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Digital life hack: Turn your old phone into a security camera

In these days of nonstop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it's easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home. That's why I'm a big fan of home security systems, especially ones that let you watch your home from a distance and alert you when someone …

Remote Controls

Mesmerizing Long Exposure Photography

It's been sometime since I've seen a good set of long exposure photographs. It's an awesome technique for capturing a variety of subjects: from …

Photography

NASA Promotes Newly Discovered Planets with Retro Travel Posters

In the spirit of lighthearted PR, NASA has rolled out three retro designs reminiscent of vintage travel posters advertising newly discovered planets. The planetary promotional material illustrates bona fide new planets in art deco style with flat images, classic fonts and a throwback color …

Posters
Portable

The App That Makes It Incredibly Easy For Hackers To Break Into Your iPhone Just Got Even Scarier

The update allows users to break into iCloud accounts that have two-factor authentication enabled, the company announced on Thursday (via Engadget).<p>Two-factor authentication is a security system you can set up with iCloud, Gmail, and other online services.<p>It requires that you type in a one-time …

Apps

iOS App Design Bundle: Name your Own Price!

If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our latest bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app.<p>Pay what you want for four top-notch …

In new Microsoft ad, Cortana calls Siri fat and dumb

It’s not often you hear that Siri isn’t a very bright girl, but Microsoft thinks its competing Cortana personal assistant is smarter.<p>Microsoft’s crack advertising team has created a new ad where a Nokia Lumia 830 phone running Cortana points out things it can do that an iPhone 6 Plus running Siri …

Move over, Samsung: Lenovo takes the prize for most shameless Apple ripoff

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the designers at Lenovo must adore the iPhone 6.<p>Samsung has caught a lot of flak for—and been taken to court over—some of its iPhone-like smartphone design choices, but nothing the Korean company has ever produced comes close to the …

Photography

Timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta | Colossal

<p>Here’s a fun timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (previously) filmed by Knate Myers. The annual event is currently the largest hot air …

Stunning Oppo R5 Announced As The World's Thinnest Smartphone

Oppo Electronics today announced two new handsets, the N3 and the R5. While the N3 will attract photography fans with a 16 megapixel camera mounted on a 206 degree rotating motorised mount, it’s the R5 which will attract the attention of the fashion conscious smartphone buyer.<p>At 4.85 millimeters …

See every Apple product ever made on one poster

Even the terrible hockey puck mouse<p>It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It goes all the way back to 1976, when the company was making the …

Here's what the Apple Watch software would look like running on an iPhone

Once again, looking at your phone is the new looking at your watch<p>Inspired by an article on <i>9to5Mac</i>, developer Lucas Menge programmed a home screen for the iPhone inspired by the Apple Watch's visualization. Gone are the rows of apps, replaced by the honeycomb structure of the upcoming tiny …

Pixelmator for iPad is an Elegant Rendition of the Desktop App

Pixelmator has long been a favorite among artists and photographers seeking an alternative to the subscription-based Adobe Photoshop. The company’s appearance onstage at Apple’s most recent event, to introduce its eagerly awaited iPad app, has certainly given Pixelmator’s profile a boost.<p>Now that …

You want answers? Just ask Ethan

Everyone wants answers. And, for some strange reason, they think Ethan has them.<p>Ethan, in this case, is the creator of the TextEthan app.<p>Ethan, who told CNN via email he doesn't want his full name used out of privacy concerns, says he originally wrote the eponymous app as a way for his friends to …

More Photos and Videos of Claimed Working iPhone 6 Devices Surface

Following yesterday's leak of what appeared to be a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6, passions have run high between those who believe the device to be genuine and those who believe it to be a fake or a clone. Commenters in our forums naturally scrutinized the images and videos looking for inconsistencies …

Apparent Working 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Reveals Home Screen Layout, Passbook Icon With Payments [Updated]

Chinese site <i>cnBeta</i> highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user <i>zzray</i> showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the device can not be confirmed, it does have some interesting characteristics worth noting.<p><i>iPhone 5s (left) and</i> …

Instagram Unveils Hyperlapse, a Stand-Alone App for Time-Lapse Videos

Instagram launched its second stand-alone app since joining Facebook.<p>Instagram unveiled Hyperlapse on Tuesday, a new stand-alone app for filming time-lapse videos on your smartphone. It’s the second stand-alone app to come from Instagram since Facebook bought the service for $1 billion back in …

'DayZ' is coming to PlayStation 4

You start on the beach with nothing... you end up on PS4<p>Though still very much in development, zombie survival game <i>DayZ</i> is now confirmed for PlayStation 4. The game has been accessible in its alpha phase for some time — essentially you pay ($29.99 on Steam) to be part of what we called a "grim, …

The Ooloo App Has Real People Answer Your Questions

Sick of virtual assistants like Siri mangling your searches? Well, the new Ooloo app for iOS and Android dispenses with voice recognition and just sends your request to an actual human being.<p>Ooloo, which has been spun off from online backup service IDrive, will have staff on hand 24/7 to answer …

Chaatz Lets You Chat With Strangers Using An Alias Number

We wrote about Chaatz earlier this year when it launched as a messaging app targeted at emerging markets, but now it seems to be going in a slightly different direction with a new feature that taps on its unique offering of a ‘Chaatz number.’<p>The ‘Chaatz number’ feature was a central part of the …

Levitation Photography 7 Tips for Getting a Great Image

Levitation images are magical! They draw the viewer in and make them think about what’s not quite right. If you search the internet for levitation …

MacTrast Deals: The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle

If you want something done right, do it yourself. That applies to websites too. Today’s MacTrast Deal is 64 hours of web and mobile development …

Russian government edits Wikipedia on flight MH17

A political battle has broken out on Wikipedia over an entry relating to the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the Russian government reportedly removing sections which accuse it of providing "terrorists" with missiles that were used to down the civilian airliner<p>A political battle has …

New Version of Capo, an App to Help Guitar Players Learn Songs, Lands on iPhone and iPad

A new version of the Apple Design Award-winning <i>Capo</i>, a Mac app praised by professional musicians that automatically generates guitar tablature from music in iTunes, has landed on iOS.<p>Developer SuperMegaUltraGroovy today released new iPhone and iPad versions of <i>Capo</i>, allowing users to learn how to …

New Planetside 2 And H1Z1 Weather System Unveiled By SOE

If combating zombies intent on killing you and other players battling you for your possessions wasn’t enough to contend with in the new SOE H1Z1 …

PC Gaming

iCloak Stik Helps You Keep Your Browsing Privacy Secure (video)

Anyone concerned that they may be tracked by third-parties while surfing the web, including government agencies or people just intent on spying on …

Information Systems

Need a low-cost Google Cloud Print server? Try a $35 Raspberry Pi

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>One of the biggest gripes I hear about Chrome OS(s goog) devices is that they offer no support for native printing. I can’t, …

Google’s Street Art Project is a Step in the Right Direction for Graffiti - The Fox Is Black

Google’s Paris-based Cultural Institute has recently launched a database called the Street Art Project. This initiative features street art from …