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Google Play for Android expected to get new features

Google is expected to roll out an updated version of the Google Play app for Android, according to Android Police, which hosts an unverified version of the app (download at your own risk).<p>The blog, which often gets its hands on early releases of apps, says that the 4.5.10 release brings a number of …

Android News

New MacBook Air imminent?

Signs may point to a refresh of Apple's popular MacBook Air. Possibly next month.<p>AppleInsider said Friday that at large online retailers like MacConnection, stock has vanished for the popular 13.3-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB solid-state drive.<p>That said, Best Buy has stock, but it's …

MacBook Air

3 Ways to get Better Control of Autofocus

In this post, Steve Berardi from PhotoNaturalist talks about three ways to get better control of autofocus. Sometimes autofocus can be really …

Photographs of the Poor Filipino Children of “Smokey Mountain” in Manila

My name is Chris Rusanowsky, I am a 22-year-old freelance photographer based out of Los Angeles, California. In February of 2012 I took a trip to …

How To Get The Most From Your Lenses

These days, camera lenses are available in every shape and size and to fit every budget. From the most basic kit zooms to exotic professional primes, …

100 Year Old Photos Found in an Antique French Camera

How often can you say that have you come across an actual historical discovery? Anton Orlov (of San Diego, CA) made just such a lucky find inside of …

Review: Olympus 75mm f1.8 Lens

2012 has been quite a year for Olympus, beginning with the release of their incredibly exciting and postively reviewed OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds …

Review: Fujifilm X100s

The Fujifilm X100s is the successor to the very highly regarded X100. We had a first impressions experience with the camera during CES 2013, and were …

Six Years Ago, Apple Made a Crowd Gasp With Pinch to Zoom and Swiping

If you want a taste of how fast technology progresses in the world of digital photography, just look at the consumer camera industry through the lens …

How to Create Elaborate Light Painting Photo Compositions

UK photographer showcases his techniques for painting the “largest indoor continuously-drawn piece of light art” in this self-published short …

Microsoft updates Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, and People apps

Microsoft has tweaked its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8 and RT users with some much-need improvements.<p>The three core apps, which are bundled together, received some long overdue tweaks last night that make them a bit more user-friendly. But along with those improvements comes one …

Apps

Apple patent points to pen PC with cellular and GPS features

A newly awarded Apple patent describes a pen that acts as a portable, wireless computer.<p>Granted to Apple today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a patent known simply as "portable computers" speaks of a pen computer with a built-in screen that can display e-mails, text message, and …

Patents

Microsoft tunes up Windows 8 Xbox Music app

Microsoft has tweaked its Xbox Music app with a few audible enhancements.<p>The app now lets you add and sync your songs from your local library to the cloud so they're available on your other Windows 8 or RT devices. You can also automatically add any matched songs from your library to the cloud.<p>You …

Apps

Facebook game developers generated $2.8 billion in 2012

Game developers on Facebook's platform generated $2.8 billion last year, Facebook executives told developers today.<p>The social network, in hopes of snagging more game creators, has been very vocal about wanting to beef up its platform with mid- and hard-core games-- the type of games in which …

Microsoft lands design patents for Surface cover keyboard

While Microsoft's Surface tablets may not be exactly clicking with consumers, some of its design elements have won the blessing of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.<p>The USPTO granted a trio of patents today for the touch/type cover keyboard design on Redmond's tablet, including its "ornamental …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Apple: Judge was off by $85M in cutting Samsung damages

Apple is trying to show Judge Lucy Koh the error of her ways.<p>On March 1, Koh removed $450.5 million from the original $1.05 billion judgment against Samsung and called for yet another trial to recalculate the damages.<p>But now Apple is crying foul, saying that the judge made a mistake in reducing at …

Patents

Some iOS 6.1.3 users hit by battery drain and Wi-Fi issues

Another iOS update, another round of complaints.<p>Released last week, Apple's iOS 6.1.3 was designed to fix a security hole that let someone access the iPhone by sneaking past the lock screen. But the update also seems to have plagued some users with other problems, according to blog site Gotta Be …

Wi-Fi

Zuckerberg works toward $50M political advocacy goal -- report

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at work on a new, politically focused project, according to a new report.<p>Zuckerberg, along with his close friend and Harvard roommate Joe Green, is organizing a political advocacy group, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing people who claim to …

James Martin

HTC to launch follow-up to Droid DNA, says marketing chief

A successor to HTC's Droid DNA phone is in the works, says HTC Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho.<p>Speaking with reporters on Monday, Ho said that HTC would soon launch a second-generation Butterfly to take advantage of consumer appetite for large-screen smartphones, the Focus Taiwan news site …

Mobile

Your password, Bond: Insecure

Perhaps they're still mourning Judi Dench's death in "Skyfall."<p>Perhaps they're remembering the words uttered in that movie that there are no secrets anymore.<p>It seems, though, that in some corners of British intelligence, password protection needs a little, well, protection.<p>A gentleman called Dan …

Sony Pictures

Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

Apple is now squaring off against another legal adversary in China.<p>The iPhone maker appeared today at a Shanghai court hearing for a case in which it's accused of copying the voice-recognition software used for Siri, AFP reported.<p>Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology has charged Apple with …

Chatbots

Sony gives developers a peek at PS4 controller, Eye camera

Sony gave the press a peek at its upcoming next-generation console last month, and today did the same with developers.<p>The company was in San Francisco earlier today as part of the Games Developers Conference, and showed off some of the only hardware of the PlayStation 4: the new DualShock 4 …

James Martin

iPhone 5 tweeted about more than Galaxy S4 -- at launch

A recent analysis of Twitter activity during the debut of Apple and Samsung's latest smartphones shows a wide difference in how much both products were mentioned.<p>That study, done by Investing Analytics, showed that the iPhone 5 was mentioned in more than five times the number of tweets than the …

iPhone 5

Google uninvites some winners of Google Glass contest

Google giveth Google Glass invitations and Google taketh away.<p>The Web giant has begun notifying winners of its Glass Explorer #ifihadglass contest, which invited people to submit their applications of Google's high-tech specs if they were among the first chosen to have access. Kicked off a month …

Google Glass

Facebook gets approval to build plush second campus

Menlo Park's city council has officially given Facebook the go-ahead to break ground on its swanky second campus.<p>The council voted 4-0, with one member absent, to let the social network build its 433,555-square-foot building that was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, according to the …

Architecture

Intel's upcoming 'Haswell' chip primed for gaming

Intel wants to make its future "Haswell" chip better than past generations of silicon at gaming and announced tools to make this happen at the Game Developers Conference today.<p>The world's largest chipmaker announced tools, known as extensions, for software developers that allow Intel's 4th …

Concept Design

Windows RT in trouble? Report makes cryptic claims

Windows RT has not gone swimmingly so far for Microsoft, but a new report from Asia is taking this a step further, saying it will be "merged" with Windows Blue.<p>Digitimes' reporting can sometimes be frustratingly vague. A new report continues the tradition but makes a potentially important claim …

Software

No Google Glassing-and-driving ban likely this year

Those who were planning road trips in West Virginia were worried.<p>Especially those who were included in Google's list of eminent and lucky people who would be the explorers of Google's wonderful, breakthrough (and possibly insane) eyeglasses known as Google Glass.<p>For a Republican legislator had …

Google Glass

Despite Google patent efforts, VP8 no shoo-in for Web video

A Google patent-licensing deal two weeks ago dramatically improved the fortunes of its VP8 video technology, but Nokia has added a barricade to what has already been an arduous road to adoption.<p>VP8 is a codec -- technology to encode and decode video or audio data for compact storage and efficient …

Open Source Software