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Old Glass: How to Use Old Film Lenses with New DSLR Cameras

Do you want a sharp and well built lens? Of course you do. Everyone does. Think you can’t afford great glass? Think again. You may not be looking in …

10 hidden features and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Preview URLs sent via SMS using the S Pen by activating <i>Settings > S Pen > Air View.</i><p>Handwriting input recognition for S Planner by enabling <i>Settings > S Pen > Direct Pen Input.</i><p>The Voice Recorder app can remember the locations of up to eight different sounds and voices can be played back from certain …

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 deadline for patch downloads extended by 30 days

By now, Windows 8.1 users were expected to be deprived of security updates from Microsoft unless they downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 Update 1, …

Beats Music Comes to the iPad

Beats Music, the latest entrant in the music streaming space, added an iPad version of its app in an update that rolled out to users Thursday.<p>The …

7 exercises that will make you a better photographer

The saying 'practice makes perfect' is as valid for photography as any other activity, so we've put together a collection of exercises that will help …

10 DIY Photo Filters to Think Outside the App

In the age of Instagram, a photo isn't worth its flash without a filter.<p>But that doesn't mean you should feel confined to only what's offered on the …

Five Reasons Why Your Lenses Are More Important Than Your Camera

Various lenses with different physical and relative aperture sizes.<p>If you’ve gotten a hold of an interchangeable lens camera of some sort, then you …

9 Ways to Make Photoshop’s Adjustment Layers Easier to Use

<i>This is a guest post by photographer Glenn Orion</i><p>There are far more photographers – from the amateur to the professional – who have embraced the need …

Windows 8.2 Start menu details emerge as Windows 9 whispers stir

<b>Update</b>: <i>Windows 9 is now known as Windows 10. Want to know more about when you can get your hands on it? Check out our in-depth</i> Windows 10 release …

Flying the county flag: The preservation of an identity

<b>Symbols, patterns and colours have been used for millennia as ways to rally the troops, frighten foes, inspire loyalty, and recognise allies.</b><p>Think Native Americans using war paint to intimidate their enemies, the clan tartan of the Scots, standard bearers on the battlefield.<p>Does anything fulfil …

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RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

Yaya Toure: Man City midfielder says he deserves more recognition

<b>Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players in the world because he is from Africa.</b><p>Toure, 30, has 22 goals this season, helping City to win the League Cup and challenge for the Premier League title.<p>To be honest, proper recognition has …

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Brando releases new 4800mAh power jacket for the Samsung Galaxy S5

It doesn’t matter what phone you use, one thing all mobile users have in common is the problem of running out of battery. Even with the best planning in the world there are moments when you need a recharge and you aren’t near a main socket. This problem is exasperated on today’s high specification …

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: A Skinny and Powerful Android Slate

When Sony unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, it offered a glimpse of the future for full-size Android tablets. Sleek, light and waterproof, the 10.1-inch slate was a true iPad competitor.<p>Twelve months later, the company is back with its replacement. Although the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks almost identical …

How Sonos Used Clever Software Engineering To Make A $50 Gadget Obsolete

It’s not often that a company announces that they’ve figured out a way to make people stop paying for a piece of hardware by purposely making it obsolete, but that’s just what Sonos has done.<p>Sonos has just announced that thanks to clever programming, they have figured out a way to make their $50 …

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How Technology Is Making It Great To Be A Music Fan

I’m a music junkie. Like many of you, my life is often accompanied by a soundtrack. I’ve got playlists for working out, and just plain working. Music for when I’m feeling on top of the world, and music for when I’m down in the gutter. Songs that make me think, and songs that bring back memories. …

Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Credit: Bill Graham / Meyer Sound<p>John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, …

Google now lets you access your computer through Android with Chrome Remote Desktop

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop service, first launched in 2011, is coming to mobile. Today, the company released an Android app that will let users access their desktop computers, whether through a Chrome web app for Mac, PC, and Linux or through Chrome OS itself. Once you've set up your primary …

Poof! Speakers Disappear at Bang & Olufsen's Concept Store

If Admiral Ackbar had anything to say about Bang & Olufsen's new concept store in Midtown Manhattan, it would be, "It's a trap!"<p>That's because the …

Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S

Fujifilm has formally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S that was first shown at CP+ back in February. The converter …

Short Tutorial Teaches You a Great Way to Recover Shadow Detail in Photoshop

There are many options for recovering shadow detail in post, but if you still haven’t settled on one or you want a technique that will give you more …

Processing HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop

I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR<b>H</b>igh <b>D</b>ynamic <b>R</b>ange photographyto make some of my images. I do my best to keep the …

Inside Samsung's new London 'Experience' store

A few minutes walk from the hub of Oxford Circus, Samsung's new Experience store in the heart of London is nothing if not underwhelming on approach. Tucked away under scaffolding and hoarding, and flanked by roadworks on one side and Clarks on the other, it wasn't quite what we expected from what's …

Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

How do you compete with well-established mobile carriers in France, such as Orange, SFR and Bouygues? You automate everything. Free is proving once again that it can remain much leaner than its competitors by replacing brick and mortar stores with vending machines.<p>Clients will be able to subscribe …

Windows 8.1 Update 1 is live: here's how to download and install it

Microsoft has taken the wrappings off Windows 8.1 Update 1, packing in a slew of new features to entice users to upgrade to its latest operating …

8 uses for your old Windows XP PC

Introduction<p>It's been two years since Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows XP, which first landed on PCs 15 years ago.<p>The …

Save YouTube videos to your iPhone for offline viewing

Store your favorite clips so you can watch them even when you're not connected.<p>Google's YouTube app is all well and good for watching Superman rescue Sandra Bullock, airplane passengers belt out "Circle of Life," and the like. But what if you want to view your favorite clips when there's no …

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