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Kathryn Hill
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Chronic expatriate & app developer.
Chronic expatriate & app developer.

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My preciousssssssessss
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I made an interesting realization today. I love animated GIFs, which bridge the gap between video and still photo on the web. Since GIFs can’t load sound, many people add subtitles to them if they’re captured from a video that contains spoken dialogue.…

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Go home US Patent and Trade Office, you are drubk. Although just to be persnickety, I'd like to know how Amazon's lawyers define "white." RGB 255, 255, 255? Pantone 11-0601 TCX Bright White?

http://qz.com/207512/taking-a-photo-against-a-white-background-amazon-owns-the-patent-on-that/#/h/67361,1/

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I thought this was one of the most rational and well-read things I've read in a while.  I'm always happy to see objectivity and critical thinking.

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/a-palestinian-student-defends-her-visit-to-auschwitz/361311/

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It's interesting to learn what goes on behind the scenes of the websites we frequent and apps we use, how they're powered, how that power usage affects the planet, and what's being done to minimize their footprint.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud

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The recent update to Android's default Camera app on KitKat 4.4 added a simulated lens blur effect, bringing depth of field/bokeh effects previously only achieved by D/SLR's.

The explanation of how algorithms are used to create this effect is quite interesting: http://googleresearch.blogspot.sg/2014/04/lens-blur-in-new-google-camera-app.html

(and no, you cannot have my avocado toast.)

Also, there are two fun apps that allow you to view the 3D effects of photos taken in the new Lens Blur mode:

http://www.clicktorelease.com/tmp/depth-player/

http://depthy.stamina.pl/
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Rumors are going around that Google Voice will either cease to exist or merge with Hangouts or something around May 15th. I've been a happy Voice user for many years, and in case things go tits-up in a few weeks, I've been researching options. 

What I like about Voice is I have all my texts forwarded to me at my email (preferable) and even though the voice-to-text transcription has humorous results, it is still useful to a deaf person. Also, being able to text US friends while I'm overseas is a bonus. 

So far I've found Talkatone and Mighty Text. Do any of you have experience with these? Any feedback to offer? Any other apps I should look into?

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Well, duh.

"Don't put your Amazon credentials into source code and then share that source code in a public place like GitHub!"

http://readwrite.com/2014/04/15/amazon-web-services-hack-bitcoin-miners-github#awesm=~oBHXB8zCUpgXgU

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What a great resource, and it has a wonderful animated .gif that really drives the point home. You should click on this!

List of scientifically controlled double blind studies which have conclusively demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathy: http://bit.ly/1grT4Vn
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