Turns out, armies of spontaneous samaritans can get a lot more done if technology tells them where to go. “The volunteers are going to show up no matter what,” says Marchetti. “We’re just trying to empower them to find more people safely and more effectively.”
Looking back at Giphy’s evolution, the contours of a savvy, long-range strategy are visible from the start. For an art project, it’s been engineered with astute discipline. The sequence: First, get all the best content through aggregation. Second, establish the brand, win SEO for GIFs. Third, build out distribution. Fourth, own creation and develop original content. Fifth, push the form to the max.
The complaint alleges that at least two of Dropbox’s competitors, SpiderOak and Wuala, make security promises similiar to those of Dropbox, but actually can’t get at the data because they don’t hold the encryption keys. That means those services have to spend more on storage, because they can’t detect duplicate files stored by different users. That, according to the complaint, lets Dropbox promise total security without paying the costs, while putting its competitors at a disadvantage. (SpiderOak does do de-duping within each user’s account to save user’s space, the company says)
In 2011, Anonymous figured out how to infiltrate anything, to mobilize not just machines but bodies.
Continuing one of many tech practices pioneered by Deadheads, others have tapped—somewhat invasively, no doubt—into the private signals of wireless in-ear monitor systems used by Radiohead, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and others. The power of editing software has allowed fans to then combine them together—sometimes with audience recordings—to make virtual live multi-tracks. (No one has yet used the same FM system to override an in-ear signal and broadcast messages direct to Bono to thank him for Songs of Innocence, but it would also theoretically be possible.) Deadheads, meanwhile, have moved onto creating 5.1-channel surround-sound mixes, sometimes combining the band’s official releases with fan-made tapes of beloved shows to make vivid remasters, as with the band’s May 8, 1977, concert at Cornell University.
Like Mint.com, Open Bank Manager lets you collect information from multiple bank accounts in a single location. It’s not as pretty as Mint.com, and doesn’t include the nifty charts and visualizations that Mint.com does, but does provide a tool for quickly searching transactions across accounts and e-mail alerts.
Why it stands out: Read this one before it’s time to binge-watch it: In November, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman signed on to develop a TV series adaptation of the book. It’s the story of three mothers whose children attend Pirriwee Public primary school, where one night at an after-school event, chaos erupts. One parent winds up dead, but it’s unclear whether it’s by accident or murder. Overall, the book comments on the lies women tell themselves and others in order to uphold a perfect image.
There are a few limitations. First of all, the software only works with MP3, MP3pro and WAV files. Before the end of the year, the company will offer support for shrinking nonprotected AAC and WMA files. It also plans to release a Mac version in the next few months.
“It’s all uncensored, and that’s the beauty of it,” said Notzold, a 33-year-old art director who also teaches about cell phones at Parsons The New School for Design. “Where else can you write something so spontaneous and anonymous and see it projected so large?”
Shares of San Jose-based Adobe soared 8.35% to $46.98 in premarket trading on Wednesday, putting them on pace to extend their 2013 advance of about 15%.
I got some cash just by tapping on things in various locations, and occasionally I just “found” random items along with cash. Apparently you can also get cash by winning competitions but since I haven’t taught my dog all the tricks yet I’m not eligible to enter them. Still, with the few items I’ve found I’ve had plenty of cash for food, shampoo, a leash, etc. The overall experience, though, has been very guided: first I learned to pet it, then feed it, then take it for a walk. Only then was I given information about teaching tricks. The locations on the map are also locked at first, and only unlocked at certain points in the game. I suppose eventually after everything is unlocked it will be more free-form, but I found I didn’t like the limitations quite as much. Icons will pop up and blink at you when you’re supposed to do certain things, and then you can’t really do anything else until you take care of them. (Touch Pets Dogs, for instance, teaches you the basics but then sets you free to do things in whatever order you like.)
The community quickly fleshed out a set of rules – you had to have signed up as a Reddit user before November 10, for one, and they set a $15 cap on gifts.
Rava said that the organization awards grants to schools that have a proven model of success – which can be expanded to help existing schools, and in some cases, create new ones.
Why is the idea so popular?
Parents, understandably, like to think that their children are receiving a tailored education. Teachers, also understandably, like to think that they are sensitive to each child’s needs and many are clearly motivated to find out more about how to fulfill this ideal. Also, no-one likes to think of themselves as low in ability. It’s more comforting to my ego to think that a class was difficult because of a teaching style I didn’t like than because I wasn’t concentrating or because I’m simply not clever or motivated enough.
Not everyone gets it, but enough people flock to Mike and Matt Chapman’s HomestarRunner website that its stars, Strong Bad, Homestar, Marzipan and The Cheat are gaining cult status with pre-teens, the Gen-X crowd and everyone in between. To boot, the Atlanta-based brothers have made a tidy business selling T-shirts featuring their creations.