How to Take Honest iPhone Photos

During the recent Adobe 99U conference, Brooklyn-based Aundre Larrow discussed his work as a portrait photographer and the immense importance of “honest photography.” What he means by that is “pictures that don’t rely on editing or retouching and portray people as they really are,” and the trick to that is understanding just how essential light is. Larrow says, “Photography is painting with light” and because …

Susan Bennett Explains How She Became the Voice of Siri

Susan Bennett’s voice has always been special. Back at the start of her career, she toured as a back-up singer for musicians like Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison, while also singing jingles. In July 2005, however, she took on a recording project: recording jibberish phrases for one month. It was for the text-to-speech company ScanSoft, a phone messaging system that would ultimately become Siri. Through …

Apple Pay For Peer-to-Peer Payments

Offering further competition to PayPal and Venmo, Apple Pay’s forthcoming peer-to-peer payment ability banks on iMessage connectivity (meaning only active iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch users can utilize it). No additional account will need to be set up, and a transfer is immediately converted to an Apple Pay Cash Cash which is visually stored in Wallet (but kept in an off-phone account, in case a …

Arc Phone Case’s Advanced Ergonomics

A multifunctional X-shaped wrap for iPhones, Androids and the Google Pixel

In the phone case product category, just about everything feels as if it’s been addressed, from waterproof and indestructible to bedazzled and novelty. And yet, the Arc Case—on Kickstarter now—doesn’t look like any other and incorporates the functionality of many. An ergonomic criss-crossed body set atop heavy knit elastic strips actually allows room for a finger to slip behind—mimicking the functionality of a ring. Rivets …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Spelling bees as a sport, living on Mars, inventions for future humans, Muppets and more

1. United Arab Emirates Aims to Colonize Mars by 2117 Potentially named City of Wisdom, a fully functioning outpost for 600,000 people on Mars is a new goal for the United Arab Emirates. And the target year happens to be 2117. Appropriately named “Mars 2117,” the project aims to be a multinational effort according to program director Saeed Gergawi. For such an effort to work, …