Apple Just Got a Patent To Turn Your Camera Off Remotely
There are two sides to every technological advancement. Those who love it can talk endlessly about all the good technology can do in the world; those who are wary can keep harping on the inevitability of bad things. And it looks like we’re about to start on another new debate, thanks to Apple. While the company is often rumored to be doing awesome new things with tech, like waterproofing the iPhone 7 or implementing a Force Touch home button, the Silicon Valley co. just did something a little questionable: They just gained a patent that is equal parts exciting and terrifying.
Apple’s new patent is for a system that would use infrared technology to send and receive data. Decoded: It’s a way to send and receive data with large amounts of people. The technology is being advertised as an effective way to stop bootleg recordings at concerts. At venues where picture or video is prohibited, an infrared signal could be sent out that would “temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command,” according to the patent. The technology could also be used to beam information to everybody in the crowd. It could be especially helpful in emergency situations when it’s necessary to send out an evacuation plan to a large group of people.
This all sounds great and fine, until you realize its potential darker side. Critics have said that this technology could be used to shut down coverage of protests, which would be in direct opposition of our rights to free speech and a free press. It’s not that hard to imagine a dystopian future where the mass spread of information is shut down by infrared beams.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating with every new technological advancement that we make: Technology is neither good nor bad. It’s the way we use it that determines its worth. Let’s hope that Apple decides to use its patent only for good — because like Uncle Ben told a young Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
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(h/t The Guardian, photo via Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)