Cristian Ciontea

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Breaking (the) News

Facebook’s coup de grâce to publishers<p>A show of hands, please: How many of you were thrilled to hear about the upcoming changes to <b>Facebook’s News Feed</b>?<p>Chances are that unless you’re a publisher or an advertiser—most of whom have greeted <b>Mark Zuckerberg’s</b> January 11 post as if it were a bad report …

Elon Musk’s new video of his underground tunnel project will make you nauseous

‘Warning, this may cause motion sickness or seizures’<p>Elon Musk, a man of means by no means, released a batch of new images and videos from his latest high-concept tunnel venture, The Boring Company. But before you click play, grab your Dramamine because this may make you a little …

A Wave of Ultra-Hot Gas Twice as Big as The Milky Way Has Been Found Rippling Through Space

This thing is a monster.<p>Scientists have found a huge wave of ultra-hot gas rippling through the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster. And when we say huge, …

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.<p>Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is …

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will …

Shutter Speed

Get more from your Apple TV with these 7 tricks

Use Apple's black box like an expert<p>It might be hard to believe, but the Apple TV has now been with us for more than 10 years. In that time, it's gotten a lot smaller and a lot smarter—and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that you might not know about. Here are seven tips to improve your Apple TV …

Smart TV

How to Find the Best ISO for Astrophotography: Dynamic Range and Noise

ISO is one of the three major exposure settings in the exposure triangle of a digital camera — shutter time, f/number, and ISO. Of the three, it is …

Canon EOS

The One Thing You Must Do In Each Country, According To Tourists

You'll either love this map or hate it.<p>If you could only do one thing in each country you visited, what would it be?<p>U.K. travel site Vouchercloud compiled a map that shows the top-rated “Thing to Do” on TripAdvisor in nations around the world. And while some picks seem on-point, others may sound …

Harry Potter

4 Tips for Improving Your Landscape Photography Right Now

If I were a betting man, I'd say that landscape photography is the genre most photographers rank as their first love.I'm certainly part of those …

You Can Make Your Home Look Expensive Without Spending Big—Here's How

Unless you're a seasoned interior designer, making décor decisions can be a daunting process: <i>How high should these curtains be hung? How big should</i> …

A chic home that cost just $60k (with floor plan)

Before we begin to show you this beautiful home, we want to make it clear that the cost of the project is very much affected by where this home was …

Long Exposure Photography Tips You Don't Want to Miss

One look at a long exposure landscape photo like the one above, and I'm sure you're salivating at the thought of creating something so beautiful.I …

These Folding Landscape Photos Will Mess With Your Brain

Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş has published a new series of photos as part of his delightful <i>Flatland</i> series, which shows landscapes folding upon …

Photography

40 of the best Android apps of 2016

This year saw a great crop of new and updated apps to make your Android device more useful, productive and entertaining.<p>We’ve rounded up 40 of the best ones we tested all through 2016 – flip through our list, find your favorites and be sure to let us know which ones you’re rocking on your own …

Apps

The best things to do with your new HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PlayStation VR

So you’ve been lucky enough to get a tethered VR headset for Christmas: Now what? VR headsets are still very new platforms, and you’ll probably be a little short on really high-quality games and apps for the near future. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to try out, no matter what headset you …

10 Ways to Become a Better Landscape Photographer in the Next Year

As each new year approaches, people usually start thinking about what they can do better or improve in the new year. As a professional landscape …

Landscape Photography

Tricks for Removing Color Cast from Any Image

You’ve got the perfect composition, great light, and an amazing subject. You push the shutter and the image looks pretty good on your mini LCD …

Tutorials

Designed to Disappear: The Case For the Minimal Kitchen

Brought together by a shared heritage in Bauhaus principles, architect Dan Brunn and Bosch carry the torch for simple, clean, and purposeful design.<p>It was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, that icon of the Bauhaus movement, who borrowed the phrase "less is more" from the poet Robert Browning and made it a …

Actually, That IS a Moon: Saturn's 'Death Star'-Like Mimas

Saturn's moon Mimas looks suspiciously similar to the Death Star, a colossal planet-destroying space weapon that terrorizes a galaxy far, far …

34 Homes That Inspired Us in 2016 Photos

What makes a house a home? Is it a living room with an ocean view or a kitchen ideally conceived for entertaining, a modern layout that allows for an airy, open flow or discrete rooms that lend historical charm? <i>AD</i> editors have seen plenty of gorgeous, pin-worthy residences over the last year, but …

Interior Design

How Capcom Is Bringing Resident Evil Into VR For The First Time

One of the most highly-anticipated VR games on the horizon is undoubtedly <i>Resident Evil 7: Biohazard</i>. Capcom’s latest entry in the iconic, …

Will Moldova elect Putin fan Igor Dodon as president?

<b>A politician who wants to restore close ties with Russia is tipped to win the second round of Moldova's presidential election on Sunday.</b><p>Igor Dodon, head of the Party of Socialists (PSRM), is riding a wave of public discontent in this impoverished ex-Soviet republic.<p>Moldova has moved closer to the …

A New Gravity Theory Might Finally Explain Dark Matter

The universe is a weird, wild place.<p>The theory of gravity gets a little weird in a few spots in our universe. One of those spots is the outer edges …

Facebook makes 13 attempts to clone Snapchat. Lucky for some?

The social network’s latest attempts to take on Snap Inc at its own game include a new app in Brazil and a new feature in WhatsApp<p>Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: Facebook has released a Snapchat clone. The new standalone app offers ephemeral picture and video messaging, as well …

The 20 best cake recipes: part 2

Delia’s coffee and walnut sponge, Ottolenghi’s fig, yougurt and almond cake, and other baking classics selected by Observer Food Monthly<p>Serve this on its own, with a cup of tea, but do also make a fully fledged dessert dish with the figgy accompaniment – it doesn’t take much extra effort.

Cake

360-degree camera makers are focusing on the consumer market

Jim Malcolm pulls up a video on his smartphone he recently shot at Disneyland.<p>At first, it looks like a typical family vacation video: We see a ride from Jim's point of view as a carriage whooshes into tunnels and back out again.<p>With a swipe of his finger, the camera spins around and we see Jim's …