Unlocked iPhones Now A Form Of International Currency

“…Carrying value around in small, easily-portable but valuable packages is nothing new–people have always brought designer goods, jewelry, electronics, or other items that they plan to sell home “as gifts.” Whether this is okay depends on the customs regulations at your destination; after all, customs fees are part of the reason why iPhones cost more in some places than in others. Check these regulations before you load your suitcase up with gold iPhones the next time you travel. …”

Consumerist

(immaculate aaron) (immaculate aaron) Want to make friends all over the world? Have an extra $650 and don’t really care about customs regulations? The next time you leave on an international trip, grab an extra unlocked iPhone and bring it along to sell or trade. You’ll gain friends everywhere, especially in Brazil, Jordan, or Turkey, which are apparently the most expensive places to buy an iPhone.

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10,000 Racial Slurs Are Tweeted Each Day

“…The U.K.-based study comes only a few months after Twitter rolled out the “report abuse” button in August. Researchers who conducted the study found that as few as 500 tweets a day directed abuse towards another person….”

Tech

According to a new study by think tank Demos, 10,000 tweets containing a racial slur of some sort are posted on Twitter every day. To arrive at that figure, the group’s social media unit analyzed a whopping 126,975 English-language tweets from around the globe over a 9-day period last November.

It’s not all bad news though. As many as 70 percent of tweets containing racial epithets use them in a “non-derogatory fashion — often to describe themselves or their own community” in a way that might express group solidarity or “re-claim” slurs. Only one percent used them as part of a political statement or call to action.

The U.K.-based study comes only a few months after Twitter rolled out the “report abuse” button in August. Researchers who conducted the study found that as few as 500 tweets a day directed abuse towards another person.

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500px Prime: A New Licensing Marketplace that Promises Photographers a 30% Cut

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Earlier today, 500px announced that it would be getting into the licensing game with a new commercial licensing site dubbed 500px Prime.
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Adios Yellow Glow: How LED Streetlights Will Change the Look of Night Photography

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LED streetlights are the wave of the future, but in addition to being the environmentally friendly choice, doing away with high-pressure sodium streetlight has one other significant (at least to photographers and filmmakers) side effect: it…
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Humor: What Would Instagram be Like if it Had Been Invented in the 80′s?

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Here’s a fun little thought experiment for you: what would Instagram have been like if the filter-tastic service had been invented back in the 1980s?
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Beautiful Landscape Photographs Exposed Onto Handblown Glass Vessels

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Artist Emma Howell‘s landscape images are unlike any we’ve ever run across. Not because she’s capturing something unique, or using a process we’ve not seen before.
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Have Camera, Will Travel: Fifty Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World

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You could go alone to New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, or wherever your wanderlust takes you, and bring your camera along for the trip — hope to stumble upon the ‘photographic’ spots, and take some pictures you think might be good.
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High School Girl Takes Selfie with Cadaver, Wins Our Vote for Most Repulsive Selfie

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And the award for most repugnant and moronic selfie of the year (or maybe decade?
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Getty Images Sports Photographer Robert Cianflone Reporting from Sochi…

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In the picture above, taken on January 30th 2014, you see more than 315,000 Euro worth of Canon camera gear or 425,659.59 US dollars! That’s the value of a house and more than a Lamborghini Aventador!
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Australian Website Lists Price of Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Otus Competitor at $1,350

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We know Sigma’s recently-announced 50mm f/1.4 Art Series lens is supposed to be good, great even.
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