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Military Cites Broad Failures in Deadly Niger Ambush, but Assigns No Direct Blame

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department investigation of a Special Forces mission in Niger last fall found widespread problems across all levels of the military counterterrorism operation, but focused in particular on the actions of junior officers leading up to an ambush that killed four American …

Military

Facebook’s open-source Go bot can now beat professional players

Go is the go-to game for machine learning researchers. It’s what Google’s DeepMind team famously used to show off its algorithms, and Facebook, too, recently announced that it was building a Go bot of its own. As the team announced at the company’s F8 developer conference today, the ELF OpenGo bot …

FF Mark Font Family from FontFont Type Department

The FF Mark Font Family, finest German type design from the FontFont Type Department.<p>This modern sans serif was designed in 2013 by the renowned …

Google’s Sergey Brin warns of the threat from AI in today’s ‘technology renaissance’

Google co-founder says the company is giving ‘serious thought’ to problems like job destruction<p>Google co-founder Sergey Brin has warned that the current boom in artificial intelligence has created a “technology renaissance” that contains many potential threats. Writing in the company’s annual …

How to Get Tack Sharp Portraits in Photoshop

This great tutorial video will show you how to better sharpen your portrait images in Photoshop.<p>Getting it right in camera is only half the battle. …

How to Fix Distortion in Photoshop

Image distortion is an issue that you often find in photography. This problem can cause parts of an image to appear improperly sized, stretched, or …

Maybe a Classic Canon 5D from 2005 Is All You Need for Great Photography? Here Are 5 Reasons Why

Yes, there’s a ton of great new photography gear out there that can do just about every trick under the sun. But do you really need to spend all your …

UN reopens sexual assault investigation into top official Luiz Loures

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United Nations is to reopen an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by one of its top officials after the original inquiry, criticized as "deeply flawed" by his accuser, cleared him earlier this year.<p>The claims against Luiz Loures, an assistant secretary general, will be …

United Nations

Airstream Launches Fiberglass Travel Trailer Perfect for Spontaneous Adventurers

From a vintage remodel to a miniature mobile home and a European-inspired camper; Airstream is the king of travel trailers. The launch of their latest model—a modern fiberglass motorhome called <i>Nest</i>—marks a new era for the brand, with a focus on forward-thinking design. Airstream reveal, “With its …

Learn the Science That Makes Camera Sensors Work

It's easy to take for granted the fact that our camera sensors somehow translate light into digital data that is eventually reconstructed as a …

iOS 11.3 Release Notes Appear to Have Leaked With No Mention of Messages on iCloud or AirPlay 2

French developer Pierre Blazquez today shared what he claims are the final iOS 11.3 release notes, supposedly obtained from Apple's servers. His tweet contains images of the release notes in English for the United States.<p>Apple blog <i>Mac4Ever</i> shared the release notes in French, which we've translated …

6 Amazing Passenger Drone Projects Everyone Should Know About

Large cities with traffic congestion problems such as Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai have stepped forward and offered their cooperation to drone aviation innovators. They want to be the first to welcome and make passenger drone taxis a reality in their metropolises. Various companies are …

Airspace

Lightroom pumps up its color-styling tool to fine-tune photos

Adobe's Lightroom has beefed up an obscure photo-editing feature to give you a significant new way to give pictures the tonal and color styling you want.<p>Lightroom -- a software favorite among enthusiasts and pros willing to pay $10 a month for it and Photoshop -- has long had a tool called profiles …

Tutorials

Tencent isn’t just Ubisoft’s savior — it’s the world’s biggest gaming company

How the Ubisoft stock purchase adds to this growing empire<p>If you live in North America or Europe, you might think that Activision, Ubisoft or Riot Games are in the running for the title of “World’s Biggest Video Game Company.” You’d be wrong, but each of these does have a connection to the company …

Huawei’s P20 Pro is a hugely promising phone that will upset Americans

If only you could buy one of these in a US carrier store<p>This week in Paris, I witnessed a subtle but profound moment of change in the mobile industry. It came when Huawei announced its next flagship phone, the P20 Pro, will cost €899 (more than $1,100), and no one in the audience blinked, winced, …

After leaked memo, Facebook seems to reckon with culture shift

In the wake of an explosive leak, there's the growing sense that Facebook “isn’t the company it once was.”<p>For years, Facebook's North Star was its oft-repeated mantra: to "make the world more open and connected." It was a mission statement recited by CEO Mark Zuckerberg with near-religious zeal and …

Baltimore: Ransomware attack hobbled city's dispatch system

BALTIMORE (AP) — A ransomware attack hobbled Baltimore's 911 dispatch system over the weekend, a city official confirmed Wednesday, prompting a …

How Studying Leonardo Da Vinci Will Help You Master Photography

Successful photographers use past experiences to inform present day decisions from which lens to use, to how to compose, and everything in between. …

How to read your valuable personal Facebook data

If we’ve learned anything from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its that our personal Facebook data has some real value. The fact that Cambridge Analytica allegedly paid big bucks to get the data, then directly lied to Facebook to hold onto it, shows that our personal details are worth …

How to Rescue Poor Weather Images Using Lightroom

Popular YouTuber and landscape photographer Serge Ramelli goes through some tips on how to make images taken in poor weather conditions, more …

What is the Best Camera and Lenses for Street Photography?

Dear friend,Here are my personal recommendations for the best cameras and lenses for street photography:1. RICOH GR IISmall is beautiful: RICOH GR II …

How to buy a high-end camera in 2018

When photography or filmmaking becomes a consuming passion or a career rather than a hobby, you might look longingly at fancier equipment. Luckily, "enthusiast" cameras have edged so close to professional gear that there's no need to spend $4,000-plus for models like the Sony A9, Canon EOS 1DX Mark …

Awesome Animated Mockups for Your Next Killer Presentation

There are so many things to love about being a designer in this day and age. The community is connected and quite strong. There are plenty of great …

Mockups

This temperature-control mug is the best product I've tried this year

Honestly, it changed my coffee drinking habits.<p>It's fascinating how little, everyday frustrations can stick in your brain forever. Like why isn’t there an apparatus that breaks spaghetti in half without throwing shards of raw noodle all over your kitchen? Or why aren't there half-size spaghetti …

For the price of an Echo Dot, this tiny device adds Alexa to your car

Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great affordable way to get access to Alexa anywhere in your house, but what happens when you leave? Using the Amazon app on …

Camera back brings classic 35 mm film cameras into the digital age

The I'm Back project has been 5 years in development, and seen a number of prototypes come and go. The camera attachment has been designed to offer …

Cameras

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

<i>“I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter</i> …

Steven Spielberg

Elegant Editorial Design Project: Cities and Names

Anastasia Genkina is a designer from Moscow, Russia and she share a quite elegant typography and editorial design on her Behance profile. It was …

Graphic Design

Airbus Venture Begins Testing Its Autonomous Flying Taxi

Vahana, the electric autonomous flying vehicle in the works from an offshoot of Airbus in Silicon Valley, is officially off the ground. The new aircraft, which looks like a mashup of a flying car and a racing drone, took a 53-second maiden voyage at its Pendleton, Oregon-based test site last …

Aviation

China's Xiaomi back to top five vendor as global smartphone market shrinks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has climbed back into the global top five vendors list as the global market shrunk annually, even if only by a fraction, for the first time in 2017, according to a leading industry tracker.<p>The logo of Xiaomi is seen inside the company's office …

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