This Sports Illustrated Cover Was Shot With A Smartphone

Appearing on the December cover of Sports Illustrated  was a dream come true for former football player and current Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — but the image also marks a rite of passage for smartphone photography. The cover, shot by Michael LeBrecht, is the magazine’s first cover photo that was …

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Uber Accused of Security Vulnerabilities and Abuses

Folks who are wary of Uber because of its surveillance practices might have reason to be that way, since the company’s former forensic investigator alleged in a lawsuit that Uber uses its tracking system to keep tabs on “high-profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances,” reports the Center for Investigative Reporting. Uber stirred up some controversy with …

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Bring Your Number To MetroPCS, Get Free Phones

MetroPCS channeled the holiday spirit into its latest promotion, which nets new customers up to two free smartphones, though there are some caveats to consider. From now presumably through the holiday season, porting your number to MetroPCS gets you a free handset, while switching a second line will net two phones. The phones being offered …

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Court Will Let Police Force Man to Unlock iPhone

Looking to avoid a difficult legal fight with the likes of Apple, police investigating a man suspected of voyeurism have received consent from a Florida state appeals court to compel him to hand over his four-digit passcode. This raises all sorts of questions about constitutional protections for citizens, and highlights …

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Project Fi Travel Trolley Gives Out Free Stuff at SJC

There’s little to be enjoyed about holiday traveling, what with the endless security lines, hoards of people, and seemingly inevitable flight delays, but now, Google’s Project Fi is hoping to bring some cheer to your holiday flight. On Wednesday, it was discovered that Google’s mobile virtual network operator had set up …

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OnVocal Brings Alexa to New Earphones

You’re already talking to humans by way of your phone, so why not also use it to talk to artificially intelligent beings? Next year, you’ll be given the opportunity to take a step further into a cyborg future in which the “person” on the receiving end of your headset isn’t a person …

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Facebook Revamps Camera On Messenger App

The camera is becoming an integral part of Facebook Messenger — so much so that users now have direct access to it from the home screen of the messaging app. Facebook has revamped its Messenger’s camera to offer a higher quality, faster experience. It has also added several new camera-related …

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HP Sure Start Protects BIOS of EliteBook Laptops

Alex Cho, vice president and general manager of HP’s Commercial PC division, talked in a recent blog about the latest security innovations in its “Elite” notebooks for the commercial sector. These devices promise to provide a deep level of security to not only protect the hardware, but the end-user’s identity …

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Budding birders, how about this Shazam-like app for instant ID?

If you’re a budding birder struggling to identify all the weird and wonderful feathered creatures you happen upon, the latest version of a free bird ID app could be just the ticket when you’re out and about. Developed by Cornell Tech and California Institute of Technology computer vision researchers in partnership with …

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