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  • How-Tos: The Top 10 Photo Techniques of 2011

    Being a photographer is sort of like being in school--in a good way. There's always something new to learn. (Or if you prefer, you could just let your photo editor do most of the hard work for you.) As I write my very last Digital Focus of 2011, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and round up the ten most essential articles. If you're looking to brush up on some photography techniques over the holiday break, here are my recommendations.

  • News: 2011's top stories: Steve Jobs

    Earlier this year, the world witnessed a huge loss, there will never be a man quite like Steve Jobs, and not surprisingly, many of our most read stories this year were about the man behind Apple.

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: Bookworm

    The holidays are here for much of the country, but in between the family reunions, long meals, and gift-unwrapping sessions, there's still time to take a look at what's new in the world of iPad cases. In this week's roundup, we've got everything from the elegant to the rugged.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • News: Samsung to buy Sony's share of LCD panel joint company for $934 million

    Sony said Monday it will sell off its entire stake in an LCD (liquid crystal display) manufacturing joint venture with Samsung Electronics for 1.08 trillion won (US$934 million).

  • News: Smartphones and Social Media Help You Follow Santa

    Technology is making it easy and fun to follow Santa this Christmas.

  • Opinion: Interface Board Adds USB to DIY Projects

    It's pretty easy to take something like USB for granted; many products and gadgets use USB to hook up to your computer. But every so often a product might not use USB, or you are looking for a quick and easy way for a new project to connect to computers. This is where the HU-320 USB interface board comes in pretty handy, and when it comes out, it might be an intriguing alternative to the ever-popular Arduino board.

  • News: 5 iPhone and iPad Apps That Make Great Gifts

    If you're searching for a last-minute gift for the holidays, look no further than Apple's App Store.

  • Opinion: Kinect Hacked to Weigh Astronauts in Space

    Astronauts might soon be able to watch their weight in space by using a Microsoft Kinect. And no, I don't mean that they'll be playing Kinect Sports and Dance Central. A group of European scientists have found a way to hack a Kinect so it can determine your weight just by "looking" at you.

  • News: Biggest Windows 8 news for week ending Dec. 23

    The big news this week regarding Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 software was that it features picture passwords, something that drew widespread attention but also some skepticism. Otherwise it was a week of rumors about what other features Microsoft's next big software release might contain and devices that might be coming out specifically to support it.

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Dec. 23

    The iOSsphere was roiled and roused this week by the stunning news that the iPhone 5 will drive higher Apple sales. Unless Apple releases the iPhone 4S-S instead.

  • News: The Week in iPhone Cases: Vinyl nostalgia

    Even though a good chunk of the world is celebrating various holidays this week and next, the accessory market that revolves around Apple's smartphones shows no sign of slowing down. It continues to churn out example after example of new designs. Which, of course, means it's time for this week's iPhone-case roundup. Today's installment features old-style vinyl records, extreme sports, and the most destructive force in all of nature: children.

  • News: Did Smartphones kill the Point-and-Shoot?

    Smartphones in 2011 were increasingly the go-to device over traditional cameras and camcorders for Americans looking to capture photos and videos, a recent survey finds. Mobile handset photography jumped from comprising 17 percent of photos taken in 2010 to 27 percent in 2011, according to market research firm NPD Group. Traditional camera usage, meanwhile, fell 12 percentage points from 52 to 44 percent of all photos taken in 2011.

  • News: NORAD brings Santa -- and elf tossing -- to iPads, iPhones, Android devices

    Santa Claus should take note that NORAD, the Colorado Springs-based military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada, has been especially nice this year. The outfit has gone beyond its usual satellite-based Santa tracking by delivering free mobile device apps and games.

  • News: Dropbox optimizes app for Android 4.0

    Cloud storage company Dropbox has added offline storage and bulk upload to an redesigned version of its Android application, which has been optimized for Android 4.0.

  • News: Plano, Texas schools see benefits from district-wide Wi-Fi

    At the Plano Independent School District in Texas, 82 schools and office campuses are equipped with Wi-Fi offering private channels for teachers and staff and a public channel for students.

  • News: Enterprise smartphone and tablet incursion to grow in 2012

    Workers bringing their own devices to work was one of the biggest challenges IT departments faced in 2011, in 2010 and in 2009 as well. And guess what? It's going to be one of the biggest challenges in 2012 too.

  • News: HTC EVO View 4G Tablet Gets Honeycomb at Last

    HTC EVO View 4G owners get a bonus holiday gift today in the form of an Android Honeycomb update. Previously, the 7-inch tablet was running a tablet-optimized version of HTC's Sense interface over Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Right now, you'll have to manually update your EVO View, but Sprint says it will push the upgrade over-the-air to users in 2012.

  • Opinion: IQ Cubes Are Even More Impossible to Solve Than Rubik's Cubes

    I've never successfully solved a Rubik's Cube--short of taking one apart, anyway. The IQCube, availble from toys.brando.con, isn't going to help me any.

  • Opinion: World's Smallest USB Stick Fits Flush to Your Computer

    Dutch company Deonet is known for quirky USB storage designs, including credit cards, eco-friendly wood, and USB keys, but their latest product is going smaller. Launching next year at the PSI Düsseldorf trade show, the unnamed storage accessory is billed as "the smallest USB stick in the world," says Gizmag. Once you remove the promotional tag, you'd better hope that you never misplace it or break it.

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