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Apple sued by regulator over refusal to service 'bricked' iPhones

Australia's consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court.<p>The regulator is accusing the U.S. tech giant of violating consumers' rights by refusing to service certain iPhones and iPads that were disabled by a software update.<p>Some iPad and iPhone users who used third parties to fix broken screens later …

Time Warner

A Great Resource To Use Before Purchasing A Camera Body Or Lens

While researching and deciding on what camera or lens to buy next, there can be a lot of banter, back and forth, and noise on opinions on what camera …

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service, just turned on encryption for all its data

Everything on WhatsApp is now encrypted, end-to-end, for all operating systems. That means engineers at the Facebook-owned chat app wouldn’t be able to read messages or watch video calls sent by its users even if ordered to do so by a court.<p>“WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the …

Privacy

The Internet is obsessed with this Yosemite "Firefall"

While we could wax poetic about the beauty of nature until the cows come home, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it’s as …

Stunning Works Of Macro Photography Ask You To Look Closer

From a distance, an eye looks like nothing more than a little black marble. The closer you get, however, the more peculiarities begin to bubble up to the surface -- the specks of gold and green, a reflection of light, hints of moisture that build up around the edges.<p>Look closer and you'll begin to …

Mobile Photography

'Animeyed' Self-Portraits Explore Our Innermost Fantasies

Flora Borsi's new 'Animeyed' self portraits explore our inner fantasies.<p>The young photographer Flora Borsi manipulates surreal images focused on emotions and dreams. She creates self-portraits with exotic animals as fantastical masks in a series titled <i>Animeyed</i>. Her images are immaculate and …

Art

This teenage photographer shoots the natural beauty of one of the world’s densest cities

Kelvin Yuen, a 19-year-old university student from Hong Kong, first picked up a camera seriously in 2014, and has been taking photos of the city in his free time ever since. But unlike many photographers who shoot Hong Kong’s manmade attributes like skyscrapers and trams, or the city’s seven …

Hong Kong

Stunning Underwater Images by a Photographer Drawn into the Depths of the Deep Blue Sea

The lure of the ocean has long enticed humans into its depths; there is some intangible quality roused by something so immense and ancient. Freelance photographer Enric Adrian Gener pursues this fascination with the infinite through his underwater photographs, creating remarkable images that …

Sea Level

Apple Maps now dominates Google Maps on iOS devices

It’s hard to think of too many Apple-related bombs bigger than Apple Maps, the disastrous mapping service introduced in 2012, which resulted in widespread ridicule, at least one major executive leaving the company, and Tim Cook himself recommending that customers use rival services.<p>But just a few …

Google Maps
Extreme Sports

Yahoo to consider selling itself off before it collapses

The Wall Street Journal reports that Yahoo’s board plans to discuss selling off the company’s core business as well as its stake in Chinese internet giant Alibaba.<p>It’s about time: the company’s stock price has steadily fallen by more than 30 percent this year, owing to poor performance. Selling off …

Anonymous swaps Isis propaganda site for Prozac ad in trolling fight

GhostSec Anonymous splinter group pulls Islamic State darknet offline replacing it with a pharmacy advert<p>Anonymous splinter group GhostSec has taken its “war” on Isis to the darknet, replacing a propaganda forum with an advert for Prozac.<p>The site was only recently set up within the Tor darknet by …

Darknet

Sean Parker on tech industry's 'tricks': 'Social media feeds our narcissism'

A generation ago, Sean Parker would have us believe, parents worried that their children were becoming couch potatoes, passive consumers of information dominated by TV. But he said that concern has now shifted in the opposite direction, acknowledging that technology companies have employed “tricks” …

Tech Industry

uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

Engineering

This 1902 ‘Photo’ of General Grant is an Early Example of Compositing

Want to see a super early example of a photo being faked through compositing? Look no further than this circa 1902 photo, titled “General Grant at …

Janet Jackson’s Concert Photo Contract: Shoot for 30s Max and Give Up All Copyright

If you’re a concert photographer looking to shoot Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour 2015, you’ll have to agree to some extremely strict terms …

Foo Fighters

Google Removes 'OK Google' Search Activation in Latest Chrome Update

Earlier this week, Google released Chrome 46 with a long list of bug fixes and feature improvements to improve memory and power usage, but unmentioned was the removal of "OK Google" voice-based search activation.<p>As noted by <i>VentureBeat</i>, it's no longer possible to use the "OK Google" phrase to …

French hackers figure out how to activate Siri without talking

These hackers aren't ventriloquists, but they might have figured out something even cooler.<p>Researchers at the ANSSI, a French governmental agency …

IBM cuts down IT support staff w/ Mac deployment, says 5% of Mac users call help desk vs 40% for PCs

Deploying Macs to employees has helped IBM significantly reduce its IT staff and cut down on time and costs, the company’s VP of Workplace-as-a-Service Fletcher Previn explained at a recent talk during the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC). Previn offered some insight into how offering Macs has …

Portraits of People Lost in Invisible Device Screens

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has a photo project that has the Web abuzz this week. Titled “Removed,” it shows what smartphones and tablets have done …

One Camera, One Lens Challenge

Most of us are happy to continue along the path of least resistance. Easy is good, right? But easy can lead to stuck.<p>Even with photography, it’s easy …

Nature Photography

Everything You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Massive Hardware Event

Microsoft this morning announced a grip of new hardware, including Surface products, high-end smartphones, a wearable, Windows 10 for the Xbox One and its first laptop.<p>The laptop, called the Surface Book, stunned in an event marked largely by products Microsoft watchers were expecting.<p>TechCrunch …

Microsoft Surface

Windows 10 Automatic Updates Start Causing Problems

Last week Microsoft confirmed every Windows 10 update will mandatory and installed automatically. This was met with a hostile reception from Forbes readers with over 100 comments on my news article voicing their concern. And now some of those fears have been realised…<p>With just four days left before …

Nvidia GeForce

A new technology could drastically extend your phone battery — but cellphones companies don’t want to use it

The antenna in your phone is more than just a lazy strip of metal.<p>As Apple's infamous Antennagate fiasco taught us, snatching radio waves out of thin air to transmit thousands of messages a second over miles and miles is not quite that simple.<p>Just as poor antenna design (or an errant hand) can ruin …

Galaxy Note

Hack of connected car raises alarm over driver safety

SAN FRANCISCO — Don't send your old clunker of a retro-mobile to the automotive junk yard just yet. It may be the safest machine on the road.<p>In an article published Tuesday, <i>Wired</i> magazine reports on how it engaged two hackers to see if they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee from the comfort of …

Security

Newspaper Sends Cartoonist to Foo Fighters Concert to Protest Photo Contract

The <i>Washington City Paper</i> recently decided to boycott the Foo Fighters’ restrictive concert photo contract by buying photos from fans instead. Now a …

Foo Fighters

Microsoft Edge is already good enough for me to drop Chrome

From the tarnished ashes of Internet Explorer came Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser built from the ground up for Windows 10. When we first went hands-on with the browser – then still called Project Spartan – we thought it brought some interesting concepts to the table, but it was much too buggy …

This $200 DIY WiFi router will make it far easier for whistleblowers (and criminals) to hide online

Devices connecting to the internet have a unique IP address. It's what identifies them to others — but can also be used to track down the device. It's in part why elaborate obfuscation tools like proxies, the Tor network, and VPNs exist, to obscure the user's true IP and location. But down to both …

Wi-Fi

How to shoot fast-moving objects: free photography cheat sheet

<i>It's not just the speed of your subject that counts, it's where you stand and the angle you shoot from. Discover how to shoot fast-moving objects</i> …

Here’s what happens when you open 100 tabs in Chrome for Android

Google employs a lot of engineers. Most software engineers know that when you have a box which can contain a variable amount of content – say, an input field or the title section of a blog post like the one above – that you need to make a decision as to what happens when more content than can …