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By Raffy Paredes

Do you like listening to world music while working on your computer? Radio.Garden ( an interactive website features more than 8,000 radio stations worldwide, with more being added every day. The site presents the Earth covered in tiny dots, each representing a radio station that can be tuned into at the click of a button. Aside from the novelty of hearing music from other cultures, it is particularly interesting to hear playlists in other countries very similar to the music played in our local stations. Radio.Garden is a research project of the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision called Transnational Radio Encounters which focuses on radio that crosses linguistic and geographical barriers (The Guardian).

Facebook knows where you live—and it knows where every other human on the planet lives, too, to within 15ft.Janna Lewis, who manages innovation partnerships for Facebook, told the Space Technology and Investment Forum in San Francisco that the social media giant has created a data map of all the humans on the planet by combining census information with satellite data, reported CNBC.The aim, said Lewis, is to help Facebook understand how it can deliver Internet connectivity to everyone on Earth. “Our data showed the best way to connect cities is an Internet in the sky,” she said, adding: “We’re trying to connect people from the stratosphere and from space, using high-altitude drone aircraft and satellites,to supplement earth-based networks”(Naked Security).

  • Untitled (Jose Carlo H. Quintos)

  • Untitled (Steve Tuzon)

  • Sharing the Greens (Bernard Miranda)

  • Hanging Bridge at Akiki Trail (Sherly Sollestre)

  • Family (Jin Dela Cruz)

  • Beauty of Simplicity (Walter H. Guillarte)

  • Night Lights (Arellano Galdo III)

  • When I Met One of the Masters (Marie Jaeza Panlilio)

  • Untitled (Yolo Camille T. Mariano)

  • Untitled (Kentrick Adriano)

    Just Read, a Chrome browser extension allows you to read articles without the clutter of unnecessary elements from web pages, including styling, ads, pop-ups, and comments. Additionally, it offers lots of customization options. Once you have installed the extension, it will be accessible from the Chrome tool bar whenever you wish to read something without distractions. One click is all it takes, but note that only article-type pages will be formatted correctly. Once you have enabled the reading mode, you can click the paint brush icon to bring up a new window, enabling you to alter the default font, as well as the text, background and link colors. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also try opening the style sheet and editing it manually. Multiple themes can be created, and you can even auto-enable the extension on specific websites by adding them to the domain list (Softpedia).

    And now to our featured readers including four new contributors.

    Sherly Sollestre of Arvato Corp. sent in the photo titled “Hanging Bridge at Akiki Trail” taken from one of her mountain treks.  She shares: “I started photography in 2014, when I became an active climber.”

    Jose Carlo Quintos shares an untitled black-and-white photo taken in Bay, one of the lakeshore towns around Laguna de Bay. Caloy writes that the photo subjects are “Rodel, with two of his five children, taking an early morning walk along the shoreline.”

    The untitled portrait of a young girl with colorful flowers on her head comes from Kentrick Meneses Adriano, a teacher of Computer, Science & TLE Elementary at Interactive Children Learning  School Inc. in Echague, Isabela. Kent shares that since he started building a group “that helped our poor people (photographer, fashion and modeling hobbyist)” he has become “even more interested and enjoyed photography” because he is able to help people through his art. Portraits of women is Kent’s preferred field of photography

    From BPO veteran and photography enthusiast, Steve Tuzon of Cainta, Rizal is an untitled sunset photo taken at the Bauang Grape Farm in La Union.

    Other photos in today’s column are from previously featured readers.

    Yolo Camille Mariano shares an untitled photo of a shoreline in Bataan taken from a drone camera.

    Arellano Galdo III contributed the long exposure photo, “Night Lights.” He writes: “This is my very first attempt on photographing star trails.It was very challenging because I can’t control the clouds passing by where I placed my camera. But luckily after how many hours of waiting I finally got this shot.” Photo location is Panimahawa Ridge, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.

    The macro flower photo “Beauty of Simplicity comes from Walter Guillarte.

    Bernard Miranda submitted the pastoral photo, “Sharing the Greens” taken in Nasugbu, Batangas.

    Marie Jaeza Panlilio, computer programmer at the DOH sent in the photo titled “When I Met One of the Masters” referring to an encounter with George Tapan during a photowalk in Sampaloc Lake early this month. “He was a very nice and warm person who taught me and my friends some tips in photography,” writes Maria Jaeza. “Meeting him in person was really an honor. Thank God for the opportunity. Indeed it was an awesome birthday gift.”

    And from Jin Dela Cruz of Delacruz Handling Solutions, Inc. is the silhouette sunset photo titled “Family.”

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