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How to process and edit raw files from your camera

Shooting in raw is one of the best ways to have total control over your images in post-processing.<p>A raw file is the image as seen by the camera's sensor. Think of it like unprocessed film. Rather than letting the camera process the image for you, turning it into a JPEG image, shooting in raw allows …

Tutorials

Google's "Quantum Computing Playground" lets you fiddle with quantum algorithms

Google has just launched a new web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that allows users to write, run and debug software that makes use …

Your definitive dSLR guide

Don't even think about using your dSLR again until you've read through each and every link at the bottom of this post. OK, you don't have to do that, but that doesn't mean these posts aren't essential for getting the most our of your camera.<p>For the next few weeks, we'll cover pretty much everything …

DSLR Cameras

How to use manual focus on your dSLR lens

Autofocus just keeps getting better. With every new model, more advanced technology allows cameras to quickly pinpoint the subject you're focusing on without missing the moment.<p>You're probably wondering, then, what this guide is all about.<p>No matter how good autofocus is, there are still times when …

Cameras

Five tips for a perfect exposure

Canon<p>The exposure compensation button usually looks like this plus and minus symbol on all SLRs. Nikon<p>Three examples of histograms you may come across. Canon<p>In playback, you can review the histogram depending on the display mode. Lexy Savvides/CNET<p>Editing raw photos in a program like Lightroom …

Tutorials

How to move your OneDrive local storage to another drive

With Microsoft's recent release of Windows 8.1, the cloud-storage service formerly known as SkyDrive officially became OneDrive. And it remains tightly integrated with the OS.<p>So integrated, in fact, that it syncs your cloud files to your hard drive, and vice-versa. That's a handy feature, to be …

Microsoft Windows

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: This so-called smart plug should be held back - CNET

<b>The Good</b> D-Link's $50 Wi-Fi Smart Plug offers remote control of your small appliances, including scheduling and energy usage stats -- a better value than the $60 Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, which has similar features.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Smart Plug isn't compatible with IFTTT, setup was surprisingly …

Home Automation

Top five 802.11ac routers (pictures)

Google splits up Drive app, requires standalone apps to edit documents

Google Drive users: the latest update to the mobile app may not please you. In a new version of the app — recently released for iOS and coming soon to Android — Google has removed the ability to edit documents. The change comes alongside the new standalone Docs and Sheets apps, which are now linked …

Spring cleaning for your Gmail

Spring cleaning month is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you should stop optimizing the tech in your life. Gmail can be a source of stress if you don't have a good system in place for responding to email, or the ability to easily locate contact information. Fortunately, these changes are …

Apps

Three pocket-size jump starters

Dealing with a dead battery is never fun. You get to your car expecting the engine to crank up right away and...nothing. Time to call AAA or flag down a another driver with jumper cables.<p>If your car has a history of draining the battery while parked, you may have invested in a portable jump …

Gear & Gadgets

How to move your receipts to the cloud

​These three apps will help you preserve receipts so they don't fade away by the time you need them.<p><i>Editors' note, November 26, 2014:This How To post was originally published on April 23, 2014, and has been updated to include new information.</i><p>Some receipts don't offer much information at all -- like …

Get 50GB of iDrive iOS cloud storage for 99 cents

Cloud storage is no longer an oddity -- it's a necessity. You need it not only to back up your most prized data (while at the same time keeping local backups, natch), but also to sync your files, photos, and whatnot between your various devices: phones, tablets, PCs, etc.<p>Hey, wait a minute -- deja …

Windows Phone

Google Play Music comes to AirPlay devices via hack

DoubleTwist, a San Francisco company with a self-proclaimed vision to "offer music without boundaries" is getting closer to achieving that goal with a new hack for Google Play Music.<p>With some help from a DoubleTwist plug-in added to a Google application programming interface (API), users can stream …

Google Play