Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam

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VILSHULT is an IKEA ready-to-hang photo of Amsterdam that has been sold over 427,000 times. After many of my friends asked me why I bought such a “mediocre” photo for my living room, I decided to find out how this photo was made and how it ended up on IKEA’s shelves and in almost half…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

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Taking a lice-grade comb to press coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign can feel a little like relitigating, but in light of recent news about President Donald Trump, consider this article: “It Really Doesn’t Matter if Hillary Clinton Is Dishonest.” Published in the Washington Post just before the Iowa caucuses, it was…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Meet the Mind Behind Giphy’s Best GIFs

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Meet the Mind Behind Giphy’s Best GIFs

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Samantha Scharff may be the world’s most successful short-­storyteller. “Three to six seconds,” she says, “is my sweet spot.” As a founder of Giphy Studios, the first creative agency devoted to making original GIFs, she knows how to slow your scroll. Scharff spent nearly two decades producing skits and shorts for SNL, The Colbert Report,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Engineering Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Save Thailand’s Cave Boys

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Engineering Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Save Thailand’s Cave Boys

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Around 6 pm Tuesday at Tham Luang in Thailand, the last of the 13 survivors who had spent 18 days trapped in a cave emerged to safety. A rescue team had spent the past three days getting the boys out after five days of desperate planning and calculations since their discovery. As the boys’ oxygen…

The Story Behind Susan Kare’s Iconic Design Work for Apple | The Work Behind The Work

The Story Behind Susan Kare’s Iconic Design Work for Apple | The Work Behind The Work

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Susan Kare’s icons and fonts for the original Macintosh were revolutionary. They gave a lifeless computer a warmth and personality that lives on in the modern Mac to this day. This month Susan Kare was awarded an AIGA medal, putting her in the company of design greats like Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames, Milton…

Behind the Scenes With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

Behind the Scenes With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

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Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage. Rehearsal has only just started, but already, things seemed to be falling apart. First there was trouble with the network that connects the laptops to one another. Then one of the laptops crashed; its human component, a graduate…

Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders

Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders

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How ugly was the breakup between Facebook Inc. and the two founders of WhatsApp, its biggest acquisition? The creators of the popular messaging service are walking away leaving about $1.3 billion on the table. The expensive exit caps a long-simmering dispute about how to wring more revenue out of WhatsApp, according to people familiar with…