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!
- Russia will struggle to help firms under sanctions: former finance minister
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government will offer the economy the kind of investment it needs because of its large state social spending commitments, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday. A strong advocate of liberal reforms and fiscal prudence, Kudrin has become almost the lone voice among the Russian elite to criticise government policy in dealing with the fallout from the Ukraine crisis. ...
- Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing
- NSA Secretly Trying To Map The Internet — Including All Devices Connected To It — In Real-Time
The National Security Agency along with its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters and several other nations are secretly trying to map the entire Internet in real-time, creating a worldwide surveillance tool on the scale of Google Earth. Spiegel Online reports the ambitious program, codenamed “Treasure Map” (complete with its own glowing skull moniker) seeks to identify Internet routers and millions of individual devices in order to create an ”interactive map of the global Internet” in “near real-time,” which would allow intelligence analysts to “map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time,” according to documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are jointly involved in the effort, which the report described “as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird’s eye view of the planet’s digital arteries.” The system could also be used to plan online attacks as a map of the world’s digital battlefield.
- Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said. The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria. ...
- U.N. experts caution powers they must heed 'laws of war' in fighting IS
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the 'laws of war' would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations. They said ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria, had committed massacres of religious and ethnic groups and abused women. The government of President Bashar al-Assad, however, remained responsible for the majority of civilian casualties. ...
- HUSBAND'S 'EDUCATIONAL' DVDS GET FLUNKING GRADE FROM WIFE
DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time mother of three young children and have been married for nine years. Since the beginning, my husband has pushed to have things "his way." He struggles with his temper and has yelled at me over little things. We have met with a counselor and were showing improvement in our marriage -- or so I thought -- until he started pushing me to watch explicit sex DVDs and read sex books. I feel very uncomfortable doing this. He claims he wants us to watch them for "educational reasons. ...
- Leaky equipment, not fracking, behind tainted U.S. water : study
BOSTON (Reuters) - The contamination of water supplies near U.S. shale gas fields appears to be the result of leaky cement wells and casings and not the controversial production technique of hydraulic fracturing, according to a study released on Monday. So-called "fracking" is a way of extracting natural gas from deep layers of rock using high-pressure fluid injections. The method has triggered a surge in U.S. gas production, but raised fears that breaking up rock formations underground could allow gas to seep into drinking water. ...
- Ukraine, EU ratify landmark pact at heart of crisis