So long Flip, smart crime victims, and ads on your Kindle
Criminals are finding out the hard way that stealing a laptop or an iPhone isn’t always so easy. Many robbery victims use online tools to pinpoint the location of their stolen hardware and even to remotely capture incriminating webcam images and videos of the thieves who robbed them. Read about a few enterprising victims in Mental Floss.
Roll the closing credits for Cisco’s Flip line of handheld video cameras: The networking firm will stop making those gadgets now that they’re succumbing to competition from smartphones.
They say ‘a man’s home is his castle’, but in Chicago that can be more true than you might expect. While you might think castle building died out some time ago, lots of mini versions are scattered around Chicago. Curbed Chicago highlights some of their favorites in The Great Castles of Chicago.
It’s the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Time magazine has a great photo gallery – with only a few annoying pop-up ads – of faces from the war. Another great resource for historic photos is Flickr’s The Commons, with photographs drawn from multiple archives. Here’s their Civil War images.
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