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12 August 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the first digital camera, Mars apps, free images from the British Library and a BorrowLens deal.

  • James Estrin celebrates the 40th anniversary of Kodak's First Digital Moment. In 1975 Steve Sasson concocted the first digital camera at Kodak, shown in a two-image slide show. "It was just a project to keep me from getting into trouble doing something else, I guess," Sasson remembers. Now his camera is in the Smithsonian. And its descendant is in your pocket.
  • Can't get away this summer? Sure you can. How about Mars with a couple of free apps from NASA? Mars Trek provides high-quality, detailed visualizations of the planet using real data from 50 years of NASA exploration. And with Experience Curiosity you can journey along with the one-ton rover on its Martian expeditions in 3D.
  • The British Library has released a million license-free images on Flickr. Generated by the Library's Mechanical Curator, each image links to a PDF of the title in which it appeared. The collection is organized in albums containing, among others, images of musical instruments, architecture, book covers, flora, ships and advertisements.
  • BorrowLenses is offering Back to School Savings of 15 percent off all orders that start by Aug. 21. Just us code BTS15.

More to come...

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