Maura Marda

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10 apps for enhancing iPhone photos

One of my favorite observations by a now-forgotten sage explained the difference between writing and photography like this: <i>A bad sentence can be massaged, but nothing helps a bad photo</i>.<p>So true. However, I’ve experienced for myself how a good photo-editing app can salvage sloppy composition or bad …

I Am Paying $200,000 for Five Minutes in Space

In 2010, I gave Virgin Galactic a five-figure downpayment. In 2014, Virgin's spacecraft crashed in the desert, killing one of its test pilots. I'm not worried. I'm still training.<p>On a blindingly bright January afternoon in 2010, I went to my bank to get a cashier's check for $20,000. It was my …

Space Travel

iPhone Falls Further Behind Samsung Galaxy

As if Apple wasn’t having a tough few days, the market conditions to help turn around the iPhone sales figures are nowhere to be seen. IDC’s latest report on smartphones shipments during the last full quarter shows no signs of the market returning to significant growth over the next year.<p>The first …

Tim Cook

Microsoft's Smartphone Strategy Is Simple: It Will Change The Rules

Of all the manufacturers who are making smartphones, Microsoft has the simplest approach to finding success with its hardware. All Redmond has to do is turn up, and it can count that as a victory.<p>Every software app released by Microsoft on iOS or Android is another step forward in CEO Satya …

Windows 10

‘Immersed in trouble’: Apple sued for touch screen intellectual property violations

Haptic feedback developer Immersion is suing Apple over its 3D Touch and Force Touch features. Multiple versions of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch each …

Britain’s controversial extremism tip-off hotline fails to engage Muslim community – report

Britain bet on a key anti-radicalization program, intended to encourage members of the Muslim community to tip off authorities, to help it deal with potential terrorist threats. However, a new report suggests the scheme is failing miserably.<p>It turns out that only 8.6 percent of all tip-offs come …

Digital narcissism? How selfies killed the art of photography

I fell in love when I was 15. I was walking down the corridor of our school with some of my friends when She walked by. It was instantaneous: I was …

‘Syria is emptying’

By Liz Sly<p>Liz Sly<p>Beirut bureau chief, covering Lebanon, Syria and the wider region<p>Email Bio Follow<p>IZMIR, Turkey — A new exodus of Syrians is fueling the extraordinary flow of migrants and refugees to Europe, as Syria’s four-year-old war becomes the driving force behind the greatest migration of …

Middle East

TVXQ's 'Rise a God' special album tops charts in Korea, China, and Japan!

The neverending dating rumors between Taeyeon and Baekhyun are flaring up again.The two SM Entertainment idols reportedly broke up in September 2015, …

Supersonic Airplanes and the Age of Irrational Technology

Was the Concorde a triumph of modern engineering, a metaphor for misplaced 20th-century values, or both?<p>The box sat untouched in his bottom desk drawer. For weeks we discussed opening it, and one January morning he was ready. I set the box on his white bedsheets and removed the stack of passports, …

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.<p>For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's …

Neurophilosophy

Gigi Hadid, Swimsuit Model, Doesn't Prepare for Swimsuit Shoots

At least not in the way you'd think.<p>It's the evening of Taylor Swift's infamous New York dinner—the one that resulted in a slew of paparazzi photos of celebs like Lena Dunham and Gigi Hadid entering the singer's Tribeca apartment. When Hadid calls to discuss her new campaign for Seafolly she …

Moment iPhone 6 lens add-ons are big, bold and feel a bit dangerous

Moment Lens asks the question: How committed are you to high-quality iPhone photography?<p>Its two, $99-a piece iPhone 6 add-on lenses require a …

33 European languages in danger of extinction

LONDON — 33 languages across Europe are close to dying out, according to a new list of at-risk dialects.<p>Four languages spoken in British territories …

Revealed: The secret menu items you didn’t know you could order at McDonald's