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DxOMark: The Sony a7R II Has the Best Sensor We’ve Ever Seen

It looks like the hype surrounding the new Sony a7R II is justified… at least when it comes to sensor quality. DxOMark tested backside-illuminated …

7 reasons why you should develop apps for Android rather than iOS

There are multiple operating systems powering our mobile devices today. For both indie developers and large companies, there is a critical question that needs to be answered before development begins: what platform should be targeted first? For larger companies, with more resources, development can …

Apps

8 barriers to overcome when learning to code

While being a mentor for a JavaScript Web development course, I’ve seen many beginner programmers jump into learning with enthusiasm and then immediately hitting a wall.<p>Most of the students usually struggle with the same barriers. But once they learn to overcome them, they get instant benefits:<p>they …

How to Photograph Stars: Camera Settings & Setup

Photographing stars can be very difficult to master due to long exposure times and the limitations of some digital cameras. However, the easy to …

Deal: Learn how to build your first Android application for free with this mini course

Learning to develop for a new operating system can be daunting, especially when many tutorials are so expensive. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at developing for Android, we’ve got something here for you. Thanks to the Android Authority Deals Store, you can learn the basics on how to build …

Android Development

Photog! Transforms Your Offline Pictures Folder Into a Photo Website

If you’d like to quickly create a custom photography website and are familiar with installing software through a command line interface, there’s a …

iFidelity: Players Spark New Audiophile Debate for the Digital Era

For decades, devotees of high-end audio have fought bitterly over the limits of audiophile gear. Does a $5,000-dollar amp really make a difference? Are fancy cables a requirement or a scam? Do CDs really sound better than records?<p>Now, with high-definition audio formats and a new generation of …

Audiophile

9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry

<b>Rule of Thirds</b>: Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines<p><b>Leading Lines</b>: Use natural lines to lead eyes …

Smartphone Astrophotography: How I Capture the Moon and Planets with My Phone

I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras …

New app promises to give your iPhone a 32MP camera

How would you like an app that transforms your regular 8-megapixel iPhone 6 camera into a 32-megapixel one?<p>Okay, so it’s not <i>exactly</i> as miraculous as it sounds, but photography app Hydra is a worthy tool to add to your virtual camera bag. It works by taking a series of up to 60 small images and then …

Ranking Programming Languages: Swift's Growth Is "Unprecedented"

Developers may be a fickle bunch, but they’re sticking with Java, thank you very much. Even so, as the newest Redmonk Programming Language Rankings suggest, developers are very (very) open to new languages like Go and Swift that help them program for the cloud and mobile, respectively.<p>In the case …

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius

The Economists Who Studied All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

"If it costs more, does it taste better?" and other financial questions about restaurants that permit unlimited consumption.<p>When I was a kid, the paradox of choice didn't occur to me. I wasn't yet overwhelmed by the "tyranny" of too many options, nor stressed with decision making if more options …

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Play Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 on Android - some assembly required

Do you remember the days before you got your first Pip-Boy 3000? They were a little rough, but they were fun, and they can now be re-lived on your Android device. I speak of Fallout 1 and Fallout 2, both of which have found a new home on Android, sort of.<p>The short of it, if you don’t mind the …

Android News

A Google Executive Reveals Why The Company Came Up With Its Beautiful New Android Design

Within that thread, Wiley revealed what led the team at Google to build Material Design — which has been billed as one of the biggest new features in Android L.<p>Material Design is basically an aesthetic overhaul that's meant to make content look similar across screens of all sizes, whether it be …

These wireless bone-conducting headphones let you listen while you listen

Kickstarter, it's a funny old place. A weird soup of real ingenuity and beermat ideas. <i>Headbones</i> might initially sound like it'll fall in the latter camp, but you'd be wrong. Once you know they're bone conducting headphones, the name reveals its clever twist. Yes, you may have seen bone conducting …

John Oliver Explains The World Cup And FIFA To Americans (VIDEO)

John Oliver is "both excited and extremely conflicted" about the World Cup.<p>Why? Because he loves the tournament - but it's run by FIFA.<p>Take it away, …

A dozen things you need to know about Box’s IPO

It’s official: Online file-sharing firm Box is going public. (We warned you it was in the works.) The offering is just the latest in a slate of tech IPOs that have become one of the hottest areas of financial markets.<p>Here are some key quotes and numbers from the SEC filing:<p>The shares will trade on …

Venture Capital

Netflix's Reed Hastings calls out weak net neutrality rules, 'reluctantly' pays ISP tolls

Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix has finally chimed in with his own statement about net neutrality and the deal his company struck with Comcast. As written in a blog post, the traditional standards recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit (which prevent ISPs from restricting or meddling with data) …

Haunted Empire: A Bad Book About Apple After Steve Jobs

<i>Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs</i>, former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Yukari Iwatani Kane’s new work, may be a business book — but as its name suggests, …

Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on …

Anonymous Social App Secret Confirms $8.6 Million In New Funding

Secret, the anonymous social sharing app popular among the Silicon Valley and tech industry crowd, officially announced today it has raised $8.6 million in outside investment. The round included participation from Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, MG Siegler of Google Ventures, …

On the Internet, all the good company names are taken

All around San Francisco, the centre of the largest technology boom since the dot-com bubble, signs of the surging startup market are readily visible: House prices and commuting times are soaring, and many of the city's billboards sport ads for mobile applications. By one estimate, two-thirds of …

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the …

DuckDuckGo: The privacy search ruffling Google's feathers

Gabriel Weinberg, the search engine's founder, says it has tapped into a growing desire not to be tracked<p>It takes a certain degree of bravery for one man to go up against Google in anything - but taking the technology giant on web search? Some might regard that as just plain foolish.<p>After all, this …

DuckDuckGo

Facebook to revive f8 after three-year hiatus

This time the one-day conference will be even more developer-focused, marking a departure from the last f8, held in 2011, where Facebook unveiled Timeline.<p>Facebook announced Saturday that it is bringing back its once-annual f8 developer conference. After taking a three-year break, the company will …

Oops! Apple revealed confidential deal with Nokia while seeking damages from Samsung for the same thing

<i>FOSS Patents</i> discovered that while Apple was asking a court to sanction Samsung for using confidential information about a patent deal between the Cupertino company and Nokia, Apple inadvertently made the very same information public.<p>As part of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, Apple was …

Facebook Messenger Arrives On Windows Phone

Facebook may have killed Windows support for its Messenger app, but it has released a Windows Phone version today which is available for download now.<p>The Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone features the usual bells and whistles available on iOS and Android platforms, including stickers. You …