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How to Take Better Pictures for Beginner Photographers

Photography can be a fun and exciting activity for all who have a passionate interest in learning some of the fundamentals of the use of their …

NSA reportedly collecting millions of email address books and IM contact lists worldwide

<i>The Washington Post</i> has just published another revealing scoop about the National Security Agency. The paper is reporting that the NSA is currently collecting contact lists from email and instant message services from users worldwide — and Americans are among those whose data is being harvested.<p>The …

7 Tips to Make You A Cooler Photographer

Everyone has seen “that photographer” at one time or another. He’s the guy rocking his camera around his neck, gazing around his surroundings in a …

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

IT'S OFFICIAL: The Government Has Shut Down, And Here's The GOP's Next Move

The House of Representatives is expected to vote late Monday night on a motion to go to conference with the Senate on the government-funding bill, a move that Democrats immediately rejected as a cynical political ploy.<p>Republicans decided not vote on the so-called "clean" CR as demanded by House and …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Now There’s A Hospital-Based Treatment Facility for Internet Addicts

Digital addiction is no joke, and one hospital in Bradford, Pennsylvania, is treating it very seriously with therapy, workshops, and in some cases medication.<p>How many hours do you spend on the Internet a day? Do you stay online longer than you originally meant to? Do you feel anxious or irritable …

Like Oil and Water

“Fox River Derivatives,” by Chicago-based photographer Peter Hoffman, questions our relationship with natural resources. Hoffman told <i>PDN</i> via e-mail, …

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone everywhere. To drive home this point, I give you exhibit A: Earlier this week, Facebook came under fire when it was revealed that the data of more than 50 million …

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Portrait Tips and Techniques by Wayne Radford

Facial Recognition<p>In this ebook, you will find information on how to fine-tune and simplify the essential skills necessary for quality portraiture. …

5 Steps to Building More Powerful Images

A Guest Contribution by Dan Bailey We photographers seem to have it easy. Whereas most artists spend anywhere from hours, to months to years to …

Fallen Princesses Photo Series Paints a Bleak Picture of ‘Happily Ever After’

What happens when “and then they lived happily ever after” is replaced with something more akin to “and then reality reared its ugly head?” That’s …

Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars; she's no Seth MacFarlane

Second time’s a charm for<p>Ellen DeGeneres, who announced she’s returning to host the 2014Oscarsvia her Twitter page Friday morning.<p>"It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!" DeGeneres wrote. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."<p>The Emmy-winning …

World Freestyle Football Champ Makes Mind-Blowing Skills Video in London

There’s no shortage of “insane” soccer juggling videos on the Internet, but few hold a candle to the latest exhibition by world freestyle champion Andrew Henderson.<p>Henderson’s latest video takes place in downtown London, where he incorporates several historic and contemporary landmarks around the …

A Tour of the Hardware Found in Modern Smartphone Cameras

Want to take better photographs using your mobile phone camera? It helps to know what you are working with. I’ll assume you already know the basics …

The 7 Classic Pieces of Gear You Will Want After You Get a DSLR

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a new camera. But not just any new camera; no, not a new mobile device, not a new point and shoot — not …

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

Royal baby name: Prince George Alexander Louis announced to the world

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced their newborn son is to be called George Alexander Louis. He will be known as His Royal Highness …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

You Can Install the Improved Android 4.3 Camera App on Most Android Phones

Here’s some good news for the smartphone photographers out there who are sick of all the iPhone-only news that seems to flow down the pipeline daily. …

Where Chefs Eat And You Should Too

A new international restaurant guide relies on chefs to pick their favorite spots around the world. If the mammoth book doesn’t fit in your luggage, no worries: wait for the app, which is coming soon.<p>Looking for a breakfast spot in Argentina, a local fave in Latvia, or a late night tapas bar in …

First 3D printer reaches high street

The electronics chain Maplin has become the first high street retailer to sell 3D printers to consumers.<p>The £700 machine allows users to print …

Beneath the Clouds – Incredible Underwater Photography by Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee is from Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and her photography can make you want to live there too. She captures the full beauty of island …

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone …

Self Freezing Coke Video By Grant Thompson Has Completely Blown Our Minds

"Grab a bottle of room temperature soda, and start shaking it violently." That's the first bit of instruction on Grant Thompson's incredible self freezing Coke (or any other soda) video.<p>Look guys, we were never big science buffs in school, but that's probably because no one ever presented the …

Enlisting Strangers on the Street to Photograph as Fashion Models

Organizing a fashion editorial from top to bottom usually entails quite a bit of planning ahead of time. Coordinating a team, venue and date sounds …

iPhone 5 trumped Galaxy S4 on user complaints at launch -- study

The iPhone 5 received nearly twice the rate of negative comments at launch compared with the Galaxy S4, but Apple clearly wins in the most important metric of all, according to social media analysts We Are Social.<p>If you believe the griping on social media, then the iPhone 5 caused the most user …

Europe's New War on Nightlife

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Milan tried to institute a post-midnight ban on ice cream last month. Part of a clampdown on …