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By Dan Pandrea | Articles worth geeking about

Review: Fabriq is a tiny (and affordable) AirPlay speaker with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service

We first featured the Fabriq Wireless Speaker last fall as one of our New Toys of the Day. What particularly struck us about this product was its wide range of connectivity. We aren’t just talking Bluetooth here. It is also has AirPlay, multi-room connectivity, and support for Amazon’s popular …

How to approach and manage passwords

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and here is the series overview. The previous article in this series is How to set up automatic backups in macOS and iOS.<p>Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this is …

10 apps for enhancing iPhone photos

One of my favorite observations by a now-forgotten sage explained the difference between writing and photography like this: <i>A bad sentence can be massaged, but nothing helps a bad photo</i>.<p>So true. However, I’ve experienced for myself how a good photo-editing app can salvage sloppy composition or bad …

Apple's AirPods grabbed 26% of wireless headphone sales after launch, report claims

Apple's AirPods have made a sizable impact on the wireless headphone market, according to research from Slice Intelligence, with the audio accessory …

10 ways the iPhone changed the world

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. Although many derided it as a probable flop, the handset, and the other smartphones that followed, changed the world in a way that few gadgets have done before.<p>Here's how:<p>1. GPS<p>Before the days of GPS on your phone, if you weren't …

Apple

IMDb tells California it will continue to publish actors' ages

With age discrimination rife in Hollywood, California wanted to do something about it. That meant introducing a new law that didn't actually target the root cause of the problem -- i.e. penalizing the people who engage in the practice -- but instead stopped websites from publishing an individual's …

Root Cause Analysis

A robotics expert predicts that kids born in 2017 will never drive a car

Henrik Christensen, director of the University of California San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, has issued a jarring prophecy for the next generation: “My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.”<p>His forecast, which he shared in a December interview with The San …

Rumor: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art Lens Arrives Next Month, Ships this Summer

Talk of Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens have been swirling since February of 2015, but according to a fresh rumor, the wait might be over. The lens …

Energous Says Its Truly Wireless Charging Technology Will Ship Later This Year — In Next iPhone?

Amid rumors that Apple will release its first iPhone models with wireless charging capabilities as early as this year, its possible partner Energous has told <i>The Verge</i> that its first truly wireless transmitters will begin shipping by the end of 2017, over two years after it first introduced the …

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Launches New 50mm f0.95 Nocturnus II for Sony E

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz has announced the upcoming release of its all-new Nocturnus II 50mm f0.95 Lens for full frame Sony E-Mount. With scheduled …

Canon 5D Mark IV vs Nikon D810 vs Sony A7R II: Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re in the market for a high-end full-frame camera, chances are good the Canon 5D Mark IV, Sony A7R II, and Nikon D810 are all contenders. …

Best of 2016: iOS Apps For Musicians

Your iPad or iPhone can be the basis for your productions. We feel these iOS apps excel in their respective fields for musicians and producers …

Cum am făcut al doilea brad de Crăciun în acest an

Bradul pe care îl împodobesc în fiecare an are fix patru componente. Corpul în sine (două segmente), baza și cele două picioare în cruce se montează …

Stan Lee has made 34 cameos in the Marvel universe — here they all are

While Marvel media includes multiple universes across TV and film, one thing unites them all: the Stan Lee cameo.<p>Lee is an unrivaled legend in the comics world and the former President and Chairman of Marvel Comics. His creative work began in 1939 and includes hugely recognizable characters like …

Marvel Universe

The Doctor Strange End Credits Theme Is So Weird It May Actually Be Music From Another Plane of Existence

Seriously, I don’t think anyone was expecting something like this composition from <i>Doctor Strange</i>’s score—and honestly, if the rest of the tracks are …

Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch visited a New York cafe in costume

It is well documented that, when Benedict Cumberbatch came to Manhattan last April to shoot the last two days of <i>Doctor Strange</i> (out Nov. 4), he visited a midtown comic store clad in the superhero costume of his titular surgeon-turned-sorcerer character. But it turns out that British actor <i>also</i> spent …

Report: Automakers in Europe Will Return to Bigger Engines

Have we reached peak engine downsizing?<p>For a long time, automakers have been downsizing their engines to meet emissions standards, but now it looks like the tide is about to turn. Many automakers are now expected to ditch their small engines because they have failed to perform well in real-world …

Autos

Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan

5er gets a new look<p>BMW pulled out all the stops for its seventh-generation 5 Series. Along with improved engines, gesture controls, and semi-autonomous driving features, the 5 Series receives an entirely new design. And admittedly, it doesn’t look all that different. The car does take some styling …

Autos

This Web Tool Finds Related Instagram Hashtags to Boost Your Reach

Choosing the right hashtags for your Instagram photos can make a big difference in how many eyeballs see your work. If you find yourself constantly …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people and getting what you want

Steve Jobs died five years ago today, at the age of 56.<p>Jobs launched two of the most valuable and creative companies in modern times with Apple and Pixar — but he didn't reach those heights by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple and Pixar off the ground. But he …

Steve Jobs

Sony Announces a6500 Mirrorless Camera with Touchscreen and 5-Axis Image Stabilization

Today Sony announced a new addition to their APS-C E-mount camera line, the a6500. This 24.2-megapixel camera takes over as the flagship model for …

Cameras

Affordable Background Material, and How to Build a DIY Background Stand

Portrait photographers looking to diversify your background options listen up. There’s an affordable background material you need to know about, and …

10 Powerful Photoshop Techniques Every Photographer Should Know

We’re always looking to up our Photoshop game, but the lists of Must Know “techniques” or “skills” or “tools” we run across typically disappoint us …

There's Still a Chance Marvel's TV Heroes Might Be in Avengers: Infinity War After All

The discussion over whether or not the heroes of Marvel’s TV and movie universes would ever meet has been going on pretty much since <i>Agents of SHIELD</i> …

iPhone photos get image quality boost with new Lightroom app

With iOS 10 on Apple's newer mobile devices, Adobe lets you tweak and enhance images even more by shooting in raw photo formats.<p>Good news, photographers: Adobe Systems just unlocked a new level of photo quality for those with recent iPhones and iPads.<p>With the release of Adobe Lightroom 2.5 for iOS …

iOS

Cu ce rămânem după EDM?

În afară de confuzia pe care o lasă în urmă chiar termenul în sine, nu vad ca EDM* să nască nostalgii precum melodiile de acum 20 de ani. Poate m-am …

iPhone can now shoot RAW photos, here’s why it’s a big deal

Apple and Google have finally agreed on something: RAW photography with DNG files. With the launch of iOS 10, Apple adds RAW support to select iOS …

9/11 New Yorker Covers

Wednesday is the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That tragedy has been examined in the pages of <i>The New Yorker</i>, and also on its cover. Here is a slide show of some of those covers, reflections of the changed urban, political, and …

New York City

The iPhone 7 is a huge gift to accessory makers

More complexity means more solutions<p>With every new iPhone comes a series of separate, smaller purchases — perhaps a phone case or a portable charger, or maybe a new adapter for your car. This year, with the iPhone 7 and its lack of headphone jack, we can expect that even the most avid of tech …