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    So, This is What Happen to Friendster

    Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization

    Cool Tool of the Month: Pixlr

    Pixlr is a free online photo sharing and editing tool from Autodesk (the folks that bring you AutoCAD and Maya). Actually, it was acquired by Autodesk last July for an undisclosed amount.

    Pixlr is really a suite of Web-based tools that include Pixlr EditorPixlr-O-Matic, the screen-grabber browser extensions Pixlr Grabber, and the photo sharer All designed to empower the non-professional to create, edit, and share images via social networks such as Facebook and Flickr. For Autodesk’s part, the company expands the image formats you can import/export, including formats with layers.

    With Picnik moving under Google+ next month, now is as good of a time as any to check out Pixlr.

    We Are Young by Fun (feat. Janelle Monáe)

    I know this song is getting a bit over-played (at least its chorus) in those Chevrolet commercials since the Super Bowl but “We Are Young” by indie rock band Fun is still a great song. And this acoustic version featuring Janelle Monáe is just awesome… better than (IMHO) the song’s official music video or this sexual allegory (I like the video, it just doesn’t really jibe with the lyrics).

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    Flippin’ Your Ipsum

    To show a client what their website (brochure, postcard, book design, etc.) might look like with content, designers use placeholder dummy text. Most likely that dummy text is lorem ipsum, seemingly random strings of Latin text that looks something like this…

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi a nibh nunc. Sed lacinia urna et ante consequat ultrices. Suspendisse faucibus elementum erat. Suspendisse tempor convallis nisi, eget porta lectus congue sed. Nunc in enim magna, vitae ultricies metus. Aliquam malesuada enim at massa sagittis porttitor. Sed a tortor diam. Proin tortor quam, consectetur eu venenatis eu, sollicitudin eu tortor.

    It was crafted to simulate size and spacing of English sentences so lorem ipsum is neither random nor truly Latin but it can get kind of boring.

    To help break the monotony, here are some of my favorite alternative lorem ipsum generators:

    Got an ipsum of your own? Do share.

    The New Apple iPad (the Same but Better)

    Apple unveiled the new iPad today (available in stores on 3/14). You can pre-order now, pricing is $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB). Or you can get an iPad2 at a $100 discount.

    This is not the iPad3. It is the new Apple iPad (Apple want’s to be perfectly clear about this).

    It is slightly thicker (from 8.8mm to 9.44mm) and heavier (from 1.33 lbs to 1.44 lbs) but the initial consensus from tech journalists is that this iPad is the same but better. The biggest wows are the 2048 x 1536 Retina Display (264 pixels per inch, bringing it on par with the iPhone 4s) and the 4G support.

    Jon Phillips of Wired was one of those tech journalists who got to spend 15 minutes with the new iPad:

    Very little during our hands-on demo provoked a moment of jaw-dropping awe. The best tablet of 2011 is now undoubtedly better — but for Apple, is this good enough? If anything, we’ve been spoiled by the performance and finesse of Apple’s existing products. We’ve become inured to the company’s unique charms.

    At first glance, the new iPad exudes familiarity — and not just because most of its features were telegraphed via leaks and rumors during the last four months. The new slate’s physical design is nearly identical to that of the iPad 2, and nothing about its Appley comportment screams, “I’m an entirely new tablet!” The home button remains intact, and all but one physical dimension remains the same.

    It’s only when you hold the new iPad in your hands — and then turn on its screen — that you begin to notice two key differences.

    Read the rest of Jon’s first impression here.