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How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos

Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.<p>For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by "shooting raw." The …

Mobile Photography

Amazon's Prime Now offers 1-hour delivery in Manhattan

Amazon upped the ante in the shipping wars by announcing Prime Now — a service offering one-hour delivery.<p>Though the service is now up and running, …

Facebook is Testing an Official Way to Sell Goods in Groups

A new feature that’s appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new “Sell Something” option when posting to a group.<p>The new selling option appears alongside the normal “Write Post” button on some Facebook groups and asks the user to share what’s for sale, the price, a …

Firefox To World: Can You Spare A Dime?

Mozilla is trying to figure out where its cash is going to come from in the future.<p>‘Tis the season for generosity. And if that’s the vibe you’re feeling, an old friend wants you to know that your hard-earned cash is always welcome in its coffers. From now until the end of the year, Firefox is …

Software

Alienware Alpha Review: A Gaming PC In A Tiny Package

For a long time, if you wanted to get into PC gaming and experience the highest quality models, textures, and shaders that developers could come up with, you had to buy an overpriced gaming rig from someone like Alienware, a more affordable PC from a shady OEM, or build a machine yourself. It was …

11 Sci-Fi Films That Actually Deserve Reboots

Hollywood's favorite pastime is remaking movies, or at the very least, slapping on another sequel and making millions. While that's all fun and …

Watch Charli XCX Bring New Wave 'Boom Clap' to 'SNL'

2014's breakout pop star closes out her big year performing two 'Sucker' tracks on 'SNL'<p>No offense to Jingle Ball but there is no better measuring …

Bill Cosby breaks silence to lecture the media

Over the past four weeks, multiple women have come forward claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. But the comedian hasn’t issued …

When it comes to DNA, crocodiles and birds flock together

If you really want to know about birds, you have to consider the crocodile.<p>That point was driven home this week with the release of the genomes of 45 bird species, which reassigned some perches on the avian evolutionary tree and included some seemingly odd bedfellows.<p>Down near the roots of that …

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

Sources: NFL playoff changes likely

Roger Goodell said last week that the league will vote in March to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams in 2015 and, with that, several …

NFL

8 of our favorite smartphone highs and lows of 2014

CNET goes over the hits and misses that helped define our year in smartphones.<p>This year, like all years in recent memory, has seen its share of highs and lows in the mobile world. On the one hand, you have key players making strides, like Apple successfully joining the big-screen party with its new …

Mobile Technology

How Surface tablets are changing the way NFL coaches work

NFL sidelines are almost always entertaining to watch, but this year, it hasn’t been about the players and coaches — it's the new technology that has been catching viewers' eyes. If you've been watching NFL games at all this season, it's been hard to miss the bright blue Surface tablets, complete …

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review – no more than a middling finale from Middle-earth

And so, in the end, we find ourselves once again at the beginning, having travelled there and back again in the company of elves, dwarves, dragons and hobbits – a journey which started 13 years (and more than 17 screen-hours) ago with the unveiling of <i>Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</i>in …

Ice XVI Is the Strangest Form of Solid Water Yet

The sixteenth phase of solid H2O has arrived.<p>Water ice, the unlikely solid that is less dense than its liquid form, is already a thing that should not be. As temperatures drop below freezing, water molecules form super-resilient hexagonal crystals, leaving a material that is technically …

Chemistry