What is Didi?

What is Didi?

Apple is investing in Didi. What is Didi? Didi Chuxing is Uber's competitor in China. Didi provides around 11 million rides a day via taxis and vehicles for hire. Apple's sales were up in China in the last fiscal year, but they were down in the last quarter. Also, there were problems recently between Chinese government regulators and Apple recently when they stopped Apple's iBooks and iTunes services in their country. So, it seems to be goodwill that they would invest in the Didi Chuxing smartphone app. Watch the WSJ video: Click here to read more at Bloomberg. Click here to read more at Wikipedia....
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Never Stop Becoming More

Never Stop Becoming More

Never stop becoming more. I want to keep learning and growing in every area of my life forever. Without learning and growth, life becomes stagnate and toxic. Quotes to inspire and motivate: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Phillipians 4:9 "Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning." Proverbs 9:9 "Learning never exhausts the mind." Leonardo da Vinci "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Fraklin "A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success." Chet Atkins "A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And...
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The Great Need Within The Great Need

The Great Need Within The Great Need

"Not only is there a lack of resources, many cultures in developing countries marginalize disabled children from society, making them extremely vulnerable and more likely to experience discrimination. Children with special needs are more susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation than children without disabilities." Caroline Logan. Borgen Magazine, August 2014. Within the poverty of developing countries there are millions of children who are in need of health, sanitation and nutrition.  Further down in their population is a group who are often cast aside and forgotten - those with disabilities and special needs.  They can't be sold or worked for profit, so developing countries have no use for them. As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand how challenging it can be for a child to live with disabilities and special needs in the United States. How much more extremely difficult it must be in developing areas like Congo, Guinea, Bosnia, Haiti, etc...? "The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found...
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Virtual Reality and 360 Video Panel

Virtual Reality and 360 Video Panel

The B & H Photo live stream event, A Production Revolution: Virtual Reality and 360 Video Live Panel Discussion, today shared interesting takes about virtual reality and 360 video. What is virtual reality (VR)? "...the creation and stimulation of environments that you can interact with and experience. Virtual reality is simply the next way that we are going to tell stories. Take it a whole step beyond film and photos and traditional story telling methods." Nicolas Cambata Notes & Takeaways: Pre-Production Treat production with virtual reality and 360 video like a stage play. Filming Be mindful of framing; watch for objects which may interfere with the immersive experience (foreground). Treat the camera(s) like a person and think about the human reaction Post-Production "Painting out" in frames is possible. Stitching is necessary to "stitch" overlapping fields of view. It turns the individual videos into a single, high resolution, seemless panoramic video. Click here to check out VideoStitch tutorial. Parallax will need to be corrected. Parallax error is introduced by the slightly different...
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Compact Sony Cameras to Supplement Film Production

Compact Sony Cameras to Supplement Film Production

If you are looking for another camera to work along with your main camera, Sony offers 3 smaller cameras to choose from - the FS7, RX10 or a7S models. Here are the specs: Specs for the RX10 Imaging Pixels Actual: 21 Megapixel Effective: 20.2 Megapixel Sensor 1.0" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD, XAVC S Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM Max Resolution 20 MP: 5472 x 3648 Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 Image Stabilization Optical Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB Optics Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 14 elements in 11 groups 7 Aspherical EFL: 8.8-73.3mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-200mm) Aperture: f/2.8 Filter Thread 62mm Zoom Optical: 8.3x Clear Image Zoom: 16x Digital: 33x Focus Range Wide: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity Telephoto: 9.84" (25 cm) - Infinity Exposure Control ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 64-25600) Shutter Type: Mechanical Speed: 4 - 1/3200 seconds in  Auto Mode Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 - 1/3200 seconds in  Program Mode Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 - 1/3200 seconds in  Bulb Mode Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 - 1/3200 seconds in  Aperture Priority Mode Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 - 1/3200 seconds in  Shutter Priority Mode Type: Electronic Speed: 4 - 1/32000 seconds in  Auto Mode Type: Electronic Speed: 30 - 1/32000 seconds in  Program Mode Type: Electronic Speed: 30...
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Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Sarah and Tony Witbrod are passionate about helping children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There are an estimated 4.6 million orphaned children in this area of Africa. In February, the Washington Times published an article detailing their inspiring story of finding hope for Congolese children through the tragedy of others. Here's an excerpt: "The brief life of a little girl named Wren is making a positive difference for many other children. Sarah and Tony Witbrod were in the process of adopting Wren in 2010 from an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are an estimated 4-6 million orphans in this war-ravaged country in central Africa. The Witbrods, who lived in Douglas at the time, also planned to adopt Wren’s sister Emory because they did not want the two to be separated. On Oct. 27, 2010, they received a phone call with a devastating message that changed their lives: 15-month-old Wren had died. A malaria epidemic swept through...
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Is Scala a More Efficient Programming Language?

Is Scala a More Efficient Programming Language?

Recently I've heard more mention of Scala in programming realms that it could become a better standard for programming languages.  It seems they are gaining popularity. According to their website, Twitter, LinkedIn and Intel are using Scala with their systems. It's goal is to create a more efficient programming language. Comparison to other programming languages "Scala is statically typed, while both Groovy and Clojure are dynamically typed. This makes the type system more complex and difficult to understand but allows almost all type errors to be caught at compile-time and can result in significantly faster execution. "  via Wikipedia History The programming language name is a blend of the words "scalable" and "language". Martin Odersky began developing Scala in 2001.  The first version of Scala was introduced to the public in 2004. The second version released in 2006. The current version is 2.11.8. Watch Marconi Lanna's 2015 review of Scala Click here to visit the Scala website and learn more. Click here to read more at Wikipedia....
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Nike Pro Skills

Nike Pro Skills is helping youth grow to not only become better basketball players. They are providing the opportunity to become better citizens. Today I had the privilege of meeting Josh Feemster who is a Nike Pro Skills coach in Dallas. He shared that another aspect of Nike Pro Skills is their mission to help youth in Haiti. They make it possible for boys to come to the U.S. with the prospect of building a better life through basketball. Visit the website to learn more. www.nikeproskills.com Follow them on Twitter teamproskills...
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