June 12, 2013 |
Samsung is continuing to build out its Galaxy S4 brand by rolling out the S4 zoom, a device that combines the elements of a smartphone with a point-and-shoot digital camera. Samsung says the Galaxy S4 zoom is designed for users who care deeply about the quality of the images they shoot with their smartphones. The new phone functions like any other Android device, but unlike other phones, it has a 16-megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera. Samsung says the Galaxy S4 zoom is the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom.
June 6, 2013 |
CAIRO - A battle over water has turned into a war of colorful rhetoric between Ethiopia and Egypt over the flow of the Nile, which begins in the African highlands but keeps Egypt from being swallowed entirely by desert. An ambitious Ethiopian dam project is diverting Nile waters that Cairo says will reduce the river's northward flow. The Egyptians have stumbled into crisis mode: At a meeting hosted by President Mohamed Morsi this week, several politicians, unaware TV cameras were rolling, suggested sabotaging or threatening to bomb the dam. Egypt can coordinate with Ethiopian rebels and "use them as a bargaining chip with the Ethiopian government," mused Younis Makhyoun, leader of an ultraconservative Islamist party.
June 5, 2013 |
Virtuoso that he is, the kid's still a work in progress. First, he needs to find a ballclub that will pay him properly. That might be the Angels; that might not. He's an East Coast guy after all, tight with friends and family. Claims to love the West Coast ... who doesn't? As I've noted before, God must have a crush on California. Much like baseball has a crush on young Mike Trout. He's the sort of player the Yankees, who come to town next week, used to collect like coffee mugs, and my money is that there's enough hubris left in the organization for it to eventually swoop in and make him an offer he can't refuse.
May 23, 2013 |
Sam Jones is one of Hollywood's most acclaimed photographers. His celebrity portraits - of people such as George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Bob Dylan, Kristen Stewart - have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Men's Journal. Now Jones has decided that he's not satisfied just focusing his camera on actors and musicians. He wants to find a way to memorialize what he calls one of the best (but never seen or published) parts of his job - the informal conversations between Jones and his subjects in the middle of a photo shoot.
May 21, 2013 |
In video not to be missed, a survivor of the tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., was speaking to a reporter about how she sought protection in her bathroom and was holding tight to her dog when the twister blasted her home to pieces. Standing amid the rubble, Barbara Garcia tells a CBS reporter how she survived the massive tornado that ripped apart houses and left at least 24 people dead. PHOTOS: Scene of devastation in Oklahoma She said she was holding her dog in her bathroom.
May 17, 2013 |
Marco Breuer practices photography in a sculptural, performative sense, redefining the medium as physical and primal through embossing, scratching and scraping, burning, scoring and sanding. Diane Rosenstein included the New York-based artist in the gallery's inaugural group show earlier this year, and follows up now with a stunning career survey of nearly 50 works from the mid-'90s to the present. Breuer uses many of the raw ingredients of conventional photography (light-sensitive paper, time, light itself)
May 8, 2013 |
Samsung builds tech-rich smartphones and last year it made a Internet-connected camera. Now, a report says it plans to combine the two into one device. SamMobile , a tech news website known for its reliable reports, said Samsung plans to release the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, a "camera phone" that will include a 16-megapixel camera. That type of camera would be the same as the one used by Samsung on the Galaxy Camera, a point-and-shoot released last year that can also run apps and let users upload their pictures directly to services such as Facebook and Instagram.
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May 6, 2013 |
Privacy rights groups on Monday filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County's two major law enforcement agencies after they refused to turn over information collected by electronic license plate scanners, the suit claimed. The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Sheriff's Department have made use of the plate-reading technology for several years. Typically mounted on patrol vehicles, the small cameras continuously scan license plates and check them against criminal databases in search of stolen cars and cars registered to known fugitives.
May 1, 2013 |
Flies' multifaceted eyes have long allowed them to elude frustrated swatters from all directions. Now, inspired by insects' vision, researchers have built a digital camera with an array of tiny lenses lining a bulging eyeball, allowing an undistorted, nearly 180-degree view. The new camera, described in the journal Nature, could one day guide miniature spy planes, search-and-rescue vehicles and even endoscopic procedures. All vertebrate animals (including humans) possess single-lens, rather flat eyes that are great at picking up light and offering high spatial resolution.
April 17, 2013 |
Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing closed in on suspects with surprising alacrity, shifting from "few leads" to "possible arrests" in a matter of hours. That's due in part to the ample resources and expertise that city, state and federal authorities threw at the crime scene. But it also reflects how much investigators had to work with. We should celebrate the former but think carefully about the latter. The marathon evidently made for an inviting target because it's a famous event that draws a huge crowd into a relatively confined space, to wit, the finish line.