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I've been waiting 7 years for Adobe to bring HDR (high dynamic range) and panorama support to +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It was worth the wait: I really like the company's implementation of both features, especially the use of DNG files that keep dynamic range, image quality, and white-balance flexibility. Not having to export your photos to another app for pano stitching or HDR merging, then re-import the result into your Lightroom library, really encourages experimentation. In the last week I've found myself shooting differently, looking out for HDR and pano moments and pining for a tripod for even horizontal panning.

You'll find plenty of cases where the results aren't quite what you'd hoped, and HDR fans wanting the outrageous looks the style makes possible will be disappointed. Adobe's HDR leans heavily toward the photorealistic. But with the unpredictable variety of pano and HDR situations, some of that is to be expected. In general, the hits outnumber the misses.
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+Abhijit Dhakne​ I don't know what you like with HDR so I couldn't say for sure. There are no knobs and sliders to speak of, so if you want that, no. If you like photorealism you should be happy. Try it and report back! 
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The conventional silicon chip technology that powered Moore’s Law for 50 years will peter out soon -- perhaps a decade. Here are some candidates for what comes next -- III-V materials, carbon nanotubes, spintronics, graphene, and quantum computing.
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chip, board, cpu, memory, video,etc running colder in very high temperature environment because it's carbon base like graphene
http://graphene-flagship.eu/?page_id=176
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Achievement unlocked: reading glasses.

Here's a mini-review for people who like me might no longer be as young as our profile pictures suggest. The glasses I tried are super light, skinny ones from a company called +ThinOptics. They're spring-loaded to grip the bridge of your nose. They stay put well and are comfortable, too. The product made me appreciate that even if Kids These Days are a desirable market, companies are smart to aim toward people who might have trouble reading text on a tiny screen. Five stars out of five.

They aren't just for smartphones and tablets, of course. The company's PR pitch arrived just as I was trying to read teensy print on some medication, which is what prompted me to try them out. But the thing that made me realize I'd need reading glasses eventually was chimping photos on my camera LCD -- my nearpoint (closest focusing distance) is just about exactly where the camera screen is when I have the camera strap around my neck fully extended.

The ThinOptics high-tech schtick is that the glasses fit inside an iPhone case with a special pocket, though since I lack an iPhone I went with a separate case you can stick to your phone. Seems a reasonable approach since a lot of folks will want their glasses and their phones at the same time, and they'll always carry their phones with them and the glasses get to come along for the ride. The glasses pouch does add some thickness to your phone, though. They cost about $25 for the version I got and $40 for the iPhone case version.
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OK I gave in. Will report back when they arrive...
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Google's Material Design is, I think, very clean and well thought out. Better, it works on laptops, tablets, and phones, including touch or not -- quite a contrast to the contortions Microsoft is still going through to try to marry its old Windows 95/98/XP/7 look with the Windows Phone/8 look.

One Material Design shortcoming in my experience is that designers don't always use it to make designs that work well on big screens. Right now Google+ is occupying only about 2/3 of my screen width, which might be on purpose to make it look breezy and uncluttered, but on the other hand makes for more scrolling.
 
April 2015 Material Design Spec Update

Here on the #materialdesign team at Google, we’re always listening to community feedback and looking for ways to broaden and expand the specification to better fit the needs of designers everywhere. Today we’re publishing an update to google.com/design/spec that draws on extensive conversations we’ve had with designers and developers over the past few months. The update includes 7 new sections, as well as refinements to content in existing sections.

Some highlights:

Data tables: guidance on presenting data sets, particularly in desktop products
Units and measurements: a description of the different units used in material design, including guidance on using density-independent pixels (DPs)
App structure: suggestions for top-level navigation in your app
Component sticker sheet for After Effects to help streamline your motion design workflow
Floating action buttons now have their own section, with added guidance on behavior and transitions
• Updated guidance on Typography, Cards, Dialogs, Tabs and Scrolling.

For all the gory details, check out the What’s New section in the spec: goo.gl/3aB3xM
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Wide screens is perhaps the key strength of Microsoft's "Metro" look. It tends to prefer a screen that is in landscape mode and scrolling horizontally.
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Canon just dropped prices for 33 lenses between $30 and $800, including big ones like the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. I'm guessing this will do more to keep the faithful in the fold rather than attract people on rival camera-lens systems like Nikon or various mirrorless options.
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nice lens
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Can you imagine buying a new HDMI cable in this store? This is the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, where the Apple Watch arrived Friday. This photo was taken from the side of the atrium opposite the Apple section. It occupied the four bays across the bottom floor -- prime real estate.
Lots of pictures in our gallery. http://www.cnet.com/pictures/inside-the-apple-watch-launches-around-the-world-pictures/
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+Kristin Nethers Wait! What happens there? Refresh my memory -- it's been years since I read that.
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Q&A: How +GitHub survived a massive 5-day network assault that experts say was the opening salvo of China’s Great Cannon. It was a round-the-clock cat-and-mouse game, says CEO +Chris Wanstrath.
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The Android and iOS versions of Google Docs got track-changes support.
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+Tau-Mu Yi Bring on the froaster!
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The EC is playing hardball now with a statement of objection arguing Google abused its dominant search position, damaging rivals' ability to innovate and hurting consumers. It also opened an Android investigation that could mean more trouble. Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager:

"When a consumer enters a shopping-related query in Google's search engine, Google's comparison-shopping product is systematically displayed prominently at the top of search results. This display is irrespective of whether it is the most relevant response to the query. Thus, Google's commercial product is not subject to the same algorithm as other comparison-shopping services."
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then there should be rules .....for protection on both sides?
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Firefox and Chrome are considering a powerful incentive to push websites to HTTPS encryption: access to new features. For example, you might not be permitted to send copy-protected video unless it's encrypted.
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How many more years before Canon camera sensors again compete with Nikon? +DxOMark says D7200 has the top APS-C sensor on the market now.
Nikon’s latest flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7200, features a 24.2Mp APS-C image sensor and weather-resistant shell, as well as an improved autofocus and image buffer capabilities. Using the same or similar APS-C sensor previously tested in their D3300 entry-level an...
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Apple is trying to bring luxury-watch cachet to its smartwatch, for example by selling in the Galeries Lafayette, a swanky Parisian department store. You can now try but not quite buy the Apple Watch.
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I thing is for sure; Apple will make future versions thinner and lighter.
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