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Pictures of the Week 5.22.14

Are Colorized Photos Rewriting History?

There's been an explosion in the number of colorized photos lately. People find old black-and-white photos online, and meticulously add color to give …

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Opinion: End Illegal Wildlife Trafficking on World Wildlife Day

In a National Geographic op-ed, John Kerry, Eric Holder, and Sally Jewell call for halting the illegal wildlife trade.<p>Today, the world celebrates the first ever World Wildlife Day. Here in America, the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, the salmon, and the American bison are distinct examples of the …

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How to Use Metering in Your Photography

Sometimes, it can be quite uncanny just how accurately our camera meters are at getting the right exposure. The technology is highly sophisticated, …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Top 10 Landmarks in U.S. National Parks

Wallgram Turns Instagram Photos Into iPhone Wallpapers

If you’re anything like me, you’ll change your iPhone’s wallpaper on a regular basis to keep things fresh, but finding a good one isn’t always easy. At least that <i>was</i> the case — until Wallgram came along. Wallgram isn’t just another photo bank full of images; it uses Instagram photos uploaded by …

Ricoh Theta enables 360-degree photo uploads to Google+ and Maps

Folks who shelled out $400 for Ricoh's quirky Theta camera can now show off their 360-degree masterpieces to a larger audience. Circle-loving shutterbugs <i>just</i> got the option to upload their images to Google+ and Google Maps via the camera's companion apps for Android, iOS, Windows 7/8 and Mac. While …

5 best battery saver apps for Android and other ways too!

Battery saving is a land of snake oil and half solutions. It truly is difficult to find an application that actually saves you battery since most battery saver measures are manual, including turning the brightness on your screen down, turning down the frequency that apps sync data, and other tried …

The 6.8-inch Hisense X1 smartphone is basically a tablet and it's coming to the US this summer (updated: video)

There's big, there's <i>b-i-g</i> and then there's "oh my god, are you [redacted] kidding me this is [redacted] BIG!" That's pretty much how we felt when we first laid our eyes and outstretched hand on Hisense's X1, a 6.8-inch Android smartphone first introduced at this year's CES. You wouldn't be wrong …

Award-winning images of some of the world's smallest life forms

These macroscopic images of living creatures from the Olympus Bioscapes competition are a view of nature at its tiniest.<p>One of the cool things about …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

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Hands-on Photo Tip: Single Exposure Blending

In this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you how to develop two separate versions of a single RAW image file and blend them together in Photoshop. One …

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.<br>• Read Jon Henley on the …

iPad Art: Alice in a Pinch

This weekend’s shining example of incredible iPad Art is this iPad painting titled ‘Alice in a Pinch’. It was painted by another of our favorite iPad artists, Woon Tien David Chong – using the Procreate app. Here’s his brief description of the image:<p>Original iPad finger painting. Title: Alice in a …

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13 highly productive Android apps that play nice with your PC

Productivity hits the road<p>The PC simply isn't the end-all and be-all of the computing world anymore. Instead, it has become just one of many screens vying for your attention, as more and more of our tasks shift to tablets and smartphones.<p>But getting things done on disparate devices doesn't mean you …

The Week on Instagram | 105

<b>News</b><p><i>BBC</i>: Instagrammers give Atlanta a social media facelift• <i><br>Global Post</i>: Devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan captured on Instagram• <i><br>TIME</i>: Readers …

Alexa Meade on Why and How She Began Turning People Into Real Life Paintings

Alexa Meade turned her first person into a real life, three-dimensional painting in April of 2009. Now, four years later, she is known the world over …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

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My Modern Shop Spotlight - Solongo Monkhooroi's Fairy Tale Illustrations

Mongolian artist Solongo Monkhooroi combines Western pop culture and Eastern traditional art to create wonderfully imaginative illustrations. Growing up amidst the beautiful natural landscapes of Mongolia and then moving to the United States to pursue her career in illustration, Monkhooroi has …

thingCHARGER Is A Clutter-Free Charger For Multiple Devices

A lack of power outlets, messy wires and multiple kinds of charging accessories — the woes of charging multiple devices at once present a headache that is familiar to many.<p>In steps thingCHARGER, a new charging solution that transforms any regular US power outlet into a charging station for up to …

Must-See Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Shows Off an Incredibly Creative Way to Use the Effect

We don’t typically share two time-lapses in the same day, since most people see that genre as over-saturated as it is, but today we have good reason …

Reflectors: Your Secret Weapon for Amazing Portrait Photography

There is no doubt that using natural light in portrait photography can get you the best results. However sometimes, as you all probably know, natural …

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BorrowLenses.com Education: Featured Photographer Varina Patel Patel is a freelance wilderness and landscape photographer drawn to the challenge of finding her next photograph and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively. Read the full interview here: http://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/2013/10/borrowlenses-education-featured-photographer-varina-patel/ #BLeducation #borrowlenses #interview #photography #photographer

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

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The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

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