You're a student and you're poor. Because of the cuts in Financial Aid (thanks Obama!), you're working at two different McDonalds across town to pay for that triple dorm room. You have to go back to school soon, but you don't have enough money to buy the tools you need to succeed. You resort to piracy and bam, the FBI is on your tail. You flee to Mexico but run into some trouble with the Federales. They deport your behind back to the States and a judge gives you 15 years and says you shouldn't … Read more
Apple released an update Thursday that lets its Mac operating system handle raw files from Canon's new EOS 70D SLR, some new high-end compacts, and an older medium-format camera, the Pentax 645D.
Raw image formats, though proprietary, offer higher image quality and more flexibility than conventional JPEGs. Apple's support means iPhoto, Aperture, OS X, and other software can decode the raw formats from the following new cameras, according to the update:
Canon EOS 70D
Leica M Monochrom
Nikon Coolpix P330
Olympus Stylus XZ-10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
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Google updated the beta versions of its Chrome browser on Thursday with new features that push the envelope just a bit further.
Chrome 30 beta for desktops takes a stab at making image lookups on Google easier. Right-click on any photo embedded in a Web page, and you'll see an option to "Search Google for this image." Click it and a new tab will open with search results for that image.
Today, Download.com is proud to announce its inaugural Download Picks. These software titles are applications in our four major platforms--Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS--that have been identified as the best and most trusted applications on our site.
Programs that receive the distinction of being a Download Pick are selected based on the following criteria: high editorial rating; high user rating; popularity (download count); publisher support (is the software regularly updated and is the publisher responsive to users and developers?); historical performance; and unique features or "best in its class" status.
There is no automatic algorithm … Read more
Firefox years ago helped unlock the potential of the browser address bar with its "awesomebar," and now its developers hope to do the same thing for mobile browsing by revamping the "awesomescreen" in Firefox for Android.
Mozilla has accepted a new awesomescreen design into its early-stage "nightly" builds, user interface engineer Lucas Rocha said in a blog post Wednesday. Features in nightly builds typically make their way to beta and final releases after weeks of testing, debugging, and refinement, so it will be awhile before ordinary users see the feature.
The new approach effectively … Read more
An artist's artist, nine-time Grammy-award-winning musician John Legend is sought after for collaborations by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Alicia Keys. His fourth solo studio album, "Love in the Future," drops September 3. The music industry's respect for Legend is also the reason he'll be the first brand ambassador for Definitive Technology and its audio products, like the Sound Cylinder, a portable Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a tablet stand.John Legend chatted with us about his soulful new album, his collaboration with Definitive Technology, and how apps will change … Read more
Microsoft is making progress revamping Internet Explorer to shuck its bad reputation among Web developers, newly released measurements of browser reliability show.
Sauce Labs' Selenium service has run 55 million automated tests of Web sites and Web apps over the years, and the company kept track of the results. Although IE was the worst performer overall, newer versions show much lower rates of troubles bad enough to crash the browser, according to a Sauce Labs blog post Tuesday.
Overall, IE's error rate was 0.25 percent. But that's largely because of IE6's 0.31 percent rate and … Read more
Your personal stew of settings changes, add-ons, and other customizations can sometimes weigh down your browser, which is why Google has introduced a reset button in the latest build of Chrome stable.
Chrome 29 (download for Windows, Mac, or Linux) also includes more of your personal information in its Omnibox search suggestions, while Chrome 29 for Android (download) gets rudimentary Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) support.
The Omnibox improvement adds your recently visited sites to its mix, "resulting in more timely and contextually relevant suggestions," according to Google's blog post about the release.
Chrome's browser reset is … Read more
In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.
Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. Google acquired Widevine in 2010; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.
DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central … Read more
"We came to dance. The piper calls out a different rhyme. He cracks the whip and we step in time." -- Ultravox
An electro-pop pioneer, singer-guitarist Midge Ure called early-'80s club-goers to the dance floor with Visage's "Fade to Grey and Ultravox's "Vienna," "Reap the Wild Wind," and "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes." He later morphed into a philanthropic powerhouse who raised millions for famine relief, co-producing Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" single and mega-concerts Live Aid and Live8. After scoring … Read more