The gowns, the speeches, the crazy hosting of Ellen DeGeneres. There was so much to love this year. But the thing that topped our list was appreciation.
No one at the Oscars could have gotten where they were without numerous other people who weren’t invited to the ceremony: the family members who supported and encouraged them, their fellow cast members, the numerous people in the movie industry working hard to make them look good, and the adoring fans who watched their movies throughout the years.
Ellen’s Record-Shattering Selfie
On the first day of Launch Conference in San Francisco, we got to meet a lot of great companies. Entrepreneurs, investors, and developers gathered to talk about the latest and greatest upcoming companies and ideas. Here are our three favorite gems.
High Def Humanity
It was “humanity in high def”. That’s how Uber CEO Travis Kalanick described his night as an Uber driver. As the evening wore on and his clientele grew more inebriated, the social interactions he had fascinated him.
Kalanick went on to encourage people to do what they loved. “I heard a hundred no’s a day for six years straight.” If he hadn’t been working on something he loved, it would have been impossible to keep going.
Robot Cops Are Coming
“As much as I’m scared of it, I kind of want one,” Jason Calacanis, founder and host of Launch voiced the general audience sentiment. Knightscope CEO William Santana Li had just walked us through the features of his five foot tall, 300 pound security machine, which has the ability to scan license plates and identify sex offenders using facial recognition.
The Olympics are nearly over. While most of us don’t compete in sports at a world class level, there are still lessons we can learn from those who do.
1. Let Nothing Stand in your Way
‘Tis that time of year again when our minds invariably turn to love and to showing the select individuals in our lives just how much they mean to us. Instead of whipping out your credit card to impress with diamonds and a dozen roses, why not show you care with something beautifully crafted by your own two hands?
Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, so Ink Technologies has put together a list of five special gift options that require little more than a dash of creativity and a pinch of craftiness. (Side note: you might also need access to a printer, and you might have to procure a few necessary items from your local craft store to successfully complete these projects.)
Ever wonder how your favorite magazine is made and how so many are mass produced? We have all heard the term “offset printing,” but do you actually know what goes into that particular printing process? Find out more about how so many publications are produced before they get into your hands. Continue reading “How Offset Printing Works Infographic” »
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi begin this week, and at $50 billion and counting, these Games have already ranked as the most expensive in history. While there is always much to look forward to with any Olympics, years of work have gone on behind the scenes to prepare for the 17-day event, including new technological advancements that will make this Olympics unlike any before.
Since Sochi technically falls within a sub-tropical climate zone along the shores of the Black Sea, there are concerns over the venue’s ability to provide enough good quality snow. Organizers of the Vancouver Olympics four years ago were criticized for their lack of snow, and last year’s cancellation of the slopestyle skiing and snowboarding World Cups in Sochi due to insufficient snow prompted current Olympic organizers to execute various precautions (or snow-cautions, if you will).
Mikko Martikainen, whose Finnish company Snow Secure drafted the master plan for snow production at the Games, has ensured there are snow machines – snow cannons and snow guns – on hand at all of the slopes. Because of the way it’s made, artificial snow is often thought to trump Mother Nature’s quality. The air turbulence generated by snow machines yields small spheres rather than traditional six-sided flakes, and the smaller surface area of the spherical shape allows for increased melting resistance.
With recent stories of decline from other manufacturers, such as our recent story of Dell No Longer Making Inkjet Printers, HP continues to show strong sales and innovation in its printer lineup. While it may be true that inkjet printer sales are on the decline, the market for laser printers is still strong. HP’s laser printers are seeing such low prices in recent months that they are becoming affordable enough for busy home and small office users to take the plunge.
Monochrome Laser Models
HP’s monochrome laser models are a staple of the modern office environment, but affordable models are starting to make their way into homes and small offices as well. Consider the company’s least expensive model, the HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn. This unit includes both networking and duplexing with sharp laser quality, but its price is more in line with that of a typical inkjet model. Of course, the savings on HP 1606dn toner cartridges will make it a more cost-effective solution in the long term. Continue reading “Affordable HP Laser Printers for the Home and Small Office” »
If you spend any time at all in the art, design or technology worlds, chances are at some point you have heard the term “letterpress” used and didn’t understand what it meant. You might not have known that it is actually the oldest form of printing. According to The Happy Dragons’ Press, letterpress is when “ink is applied to the surface of metal type (which has a raised surface with a reverse image, like a rubber stamp) and the type is pressed against paper to make an ‘impression’.” This slight indentation where the type pressed against the paper, coupled with a thick layer of ink, should give the finished piece a noticeably tactile quality.
If you’ve shopped around Dell’s website lately, you may have noticed something missing. Whereas previously, the company bundled discounted or even free inkjet printers with many of their computer packages, they have now stopped selling Dell branded inkjet printers entirely! Does this mean owners of previous models are left out in the cold? We take a look at why this change happened, and how consumers will be affected. Continue reading “Dell is No Longer Making Inkjet Printers” »
This is the time of year when an unexpected snow day can quickly interrupt the regularly-scheduled programming of your week and leave you with the sudden opportunity to have some fun. Whether you’re a child relishing a surprise day home from school or an adult thrilled to delay that important presentation at work just one more day, a city-wide snow delay can present a buffet of unanticipated distractions. Do you: (A) spend all day marathon binge-watching past seasons of BBC’s “Sherlock,” (B) read the latest rousing installment of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy, or (C) attempt to inject some craftiness into your otherwise impromptu free day? Why not give these easy printable options a try!
For the Kiddos
Go the classic route and help the kids print some custom memory cards to hone their powers of recall. And if you think they’d appreciate something with a little more pizzazz, show them how to put together these whimsical bird and snake finger puppets. This funky body flipbook or these amusing animal and superhero masks could also prove just the creative tickets to quickly pass the afternoon away.