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This Octopus Was Trained by Sony to Take Pictures of Aquarium Visitors

Octopuses are known to be very intelligent creatures, but one octopus over in New Zealand has one upped its peers by becoming the world’s first …

3 Tips for Getting Great Skin Tones Using Adobe Camera Raw

Skin tones can be one of the more difficult aspects of a photograph to master. Getting pleasing skin tones will make your image appear more …

Five Fundamental Compositional Theories You Should Master Today

<i>Welcome to Time Out with Tanya, where I’ve put my fast paced graphic design career on hold in favor of adventures in motherhood. I’m capturing every</i> …

Landscape Photography

Photographers, Be Happy With the Camera Gear You Have

If you have been into photography a little while, think back a few years. Remember the early days of digital. Remember all those articles telling us …

Photography

Nikon D7200 Crowned the New King of APS-C by DxOMark

It seems like Nikon is doing the right things when it comes to putting quality sensors in its cameras. Gear testing company DxOMark has just …

Cameras

65 Pastry Recipes You Should Absolutely Make for Breakfast

From blueberry muffins to maple syrup doughnuts, these pastry recipes are most definitely worth it (and make a great breakfast!).<p><b>We get it: You had a rough week.</b> You've been working hard. You need some damn sugar, butter, or both. We've got the solution: Make some pastries. Eat said pastries for …

Baking

Recreating the Look of Tintype Photography Using Photoshop

The other night I came across the work of photographer Victoria Will, who made real tintype portraits of some actors who attended this year’s …

Sony on the PS3's lifespan, first-party games and PlayStation Plus support

This Black Friday, and likely through the holiday season, the PlayStation 3 will be bundled, discounted and generally made available to consumers in the most attractive package its ever been.<p>Fortunately for the console's late adopters, Sony has no intention of ignoring its previous-generation home …

To Stop Invasive Carp, Train Them Like Dogs

Just hum really loudly at them.<p>The common carp (<i>Cyprinus carpio</i>) is one of the world's most destructive invasive species, found on almost every continent, screwing things up. But a new method may give us the upper hand in carp control: acoustical conditioning.<p>The common carp is a freshwater fish …

Is Lyft too Cool to go National?

The pink mustachioed car-sharing service rolls into San Diego and aims to spread its fist-bump happy vibe to your town. Are you ready to ride shotgun?<p>Recently about a dozen or so prospective drivers sat waiting for the Lyft onboarding session to start in a converted industrial space in the trendy …

San Francisco

Download Mozilla's open source office furniture, some assembly required

In keeping with its open ethos, Mozilla teamed up with Japan-based design company Nosigner to develop and furnish its Japanese office using "open-source furniture." As part of its design, Nosigner used freely available products for the Mozilla Factory's flooring, partition walls, mirrors, and even …

My Favorite Travel Souvenir: Japanese Ice Cream Spoons

I've wanted to write about my Japanese ice cream spoons for years, but because I haven't been able to find them anywhere outside of Japan, it just …

Japan

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

Bill Gates

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which …

PS4's 'play while downloading' feature arrives on PS3 first with 'The Last of Us'

With the PlayStation 4, Sony is trying to lower the friction in buying games from PSN by letting you start playing games while they're still downloading. Now it looks like the new feature will actually make it to the PlayStation 3 in time for the PSN release of Naughty Dog’s anticipated <i>The Last of</i> …

Who Should Be Scared Of Samsung's 1Gb+ Wireless Technology?

Samsung came a long way in a short space of time. Earlier this week they announced Gigabit data transmission at very high frequency – in effect a 5G wireless performance level – a decade ahead of 5G being implemented.<p>It is interesting for a number of reasons, not least who it threatens. I think the …

Sony's Mysterious 'Panopticon' Game Is Being Unveiled The Same Day As The Next Xbox Announcement

We know next to nothing about the mysterious new PlayStation game code-named “Panopticon” other than it has cyber-dragons and looks really cool.<p>What platform it’s coming on, whether it will see a North American release, and what the game is actually about remains an enigma wrapped in a pretty cool …

Associated Press News

Google's top product of I/O 2013: You

Instead of gadgets, the message is clear: Google's personalized services are aiming to get into your head and be a part of you...and your social life.<p>As I sat through the last half hour of a nearly 4-hour keynote, sweat pouring through my shirt, my attention waned. Most people's did. Where were the …

Google Glass

Sony PlayStation 4 Riding Wave Of Twice The Social Media Buzz Of New Microsoft Xbox

Sony was smart to get the head start on Microsoft in a next gen console battle that figures to be a two-company race, as Nintendostruggles to build momentum for Wii U. According to Jen Handley, COO and co-creator of Fizziology, PlayStation is currently seeing almost twice as much social chatter as …

Facebook's rocky year as a public company

The social network's first post-IPO year was punctuated by extreme highs and lows, but in the end Facebook stayed Facebook.<p>Facebook's freshman year as a public company played out like an MTV drama in which Mark Zuckerberg was forced to navigate through an awkward accommodation with the …

Social Media

This 3D Picture Was Created Without a Camera

Imagine taking a picture, without a camera. If that sound ridiculous, it's because it is—but it's also exactly what a team of researchers from the …

Google: Dart will rescue browsers from JavaScript

The programming language for Web sites and Web apps is less complex and therefore easier to develop, Chrome programmers argue at Google I/O.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Google long has been a firm believer that JavaScript, the programming language used to build Web apps such as Google Maps and Gmail, could …

JavaScript

PSIO prototype loads PlayStation 1 ISOs on the console, no burned CD necessary (video)

Project PlayStation Input Output has been trying to load PlayStation 1 game images through the game system's parallel I/O port since 2010, and now it's ready to show off the first prototype. If piracy is your aim, then modchips that let users play burned discs and emulators that have been available …

“SpecialisRevelio!” Macs use Harry Potter spell to unlock secret “backdoor” | Ars Technica

Don't worry: undocumented feature more the stuff of spy movies than hack attack.<p>The Mac on your desk or on the cafe table next to you has a chip with …

Layers Of Video Game Action, Captured In Eye-Exploding GIFs

Here’s what you’re subjecting your eyeballs to when you binge on Xbox.<p>A few weeks back, your favorite blogger’s favorite blogger, Jason Kottke, posted an incredible animated GIF. It showed five throws by Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish layered on a single frame, illustrating the remarkable …

Yu Darvish

The Wait Is Over: You Can Finally Brew Coffee in a Mason Jar with the Portland Press

You couldn't make it up: a <b>Portland</b>, Oregon-based design duo just launched a <b>crowdfunding</b> campaign to launch a <b>mason jar</b>-based product, designed …

Coffee

Side by Side project 

The world is full of contrasts, and contrasts are full of beauty.<p>Side by Side project uses Instagram as its main platform. The idea is to choose a couple of pictures from different Instagram users and put them together to create a contrast or relation between them.<p>Be part of Side by Side project, post your creations here at our fan page and tag your friends.