Since every smartphone now comes with a pretty decent video camera, it seems like everyone has started using their phones to capture their favorite moments. But just because these phone cameras can record high definition, that doesn't mean they record high quality — at least not all by themselves. So here are some of my favorite tips and gadgets to help you improve the quality of yours.
Since every smartphone now comes with a pretty decent video camera, it seems like everyone has started using their phones to capture their favorite moments. But just because these phone cameras can record high definition, that doesn't mean they record high quality — at least not all by themselves. So here are some of my favorite tips and gadgets to help you improve the quality of yours.Read More »from How To Shoot Video on Your Phone Like a Pro
- Becky Worley | Upgrade Your Life – Wed, Feb 15, 2012
If you've spent more than five minutes online, you've probably seen an ad that promises "find out who's searching for you." It sounds like a scam, but is it possible? Can someone find out if you've been looking at their Facebook or LinkedIn profile? Can you tell if someone's unfriended you? And can you see what searches have been performed with your name?Read More »from Who’s Looking At Your Facebook Page? Can You Really Find Out?
- Becky Worley | Upgrade Your Life – Wed, Feb 8, 2012
Online banking has grown in huge numbers, and mobile banking is on an even faster rise. But accessing your sensitive financial data via computer can be dangerous. One well known computer virus that steals banking logons and passwords is thought to have infected over 3 million computers in the US alone, siphoning at least $70 million dollars from consumers. So how can you access your bank account safely?Read More »from Is It Safe To Bank On Public Wi-Fi? How Not To Get Hacked!
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- Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia
Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. "People hunt the pangolin like any other meat because the forest is often the only resource" for people in Gabon, more than 80 percent of which is covered by woodland, said Gaspard Abitsi, managing director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). At a local restaurant in Libreville, the pangolin is one of the stars on the menu. In Gabon, environmental groups are trying to convince villagers of the need to protect the pangolin.
- Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US
- Israel steps up air strikes as Gaza buries dead
Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas's top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel's most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the strike with Hamas saying he was still alive and calling the shots in the ongoing confrontation. So far, 20 Gazans have been killed since Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets on southern Israel on Tuesday and F16 fighter jets carried out retaliatory air strikes, Palestinian medics say. The bloodshed pushed to 2,038 the number of Gazans killed in six weeks of the most violent confrontation between Israel and Hamas militants since the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising (2000-2005).
- Clashes in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola
- Leaked video all but confirms an incredibly cool iPhone 6 feature
Following a series of reports detailing the imminent arrival of a new iPhone accessory that’s supposed to be even better than its predecessor – i.e., a Lighting-to-USB cable that’s reversible at both ends – insider Sonny Dickson published a short video on his YouTube channel showing the cable in action. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed The video, available below, reveals how easily the reversible USB cable can be used when connecting an iPhone to a laptop or charger, and should be a welcomed addition to the iPhone accessory lineup. Assuming Apple is ready to start selling these reversible USB cables, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the iPhone 6 ship with such a cable
- Target cuts forecast as it woos back customers with more discounts
Target Corp cut its full-year earnings forecast as it offers more discounts to attract cash-strapped customers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach. Target's shares rose 1 percent to $59.81 in noon trading. On top of that, Target has run up big losses in Canada, where its ambitious expansion has stumbled due to supply chain issues and a backlash from customers who had expected prices to be more in line with those in the United States. Target's same-store sales have either declined or failed to show growth in the past six quarters.
- German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters
German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. "This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history ... The ISIS troops, the weapons - these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq," Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. The keyword there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states politically?" said Mueller, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the center-right Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. Mueller did not elaborate and presented no evidence of a Qatari link to Islamic State.