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Control Photoshop with an Armband

Okay, you can't control Photoshop with the MYO armband — yet. But given that this device, which uses the electrical activity in your muscles to interact with the digital universe, can connect to Mac or Windows (with iOS and Android to follow) it won't be long until it's harnessed for digital image creation and editing. The MYO is expected to ship later this year, with pre-orders now available from Canadian developer Thalmic Labs for $149. The clip below shows some of the situations in which it might be used.

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90 Years of TIME Magazine Covers

Founded in 1923, it's now hard to remember just how pervasive and powerful a presence TIME magazine once was. While the publication has struggled in recent years, it has still managed to retain a readership of 25 million, the largest of any weekly news magazine. As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, TIME is emphasizing its cover designs, in part by allowing visitors to vote for Which TIME Cover is Cheesier on its site. Hard to choose between the two above, for example.

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Getting Lucky with CMYK

Despite every precaution and the expertise of those involved, there's always a certain amount of chance involved when full-color publications hit the press. And there's nothing quite like that sickening feeling when you realize that the beige you so carefully chose was rendered with pink overtones. But now you can try your luck with process color without risking your client's money or your reputation, thanks to CMYK playing cards from the Hundred Million site.

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Photoshop Touch Arrives for Android and iPhone

It's been a long time coming but early indications are that Adobe has delivered a solid iteration of Photoshop Touch for those with phones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or using an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or fifth-generation iPod Touch. Priced at $4.99, it's now available for purchase on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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The Bittersweet Backstory of Life of Pi

It would seem that sometimes even when you win, you lose. If Ang Lee's Life of Pi cleaned up at the box office and then swept the Oscars, this was in no small part due to the movie's masterful mix of live action and digital effects. These were created by veteran effects firm Rhythm & Hues which, despite its evident expertise, last week filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and fired 250 employees.

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A Pictogram View of the Oscars

The Oscars have become a venerable (some would say tired) institution. Awarded consistently for apparently all the wrong reasons, this annual event still somehow holds our attention, to the point where it has become the platform for all kinds of riffs. Designer Matteo Civaschi of H-57 created a series of pictograms intepreting some of the hottest contenders, with the entire series available on the My Modern Met site.

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MyScript Calculator for iOS is amazing

MyScript Calculator recognizes your handwriting and performs mathematical calculations. It's really great to solve simple and complex equations. Perfect for kids to learn math. Use the scratch gesture to correct any item. And, use a '?' to substitute an item in your equation you want to find.

Best of all it's free in iTunes.

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Happy Birthday Andy Warhol

That's right, today is the birthday of the King of Pop, that master shapeshifter who spent his career exploring the intersection of popular culture, art and commerce. Mostly commerce, it would seem, since last year he remained the top-selling artist at auction. Sales of his work hit $381 million, with the wily old master Pablo Picasso coming in a close second at $370 million, trailed by Gerhard Richter, whose dour opus inexplicably found buyers willing to shell out $299 million. Yup, that adds up to a cool billion. Crisis, what crisis? For you and me maybe but apparently not for the happy few. Oh well, no point being bitter. Of the three, Warhol was by far the most amusing (I think in particular of his urine paintings), so why not join in the festivities by using EarthCam to experience live views of the exhibits inside The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nothing happening, you say? Boring? Ha! You have obviously not experienced Warhol's epic Sleep movie, which consists of five hours of someone sleeping. Try sitting through that.

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What Google Glass will really feel like?

Based on the latest Google Glass ad you can see below.

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When Photoshop Meets Music Videos

Let's face it, most music videos are pretty banal, endlessly recycling a visual language that goes back to the 80s. So when an attempt is made to break out of this tired mold, it's worth celebrating. This is certainly the case for a recent interactive video created by design agency OKFocus to promote Not the Same, a tune by Tanlines. Best experienced with Google Chrome, the site mimics aspects of the Photoshop interface, complete with layers and a toolbar that lets move and resize band members and choose from a selection of backgrounds that includes webcams and animations. You can even click on the word Experiment up near the top to have your Instagram photos tagged with #notthesame show up as the background of the site's Instagram layer. Fun stuff.

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