Earn industry-standard certifications in Adobe Creative Cloud’s popular programs


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The cliché of the starving artist exists for a reason—it’s hard to get paid for your skills with a paint brush. Luckily, there is a career path that will allow you to make your masterpieces and develop marketable skills simultaneously. With a solid foundation in graphic design, you can create beautiful digital art, touch up photos to stunning effect, create distinctive logos, and so much more. 

Get started on this career path today with the Graphic Design Certification School. This lifetime training subscription will introduce you to three essential tools professional graphic designers rely on, and help you get a valuable certificate in the process.  Read more…

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The seven ‘Game of Thrones’ fan theories you need to know before starting Season 7


Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers through Game of Thrones season 6.

Winter is almost here again … and it’s kind of too bad.

Because let’s be real: the dirty little secret of Game of Thrones fandom is that not watching this show is almost as fun as watching it. 

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The off-season is when the fun stuff happens. Bored fans start nitpicking, and eventually all that digging starts to bring up some odd notions. Fan theories flourish, then start to spread faster than wildfire through a sept.

But now it’s time to try and get that blaze under control again. With Game of Thrones Season 7 about to kick off, no one’s got time to read a 7,000-word argument on why Hot Pie is secretly a Tyrell or Brienne has been warging into Pod this whole time or Yara and Dany are destined to rule Westeros together or whatever. (Actually, do send me that last one – what can I say, I ship it.) Read more…

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Hyperloop One travel just got a step closer to reality


Hyperloop One successfully tested hyperloop travel as it watched a sled swoosh inside a near-vacuum tunnel at a maximum speed of 70 mph. 

The company claims this is the first time anyone has conducted a fully-realized test and promises to test a real pod capable of carrying people in the near future. Read more…

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Almost no big retailers support Bitcoin, and it’s not hard to guess why


Bitcoin’s price has been booming in the last two years (with some recent hiccups). This must mean that the cryptocurrency is becoming ubiquitous at online retailers, right?

Wrong. According to a new Morgan Stanley report, via Bloomberg, only three out of 500 largest online merchants accept Bitcoin. 

And it’s not growing either. That number is down from five retailers last year. 

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The report doesn’t say which three retailers accept Bitcoin, but it’s not very hard to guess—one is likely Overstock, which has been strongly advocating Bitcoin since 2014. But the largest online stores—Amazon, Wal-Mart, Apple—still do not accept direct payments with any cryptocurrency.  Read more…

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If these stories from people who saw ‘The Big Sick’ don’t get you to a theater, nothing will


There’s no one way to describe The Big Sick. It’s a love story, a story of family, a story of illness, a story of struggling on the road to success. It’s also a true story that happened to writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and as the film prepares for worldwide release, Nanjiani shared some of the heartfelt responses audiences have had to it.

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A young man of Indian/Pakistani heritage stood up in NY next to his white girlfriend & was choking up so hard he couldn’t get words out.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 12, 2017 Read more…

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Intense video shows elephant stranded at sea being saved by rescuers


This wasn’t your typical rescue mission.

An intense video circulating the internet (a version of which was posted by the Daily Mirror Sri Lanka and embedded above) shows rescuers from the Sri Lanka navy towing an elephant stranded at sea back to shore. 

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In the video, the elephant can be seen struggling to stay afloat and keep its trunk above water after being carried away by a strong current nearly 16km (9.9m) off Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coast.

Fortunately, the Sri Lankan navy picked up the elephant after it was spotted by a patrol boat, according to 9 News.  Read more…

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Bumble borrows Tinder’s thirstiest feature and we’re not entirely sure why


The Tinder SuperLike is, without a doubt, the app’s thirstiest, most desperate feature. And now rival app Bumble has just launched a copycat version of the feature — called “SuperSwipe” — for reasons beyond our comprehension. 

SEE ALSO: Face it, Super Liking on Tinder is for losers

Bumble announced the new SuperSwipe feature Wednesday, claiming that the feature allows you to tell potential matches “you’re confidently interested in them”. In a blog post announcing the new feature, Bumble said that users need only tap the new heart icon on a person’s profile and they’ll be “notified” that you’re interested in “getting to know them better”.  Read more…

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New Spotify feature seems to miss the entire point of music


There’s something really, truly special about flipping from a band called Oozing Wound to, oh, the second act of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet. It’s why Spotify is one of the greatest products of the App Age, and it’s also why we have some issues with the service’s new “Spotify for Brands” page.

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Visit spotify.me, which launched during the Cannes Lions Festival last month, and you’ll be treated to an assessment of your music-listening habits. We use that word carefully, because this is absolutely an evaluation of who you are as a consumer, as measured by what music you enjoy. Like any widely used online product trying to make a buck, Spotify collects a ton of data about its users and generates insights based on that data.  Read more…

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Hodor surprises fans, holds the door one last time on a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour in Northern Ireland


Hodor, you may gone, but you will never be forgotten. Kristian Nairn — the actor who played the iconic one-line character — is making sure of it.

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Nairn crashed one of Trip Advisor’s top-ranked Game of Thrones tours in Northern Ireland. 

He ironically hid behind a door while the tour guide spoke to the group. He then popped out from behind it to surprise the unsuspecting crowd. 

Nairn recorded his stunt and shared it on Twitter. 

Had one more chance to #HoldTheDoor. Thanks @TripAdvisor for helping me surprise fans on the #GOT tour in Northern Ireland! #TripAdvisor pic.twitter.com/Ehg1WNwQLA

— Kristian Nairn (@KristianNairn) July 12, 2017 Read more…

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