They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and most of us are never without our phones. But how do you know which smartphone has the best camera? Every manufacturer claims to have a great camera, they throw around megapixel counts and aperture sizes, but none of this tells you how good your shots will be in the real world.Many of us turn to independent photography lab, DxOMark, for in-depth reviews that boil down the camera quality of each flagship smartphone to a single number out of 100. Since the Parisian company began to test mobile phone cameras in 2012, it has been the gold standard. The scores it bestows are trusted enough to be widely referenced in the tech press.“When Google achieved top marks [for the Pixel], they covered London in ads because they were proud,” Clement Viard, Senior Director, Image Quality Evaluation at DxOMark told Digital Trends.Collectively we shared around 2.5 trillion photos online last year and 90 percent of them were captured on … [Read more...] about How do you crown the best smartphone camera? The experts share their secrets
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Update: Revised for the 2017 NBA Finals.With three rounds of the NBA Playoffs in the books, a mere four victories separate the final two teams — the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers — from hoisting the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Can LeBron James and the Cavaliers repeat as champions, or will Steph Curry and the lights-out Warriors continue their season-long dominance and bring the Bay Area yet another World Championship? It all starts Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland; basketball fans, this is what you’ve waited for since October.While the NBA’s popularity knows no boundaries, the same can’t be said for the broadcasts. Whether it’s your boss coming down on you for watching at work, your decision to cut cable, or some other obstacle, it’s not always easy to get your NBA fix. We feel your pain, so we’ve compiled this guide detailing how you can stream the Finals in the comforts of your own home. So … [Read more...] about How to watch the 2017 NBA finals online
In celebration of its 1000th tweet, the merry hacksters of Lulz Security issued a manifesto Friday that gives an inside look at the guiding philosophy behind their recent campaign of cyberattacks, and explains why the group isn’t really as nefarious as their identity-theft exploits suggest.“For the past month and a bit, we’ve been causing mayhem and chaos throughout the Internet, attacking several targets including PBS, Sony, Fox, porn websites, FBI, CIA, the U.S. government, Sony some more, online gaming servers (by request of callers, not by our own choice), Sony again, and of course our good friend Sony,” said the group in a statement posted to Pastebin.Just don’t think these attacks are a bad thing, says LulzSec — or at least not as bad as they could be.“The main anti-LulzSec argument suggests that we’re going to bring down more Internet laws by continuing our public shenanigans, and that our actions are causing clowns with pens to … [Read more...] about LulzSec to critics: We’re doing you all a favor
Calling Le Tour de France a bike race would be akin to calling the Super Bowl a football game. Thanks to Le Tour’s epic route, the renowned race transcends it’s niche audience of bike mechanics and francophiles. It’s something like a 22-day, 2000-mile block-party. Beginning in Leeds on July 5, the race winds through Belgium and France before ending in Paris on July 27. Along the way are such drama-inducing obstacles like the Renaissance-era cobblestone roads and snowy French-Alp summits represent worrisome obstacles along the way, but like any national event, it’s streakers wearing nothing more than their national flag you need to look out for. And you can expect the iconic tour announcer, Phil Liggett, to give a nod to every historic landmark along the way.Despite the party atmosphere, there’s nothing casual or neighborly about the quest for the Yellow Jersey. Those who witnessed Chris Froome claim last year’s title know … [Read more...] about How to watch the Tour de France online
The wait is over, pigskin fans. The start of the 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight, with the Houston Texans slated to be on the clock starting at 8 pm EST. But what if your TV is on the fritz, or your cable box went out? Sure, you can schlep on over to your local bar and hope that they’ll have it on, but beer is pricey, especially here in New York City.Not to worry though. Here, we’ll guide you through the ways you can watch the NFL draft online using your computer. These methods are legal too, so you don’t have to fear that you’re doing something that’s risky. NFL.comIf you head on over to this official NFL site, you can open a live stream that will allow you to watch this year’s NFL draft from the comfort of your Mac or PC. However, the pre-draft coverage is worth checking out, and you never know what news will break prior to when the draft begins, so you might just want to pop open a stream a couple of hours leading up to the big event as … [Read more...] about How to watch the 2014 NFL Draft online
When it comes to smart TVs, Netflix is now picking favorites. Last week, Netflix announced the first batch of TVs that will be awarded the “Netflix Recommended” sticker. It’s a gold star of sorts, used to distinguish the TVs that are optimized for Netflix with “fast” streaming and the ability to play Netflix as big red intended.It’s a cool idea — everybody wants a better streaming experience. But what does it mean? According to Netflix, every recommended TV must meet five out of seven criteria. Unfortunately, those criteria are only loosely defined. Recommended TVs will have faster startup and playback, for instance, but how fast?Below is our guide to the murky waters that is Netflix’s list of recommended TVs. We’ll break down the main criteria that every Netflix super-set must have. But first, checkout which TVs have made the cut so far. Here’s the shortlist of Netflix recommended TVs: LG 4K UHD TVs … [Read more...] about Netflix Recommended TVs: What does it mean, and why do you want one?
I was a technology reporter for CNBC during the boom years of 1997-2000, when the only inflation that was going on was the air being pumped into the tech bubble by day traders.I lost count of the times when I would start my workday at the old network headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., only to watch the Nasdaq jump by 100 points within the first half-hour of trading. By that point, my bosses were already screaming at me to head across the Hudson River to spend the rest of my day following tech stocks at the former Nasdaq Marketsite at Pearl and Whitehall Streets in lower Manhattan, in the shadows of the late, lamented Twin Towers.One particularly busy day for me in January 1999 stands out as a very good example of how technology and greed were being used to rig the game. Broadcast.com, the digital media company that helped make Mark Cuban a billionaire when he sold it to Yahoo, saw its stock rise so fast that Nasdaq officials called a halt to trading and demanded an explanation. Company … [Read more...] about OPINION Technology, Knowledge, Power and Wall St.: Do We Know Too Much?
Streaming movies and TV shows from the internet has caught on fast. There’s no shortage of content to stream these days, and there are tons of different services out there vying for your attention. But with so many services out there offering up am ever-evolving slew of programming, how do you know which one to subscribe to?This article is intended to be a concise comparison of some of the top streaming services available. Below, you’ll find them stacked against each other and compared in the areas of content selection, pricing, and availability to help you find the service that best suits your needs.NetflixWe’ll start with the obvious. Even if you were living in a cave for the past decade, you probably still had Netflix deliver DVD’s to your stone mailbox. Back in 1997, that’s exactly how the company got its start, but after realizing that physical media was dying off, it rapidly adapted its business model to focus more on instantly-available streaming … [Read more...] about Catch (almost) every show and movie online with our guide to the best streaming services
While Apple TV has kicked around in various iterations since 2007 and Google TV hasn’t even hit the market officially, enquiring TV addicts want to know: Which will you be kicking back and watching this fall? In truth, despite the similar names and cutthroat competitors, they’re two different beasts entirely. Here’s how Google TV is different from Apple TV.Google and Apple have both carried their smartphone strategies directly over to the television: Apple won’t let anybody else touch its proprietary Apple TV interface, and Google wants to staple Google TV onto as many boxes as it can. Google TV will be built right in to new TVs from Sony, available on separate set-top boxes from Logitech, and those are just launch partners, with many more to come. Just as it does with smartphones, this rainbow of vendors will translate to more choice for Google TV users, while Apple TV users have one box to do it all. Need composite video outputs, 1080p decoding or some other, … [Read more...] about Apple TV vs. Google TV: How do they differ?
A Wall Street Journal report on Thursday gave Apple fans all the excuse they needed to indulge in some more speculation regarding the iPad 3 -- if that is its real name, and if whatever it is even exists. Apple's kind of tight-lipped about this stuff.At this moment in the tablet universe, it's hard to guess what kind of grand and monumental new features Apple would want to add to the iPad. It already got its cameras, and it's already pretty damn thin. I'm sure a faster processor would be appreciated, but that's pretty much a given.A faster CPU, though, might require more power, and more power could mean a bulkier battery. Is the iPad 3 going to be fatter than previous models? That would be strange -- and not necessarily in a good way.Also, there's long been talk that the next iPad will have a super high-resolution display on par with the Retina display you see in the iPhone 4 and 4S.Then there's the question of 4G. Apple disappointed some of its fans last year when it put forth an iPad … [Read more...] about PODCAST The Whens, Whats and Hows of iPad 3