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    If you've spent more than a couple of hours on the Web you understand that the thing is choked with videos--from YouTube to Vimeo to news and entertainment sites. There's so much, in fact, that it's hard to watch everything you want to when you're sitting down in front of your computer. And because there is, it's not uncommon to seek ways to capture that video for later viewing on other devices or when an Internet connection isn't available.

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    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.

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    The devil makes work for idle hands, but the past decade has seen several advances in voice-recognition software that aim to ensure our mouths rather than hands do the talking when using a PC or smartphone.

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