Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Drawing logos from memory, redesigning the classic bra, a Gloria Steinem biopic and more

1. Plan a Photograph Through Augmented Reality With the iOS app Blocker, users can quite literally block out photographic or filmic scenes: pull in what the camera sees, drop in and track 3D models and then play with light. This allows the user to set up the perfect photograph in advance of a shoot. The app tracks a scene as the camera moves, granting a …

Tweet Character Count Doubles

It’s just a global test for now but, according to the Verge, tweets with up to 280 characters have been making their way around the social media platform. Twitter’s motivation here is to allow users to be more expressive and to alleviate frustration. For many though, the 140 character limit has been an important challenge in honing a messages—oftentimes resulting in new means of communicating …

NASA Dominated Social Media in 2016

While many people have been following NASA (and various individual astronauts, astrophysicists and scientists) online for some time, 2016 was the government entity’s biggest year yet. Or, as Quartz says, “a bunch of government space geeks at NASA won the internet.” While NASA’s social media presence already soars literal galaxies over everybody else’s, they also tapped into very human, personal stories. Quartz delves deep into …

Google Can Read Emoji: Farewell Language

Google has added yet another feather to its bow: it can speak emoji. If you tweet Google an emoji, the company’s Twitter handle will reply with a GIF and a link with potentially useful local suggestions. Send them the pizza, and they will direct you to slice joints nearby. The gang at The Verge did some investigating regarding trickier emoji, head over there to see …

Twitter: Stronger or Weaker?

While there may be an intense Wall Street-applied weight impacting the future of Twitter, a quick glance at the service during any milestone event (which can be read as “Presidential debate”) or all that falls between (such as every other television program or cultural touch-points) reveals something very different. According to an essay in the New Yorker by James Surowiecki, “Though it’s grown revenue to …