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How to Take Better Photos With Live View on Your Camera

How-To Geek - 3 hours 5 min ago

One camera feature a lot of photographers underuse is the Live View screen on the back. While it’s slower to line up a shot with Live View rather than just looking through the viewfinder, there are a few advantages. Let’s look at how you can use the Live View screen to take better photos.

See the Whole Image

Have you ever taken a photo looking through the viewfinder where you carefully cropped out some distraction on the very edge of the frame then, when you looked at the photo later, whatever that distraction was is still on the edge of the image? The reason for that is your camera’s viewfinder only shows most of the image. Generally, it’s about 95% (or 98% on better cameras). Here’s what that looks like.

While it’s not normally a huge deal, it does mean that you’ll sometimes need to crop away otherwise good pixels to get rid of a distraction you didn’t see in the viewfinder. With the live view screen, you see the whole image all the time.

See How Things Will Really Look

Not only do you see the whole image, but you also better see things how they’ll look in the final image. The viewfinder shows you the light that’s entering your camera and bouncing straight off the mirror to your eye. So that enough light gets through, the aperture is kept wide open. You won’t see if your image is correctly exposed or how the depth of field looks—at least until you press the DOF Preview button.

RELATED: How to Nail Exposure on Location When You Take Photographs

With the live view screen, your camera displays how the photo will actually look—or at least, a very good approximation of it. With longer shutter speeds, the live view screen won’t show any of the motion blur.

Zoom in to Get Focus

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The best Samsung Galaxy S10 pre-order deals from Mobiles.co.uk

Mashable - 3 hours 7 min ago

Just in case you haven't checked you phone, on been online, or talked to another human being lately, you should know that Samsung has launched a new line of premium smartphones under the name Galaxy S10.

There are four devices included in the range: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, and Galaxy S10 5G. Featuring the all-new Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation camera, and intelligent performance, the Galaxy S10 line is causing a stir in the tech world.

It's not surprising that there is a lot of interest in pre-ordering these new handsets for March 8, as customers vie to get their hands on the new devices before anyone else. The good news is that in response to this interest, vendors are also competing to offer the best prices. Read more...

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South Korea's Netmarble, Kakao, MBK bid for Nexon parent - report

Technology News (Reuters) - 3 hours 21 min ago
South Korean tech firms Netmarble and Kakao and private equity fund MBK Partners have submitted initial bids to buy the parent of gaming firm Nexon, the Seoul Economic Daily said.
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Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation

Health News (Reuters) - 3 hours 30 min ago
Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination in its signature Baby Powder product line.
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These super slow motion close-ups of birds are totally mesmerising

Mashable - 3 hours 31 min ago

Getting close enough to watch a bird of prey blinking is not an easy thing to achieve. In fact, it's safe to say that, IRL, it would be pretty much impossible.

Luckily, we have The Slow Mo Guys on YouTube to make this gorgeous sight available to us, up close and in super slow motion. 

Thanks to their super slow motion shooting, the clip above gives a pretty spectacular view of a golden eagle blinking sideways using its nictitating membrane — a see-through blinking eyelid. 

Fascinating.  Read more...

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EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

Technology News (Reuters) - 3 hours 32 min ago
European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.
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EU governments endorse copyright reform - statement

Technology News (Reuters) - 3 hours 32 min ago
Representatives of European Union governments endorsed on Wednesday a deal reached with the EU Parliament on the overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules, the Romanian presidency of the EU said in a statement on Twitter.
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When Can I Buy a Self-Driving Car?

How-To Geek - 4 hours 25 min ago

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Self-driving cars have been on our minds for a while now, and manufacturers seem to be making progress every day. But when will you have a self-driving car in your driveway?

Well, the answer is a bit complicated. To answer it, we need to understand where we are with self-driving cars right now, and what steps we need to take to make fully autonomous cars a reality in the future.

When is a Car Fully Autonomous?

According to SAE International standards, autonomous cars are rated with a “level” on a scale from 0 to 5. Level 0 cars have no autonomy and must be controlled by a human at all times. Level 5 cars are fully autonomous and don’t require any help from a human to operate.

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The car that you’re driving right now is, more than likely, a Level 1 autonomous vehicle. It has cruise control features, and it might even have a backup camera. But there’s a chance that you’re driving a Level 2 or Level 3 semi-autonomous car, like a Tesla, a Cadillac CT6, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or a Volvo S90. These cars have features like Auto Pilot or Super Cruise, which allow you to take your hands off the wheel while your car maintains a steady speed and changes lanes.

Okay, glorified cruise control is super cool, but you’re trying to buy a fully self-driving car. Are there any Level 4 or Level 5 autonomous cars on the market? The answer is a resounding “no,” but you could find yourself in a genuine self-driving car very soon.

RELATED: What Are the Different Self-Driving Car “Levels” of Autonomy?

2019 is the Year of Level 4 Autonomous Cars

We haven’t talked about Level 4 autonomous vehicles yet, but they’re an important step in the journey to self driving cars. The dividing line between Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars is, essentially, flexibility. While Level 5 autonomous cars can traverse anywhere on a whim and safely maneuver through novel locations, Level 4 cars are stuck in predetermined areas, like a city or a state. Level 4 cars are also fed roadmaps and travel data that make everything super easy and safe. While Level 5 cars are comparable to hyper-aware human drivers, Level 4 cars are comparable to a near-blind person walking the streets of a familiar city.

That’s why Level 4 autonomous cars are being built specifically for driverless ride-sharing and delivery services, not for the retail car market. These cars run on a predetermined track, but they’re capable of maneuvering between lanes and avoiding collisions with cars or pedestrians. They’re reliable, safe, and good for collecting data that will be useful for Level 5 cars in the future. Manufacturers are already using Level 4 autonomous cars in some cities, and there’s a decent chance that you’ve seen (or been inside of) a Level 4 autonomous car.

Waymo

Waymo, the self-driving car company that was founded by Google, is one of the forerunners of Level 4 self-driving cars. The company has been working on autonomous cars for almost a decade, and Waymo vehicles are currently used for ride sharing (by a select group of people) in Chandler, Arizona and San Francisco, California. Residents of the Metro Phoenix area that want free rides in a Waymo autonomous taxi can sign up for an Early Rider program right now, but spaces are limited, so don’t spend too much time thinking.

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The 1975 used their BRIT Awards speech to call out misogyny in the music industry

Mashable - 4 hours 37 min ago

When accepting awards, some artists deliver a long list of thank yous. Others use the opportunity to  highlight important issues. 

When accepting the 2019 BRIT award for Best British Group, The 1975's lead singer Matty Healy used his speech to call out misogyny in the music industry by quoting an article by music journalist Laura Snapes, who's deputy music editor at The Guardian. 

SEE ALSO: Beyoncé and Jay-Z accept BRIT award in front of Meghan Markle portrait

"I want to read a couple of sentences that a friend of ours, Laura Snapes, said this week and I thought we should all think about it," Healy said before reading aloud from Snapes' op-ed on misogynistic behaviour in the music industry. Snapes' piece was written in the wake of a New York Times report alleging Ryan Adams "offered to jumpstart" the careers of female musicians and then "pursued them sexually."  Read more...

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Jimmy Fallon gleefully celebrates reaching a huge YouTube milestone

Mashable - 4 hours 41 min ago

In the battle for the most popular late night show, viewing figures are no longer the only metric. Nowadays there are plenty of ways to measure success, and YouTube is a big one.

And despite the massive popularity of The Late Show with James Corden (which, despite only launching in 2015, has already passed 18 million subscribers), it's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that's become the first to hit the 20 million figure.

In the clip above, Fallon counts down live on a big screen before dancing with a giant bear in a rain of confetti. Why not, eh? Read more...

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Ultimate Ears speakers, Sony headphones, Bose earphones, and more on sale for Feb. 21 in the UK

Mashable - 4 hours 47 min ago

Wired devices have had their time in the spotlight, and now they're cancelled.

Once upon a time, everything was wired, and we were happy with that. But we've grown up and wired devices are stuck in the past. Nowadays everything is going wireless, and that should be celebrated. 

We are doing just that with this selection of deals on wireless/bluetooth devices. You can save on a wide variety of speakers, headphones, earphones, and earbuds, without a single wire in sight. We have tracked down the best deals from the leading brands in audio like Beats, Bose, Sony, Bang & Olufsen, and more.

These are the best deals from across the internet for Feb. 21. Read more...

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New Infineon chairman Eder to start in August

Technology News (Reuters) - 4 hours 58 min ago
German chipmaker Infineon Technologies aims to bring in outgoing Voestalpine Chief Executive Wolfgang Eder as its chairman in August, replacing Eckart Suenner earlier than expected.
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South Korea's Netmarble, Kakao, MBK submit bids for Nexon parent: report

Technology News (Reuters) - 5 hours 2 min ago
South Korean tech firms Netmarble and Kakao as well as private equity fund MBK Partners submitted initial bids for acquiring NXC Corp, which controls gaming firm Nexon, the Seoul Economic Daily said.
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Steve Irwin gets his own Google Doodle to commemorate his birthday

Mashable - 5 hours 5 min ago

On Friday, the late Steve Irwin would've turned 49.

To commemorate the late animal conservationist and TV personality, who passed away in 2006, Google will unveil a Doodle in his honour.

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The main Doodle features Steve holding on to a crocodile, as he was remembered for. It's animated, so when users click through, there's more images with the family and other animals.

"Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognised as the most extensive of any conservationist," Terri Irwin, the wife of Steve, wrote in a blog post. Read more...

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Google fails to disclose microphone in Nest Secure

Technology News (Reuters) - 5 hours 5 min ago
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had made an "error" in not disclosing that its Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone in its devices.
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James Corden hilariously parodies the new Calvin Klein ad featuring Noah Centineo

Mashable - 5 hours 12 min ago

Listen, we all wanna be part of the Cool Kid Crowd™. 

For James Corden, that crowd happens to include none other than Kendall Jenner, A$AP Rocky, Noah Centineo, and Shawn Mendes — AKA the stars of the latest Calvin Klein ad.

True to comic form, Corden stars in a hilarious parody of the commercial, which sees him playing the uncool kid who's desperate to hang out with the four stars. Spoiler alert: everyone hangs out without him. 

Hey, we've all been there.  Read more...

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The BRIT Awards totally roasted Fyre Festival with this brutal parody

Mashable - 5 hours 16 min ago

If you were wondering when the jokes about Fyre Festival are likely to stop, the answer would appear to be: not anytime soon.

This year's BRIT Awards took place on Wednesday, and the show wasted no time laying into the infamous festival that sparked two recent documentaries on Netflix and Hulu.

The Awards show's opening video introduces the "Bryt Festival", before a dancing Jack Whitehall pops up to showcase the "ultimate VIP packages" of yep, you guessed it — cheese and bread.

See if you spot all the in-jokes they've managed to cram into 60 seconds. Read more...

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France's Orange strikes cautious tone as French price war lingers

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 41 sec ago
Orange, France's number one telecoms operator, struck a cautious tone for 2019 due to a protracted price war in its home country and few chances of a merger between its rivals that could improve market conditions.
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Self-care apps want to make us happy. So why do they make us feel so bleak?

Mashable - 6 hours 5 min ago

It's 2019: How are you tracking your happiness?

If you're not already logging and quantifying your moods, don't worryApple declared self-care apps the top app trend of 2018, and they've been growing in number by the month. There are thousands available to guide you along your happiness journey. And while it's hard to come out against a pro-snacking, nap-positive app genre, the boom in self-care and digital wellness shouldn't automatically be a cause for celebration. It's a reason for pause  — and maybe even cause for concern, given the questionable quality of some of them. 

Take Happify, a subscription-based app that allows you to build your "happiness score" with a series of scientific-ish tests, and track your weekly happiness with quantitative analysis. Or Sanity & Self, which promises it can help you remain "mindfully productive" with a seven-day course and achieve your core purpose in life in just five sessions. As you work to improve your happiness:sadness ratio, consider setting reminders to meet your daily goal-of-choice using the lifestyle optimization app StridesRead more...

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Banning Huawei from 5G would cause difficulties: T-Mobile Polska CEO

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 7 min ago
If Poland excludes Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G development it would cause difficulties and possibly delay the network rollout, the chief executive of the Polish unit of T-Mobile said on Thursday.
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