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How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbors' Wi-Fi

(Photo: Gene Bransfield)<p>Pictured above is Coco, a cat and a computer hacker. She probably doesn't know about that last part. Gene Bransfield, a …

DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial

I built this DIY Canned Food Organizer and it’s basically changed my life. Let’s start by saying, have you see my little kitchen?<p>It’s totally tiny …

Become A Better Photographer In Your Spare Time With These 5 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Most of us probably have full time jobs that don't allow us to spend as much time learning about our beloved photography as we'd like. And, wouldn't …

Review: Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 is the company’s newest flagship DSLR for their APS-C line of interchangeable lens digital cameras. We’ve tested it out quite a bit …

John Doyle’s fall TV preview: 10 shows you should be watching

First, the big picture. Yes, the best, most innovative and serious minded of TV shows are still on cable. Add a handful of satisfying or arresting series on network TV to the mix. There's no bonanza of brilliant TV this fall, but some new cable series of startling quality will debut, with many more …

TV

Nokia's Here Maps is coming to Android as a Samsung exclusive

Relations between Google and Samsung are already a little tense, but the Korean smartphone maker may just have elevated those frustrations a little further. Extending its existing deal to provide mapping data on Samsung's Tizen wearables, Nokia (the part that wasn't sold to Microsoft) today …

Nissan Promises "Iconic" Car for Void Left by the Cube

The Nissan Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet weren’t hot sellers, but they definitely turned heads. And now with those two models axed from Nissan’s lineup, an executive pledges that his company will soon add an “iconic” model to showcase the company’s edgy styling.<p>Nissan’s chief planning officer Andy …

New Lithium-Ion Battery Uses Peroxide To Boost Energy Density By 7 Times: Report

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs.<p>Finding ways of improving that chemistry …

Ottawa Sun

If you're buying an Android Wear watch this weekend, read this first

Android Wear is finally here. Two devices were launched at Google I/O: LG's G Watch, and Samsung's Gear Live. Both became available in the Play store this week, and while we're sure you read our comprehensive review, with much of the spec-sheet almost identical (the same 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB …

Raspberry Pi launches Model B+ with extra USB ports, microSD support

When you've got more than a few upstarts gunning for your throne, it seems wise to keep ahead of the game. That's why the Raspberry Pi foundation has announced an upgraded version of its Model B, the, uh, Model B+ -- which is described as the "final evolution" of the first-generation Raspberry Pi. …

Hacking the friendly skies: creating apps for wearables at 36,000 feet

Few activities are as taxing, time-consuming and mentally draining as air travel, and there are hundreds of thousands of travel-related apps to help us get from point A to point B with as little hassle as possible. But there's always room for improvement, especially now that wearables like Android …

High-tech cat feeder uses facial recognition to save all nine lives

Our four-legged friends have a habit of not eating when something ails them. However, if you're at work all day, you may not pick up on the lack of appetite until it's too late. Well, there's a smart cat feeder with built-in facial recognition that's looking to lend a hand. Bistro is a high-tech …

Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

When I was a tiny tot, I watched <i>Knight Rider</i> and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don't find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was. Smartwatches have been around for over a decade …

The ACLU and the NSA's ex-director will debate spying on June 30th

If you've wanted the NSA and anti-spying campaigners to sit down and hash things out, you're about to get your wish... well, sort of. <i>MSNBC</i> is holding a surveillance-themed debate between former NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander and ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero on June 30th. When the two sides …

Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping for $630

If you missed our coverage during Mobile World Congress, then here's what you need to know about Blackphone: it's a mid-spec Android smartphone that comes pre-subscribed to (and pre-installed with) a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance services, for a price of $629 off-contract. It's the …

LG G Watch first impressions

We are wrapping up to head back home from Google IO, but we wanted to give you our first impressions of Android Wear and the LG G Watch before heading out of San Francisco. We already showed you an unboxing and setup tutorial, but we have played around with it for a bit and are ready to give you …

Wear OS

Canadians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Online Spying Bill C-13, Poll Shows

An opinion poll released by Forum Research reveals strong opposition to Peter MacKay’s Bill C-13.<p>The poll shows that 73% of Canadians oppose C-13, …

Google's Nest opens doors to third-party apps | News Home | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nest, the Google Inc-owned maker of smart thermostats and other home automation products, will allow other companies to create apps that communicate with its devices.<p>A Nest thermostat is installed in a home in Provo, Utah, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/George Frey<p>The program …

Home Automation

How to Dispose of Old Car Batteries, Oil, and Everything Else

When you fix cars, used parts and fluids pile up in the corners of the shop like beer cans in a frat house. Don't throw this stuff away—we'll tell you how to properly dispose of hazardous trash.<p><b>1. Oil, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid</b><p><b>What to do with it:</b> Most auto parts stores accept these lubricants …

How to Choose a Metering Mode on Your Camera

Digital cameras are stuffed full of features all ostensibly aimed at empowering the photographer — WiFi, GPS, in-camera raw processing…the list …

Setting Your Camera for Ultimate Image Quality

Those of you that have recently joined the mass ranks of photographic enthusiasts will, most probably, not have thought too much about the way you …

Camera Settings for Concert Photography

Choosing the right camera settings for concert photography can be a daunting task, even for experienced music photographers. Here’s a breakdown of …

Speedlight Tutorial: Bounce Technique from Nikon

For folks who are used to only using Speedlights on the camera’s hot-shoe, wireless off-camera lighting may seem like a daunting proposition, but its …

What You Need to Know About Dynamic Range (And How It Can Improve Your Images)

As an unabashed music geek, I am fully aware of the impact of dynamic range as it applies to audio recordings; no matter how great a song may be, I …

Cinematography

10 Huge Factors That Affect Image Sharpness

It’s not stretching the truth much – if at all – to say that creative people are die-hard perfectionists when it comes to their work. It doesn’t …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

Will Hollywood Abandon Tesla Model S For BMW i3 Electric Car?

Electric cars can be confusing enough to neophytes--a car that you plug in at night just like a phone ?!?!?--but when you add in social status …

How to Run a Portable Version of Windows from a USB Drive

Ever wanted a copy of Windows you can take with you wherever you go, to use on any computer you want? It's possible: here's how to install a portable …

Linux