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12 Cheap Gifts For Photographers (Plus 12 Expensive Ones)

Buying gifts for photographers can be tough, but it doesn't need to be expensive and if you're unsure of what to buy then our list is going to make …

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

This week there’s word on the expected range of dates for the Android 4.4 KitKat software update for the current and second-most recent set of …

Htranslate app review: nowhere near the best translation app around

Introduction<p>I have been writing quite a few reviews about translating apps recently, and since I speak five different languages, I can easily check …

You Might Not Have Realized Just How Much The 'Department Store' Has Collapsed

The fascination with the decline of JCPenney obscures a much bigger retail story: The traditional "department story" is in a seemingly endless death spiral.<p>This story is driven home in two simple charts.<p>First, check out this one from Citi, which breaks retail sales down into the various component …

J.C. Penney

5 Landscape Photography Tips for Photographing Mountains

After graduating from photography school, I spent a good deal of my 20s photographing the city scapes of New York. In my 30s, after I relocated to …

100 Clever Digital Photography Ideas [Book Review]

Sometimes you need more than a guide to specifics in using a digital camera for ambitious image making. It is possible to overload your brain with …

Piper Home Automation And Security Gadget Reaches $100,000 Indiegogo Goal

Piper is a nifty little gadget that combines a number of recently deployed technologies to create a connected and hyper-aware home automation hub. …

[New App] Wanam Xposed Offers An Insane Amount Of Customization To Samsung Devices Running Android 4.2 Or Later

If you've got a late-model Samsung device and a desire to tinker, Wanam Xposed is for you. It's a module for the increasingly popular Xposed …

The Galaxy Gear In Photos – Leaked Images Show Large Frame, Built-In Camera (Updated)

<b>Update:</b> According to GigaOm, today's Galaxy Gear images are <i>definitely</i> of a prototype, as VentureBeat speculated could be the case earlier. …

Watch Smartwatch Space For Continued Consolidation As Samsung Gears Up To Kick Off The Race

Last week, geek-focused early smartwatch player WIMM Labs was revealed to have been acquired by Google, lending strong support to earlier speculation that the search giant would enter the watch-based computing fray with a wearable-device follow-up to its ambitious Google Glass project. Consider it …

Toyota Unveils Plans For 15 New Or Improved Hybrids (It Already Has 23)

Everyone knows Toyota Motor is the leading manufacturer of hybrid vehicles, dating back to the 1997 introduction of the first Prius compact.<p>But it’s not until you see every one of Toyota’s global hybrids — 23 models in all – lined up in a parking lot that you fully appreciate the Japanese …

College Football Sunday Rewind: The redefining "Clemsoning" edition (Week 1)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- There used to be a time when "Clemsoning" was frowned upon. Urbandictionary.com defines the term as "the act of delivering an …

Big Picture: With precedent-setting win, Clemson, Boyd have arrived

Looking at Clemson and QB Tajh Boyd; Georgia's struggles, Ohio State's nemesis in Week 1 as well as Johnny Manziel, LSU and Nebraska.<p>There have been …

OSU 21, MSU 3: To hell with expectations.

QB mystery...kinda check.<p>Wide receiver dominance...ehhhh.<p>The two things we thought were pretty much a given were, well, not exactly what we thought …

Johnny Manziel's taunting made Lou Holtz angry

The head coach turned broadcaster was not fond of Johnny Football's actions on Saturday.<p><b>Update:</b> We now have video of Holtz making the comments.<p>Remember when Johnny Manziel received a taunting penalty during Texas A&M's 52-31 win over Rice Saturday? No? There's been a <i>ton</i> of coverage on it, not …

Johnny Manziel's Swagger Helps Him Shine in Texas A&M Opener

"Swagger" would be an appropriate term to summarize Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's return to the gridiron, coming off his Heisman Trophy-winning freshman season.<p>Manziel was suspended for the first half of Saturday's opener in College Station against Rice, but entered to a roaring crowd and …

College Football

Walsh Leads Cowboys Over Mississippi State

<b>HOUSTON –</b> Here’s the thing about change … it makes a difference.<p>Here’s the thing about season openers in college football … before toe meets leather, …

Every new college football uniform for 2013: The master collection

A lot of FBS teams are doing a lot of things to their uniforms this season. We think we found all of those things, and now we'd like your opinions on them. Also, let us know if we missed any.<p>There are 125 (and counting) teams in major college football. Each one of them needs to convince high …

NFL roster cuts 2013: Full rundown of releases

NFL teams are making their final roster cuts on Saturday. Here's how things stand at this moment.<p>Final NFL roster cuts are due before 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Most teams already have made their decisions, but a few are still trying to decide who will make the final roster for the 2013 season. We'll be …

Who will make the Major League Baseball playoffs?

Just one MLB team, the Houston Astros, is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. More realistically, 14 teams are virtually done. So, who's left fighting to reach the postseason?<p>As the calendar flips from August to September we go from the dog days of summer to the stretch run of the …

10 European Destinations For 2013 (PHOTOS)

If you're the kind of traveler that is constantly looking for the next big thing, that searches for undiscovered territory and wants to explore Europe, Lonely Planet has you covered.<p>Their editors, worldly authors, and local experts have united to create a master list of 10 European destinations to …

China's quest for world-beating brand held back by regime

Selling Chinese-label goods at home is one thing: but to gain global recognition, the country must rediscover the arts of creativity and risk-taking<p>China is the world's second-largest economy but it has yet to develop the breakthrough global brand that will consolidate its status as a true …

Amazon Picks Supreme Court Tax Fight Over New York, But Collects In Virginia, Georgia, 10 Others

Amazon famously started life in the “no-taxes ever” column. More recently, the Bezos-driven behemoth emerged from its chrysalis with a pair of sales tax wings. Starting September 1st, Amazon adds two states, Virginia and Georgia, to its growing stable of states in which it collects sales tax and …

"We'll Always Have Paris!"

Let me tell you a few secrets about my native city. From now on of course, they'll definitely be a little less secret, but I believe in sharing.<p>Nothing wrong with visiting the usual landmarks tourists' attractions, but I love Paris so much, I just want to brag about it and give you a different …

France

Like sands through the hourglass, so is the 2014 Lexus GX

Well, that didn't take long. Just days after patent images leaked, Lexus has released pricing and images for its redesigned 2014 GX 460. Our first reaction is... wow, look at the front end on that! The updated luxury SUV features what Lexus calls "a new interpretation" of its now-trademark Spindle …