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Maybe You Should Borrow This Security Trick From Zuckerberg

He covers his laptop's camera with tape

(Newser) - It was meant solely to be a celebratory post by Mark Zuckerberg about Instagram reaching the milestone of 500 million users. But as CNET reports, the Internet was far more interested in what Zuckerberg revealed inadvertently: His laptop is in the background, and it shows that Zuckerberg puts a piece... More »

Camera Captures World's Slowest Image

Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats cooks up another doozy

(Newser) - A low-tech camera installed on a terrace in Tempe, Arizona, is busy taking a photo—that should capture one image over the next thousand years, the Arizona Republic reports. Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats says his device will actually show 10 centuries of change in a single shot: "The photograph... More »

Shipwrecked Camera Is Found, Photos Intact

Memory card worked even after 2 years in ocean

(Newser) - A camera lost in a shipwreck has been found nearly two years after the vessel sank to the bottom of the Pacific off the coast of Vancouver Island. And not only was the device returned to its rightful owner, but its memory card and all of the images on it... More »

New Rule Will Force Cars to Have a Rear Camera

Regulation intended to prevent backup accidents

(Newser) - Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule today that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks—an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. NHTSA said the new rule, required in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, will save... More »

FBI Can Use Suspects' Laptop Cameras— With the Light Off

Bureau develops malware for targets' computers

(Newser) - If the FBI wants dirt on a suspect, agents are capable of turning on his laptop's webcam—without him knowing. The light won't go on, Gizmodo reports, based on a Washington Post piece. The technique, available to the bureau for years, is mostly used to fight terror or... More »

Wearable Camera Logs Your Life, a Click at a Time

Memoto reaches Kickstarter goal in five hours

(Newser) - If you think the digital age already has too much sharing and too little privacy, you might look away now. If not, embrace Memoto, a small wearable camera designed to snap a photo every 30 seconds, then sync with apps to organize the pics into an easily accessible digital diary.... More »

What Gadgets Not to Buy ... Yet

Hold off if you can on TVs, iPhones, and laptops: Wirecutter

(Newser) - Good things come to those who wait, and technology is no exception. At the Wirecutter , Brian Lam lists a few hot items not to buy yet, or you'll be kicking yourself later.
  • TVs and home theater equipment. The reviews for the latest TVs will be available around mid-year, and
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Shoot First, Focus Later: Camera Is 'Game-Changer'

Lytro reviewers impressed, but you might not want to buy it yet

(Newser) - The company behind the Lytro camera calls its technology "the first major change in photography since photography was invented," and reviewers seem to agree. By analyzing and storing all the points of light in any given photo, the Lytro allows users to refocus the subject, or focus on... More »

Kodak Is Done Making Cameras

Yes, including digital ones

(Newser) - It's the end of an era: Eastman Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, announced today that it intends to stop making them in an effort to save money—and yes, that includes digital cameras. It will also stop making pocket video cameras and digital picture frames, reports... More »

New Camera System Knows When You're Lying

Works two-thirds of the time, say British researchers

(Newser) - A new camera system can reportedly read lies right off our faces. Scientists in Britain have combined video, thermal imaging, and algorithms to scan faces for signs of lies, the BBC reports. The system gets it right about two-thirds of the time, say its makers. The researchers worked with Britain’... More »

Website Can Find Stolen Cameras

It uses data hidden in old photos to scan the web for new ones

(Newser) - The Consumerist takes note of a nifty website that might help you track down a stolen digital camera. The site, stolencamerafinder.com , works on a relatively simple formula. You drag and drop one of your old photos taken with the camera, and the site extracts signature data from it and... More »

Cisco Shuttering Flip Cameras

Video gizmos were all the rage only two years ago

(Newser) - Flip video cameras were so hot two years ago that Cisco Systems shelled out $590 million to buy the startup that built them. So much for that. Cisco announced today it was shutting down its Flip business, reports the Huffington Post . The easy-to-use gadget had its moment—the Wall Street ... More »

NYU Professor Has to Pull 'Head Cam' After Surgery

Body rejects device, but he plans to try again

(Newser) - The price of performance art: A professor at NYU has pulled out the camera implanted in the back of his head because his body rejected it, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education . The contraption—designed to snap a photo every minute for this website —also caused Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilial... More »

Red-Light Cameras Save Lives

Survey sees drop in fatalities at intersections with cameras

(Newser) - Red-light cameras make big money for cities, delivering more tickets at lower cost than human officers ever could. But the cameras also apparently save lives: a 5-year study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that intersections with such cameras had about 25% fewer fatalities, the Washington Post reports.... More »

iPhone Users Have More Sex Partners

And Android users are chaste

(Newser) - If you're looking to get laid by a wider range of paramours, maybe you should trade in your Android for an iPhone. A new study shows that female iPhone users have an average of 12 sexual partners by age 30, and male iPhone users 10 partners, compared with six for... More »

Kagan Supports Cameras in Supreme Court

Public could watch "extraordinary" events

(Newser) - Would Elena Kagan support putting cameras in the Supreme Court? Looks like it. C-SPAN footage posted on Mediaite shows the nominee discussing the issue in July 2009. Having cameras in court would allow the public to see "an amazing and extraordinary event," she says. People would see "... More »

Man Snaps Stunning Space Photos Using Balloon, Duct Tape

Balloon/camera contraption cost Robert Harrison just $750

(Newser) - Armed with a few hundred dollars and a dream, a British man has come up with a way to take photos of the earth from space that would make NASA proud—and have. “A guy phoned up who worked for NASA. He wanted to know how the hell we... More »

Music Biz Drops Concert Camera Bans

Bands give up trying to control images

(Newser) - As camera phones held aloft become as common as lighters in the air used to be at rock-and-roll concerts, the music industry is starting to give in to reality and drop camera bans. Most bands are allowed to choose their own photo policy, and a growing number are letting fans... More »

New 'Spider Pill' Roams Body Hunting Cancer

Camera pill first to be fully remote-controlled

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of science fiction, but a tiny robotic spider could save your life. Scientists have created a pill-sized camera that, once swallowed, can deploy mechanical legs and roam the body looking for cancer or other maladies, the Daily Telegraph reports. The “spider pill” is controlled... More »

MIT Students Snap Space Pics on the Cheap

'Project Icarus' sends camera to the stratosphere for under $150

(Newser) - A trio of MIT students managed to take photographs from the edge of space for less than $150, the Guardian reports. The students sent a digital camera and a GPS-equipped mobile phone in a coolbox into the stratosphere by attaching the kit to a helium balloon. They retrieved the photos... More »

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