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best analog-inspired photo apps for your iphone and ipad

photography has come a long way since the days of film. but, much like physical music media, analog photography has had quite the revival, largely thanks to the growth of film-inspired photography apps available for your iphone and ipad.here, we take a look at a few of our favorite film emulation apps for ios, and share our thoughts on what sets them apart from the competition.as its name suggests, filmborn was born to replicate the aesthetic of film photography on mobile devices. it’s one of the newest apps on this list, but it’s already gained a massive following, and rightly so.filmborn features nine different presets designed to replicate various film stocks from kodak, ilford, and fujifilm. whether you use the in-app camera or are editing images from your camera roll, filmborn makes the workflow simple with three steps: select the filter you want to use, make any additional exposure adjustments, and crop the image to your liking.the best part about this app, over apps such as vsco, is there’s no internal library to deal with. edits you make get saved directly to images in your camera roll. this prevents the hassle of constantly exporting images and trying to figure out where edits are located.additional in-app purchases include the ability to create pre-defined camera setups so there’s no need to add filters afterwards, upgraded editing tools such as curves adjustment, as well as a unique rangefinder mode that ensures you never miss a moment.vsco has become ...





princess cruises readies its high-tech cruise ship

upgrading the network in your house often involves a little upheaval. a guy from your cable company may turn up, his boots may be a little grubby, and some furniture may have to be shifted around. it is, at most, a minor inconvenience.when you’re doing a similar job on one of the largest cruise ships in the world – capable of carrying around 5,000 people – it’s a little different. when carnival corporation started outfitting the regal princess (in the company’s princess cruises division) with the innovative ocean medallion wearable technology platform, it required sailing the ship into dry dock in hamburg, germany for two weeks to complete the mammoth task, and we went along to see how the technology could transform the cruise experience.the regal princess entered dry dock on april 17 and over the following 14 days, it was filled with 7,000 new sensors, 650 public wall-mounted touchscreen devices of varying sizes, 1,780 new wi-fi access points, 4,030 private digital displays in rooms, three giant new antennas supplying data connectivity, and 75 miles of new cable. not just any cable, but perwinkle-colored cable, to be exact. it took an experienced team of technicians working 24-hours a day to add this new high-tech layer to the cruise experience. if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, they decided to add in a new staircase, paint a new design on the front of the ship, and make a wealth of other improvements as well.ocean medallionwhat does ocean medallion do? it





photolemur works ai magic to automatically enhance your photos

an automatic photo-editing app, photolemur promised to remove the pain points of image enhancement by offering a smarter approach based on artificial intelligence – analyzing a scene for recognizable objects, from faces to foliage, and performs enhancements as needed. we last wrote about photolemur when it was in beta and macos-only, but the recent release of version 2.0 brings windows support, an entirely new interface, and many improvements to the core technologies made after nearly one million photos were run through the app in training.while the user interface we experienced in the beta certainly wasn’t bad, the new version has been completely redesigned for ultimate simplicity. it is also very responsive, even if the actual ai processing and image exporting does take a few seconds. open the app and drag a photo onto its launch window, and photolemur gets started on its fully automated workflow, performing steps like “looking for faces,” “improving exposure,” “recovering colors,” and even “doing magic.” you can also drag multiple photos for batch processing, although you won’t be shown a before/after comparison for each image, as you would if you choose to process photos individually.it’s clear that photolemur is designed for the most casual of photographers; it is not intended to replace a hands-on editing workflow, although it can be used as plugin within adobe lightroom. rather, it provides a simple way to enhance images before sharing them...





if pc builders weren’t worried about microsoft before, they should be now

microsoft’s release of the first surface pro in 2013 raised more than a few eyebrows.the company had never entered the hardware space before and pc builders, already in the middle of a downturn, didn’t need competition.at the time, most manufacturers responded to surface dismissively. lenovo’s ceo, yang yuanqing, told pc world “…i don’t believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. lenovo can.” todd bradley, then head of hp’s pc division, was harsher still, and told citeworld “i’d hardly call the surface competition…it tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it.”it was easy to be skeptical at the time, and i was no exception. i didn’t like the early surface devices, and felt microsoft didn’t deliver a product that was useful to most people. that remained true even while my opinion of newer surface devices improved with each generation. surface was a luxury brand, targeted at the most hardcore.now, with the introduction of the surface laptop, that’s changed.more than a blueprintpredictably, microsoft has never claimed it seeks competition with the manufacturers that build windows pcs. even if it were true, such an admission wouldn’t win the company much favor. instead, the company carefully managed its message, reassuring the world that its hardware partners wouldn’t be shut out, and that the surface team wouldn’t get access to special or early builds of windows. surface was portrayed as a blueprint for what microsoft th...





microsoft surface laptop first impressions review

at $999, the cost of microsoft’s rarified new laptop may upset more students than it helps educate.“societal change requires more than technology.” that statement makes sense, of course, but it’s an odd sentiment to hear from satya nadella, ceo of microsoft – a company that does nothing but build and sell technology.“i’m here today as a heretic,” he said tuesday, at a special event in new york city to unveil the company’s massive education push. it involves more than just tech, of course. “we’re under no illusion that technology alone is the answer to transforming education,” he said, noting that parents and teachers and society are key to empowering kids and improving education overall.but putting the right tools in the hands of parents and kids remains important, even if it’s not all that’s important. to that end, has microsoft unveiled the new surface laptop, its first traditional laptop, and its first aimed directly at students. well, students with a thousand bucks to blow on a new laptop, anyway.innovation, design, and featuresthe surface is a showcase for innovation and premium design, but in some ways, the new laptop is a departure from that. take the surface book, for example, which looks like a book from the side, thanks to a unique hinge that unrolls as you open the device. although the hinge on the new laptop is nice, it’s downright conventional compared to the book. the screen does open smoothly, but it’s a far simpler piece of engi...





how to troubleshoot a diy pc that won't start

there are few things more frustrating than hitting the power button on your new, do-it-yourself pc — only to see nothing happen.it’s tricky to diagnose an issue when you can’t reach the diagnostic tools like the uefi, let alone the operating system. but help is out there.nothing happens at allif nothing happens, we’re going to try one simple trick that sounds silly, but is much more common than you might think.is the power supply plugged in? is the cord plugged into the wall?if so, ensure the power supply is turned on by pressing down the 1 side of the toggle switch on the back.okay, just checking. next we’ll make sure the buttons on the case are working properly. a quick way to make sure that isn’t the problem is by hitting the power button on the motherboard. if the computer starts, double check the front panel controls. these are a small set of thin cables that run from the front of the case (or wherever the buttons are) into the center of the case. the pin location and layout will vary, but it should look like a two-wide row of pins, usually encased in a plastic outer box.the ends of the cables will say, for example “hdd led” or “pwr,” and some of them have positive and negative contacts. make sure these are completely seated on their corresponding pin, which is either marked next to the pins on the motherboard, or in the documentation.now that’s out of the way, if the system still isn’t making any sort of visible or audible effort to boot ...





how to use google applications offline in chrome os

time to face the facts. we haven’t yet reached the point where universal internet access is always available, no matter where we go. that can be frustrating, especially for busy chromebook users who have projects to tackle, assignments to turn in, tasks to complete, and teams to work with.fortunately, just because your internet connection drops doesn’t mean you have to sit back and give up. google has implemented several ways to use chrome os features offline, whether you need to read emails, work on documents, or carry out another task. here’s how to do it!emailthe bad news is that there’s no permanent offline email solution for gmail — at least, not yet. the good news is that google is working on one, and, in the meantime, you can try out the beta. the problem with betas, of course, is that they tend to have flaws or bugs that still need to be fixed, so this option may not work perfectly for you. however, if you are stuck without email and desperately need to check for any previous updates, it may be more than enough.start by enabling the feature. by far the easiest way is to use the gmail offline option available in the chrome web store. this provides you with an option to “add to chrome” or “visit website.” choose add to chrome to download the app, and restart chrome.if your chrome browser isn’t currently open, open it and create a new tab. look for the new gmail offline icon next to the taskbar and click it. this will load the offline syncing option...





binghampton university students are working on 3d bioprinting an artificial pancreas

why it matters to you biomedical engineers at binghampton university are working to create a 3d-bioprinted artificial pancreas, using human stem cells.the pancreas, for those of you who daydreamed your way through high school biology classes, is a gland organ in the abdomen that produces various important enzymes and hormones that help break down your food.creating an artificial one is also the ambition of a team of researchers at new york’s binghampton university.student biomedical engineers thomas hays, kyle reeser, and sebastian freeman have been working on a process they hope will let them 3d bioprint an artificial pancreas using stem cells, in a project which has the potential to greatly improve life for people suffering from type 1 diabetes.the process they’re using involves taking “autologous” stem cells, differentiating them into pancreatic cells, then layering them in such a way that allows them to construct 3d pancreatic tissues for implantation back into a patient’s body. the stem cells must belong to the patient in question because doing so lessens the risk that their body will reject the organ transplant.“it is essentially a layer-by-layer technique where they overlap different 2d layers of material until you have a 3d product,” thomas hays told the website pipe dream. “[we] took that technology and applied bio-printing to the title. you take different materials, different cells, and create an organ in that sense … you have to have vascul...





microsoft surface laptop first impressions review

at $999, the cost of microsoft’s rarified new laptop may upset more students than it helps educate.“societal change requires more than technology.” that statement makes sense, of course, but it’s an odd sentiment to hear from satya nadella, ceo of microsoft – a company that does nothing but build and sell technology.“i’m here today as a heretic,” he said tuesday, at a special event in new york city to unveil the company’s massive education push. it involves more than just tech, of course. “we’re under no illusion that technology alone is the answer to transforming education,” he said, noting that parents and teachers and society are key to empowering kids and improving education overall.but putting the right tools in the hands of parents and kids remains important, even if it’s not the all that’s important. to that end, has microsoft unveiled the new surface laptop, its first traditional laptop, and its first aimed directly at students. well, students with a thousand bucks to blow on a new laptop, anyway.innovation, design, and featuresthe surface is a showcase for innovation and premium design, but in some ways, the new laptop is a departure from that. take the surface book, for example, which looks like a book from the side, thanks to a unique hinge that unrolls as you open the device. although the hinge on the new laptop is nice, it’s downright conventional compared to the book. the screen does open smoothly, but it’s a far simpler piece of ...





university of utah has built a robot that can drill through your skull in just 2 minutes

why it matters to you the university of utah has developed an automated drill for cranial surgery. it can cut an opening in the skull in just 2.5 minutes; 50x faster than a human surgeon.a drill-wielding robot that bores into your skull for a quick spot of impromptu brain surgery sounds like a scene from a future sci-fi dystopia, in which ai treats earth’s surviving humans like lab rats.in fact, it’s a new research project from the good folks at the university of utah, who have developed a computer-driven automated drill for cranial surgery. that means safely cutting an opening — called a bone flap — in the skull so that the brain can be accessed underneath. while it would take an experienced surgeon 2 hours to carry out this task using hand-drilling, the university of utah’s robot is able to achieve the same thing in just 2.5 minutes. that’s 50x faster than was previously possible — which for some reason makes us all kinds of nervous!while that may be the case, though, there are actually excellent reasons for doing this kind of surgery very rapidly. in other words, it’s not the brain surgery equivalent of bishop the android’s ultra-fast knife trick from aliens, that’s just there to show how good robots have gotten.carrying out cranial surgery quickly means less time for a wound to be open and a patient to be anesthetized, thereby offering a reduced risk of infection.using the technology, a patient is first imaged using a ct scan, allowing for the gat...





here's everything we saw during microsoft's education-themed press event

why it matters to you we've got a rundown of all that microsoft revealed during tuesday's education-themed press event in new york city, including the new surface notebook.microsoft’s press event held in new york city on tuesday covered five specific areas targeting education: a new lightweight operating system, utilizing microsoft teams, programming in minecraft, using mixed reality, and a high-powered surface-branded notebook. overall, the theme of the entire event focused on empowering students and teachers with the tools to make the learning environment more fun and absorbing.windows 10 swe expected microsoft would announce this platform, formerly known as windows 10 cloud, during tuesday’s education-themed event. it’s a lightweight version of windows 10 optimized for low-end hardware, enabling laptop makers to sell devices with starting prices of $189. that means microsoft is targeting google’s chromebook dominance in the education sector. similar to chrome os, windows 10 s will be locked down, enabling students to grab apps solely from the windows store. however, third-party apps can be installed only if the platform is upgraded to windows 10 pro.solutions hitting the market based on windows 10 s include the hp probook x360 11 g1 ee, the dell latitude 11 3000 series 3189, the asus vivobook w202, and the acer travel mate spin b1. fujitsu, samsung, and toshiba have solutions in the works as well. current devices in the classroom packing windows 10 pro ca...





leatt reveals new all mountain bicycle helmet built for rotational impact

why it matters to you there is more to head protection than padding. the leatt all mountain helmet protects against direct and rotational forces.we all know bicycle helmets are there to protect our head and brain — and new technology is helping to make them increasingly effective at doing just that. along those lines, leatt has created an innovative new safety innovation with its 2017 all mountain bicycle helmet.there is more to protect against than just impact. equally important is reducing the brain’s momentum during said impact. to that end, this helmet features what leatt is calling 360-degree turbine technology.spaced strategically throughout the helmet’s lining are little turbines made out of a rubber-like material called armourgel. unlike rubber, armourgel is specially designed to harden on impact. the shape of each turbine grants it some rotational properties. when the helmet is struck at an angle, the turbines stretch and rotate to reduce the forces on the head.“the faster or harder you fall, the better it works,” according to leatt.if a cyclist were to crash, the 360-degree turbine technology claims to reduce up to 30 percent of head impact at concussion level and up to 40 percent of rotational acceleration to the head and brain.other safety features went into the design of the helmet shell and visor. leatt found that by reducing the size of the shell by 10 percent reduces rotational forces by the same amount. instead of just adding more material...





how to stop windows 10 from installing on your pc

windows 7 and 8 users know all about windows 10. they’ve probably seen an icon advertising the new operating system in their system tray for more than half a year, and put up with more than a few pop-up ads asking them to install the free upgrade. if you have windows update enabled, the install files are likely already on your computer, and there have even been reports of windows 10 installing without any authorization from users whatsoever. isn’t there some way to outright stop windows 10 from installing on your machine? and moreover, to make that icon and the pop-ups, just disappear? as it turns out, there is.windows 10 is a free upgrade for users of windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, and we recommended it. at the same time, we know not everyone wants the latest system from microsoft, for a variety of reasons. maybe you depend on software that’s not supported, or maybe you just don’t want to switch operating systems right now. here are two ways to make sure this doesn’t happen.the easy way: install gwx control panel, then click some buttonsthe simplest way to make sure you won’t accidentally end up with windows 10 is a program called gwx control panel. you can download it free from the ultimate outsider website. there’s an install file, and a portable instance of the application.once downloaded, open the program and you’ll see an overview of various windows 10-related settings on your computer, along with a number of features that help “protect” you from ...





lg 43ud79-b is a 42.5-inch display that's optimized for multitasking

why it matters to you if you want a large high-resolution display that won't force you to take out a second mortgage on your house, then lg has a new option to consider.anyone looking to add a high-end monitor to their pc setup is not hurting for great options lately. whether someone is looking for high resolutions, fast refresh rates, high dynamic range (hdr), or other trendy buzzwords, chances are there’s one or more option available.lg has been at the forefront of companies offering high-resolution displays, starting with its ultrafine 5k monitor aimed at apple’s macbook pro. now, the company is introducing a high-resolution option for everyone else with its lg 43ud79-b, as engadget reports.the lg 43ud79-b is a 42.5-inch 4k uhd (3,840 x 2,160) resolution display that promises some serious image quality. contrast is rated at 1000:1 at a 178-degree viewing angle, while lg has baked in support for more than 1.07 billion colors. amd freesync support promises solid gaming performance with minimal tearing and stuttering, although the monitor tops out at a 60hz refresh rate. lg is also building in blue-light flicker reduction technology to minimize eye fatigue.the 43ud79-b offers a host of features to help users squeeze value out of its expansive panel. for example, picture-by-picture (pbp) and picture-in-picture (pip) modes allow the monitor to simultaneously display four 21.3-inch full hd screens utilizing multiple sources. a remote control provides easy access to the...





apple q2 2017 earnings show weak iphone sales

why it matters to you iphone demand may be slowing ahead of probable new product launches this coming fall.apple, the world’s most valuable tech company, had a pretty average second fiscal quarter. despite a new ipad, a bright red iphone, and a bevy of new apple watch bands and other accessories, apple only slightly beat wall street’s expectations on revenues — and it missed on sales.after the closing bell on tuesday, apple’s reported revenue of $52.9 billion versus an expected $53.02 billion — $2.10 per share versus $2.02 per share. apple’s software and services — including applecare, apple pay, and digital content sales — brought in $7 billion, but device shipments dipped or remained unchanged across the board. the company shipped 50.8 million iphones versus a projected 52 million, and mac and ipad sales held at 4.1 million ($5.84 billion)  and 8.9 million ($3.89 billion), respectively.apple ceo tim cook credited the growth in revenue to “robust demand” for the iphone 7 plus. but despite a colorful new project (red) iphone, the company failed to make a major splash in an industry suffering a sales slowdown. according to a survey conducted by 451 research, smartphone buying intent among north american consumers hit a nine-year low.falling sales in china did not help. fierce competition from oppo, vivo, huawei, xioami, and other regional brands drove iphone shipments down 12 percent in the country compared to the same quarter a year ago, and analysts...





7th-generation intel core boosts clock speeds

intel’s 7th-generation intel core processor line, code-named kaby lake, technically launched at ifa 2016. but it was a limited launch focused on mobile, dual-core processors. most of the intel product line remained on 6th-generation technology.until now. on january 3, intel announced its full line of 7th-generation intel core processors, as well as a couple related xeon mobile processors. notably, the lineup includes everything from 4.5-watt to 91-watt processors, ranging from two to four cores, targeting systems from 2-in-1s to desktop workstations. there’s a little something for everyone.you can read the full details of each line-up below, but here are the basics.what’s new in the 7th generation?intel’s new product line looks a lot like its old one. the most notable change is one that already happened during the ifa 2016 launch – intel has mostly abandoned “core m” branding. instead, its most efficient dual-core chips will be known as the “y-series.” they still have a thermal design power of 4.5 watts, which means they sip juice conservatively. and they still pair a very low base frequency with an extremely high turbo boost maximum.laptop buyers might also want to take note of the new intel core i5-7440hq and core i5-7300hq. intel first introduced core i5 mobile chips in the last generation, but we suspect most users aren’t aware of them. keep an eye out for these if you want a powerful, yet relatively affordable laptop.finally, the rumored overclockabl...





how to authorize a computer in itunes

consumer technology, like everything in life, isn’t without its caveats. in the case of itunes, these limitations restrict the number of computers you can authorize to five, meaning you can only play content on a total of five different computers at any one time. authorization is vital, however, given it provides mac and pc users permission to access any audiobooks, apps, books, movies, music, and other content tied to a specified apple id. without proper authorization, you’ll likely be left banging your head on the keyboard as you wonder how you can access the digital copy of the force awakens you purchased on your iphone se.thankfully, authorizing a computer in itunes is quick and painless. you can carry out the task in a matter of seconds, though you’ll have to do so from the computer you wish to authorize — your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch simply won’t cut it.how to check your number of authorizationsa paltry five authorizations is all you get. if you’re unsure of how many computers you’ve authorized in the past, however, apple provides an easy to find out. you won’t be able to see the respective names of the computers — only a number — nor will you be able to view the number if you haven’t authorized two or more computers. also, keep in mind that ios devices, such as the iphone and ipad, don’t count toward your available authorizations. apple gives you some leeway in that respect.step 1 — launch itunes as you would normally and click y...





microsoft's surface-branded keyboards, mouse now available

during microsoft’s press event on wednesday, the company introduced the upcoming creators update for windows 10 — debuting in spring 2017 — the surface all-in-one pc, and an updated surface book laptop. what the company didn’t showcase were the three surface-branded peripherals that recently showed up in the bluetooth special interest group database. instead, the company quietly added the three new peripherals to its online store during the press briefing.up for pre-order now is the $130 microsoft surface ergonomic keyboard. it connects to a windows device through bluetooth 4.0 low energy, meaning the two aaa batteries should last for a good, long while. the overall form factor looks as if the device was exposed to high heat, as it bends slightly upward vertically and caves in horizontally so that your hands rest naturally on the keys.“the unique palm rest and subtle changes to the keytop geometry, split space bar, and naturally arched shape help protect you from hand and wrist strain, while improving your typing form,” the product listing states.as expected, the keyboard is outfitted with the surface brand’s trademark gray colors, with the keys and cushioned palm rest contrasting against a softer base. the spacebar splits into two physical keys allowing users to program one for an additional keyboard command if desired. overall, the keyboard sports a proprietary material called alcantara that features “unique aesthetic, sensory, and technical qualities.”co...





hp divulges 15-inch spectre x360, full pc product lineup at ces 2017

with ces 2017 starting on january 5 and coming to a close on on january 8, it shouldn’t come as a shock that hp is showing off a new lineup of pcs and even one monitor. a new 15-inch spectre x360 will be joined by an hp elitebook x360, an hp envy curved aio 34, the omen x monitor, and an unconventionally versatile sprout pro g2.many of the computers being shown off here come sporting the latest intel 7th-generation core processors, high-resolution displays, and thunderbolt 3 over usb type-c. there’s even one case of a new-gen graphics card in use, with the hp envy 34 all-in-one.it’s clear that the focus is in bringing current products up to date with the latest hardware. aside from arguably the elitebook x360, there really aren’t any dramatic overhauls being made. the sprout pro g2 is the odd one out, taking advantage of a projected screen and an accompanying camera used to scan both 2d and 3d objects for printing. overall, these revisions significantly modernize the hp line-up, and we expect the 15-inch spectre x360 with 4k display will prove particularly popular.hp elitebook x360 key specs intel core i5-7200u processor intel hd graphics 620 battery life up to 16.5 hours standard 1080p, optional 4k display built-in privacy screen the elitebook series has been around for a while, but this year, hp plans on adding the x360 moniker to it too. that’s because, like the spectre x360 before it, the hp elitebook x360 1030 g2 dons an ...





henge docks announces new solutions for limited macbook pro ports

notebook docking solutions have been popular forever. if you use a notebook as your primary system, then you’ve likely experienced the frustration of unplugging multiple cables when you’re in a hurry to head out the door.the 2016 macbook pro compounds this problem, given the relative dearth of ports and a reliance on usb type-c connections that require dongles for just about every legacy device. a number of companies are introducing solutions to this problem, and henge docks one of them, with a new line of docking stations that aim to make unplugging your macbook pro and running out the door a much less frustrating affair.in addition, henge docks has entered into a partnership with apple to become a part of apple’s authorized business solution provider (absp) program. that means that henge docks can now sell macbook pros in bundles with their docking solutions, with savings up to $150. henge docks ceo matthew vroom said, “this partnership, coupled with the new products we are launching, allows us to offer our customers a complete workstation setup in one convenient spot, and at a discounted price. it’s an honor that we were selected for this program after having worked so hard to build products designed to complement and enhance the apple user experience.”tethered docking stationthe first of the new docking solutions from henge docks is the tethered dock, which matches the macbook pro’s design in a separate wedge that can be used alone or to prop the notebook up...