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Take Better Photos

Christmas is a time to remember – the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.

With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we’re all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.

Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.

According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image) 

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ACCORDING TO A PRO

Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.

These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.

1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone’s camera do.

2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.

3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera’s core features.

4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren’t designed for.

5. Don’t just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.

6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them all at once.

7. When sharing your photos, don’t overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.

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Charge Your Phone in Seconds

Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created...
Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a supercapcitor that can be charged in seconds, and can go on to be recharged more than 30,000 times with no ill effects(Credit: University of Central Florida)

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Smartphone Amp Installs on Your Guitar

The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player's fingertips
The JamStack puts a digital tone arsenal at a player’s fingertips(Credit: JamStack)

Travel guitars with built-in speakers and effects have been on the market for an absolute age, but we’ve seen a number of dedicated instruments recently that have embraced our modern digital world to include smartphone integration. read more

LeEco’s Plan to Take Over America

Most U.S. consumers haven’t heard of LeEco, but the Chinese technology company is setting out to become a household name with smartphones and flat-screen TVs that undercut the prices of Apple, Google, Samsung and other industry stalwarts.

LeEco heralded its entrance into the U.S. market during a Wednesday showcase featuring a sleek smartphone called the LePro 3 that will sell for $400 and an internet-connected TV with a 7-foot screen priced at $5,000.

LeEco positions the LePro 3 as an alternative to Apple’s latest iPhone and Google’s Pixel phone, whose prices both start at $650.

Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at the launch
Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at the launch

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Comparing the Google Pixel and iPhone 7

Spec-by-spec comparison of Google's Pixel phone and the iPhone 7
Spec-by-spec comparison of Google’s Pixel phone and the iPhone 7

Since Pixel is the first true “phone by Google,” many consumers are hoping for the kind of unified software and hardware presentation that can be missing from Android environments, but has long been an Apple mainstay. But what about specs? Here’s a nuts-and-bolts comparison of the Pixel and iPhone 7. read more

Treat Your Battery Better

Apple claims its new iPhone 7 has extra battery life to help combat some of the complaints from users of previous models, but how long with this additional capacity last.

Now chemists have released a series of tips to help ensure you can get the best out of your smartphone’s battery.

They suggest never letting your device’s power to drain completely.

In lithium ion batteries like those used in most modern smartphones, this can actually reduce their capacity.

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Running out of battery can be a frustrating experience for phone users as it almost always happens at a crucial moment. The tips by the chemists can help ensure your battery stays in good health so you can get the best from it (stock picture)

Running out of battery can be a frustrating experience for phone users as it almost always happens at a crucial moment. The tips by the chemists can help ensure your battery stays in good health so you can get the best from it (stock picture)

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21st Century Multi-Tool

The Survivolt kit uses a 5,000 mAh battery/handle and a series of modules
The Survivolt kit uses a 5,000 mAh battery/handle and a series of modules (Credit: C.C. Weiss / New Atlas)

Multi-tools come in all forms, from modular shovels to flare-shooting pens. One form that we’re seeing more and more of is the electronic multi-tool, typically a flashlight, radio or other outdoor-friendly gadget, like the Fogo smart flashlight, that also charges external devices and performs other critical outdoor and survival functions. An all-new member of this category, the modular Seattle Sports Survivolts uses a 5,000 mAh battery to charge your phone, throw light down-trail, signal for help and even start fires. read more

New Super-Fast UFS Cards

Samsung is the first brand to market with UFS cards
Samsung is the first brand to market with UFS cards.

As we demand more of our mobile devices, action cameras and drones, the need for faster spacious storage grows with it. Samsung is the first to offer a taste of the next-gen memory cards. Its new Universal Flash Storage cards are the same size as microSDs, but can match the blazingly-fast data transfer speeds of solid state drives. read more

Pokémon-Go is Un-Islamic Harmful Mania

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This year, February 27, Pokémon (pocket monster) turned 20. It was created by Japanese game designer Satoshi Tajiri for Nintendo as a video game for the old Gameboy handheld video game platform. My sons still own theirs. It was introduced to the United States in 1998. Nintendo was quick to capitalize on its popularity. The video game soon spawned a celebrated trading card game, books, movies and a television series. The tag line of Pokémon is: “Gotta Catch Em All.”

Since then, at least a few of the Pokémon characters have gained international recognition. One of the most recognized characters, called Pikachu, was made into a five story tall Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.

But like most everything else, particularly in the what-have-done-for-me-lately world of video games, all things must come to an end – except Pokémon.

Unless you have been living under a rock – and even then it would be hard to miss the hundreds and thousands of people in any given geographic area that appear to just be walking around aimlessly. The one thing they all have in common is the smartphone, which they stare into as they stroll about. read more