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Taking Back The Internet With Cloud By Daplie



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Daplie, What Is It And Why You Need To Know About It

Aiming to take back the “I” in Internet, Daplie is the first home server that securely connects the owner to personal data and devices in-home. The owner has full control over their very own Cloud Server with no storage limits, no monthly fees, private, and secure. No longer will consumers have to give a company rights to their own content. You will be able to download and share files and sensitive information, as well as host your own website, email, and social network. Daplie created Cloud for people to have full control of their digital lives, and is the first to participate in equity crowdfunding and reward based crowdfunding simultaneously. I was able to talk to Daplie’s CEO, Bryson Hill, about the sophistication of Cloud and how its experience will change the lives of individuals around the world.



How did you come up with the idea for Daplie?

AJ, the technical co-founder of Daplie, is also a DJ. Not the bass drop kind, rather the MC a wedding type DJ. And he has LOTS of music. As an audiophile, he has always been on a lookout for a way for him to be able to stream his entire music library, even the family friendly edits, indie bands, and special editions. His favorite was Lala music, which was acquired by Apple and shutdown. And when Apple Music started deleting music off his computer, it was the last straw. So, what does music have to do with Daplie? The Internet is comprised of a bunch of servers, and AJ realized if he could build a simple server that even his non-technical family members could use, they (and in turn AJ) could create their own, more personal, internet experience. In the case of music, rather than renting a streaming service (like Spotify), he could own his own streaming service on his own server in his home.

How does Daplie work?

Daplie Cloud plugs into your home internet connection via ethernet and power. Then you create an account and choose a name for Cloud where you are going to access it, like “” And in less than 30 seconds, Cloud does all the hard technical stuff and creates your own Cloud System, complete with your own website, your own streaming services, and cloud storage. Then, you download the Daplie app on your different devices, and now you have access to all of your stuff on every device you own. Also, Cloud is smart and helps you to manage the storage on your devices. It automatically sends photos and videos safely and securely home to Cloud. That means no more running out of space on your phone, no more monthly storage fees, no more monthly streaming fees, and you own it. All of it. And, not even Daplie has access to your stuff.

How easy is it to set this up?

So easy that anyone can do it. Seems far fetched? Well, it isn’t. We have spent the last 5 years building new technologies that didn’t exist before to make it possible for our product to exist.

What are the benefits of using Daplie?

Privacy, Freedom, and Ownership. Rather than “who knows who” is always watching, lame restrictions, and renting your stuff back.

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Why should investors invest in Daplie?

We are building the platform for the future of privacy, freedom, and ownership for our entire digital lives. That includes data and devices. Especially as we transition into the future of the home where every device is connected to the Internet, we ensure that customers maintain their own autonomy from all the companies of the world.

Who is your ideal customer?

Our ideal customer is the general consumer. We have seen interest from all over the world and from almost every demographic.

What is your company culture?

Our company culture is one of transparency, openness, freedom, and empowerment.

How do you scale growth?

We scale by selling devices, selling content (movies, music, books, etc), our app store for 3rd party developers, and other revenues we can not yet discuss.

Where do you see Daplie in five years?

In 5 years, Daplie will be a household name and home servers will be commonplace.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

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Moment Lens : The Perfect Accessory For the Casual Photographer In All Of Us



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Moment is aware of mobile photography’s significance in today’s world and has created what I think are some of the best mobile lens attachments on the market. The newest iterations of the Moment lens and case, dubbed the Moment 2.0 or V2 is what I’ve tested vigorously, almost cruelly (my phone died about 8 times during a city wide photo run), but with a great, guiltless pleasure. We live in a time where mobile photography has become an integral part of our daily lives. Personally, I can’t remember a day where I don’t stop to take a photo, which leads me to say that life is, well ironically, full of rare, snappable moments. Though professional cameras still have a dominating spot in the expanding world of photography, mobile cameras are rapidly improving. We carry phones everywhere we go, its versatility is unparalleled, and the fact that we can whip it out to take a picture or record with unprecedented speed makes me feel that mobile cameras might just be more important. The phone is the instrument of choice for the casual photographer in all of us.

Moment has done a fantastic job with these lenses. The size and quality makes it a perfect accessory for the traveler, but also for the everyday person stumbling onto or looking for any photo opportunity. Moment now has a battery case as well, also equipped with its new mounting system, because phones do deplete when you’re on a photo run. They also offer external shutter buttons, travel cases, and other accessories all on their website. As of this “moment” (get it), I’ve yet to see any other mobile lenses on the market that’s been made with such attention to detail, and really I have to say again, the craftsmanship on each Moment lens is masterful. If you’re looking to spice up your Instagram page, add to your repertoire, or get your feet wet in the glorious art of photography, these lenses are beautiful, valuable options.

We’ll take a look at all four of their lenses and compare photos I’ve taken using them. Please note, unless stated, all of these photos were taken with an iPhone 7 Plus, and are completely unaltered and unfiltered in any way. Results will vary depending on your mobile device.

First Impressions

During the unboxing, I picked up one of the microfiber pouches at random, and when I dropped the Moment lens onto my hand, I was immediately impressed. There is a solidness to them. The glass lens themselves were huge and attractive. The weight felt really nice and professional. Taking a few shots with the lens mounted were fine. The weight wasn’t noticeable at all. But, I felt they had to be removed once you put your phone away, lest you wanted a big ole glass eye protruding from your pocket. The rubber lens caps are sturdy and easy to keep clean. Cheap rubber attracts dust and hair, but these were stress free. Also, the pouches that the lenses come in doubles as a microfiber wipe for the lenses themselves. I thought that was really cool. It’s all in the details!

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The back of a Moment 2.0 lens. The two wings on the rear lens opening are the clips that twist onto the Moment’s mounting interface, found on its new phone cases.

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The Case and Mounting Surface

The new lenses have a completely redesigned mounting interface. Whereas the previous Moment lenses attached via a mounting clip, these new lenses twist 180 degrees onto Moment’s lens interface found only on their new (and gorgeous) photo cases. This allows a few things to happen. For one, there is zero chance of user error. There is no need to attach a mounting plate, like with the Olloclip or Insignia clip on lenses, nor is there the adjustment issue you find often with said clip ons. Personally, I find the clip on lenses to be a bit frustrating in getting them to sit right and still, and because they are universal, there is a noticeable lack in photo quality. But Moment’s mounting system is super thin, yet rigid, so there’s no lens movement or shifting, resulting in no distortion, vignetting or corner cropping. It is an airtight system, and also allows for easy lens swaps to fit the nature of your photo.

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Shot with a Sony DSC-HX400. This is the Moment photo case finished in real Walnut hardwood, sporting the 18mm Wide lens.

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There is a slot in the bottom of the case to tie a lanyard or wrist strap around. Also shot with the DSC-HX400.

18mm Wide Lens

This is marketed as their bestseller. It allows the camera a wider angle without distorting the shapes. I found this to be the easiest and most versatile Moment lens to use, great for landscapes, narrow spaces, foodie photos, and everything in between. The wide angle gives it just enough of an edge to capture everything I wanted in a photo while retaining the same vision I had for the photo. This lens also underwent the most redesign for the 2.0 lineup, sporting new aspherical glass with the intent being to eliminate distortion and clipped corners. I realized very early on that this was going to be my daily driver, my bread and butter, my go-to for photos. I love that the Moment lens is so subtle, but it adds depth and power, traits of a well taken photo. A wise friend said in the simplest way, “I like the wide lens. It takes the same picture, but wide.” See for yourself!


Delancey St. in Philadelphia taken from an iPhone 7 Plus without a lens.

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Taken with the Moment 18mm Wide Lens of the historic Delancey St. in Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA.


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No lens shot of a shelf of pickled tomatoes at The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA

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Taken with the Wide Lens 18mm. Notice that it is at the same position and distance, but there is an extra jar. I thought it was a subtle, but demonstrative nod to what the lens does.



No lens shot of The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA

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Taken from the same position with the Moment Wide Lens 18mm

25mm Macro Lens

Moment’s Macro lens 25mm definitely has the most limitations, and is the hardest to use, but it is my personal favorite. This Moment lens lets you take photos of small objects with amazing clarity and with an almost artistic result. But, because the lens has to be so close to the subject that it’s touching, its usability is mostly limited to stationary objects under good lighting. But the results are fantastic. As pictured, the details captured, unseen by the naked eye, adds great texture to these photos. It isn’t a lens I’d use every day, but it’s one that’s just quirky enough that I always have fun when I do.

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Get up close and personal with the Macro 25mm lens! This is a super close up of a morning glory flower, which was about the size of a nickel.

60mm Tele Photo Lens

This lens is used mainly for portrait photos. It provides a natural 2x zoom without any loss of picture quality, which is important for phones because they operate on digital zooms (as opposed to the more powerful optical zooms found on many professional cameras). Similar to the portrait mode function on the iPhone 7 Plus, the Telephoto is used for focusing onto a subject while leaving the background soft. If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, you could choose to forego the Telephoto Lens, but what the lens does is it allows you to further zoom in, while portrait mode does not, and you can record videos. If those are important to you, then this is a good lens to have! If you don’t own a phone with a portrait mode, then the Tele Photo lens is a great lens to have!

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The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA taken with a 60mm Moment Lens



No lens shot of the entrance to the Centre Square in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

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Same shot with the Moment Telephoto 2x Lens

170 degree Superfish Lens

The Superfish lens is perfect for capturing a lot of detail in small spaces due to its unique distortion quality, granting it a 170 degree field of vision. What I found to be most impressive about this particular fisheye lens is that it completely eliminates vignetting, which occurred on virtually every other fisheye lens I’ve tried to date. Also, because of the new mounting system, photo quality remains constant throughout the entire photo. On other lenses, there would be blurring as it gets closer to the edges. The Superfish lens really stands out in these aspects, so snap one on and take those big group selfies and sunsets! Photos taken by Vu Do.

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Marshes at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge without the Superfish lens.

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Marshes at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge taken with the Superfish lens



A bridge at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum taken with no lens

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The same bridge with the Superfish 170 degree lens.

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iOS 11 Review: What You Need To Know Before And After You Update Your Phone



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There are two types of Apple users: the individuals that get excited for new product releases like the announcement on September 12th (iPhoneX, iPhone 8 and 8Plus, Apple Series 3, and Apple TV 4k) and then the obsessive nerds that can not wait to sink their teeth on new software.

Well, I hate to admit this, but I am without a doubt more excited about the launch of iOS 11, than I am the release of the new iPhone X (pronounced ten). To me, software has always made Apple, Apple. With the latest release of iOS 11, my overall review is resounding thumbs up, BUT with just one major concern that leaves me concerned for the future of Apple.

But first, let’s discuss what you need to know before updating to iOS11:

DO NOT update your phone until you perform an iCloud back up.

My inner Apple employee name tag is currently on and I personally would be remised if I didn’t mention that before you do any type of major update, you must first back up your phone. That means that you have to:

  1. Go into your settings
  2. Tap on your picture on the top of the settings
  3. Find the iCloud menu bar and tap
  4. Scroll down to iCloud Back up and tap
  5. Tap on Back Up Now

This process should usually take about 10-15 minutes, but I have seen instances where it’s taken more than an hour. This process is critical and you should always be safe than sorry!

Once you’re backed up, it’s time to update to iOS 11! Once complete you are met with a screen that looks familiar to you, however your eyes and mind know that something is different. Here is my home screen:

iPhone home screen

App Store Redesign

One of Apple’s biggest marketing pushes during the keynote was the redesign of the App Store. Although the design is pleasing, ask yourself this question: “When was the last time I downloaded a new app?” The biggest win for me as a user is having Apple tell me what to download. I always felt that the older layouts were overwhelming and I didn’t quite know how or what to download. Now, the layout is clean, it requires very little thinking and overall is giving me the sensation to want to read more.



This will soon be my favorite app. Although iCloud Drive had an existing app and this essentially just took the place of this app. This is a clear indication to the future of Apple’s ecosystem. Wireless connectivity between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad will add a seamless experience. The ability to tap on the app and to see your files from iCloud (your computer), Dropbox, and even Google Drive. I almost cried opening the app.


Control Center

My opinion on this is currently TDB or “to be determined.” It will be hard to give a complete review without using iOS on your phone for the next few days or weeks. Although aesthetically the new control center options look great, we will see if it’s functional. Personally, I can see why Apple is doing what they are doing. They are shifting us to a world filled of less thinking and more action. They are forcing us to use their internal apps and not have to download outside apps to do the core essential tasks that the iPhone gives you. (Ie. No need for calculator app, alarm, notes, and I am sure more to come)

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Alexa has been my main girl for a while now, so I am curious to see if my mind and body will use Siri more often. Siri has always been that one service that I never quite used properly, but I can legitimately see how Siri is now a life saver. Although there are apps for this, the fact that Siri can now translate my native language of English into a different language is critical. It’s critical for travel, but more importantly to further expand friendships in surrounding countries. Gone are the days where we can not communicate with one another. We now have our phones to guide us.

The Future of Apple

It’s been 10 years since the first iPhone and the company has made such a substantial impact on our society. I would like to highlight a small list of words that CEO of Apple Tim Cook said when releasing the iPhone X, (you can read my inspiration behind this section of the article here) he said: “iPhone X. This really is the future.” And although we as a society have yet to lay our mortal hands on this product, I can’t help but feel a bit sad and underwhelmed by the announcements. Yes, Face ID may change the way we use the iPhone, but we still need to use the iPhone. If the future means that we are still using our phones, then I personally don’t know if it’s a future I want to be apart of.

Now, I have been a loyal Apple fan boy for years. I even worked for the company back in 2013, but I can not sit here and act excited over a software that for the most part looks and feels the same way that my phone did 20 minutes ago.

Overall, the newest update that Apple has released is great, they always are, but they left me yet again wanting more. I hope that the next 10 years of Apple is more fast paced, more aggressive, and more innovative. One day, and not any day soon, but one day the cool kid on the block will get surpassed by the up and coming company that simply disrupts the space. That day has yet to be determined, but I am hopeful that day comes soon.

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The Divorce of Fantasy and Science Fiction



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The divorce of fantasy and science fiction

When you walk into any Barnes and Nobles, you’ll notice that the layout of the store is separated by shelves.  Each row of shelves is marked by genre.  There’s an isle for Romance, one for History, one for Children’s Books, and New Releases.  If you continue walking, you’ll notice an isle titled fantasy and science fiction.

For most of the history of literature, you’ll see these two paired together. Fantasy and science fiction are both genres of fiction and they present worlds where impossible things happen.  What’s the difference?  In fantasy, the story is driven by mystical and magical forces often in a time and place that isn’t real.  In Science Fiction, the story is driven by technologies not yet known or mastered, often with settings in the far off future.

The divide between fantasy and science fiction

Until recently, it made sense to group Science Fiction together with Fantasy.  Stories of these genres often shared similar tropes and literary aesthetics and both being worlds of impossibility.  However this is quickly becoming less and less true.  There is a chasm growing between these genres.  This gap grows parallel to the current explosive growth of internet and technology.  Famous science fiction novels like The Time Machine and 1000  Leagues Under the Sea would seem far outside the realm of possibility, especially to people during the Victorian era (the era that produced the steam punk aesthetic).  But when you compare the fictional plot lines of these same works to what we’re achieving technologically today, you won’t see too much of a difference.  Famous classic pieces like Issac Asimov’s, iRobot don’t look very different that the automated world we live in today.  In an age of drones, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars, how far from the future are we?

What does the future hold for these genre?

We’re reaching a point in time where these two genres need their own separate bookshelves and it seems that as humanity changes, so does our literature.  As imaginative and timeless as the genre of fantasy can be, the magic that shapes it will sadly never truly exist.  As we continue to innovate more and more, science fiction will have to find itself a new name.  In what category will we call the stories of the future?  What new genres will we create?

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