How to find that one Instagram filter everyone else is using

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Instagram introduced the ability for users to make their own augmented-reality filters last August, via the Spark AR Studio. Since then, we’ve seen a steady stream of user-made filters, and users have made some very creative ones that you’ll no doubt want to try out for yourself. So how do you get those effects on your face? It’s… complicated. The filters have ranged from the generic to the geeky. One trend I’ve noticed in particular… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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New artist renderings show off premium club-style spaces inside Seattle hockey and concert arena

A rendering of a space inside the arena being reimagined at Seattle Center. (Rockwell Group Images) While we’ve been able to watch Seattle’s old KeyArena as it has mostly disappeared (except for the roof) on the outside, we’ve yet to have a clear understanding of what the revamped hockey and concert venue will look like on the inside. That changed Friday. Oak View Group unveiled artist renderings of seven spaces inside the new arena at Seattle Center that are designed to eliminate the need for an excessive number of premium suites that generally ring the seating bowl of a venue. NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke is reportedly “very focused on… Read More

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GeekWire Calendar Picks: Meet Charles Simonyi; cosmic rays; Star Brews Beer Festival; and more

Charles Simonyi aboard the International Space Station. (NASA Photo) — Not many people can say they’ve traveled to space. Not many can say they were also the original developer of software so prevalent today that most people wouldn’t be able to work without them. But Charles Simonyi can claim both of those accomplishments, along with a slew of others. Simonyi started the applications group at Microsoft that built the first version of Word and Excel. He has also been to space as a tourist five times; started his own company (which was subsequently purchased by Microsoft); and created a non-profit foundation that donates millions of dollars to the local arts… Read More

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Source raises $2.5 million to expand its platform for commercial design nationwide

A sample of the samples that customers can discover through Source. (Source Photo) A Portland, Ore., startup that develops online tools for architects and designers just closed a $2.5 million fundraising round to take its platform national. Source, which rebranded from Krowdsourced, has grown from four to fifteen employees and steadily added customers since launching in 2018. The fresh cash will allow Source to expand across the country, opening new physical locations and widening the reach of its digital platform. Founders Co-Op, Rogue Venture Partners, Rogue Women’s Fund, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, MetaProp, and angel investors participated in the round. Source has raised a total of $3.7… Read More

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Source raises $2.5 million to expand its platform for commercial design nationwide

A sample of the samples that customers can discover through Source. (Source Photo) A Portland, Ore., startup that develops online tools for architects and designers just closed a $2.5 million fundraising round to take its platform national. Source, which rebranded from Krowdsourced, has grown from four to fifteen employees and steadily added customers since launching in 2018. The fresh cash will allow Source to expand across the country, opening new physical locations and widening the reach of its digital platform. Founders Co-Op, Rogue Venture Partners, Rogue Women’s Fund, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, MetaProp, and angel investors participated in the round. Source has raised a total of $3.7… Read More

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SpaceX reportedly seeking to raise $250M as Starlink and Starship efforts ramp up

SpaceX workers build a nose cone for a Starship prototype spaceship in Texas. (Elon Musk via Twitter) SpaceX is seeking to bring in about $250 million in new investment during a funding round that’s still underway, amid a burst of activity related to the company’s Starlink satellite constellation and Starship super-rocket, CNBC reports. CNBC quotes unnamed people familiar with the investment round as saying it’s expected to close by mid-March, resulting in a roughly $36 million valuation for the company. Privately held SpaceX raised more than $1.2 billion last year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Much of that money is going toward development, launch and testing… Read More

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