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NVIDIA Ansel revolutionizes in-game photography

NVIDIA Ansel revolutionizes in-game photography

When NVIDIA launched GeForce Experience a few years back, it changed the way we were able to record gameplay. No longer did we need to use some clunky, bloated program like FRAPS to capture our videos. Shadowplay took care of all of that for us, and it’s been wonderful. Well last night NVIDIA announced that they would be revolutionizing the way we take screenshots. And it’s a big deal.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 – Two Titan X killers revealed

NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 – Two Titan X killers revealed

Today, Nvidia’s Orderof10 countdown ended, and lead gamers in the Austin area on a scavenger hunt to get VIP access to a special announcement event at Emo’s club. Inside, around 500 people gathered to see what the company was announcing. We’ve seen rumors and hints for the last couple of weeks, so most people came in with at least some idea of what to expect. Of course, NVIDIA had plenty of surprises in store.

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Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Today I'm going to defend Samsung's TouchWiz software on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Not that Samsung needs my assistance, by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like there is still some misunderstanding in the public about what goes on in a Samsung device. Why? Because of the past. Because of the reputation Samsung made for itself in the first few years it came slamming into the world of smartphones with its Galaxy S line of devices, candy-coated icons and big fat lines around menus and all. That's changed.

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Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

When Instagram was launched, it was a simple app about photos. You were able to filter your photos in a variety of vintage-looking ways, and the app was on iPhone only. It was exclusive. It was pretty cool. Then they released the app on Android devices. Again, the app remained cool as functionality didn't change all that much, and the basic charm of the app remained. Here in 2016, Instagram is considering all sorts of new options. Is it time for a competitor to swoop in and stay simple?

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Apple’s next product needs to be insanely Android

Apple’s next product needs to be insanely Android

The future of computing - especially mobile computing - is not in smartphones. In a very short period of time, 10 years or so, smartphones have reached a point at which there's little room for innovation. Sharpness on smartphone displays already exceeds what the human eye is able to distinguish at a normal viewing distances. Smartphone cameras are more than nice enough for what we generally use them for. Members of the public do not need new smartphones. So what can Apple do?

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1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

Few models in the Porsche family have been as celebrated as the 993 generation of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car. To those not intimately familiar with the internal codes assigned by the German brand to the various iterations of its most famous model, '993' refers to the crop of coupes and convertibles that made it to American shores between 1995 and 1998 (after a bit of a head-start in the European market).

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Every Star Wars VIII secret leaked so far

Every Star Wars VIII secret leaked so far

Today we're going to explore all of the photographic bits and pieces of the next full Star Wars film (not Rogue One, but Star Wars 8), thus far revealed. Most of these photos come from intrepid filming-site visitors, but some come from the actors or crew members participating in the film. While Star Wars 8 - or Star Wars VIII, if you prefer - is still over a year away, the time has come to begin diving in on hypothesis and imagery full-tilt boogie. ALSO NOTE: You may find SPOILERS below, but nothing too crazy quite yet.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

Yesterday I Photoshopped a picture of a stand that I built for my two iPads out of LEGOs. Do you know what's wrong with the previous sentence (except for the fact that I did no such thing yesterday)? I used all three of those brand names incorrectly, according to the companies that make them.

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You don’t need a $1,000 Chromebook

You don’t need a $1,000 Chromebook

Yesterday, HP announced the Chromebook 13, a laptop that runs Google's basic ChromeOS. Chromebooks have grown in popularity over the last few years because they can be lightweight, feature good battery life, and won't cost you as much as a similar device that runs Windows of OS X. Which makes me wonder why we're seeing Chromebooks that cost over $1,000.

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Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

When you're as popular as Samsung, you really can't escape scrutiny, whether you fail or you succeed. When your earnings are sloping down, all eyes are on whether your next big product can save your coffers. When that flagship turns out to be a superstar, however, they're going to check if the one after it will be able to live up to that new standard. Such is the fate that awaits the Galaxy Note 6, even while it's still a good 5 months away. But if the recent leaks are any indication, it might have a harder time than its predecessor to enamor consumers.

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