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South Carolina prisoners are given years in solitary for using Facebook

Facebook is causing serious problems for South Carolina’s prison population. An investigation from the Electronic Frontier Foundation has found hundreds of prisoners in South Carolina that have been sentenced to solitary confinement for posting to Facebook from contraband phones. Those sentences can easily ballooned to ridiculous levels, sentencing one prisoner to the equivalent of 37 years of solitary, together with the equivalent of 74 years of lost visitation rights, for a total of 38 Facebook posts. Because of a given prisoner’s sentence, the effective length of the punishment is often much shorter, but it still stands as a stark punishment for services many outsiders take for granted.

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Valentine Goods for Apple Products: Using unique skins like ostrich, stingray and cobra, this NYC designer makes iPhone accessories that are a cut above the rest

Valentine Goods for Apple Products

Awash in a sea of iPhone accessories, Valentine Goods is a step above most. Valentine Goods first caught our eye in May 2012 with a set of premium leather iPhone backs made using an original selection of uncommon skins such as ostrich, stingray and……

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How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S

Tangerine, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are the characters: flinty, funny, nobody’s victim. But the story behind the camera is as surprising as what’s in front of it. Particularly because the camera used to shoot Tangerine was the iPhone 5S.

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The Thing Quarterly: Issue 25: In his first monograph “Reproductions,” Brian Roettinger weaves his past design work into collage form using a photocopier

The Thing Quarterly: Issue 25

Since commissioning John Baldessari to create a set of pillowcases, the team at conceptual periodical The Thing Quarterly has been hard at work to send subscribers delightful (and usable) objects dreamt up by creatives—most recently a 12″ LP designed……

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Kitterly Knitting and Crochet Kits: Using technology to match makers and their skill levels with preassembled packages

Kitterly Knitting and Crochet Kits

Worth more than $ 3 billion a year, the knitting and crochet industry is no laughing matter, and you’d be mistaken for thinking it’s not high on Silicon Valley’s list of things to update. As such, Kitterly is a DIY, tech-focused platform that matches……

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5 steps to finding clients using LinkedIn

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If you’re a securely employed creative (that’s perhaps about 12 of you), then you can be lazy and skip this article. But if you do freelance work or own your own shop, then getting new clients is a concern you live with on an all-too-frequent basis. How one goes about finding new clients will depend on what you do, and who your clients are. If you do creative freelance for the advertising or publishing worlds, then obtaining lists of art directors and art buyers in these fields is doable, if potentially costly.

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Are You Using the Best WordPress Theme of 2015?

WordPress themes come in a variety of hues. They could invoke a single purpose, or be ready for anything you throw at them. They could have a lot of features, or a few choice ones. Yet in the end, it all boils down to how well they meet your needs and fit in with your personal working style.

Recently, I’ve been trying to evaluate my choices and gain some perspective. So, I dug up over a dozen premium themes for WordPress and listed them here. I invite you to look them over, and see what you think about the most promising themes at the onset of 2015.

X Theme

First prize goes to X Theme for being so resourceful. It has a resourceful customer service, not to mention powerful features and desirable usability. You can forget about stark templates and create endless unique websites with Stacks. The Stacks are Integrity, Renew, Icon, and Ethos. These are complete designs, open for customization with a live editor.

Nothing’s stopping you to conceive distinguishing websites for all your clients with one of the beautiful designs from X Theme. You receive all the help you can get via tutorial videos, 30+ demos, and a customer service that is second to none. Themeco is working to update their demos for each Stack, and also add some new ones to the pile.

X Theme has amazing new plugins. It recently integrated 15 useful Extensions that are yours for free, once you confirm your purchase. Some of them help you bring visual enhancements to your websites (Revolution Slider, Visual Composer), others are more on the administrative side (Google Analytics, Disqus Comments), or boost marketing (Video Lock, Content Dock).

BeTheme – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

BeTheme deserves a place on the podium. This is one of the most promising and flexible themes of 2015. Its creators, Muffin Group, have chosen to give us 3 choices. We can either build pages with the Visual Composer, take advantage of some of the 200 shortcodes, or try their very own Muffin Builder. In any case, you may customize every single page on your website with BeTheme.

Overall, users gain access to 70+ demos, all of which are just one click away from installation. The demos are absolutely gorgeous. What is more, BeTheme is compatible with plugins like MailChimp, Contact Form 7, Yoast, bbPress, and WP Mobile Detect. This theme is scheduled to be updated every week, so you can bet that it keeps up with the latest WordPress features.


You don’t always need to get rid of an old theme, and install a new one. Perhaps you should keep it, and use a tool that helps you make some swift changes you couldn’t make before. The Qards plugin would assist you in that task, no matter what theme you’re using. As a matter of fact, it’s engineered to work with all installed themes.

It’s a lot easier to use a card system and strike up different page layouts. Qards lets you do that without programming skills. You can build layouts simply, from cards that are responsive across all known devices. Drop your content there, and tweak anything about your cards with the in-line editor.


I don’t think you’ll hear anyone say that they’re looking to create an unresponsive website in 2015. It’s totally out of the question. All first-class themes are responsive. Brand.ed is a responsive theme that works wonders with your portfolio projects.

It has a standard-compliant, custom page builder to make easy work of crafting layouts. Brand.ed also happens to include horizontal parallax, a fabulous Icon set, and the Slider Revolution plugin.


It wouldn’t do to overlook Divi this year. Elegant Themes have truly outdone themselves with this theme. In my view, it would be a good call to use it for E-commerce websites. If you tried the new divi Builder 2.0, you’d see that it allows you to create layouts by permuting modules. CSS boxes are built in the modules, so there really are no limits to how much you may customize. Divi also has pre-made layouts at the ready.

ROSA – An Exquisite Parallax WordPress Theme

Even though Rosa started out as a great solution for restaurant pages, it has evolved into a multi-purpose theme. And by multi-purpose, I mean photography or portfolio websites. Or any kind of image-centric website, for that matter. With Rosa, you may set up delightful image galleries, and spice up the content with typography animations. Besides, let’s not forget that this is a parallax theme, so you can count on it to engage your website users.

Kallyas -Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

2015 is the year when we separate the wheat from the chaff. Kallyas and its easy-going page builder gets top grades. Since this theme offers 3 portfolio layouts and huge slider variety, it can help you strike up a handsome portfolio website within minutes. Plus, it’s wired for WooCommerce, too. Yet, above all else, Kallyas comes with wealthy documentation. And if you still have any doubts, the customer support instantly relieves you of them.

Royal – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Whenever you’re getting started on a website and aren’t sure how to proceed, move forward with Royal. You’ll find your inspiration among the 60+ themes, for sure. A plethora of widgets and shortcodes are at your service with this theme. 8theme even packed it with an Installer feature whereby users can get a functional website up and running in 10 minutes. Not only a functional website, but a beautiful one, too.

SnapShop – Responsive WooCommerce WordPress Theme

If you want online shoppers to flock to your web stores, turn to SnapShot. It’s going to give you the key ingredients to create glorious E-commerce websites in 2015. First off, the WooMapper enables you to pin the product image with information, which gets through to users without their having to wait for another page to load. In addition, SnapShot lets you establish product preview inspired by Pinterest, and give users a simple Product Filter.


For gadget magazines and tech blogs, I recommend Codilight from FameThemes – because it has a stellar review system that you can integrate with posts. Not only that, but the design is very neat. Codilight draws its name from the attempt to make WordPress website creation free from coding. And so, it’s based on the latest HTML5 and CSS. Users never have to write code. The theme options panel is rich and easy to navigate.


Next, I would like to introduce you to WooPress, which is made by 8theme. It would be great to use it this year and come up with ultra chic web shops. Besides, 8theme has a record of intuiting new trends and adopting them really fast. WooPress is essentially based on flat design.

Opus – Multipurpose Business WordPress Theme

Opus would make any company’s website look opulent and polished. What is more, this theme might also be employed for blogs, portfolios, and WooCommerce. You can make use of parallax, and up to 100 shortcodes, to create your Opus website. And the page builder has a live previewer, which makes everything more simple.

Circle Flip – Responsive WordPress Multipurpose Theme

Take a few moments to check out the demos from Circle Flip. This theme allows full demo access, so any curious bystander can see what kind of websites are possible with it. And if you’re hooked, buy it. You can also use 9 pre-styled homepage layouts for company websites.


Jobify is a revered theme for job board websites. My guess is that it will continue to sell wildly in 2015. On ThemeForest, it currently numbers almost 4 thousand users. It takes 5 minutes to install Jobify, and start a mobile-friendly community where users may search/post jobs, and submit listings.


Finally, I would like to mention Javo, an award-winning directory theme with PayPal and MailChimp integration. It’s rich in various shortcodes for items, events, ratings, reviews. Also, you can create custom fields for items. If you want to learn more about Javo and its many features, it’s enough to watch Javo Themes’ video guides on Youtube.

Final thoughts

As the old adage has it, there is no smoke without a fire. So, what premium themes do you think are going to light your fire, as you design fresh websites this year? Do you recognize some of your own favorites on this list? Let me know if you do.

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Microsoft has finally stopped using the name Windows Phone

The naming nightmare is over. Microsoft, the company that brought you names like Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Phone 7 Series, finally has a single name for its core Windows products: Windows 10. That’s right. The next version of its operating system will be called Windows 10 whether it’s running on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop PC. That’s a particularly sensible decision this time around. Microsoft has been making a big deal about the ability for “universal” apps to run across different form factors — from phones to the desktop — so branding it all as the same system should help consumers understand that it’s meant to be a consistent platform.

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