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HP's tiny Xeon-powered PC puts the Mac Mini to shame

HP has unveiled the Z2 Mini, a mini PC that packs workstation-class parts, including an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics and M.2 SSD tech. It managed to squeeze that power into a 2.3-inch-high case that's "90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower," HP wrote. In …

You can finally buy Nikon's 360-degree 4K camera

Ready or not, Nikon's getting into the action camera business with a new series called KeyMission. The KeyMission 360 camera we first saw at CES …

Facebook faces off against Snapchat, nabs filters app Masquerade

Facebook has gained a new tool in its escalating rivalry with Snapchat.<p>The world's largest social network said on Wednesday it's acquiring Masquerade, a startup founded last year that overlays silly and cartoonish images, like an Iron Man helmet or a gorilla face, on people's faces as they shoot …

Zuckerberg channels Iron Man to tell us Facebook has bought face-swapping tech

Get ready for a lot of face-swapping in Facebook videos, folks.<p>On Wednesday, Facebook acquired Masquerade (also known as MSQRD), a mobile app that …

Magic Leap's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

A secretive tech startup called Magic Leap has been funded to the tune of $1.4 billion by the global financial elite. These historical investments have sparked a lot of curiosity among the public, but answers aren't readily available. I'm a computer geek with a PhD in this field and a hankering for …

Mapillary raises $8M to take on Google’s Street View with crowdsourced photos

A startup out of Sweden called Mapillary is using crowdsourced photos to create an open and more intelligent version of Google’s Street View, and today it announced a Series A round of funding from an impressive list of backers to help make that ambition a reality.<p>The $8 million from Atomico, …

Los Angeles

Google opens its Vision API in public beta to give any app the power of Google Photos

Google is making its Cloud Vision API available for all developers, which will allow for image scanning in any app.<p>The API can detect objects like boats and buildings, but will also let you detect emotion on faces. If someone in an image is happy on a boat, the Cloud Vision API will know.<p>The API …

Street View your life: These are the 360-degree cameras coming for 2016

Before 2015, it took expensive professional equipment made up of multiple, separate cameras and powerful computers and software to create immersive video like the kind Google Maps shows in its Street View mode.<p>Enter the smartphone, which has forced camera, processor and sensor technology to shrink …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook Poaches Microsoft Engineers to Build Virtual Reality Tools for Facebook

Facebook is pushing deep into virtual reality and artificial intelligence.<p>Facebook has hired three longtime Microsoft veterans to head up a new computational photography team at the company, a small group tasked with building new ways to share photos and videos to the platform.<p>The team, led by …

Augmented Reality

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23 of the best new photo and video apps launched in 2014

The year 2014 saw a literal explosion of photo and video apps for iOS, Android and even for the desktop — many with their own unique niche or angle. Some are easy to learn and use while others focused on complex maneuvers best accomplished with a quality camera and a learning curve.<p>Here some of the …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

9 tips every Windows user should know

The Best Gear for Travel

Traveling well can be one of life’s great pleasures, whether you’re alone or with friends and family. But what does it mean to travel well? Avoid …

Shopping

If You Really Must Snap iPad Photos, Try the Olloclip Lens

Hands on with Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens<p>Olloclip at Work<p>Olloclip in the Box<p>Olloclip Gear<p>Olloclip on iPad Air Sideview<p>Olloclip on the …