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Why Leveling the Horizon in Photos Isn’t Easy

It might seem like one of the simplest parts of photography: leveling your horizon. Most photographers want their horizons to be straight, of course, …

4 ways to make Siri smarter on your iPhone

Sure, Siri sounds a bit less like a robot in iOS 11, but Apple 's digital assistant still fails to understand me and mispronounces names. Siri is also more useful if she (my Siri has a British female voice, so I'll refer to Siri as a "she" here) knows my daily haunts and connects with any supported …

Tech Trends

11 Free Apps I Couldn't Live Without as a Photographer

This is not your typical list of must have photography apps — no Snapchat, Instagram, or Photoshop here. Although you might not have heard of many of …

Here's How a 5-Minute Freezing Cold Shower Can Help You Succeed

Achieving greatness doesn't come by doing things the easy and comfortable way.<p>The most successful people don't get to the top by doing things like everyone else. One thing they typically have in common: Consistently doing the right things, day in and out. Here's what more than two dozen high …

7 Tips for Overcoming Street Photography ‘Awkwardness’

Street photography can seem daunting. The idea of photographing strangers and intruding on their privacy might make you nervous, but this video by …

Here’s how to delete your entire Facebook Messenger inbox

Whether it’s memes sent between friends or detailed archives of relationships past, Facebook messages can hold a lot of secrets.<p>Whether you’re hiding …

5 Winning Social Media Strategies From a Master Marketer

Real content from real people develops real relationships.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most people who have their businesses on social media are looking hard for answers to solutions for more traffic, engagement and conversions to build their brand. While great …

Marketing

10 Important Tips for Making the Most of Adobe Lightroom

For many photographers, Adobe Lightroom has become their preferred photo-editing application. Designed specifically to serve the needs of …

How I Made a Homemade Ice Light for Less Than $30

The Ice Light is “a portable, dimmable, daylight balanced, continuous LED light source with a built in battery” that costs $450. In this post I will …

How to Build a Camera Dolly Out of LEGO Pieces

Photographer Pascal Kulcsar of Mainz, Germany wanted to add some movements to his time-lapse videos, so he built himself a fancy dolly using LEGO …

A Portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing for the Cover of TIME Magazine

<i>TIME</i> released this behind-the-scenes video showing a recently photo shoot of actor Benedict Cumberbatch for the cover of the magazine. Cumberbatch …

Suggestions for the Fledgling Street Photographer

Street photography is likely one of the most challenging genres of photography to practice well. It demands not only mastery over the camera, but …

Why Your Next iPhone Won’t Need a Case

Evidence that Apple is going big with sapphire is overwhelming. But the reasons for Apple’s sapphire obsession range from scratch-resistant screens to solar-charging screens.<p>I have another theory: Apple wants to eliminate both the need and the desire for an iPhone case, cover or sleeve. There’s a …

iPhone

Did Apple Just Buy Eyes for Siri?

Apple agreed this week to buy Israel-based PrimeSense for $350 million.<p>PrimeSense is best known for making the 3D motion-tracking technology inside Microsoft’s Kinect.<p>Does this mean Apple plans to make its own Kinect? Maybe. But I think Apple may be thinking about something far more interesting.<p>All …

Siri

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms

Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people's homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project …

Editorial: Is Chromecast the little dongle that could change things?

It is sold out at Amazon. It is sold out at Best Buy online. It is sold out at the 16 Best Buy stores closest to my home in North Carolina. The nearest Best Buy availability is in Roanoke, Va. (Amazon and Best Buy are the retail outlets sanctioned by Google.) You can buy it directly from Google at …

12K gaming rig renders 1.5 billion pixels per second for just $17,000 (video)

Think your gaming rig's impressive because it can run <i>Metro: Last Light</i> with maxed out settings at 60FPS? Well, Microsoft rounded up a trio of Sharp PN-K321 32-inch 4K monitors and wired them to a Windows 8 PC stuffed with three ASUS 7970 GPUs. The $17,000 experiment proved two things: Such tech is …

Ford engineer builds vibrating shift knob using 3D printer and an Xbox 360 controller (video)

You're not going to find it in the next car you drive off the lot, but a Ford engineer has developed a fairly novel approach to making a manual transmission a bit easier to adjust to: a vibrating shifter knob. As he explains in the video after the break, Zach Nelson first turned to an Xbox 360 …

Ultra-thin e-skin could lead to advances in medicine, cool wearable computing (video)

Remember the names Martin Kaltenbrunner and Takao Someya -- that way, you'll have someone to blame when kids start pointing and laughing at gadgets we consider high-tech today. Leading a team of University of Tokyo researchers, they have recently developed a flexible, skin-like material that can …

Best iPhone and iPad apps for professional photographers: Take your shooting and your business to the next level!

The iPhone and iPad apps every pro photographer needs to better and more easily manage photos, portfolios, payments, expense tracking, location …

'Haunting Melissa' App Brings Episodic Movie Exclusively to iPhone and iPad

<i>Haunting Melissa</i>, from Hooked Media Digital and "The Ring" producer Neil Edelstein, is an app that aims to deliver movies on mobile devices in an entirely new way.<p>Much like a TV show on iTunes, the film is broken up into segments that can be unlocked by sharing a user's viewing experience on …

Easily import Astrid tasks to Any.Do on Android

The most important feature your to-do list needs is accessibility. A written grocery list you forgot on your kitchen counter doesn't help you much at the store. For this reason, among others, many people use a to-do list manager on their mobile device. But what happens when the app you're using …

With Over 15M Sites Built, Weebly Launches New Planner And Mobile Editor, Brings Website Creation Service To Android

In this day and age, if you own a small business, you need a web (and mobile) presence. It’s just the way it is. Some might opt just to go for a social media approach, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but the likelihood is that you want something a little more flexible, high-quality and …

Five Ways To Really Master Mobile Safari On Your iPhone And iPad [Feature]

Somehow, Apple managed to cram in a ton of web browsing functionality into a teeny, tiny package called Safari. To distinguish the mobile web browser from the one of the same name on OS X, we’ll call it Mobile Safari and be done with it.<p>Regardless of the name, the mobile version of Safari is chock …

Operating Systems

Here are the "Top All-time Apps" for iPhone and iPad

Apple has published a list of the most downloaded iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, since its launch in 2008. The announcement comes alongside …

Tears in rain: how Snapchat showed me the glory of data death

A case for fading data in the age of media immortality<p><i>"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."</i><p>Anyone who's …