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  • New York City is infamous for its cramped living quarters and outrageous rents. Entrepreneur Graham Hill chose to make the most out of his rather small digs. The TreeHugger founder is raising eyebrows with his 420-square-foot apartment that can transform into eight different rooms.

    "We also think we can get the functionality of a larger apartment in less space," explained Hill in a video posted to Gizmodo.com, noting that New Yorkers feel that they can manage small spaces better. "That’s really good for the environment. It’s also really good for their pocketbook."

    When he says "really good for their pocketbook," we assume that he means relative to the average price for said space in Manhattan. Hill’s loft is in the more expensive neighborhood of SoHo.

    "I think that simplifying your life gives you a little more time, a little more ease, and might actually make you a little happier," he said.

    At first glance, Hill’s apartment looks like a simple studio. But then the entrepreneur begins

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  • Blow out the candles and make a wish, Vine — you're 1 year old today. Just make sure it all happens within six seconds.

    The Twitter-owned application launched on Jan. 24, 2013. In its first incarnation, Vine allowed users to film a six-second clip with the ability to pause and start again for the duration. Since its release, the app has expanded to allow access to a phone's camera roll for saving clips for a later date.

    The software is marking its one-year anniversary with a collection of some of the most popular vines — some outrageous, others hilarious, and even one that is presidential. A few users sing a melody, others film their kids, and of course celebrities also use the platform to (over)share what is going on in their lives.

    After all, if not for Vine, how else would we know that Grammy-nominated rapper Macklemore set off the fire alarm in his hotel at 2 a.m. because of burnt popcorn?

    "We introduced Vine because we wanted to make it easier for people to create and share videos

    Read More »from For Its First Birthday, Vine Compiles A Vast Collection of Must-See 6-Second Videos
  • A new video filmed with a spy camera is giving a literal meaning to the phrase "bird's-eye view."

    Producers working on a new BBC series, " Penguins — Spy in the Huddle," set up a camera in an enclosure that looked like an egg. The footage would be combined with 1,000 hours of shots of a rockhopper penguin colony. John Downer Productions, the company behind the series, deployed 50 spycams to reveal never-before-seen behavior among the penguins.

    With one of the producers' "eggcams," the audience receives not only a captivating scene, but also an exclusive view. The egg enclosure for the device apparently looks and feels so authentic that it fooled a bird. A curious striated caracara grabs the egg and flies off into the sky. With the camera still rolling, the caracara unknowingly records the first-ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a bird.

    No words can do justice to the bird's-eye view and the incredible recording. The caracara flies over a sea of penguins in a

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  • It is not often, if ever, that someone in a workplace looks forward to a conference call. Perhaps the subject or purpose of the virtual meeting is mundane, maybe even pointless. But regardless of why the call is taking place, the technical aspect of multiple people who can't see each other trying to converse can get a bit confusing — or downright frustrating.

    This idea is accurately portrayed in a new sketch from comedians Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton. In the video, "A Conference Call in Real Life," the duo shows what a virtual meeting would look like if the conference process played out with all of the participants in the same room. Crosby and Stanton team up with four other actors for the four-minute YouTube clip.

    The video starts with Crosby joining the meeting — walking into the room, waiting for the tone, and announcing his name — followed by an operator saying, "...has joined the meeting." A bit of hold music plays before Beth Pilgreen steps in. Crosby can't hear Pilgreen

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  • The latest snowstorm to hit parts of the country is not just canceling school and altering commutes. It is also forcing reporters to think quickly when out in the field.

    The latest example of this comes courtesy of CNN. Tuesday night on "AC 360," Jason Carroll covered a tradition of sorts at Columbia University in New York City: snowball fights on Low Plaza. To the amusement of the students, the audience and Anderson Cooper himself, Carroll decided to report live from the middle of the fray. It played out exactly as you might imagine, with the CNN correspondent on the receiving end of a snow pummeling.

    Carroll wasn't injured and seemed to be a good sport. Cooper definitely got a good laugh but managed to avoid another episode of the giggles.

    Farther downtown, a FOX 5 journalist avoided the snowballs but could not evade the traffic. Reporter Joel Waldman noted that it took him five hours to travel from midtown Manhattan to Clifton, N.J. The drive is about 17 miles and usually takes a

    Read More »from TV Crews Stuck in Snowball Fight and Heavy Traffic — Captured on Film

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