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Sony Now Lets Anyone Make Their Own Remotes for Its Cameras

Sony announced on Tuesday another feature for its digital cameras that the company hopes will expand their adoption among professional photographers: a software development kit that allows third-party developers to create their own custom tools to remotely control and operate the cameras. Read More >>

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Report: Russia Says Smartphones Sold in the Country Must Have Software that Supports Traditional Russian Values

Months after Russia banned the sale of gadgets that aren’t pre-installed with Russian-made software, government officials in that country have drafted new guidelines on what types of software companies may have to install. Read More >>

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Adobe’s Experimental New Features Promise a Future Where Nothing’s Real

Adobe Max 2019 wrapped up yesterday, and over the past week the company revealed a bunch of new automated capabilities it’s currently developing for its various applications – both on desktop and mobile. These demos are always crowd-pleasers and tantalising teases of how users might soon be able to further streamline their workflows. But in recent years these sneak peeks have also provided a look at how artificial intelligence promises to radically change all the digital tools we use, as more often than not, Adobe’s latest and greatest leverage the company’s Sensei deep learning platform to pull off their seemingly magical feats. Read More >>

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The Best Alternatives to the Subscription Services Taking Over Your Digital Life

We live in a subscription-filled world – a few pounds a month in return for a bevy of digital services. (Apple alone has launched what feels like several dozen in the last year). But is this the best use of your money? Are the alternatives to subscription packages actually... better? Here are the options you need to consider. Read More >>

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Even Your Parents Could Master Photoshop’s New AI-Powered Automatic Selection Tools

Adobe has been slowly upgrading Photoshop with better tools to make the worst photo editing task – close cropping complex objects – less of a pain. The Magic Wand, the Magnetic Lasso, and the Quick Selections tools were all big improvements, but Photoshop’s AI-powered “Select Subject” tool was the quantum leap pixel pushers had long dreamed of, and Adobe will soon be making it even smarter. Read More >>

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Why Your Web Browser is Running Slowly and How to Fix It

We do just about everything inside a browser nowadays – stream movies, write essays, chat with friends, edit photos – and serious slowdowns inside this key bit of software can have a serious impact on how much we get done. With that in mind, these are the reasons that your browser is slowing down, and what you can do to fix it. Read More >>

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What Windows 10X is – and Why it’s the Future of Microsoft Software

We’ve got another variation of Microsoft’s operating system to keep track of: Windows 10X. It’s coming first to the dual-screen Surface Neo due in 2020, but behind the scenes it tells us much more about the future of Windows across multiple devices and form factors – and we’ve got everything you need to know about this new take on Windows. Read More >>

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Adobe’s New AI-Powered Plugin Intelligently Reframes Videos for Screens With Different Shapes

Adapting videos to various screens has been a challenge ever since movies shot for wide cinema screens were first broadcast on square TVs. We’ve now got devices like tablets and smartphones added to the mix, so Adobe has created an AI-powered plugin that can automatically prep a video for any screen while ensuring the most important parts are always in frame. Read More >>

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Back To University: Five Bits of Productivity Software Every Student Needs

So, you’re off to university and you want some tips and hints on how exactly you can improve your workflow. Given there will likely be a lot of distractions from serious work — especially in the earlier years, shall we say — working smarter, alongside harder, will help you enormously. Read More >>

RSS
One of the Best RSS Readers is Back

Despite what companies like Apple and Facebook claim, you don’t need a giant corporation telling you what news stories you should read every morning. Nearly every website (worth reading) still operates an RSS feed. And now one of the oldest and most robust RSS readers, NetNewsWire, is back from the dead and worth your consideration again. Read More >>

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How the Invention of Spreadsheet Software Unleashed Wall Street on the World

In 2010, a pair of researchers published a controversial economics paper. It was cited by British MPs to justify austerity measures that sparked economic and employment crises, and anti-austerity protests—measures that the UN later called “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” inflicting “great misery.” In 2013, however, this widely influential paper was found to have been substantially off in its estimates, thanks in part to a simple spreadsheet error: specifically, “a few rows left out of an equation to average the values in a column,” the Guardian wrote at the time. Read More >>

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Adobe’s New Painting App Is a Tantalising Sneak Peek at the iPad’s Future

First announced last October, Adobe Fresco is the company’s next-generation painting and illustration app for tablets that harnesses AI smarts to allow artists to work with digital tools that behave and feel like traditional brushes and paints. We got an early look at the app before its release later this year, and while it’s missing a few key features, it’s still an exciting look at the next big evolution of mobile devices like the iPad. Read More >>

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Steam is About to Drop Official Support for Ubuntu

Valve is dropping official support for Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases for its mega-popular Steam video game distribution platform, per Engadget, as the upcoming version of the OS will eliminate updates to 32-bit x86 components. According to Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, the company will “evaluate ways to minimise breakage for existing users,” though it will also be focusing on “a different distribution, currently TBD.” Read More >>

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Everything Apple Revealed About macOS at WWDC

With Apple Music, Apple TV+ (and other streaming services) making owning gigabytes of MP3 and video files a thing of the past, iTunes, the iOS desktop companion app that’s been around since the iPod first debuted, is finally dead. In its place are a collection of purpose-built apps that might make the next version of macOS—Catalina—worth the upgrade. iTunes, you probably won’t be missed. Read More >>

technology
Skype’s Latest Feature Will Help You Show Your Parents How to Use Their New Phone

Apps like VNC or Window’s Remote Desktop Connection have long been an invaluable tool for kids tasked with remotely solving their parents’ computer woes. But Skype might soon be the new secret weapon when it comes to helping baby boomer’s figure out how to use their new-fangled smartphones, as it’s soon rolling out a new screen sharing feature on its iOS and Android apps. Read More >>