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Adobe photography promotion lures new subscribers, says survey

It looks like Adobe Systems' Photoshop-Lightroom promotion attracted some new customers to the Creative Cloud subscription business.<p>In a survey with CNET and analyst firm Jefferies, 48 percent of Creative Cloud subscribers who signed up for the Photoshop Photography Program weren't Creative Cloud …

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Samsung's HomeSync now works with non-Samsung devices

Samsung announced Tuesday that it is extending compatibility of its HomeSync media center to more Android devices, including those made by other companies.<p>The $299 device, which launched in the US in October, lets people store, sync, and stream content from their mobile devices to their TVs while …

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How Technology Will Make Everyone A Great Photographer

Just not quite yet.<p>At the end of May, the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> laid off all its staff photographers. The paper would instead use newswires, freelancers, and reporters armed with iPhones. It was not the first time traditional media turned to untrained photojournalists—consider the Instagram photos NBC …

This Gadget Keeps Your Smart Devices In Touch

Plus, the Sleek does it all through voice control.<p>In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke created HAL 9000, the sentient computer in his <i>Space Odyssey</i> series. Now, more than 60 years later, the company Ivee has launched something similar, albeit less villainous. The Sleek draws individual smart-home devices into …

Surgical Needle That Sucks Wine From Bottle Without Removing Cork

A tasty white or red, any time.<p>Wanting only a glass or two of wine puts drinkers in a tough spot. Once the bottle’s opened, the wine starts to oxidize and lose its flavor. No rubber stopper will halt the process, leaving partial bottles to go to waste. Greg Lambrecht, a medical-device entrepreneur, …

A Hand-Crank GIF Player

On-demand motion pictures!<p>GIFs, those short, silent, looping animations found all over the internet, are wonderful. But what if some apocalyptic event wipes out the internet? How will you view your favorite GIF? The Giphoscope, by Italian designers Marco Calabrese and Alessandro Scali, is the …

Xbox One Review: I'm Sorry I Raised My Voice

It's just, like, ugh, you know? You never listen.<p>I wouldn't say a lost my temper with the Xbox One. Because I actually, for the most part, enjoyed the experience. But I did raise my voice. And for that I apologize.<p>Everything about Microsoft's new game console, its first in eight years, is designed …

Motorola And 3D Systems Will 3-D-Print Modular Cell Phones

Collaboration between two tech pioneers to help make Project Ara a reality.<p>Last month, Motorola announced a plan for a modular smartphone. Project Ara, the company said, will be a simple way for users to individualize their phones, swapping out parts like the battery and camera until users have a …

Finally, A Super-Simple Modular Robotics Kit

Engineering for the rest of us<p>The robot of the popular imagination, whether it’s R2D2 or Rosie, just works. But in reality, making a robot just work takes a lot of hard work. Many would-be roboticists give up when faced with a soldering iron, an Arduino board, and lines of code. The EZ-Robot kits …

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Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 leaks again

We'd already heard that Samsung has a slew of new slate PCs planned for early next year, but this is the closest we've come to having one of them confirmed.<p>The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has popped up over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- the regulatory body for new gadgets in the …

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