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The new anti-censorship tool in China: Evernote

Originally posted on Quartz:

HONG KONG—Mainland Chinese readers may have found one way around China’s tight grip over news and information about the pro-democracy protests that have swept Hong Kong for the last three weeks— a California-based app best known for its personal to-do lists, clipping web-pages, and sharing notes between coworkers.

Words including “umbrella” and “support students” have been blocked in the microblog Weibo and Hong Kong users of the messaging app WeChat are finding that their photos and links to articles on the protests aren’t reaching their friends across the border. Meanwhile on Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking and archiving app that is popular among students and young professionals in China, mainland internet users have been able to freely share commentary and stories about the protests.

A graphic posted in China Digital Times' Evernote notebook.

A graphic posted in China Digital Times’ Evernote notebook.

Internet users in China are circulating news on the protests by copying and pasting articles into notes that can be shared as webpages or put into “notebooks” that users can…

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What Would Google Glass Look Like If It Was Designed By Prada?



Originally posted on TechCrunch:

In a script that could have come out of “The Devil Wears Prada”, German tech site Curved.de has come up with an interesting thought: What would Google Glass look like if it had been designed by Prada? Trust those Europeans to think such a thought.

Curved thinks “Google Glass is unquestionably the queen of wearables – but the spacey design makes it equally the Holy Grail of nerds.” Indeed it does!

Perhaps that’s why Google recently signed a deal with Luxottica – the world’s largest manufacturer of eyewear – which counts the following as clients: Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, D & G, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace and many more.

Curved decided to come up with a few ideas of their own. The result was based on an actual Prada design, the “Absolutely Ornate”.


However, they…

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Waste of talent


Waste of Talent: I met Charlotte Roach earlier this week at Hub Youth Academy, a course which we are both taking at Impact Hub Islington. Take a leaf out of Charlotte’s book, go out, find someone who you like who’s doing what they love… and follow suit!

Originally posted on charlotteroach:

Whether its the beginning of the triathlon season or the wake of the London marathon, there’s a common theme of communication with me currently.

I’m wasting my talent.
When will I get out and compete.

Thanks for the backhanded vote of confidence. I, perhaps like you think (with one giant declaration of arrogance, that I will justify later) if I was in training I would be competing on international stages.
Noticeably I’m not in training (broken leg aside).
I don’t mean to disappoint but I’m going to address the above.

Firstly I’m not sorry to disappoint. Disappointment is an emotion felt following misjudged expectations of another. It is your problem. At my end, I have made an active choice NOT to remain in competitive sport. I feel lucky that I was in a position to make this choice. Many are not, I was almost one.

Secondly, I did not rise…

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Alabama: Illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket at all times

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Arizona: Nobody can keep more than two dildos in the house at any one time

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Utah: Nobody can walk down the street with a violin in a paper bag

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California: No cycling in swimming pools

When Olivia Locher heard about some of the silly laws which still exist in certain US states, she knew it would make for a great photography project. These twenty two year old adds these fun images to a rapidly growing portfolio! Read more about the project in this interview with Lost at E Minor.

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When My Friend’s Girlfriend’s Phone Got Stolen



Originally posted on Droll Tales:

Thursday last week, a rather large group of friends and I went careering down the Kilburn High Road to an establishment that was doing two for one cocktails. It’s a great deal and they taste simply wonderful. At one point in the evening, a balding gentleman sat down on the table next to us  and began repeatedly asking, quite insistently: “Is this seating taken?” We all nodded in approval, too caught up in the warm, fuzzy feeling of tipsiness and atmospheric lighting.

It is the 21st Century after all, so we soon got that irresistible urge to document the evening in case we forgot; or more likely, so we could say crassly to everyone else we know “Hey, look, we have a life! Look how great this is!” As such, we asked the aforementioned gentleman to take a photo of us. He, as most people in that situation would…

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