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The 20 photographs of the week

The conflict in Gaza and Israel, daily life in North Korea the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and a human tower in Spain – the best photography in news, culture, nature and sport from around the world this week

Texter Helicopter lets you deliver messages from the air (video) - Pocket-lint

Revell, the company that sells remote-controlled vehicles and model aeroplanes and the like, has launched a mini remote controlled helicopter that …

How to set up a home photo studio

While you can shoot portraits in almost any location, having your own home photo studio can makes it easier to control the lighting, background and …

5 Ways to Create Detail Photos - Digital Photography School

Photography

5 best PS4 indie games to download on PSN - Pocket-lint

Just got yourself a shiny new PS4? Not got enough games to keep you busy into the wee small Christmas hours? Here are five indie games you can …

Colorful Hexagonal Wall Tiles Made From Sound-Absorbing "Wood Wool"

These colorful hexagonal wall tiles by Form Us With Love strike a brilliant balance between sustainable materials, economy and functionality. The …

PS4 tips and tricks: Here's what your new console can do - Pocket-lint

So the UK launch of the PlayStation 4 is just about here. Brits are going to get their hands on a console we've been reading about since its official …

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone - Pocket-lint

If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place.<p>Whether this is …

AdEspresso Raises $500K To Make Facebook Ad Optimization Easy For Small Businesses

AdEspresso, a startup offering Facebook ad tools for small and medium businesses, is announcing that it has raised its first outside funding, a seed round of $500,000.<p>The company focuses on ad optimization, namely finding the most effective combination of text and images for your ads. It says that …

9 mistakes made by pros that you should avoid

Mistakes are a natural part of every life. Their presence transcends things like experience, talent and high skill levels. To put it differently, …

Government dishes out £3,000 broadband grants for small businesses

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has freed up a £100m pot of money, intended to help small businesses install faster and better broadband<p>The government has announced that small businesses in 10 cities across the UK are now able to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to cover the costs of …

How to Maximize Sharpness with a Telephoto Lens

Maximizing Sharpness - Tips for overcoming the difficulties associated with shooting at long focal lengths to help you maximize image sharpness

Google expands in-depth article search results, makes it easier to explore relevant topics

When Google introduced the in-depth article search results section, the company gave voracious readers a great way to look for weekend reading spree fodder. Today, Mountain View is making it even easier to scour the internet by adding a "More in-depth articles" link at the bottom, which reveals up …

Five Photography Bad Habits to Quit Today

Five Photography Bad Habits to Quit Today: hesitation, pixel peeping, too low ISO, luck shooting, and editing too many images.

Photography

YourFreeProxy Is Caught Installing A Toolbar That Mines Bitcoin On The Sly

Today in “Things Your Tech Service Shouldn’t Do” we present YourFreeProxy from Mutual Public AKA We Build Toolbars, LLC. The company, which offers proxy servers for routing around firewalls and censorship, has been secretly using its tool to mine Bitcoin using their customer’s computer. This …

A guide to street photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus

<i>Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we'll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical</i> …

7 Content Marketing Myths Debunked

Blogs are an important component to your content marketing strategy since they are a regular channel for communication with your audience. However, incorporating other types of content into your strategy can be equally as important.<p>Visuals, infographics, white papers, eBooks, user-generated …

9 photography accessories you never knew you needed

We probably don't need to tell you to buy a tripod, but here are a few clever gadgets and accessories you might not have thought about...<p>1. Bluetrack …

Cameras

How to Calculate and Use Hyperfocal Distance for Better Landscape Photography

Hyperfocal distance, much like the “Sunny 16 Rule,” is one of those things that has arguably lost some relevance in the age of digital photography; …

Landscape Photography

CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Google Play, lives on via sideloading

The CyanogenMod team made switching from your phone's original Android setup to its own flavor of the OS much easier with paired mobile and desktop installer apps, but now there's one extra step. In a blog post, CyanogenMod states the Google Play Support team contacted it and claims the installer …

Tips for Better Portrait Photography

There are a few techniques that help with taking portraits, and I’m going to share some of those tips with you today. Lighting, composition, camera …

Landscape Photography at Twilight

There are various phases of sunrise and sunset, however each phase repeats itself twice a day – once during sunrise and once again at sunset. All …

Landscape Photography

Start to See Photographically In Six Easy Steps

Historical photographs get a 'colorized' makeover - in pictures

Do historic photographs look better in colour? The colorizers think so. Skilled digital artists such as Sanna Dullaway and Jordan J Lloyd are keen to remind us that the past was as colourful as the present – and their message is spreading though Reddit and Facebook. • Read Jon Henley on the …

StreetHub brings 'Click & Collect' to independent retailers

A new online marketplace, StreetHub, has launched to help independent retailers tap into the growing 'Click & Collect' trend<p>StreetHub combines geo-location technology with proprietary live inventory data to help shoppers find out what is in their nearby shops, reserve what they want online and then …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

The world's oddest jobs – in pictures

Nancy Rica Schiff is a professional photographer hunting down people working in the world's most unusual occupations, be it dog food tasters, armpit sniffers or dinosaur dusters

A Kind of You: Disturbing Portraits of Street Performing Monkeys in Jakarta

There are only a few words that adequately describe photographer Perttu Saksa‘s series <i>A Kind of You</i>. Many news outlets chose “haunting” and we …

The Shoot: how to make a film in six days

How do you make a short film in just six days? That was the challenge of The Shoot, a competition run by Samsung that gave ten young people the …