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Coin Launches Electronic Credit Card Wallet

November 30, 2013 by  

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San Francisco startup Coin has launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to introduce a credit-card-sized device that scans all your credit cards and can be used in-store as a proxy swipe for any of your credit card data, without having to carry any of them. The company had planned a pre-order campaign that would top out at $50,000, at $50 a piece pre-order price. They blew past that goal in 40 minutes today, a testament to the desire for folks to leave their plastic at home. The device itself is as thin as a regular credit card, enable it to fit inside credit card machines and features a raised button and a small LCD so you can see which credit card you have summoned up. To use the card you select a payment type with the button and just swipe. The Coin card “mimics” a regular credit or gift card. The Coin card reads your credit cards with a Square-like credit-card reader, and holds up to eight cards. The device uses low-power Bluetooth to connect to your iOS device and warn you when you’ve left the device behind, say in a restaurant after drinking too much.


Yosemite National Park In All Its Autumn Glory

November 30, 2013 by  

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I’ve been to America’s infamous Yosemite National Park a couple times before, but never with my trusty Canon 7D in tow, ready to shoot at any time of day or night. I recently headed to the park on Veteran’s Day weekend with a group of 18 or so photographers, mostly amateurs although we had a few pros on the trip as well. With us was renowned landscape photographer Seraphina Landgrebe, who studied with Ansel Adams. Below is one of my favorite shots I took from the three days although there were so many….. Yosemite Valley is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, cliffs and unusual rock formations. It is open year round and may be reached via Highway 41 from Fresno California, Highway 140 from Merced, Highway 120 west from Manteca and via the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) from Lee Vining. The Valley is known for massive cliff faces like El Capitan and Half Dome, its plunging waterfalls, including the tallest in North America, and its stunning meadows. El Capitan is a massive granite monolith that stands 3,593 feet from base to summit. Scroll down for a series of shots, where you’ll see one stunning…

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The 4 Star Otel Senbayrak in Adana Turkey

November 30, 2013 by  

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I recently stayed at the Otel Senbayrak in Adana Turkey, a 4 star luxury hotel in the centre of Adana.It is situated on a corner at Sefa Ozer Caddesim, which is downtown, near all the major sights in Adana and close to a market and local bus routes, including a handy airport connection bus stop just a few streets away. Our room had a “lounge” section with comfy settees and chairs, a TV and a table. amazing double bed adana   The main room featured a small lounge, two TVs, a window with a view, a huge comfy double bed, a fridge, a desk, a table, a cabinet.  Below, the bathroom in Otel Senbayrak. otel senbayrak bathroom   The highlight of the view was seeing the spectacular Sabanci Central Mosque from our bedroom: the biggest Mosque in Turkey, no less. mosque view adana otel senbayrak   The staff issued maps of Adana, told us about the sights and were very welcoming and friendly. Below, the very clean and

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Maboneng’s, A Hip & Artistic Side of Johannesburg

November 30, 2013 by  

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musician Hipster probably isn’t the first word you think of when you picture Johannesburg. While the city has a turbulent past that still affects the way people perceive it, Joburg is home to a number of neighborhoods with worthwhile offerings: Upscale shopping in Sandton, nightlife in Soweto, street art and heritage in Newtown, Mandela history in Rivonia, and, a neighborhood that reminded me of my home borough of Brooklyn: Maboneng. Sitting on land that was where Johannesburg‘s first suburb sat, the neighborhood all started with the opening of Arts on Main in 2009. Arts on Main is a fair-like experience featuring studios, galleries, artisanal food vendors, vintage clothing vendors and tables of handcrafted accessories. As it grew into a popular social hub there became a need to expand the arts focus to something larger than a courtyard and building, but to an entire neighborhood that we now know as Maboneng, which means “place of light.” arts on main One of the rooms in the Arts on Main building in Maboneng Propertuity is the development company who took on the project, transforming this once dangerous inner city…

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Pure Innovation In Nest Protect Smoke Alarm

November 30, 2013 by  

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The company that made its mark with the innovative Next thermostat has launched Nest Protect smoke alarm ($129), a “smart” smoke alarm.
Here’s what makes Nest Protect different from regular smoke alarms:
  • Silence alarms with a wave – No more swinging with at your smoke alarm with brooms or towels. A wave of your hand is all it takes.
  • Alert before alarm – A friendly alert lets you handle burning toast before a piercing alarm goes off.
  • Phone updates – Nest Protect sends a message to your phone if the alarm goes off or if batteries run low, without those annoying low-battery chirps.
In addition to an alarm sound, Nest Protect speaks to you with a human voice. Watch this company video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXp-LYBXwfoNest Protect is another example of innovative hardware brought to you by sheer ingenuity.


West Village’s Melibea For Urban Mediterranean Cuisine

November 29, 2013 by  

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Ever so rarely in this darling city of ours do you hit the restaurant trinity: amazing food, fabulous vibe, and top-notch service.  One?  All over the place.  Two?  No problem.  But three out of three?  That’s a rarity I’m certainly willing to sing about. Last night I had the true pleasure to dine in a place that excelled in all three areas, plus introduced a lovely urban Mediterranean concept that is quite brilliant and will sure to be making a splash in the restaurant industry, the West Village’s Melibea.  Chef Alex Urena creates dishes that are inspired by countries touching the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Morocco and Turkey.  Put a NYC urban twist on things, and you have exquisitely presented dishes that are fresh and savory on the tastebuds, and aesthetically pleasing on the eyes.  Wouldn’t you agree?     I also applaud that the produce is sourced locally right here in NYC from local farmer’s markets.  In chatting with the bartender, I found that whatever is fresh and good that day at the market is what…

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The Cradle Of Humankind in Southern Africa

November 29, 2013 by  

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Australopithecus africanus The ancient world. Typically, this term brings to mind places like Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Greece; however, many findings show the birthplace of civilization is actually Africa. During a visit to the Origins Centre (located on the University of Witwatrersand campus) in Johannesburg, I had my mind completely blown as I perused exhibits showing how gold, diamonds, artwork and even human genes all originated in Africa. In fact, the oldest known possible hominid ancestor of modern human beings — which is 7 million years old — was found in Chad in 2001. As soon as you walk through the door of the museum you’ll see a piece of modern art depicting an Afrocentric map made of a shiny metal material. The map shows Africa in the very center, giving the viewer the idea the continent is the center of the world. As you continue on through the institution there are a number of interesting exhibits, for example, a chronological display of ancient tools from different cultures, re-creations of human skulls found throughout Africa and an exhibit depicting a timeline of the Earth’s layers from each continent and what has…

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North Carolina: Wine & Sustainable Farms

November 29, 2013 by  

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Sip Wine Ship From outside, it can be easy to overlook the unassuming shop, shyly snuggled in a strip mall in Cary, North Carolina; however, most people who enter ‘Sip: a wine store’ start planning their next visit before they leave. April, who co-owns the store with her husband, Josh, greets visitors with a smile and a glass of wine. Owning a wine store has always been April’s dream, as she’s been passionate about food and wine for as long as she remembers. When asked what she loves about wine, her eyes sparkle as she says with a smile, “I love seeing people’s lights go off when they realize they found a white when they say they hated whites, or when they find a red that’s not tannic and they had no idea there was anything beyond a Cabernet. [Wine] is like a living art form, always evolving and never boring. And there’s something for everyone.” The store embodies the warm feeling that comes with a good glass of wine, with its homey ambiance and kitschy thrift store furniture, pieces found by the side of the road or crafted by local carpenters using repurposed local wood.…

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