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Independent Artists Raising $ and Consciousness

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Amazing Super Slow-Mo Video Shows How Your Camera Works

TIME

Ever wonder exactly how your DSLR camera works?

The Slow-Mo Guys, who post all sorts of neat super slow-mo video on YouTube, just uploaded a video that shows exactly what happens when you press the shutter release.

In the footage, you can clearly see the camera’s viewfinder mirror rise before the shutter drops to expose the digital sensor and record an image. Then the shutter closes and the mirror comes back down to complete the process. The video above shows the same process for a whole bunch of different shutter speeds.

Neat!

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Kenny G Says He Basically Invented the Starbucks Frappuccino

why not?

TIME

You probably haven’t thought about Kenny G in a while, but here’s some fun new information about him: the smooth jazz legend says he’s basically the reason Starbucks Frappuccinos exist.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Mr. G reflected on his early days as one of Starbucks’ first investors, when the store sold nothing but coffee. But another company, called Coffee Bean, was selling a sweet “blended” drink had people lined up around the block. He said he would always call up Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and tell him about this great drink that was essentially a milkshake.

Soon enough, Starbucks created its signature Frappuccino and everyone fell in love with. “I’d like to think I was partially responsible for that,” Kenny G said.

So next time you’re kneeling before the Kenny G shrine we know you have in your closet, thanking him for the sweet musical bliss he…

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One of the most important Yosemite features might also be putting your privacy at risk

BGR

One of the most important features in Apple’sYosemite desktop operating system is the new Spotlight search, which offers users quick access to apps and files on a Mac and also a fast way of accessing certain online resources. But Spotlight apparently has a flaw that can expose certain personal details to spammers and thus disregard the privacy settings chosen by the user.

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‘Ferguson’ Is 2014’s Name of the Year

TIME

In the basement of a Portland hotel Friday, a room full of members of the American Name Society gathered for their big annual event: voting on the name of the year for 2014. They nominated and spoke for and against the names of people, places and things that mattered last year before a decisive vote. By a 15-vote margin over the other finalists, “Ferguson” became their name of the year.

Ferguson, of course, is the name the St. Louis suburb where a police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown last year, setting off weeks of racially charged unrest around the country. Others also spoke up in favor of the eventual winner. “We can use our voice for social good and also for a movement that has some political weight to it,” said one member.

Iman Laversuch Nick, the incoming president of the society, gave a short speech in support…

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Amazon Again Tries To Unload Its Fire Phones, Dropping Price To $189 Off Contract, Including Prime

TechCrunch

Amazon’s Fire Phone made news this week with the backstory of why the phone flopped, and Amazon’s plans to reorganize the hardware group, Lab126, responsible for the smartphone. Now the retailer is trying again to clear the shelves of this device, selling the Fire Phone today for $189, off contract, including a year of Amazon Prime (normally $99). This is not the first fire sale (sorry) for the beleaguered smartphone, either – in November 2014, Amazon began retailing the phones for $199 unlocked. And that followed the drop to $0.99 with a two-year agreement with AT&T, down from the $199 on-contract price.

Before the sales, an unlocked Fire Phone cost $449.00.

The 32 GB Fire Phone on sale now for $189 includes a 4.7-inch HD display, a 13 MP camera, 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a full year of Prime benefits, including free, unlimited photo…

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