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Landscape Photography from the Side of the Road

For most people the idea of landscape photography means getting a good backpack that can carry everything, then hiking for miles to a destination. …

Landscape Photography

A Beginners Guide to Landscape Photography

When you first get started in landscape photography, at the bare minimum, you need three pieces of equipment: a camera, a normal zoom lens (24-70mm), …

Landscape Photography

1 in 5 U.S. Workers: I'm Too Educated for My Job

Actually, that's not so bad, by international standards.<p>When Americans aren't fretting over being undereducated, we're usually fretting about being overeducated.<p>Every so often, writers and academics start sounding the alarm about a coming glut of college graduates who will end up doomed to a life …

Gigaom | FTC to take closer look at “native advertising” trend

Advertisement<p>Over the last year, media and marketing types have been repeating the term “native advertising” until they’re blue in the face and now …

Why Outsourcing Innovation Will Be Big in Tech and Beyond

<i>Paul Jozefak, co-founder and managing director of innovation laboratory Liquid Labs, argues that outsourcing innovation will become a mainstream business practice and a key driver of growth, specifically in the tech sector. While he clearly has a business interest in companies outsourcing their</i> …

Small Farmers In New England Fear New Food Safety Rules

Back in January, the Food and Drug Administration issued two proposed food safety rules to prevent tainted food from entering the food supply.<p>According to these 1,600 pages of rules, farmers who don't qualify for exemptions must monitor and document water quality, freezer temperatures, encroaching …

Stocks: Dow closes down 225 as Wal-Mart warns

NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average shed about 1.5% -- 225 points -- on disappointing Wal-Mart earnings, news of job cuts at Cisco, weak economic reports and 2-year high in 10-year Treasury yield. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite were down by similar percentages.<p>The drops come a day after …

Getty Museum's Open Content project makes 4,600 pieces of art freely available to download

Much of the world's great artwork is tightly controlled, but the Getty Museum just announced a significant initiative to open things up — its new Open Content Program has made some 4,600 pieces of art from the museum's collection free to use. Users can visit the Getty Search Gateway to browse …

Apple patents more sophisticated enhanced podcast ‘Audio Hyperlinking’ system, possibly for iTunes Radio

<i>PatentlyApple</i> spotted an interesting-looking patent that could have both editorial and advertising applications in podcasts and iTunes Radio broadcasts. It’s of course written in the usual dense patent language:<p>Hyperlinks within an audio stream provide a way for a listener to access linked …

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Microsoft launches Windows Phone web tool to let anyone create apps

Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem. A beta version of Windows Phone App Studio is now available, and it lets anyone create a Windows Phone app from the web without any knowledge of …

Why it’s so hard to stop college cost inflation in the US

With the fracas in Washington over how to stop student loan interest rates from spiking, there’s more attention than ever on the student loan “bubble.” To pinpoint apt solutions, it’s worth considering the college loan issue as a version of two already irksome public policy problems: the debt …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

<b>(Public Affairs Books/Jenna Pope)</b><p>SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Radley Balko<p>July 7, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces”<p>Sal Culosi is dead because …

Learn how technology will turn less desirable airwaves into “beachfront” spectrum

When it comes to spectrum debates, like the one happening now in Washington, policymakers and regulators pay a lot of attention to this idea of …

Two maps debunk one of the biggest myths about student loans in the US

One of the nuances that often gets lost in discussions about student debt is that the biggest borrowers aren’t necessarily the riskiest borrowers. There are many people who take out modest loans but have trouble paying them back, either because they fail to graduate or because their degree doesn’t …

Publisher Threatens Librarian With $1 Billion Lawsuit

A scholarly publisher has issued a warning to Jeffrey Beall, a librarian who writes about what he calls "predatory" practices in the scholarly publishing industry, threatening him with a $1 billion lawsuit for his blog posts criticizing the company.<p>Beall is an academic librarian at the University …

Reverse Showrooming: Best Buy, Amazon And The Internet Sales Tax

My four year old Sony laptop died last month. Okay, I killed it, but it was only criminally negligent homicide—the zipper on the old backpack I’d inherited from one of my kids pulled open and my laptop went crashing onto a hard floor.<p>So last Friday, I started shopping for a new one. In the process, …

Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it …

Slow Apps Lose Money: Compuware Helps App Rookies Speed Up For Free

For many retailers e-commerce has become the norm—one of the last hold-outs, H&M, recently announced it would launch a much-belated U.S. e-commerce site in summer 2013—and smartphone apps are not far behind in the playbook. Now through free app monitoring software, one player in the space wants to …

Iceland’s experiment with crowd-sourcing its constitution just died

When Iceland decided it needed a new constitution, it took the novel approach of giving all of Iceland’s people a say. Alas, that constitution is now dead—or at the very least in a long, deep coma.<p>The rise and fall of the world’s first crowd-sourced constitution begins in the wake Iceland’s 2008 …

CHART OF THE DAY: How App Makers Make Money

App revenue comes largely from in-app purchases made in free games, according to a new report from Distimo. Right now 76 percent of revenue comes from in-app purchases made in paid and free apps. That's up from 53 percent a year ago. If you're an app-maker, it looks like the best plan for making …

With SEO Linking Strategies, Gaming The System Is So Last Decade

Back in the early days of the commercial internet era, when specialists in SEO really could “trick” the search engines into giving particular websites a results boost, one of the tricks of the trade was executing a “linking strategy.” Google and other search engines gave websites higher marks if …

Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?

It would be nice to say that high prices are a bug of our medical system. But they're a feature. They're part of a choice we've made.<p>The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn't realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other …

CHART OF THE DAY: How People Use Facebook On Smartphones

IDC conducted a survey in conjunction with Facebook to find out how people are using smartphones. It surveyed 4,446 people aged 18-44 who use iPhones or Android-based phones. In this chart you can see how people are using Facebook on smartphones.

Sun's Activity To Peak With 'Solar Maximum' In 2013, Scientists Say

By: Mike Wall<p>Published: 03/23/2013 09:43 AM EDT on SPACE.com<p>The sun should roar back to life sometime in 2013, producing its second activity peak in the last two years, scientists say.<p>Our star has been surprisingly quiet since unleashing a flurry of flares and other eruptions toward the end of …