The Closing Ceremony

The Olympic Stadium

The Daily Mail has a fantastic set of photographs from last night’s London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, including some lovely clear shots of Damien Hirst’s Union Jack.

Although the event didn’t quite clear the bar set by the Opening Ceremony, the event certainly served as a poignant reminder of all the great and wonderful things that have occurred over the past two weeks.

Moreover, beyond the official Ceremony, the BBC — who have done a fantastic job throughout the Games — had some truly phenomenal videos in the lead-up to last night’s broadcast. For those of you in the U.K. that didn’t have a chance to watch live, iPlayer has the various retrospectives in full.

Full Color Photographs of an Early iPad Prototype

iPad Prototype

First revealed by NetworkWorld earlier today, BuzzFeed’s Matt Buchanan has just unearthed full-color images showing the early 2002-2004 iPad prototype positioned adjacent to a contemporary iPad 2.

Aside from the confirmation of the age of the iPad concept and general aesthetic, it’s fascinating to witness just how far technology has progressed over the past decade. Moving from a heavily weighted, large-screened device to the contemporary iPad is nothing short of brilliant.

Adobe Adds Lightroom to Creative Cloud Subscription

Creative Cloud

Adobe PR:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™ membership. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase images. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.

The amount of publicity and praise for Lightroom has been steadily increasing in direct correlation with the number of writers with babies. Although I don’t quite fit this prerequisite, I am rather excited to try the app.

For all Creative Cloud subscribers, Lightroom simply appears within the Cloud Client app.

Instagram to Allow Hipstamatic Photograph Uploads

Instagram

In a report for Fast Company, Austin Carr has uncovered an impending agreement between Hipstamatic and Instagram. Carr writes:

Later today, Hipstamatic is set to unveil a partnership with Instagram that allows photos taken on the camera app, which enables users to snap professional-looking pictures with stylized films and vintage-era lenses, to be ported directly into Instagram’s network with just one click. It represents the first time Instagram has opened up this platform API to third parties, and marks a move toward letting photos freely flow into Instagram’s network from outside sources.

[…] On Instagram, the photo will appear with attribution: Taken with Hipstamatic.

Although this is a far cry from a viable business model, Instagram is admirably continuing to broaden its impact. Expanding its network — both with API access and Android implementation — will undoubtedly prove a valuable endeavor amid deafening cries for monetization.

While said monetization may still reside in the ethereal, I imagine it won’t be long before we begin hearing of impending plans — particularly considering Instagram’s recent round of lucrative funding.