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8bitfuture:

Graphic: Global smartphone OS market share.
Complied by the Wall Street Journal, this shows how much market share Blackberry and Nokia in particular have lost to Apple and Google in the past year.
Also revealed in the WSJ story is information from an inside source, revealing that development of Android’s “virtual assistant” software has been fast tracked. Codenamed ‘Majel’, the system could be revealed at this week’s Google I/O event, which starts on June 27. Majel has been in development since at least 2011, and has been rumoured to be a more powerful competitor to Apple’s own Siri technology.

8bitfuture:

Graphic: Global smartphone OS market share.

Complied by the Wall Street Journal, this shows how much market share Blackberry and Nokia in particular have lost to Apple and Google in the past year.

Also revealed in the WSJ story is information from an inside source, revealing that development of Android’s “virtual assistant” software has been fast tracked. Codenamed ‘Majel’, the system could be revealed at this week’s Google I/O event, which starts on June 27. Majel has been in development since at least 2011, and has been rumoured to be a more powerful competitor to Apple’s own Siri technology.


8bitfuture:

Infographic: Facebook vs. Google.
With all the talk of Facebook on the stockmarket lately it’s easy to forget they’re still nowhere near as successful (financially at least) as Google.

Google receives approximately 40% more traffic than Facebook every month.

Check out the full infographic here.
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8bitfuture:

Infographic: Facebook vs. Google.

With all the talk of Facebook on the stockmarket lately it’s easy to forget they’re still nowhere near as successful (financially at least) as Google.

Google receives approximately 40% more traffic than Facebook every month.

Check out the full infographic here.


8bitfuture:

Google to unveil their ‘next dimension of maps’.
The big announcement is due this Wednesday morning, where Google will unveil their next moves for Google Maps, ahead of an anticipated announcement by Apple that they will soon be dropping Google Maps on iOS in favour of their own software. Apple’s offering is likely to use the 3D technology acquired in their purchase of C3 technologies last year - an announcement on that is due at the Apple WWDC on June 11.

At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We’ll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go – both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.


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8bitfuture:

Google to unveil their ‘next dimension of maps’.

The big announcement is due this Wednesday morning, where Google will unveil their next moves for Google Maps, ahead of an anticipated announcement by Apple that they will soon be dropping Google Maps on iOS in favour of their own software. Apple’s offering is likely to use the 3D technology acquired in their purchase of C3 technologies last year - an announcement on that is due at the Apple WWDC on June 11.

At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We’ll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go – both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.


bobbycaputo:

50 Quick Photography Tips in Less Than 15 Minutes

Kai over at DigitalRev put together this video that offers photography advice in burst mode: 50 (or 49) short and sweet tips in less than 15 minutes. If you take yourself too seriously, be warned: the tips are presented in Kai’s trademark “infotainment” style.

If you’d rather not watch the 13 minute video, here are the tips in text form thanks to Reddit user blufox4900:

  1. UV filters are a waste of time
  2. Lens hoods aren’t a necessity
  3. If you’re not using the hood, put it away
  4. Don’t treat your DSLR like it’s your baby
  5. Stop hating on others
  6. Get cheap lens caps
  7. Pack light
  8. Use a zoom for convenience
  9. Prime will make you think more
  10. The 35mm is the most practical one lens setup (on the 1.5 crop)
  11. The 50mm looks better
  12. Better cameras don’t make better photos
  13. Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot
  14. Always be ready for the shot
  15. P-mode isn’t just for beginners
  16. Bump the ISO if needed
  17. Auto ISO is your best friend
  18. Rely on the Rule of Thirds
  19. Take lots of shots
  20. Don’t take photos of any old sh*t
  21. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” — Robert Capa
  22. Contemplate your shot
  23. The best equipment doesn’t help if you’re not standing in the right spot
  24. Sharpness is overrated
  25. Concept is king
  26. Don’t look like a wrongun (i.e. a creep)
  27. Don’t drink and shoot
  28. Shoot when you’re full of energy
  29. Sometimes it feels great to wake up really early and shoot
  30. Think about what light you want
  31. Emulate the style of the greats to get started
  32. …but don’t keep doing it
  33. Photography is as much a reflection of the person taking the photo
  34. Shoot to please no one apart from yourself
  35. Discreet or direct — it isn’t all that important
  36. Setting themes keeps you focused
  37. Change things every once in a while to keep things fresh
  38. Everyone has creative blocks
  39. Be critical of yourself
  40. “Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph” — Andre Kertesz
  41. You need to be there with the camera
  42. The relationship is about you and the subject, not you and the camera
  43. Stop chimping
  44. Be brutal when it comes to deleting awful photos
  45. Show only your best work
  46. Changing photos to B&W doesn’t make an uninteresting shot interesting
  47. Look at other people’s work
  48. Post your work online, let others critique your work
  49. There is no easy way
  50. ???

(via Petapixel via DigitalRev via Reddit)


timemagazine:

When we named Mark Zuckerberg TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year  Lev Grossman wrote, “Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a Facebook account, but 70% of Facebook users live outside the U.S. It’s a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here.”
Lev revisits that cover story and notes what’s changed since then.

timemagazine:

When we named Mark Zuckerberg TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year  Lev Grossman wrote, “Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a Facebook account, but 70% of Facebook users live outside the U.S. It’s a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here.”

Lev revisits that cover story and notes what’s changed since then.