Tech Influence In Abandoned Shopping Malls

This may not be the typical tech story, but this links into a potential disaster which is sweeping the colossal shopping malls of the US.

Many years ago shopping malls were the quintessential symbol and a church to the excesses of consumerism. These glorified shopping centres stretched out over much square footage with the aim of offering consumers just about anything under one roof. But over the years, consumers have found it much easier to point and click on an item they wish to purchase online before having it delivered to their door.

The decline of shopping malls has been chronicled by a photographer by the name of Seth Lawless who has written a book entitled “Black Friday” This excellent photographer has included images which he has taken of abandoned shopping malls in the Rust Belt states of Ohio and Michigan. As the image below demonstrates, the desolate shopping malls are akin to games such as Bioshock and Fallout.

That same shopping mall has also been snapped in the midst of winter; the image looks beautiful but obviously answers the question of the stability of the roof. Shopping malls for me will be extinct in time to come, as consumers, we have become accustomed to the simplicity which shopping has become, why would we plod around a mall for four hours while looking for the same thing. The Internet is becoming bigger and bigger but those same items which are available in the real world are shrinking.

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Life is Strange Episode Two Release Date set for March 24th

Square Enix and DONTNOD Entertainment have announced that the second episode for the Life is Strange title will be released on March 24th on all platforms. This comes as a great relief for fans, having there be rumors that the game would be delayed for a month.

For those of you who are not familiar with the title, Life is Strange is a five-part episodic game that sets out to revolutionise story based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. Max, a photography senior who one day discover that she can rewind time, is the main character of the story and after saving the life of her friend Chloe, the two of them begin a quest to discover the truth behind the disappearance of a fellow student.

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When People Take Things Literally, We Get the Severed-Thumbdrive

It isn’t always easy to get potential business contacts attention with a piece of paper, which makes some people take an alternate route to get noticed. Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer based in Toronto, Canada, and he took the idea of “thumb drives” very literally.

Poulsen specializes in building physical props for his surreal photos rather than relying on digital tricks and his goal was “allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of his craft”.

To create these unique, and somewhat disgusting thumb drives, Poulsen first created a mold of his thumb before he then embedded the ordinary flash drives into them.

But they looked to blend, so he hand painted the details onto each one of them. The result is almost too good.

We’re pretty sure he managed to grab the attention of anyone who received this digital packed portfolio in creepy wrapping.

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