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10 Portrait Photographers You Should Follow Right Now on 500px

<i>Looking for new photographers to follow on 500px? Great! We’ve got a set of Top 10 lists in the works that’ll help you do just that. We’ll work our</i> …

Insurance companies can now replace the human inspecting your roof with a drone

That buzzing sound you hear is just a robot checking your roof for storm damage<p>Every year, in big cities and small town across the US, insurance inspectors scramble up onto the roofs of buildings to check for storm damage and venture into structures ravaged by natural disasters. In the otherwise …

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4 Tips to Help You Get the Perfect Exposure in Your Photographs

In photography, light is everything. However, the most important element thing to remember is the amount of light that should be utilized in creating …

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

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A Drone For Every Purpose

Unmanned aircraft aren't only for surveillance and attacks. The can be explorers that go places human scientists fear to tread, or rescue robots sent to retrieve the wounded.<p>Unmanned aircraft aren't only for surveillance and attacks. The can be explorers that go places human scientists fear to …

Drone Skies: The Unmanned Aircraft Revolution Is Coming

The proliferation of unmanned aircraft is already outpacing the regulations that govern them. Is U.S. Airspace big enough for a deluge of drones?<p><b>It's a quiet morning in San Francisco</b>, with soft sunlight illuminating patches of thick fog billowing over the Golden Gate Bridge. A solitary unmanned …

Google Knows The WiFi Passwords Of Every Android User: Report

Google might have access to WiFi passwords used by every single Android user, a new report suggests. That is a whole lot of WiFi passwords -- maybe most of them in the world.<p>“If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the …

The Most Important Part Of The Next iPhone Announcement Won't Be The Next iPhone

It seems like Apple will continue its pattern of releasing an "S" model phone as it does every other year. The "S" models always look like the last model but have some internal improvements like a faster processor and better camera. Don't expect a radical new design or a larger screen.<p>But we …

IFTTT comes to iPhone with a crisp app featuring native Photos, Reminders and Contacts channels

The digital glue service IFTTT is finally launching an iPhone app and it brings with it a set of new channels specific to Apple’s platform and a lovely mobile platform for both building and using its automated actions. The app is rolling out now to users around the world and it’s a well designed …

Pink Floyd Speaks Out Against Pandora

There never seems to be a dull moment for music-streaming service Pandora. Last year, they filed a lawsuit against music publishing agency and artists-rights champion ASCAP. Last week, they were sued by music-publishing agency BMI for failing to negotiate their already-low royalty fees. In May, CEO …

Microsoft partners with Time Warner to launch an Xbox 360 app with 300 live TV channels this summer

Microsoft has inked a “landmark” deal with Time Warner Cable to offer Xbox 360 owners live access for up to 300 TV channels. Viewers will need an existing subscription to Time Warner Cable, as well as an Xbox Live Gold membership, to access the service in the United States when it launches later …

Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming

Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple doing the very same thing.<p>Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? …

Twitter literally goes to the birds

<i>(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)</i><p><b>Homing pigeons are gearing up to fly across Europe, tweeting as they go.</b><p>Equipped with special backpacks, …

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Government projects to make $50B in student loan profit

U.S. government projects to make record-high profits on student loans.<p>DETROIT — The U.S. government projects to make more money off student loans this fiscal year than ExxonMobil, Apple, J.P. Morgan Chase or Fannie Mae made on their respective businesses last year, a new analysis shows.<p>According to …

NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant in the briefing said.<p>Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of …

5 Money Moves Everyone Should Make By Age 30

Millennials, the current generation of 20-somethings perhaps best known for their tech-savvy ways, are growing up.<p>The oldest members of the group are now turning 30, which means they increasingly have adult money issues on their minds. The need for long-term savings accounts, retirement funds, debt …

Google may not like it, but facial recognition is coming soon to Glass

Startup founder outlines facial recognition for Glass, calls device a "car for the mind."<p>PALO ALTO, CA—Even while sitting in a café on University …

Samsung 5G tests reach 1Gbps, could launch in 2020

4G isn't cool. You know what's cool? 5G. Samsung claims new 5G tests have hit dizzying speeds and could be ready for you to use by 2020.<p>4G is barely …

3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days (With Some Help From Kim Dotcom)

If gun control advocates hoped to prevent blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun from spreading online, that horse has now left the barn about a hundred thousand times.<p>That’s the number of downloads of the 3D-printable file for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech …

LinkedIn is 10 Years Old: Here's How it Changed the Way we Work

Today marks a historic moment for one of Silicon Valley’s biggest and well-known companies. It has been a decade since LinkedIn was founded as a business-related social network and now it has grown up to become a successful public company with more than 225 million members and nearly $325 million …

Meet The Guy Who Helped Google Beat Apple's Siri

For all the attention lavished on Siri, the often-clever voice-driven virtual assistant on Apple’s iPhone, Google’s mobile search app lately has impressed a lot more people. That’s partly thanks to Google Now, its own virtual assistant that’s part of that app, which some observers think is more …

Living On Bitcoin For A Week: The Journey Begins

<b>Day 1</b>.<p>On Tuesday morning, I emptied my wallet of all of the cash and credit cards before I left my house. Many journalists have been writing about the mechanics of buying Bitcoin and the resulting heart palpitations as they watched the dramatic rises and falls in the digital currency’s worth over …

Apple's iPhone Software Has Flaws, And Just Changing The Design Won't Be Enough

If Apple doesn't do more than just superficially update the way iOS looks, it puts itself at risk of seriously falling behind Google's Android.<p>The new iOS look will be "flatter," supposedly abandoning the familiar design style that made the iPhone a multi-billion success. Instead of glossy icons …

IRS Takes A Bite Out Of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is virtual currency much in the news these days. It’s peer-to-peer so there’s no central bank or government. But if you think that means the IRS won’t get a piece, think again.<p>The IRS already gets a piece where you swap one product or service for another, as the IRS explains at its …