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The Need for Quality Photos

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Images are important. There’s just no way around it. As the reach of Internet-based posts continues to grow, so does the importance of using photos that won’t blur or pixelate on a web page. The same goes for printed materials, which can easily smudge as soon as ink hits paper. And as cameras continue to advance, even those that are built directly into our phones, there’s really no excuse for hosting a bad photo. (That is, unless you’re taking screen shots from a favorite 90s TV show, which is itself blurry.)

But with clear images also comes the need for quality poses and facial expressions. (When a questionable picture is clear, it just means you’ll look that much more awkward when making a face...

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From Microsoft to Apple – How My Allegiance Changed

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IM-A-MAC-laptop-vinylI’m a Mac. Have been since 2010, when, after purchasing my third computer in five years, I decided to upgrade and save myself the hassle of pouring money into Dell. Also, my computer-nerd brother is a layman Apple spokesperson and had been nagging me about making the switch for a year. So I gave in.

Yes, it was more expensive, but I’ve now had the same MacBook for four years, and the same iPhone for two and a half. (Much to Verizon’s dismay.) Overall, the extra funds were worth paying upfront. Not only have I not had to purchase a new computer, I’ve saved hundreds in anti-virus software and repair bills. And also Tylenol.

Besides, my Mac is fast, compatible, and runs Chrome – and everything else Google –like a champ. Its battery life is even running strong...

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Are Selfies Over Yet?

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phone taking a selfie of itself with a mirrorThe selfie. The photo taking practice that has now turned into an everyday event. One that started out of a necessity – when there simply was no one else to snap a pic – has now become a daily occurrence. Faces are made, poses given, and other events that don’t necessitate the need for a photo. And yet they still take place each and every day. Worse, they’re blasted all across the Internet with hashtags like #selfieSaturday. It’s enough to make this pre-smartphone-er sigh uncontrollably.

Remember back before everyone was carrying a camera at all times? Or when they were, it took only pixelated crappy pics that couldn’t be shared online? Now, with the help of technology, those primitive days have taken a very sharp turn toward ample picture taking, and ample picture sharing on any...

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5 Sitcom Characters Who Would Have Rocked Social Media

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Though social media is a new practice, the world of sitcoms have been around for decades. With their humorous ways, unique antics, and flare for the extreme, audiences of all ages have fallen in love with these programs since they came onto screen. But what if our favorite characters from the 80s and 90s – even 2000s – had social media?

Would Jerry and Newman have followed each other on Instagram? (And think of George’s YouTube hits – all renditions that pertain to his current location, of course. Believe it or not, he isn’t at home.) Would Ross and Rachel still have been Facebook friends after their controversial split? Mr. Roper would have surely known Jack’s love for women based on his offensive Snapchats...

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Reasons to GIF not JIF; Hard Vote for the Hard G

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jif-vs-gif looney tunesSeveral years ago, users of the Internet were introduced to the GIF – also known as graphics interchange format. It’s a picture/video combination in which we are shown a few short seconds of action on repeat. So that we might have a better understanding of what the poster was trying to convey. Kind of like a painting from Harry Potter only shorter. And with this release, we started calling the files GIF – with a guh – for short, which is what any English speaker should call it.

The creators, however, tend to disagree. They opt for JIF instead, as if “graphics” was actually “juraphics.” (Which, BTW I’d totally be on board with.) But since graphics has been pronounced with a hard G since the beginning of time, I have to respectfully disagree...

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