How Samuel F.B. Morse Brought Photography to America 

Morse code creator Samuel F.B. Morse made long-distance chats almost instantaneous with his co-invention of the telegraph, which he patented in 1847. While he’s best known for revolutionizing telecommunications, Morse spent most of his career working as an artist—and he had a major influence on the future of that field, too, by introducing photography to the United States. Selfies, Instagram, and the ability to show off your vacation photos while you’re still at the beach can all be traced back to Morse’s vision.

Source: How Samuel F.B. Morse Brought Photography to America | Mental Floss

Baby photography: Top celebrity photographer Julia Boggio shares her top tips

So adorable!!!

Celebrity family photographer Julia Boggio has been photographing babies and families for over 12 years. Her trendsetting work in the photography industry, as well as her American-style customer service, has helped her to become the photographer of choice in the London luxury market; Julia had the pleasure of photographing Richard Branson’s twin grandchildren when they were just a few days old, as well as Katy Hill’s family (in the most adorable photoshoot ever).

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Want To Star In A ‘Back To The Future’ Remake? Crowdsourced Boston Wants Your Help | The ARTery

Have you ever dreamed of remaking a big-budget Hollywood hit film … but with no money? That’s the premise behind Crowdsourced Boston’s community effort to remake the 1985 film “Back to the Future” this summer.

“Imagine filming a no-budget film that requires a DeLorean, a clock tower, a skateboarding teenager and a mad scientist,” organizers write. “With 40+ directors, producers, actors and editors each directing their own scene.”

Source: Want To Star In A ‘Back To The Future’ Remake? Crowdsourced Boston Wants Your Help | The ARTery

Hanna-Barbera’s 60th anniversary: From ‘Flintstones’ to ‘Powerpuff Girls,’ a retrospective of 60+ cartoons from your childhood

While Disney had Mickey Mouse and his friends and Warner Bros. had Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes cast, Hanna-Barbera Productions had its own prolific stable of beloved television and cartoon characters spanning the decades.Check out our slideshow to learn a bit more about the founders of the company and then check out our list highlighting some of the most popular and interesting characters and cartoons from your childhood.

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Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month”.One service alone is thought to have more than 60 million monthly users.

Source: Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy – BBC News

Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU

There’s no question about it: Amazon has walloped brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. But in the Washington region, mom-and-pop booksellers say they’re not going anywhere.At least five small, independent bookstores have opened locally in the last two years, with more on the way. Solid State Books is a new shop heading to H Street NE. Big indie players Politics and Prose, Kramerbooks and Busboys and Poets have either expanded or are planning expansions, and innovative ventures such as mobile shop Duende District are remaking what it means to be a bookstore.

Source: Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU

Iwan Rheon says Marvel’s Inhumans is an “origin story” that sets up the classic comic book status quo

Marvel’s new series Inhumans will function as a prequel of sorts to the comic book, according to star Iwan Rheon.The ex-Game of Thrones star told Digital Spy that the ABC sci-fi drama is an “origin story” for characters like Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Medusa (Serinda Swan).Rheon, who plays Maximus, explained that he didn’t have much time to read the original comics before filming, as he landed the part just a week after completing filming on Sky Atlantic’s Riviera.

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Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent

Yet before you can go to your hotel room, you must queue to be given a key, or more likely a piece of plastic. Then, in my experience, return a few minutes later to the front desk to get the key re-coded when the magic plastic fails to perform. (Or, worse, as happened at the Hotel Uzbekistan in Tashkent last month, the key to room 504 does work but it already occupied by a suddenly very surprised couple.)

Starwood, now part of Marriott, began keyless check-in in 2014.

Now rival Hilton is in the game, energetically rolling out the “Digital Key” concept across the UK. Nine properties, from the Hampton by Hilton at Exeter airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen, are already equipped. That number will increase at an average of four a week to reach 100 by the end of the year.

Full story:  Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent