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iOS 8
While there are many new features that have been added to both the camera and the photos app on iOS 8 (flagging favorite photos, additional filters, straightening rather than rotating photos, quick access to manual exposure, a timer function and a couple new shooting modes, to name a few), some features have been removed. One Continue Reading →
Amazon
The authors are uniting. Last spring, when Amazon began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions. Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, Continue Reading →
Photoshop on a Chromebook
The big knock against Google’s Chromebooks is that they can’t run true desktop-class software, with Photoshop a commonly-cited example. Google and Adobe are now looking to close that gap: the companies have just announced that Adobe’s Creative Cloud software will soon be available for Chromebooks. The first release will be a “streaming” version of Photoshop, Continue Reading →
Waze
Waze has enhanced its popular crowdsourced navigation app with tweaks designed to improve the accuracy of its maps. Updated on Monday for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems, Waze version 3.9 unveils a feature called Waze Places. In short, the feature lets you add your own places to the maps. You can add Continue Reading →
Smart Home
Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet in their homes, according to research from Parks Associates, the marketing of the smart home for the consumer is still very far out of reach. Last week, I Continue Reading →
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. “There’ve been Continue Reading →