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What Do You Do When ISIS Steals Your Photo?

The Internet is teeming with copyright infringement these days, and there are various ways for photographers to get stolen photos taken down and paid …

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare's unexpected success is shaping its sequel

<i>Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2</i>'s announcement during E3 2015 might have surprised you, but if you follow the numbers — like publisher Electronic Arts surely did — producing a sequel to PopCap Games' 2014 third-person shooter makes a lot of sense. EA announced earlier this year that more than …

Blizzard rolls out Battle.net voice chat starting with 'Overwatch'

Blizzard has been in the online gaming business for decades with massively popular games like <i>StarCraft</i> and <i>World of Warcraft</i>, but it's never implemented a native voice-chat system in its Battle.net client. Now, it appears that's about to change. Blizzard is testing out voice chat in the beta for its …

Legend of Zelda director reveals affection for cosplay (correction)

Specifically, dressing up as his greatest creation.<p><i>The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes</i> is available for Nintendo 3DS today, and one of the multiplayer adventure's major features is the ability to dress-up Link in a variety of outfits.<p>The costume mechanic is not only important to gameplay — …

Wii U's New Fatal Frame Is Too Big for Some Systems

This week's eShop update brought with it the latest entry in the Fatal Frame series, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. Unfortunately for those with certain Wii U systems, the digital-only game is too large to download.<p>Black Water offers a trial version that allows access to the first portion of …

Microsoft shuffles its cloud business to keep the good times rolling

Indeed, revenue for Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division (internally called C+E) was up 13% year-over-year, as adoption of the Microsoft Azure public cloud computing platform continues to be strong.<p>In a memo titled "Accelerating Our Momentum Even Further" that was sent to all employees in the …

46-Gigapixel View of Milky Way is Largest-Ever Image of Space

Space is big, but it's never been quite <i>this</i> big. This composite image taken by astronomers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is, they claim, the largest image of space to date. It shows a long swathe of the Milky Way, photographed piece by piece over a period of five years from the university's …

New Jersey town first in U.S. to use Uber to curb drunken driving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey town on track for a record-breaking number of drunken driving cases has become the first U.S. municipality to partner with ride service app Uber [UBER.UL] to keep inebriated residents from getting behind the wheel.<p>An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, …

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Six deals on laptops that can run Fallout 4 (from $700 to $1,200)

November 10th marks the release of Fallout 4 – a game so highly anticipated many gamers are expected to upgrade their existing desktops or buy an all new laptop <i>just</i> for the occasion. With Intel’s 6th generation “Skylake” processors getting added to laptop configurations at major manufacturers for …

Computer Hardware

Steam Machines: First impressions, The Specs, Prices, and Release Dates

With Valve's various Steam Machines launching next month, gamers will finally be able get to their hands on these compact gaming PCs. To help you get the full details before you potentially take the plunge, we've compiled all the Steam Machine's first wave details you need to know!<p>This collection …

Computer Hardware

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 …

Apple holds the key to changing Intel's $150 billion business

The report says that Intel now has 1,000 people dedicated to working on this project that would potentially make Intel one of the main modem suppliers for Apple's next iPhone.<p>Intel's also trying to become the fabrication partner that manufactures the iPhone's system-on-a-chip — or SOC — a microchip …

Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue.<p>A woman walks past a logo of Google at …

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How to Shoot Colorful Spirographs with Light Painting Photography

A spirograph is a geometric drawing toy that produces beautiful mathematical curves by rolling a smaller circle inside a bigger circle. You can …

Researchers Create Software for Designing Pro Drone Shots in a Virtual World

As camera drones become increasingly popular as a relatively cheap and easy way to capture aerial photos and videos, there are more and more stories …

Drones

PSA: Never Pack Spare Lithium Batteries in Checked Baggage When Flying

The FAA has published a new warning about the danger of storing spare lithium batteries in checked bags. The batteries, which are widely used in the …

'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to last-gen consoles after all

I hope you weren't counting on playing <i>Mortal Kombat X</i> on your trusty previous-generation console -- you're about to be disappointed. Warner Bros. has cancelled both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the bloody brawler, claiming that neither version would meet the quality "expected of a</i> …

Japan’s top-grossing mobile game Monster Strike pulled from Apple’s App Store (Update: back up)

<i>Update, 9 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, August 30: The game appears to be back on Apple’s App Store. Toto told VentureBeat he estimates the losses for Mixi to stand at about $600,000.</i><p>Apple has pulled Japan’s top-selling mobile game from its App Store in Japan, according to local media reports Saturday …

Google Search now connects you with plumbers, electricians, house cleaners and locksmiths

Google is at hand’s reach whenever you need help for anything, but so far looking for home services has involved multiple steps. The Search Giant is now making it easier on home service workers and customers to get in touch with each other.<p>Google is testing a new feature in which certain search …

New photos reportedly show Apple iPhone 6S Force Touch screen and larger front camera

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac has acquired some newly leaked photos that show the new camera and screen of the next iPhones — likely called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.<p>The new phones will be introduced at Apple’s fall event on September 9.<p>The photo below shows a larger front-facing camera on the new …

Dendroid malware developer pleads guilty in court

It has been over a month since purported Dendroid malware developer Morgan Culbertson was arrested in a world-wide operation that put 70 involved members under searches and arrests. Fast-forward to today and we are learning Culbertson has pleaded guilty in court last Tuesday, making him responsible …

Chrome will pause Flash plugins to improve laptop battery life

<b>Update, August 29:</b> Google announced that the Flash-pausing feature will begin to roll out from September 1 via an update to Chrome. Prepare to see gray boxes in the places where Flash ads normally are. Like this:<p>Not all ads will be caught. HTML 5-based ads will go through unaffected.<p><b>Original post,</b> …

Verizon confirms that existing contract customers can still get phone upgrades

Verizon stopped offering on-contract plans to new customers this month, but it failed to do a good job of explaining what that meant for people who were already on a contract. Now Verizon is clearing all of that up with a new blog post discussing what existing contract customers will and won't be …

Uber Hires Hackers to Secure Its Vehicles

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On Feeling Inadequate as a Photographer

My life is pretty good. I live in one of the coolest cities in the world (Toronto), I have a lot of close friends, good family, an amazing girlfriend …

Sony Alpha

How NOT to Mount a Lens to Your DSLR

<b>Update</b>: It appears that the video has been taken offline.<p>A relatively new YouTube tech channel named TEKHVLOGS recently published this unboxing video …

How Many Images Should I Take for HDR?

One of the most common question about HDR photography seems to be how many images should I take? This has an easy answer and the answer is <b>It …

Landscape Photography