Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

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classic-fb BlackBerry just announced the Classic, a phone that looks warped into 2014 via 2009. While by all rights it appears to be solid QWERTY solution in a non-QWERTY world, it’s hilarious that the company announced their latest and greatest on the eve of what could be the opening of the Cuban embargo and, more important, massive upheaval in one of Blackberry’s major markets, Russia… Read More

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The Most Hirable and Sought After Job Skills This Year

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The Most Hirable and Sought After Job Skills This Year

If you’re wondering what job skills got the most people hired or looked at by recruiters this year, wonder no longer. This list shows the skill categories that got the most people new jobs out of LinkedIn‘s 330 million member profiles.

LinkedIn took a look at the data from all of it’s members and asked, "who’s getting hired and what are they doing?" What they came up with is 25 of the skills that led to a new gig, or at least a recruiter going after them. Here are the top five:

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  2. Middleware and Integration Software
  3. Storage Systems and Management
  4. Network and Information Security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing

As expected, job skills that have anything to do with digital data are a truly hot commodity, but it’s not all data oriented. Marketing, economics, and circuit design are all job skill categories that could land you a new job too. It also doesn’t hurt to have a second language under your belt. Do you have any of these highly sought after skills, or do you plan to learn them? Check out the complete list at the link below.

The 25 Hottest Skills of 2014 on LinkedIn | LinkedIn via Business Insider

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The beautiful title sequence of the new Netflix series Marco Polo

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The beautiful title sequence of the new Netflix series Marco Polo

Netflix premiered its new original series Marco Polo a few days ago. It tells the story of the famous explorer in the court of Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan. I haven’t seen it yet but its beautiful title sequence has convinced me to give it a go.

This is how they made it:


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The magic of writing on water with a fountain pen

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The magic of writing on water with a fountain pen

I love to watch someone write with a fountain pen. It tickles my neck to hear the strokes and see the trail it leaves. This video, however, shows a fountain pen writing a little differently. It’s writing with water. It’s like magic seeing the ink of the fountain pen instantly flow through the capillaries of the water.

It’s like water color with a fountain pen.


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In London You Can Now Rent ‘Well-Connected Partygoers’ To Get You Into The Best Clubs

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A new startup that connects would-be partygoers with nightlife aficionados is launching in London on Thursday, Dec. 18. The platform, called Zoola Fix, allows users to book "savvy and well-connected partygoers." It calls these people "Fixers." They guide revellers through the city’s hottest nightspots.

With Zoola Fix, users pay for nights out with Fixers as part of a community marketplace. Users can choose between Fixers who specialise in "exclusive members clubs", the LGBT scene, or "underground" events and venues.

It operates in 3 steps: Find a Fixer; Book them; Party on until the early morn. Anyone can apply to lead the nights out, though Zoola Fix explains that its operators go through a vetting process and must meet the company’s standards.

It’s the work of Richard Walker-Smith, who claims to have brought the "wildly popular" fish pedicure craze to the UK in 2010. That’s the one where your feet in a tank full of hungry fish and let them nibble the dead skin cells from your tired toes.

Zoola FixZoola Fix, right now, is in London and New York exclusively — but Walker-Smith has bold plans for his startup and, when the app is developed, wants to establish it as the go-to resource for people new to the city, tourists, or just those who are a bit stuck for ideas.

He told Business Insider: "Our Fixers will recreate the excitement of guests’ first night out — this is an entirely new business concept and things that haven’t been done before."

"Our Fixers will recreate the excitement of guests’ first night out — this is an entirely new business concept and things that haven’t been done before."

"Nights are going to be full throttle," Walker-Smith continues. "No holds barred affairs. Things that can normally detract from a night out are all taken care of to make them more enjoyable, so there’s no getting turned away from clubs and Fixer will queue for drinks, check coats in and arrange taxis on their guests’ behalf. Essentially, you party like a rock star!"

Walker-Smith explains he knows "all the right people and all the right places," so has always got the "go-to guy for a kick ass night out". He says he knows the best nightlife in the city — from private members’ clubs to wild warehouse raves.

He also mentions that nightcrawlers will also benefit from the company: "Fixers aren’t innocent bystanders, they’re in the club until the lights come on and they’re not satisfied until they’ve found an after party.The fourth round of tequilas will be their idea, going to three clubs instead of one will be their idea and, of course, the after party will be their idea."

Richard Walker Smith @ Casa Playroom by Al de PerezWalker-Smith’s network is still being built, but Zoola Fix is out in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the perfect time to launch a party business and future app.

The app will bring together "thousands" of party enthusiasts and organisers, and allow people to rate their Fixers — it works on a peer-to-peer basis, just like Uber, or Airbnb.

Walker-Smith tells Business Insider: "I’ve thrown Project X-inspired mansion parties and organised debaucherous bashes for the likes of Cirque du Soleil. But for me, nothing will beat this for fun-factor. I’m going to be a Fixer myself and can’t wait to meet new people from around the world, show them my favourite haunts and get paid to party — it doesn’t get much better than that!”

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Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

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Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz created this badass 2015 calendar featuring pictures of beautiful superheroins wearing impossible slashing liquid suits, including Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, or Catwoman. [NSFW-ish]

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Superheroines with liquid versions of their suits look so cool, NSFWish

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is a London-based photographer shooting under the name Aurum Light Studio.

You can follow Jaroslav on Facebook and Twitter, and preorder the calendar here.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic, striking, and just beautiful photography. If you are a photographer with awesome work, please drop me a line here.


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7 baby steps for a holiday tech detox

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Ditch the Kindle and grab a real book.

During the holidays, it’s difficult to appreciate free time and family when you’re constantly plugged in. Technology is ingrained in our everyday lives, so taking time off is a foreign feeling

If you think parting with your devices is such sweet sorrow, there are some baby steps you can take to unplug. Delete some apps, give up your tablet and take things slow.

We interviewed Levi Felix, founder of Digital Detox and Camp Grounded — Summer Camp for Adults, for his professional take on simple things you can do to unwind this holiday season. Read more…

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