MySpace Gets A New Design

A teaser for the new MySpace just popped up on the internet today. If you don’t remember, Justin Timberlake and Specific Media purchased MySpace in 2011 for $35 million with plans to revive the dead social media network.

“We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community.”

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5 Reasons Why I Don’t Like The New Twitter

Ever since the new Twitter design rolled out, I immediately wasn’t a fan of it. Here are my 5 reasons why I don’t like the new Twitter.

1. Promotional Tweets
The two column switch – profile, tweet box, and trending topics on the left-hand side and timeline on the right. I believe the reason for this is based on how users/visitors scan a web page which is from top to bottom and left to right. While the left hand side is mostly focused on, twitter has a few promotional accounts/trends/tweets under the “Who To Follow”, “Trending Topics” sections and timeline. Because I’m using an Ad-Block extension, these promos don’t ever show up on my screen. Read More

Apple iCards great for all but awesome for the lazy

I’m sure that a lot of you have probably forgotten about Apple’s iCards app. With all the news coming in this week and the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs. iCards was announced this week and actually uses something called the Postal Service to send (brace for it) messages and images through a physical sense of e-mail called mail. And despite sounding like something outdated that old people are doing iCards is pretty cool.

Apple officially put out details on its iCards App today, and i’m very excited to hear more. iCards will let you take a photo on your idevice and send it out as a folded letterpress card. You get to choose between 21 different designs, add personalized messages and pick the contacts right from your device. After that your all set to ship it out and apple even ships worldwide. The Domestic rate is $2.99 and international will be $4.99. This includes your card and the postage, and you get to track your letter along the way to make sure it arrives.

Paying $2.99 for a letterpress card is a pretty good deal considering that if you go to the store to buy a card, it’s going to run you upwards of $3 plus your trip to the store and the hassle of getting it and filling it out. And Quite simply, Apple is taking the work out of being courteous, which is great, as being courteous sucks. With these, nobody will know how lazy you actually are. Except other iPhone owners. But who cares about them, right?

Several of the designs are now previewed online. They’re quite pretty cool i’m sure a lot of people will send at least 1 out to try it. [Apple]

Xume Magnetic Lens Filters Are Brilliantly Simple

Screwing expensive things into tiny threads is tedious—especially when you’re a photographer depending on speed. So why bother screwing filters on when you can employ the mystical powers of magnets? Snap on, snap off—no more screwing, ever.

The Xume system does require some labor up front: you need to install a magnetic adapter for each lens, and put each filter you own into its own complimentary magnetic ring. But once you’ve got your gear converted, you can yank your filters around as quickly as you please. The guy in the video even does it with no hands! That’s just hubris. The ease won’t be cheap—$33 for the 77mm lens adapter, and $13 for each ring—but might be worth it just for the sanity you’ll save. [Xume via Gadget Lab]