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Underwater Photography Tips and Techniques

There is really only one perfect exposure to any photo: the one that looks good to your eyes. However, your camera’s light meter plays a big role in …

9 Outstanding Apps for Adding Text to Your Photos

Add text to photos<p>Text on pictures — that’s the idea behind messaging, poster art, greeting cards and scenic displays. And font freaks (you know who you are) will always be on the lookout for ways to add text into snapshots and vacation photos. Happily, dressing up your photos with text can be done …

Women Are More Likely to Secure Kickstarter Funding Than Men

Surprisingly, this effect was strongest for technology-oriented projects.<p>Women trying to get venture-capital funding face long odds: Somewhere between one and six percent of VC-supported companies were founded by women. Some might explain this by pointing out that women are less likely than men to …

New SMS Audio Heart Rate Monitoring Earbuds Unveiled

SMS Audio as this week unveiled its new range of heart rate monitoring earbuds which are powered by Intel technology and equipped with biometric …

Multi-language voice search begins rolling out to users

New functionality hitting Google Search allows users to issue voice commands in up to five languages at a time.<p>Announced by a Google executive during the I/O conference in June, the rollout of the feature was delayed due to bugs found in late testing. Now some users are reporting that the feature …

Google Search

50 Cent and Intel launch earbuds that pump tracks based on your heart rate

Behold, the future, brought to you by 50 Cent and Intel. Yes, really.<p>Beats-wannabe Audio company SMS Audio, founded by 50 Cent, partnered with the chip giant to bring to market a pair of sports earbuds, with a twist. Said twist is the ability to read your heart rate and tell the phone to play …

Consumer Tech

Hiring underway for first Apple Store(s) in the oil-rich nations of the Middle East

If you look at map of Apple Store locations around the world, there’s one very obvious wealthy area of the world without a single store: the oil-rich nations of the Middle East. This now looks set to change, as ifoAppleStore spotted Apple job listings for the United Arab Emirates for the complete …

Even the Oxford Dictionary can't resist adding amazeballs, selfie and YOLO

Throughout 2014's great dictionary refresh, one publication remained above attention-grabbing fripperies like adding YOLO, amazeballs and selfie to their lists. That's why we're disappointed to report that even the venerated Oxford Dictionary has now sunk down to this level. Oxford Dictionaries has …

Flipboard's future is a better version of print magazine's past

Vogue magazine has been an inspiration to countless fashion addicts and worshippers throughout its decades of existence, but it’s also a source of inspiration to one man: Mike McCue, Flipboard’s chief executive.<p>In fact, most of Flipboard derives from traditional magazines as we know them, from the …

The internet is broken. You can blame sharks. And Netflix

Don’t panic, the situation isn’t as awful as it sounds, but online space is running out and undersea creatures are nibbling at some very important cables<p>Bad news: The internet ran out of space on Tuesday. Worse news: Sharks are eating what is left.<p>Thankfully, it is not as bad as it sounds. Yet. But …

There's Some Bad News Brewing For Apple And Samsung In China

Like U.S. carriers, China Mobile pays subsidies to smartphone makers to make devices cheaper for consumers up front. In the U.S., that's why you're able to buy an iPhone 5S for as little as $200. It normally costs $650, but you pay the carrier back over time by agreeing to a two-year service …

Mobile

Amazon doubles the storage on its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Fans of Amazon e-reader the Kindle Paperwhite probably won’t be getting a device update in the near future, but the company is upgrading the existing model.<p>Amazon decided to upgrade the Paperwhite from 2GB of storage to 4GB, according to The Digital Reader, which first spotted the spec change. For …

Google Reportedly Wraps Its Underwater Cables To Keep Away Shark Bites

With Shark Week wrapping up, we’ve all likely gotten our fill of sharks sinking their teeth into all sorts things, from people to baby seals to the sharkcam. But you may not have seen a shark chomping down on this -- a cable on the bottom of the ocean.<p>Networked World reported earlier this week that …

Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of 'Apps Made by Apple'

Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads.<p>This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed …

Creator of the Internet pop-up ad apologizes for 'hated tool'

In a mea culpa written for the Atlantic magazine, Ethan Zuckerman explains why he devised the infamous pop-up ad and offers his apologies to the Internet community.<p>The man who created a type of ad that Internet users love to hate is now apologizing for his creation.<p>Impeding and annoying all who use …

The simple reason smartphones are getting bigger

It might look funny and a bit odd, people pressing mobile phones the size of small tablets to their ears. But across Asia, Latin America, and Africa, emerging-market consumers who don’t have a whole bunch of other devices prefer bigger-screened phones, which they use as a single hub to call, text, …

Mobile

How to Manage Your Email Like a CEO

<b>Answer by David Shin, High Frequency Trader</b><p>When I worked at Google in 2006/2007, Larry and Sergey held a Q&A session, and this exact question was …

Increase in claims for tax relief for research and development

Incentives have been extended in the hope it will put the UK in a strong position to benefit from hi-tech industries<p>The British spirit of innovation appears to be alive and well after figures showed a jump in the number of UK companies taking up tax relief on research and development (R&D) spending.<p>…

Facebook Messenger users gripe and grumble in online reviews

Around 92 percent of more than 64,000 Facebook users have given the Messenger app a one-star rating on App Annie over the past month.<p>Facebook's Messenger app, which has shifted the social network's instant-messaging features off the main mobile app and onto its own standalone program, has found its …

Why it’s about to get tougher for Apple to grow iPhone sales in China

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Getty Images / Feng Li<p>Like other handset makers, Apple has continuously said how important China is for its phone …

These Charts Show How Android Is Demolishing Apple In The Key European Smartphone Markets

Apple controls a solid one-third or more of the smartphone market in the U.S.<p>But in order to provide a better understanding of how the platform wars are playing out in other markets, BI Intelligence gathered historical sales share data and charted performance for a dozen countries, including the …

Mobile

The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse.<p>…

Afterlight photo editing app now available for Android

After a favorable run on iOS, Afterlight is now available for Android. Priced at $0.99, this image editing software features 59 filters, 66 textures and 77 stylish frames, along with additional options available through in-app purchases. Think of Afterlight as a solid companion for social …

Here's a Radical Way to End Vacation Email Overload

Picture your dream vacation. It probably doesn’t include desperately searching for an available wi-fi signal so you can check your work emails, does …

Common Pitfalls in Technology Naming

<i>Aaron Hall is the Associate Director of Naming at Siegel+Gale.</i><p>While naming your new tech product or company can be a lot of fun, it certainly isn’t easy. When approaching naming for the first or tenth time, there are some common pitfalls and traps in which companies tend to get caught.<p>While it …

How Do You Compete With EMC, IBM and Oracle? Generis' Secret: Get Close To Customers

Building a business on a product that replaces and supplements standard features on an already expensive software product doesn’t seem like a winning business strategy, however when you actively listen <i>and respond</i> to what prospective customers want, delivering features they actually find useful and …

Smartphone stress: Are you a victim of 'always on' culture?

<b>You're on holiday but surreptitiously check your work emails the moment you wake up.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessQuantum computers to crack the worldThe world is not enoughKeeping the cyber thieves at bayNollywood finds its global audience onlineThwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers<p>You …

FTC Urged To Crack Down On Tech Firms' Privacy Violations

The Safe Harbor deal that gives US tech companies access to European user data is under attack, with US privacy advocates accusing 30 companies of routinely ignoring its provisions.<p>Indeed, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) is adding its voice to calls from EU ministers for the deal to be …