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Inside The Camera Bag of… PetaPixel Features Editor Michael Archambault

They say to learn about a person you should look at their bookshelf to see what they read. Similarly, we believe that delving into a photographer’s …

Android is suddenly surrounded by enemies

That threat isn't from Apple. Despite its record-breaking financial success, the iPhone doesn't pose an existential threat to Google's Android. Apple isn't prepared to drop its prices enough to compete in the low-end and emerging markets that Google dominates.<p>There's a very real and growing threat …

Android Phones

FullContact for iOS Cleans Up Your Contacts

FullContact has today released an iOS app designed to keep Gmail users’ iPhone’s contacts in sync and up-to-date. In fact, it’s not <i>quite</i> a new app – it’s a rework of the old Cobook app that the company acquired a year ago.<p>By way of recap, FullContact is a previously Web-only service that connects …

Apps

FADER Mix: OG Ron C

8 distinct Galaxy Note 3 model numbers spotted online

A wild rumor made the rounds through the blogosphere yesterday, sparked by a report in the Korean publication <i>ETNews</i>. According to the report, Samsung is preparing no fewer than four distinct variants of the Galaxy Note 3, including a “limited edition” premium variant with an unbreakable display, an …

Galaxy Note

Smart Speaker for Dummies

Smartphones’ built-in speakers have gotten better, but there are still times when you want a little oomph in your audio! The db60 provides just that …

CST-01 Watch : Flexible Ultra Thin Watch with E-Ink Displays

You don’t need complicated design to be loved by many, <b>CST-01 watch</b> has proven it by raising more than a million dollar when the company only asked …

eReaders

A Look Inside Nikon's Industrial Design Department

The last time we saw a Nikon ID video, it was more or less a one-on-one with Chikara Fujita, the designer behind the CoolPix P300. But now they've …

Restaurant CEOs Are Paid 788 Times More Than Their Minimum Wage Workers: Analysis

In just one morning, a CEO at one of America's biggest restaurant companies makes more on average than what one of his minimum wage workers earns in an <i>entire year</i>.<p>That's one finding of a study released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. CEOs in the restaurant and …

Infographic: 64 Webcams Capture The Nuanced Colors Of Europe’s Sky

A beautiful book turns webcam images into incredible, watercolor-like prints of the subtly changing hues across Europe.<p>The sky is blue, right? Except when it’s overcast. Or sunrise. Or sunset. Or night. Or…wait, is the sky really all that blue in the first place?<p>It’s a question explored by <i>Eyes on</i> …

How McMansions Murdered Big Fireworks

Your average July 4th fireworks show fires a lot more shells into the air than it did 20 years ago. And it’s largely because we’ve moved closer together.<p>Fireworks used to be different. A single rocket would fire into the stratosphere. It would explode with sparks that filled the night sky. The …

Pacific Rim tries out the Super Ticket theater + digital download combo in Canada

In June, Paramount and Regal Theaters tried out a $50 "Mega Ticket" promotion for <i>World War Z</i>, and this month Warner Bros. is testing out a similar package in Canada for <i>Pacific Rim</i>. Available at Cineplex theaters, it lets moviegoers pre-buy a digital Ultraviolet copy of the movie for $19.99 ($24.99 …

The Easy Profit Game Ends In Smartphones, So Apple Plays A New One

It seems Samsung and Apple at last have something in common. As the Korean giant forecast its profits would be massive, but slightly below expectations, its stock price took a tumble. It appears the industry has crossed through a level some call “peak smartphone” — the point of maximum profit. This …

Huawei Pumps Up The Innovation Engines From Shenzhen

A visit to the sprawling headquarters campus of Huawei Technologies Co. in Shenzhen offers an example of China’s climb up the innovation ladder. This telecom-plus company has moved up as a leading edge industry leader with a global footprint as new innovation management processes have been adopted …

Ultra-Wired South Korea Is Battling Smartphone Addiction

The grim presentation by the social campaigner follows a survey with the loaded title: "Who's your real family?" It asked the students to compare the hours they spend on their smartphones with the time they spend interacting with relatives.<p>South Korea's pride in its high-tech prowess, from …

South Korea

Xbox One preorders point to Nov. 30 arrival

Gamers desperate to splash out on Microsoft's blocky new Xbox One console needn't wait until Christmas, as U.K. retailers have already started taking preorders for the upcoming gaming gadget.<p>Green-hued tech retailer Zavvi is asking for a whopping 400 pounds ($608) for the Xbox One, which was …

Apple Updates Look of Online Store With More Feature Images, Fewer Text Links

Apple today rolled out some updates to its online store, not only posting new features advertising Father's Day gift purchases but also introducing a new, cleaner look for the store. While the main page of the online store had previously consisted of a main center column with product promotions …

Tim Cook confirms: Apple spending $100 million to build new Macs in Texas

No word on whether they'll be bigger than current Macs.<p>Last week, we learned that Apple was looking to devote about $100 million to bring the …

HTC Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik joins executive exodus

Another high-level HTC executive has left the company. <i>CNET</i> reports that HTC Asia's CEO Lennard Hoornik has now parted ways with the company after being on leave for two months. Hoornik was in charge of HTC's Asian operations for just two years. It's not clear why he was on leave, nor is it known …

Sony considers Loeb’s spin-off proposal, but rebirth might require a miracle gadget

Activist investor Dan Loeb’s call to partially spin off Sony’s entertainment division got a remarkably civil response on Wednesday, as Sony said it would discuss the proposal with its board. Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported that Sony is also hiring financial advisors to evaluate the deal.<p>Investors …

How Marketers Can Reach The 22% Of U.S. Online Adults Who Connect Everywhere

Customers are in the midst of a total mind shift. As a result of their perpetual mobile connections, their expectations have changed. They’re not interested in brand messaging or logos; they want utility and they want it now. New Forrester data shows 22% of U.S. online adults are far along in this …

Can Yahoo Buy Its Way Back To Relevance With Tumblr?

<i>Updated with Yahoo’s confirmation that it’s buying Tumblr and analyst comment:</i><p>With the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr all wrapped up in an announcement this morning, Yahoo and its hard-charging CEO Marissa Mayer are making a big bet that the Internet pioneer can return to relevance.<p>Since she …

Levi's 501 jeans enjoy fashion revival on 140th anniversary

From Nick Kamen stripping off in a laundrette to Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, the Levi's 501 jean has had its fair share of charismatic wearers in …

How I Work: IDEO's Duane Bray On Creating Great Digital Experiences

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Apple's iPhone Software Has Flaws, And Just Changing The Design Won't Be Enough

If Apple doesn't do more than just superficially update the way iOS looks, it puts itself at risk of seriously falling behind Google's Android.<p>The new iOS look will be "flatter," supposedly abandoning the familiar design style that made the iPhone a multi-billion success. Instead of glossy icons …

Operating Systems

Google’s Cloud Is Eating Apple’s Lunch

A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned.<p>I’m not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world …

Is the Facebook Phone Good Enough for You?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>With the big Thursday reveal of Facebook Home, the haute-tech blogger set seems to have come to …

Welcome back, Michael Dell: It’s time to reclaim your name

The YouTube ID of UPw-3e_pzqU?rel=0 is invalid.<p>A lot is being said and a lot will be said about Michael Dell’s decision to take the company he …