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Italian Artist Gives Celebrities the Finger

Just when you think you've seen everything, you stumble across something like the work of Bologna-based Il Dito, a pseudonym which is apparently Italian for "the finger." According to UK-based site Metro, the artist has explained this unusual approach to portraiture thusly: "In Italian someone could say I wanted to 'hide myself behind my finger' - it's a metaphor to indicate a not-very-effective hiding place. I used this metaphor to say we all try to hide ourselves behind an image of us we create. That's my finger, the changing masks everybody wears in playing life... especially famous people." Works for me, since there are certainly worse Italian metaphors based on body parts. I've posted a few fave portraits below from the many to be found on the Ditology site.

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How to get advertisers to stop tracking your iPhone

By default your activities on your iOS 6 device are tracked by Apple and advertisers in order to provide you with targeted advertising. The data gathered is not associated with your real person, but you may still decide to disable it. Follow these 4 screens and you switched it off for good.

First open Settings. Then select General / About / Advertising (scroll all the way down) and finally Switch ON the Limit Ad Tracking option.

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Your Communication Design Job Sucks

Or does it? Check out the AIGA|Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2012 to see just how well (or how badly) you're doing, compared to your peers. You'll need to be an AIGA member to access all the data but those of us who aren't can still peruse the top-line results.

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Pentawards 2012 Packaging Design Award Winners

The Pentawards has as its mission the global promotion of packaging design. Brigitte Evrard, Pentawards co-founder, states that: "Packaging design is a very demanding and difficult discipline, as it is subject to the laws of a market more and more focused on cost reduction and short-term profitability. Packaging designers must often do a lot with a little. The goal of the Pentawards is to reward designs originating from all markets, from mass-market to luxury."

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How to report a problem in Apple Maps

Apple Maps is fast and beautiful, but it is not as up-to-date with points of interests as Google Maps and sometimes contains incorrect information too. However Apple is committed to get the maps better fast as Tim Cook expressed in his open letter on the subject.

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Adobe Launches Free Software Initiative But No One Notices

Last weak, to great fanfare, Adobe launched its Edge Tools and Services initiative, designed to make us forget the firm ever championed Flash as a technology for creating cross-device rich media. While the two-hour presentation above is well worth watching, I've sketched out below the high points of what Adobe delivered to save you some time. The main thing to keep in mind, which Adobe has not done enough to make clear, is that all the Edge applications and services are free. Yes, they're part of its Creative Cloud subscription service, but you can access them via the free level, which is not a trial. If you're really short on time just jump straight to Edge Animate, since it's simply a great little tool for creating web animations.

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Tim Cook Apologizes For Apple Maps in an Open Letter

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

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Adobe's Cutting Edge

If there were any lingering doubts that Adobe still saw a future in Flash, this week's announcement of a slew of software and services that focus on the development of mobile-ready content and apps based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript have put those to rest once and for all. Part of the repositioning process is Adobe's involvement in initiatives that promote noteworthy work created with this trinity of web standards. One of the latest of these, The Cutting Edge Project of the Week, is currently featuring a nicely done movie promotion site for ParaNorman, which spans desktop, mobile and tablet displays. An interesting side note is that the main character in the movie was animated by using parts created with a 3D printer.

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Apple iPhone 5 beats Samsung Galaxy SIII in tests

Various tests and sources including Android sites confirm that the iPhone 5 has a very solid build and high quality electronics. It consistently outperforms the competing popular phone the Samsung Galaxy SIII. See these three videos that specifically focus on macro photography, drop and water damage tests.

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