Love.Angel.Music.Baby.: How Gwen Stefani’s Blonde Ambition Launched An Empire

With ‘Love Angel Music Baby’, Gwen Stefani eschewed the usual confessional singer-songwriter solo statement and doubled down on unabashed pop. Rock singers going solo is time-honoured tradition, but when Gwen Stefani embarked on her debut album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., she would effectively launch an empire. From her early days with No Doubt, Stefani had always come off as an accessible and approachable rock star, but now you could buy a piece of her at the mall, thanks to the vast L.A.M.B. consumer offerings inspired by 80s pop and the culture of Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku district. As a result, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. transformed Stefani into a cultural commodity. Since co-founding No Doubt in 1987, Stefani had amassed more than 20 million album sales and had been touring and recording regularly by the time the band finally took a break, following their 2001 album, Rock Steady. Some bandmates started families, while others wrote songs for others; Gwen jumped a few collaborations, including the Dr Dre-produced hit ‘Let Me Blow Your Mind’, featuring Eve, in 2001. Stefani’s strength has always been in her confessional songwriting style but, following her break from the band, she...

Facebook 3D photo: How to create, share, and view 3D photos

Social media site Facebook has a new feature, called 3D photo, which adds a layer of depth to photos in your news feed. The company described it as a “new way to share your memories and moments in time with a fun, lifelike dimension in both news feed and VR”. It can capture the distance between the subject in the foreground and the background of a photo to “bring scenes to life with depth and movement”. 3D photo is new feature on Facebook designed to make photos appear more immersive in your news feed (and from your VR headset.) First announced in May 2018, 3D photo essentially draws from the depth map in an image captured by a dual-camera phone, and then it adds some custom software enhancements. The end result should be a perspective-shifting, pseudo-3D image. Starting in October 2018, everyone will be able to view 3D photos via the Facebook mobile app, or from the Oculus Go VR headset’s web browser. You can also use Firefox on the Oculus Rift. While viewing a 3D photo from a phone, scroll or tilt your device to slightly change the perspective.  Acid Free White Leaves Photo Album You’ll need an iPhone with dual cameras (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iP...