VideoBlocks made a name for itselfa few years ago when it launched its subscription-based stock video service and later on a members-onlymarketplace for buying one-off clips, too. Now, the company is followinga very similar model for its expansion into the stock photo space as well. That new service is now open for photographers who want to contribute their images and will open for userslater this year.

As with its video offering, VideoBlocks plans toreturn all the money it makes from selling images in its marketplace directly to the photographer. It can offer this 100 percent commission because its business model relies more on selling subscriptions than one-off photos. This has worked out well for videos and the companys CEO TJ Leonard tells me that VideoBlocks now has 200,000 subscribers and that the marketplace has paid content creators $6 million since its launch in 2015. Its video library nowconsists of four million videos and Leonard expects that number to hit six million by the end of the year.

Another interesting aspect of the new photo marketplace is that every image will be $3.99.

As Leonard told me, this is a big change but not much of a change at all. The company, after all, is following its video playbook here but in reverse. Its first opening up this marketplace for photos for its members andplans to use the relationship it builds with photographers now to build a member library for a future subscription service.

We have a model that is so disruptive for both the contributors and members that we believe we can build what is not just a me-too marketplace, Leonard told me.

The motivation for expanding into photos is pretty straightforward. Now that the company has built a large enough user base for its video service, those users are also looking for photos. Currently, the company offers a small set of images through its GraphicStock service, but that product has traditionally focused on illustration and vector graphics, with less than 100,000 photos in its library.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/24/videoblocks-goes-beyond-moving-pictures-and-announces-its-stock-photo-marketplace/

Remember all that time you spent looking for the cat among the owls? And the panda in the crowd of snowmen?

Get ready to do it all again with the latest illustration from Gergely Duds, known as Dudolf. His Where’s Wally-style animations are extremely vexing for things that are so cute.

It’s like he doesn’t want us to just sit back and enjoy the chocolate.

Admittedly, we reckon this one is easier than some of his others, but judging by the Facebook comments on it a lot of people think it’s a doozy (linked here, beware of spoilers in the comments).

And if you’ve really had enough, you can find the solution here.

Happy hunting!

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/17/easter-egg-tulips-dudolf-cartoon/

Illustrator Jimmy Craig is back with even more of his hilarious comics from his They Can Talk series (previously here), showing what animals would say if they could communicate the way humans do.

So, if you struggle to explain why your cat keeps on breaking glasses, or you can’t get your head around why your pet is always disturbing your sleep in the morning, look no more for answers because Craig’s comics have got it all covered!

And they do so in a way that not only makes you see the world through the eyes of an animal; they’re also sure to crack you up.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-animal-comics-they-can-talk-jimmy-craig-part2/

Apple's new MacBook Pros dropped the MagSafe for USB-C.
Image: lili sams/mashable

The new MacBook Pros dropped a weight class and gained a Touch Bar, but they also killed the beloved MagSafe charger.

Instead of a charging port that gently breaks away when tugged (or tripped over), Apple replaced it with USB-C. Sure, USB-C is more versatile it’s reversible, and capable of transferring data and video in addition to power but it’s no MagSafe.

A newly publicized patent, however, suggests Apple could have a fix in the works.

According to patent 20170093104, Apple is entertaining the idea of a MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter for MacBooks, which would bring back the magnetic charging functionality (sorta).

From what we can tell, Apple’s MagSafe adapter would actually work like an existing product: Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable. The only difference would be, you’d be using a real MagSafe plug instead of Griffin’s magnetic plug, which has been called flimsy.

An illustration of the MagSafe adapter. One part takes the MagSafe plug and the other goes into the MacBook.

Image: screenshot: USPTO

Though Apple’s only ever used MagSafe in its MacBooks, the adapter wouldn’t be limited to laptops. The patent lists a slew of potential uses for a MagSafe adapter:

“Embodiments of the present invention may provide adapters that may connect to connector receptacles on various types of devices, such as portable computing devices, tablet computers, desktop computers, laptops, all-in-one computers, wearable computing devices, cell phones, smart phones, media phones, storage devices, portable media players, navigation systems, monitors, power supplies, adapters, remote control devices, chargers, and other devices.”

In theory, Apple could create a bunch of different MagSafe adapters with different male-end plugs such as Lightning and micro USB for devices such as iPhones and Android phones.

It’s not a great or elegant solution (no dongles will ever be), but it could save your MacBook from doom. I can’t tell you how many times MagSafe has saved my old 2014 MacBook Pro from damage.

Still, don’t get your hopes up just yet. It’s just a patent and most of the time, patents never morph into anything beyond elementary drawings.

WATCH: This device fixes the worst thing about the new MacBook Pro

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/03/apple-magsafe-usb-c-adapter-patent/