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Photographing Stars Using a Kit Lens

Looking at a starry sky while sitting in the open is always a soothing experience, but shooting those stars is a much better one. Have you seen those …

Digital Photography

Remove Tourists from Images Using Photoshop

If you have traveled to anywhere considered “touristy”, then you probably already understand the woes of being a photographer who has too many people …

Pictures of the Week 1.22.15

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens

New research suggests children are far exceeding the two-hour daily limit recommended by pediatricians.<p>Slouching posture, carpal-tunnel, neck strain, eye problems. The negative effects that technology use is having on humans’ bodies are surprising. Kids who spend much of their days in and out of …

Pediatrics

Photographic Inspiration: 30 Links to Amazing Images and Photography Articles

It has been another wonderful week in the fascinating world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been very busy searching all over the …

A new multibillion-dollar market for Microsoft Windows is about to go crazy

It's like Windows XP deja vu all over again, but this time, the beloved operating system is Windows Server 2003, which runs on computer servers and was first rolled out 12 years ago.<p>Microsoft is ending technical support for WS2003 on July 14, and computer makers like HP and Dell are licking their …

Windows Server

A Smart Lightbulb Controlled By Your SmartPhone

When Thomas Edison patented the first lightbulb in 1879, he probably didn’t think it would get this far. Philips even created the EnduraLED 10W A19 Dimmable light bulb which can last up to 30,000 hours, around 20 years. That light bulb only uses 10 watts of energy and according to Phillips, that’s …

Luna’s smart mattress cover monitors your sleep and adjusts your Nest thermostat

If you’re not satisfied with a standard sleep tracking app, Luna’s smart mattress cover could be just what you’ve been waiting for. The smart cover monitors your sleep, controls your bed’s temperature and can hook into a range of connected devices including Nest.<p>Luna is machine washable and …

Sleep

Apple 'Excited' About HomeKit Partners Despite Slow Rollout

It's been more than six months since Apple first introduced HomeKit at its June 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, but HomeKit-compatible products have yet to hit store shelves and may not do so until this spring, almost a year after Apple first detailed its home automation system.<p>HomeKit's …

50% of U.S. smartphones activated last quarter were iPhones

Apple enjoyed historic sales this holiday season, and while the company won’t reveal its official earnings until January 27th, based on the latest smartphone activation report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Apple dominated the holiday shopping season and accounted for 50% of all …

DEA kept records of US phone calls for nearly 15 years

The NSA isn't the only American government agency keeping track of phone call metadata... or rather, it wasn't. A Department of Justice court filing has revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration maintained records of every call made from the US to Iran and other nations for nearly 15 years, …

Elon Musk is trying to bring the Internet to space

Elon Musk, the man who's determined to move our civilization to Mars, will also tackle creating an Internet in space.<p>The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX said Friday night that he will use a fleet of satellites to make the Internet speedier and to bring it to those without access, according to media …

New Snowden documents show how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users

Snowden documents published today by <i>Der Spiegel</i> give new insight into the British GCHQ's efforts to track targets through their iPhones. Previous leaks have revealed specific NSA exploits used to compromise the famously malware-resistant iPhone software controls, but the new documents show that …

Smartphone maker you never heard of valued at $45 billion

OK, we all know Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world, and Apple is No. 2. But do you have any idea who the third largest is?<p>Lenovo? LG? Nokia? Sony (SNE)? No, no, no and no. It's a Chinese company called Xiaomi.<p>If you've never heard of Xiaomi, you will soon.<p>Xiaomi just raised $1.1 …

4 Best New Health Care Tools of 2014

The apps and websites that can keep you healthier and make you a smarter health care consumer.<p>Every year, there are innovators who come up with fresh …

15 Iphone Apps To Be Even Lazier in 2015

The new year is knocking. Time to break out your goals for self-improvement and… eh, forget it. For most of us, these things won’t live to see the Superbowl half-time show. This year, why not be honest with ourselves and embrace our ever-increasing laziness? Call it maximizing our efficiency, if it …

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2015

Demand for Computer Systems Analysts with big data expertise increased 89.9% in the last twelve months , and 85.40% for Computer and Information Research Scientists.<p>Demand for Python programming expertise increased 96.9% in big-data related positions in the last twelve months.<p>These and other key …

IoT Report: How Internet of Things technology is now reaching mainstream companies and consumers

<i>This is a preview of the Internet of Things (2018) research report from Business Insider Intelligence. To learn more about the IoT ecosystem, tech trends and industry forecasts, click here.</i><p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how companies and consumers go about their days around the world. …

Internet of Things

10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015

The Internet of Things, or IoT, emerged as the third wave of internet development and is gradually merging the physical and online worlds. Prompted by the smart hardware boom, this sector is in full bloom in China, with repercussions across fields such as smart homes, wearables, connected cities …

Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console

A group calling itself H4LT has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console. The leak was announced via H4LT's Twitter account, tweeting screenshots showing the SDK's files to …

The top 16 portable audio devices you can buy right now

Looking to buy a fresh new set of headphones? Maybe you're in the market for some killer desktop speakers instead. Either way, you've come to the right place. Check out the gallery below for all the best gadgets from our portable audio Buyer's Guide.<p>Gallery: The top 16 audio gadgets you can buy …

Despite declining sales, Samsung somehow beats Apple in cell phone customer satisfaction

One of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s favorite terms to throw around during earnings calls and keynote presentations is “Customer Sat,” but the latest from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (via BGR) has Apple down compared to last year while Samsung continues to rise despite declining sales.<p>Note that …

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

Gear & Gadgets

The Story Google Trends Tell About 2014

It wouldn’t be Decem­ber without me­dia or­gan­iz­a­tions pub­lish­ing year-sum­mar­iz­ing list­icles and at­tempt­ing to sum up “the zeit­geist.” …

Student Projects Apply 'Internet of Things' Principles in Sustainability and Product Design

Integrating the power of data and Internet connectivity into everyday objects has become a big trend in product development today, more so with the recent rise of the 'Internet of Things'. University of Pennsylvania students are at the forefront of this, and are applying these novel concepts in …

The FBI May Have Made An Embarrassing Mistake While Investigating The Sony Hack

Earlier today we reported that the FBI sent a bulletin on Dec. 24 that warned companies of further threats made by the Guardians of Peace hacker gang. That's the group that targeted Sony Pictures, but the FBI warned that it was threatening a media organization as well.<p>A cached PasteBin post …

Sony Pictures

At HP Labs, an effort to make the biggest change to computing since the 1940s

HP Labs has been Hewlett-Packard’s engine of innovation for decades, but the division won a lot of attention this year when it began talking about …

How Fitness Apps and Wearables Impacts Work Performance

<i>Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the SumAll blog.</i><p>In a pair of recent studies, the CDC called attention to two alarming trends. Americans are not getting nearly enough exercise and a majority fall many hours short of the …