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'For every piece of advice, there is an equal and opposite piece of advice'
If you’re tired of people giving you their two cents of advice, especially when everyone has a different two cents to give, it’s time to check out Tip for Tat. The website, created by creative ad agency Moses Inc., showcases some of the many contrasting pieces of popular advice. Is a penny saved a penny earned, or do you have to spend money to make money? At Tip for Tat, you be the judge.
Turn the Wheel paves the way for practical, easily accessible online learning
Adult education all too often comes with a high price tag, but the Internet can level the playing field, as Turn the Wheel founder Katie Kormanik demonstrates with her free online textbooks. Turn the Wheel aims to democratize education by providing free, easily accessible online textbooks with information that can be applied to everyday life.
Typ.io helps designers, bloggers pick beautiful font combinations
Whether you’re a budding blogger or a seasoned web designer, you can find font inspiration from Typ.io, an online resource showcasing eye-catching websites and the font combinations they use. Deciding on the right font can be tough enough, but knowing which fonts to pair together is even harder. Typ.io takes the guesswork out of font combinations by showing examples of beautifully designed websites, then tagging the fonts used.
Team builds automatic bacon dispensing machine with laser printer
If you’re a bacon lover, you’ll squeal with desire at the latest bacon-related device. For the inventive project, hackers revived the Push Button, Receive Bacon meme of a hand dryer dispensing bacon at The Deconstruction competition. The hackers, from Team Rabbit Hole, conjured up the popular Internet GIF from 2004 by making bacon materialize at the push of a button.
Mobile app reminds you to 'Bond' with people you care about
In today’s social network frenzied times, it’s easier to keep in touch with people than ever, yet also more difficult because there are so many distractions. Now you can stay focused on the people you care about most with the Bond app. The app, called Bond – With People That Matter, lets you set reminders to “bond” with people in your contacts list. The reminders can be customized for a different level and type of “bonding” for each person.
Art and computer science collide to reflect different people with same expression as the onlooker
Artist Kyle McDonald has created “Sharing Faces,” a mirror that reflects your expression in a different person captured around the world. McDonald, a media artist based in Brooklyn, used a megapixel surveillance camera and custom software to match the face locations of the person looking at the screen. As the person moves, new images are pulled from the database matching the new location, creating a mirror-like image of yourself using the images of others.
Three winners show innovative possibilities for banking transactions
Deutsche Bank and Design Bloom’s Future Banking Competition brought together more than 2,000 entrants offering the best and brightest visions of what’s to come in the banking industry. The innovative entries poured in from 80 countries and brought to life ways to improve customer banking transactions and manage finances in the digital realm. Of the ideas, apps, products, services and gadgets, the judges chose three winners with promising entries for improving the future of banking.
Upcycle your old electronics and save some money on mobile tech
These days, technology changes faster than celebrity romances. With so many people upgrading to new cell phones, almost 90 percent of old cell phones are left out in the cold – pushed to back drawers or worse, filling up landfills. But UpWise is helping reduce the toxic e-waste from piling up by taking in used cell phones to recycle and reuse their valuable tech parts. UpWise works by allowing you to mail in your used electronic devices, and in exchange offering discounts on well-designed tech gadgets on their site.
Sesame Phone allows people to use head signals instead of hands
For people with mobility disabilities, communicating by smartphone is often frustrating, requiring constant assistance. But now there’s a solution for those who can’t use their hands – the Sesame Phone, a touch-free smartphone from Sesame Enable. The smartphone uses computer vision technology to allow users to access any app using head movements.
Bytemark to develop app for upcoming Union Pearson Express line
Toronto train passengers will soon be able to bypass ticket windows and machines and pay using smartphones, thanks to a new app in the works for 2015. Bytemark, a New York-based mobile solutions company, is developing the app for the upcoming Union Pearson Express line, part of Toronto’s regional public transit provider Metrolinx. By using the free app, passengers will be able to buy and store rail tickets on their smartphones. The convenient commuting app will also support ticket sales online and onboard trains.
Furniture project makes use of discarded campaign signs
If you’re tired of politics, you can put discarded campaign signs to better use as furniture, thanks to a new art project in Brazil called Projeto Mobiliário Político, or Political Furniture. The eco-friendly undertaking uses illegal campaign ad materials and gives them a new life as functional, attractive pieces of furniture. For the creative recycling endeavor, Mobilize Brasil, an organization that promotes sustainable urban mobility in Brazil, teamed up with artist and architect Mauricio Arruda and J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based advertising agency.
Tech giant takes step to curb online abuse toward women
In response to growing concerns over harassment on Twitter, the social network has partnered up with nonprofit Women, Action & Media (WAM) to launch a tool that allows people to report abuse on the site. The new reporting system will ask more extensive questions than the current Twitter harassment form, and will also allow users to report multiple abusive accounts at once. The campaign will work to resolve Twitter harassment issues within 24 hours. The goal of the project is to cut down on the disproportionately high levels and intensity of threats toward women online.