Microsoft will close its Skype office in London

Microsoft will close its Skype office in London

Microsoft is going to close Skype’s London office, in a move that could impact the jobs of the nearly 400 people employed there. The company told the Financial Times that is will “unify some engineering positions,” but that it “will be entering into a consultation process to help those affected by the redundancies.” The London office […]

Twitter’s new, ‘simpler’ rules for character counts in tweets go live

Twitter’s new, ‘simpler’ rules for character counts in tweets go live

Did you hear? Twitter would like you to know that its service is now easier to use, thanks to a series of rule revisions announced in May, which have just gone live. Starting today, Twitter is cutting down on what counts towards your 140 characters. As a refresher, that means media content like photos, videos, GIFs, polls and […]

Launching three new cameras, Nikon plunges deep into VR and action cams

Launching three new cameras, Nikon plunges deep into VR and action cams

In launching its Keymission series of cameras, Nikon is bringing the fight to the doorstep of action cameras and VR camera makers. The cameras range from chest-wearable cams, borderline GoPro clones and the most interesting item of the bunch: 360-degree cameras. Three new action cams Nikon’s KeyMission 360 is probably the most interesting camera of […]

Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria

Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria

Malaria is treatable and preventable. And yet, the World Health Organization reports that almost half the world’s population — 3.2 billion people — are still at risk of contracting the life-threatening disease. At the Disrupt SF Hackathon, a group of teenage girls is gamifying malaria prevention to help halt the spread of the disease. They’re Aruna Prasad, 16, […]

Here's how Apple made the iPhone 7 water resistant

Here's how Apple made the iPhone 7 water resistant

Rubber gasket on the iPhone 7’s SIM card tray iFixit The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first IP-rated smartphone for water and dust resistance, and the company has gone to a lot of effort to seal the delicate electronics from the environment. But the water and dust resistance comes at a price. See also: Galaxy Note […]

Wise Words: Famous Photography Quotes and Their Relevance Today

Wise Words: Famous Photography Quotes and Their Relevance Today

In the early years of my study, I remember leaning over the photography department work bench, trying not to look disheartened, as my lecturer scribbled notes on the glossy finish of yet another proof sheet in red marker. +1, -5, underexposed, out of focus, crop, the irrefutable question mark with an arrow pointing to a […]

Here are Apple’s new ads for the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

Here are Apple’s new ads for the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

Apple just released not one, not two but three new ads for its new devices — the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. They all tout new features, such as water resistance, low light camera performance and new fitness features. Let’s start with my favorite one. In “Midnight”, a young man goes for […]

Facebook ads still slipping past Adblock Plus via stripped-down code

Facebook ads still slipping past Adblock Plus via stripped-down code

The Adblock Plus crowdsourced hacker militia can’t keep up with Facebook’s disciplined army of engineers. When Facebook first announced it would circumvent ad blocking software, Adblock Plus (ABP) built a workaround in two days, boasting that “We promised that the open source community would have a solution very soon…This time that community seems to have gotten the […]

Box teams up with Google for Docs and Springboard integration

Box teams up with Google for Docs and Springboard integration

Sure there’s some kind of fruit-related event going on right now, but this week is also BoxWorks, the annual conference for the enterprise content cloud platform provider. At that event, Box CEO Aaron Levie and Google’s SVP of Google’s cloud offerings Diane Greene are announcing a partnership that turns Box into a third-party storage option […]