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Los pitillos son una fuente de contaminación que se puede disminuir con facilidad. Aquí le contamos por qué vale la pena intentarlo.

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Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Get your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit “play” they’re all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could simply tell them your network’s name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient and add to your geek credentials at the same time.

We’re talking about NFC tags and QR codes here, so obviously this is only going to work with compatible Android handsets. Anyone who turns up at your house with an iPhone is just going to have to take the old-fashioned route or make do with a cellular connection (which may well be faster than your broadband anyway).

InstaWiFi and a QR Code

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

InstaWifi is a great little utility that enables you to offer your friends a couple of ways of getting connected. The first and perhaps the most straightforward is the QR code method. Switch to the QR tab, tap out your network details and password, and a code is automatically created. Export this somewhere with the Share button to print it out (the exported file is a JPEG though InstaWifi may neglect to add the extension).

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Stick the printed code to your wall (if you can stomach it) and people can log in as they enter your house. All they need is a QR code scanner like this one installed and they can start surfing straight away. You could even attach one of these barcodes to your next party invitation to save you the hassle of giving everyone the Wi-Fi network and password details separately.

InstaWifi and an NFC tag

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

QR codes may be fine for the tech-savvy members of your friend group but NFC tags can be even more impressive (and way less hideous). Pick up a batch of rewriteable NFC tags—you won’t need to spend much—and again InstaWifi has you covered. Just enter your network information then tap Write to Tag (with the tag in close proximity) to complete the job.

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Anyone with an NFC-equipped Android phone can then simply tap the tag as they walk by to get connected, so stick it somewhere prominent. There is a catch though—they’ll need InstaWifi installed to get connected. If it isn’t detected, the tag will link to the app in the Google Play Store, so the setup process is fairly straightforward.

Trigger and an NFC tag

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Alas, Android doesn’t yet have the ability to recognize and apply Wi-Fi settings directly from an NFC tag. If you don’t want your guests to have to install any extra software at all, then another option is to write the password to a tag as a plain text string—this then pops up on the user’s phone when the tag is tapped. It’ll need to be something memorable, as your guests will have to type it manually in on the login screen.

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

At this stage you’re probably thinking it’s easier to just tell everyone what the password is, but an NFC tag can be useful for bars or cafes when you don’t necessarily want a password displayed publicly but want to make it straightforward for anyone to bring it up. A variety of tools can help here, but NFC Writer is one of the neatest we’ve come across (check out Trigger by the same developer to really get creative with your NFC tagging exploits). From the front screen choose Additional Tag Types then Text to enter your password. You’ll then be prompted to place the tag next to your Android device to write the data.

Each of these methods has a hitch or two that might put you off, but it’s a cool little project to try and you’ll discover all kinds of other uses for NFC tags along the way, from Foursquare check-ins to website URLs—we’ll take a look at some of these in future guides. In the meantime, enjoy (hopefully) never having to say your Wi-Fi password out loud again.



from: Gizmodo

Guys slide over water in one the most stunning places in the world

A year ago Brian Grubb and Dominik Preisner thought it would be a good idea to wakeskate across one of the most amazing spots in the planet, the famous rice terraces of Banaue, Philippines, who many consider one of the wonders of the world. It was. Here’s the video to prove it.

According to Grub:

This was my seventh trip to the Philippines, and my biggest project ever! Since I first saw the drawing of these huge rice terraces on the back of the 1000 Peso bill, the idea of having a session there wouldn’t let me go. It was only a drawing but it looked like a perfect winch spot and probably a super scenic location. And it was! The whole project was a real adventure for us and the team. It is still incredible that we were wakeskating at such a fascinating place!


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Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

Valve is changing Steam in a big way, overhauling the front page and adding some brand new features that will drastically change the way we find and buy PC games on the ubiquitous digital store.

The revision—which Valve is calling the Steam Discovery Update and which goes live today—will implement a number of big changes including a revamped recommendations system, a queue in which you can swipe through new games based on what you’ve played and liked before, and a new program called Steam Curators that will allow anyone to take the role of tastemaker, recommending games to the public and accumulating followers based on their tastes.

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

This is Valve’s swing at making Steam more manageable. It’s necessary at a time where hundreds of PC games are developed, greenlit, and released every year, from big-budget shooters to indie point-and-click adventures. Customers have found it difficult to filter Steam’s massive library, and some have asked that Valve do a better job of curating and recommending what people might want to play. Right now, it’s tough to discover cool new games on Steam. Valve wants to change that.

"We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers," Valve UI designer Alden Kroll said in a press release. "This update introduces multiple features and functionality to help customers explore Steam’s growing catalog and find the games they are most interested in playing."

For starters, there’s the new Steam Discovery Queue, which looks like this:

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

You’ll be able to flip through the queue and discover new games based on what’s selling well, what you’ve played before, and what Valve thinks you might be interested in. You can add each recommendation to your Steam wishlist, follow it, or ignore it as you click through a list that Valve says will be repopulated every day.

Tinder for Steam games, maybe?

"The Discovery Queue is heavily weighted toward highlighting titles that are new top-sellers, but does also try to prioritize the titles in that range that are closer to titles you’ve recently played and to those in your library," said Valve’s Kroll, who is heading up this project. I’d asked him for more details about the algorithm that drives this new feature.

"The Queue is really more about making sure you can see the popular things that you haven’t seen before," Kroll said. "And you can use it as a way of browsing through everything in Steam if you really want to make sure you haven’t missed anything."

That’s the big theme here: Valve wants to make sure you’re not missing anything. That’s why they added the Discovery Queue, and it’s why they’re offering new customization options for your Steam homepage: you’ll be able to filter out games you already own, for example, so you can open up your wallet and buy even more.

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

Valve is also bolstering their recommendations system with a new “endless” recommendation feed that will replace the limited system Steam currently has. You’ll be able to scroll through recommendations not just based on what you and your friends are playing, but based on what type of games you spend a lot of time with.

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

"Recommendations are only really possible because of the relationships we can identify between games as a result of user-applied Steam Tags," Kroll said. "A large part of the recommendation system looks at the tags applied to games you’ve been recently playing and matches that up with other games that have a high frequency of similar tags. There is a bunch of nuance in how various tags are weighted depending on popularity, frequency, and so forth, which will certainly be iterated on as we get feedback from customers."

The most interesting addition in this massive Steam Update may be the curator system, which will allow any individual or group to start recommending games to what could eventually become a massive audience. Anyone can sign up to be a curator, which in this new Steam landscape essentially means “a person who recommends games to people.”

UPDATE: For example, here’s our curator page.

For a full explanation, here’s Valve’s FAQ:

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

In true Valve fashion, this is a unique way to let Steam users both feel engaged and do free work for the company, not unlike Team Fortress 2's devious hat system (although at least that can make you some money).

Curator pages could make for a brilliant system, though—and it’s a smart strategy to prevent Steam from turning into the wild west that is the iTunes App Store.

Here’s what a Steam Curator page could look like:

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

Of course, this sort of system could lead to questions of influence and trust, as video game publishers begin courting the most popular curators in hopes of gaming the system. What happens if a video game developer or publisher tries to pressure the big curators, or offers money in exchange for good recommendations?

"There are always risks," said Kroll in an e-mail. "We will be monitoring this to make sure folks are not abusing the system."

Kroll didn’t elaborate, but the thought is at least a bit worrying—a curator system like this seems susceptible to all sorts of shady behavior, and without proper safeguards in place, who knows what could drive the most popular recommendations on this new Steam?

Still, this new Steam update brings with it the type of features that users have been requesting for years: more curation, more discoverability, more cool games. It could now be even easier to find the next big indie gem or under-the-radar hit on PC. That’s a big win for everyone.

Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul



from: Gizmodo

7 things you probably didn't know about Fight Club

As we all get excited about the new second part of Fight Club coming out in 2015, let’s take a look back at some fun facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie. Like how Brad Pitt’s outfits were even crazier than you thought and how perfect the blood dripping needed to be.

CineFix does its usual thing by dropping in facts that’ll make you want to watch the movie all over again.


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This Is What Happens When You Give Cirque du Soleil a Bunch of Drones

When you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not quadrotors. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. The Montreal-based circus’s latest trick manages to take the mechanical, and make it wonderfully artistic.

In collaboration with the Flying Machine Arena at ETH Zurich, the folks at Cirque du Soleil dressed ten quadrotors up as lampshades, and then combined them with a human actor (and the trademark Cirque music) to create an epic video short.

The entire video is set in an old-schooly workshop, where the craftsman’s lampshades come to life and start a coordinated dance with him. The whole thing has a definite Disney vibe, what with the furniture coming to life and dancing a merry tune. [Flying Machine Arena]



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Watching a falcon hunt down a crow in the air is pretty terrifying

Seeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon’s point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons.

A Reddit user found the footage and it’s sort of horrifying to see but also impressive that we can get these sort of POV shots in nature now.


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The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

I love Jeremy Geddes’ paintings—his photorealistic style mixed with his surreal, often disturbing subject matter. Like his Cosmonaut series, in which dead cosmonauts fall from the sky.

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

The beautiful and often disturbing paintings of Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes is a painter from Melbourne, Australia, author of the Cosmonaut painting series. He also authored the comic book covers for Doomed, which got him the Spectrum Gold Award.

You can follow him on his website and Instagram, and buy his prints here.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring interesting paintings. If you are a painter with high quality work, please drop me a line here.


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