Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire Robyn Twomey Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation. Under the username MKBHD, he tests everything from cameras and headphones to Google Glass and the latest Tesla. This summer he got his hands on a sapphire crystal display rumored to be for the iPhone 6. How to set up your own Raspberry Pi powered VPN Eyes are everywhere online. The websites you visit often track where you came from and watch where you head off to next. A VPN - or virtual private network - helps you browse the internet more anonymously by routing your traffic through a server that is not your point of origin. It is a bit like switching cars to shake off someone who is tailing you. There are plenty of companies offering services with varying degrees of security and varying degrees of cost, but if you are willing to roll your sleeves up and get technical with some basic coding and a £30 Raspberry Pi computer, you can build your own VPN server at home. It won't give you the option of appearing to be from somewhere else but you can use it to connect external devices like a smartphone to browse the internet more securely through your home network, and access shared files and media on your home computer.
98% of online US adults aged 18-24 use social media 98% is one eye-opening statistic for any reader, but that’s how many adults aged eighteen to twenty-four in the United States are reportedly using social media in a typical month. The study, conducted by consumer insight service Experian Simmons, estimates that roughly 129 million people — that’s 41.37% of the total US population of 311.8 million — are using social media to stay in touch with both friends and family. These numbers only include those in the stated age bracket. 82% of users accessing social media in a typical month are aged 55-64, with around three quarters of online adults aged 65 and over. The report doesn’t state exactly how these numbers were found, but Experian claims it uses leading technologies to format, cleanse and load data that is acquired directly from government sources and industry leading vendors. More statistics: To view the full report which comes as a downloadable PDF file, click here.
Blog | Pattern People | Surface Design + Inspiration Interiors | Pillow Talk It seems like these days the throw pillow craze has reached new heights. No longer are we looking for our couch decorations just to blend in and stay still, we have begun to ask our couch art to positively pulse with creativity. And that’s where artists like Tyler Spangler step in. His collection of vibrant and color flooded art prints are available as throw pillows on Society 6, in case your couch is looking a bit plain. mechanisms-steampunk-armored.html?fb_action_ids=10151937692971805&fb_action_types=og Vladimir Gvozdeff's illustration series Mechanisms depicts a wonderful bestiary of armored, mechanical creatures in steampunk style, surrounded by the detritus of contrafactual Victorian inventorship. Some of my favorites after the jump: владимир гвоздев & gvozdariki (via Pipe Dream Dragon)
How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind? Image copyright Solar Reserve It could be a scene from a science fiction movie. Deep in the Nevada desert, thousands of mirrors arrayed in concentric circles face the sky, lit up by the sun. Harvard Study: Social Networks Do Little To Influence Taste And Interests Here’s a bit of science that’s contrary to what a heavy utilizer of social networks might expect. Researchers at Harvard tracked the Facebook activity of hundreds of college students for four years, and came away with the rather unexpected result that the interests of friends don’t, in fact, tend to influence one another. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen at all, of course, but it’s clear that propagation and virality are subtler and more complex than some people (marketers and, I suspect, researchers) tend to think they are. But the study is also clearly flawed in ways that those versed in social graphs are likely to easily perceive. Pulling useful data from social networks is like catching lightning in a bottle, and I wonder whether the findings may in fact be, as the study attempts to avoid, “a spurious consequence of alternative social processes.”
Print and Color Trend Guide | Winter 15 | Pattern People | Surface Design + Inspiration With so many print and color stories in fashion, it can be a full time job keeping up on what’s new. So, we’ve made it easy by doing the work for you. Our trend guides feature months of research distilled into easily digestible directions created with the print designer in mind. For Autumn/Winter 15, we focus on twelve key print trends presented with an abundance of inspirational imagery culled from fashion, art, photography, interiors, and more. Photographs taken inside of instruments There’s something other-worldly about these shots by Mierswa Kluska for the Berlin Philharmonic, which take a fascinating perspective from within the acoustic instrument. The internal landscape draws parallels to the architecture of buildings, and with a bit of imagination you can almost feel the unique tone and life of each acoustic instrument just by looking inside them. Inside instruments
How thermal imaging tech is about to become hot stuff Image copyright Detroit Zoo Soon we'll all be feeling the heat, thanks to thermal imaging technology. Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market. mpany sues ex-employee for his Twitter followers A Twitter signup page. Legal observers say that PhoneDog's suit against Noah Kravitz could set a precedent for assigning a commercial value to Twitter followers acquired in a business context. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA A Twitter user is being sued for £217,000 by his former employer for taking his online followers with him when he switched jobs. Noah Kravitz, a writer from Oakland, California, amassed 17,000 followers on the social networking site when he worked for PhoneDog, a website providing news and reviews about mobile phones.