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27

Aug

fastcompany:

If you don’t want to slam the brakes on your next brainstorming session, avoid these idea-killing phrases.
Ideas are fragile—they’re easily shattered by snubs, smirks, and scorn. And brainstorms are equally delicate. The wrong words at the wrong time bring brainstorming to a screeching halt.
The function of brainstorming has received its share of badmouthing in recent years, often for good cause. And many of those problems stem from statements made before or during brainstorming sessions.
For healthy brainstorming and bountiful ideas, always steer clear of these seven sentences:
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fastcompany:

If you don’t want to slam the brakes on your next brainstorming session, avoid these idea-killing phrases.

Ideas are fragile—they’re easily shattered by snubs, smirks, and scorn. And brainstorms are equally delicate. The wrong words at the wrong time bring brainstorming to a screeching halt.

The function of brainstorming has received its share of badmouthing in recent years, often for good cause. And many of those problems stem from statements made before or during brainstorming sessions.

For healthy brainstorming and bountiful ideas, always steer clear of these seven sentences:

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fastcompany:

Jaime Weston, VP of Brand & Creative for the NFL, says the league pulled together on its brand only after consulting its MVPs: the fans.
"We did a lot of work with our fans to understand our brand essence, which comes down to three words: intense, meaningful, and unifying."
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fastcompany:

Jaime Weston, VP of Brand & Creative for the NFL, says the league pulled together on its brand only after consulting its MVPs: the fans.

"We did a lot of work with our fans to understand our brand essence, which comes down to three words: intense, meaningful, and unifying."

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26

Aug

instagram:

Introducing Hyperlapse from Instagram

Since launching nearly four years ago, it has always been a priority to bring the Instagram community simple yet powerful tools that let people capture moments and express their creativity. Today, we’re excited to announce Hyperlapse from Instagram, a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion.

Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.

We designed Hyperlapse to be as simple as possible. You don’t need an account to create a hyperlapse. Instead, you open up straight to the camera. Tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that you like between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. You can share your video on Instagram easily from there.

From documenting your whole commute in seconds or the preparation of your dinner from start to finish to capturing an entire sunset as it unfolds, we’re thrilled about the creative possibilities Hyperlapse unlocks. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

To learn more about what stabilization looks like in Hyperlapse, check out this video.

To learn more about Hyperlapse from Instagram, check out help.instagram.com.

Hyperlapse from Instagram is available today for iOS devices in Apple’s App Store. It is currently only available for iOS.

npr:

The tech giant has launched a new tool for teachers. “Google Classroom” is paperless, and integrates with the rest of Google’s apps, like Google Docs. 
While it’s too soon to tell how Classroom will be received, Google Apps for Education is already changing how early adopters teach — and raising some important questions about the transition to tech-enabled classrooms.
Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?
Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

npr:

The tech giant has launched a new tool for teachers. “Google Classroom” is paperless, and integrates with the rest of Google’s apps, like Google Docs. 

While it’s too soon to tell how Classroom will be received, Google Apps for Education is already changing how early adopters teach — and raising some important questions about the transition to tech-enabled classrooms.

Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

25

Aug

fastcompany:

The noPhone Is A Fake Phone For People Who Get Nervous Without Their Smartphone
“Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand,” says the web site for the noPhone, a revolutionary gadget with zero technology inside.
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fastcompany:

The noPhone Is A Fake Phone For People Who Get Nervous Without Their Smartphone

“Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand,” says the web site for the noPhone, a revolutionary gadget with zero technology inside.

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thisistheverge:

Digital Natives Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly discuss the past, present, and future of virtual reality

thisistheverge:

Digital Natives
Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly discuss the past, present, and future of virtual reality

22

Aug

laughingsquid:

Knit, an app that allows users to leave hidden location-based messages for friends to find

mashablehq:

Vine Star KC James stopped by Mashable HQ to lend our Visual Storytelling team a hand with our latest Vine. We think he’s got some potential!

21

Aug

The web feels too big. The web feels like you don’t have any control other than actively trying to consume your favorite sites and discover new content. That’s the point of all these new devices: a personal experience, from the awesome 50-inch TV on your wall to the 4.8-inch smartphone in your pocket — but without a great home screen, it’s all for naught.

20

Aug

fastcompany:

Here’s how to keep in touch with your connections, without becoming a stalker.
From finding a job to meeting your next business partner or new client, you know that there are countless ways that your network can help you when you need it.
The problem is that reaching out, especially out of the blue, can feel awkward and inauthentic. You want to establish regular communication so that any requests are just part of the conversation.
So how do you reach out without feeling sketchy about the whole thing? “The key is if you strive to provide real value in your outreach, people will look forward to hearing from you, every time,” says Jenny Powers, founder of the professional women’s networking group, Running With Heels. “Soon enough, they’ll be reaching out to you as well and it won’t feel like a one way street.”
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fastcompany:

Here’s how to keep in touch with your connections, without becoming a stalker.

From finding a job to meeting your next business partner or new client, you know that there are countless ways that your network can help you when you need it.

The problem is that reaching out, especially out of the blue, can feel awkward and inauthentic. You want to establish regular communication so that any requests are just part of the conversation.

So how do you reach out without feeling sketchy about the whole thing? “The key is if you strive to provide real value in your outreach, people will look forward to hearing from you, every time,” says Jenny Powers, founder of the professional women’s networking group, Running With Heels. “Soon enough, they’ll be reaching out to you as well and it won’t feel like a one way street.”

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