary.

Not only does Locationary ensure that business listing data is positionally accurate (i.e., the restaurant I searched for is where Apple said it would be), it ensures that it is temporally accurate as well (i.e., the restaurant I searched for is still open for business and not closed for renovation or shuttered entirely). And that sort of clean location data could go a long way toward improving Apple Maps and distinguishing it from rivals

Next is Hopstop.

Hopstop shows users in more than 500 cities the fastest way to travel by foot, bike, subway and car.

Personally, I’ve never had any problems with Apple’s native Maps app but do notice Google still has more data. But remember that it took Googles a significant amount of time and years to get to where they are today. Even though Apple got off to a rocky start, I am confident to say that within the next year or two, I will be solely using the iOS app.

LINKS

Hyperloop, Reddit Pizza and Design

Elon Musk to unveils details about Hyperloop

I’ve been pretty excited about the concept and idea of being able to travel a distance such as from L.A. to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. This is precisely what Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to do next. “Imagine a concord and a rail-gun” he proposed at D11.

Child cancer patient receives pizza from Reddit

Being someone who has worked in a children’s hospital, this story hits close to home. Health care professionals would do anything to help kids in need. “The flow of deliveries — more than 20 pizzas in total — overwhelmed the hospital staff.”

“Authentic design”

A very well written and researched article by   on the evolution of user interface designs on modern operating systems such as OSX and Windows.

Photographer Notes

Photographer Notes: Taylor Swift

Many people who enjoy my concert photography work like to ask “How do you prepare for each musician you shoot?”

My answer usually involves a little research online with YouTube clips of recent live performances and even other publication reviews.

But before I grab my gear and head to the venue, I typically have a summarized post-it note of what I can expect and will be doing.

However, things do not always go 100% as planned. You will notice that I made notes about Swift doing a duet at the end, but I almost forgot that! By the time I realized and made it to the end of the stage, she was done that brief segment. C’est la vie.

Excerpt:

Photographing Swift was a little crazy as all of the accredited media were put into the pit just left of the main stage with all of her most adrenaline-fueled fans. Trying to take an exceptional photo while avoiding all of the glittered waving hands and signs was tricky yet fun as I could really see how much these people loved her. We were allowed to photograph her during “Holy Ground” and “Red”. In the first song, Swift was sprinting spontaneously around the stage and onto the narrow bridges bringing her even closer to the crowd. She picked up her sparkling red guitar for the feature song “Red” and hair-rocked out with it while working her charm on with everyone holding a camera. She is incredibly photogenic I must say.

You can read my full review with photos on Live in Limbo.

LINKS

Empower

Powerful Ad campaign that raises awareness for child abuse.

 The ad is designed to empower kids, particularly if their abuser happens to be standing right next to them. 

A very innovative and clever way of getting the same message across to different audiences in a slightly alternate manner. I find this extremely effective as it can inform victims even if they are with the abuser.

This is real BS Adobe.

 For Adobe, the reasoning behind this decision is simple. According to our sources, the company had long searched for ways to stabilize its revenue. Previously, it would receive bursts of income every two years with the latest Creative Suite release. Convincing users to upgrade was a daunting task that left an impact on product decisions.

What happens when a photographer needs to edit and process in a desert with no internet connection?

Adobe CEO responded to this Tuesday.

Narayen accurately describes it as a hybrid solution. You will still install local software. The subscription model ($19.99 a month for an app or $49 a month for the full Creative Suite) means you gain access to the latest software updates as soon as they become available in the cloud, as well as all the cloud-based services and integration available to CC members.

I guess we will all see where this is heading soon enough.

Innovation is dying as there are More lawyers than creators.

Even if you fight, and you win, you still put a big bullseye on your back that other patent trolls can look for, because suddenly you’re on their radar and they think maybe you’re wounded and don’t have any more resources to fight.

The patent system is most definitely broken. If things continue the way they are, in about ten years, no one will be able to “create” anything without getting sued.

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet.

Right, it’s actually not new at all – this project started in 1998. And it got started because 1997 was very nearly the 25th anniversary of the design of the internet. Bob Kahn and I did that work in 1973. So back in 1997, I asked myself what should I be doing that will be needed 25 years from then. And, after consultation with colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we concluded that we needed much richer networking than was then available to NASA and other space faring agencies.

When I set up my new home on the Mars colony, it would be great to have access to the World Wide Web still…or more like UWW, Universe Wide Web.

The Tesla Model S is our top-scoring car by Consumer Report [VIDEO].

The electric motor delivers impressive power, right now, and it is impressively efficient. The Model S uses about half the energy of a Toyota Prius every mile, and it has more than twice the range—about 200 miles—of any other electric car we’ve driven.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is doing such a fantastic job. The Model S is just the second phase of his goals to release a vehicle for the masses at the $30,000 USD price range in the near future.

This is Water [VIDEO].

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death.

If you consider yourself an intelligent and aware being, you must watch this.

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