Death to Stock aims to be a stock photo agency like no other

A sample of images from the photo agency Death to Stock. Photo: Death to Stock

A sample of images from photo agency Death to Stock. Photo: Death to Stock

David Sherry and Allie Lehman are not out to kill anything. But when they named their growing photo agency Death to Stock, they were sending out a pretty strong signal. Not with malice toward this segment of the photo industry, but a tongue-in-cheek invitation to any person who has ever had to create something using expensive, mediocre photography from a stock agency.

The name as well as the pictures they produce have caught the eye of more than 230,000 subscribers since Sherry and Lehman started the agency in Columbus, Ohio, in 2013.

The value of the company, Sherry said, is growing fast — in large part because they distribute the work free of charge.

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How to find your iPhone’s last location even after the battery dies

Lost that iPhone again, huh? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Lost that iPhone again, huh? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Picture this: you’ve lost your iPhone somewhere, but it’s run out of juice and it’s not ringing or vibrating when you call it.

You might think you’re out of luck, but there’s one function you can enable (or disable if you’re into privacy) that will keep track of the last location your iPhone, even when it runs out of battery.

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XOO Belt holds up your pants and a charge for your phone

The XOO Belt contains a flexible lithium ceramic polymer batter that charges your smart phone. Photo: XOO

The XOO Belt contains a flexible lithium ceramic polymer batter that charges your smart phone. Photo: XOO

A good belt should hold your pants up and be fashionable doing so.

Piers Ridyard has raised the expectations of this simple but important mens fashion accessory: the belt as smart phone charger.

Ridyard’s XOO belt looked like any other belt when it made its debut at London Fashion Week in January as part of a new collection from men’s fashion house Casely-Hayford. The charging power is in layers of thin, flexible lithium ceramic polymer battery sewn into the leather.

A microUSB-to-USB charging cable stored on the inside of the band can be plugged into the belt to charge a pocketed iPhone or Android device. The belt can be recharged on a computer.

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Stylus maker Adonit makes the jump to apps with Forge

Forge is a new digital workspace. Photo: Adonit

Forge is a new digital workspace. Photo: Adonit

Adonit already makes some of the best styluses in the world, now it’s unleashing a new app that will help you make the most of them.

The company behind the popular Jot styluses line revealed today that it’s made a new app called Forge that’s not just a great place to sketch out drawings, but also doubles as a digital workspace for visual thinkers.

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Power Rangers morph into a dark, R-rated fan film

Dawson and Starbuck in a gritty future war? Yes please. Photo: Adi Shankar/YouTube

Dawson and Starbuck in a gritty future war? Yes please. Photo: Adi Shankar/YouTube

What happens to a bunch of weaponized high school kids recruited to fight intergalactic bad guys? They become some seriously disturbed adults.

That’s the message in this stylish, high-concept fan film that reboots the popular live-action television show for kids that first aired in the 1990s, Power Rangers.

This film by music video auteur Joseph Kahn, produced by Adi Shankar, stars Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame and James Van Der Beek (who also gets a writing credit) from Dawson’s Creek as two former Rangers on different sides of the long-running intergalactic war.

Check out the dark film below (NSFW warning: there are boobs and lots of violent scenes), and you’ll never think of this franchise in the same way again.

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Cancer-detecting apps diagnosed with terminal case of bullshit

You still need to see a doctor to detect cancer. Photo: Christiana Care/Flickr

You still need to see a doctor to detect cancer. Photo: Christiana Care/Flickr

Want to know if that nasty mole on your shoulder is cancerous? There’s an app for that!

Errr… Actually, no. No, there’s not.

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that apps like Mole Detective and Mel App that are marketed as ways for iPhone users to snap pictures of moles to determine if they’re cancerous aren’t based on actual real-world science.

The two app makers reached a settlement with the FTC after the feds alleged that the apps lacked adequate evidence to support claims that they could calculate your mole’s melanoma risk as low, medium, or high without ever visiting a doctors office.

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Wildest Apple Watch rumor yet: 100,000 apps at launch

Are you ready for app overload? Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Are you ready for app overload? Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Call it Newton’s third law of Apple analysts: For every extreme reaction one way, there is an equally extreme reaction the other.

In this case, what that means is that while some doomsayers are happy to write off the Apple Watch as the worst thing Apple has done since building its own smartphone, taking on the music industry with iTunes, [insert actual bad decision], others go in totally the opposite direction and predict a landslide victory in Apple’s favor.

Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research falls somewhat into the latter category. His prediction? That the Apple Watch will have 100,000 apps ready to go when it launches in April, and that 42 million units will have sold by the end of December.

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Mercedes CEO will worry about iCar when Apple worries about their phone

Mercedes concept car from CES 2015. Photo: Mercedes

Mercedes concept car from CES 2015. Photo: Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz already lost a key employee to Apple’s project Titan, but Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche says he’s not losing any sleep thinking about Cupertino’s rumored self-driving car.

At the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 sports sedan in Portugal last night, the Mercedes boss dismissed the threat an iCar could pose to established car manufacturers, saying Apple wouldn’t be worried about a Mercedes-Benz smartphone so his company is not worried about an Apple car.

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Last chance to get elite-level web development training with huge savings [Deals]

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To be the best, you need a vast array of web development skills. Get that knowledge with the Full Stack Hacker Bundle, severely discounted right now at Cult of Mac Deals. But you better hurry – this deal closes really soon.

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Pebble Time is here to take on the Apple Watch and Android Wear

Pebble-Time

Meet Pebble Time. Photo: Pebble

Pebble’s brand new smartwatch is here, and it’s a huge improvement over its immensely popular predecessors. Pebble Time boasts a color display and a slimmer design, the same great battery life we’ve come to expect from Pebble watches, and a brand new operating system.

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