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Control a dSLR camera with your Android phone or tablet

Augment your dSLR camera with an Android app that offers advantages like better focus, time-lapse photography, and even the option to share photos the moment they're shot. Sharon Vaknin shows you how.<p>That Android phone or tablet you've got? Consider it your dSLR's best new accessory. With the help …

Mobile Photography

Chinese Supercomputer Is Now The World's Fastest - By A Lot

Every six months, the Top500 organization reveals its list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. And for the past few lists, there’s been a lot of movement. In June 2011, it was Japan’s “K” supercomputer. In June 2012, it was IBM‘s Sequoia. In November 2012, Cray took the lead with its Titan …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

Any.DO announces Cal, promises a suite of connected life management apps (video)

It's only been a few hours since we wrote about Any.DO getting redesigned with a fresh new look and logo. The company's also been teasing "a new way to manage your day" on its website. Well it all makes perfect sense now -- Any.DO just announced Cal, a new calendar for the iPhone. The app seeks to …

Why Tim Cook's 'Level 5 Leadership' Might Not Be Enough To Secure Apple's Future

In 1996, when Jim Collins began the research that led to the book <i>Good to Great</i>, the aim was to identify characteristics that led average companies to become outperformers.<p>Many of the results were surprising, but perhaps none more so than his description of what he called the Level 5 leaders, …

Augmented Reality Startup Daqri Raises $15M More, Troy Carter Joins Advisory Board

Daqri, a company that says it’s creating the “Photoshop of augmented reality,” just announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A led by Tarsadia Investments.<p>As with other augmented-reality companies, Daqri enables customers to enrich physical objects with additional media when those objects …

Windows 8 Is Failing to Beat Windows 7... And XP... And Even Vista!

With the release of yet more data showing Windows 8’s dismal performance in the marketplace, we have to ask: Is Windows 8 failing to gain traction because it sucks, or because there’s no demand for it?<p>That is a key question that must be on the minds of the execs at Microsoft right now, but it’s a …

The People Who Make Your Kindle Screen Are Now Making Screens For These Sleek Smartwatches

Taiwanese display manufacturer E Ink — popular for its paper-like, no-glare "electronic ink" Kindle displays — has introduced a new 1.73 inch version aimed to be used in new wearables.<p>The first product to sport the smaller, 320-by-240 pixel screen is the recently announced Sonostar Smartwatch.<p>While …

eReaders

59% of Parents Don't Worry If Their Kids Stare At Screens All Day

We first heard about it from The New York Times.<p>While the study appears to contradict the perception of murmuring parents worried their children could become too attached to tablets and smartphones, it also sheds some surprising light on where those same parents turn for advice in raising their …

Parenting

Xyologic takes funding as latest to improve mobile app discovery

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Analytics startup Adeven suggested earlier this week that two-thirds of App Store was pretty much invisible to most users, …

Tiananmen Square online searches censored by Chinese authorities

It takes a very significant date for the word "today" to be deemed too sensitive to mention. But 24 years after the Chinese government's bloody …

China

Chinese City Puts a Stop to Taxi-Finding Smartphone Apps

Finding a taxi via a smartphone app may be highly convenient, but authorities in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are cracking down on such services, which it accuses of lacking standards and breaching regulations.<p>According to a report on Sina Tech (via Tech in Asia), an internal memo issued by the …

Verizon Cloud backup app now on iOS

Following a limited release on Android last month, Verizon's Cloud app is now available on iOS. The app will let you back up your photos and videos to cloud storage, as well as facilitate access to contacts, documents, and music you've stored in the cloud via your PC. Additionally, if you're …

China's Air Pollution: Is The Government Willing To Act?

Denise Mauzerall arrived in Beijing this year at a time that was both horrifying and illuminating. The capital was facing some of its worst pollution in recent memory, and Mauzerall, a Princeton environmental engineering professor, was passing through on her way to a university forum on the future …

How Humans Have Changed The Earth In The Last 30 Years

Google has a new site that lets you see timelapse satellite images from the early 80s to now. Here are a few things we've have changed on our planet's surface.

iPhone App Turns Your Sleep Patterns Into Art

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Customer Experience

For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price'

Women hold up half the sky, China's Chairman Mao famously said. But in China, the one-child policy and the traditional preference for boys mean that 117 boys are born for every 100 baby girls. By one estimate, this means there could be 24 million Chinese men unable to find wives by the end of the …

Jony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7

According to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7, the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform…<p>The new interface is said to …

The Truth About Energy Drinks

Labels can be deceiving, according to a new report<p>The bad news about energy drinks just keeps rolling in: Thanks to inconsistent labeling and an ongoing FDA review that’s not yet finished, energy drinks can contain undisclosed ingredients that haven’t been thoroughly vetted by the FDA, according to …

Soccer

Pasta and Creamy Primavera Sauce Recipe - Southern Queen of Vegan Cuisine 23/328

Logitech's FabricSkin keyboard folio for iPad will shrug off spills for $149 (video)

When Logitech announced keyboard folios for the iPad and iPad Mini less than a month ago, it thought it had all bases covered: keyboard, stand, cover. One important group of people weren't considered in the design brief, however: so-called spillers, those with an uncanny ability to bring gadgets …

World's Oldest Hamburger? McDonald's Burger From 1999 Almost Looks New (VIDEO)

Utah man David Whipple has managed to hang on to a hamburger from McDonald's since 1999. The extraordinary part isn't the fact that he didn't throw the burger out, though -- it's that the burger barely looks like it has aged.<p>Appearing by phone on the TV show "The Doctors" recently, Whipple …

Kids' injury rate rises with the temperature

Before you know it, the kids will be out of school and enjoying summer. And while that usually means lots of fun for children, it can sometimes also mean an injury or a trip to the emergency room.<p>We talked about that with Dr. Karen Sheehan, an attending physician and medical director of the injury …

Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburghs Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together

With the advent of the High Line and the recent announcement about Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, it's becoming clear that the 'parkway' is a powerful …

Urban Design

Google Earth gets Leap Motion support, lets you explore the planet with touch-free control

How are you celebrating Earth Day? If you're one of 10,000 Leap Motion devs with an early unit, you could very well be exploring Mount Everest or venturing through the Amazon, just by waving your hands. Google's Earth app, which has reportedly been downloaded more than a billion times, just scored …

IRL: Bluelounge Messenger and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>How do you make our one-man French bureau really, really happy? <i>Obviously</i>, the answer is to give him sparkling …

Can an Apple a Day Really Keep Fatigue Away?

We've all heard the old adage that an apple a day can keep the doctor away; but can an apple a day really give you energy and build endurance? New research suggests that eating apples may improve endurance for the average adult. It's not just the apple, but the flavonoid called quercetin contained …