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  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] My 30 Years With PCMag, Part Four (2006-2016): This final era tracks the decline and the societal changes that were unexpected.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] France and Germany Push for Access to Encrypted Apps: France's Cazeneuve and Germany's de Maizière want law enforcement access to encrypted messaging apps.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Drone Accidents: Not Your Fault?: Researchers find that many drone accidents are due to the gadgets themselves rather than human error.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Tesla Autopilot Gets a Price Hike: The feature will now set you back $3,000 when ordering a new Model S or X.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Leap Motion Beta Lets Users Pick Up VR Objects: The Interaction Engine is available now as a module for Unity Core Assets.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Smartphone Speech Recognition Is 3X Faster Than Texting: Speech-recognition software is not only three times faster at texting than human typists, it's also more accurate.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] September Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup Revealed: On Xbox One, Live Gold members will get Earthlock: Festival of Magic and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China.
  • [Reuters: World News] South Africa's Tutu checks into hospital for infection: CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu checked into a Cape Town hospital for a recurring infection, his daughter said on Wednesday, a bug that put the former cleric hospital for a week last year.
  • [Reuters: Regulatory News] BRIEF-Novan files for IPO of up to $60 mln: * Have applied to list common stock on the nasdaq global market under the symbol "novn"
  • [Reuters: Technology News] Ex-Comverse CEO pleads guilty to fraud, a decade after fleeing U.S.: NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty on Wednesday to securities fraud, a decade after he fled to Namibia from the United States to avoid prosecution.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] UN chief: Review potential information on Hammarskjold death: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a review of potential new information, including from South Africa, on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Italian firefighter chief: 8-year-old girl is pulled out alive from earthquake rubble: Italian firefighter chief: 8-year-old girl is pulled out alive from earthquake rubble.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Saudi Arabia for meetings with the kingdom?s senior royals and talks on Yemen?s stalled peace process.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Israel clears forces in several deadly 2014 Gaza war cases: Israel?s military has cleared its forces of wrongdoing in three deadly incidents of the 2014 Gaza war? including an airstrike that killed 15 members of a single family.
  • [Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post] The 'mostly false' argument that could derail legal weed in California
  • [PCMag.com: New Product Reviews] Roccat Renga: The Roccat Renga is a simple, stylish gaming headset with a budget-friendly price.
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  • [PCMag.com: New Product Reviews] Braven 105: The Braven 105 is a tiny waterproof Bluetooth speaker that couples strong outdoor-focused features with mixed audio performance.
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  • [PCMag.com: New Product Reviews] Brother MFC-L6700DW: The Brother MFC-L6700DW is a small-office mono laser all-in-one printer that combines speed, a generous feature set, multiple connectivity choices, and good standard and optional paper capacities.
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  • [PCMag.com: New Product Reviews] 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones: The affordable 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones sound, look, and feel fantastic.
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  • [PCMag.com: New Product Reviews] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (for PC): Mankind Divided offers up an excellent romp through a cyberpunk world as it descends into oppressive madness. The story is somewhat lacking, but the numerous side quests, fantastic stealth, and gritty setting will keep you engaged for hours.
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  • A bristly Ukraine celebrates 25 years of independence from Moscow

    The biggest military parade in a quarter-century was intended as a show of determination.

  • Gaza?s last tiger leaves ?the world's worst zoo?

    The focus on animals irks some Gazans, who live in difficult conditions.

  • Should Chevron be reconsidered? A federal judge thinks so.

  • Each rationale for voting for Trump evaporates

  • This video should put the crazy Hillary Clinton health rumors to rest

  • The Trump campaign has a secret plan to get out the secret pro-Trump vote. In secret states.

  • Clinton camp seeks correction of AP tweet promoting story on Clinton meetings

  • Trump's immigration plan has put him in an embarrassing spot

  • The comeback of middle-wage jobs

    Not only are there more jobs, but they may be better-paying.

  • Why we need our national parks more than ever

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Entries

  • U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms (301 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:09:00 -0400U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight loomsReuters: World News

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a report seen by Reuters.

  • How to Save the Clinton Foundation (1013 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:56:00 -0400How to Save the Clinton FoundationThe New Yorker

    It?s getting hard to keep track of all the developments in the story of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton e-mails. On Monday, Bill Clinton posted an open letter on the Web site of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation announcing that, if his wife is elected President, the organization will accept donations only from “U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations.” In addition to ruling out donations from foreign sources, this statement appeared to preclude donations from U.S. corporations and their charitable foundations. The former President also said he would no longer raise money for the foundation and would resign from its board of directors. He added that the organization, which he set up in 1997, would change its name to, simply, the Clinton Foundation.

    See the rest of the story at newyorker.com

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  • Islamic State attacks Western-backed camp on Jordan-Syria border (273 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:45:00 -0400Islamic State attacks Western-backed camp on Jordan-Syria borderReuters: World News

    AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a bomb and gun attack on a Western-backed Syrian rebel camp near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, according to the rebels who said they had killed at least 30 of the attackers and suffered at least three casualties themselves.

  • OpenID.net: Registration Open for OpenID Foundation Workshop on Monday, October 24, 2016 (1748 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:31:00 -0400OpenID.net: Registration Open for OpenID Foundation Workshop on Monday, October 24, 2016Planet OpenID

    OpenID Foundation Workshops provide insight and influence on important Internet identity standards. The workshop provides updates on the development of profiles of OpenID Connect as well as review progress on OpenID Connect Certification and an update on Relying Party certification.

    We will introduce the FastFed (Fast Federation) while providing updates on others including Connect, Account Chooser, Financial API (FAPI), HEART, iGov, MODRNA (mobile operator discovery, registration & authentication) and RISC. Leading technologists from Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Ping Identity and others will update key issues and discuss how they help meet social, enterprise and government Internet identity challenges.

    This event precedes the IIW #23 Mountain View October 2016.

    Registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/openid-foundation-workshop-tickets-27312519481

    The OpenID Foundation Workshop Agenda

    Thank you to VMware for hosting and directed funding support of this event.

    Don Thibeau

    The OpenID Foundation

  • Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun's nearest neighbor (257 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:30:00 -0400Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun's nearest neighborReuters: Science News

    (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed.

  • U.N. chief wants review of any new details on crash that killed Hammarskjold (265 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:28:00 -0400U.N. chief wants review of any new details on crash that killed HammarskjoldReuters: Industrials

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended on Wednesday that the world body appoint an eminent person to review any new information uncovered about a 1961 plane crash that killed then U.N. chief Dag Hammarskjold.

  • More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cotton (277 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:22:00 -0400More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cottonReuters: Business News

    CHICAGO/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday said it ordered an external audit of textiles from Welspun India , after Target Corp last week accused the Indian manufacturer of passing off cheap sheets as premium Egyptian cotton for two years.

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  • Nikon?s ?Worst? & ?Best? Zoom Lenses Compared (19616 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:22:00 -0400Nikon?s ?Worst? & ?Best? Zoom Lenses ComparedPetaPixel

    I’m going to preface this by saying that this isn’t a lens review article, there are many photographers better suited for this topic, so if you’re after refraction index comparisons and chromatic aberration charts this article probably isn’t for you.

    This article is, however, my personal thoughts on three Nikon zoom lenses and their resulting images but also a broader look at how we as photographers covet lenses and other photographic gear. Is the latest and greatest piece of kit actually worth the investment?

    Let me set this up and step back a couple of months and say that I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of growth in my career recently but maybe not in the traditional sense. No I haven’t picked up any major campaigns from Nike or Prada but I have seen a large growth in other areas namely socially and from a larger more global audience. I’ve done a lot of interviews in that time and I’ve even spent a couple of weeks in the US shooting an extensive training video regarding my lighting, equipment and photographic techniques.

    The point I’m trying to make here isn’t about me blowing my own trumpet but about a common theme that started to run through these interactions with other industry professionals.

    During these interviews and Q&A sessions the question about gear inevitably comes up.

    What gear do you use to create your images?

    It’s a valid question and one that we’re all interested with in todays market because no matter the techniques we use we still need tools to implement them. After the question is asked I would always simply reel off the key pieces I use which everybody cares about: lighting, camera body and lenses.

    My answer is of course always the same as I’ve been using the same kit for many, many years: Bowens lighting, Nikon D600 body and a 28-105mm f/3.5 lens. What was interesting to me was that the response to my answers was always the same too.

    Wow, that’s awesome, you take your stunning images using that equipment?

    At first I didn’t really think anything of it but after a while it started to nag at me. Essentially the response they’re giving is ‘Wow, that’s awesome, you take your stunning images with that old, outdated equipment?’ They are absolutely correct of course, yes I do.

    I have six Bowens strobes that I’ve had nearly 15 years now, my Nikon D600 came out in 2012 and can be picked up for around $400 and my workhorse lens was over a decade old.

    I am not what the industry refers to as an ‘early adopter’

    The thing is that my kit just works, it does what it’s supposed to do and it creates the images that I want, but I did start to feel a little guilty, almost like a fraud. I’m a professional photographer, I make my living from photography, surely I should have the best possible photographic equipment to take the best possible photographs right?

    So the nagging in the back of my mind finally got the better of me and I decided to ‘invest’ some money back into my craft. The question was where to start, my lighting, camera or my lenses?

    Lighting

    My strobes produce light, and unless I missed an issue of New Scientist recently light still travels at the same speed and still in a straight line, I didn’t feel that new lighting was going to make a huge difference to my shots.

    Does modern lighting offer more control and more convenience? Yes, it absolutely does, but it still produces light so I didn’t feel a new investment there would net me career changing results.

    Camera Body

    As of August 2016, Nikon has released 7 new full-frame DSLR cameras in the four years since my D600 was released in 2012, and this doesn’t even include the 8 cropped sensor bodies they’ve also brought to market in that time.

    Has camera technology moved on? Sure, but is it an evolution or a revolution we’re seeing?

    Prior to my D600 I had a Fuji S2, it was Fuji technology in a Nikon body that took Nikon lenses. That camera did serious work and offered insane results for a cropped frame 6 megapixel camera. I stuck with the Nikon lens mount and waited ever so patiently for Nikon to introduce that D600 full-frame DSLR.

    Canon had their full frame powerhouse 5D Mk II in 2008 but I held my ground with the other nervous (and very patient) Nikon shooters and waited for the D600. It was well worth the wait in my opinion, and I absolutely love my D600, but I personally don’t think there has been a newer model that’s been released that would change my game considerably.

    I use my camera on manual mode 100% of the time and I’ve seen about two menu screens the whole time I’ve owned it. I don’t personally need all the picture modes and effects, it shoots RAW and in full frame, beyond that the new camera models offer me luxuries but not necessities.

    In late 2011 I shot this album cover for musician Dan Le Sac. The shot was taken on my 6 megapixel Fuji S2 camera with my old Nikon 28-105mm lens. I shot the image as he and his record label had requested, but it later transpired that they would go on to release the image heavily cropped like you see here (oddly no subsequent retouched or enlarged file was requested).

    The full un-cropped version has never been shown and the cropped image was used for everything from album art to Adshel’s. With those bus shelter Adshel’s being nearly 2 meters by 1.5 meters, that is a terrifying crop to use from a 6 megapixel camera and old lens and I was literally stunned as to how well the image stood up to this type of enlargement.

    Lenses

    So finally we come to lenses. Lenses are often seen as the soundest investment you’ll ever make in photography. Your ‘glass’ will very often outlive all other equipment you own and they will often see you through multiple camera body purchases.

    For example, the current Nikon F-mount lenses have been around since 1959! I don’t want to sound like a Nikon fan-boy here but that is insane. To think that something that was designed and engineered at a time when we barely had a vaccine for Polio, no man had been to space, and at a time before computers even had a name, Nikon made a lens mount that is still being used to this very day on their most modern cameras. So yes, buying a Nikon lens is a fairly solid investment and I am pretty sure it’s a safe bet that any Nikon lens bought now will see you through many years to come.

    So thanks to a little judgment from my industry cohorts and unintended peer pressure that left me feeling guilty, I begrudgingly decided to finally buy a new lens.

    For my type of work that primarily involves photographing people I wanted a fast zoom lens. My previous lens was halfway there, at least, but really in terms of upgrading there is only one clear choice and that was the 24-70mm f/2.8.

    You can’t really find a more highly decorated lens and everywhere you turn there are people raving about how good this lens is so I bought one. You can pick one up here in the UK for around £1200 or in the US for about $1800. Like I mentioned, lenses stick around for a very long time so I picked up an exceptional quality second hand one for £850. Of course it’s nice to buy new but it’s a working lens not an ornament so I was more than happy to get a pre-loved one and with modern returns policies there’s practically zero risk if you aren’t happy.

    Are we nearly there yet?

    Once again, thanks to all of you who made it this far in one of my articles, but we can finally take a look at what I thought of the lens. I’ve only had it a couple of weeks and although I’ve shot several shoots on it already, I actually haven’t gotten around to retouching any beyond these specifically shot test images.

    So are you happy with the new lens?

    Yes I am happy, it produces great shots just like I felt my previous lens did. I loved that lens and I still have it.

    Will you use your old 28-105 lens again now that you have this new one?

    No, theres no reason to but I doubt I’ll ever get rid of it. It’s simply not worth anything, you can pick it up for £150 now so its worth far more to me as a backup.

    Were you blown away with the quality of this new and highly recommend ‘must-have’ lens?

    No, not really. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with the lens, but for some reason I was expecting to be blown away. That’s more to do with the fact that everybody was hinting at the fact that my old lens was crap?it simply wasn’t.

    It’s true that about 80-90% of the shots on my site were taken with a lens that you can buy for £150 now, but it was a remarkable lens. It had its limitations of course, namely its speed. I could only shoot at a max aperture of around f/4 most of the time.

    Just days ago though I was shooting in possibly the darkest London club I have ever been into. I was shooting a mix of ambient and flash but my settings were ISO 800 1/60sec f/2.8. That is dark! The images I took last week simply would not have been possible a couple of weeks prior, I couldn’t go slower on the shutter speed and I really didn’t want to go noisier than ISO 800 so for that shoot alone the lens was worth it.

    It got me thinking though, how good are these old Nikon lenses? My old lens was first introduced in 1998 and it’s a really good lens, how long ago did Nikon nail it in terms of creating great glass? I decided to look into how bad Nikon lenses actually were before they got good.

    Upon my search I came across our industry legend Ken Rockwell and his list of ‘Nikon’s 10 Worst Lenses‘ (it’s actually only 6 as he couldn’t find 10 crap Nikon lenses). At the top of this list is the Nikon 43-86mm f/3.5 which Ken affectionately coins as ‘the worst lens Nikon has ever made.’

    In fairness to Nikon this 43-86mm zoom lens was first introduced in 1963. They soon realized their errors and re-released a far superior version in 1975. How can you tell the difference between the two versions? I now have both and the only cosmetic difference is the older version has its lettering inside the filter ring and the later version has it on the outside.

    In the image here the lens on the left is the improved version and the lens on the right is the original.

    Challenge Accepted Ken!

    I had to see what the worst Nikon lens ever made is all about so I grabbed one. As you may well imagine, you can buy Nikon’s worst lens for a generously low price and I ‘invested’ in mine for the princely sum of 20 pounds. Score!

    Ken Rockwell is no slouch when it comes to lens reviews and the guy knows what he’s talking about so I was interested to see how bad Nikon had screwed up here. Thankfully my 43-86mm f3.5 (seriously Nikon what the hell zoom range is that?) lens arrived in time for me to test it alongside my new ‘Godly’ zoom lens as well.

    So begins the New vs. Old vs. Vintage lens comparison test. This is far from scientific, just practical results taken as I would normally shoot and all retouched in the same way I would normally retouch.

    Each lens had five 3/4 length shots taken at f5.6 at 50mm and five head-shots taken at f5.6 at 70mm. I chose the ‘best’ (sharpest) frame from each of the five shots and retouched them all in my normal process with each image receiving the same amount of time. Bear in mind that the vintage 43-86mm is manual focus and seeing as it doesn’t talk to the camera directly, user focusing error is also a factor.

    The two images below were taken on the Nikon 43 – 86mm f3.5. The 3/4 length shot was taken at 50mm and the head-shot was taken at 70mm and both were shot at f5.6:

    The two images below were taken on the Nikon 28 – 105mm f3.5-4.5. The 3/4 length shot was taken at 50mm and the head-shot was taken at 70mm and both were shot at f5.6.

    The two images below were taken on the Nikon 24 – 70mm f2.8. The 3/4 length shot was taken at 50mm and the head-shot was taken at 70mm and both were shot at f5.6.

    Below are some cropped-in versions of each of the files above so you can get a clearer picture of what’s going on with each of the lenses.

    Thoughts

    – First off it’s no shocker to see that the 50 year old lens is not up to the same standards as the modern lenses, we hardly needed to read a review to find that out. In the 3/4 length shot you can clearly see how soft it is at the edges and up around the face is loses a lot of definition and sharpness. It would also appear that it struggles with highlights greatly and the detail gets lost almost instantly as the brightness gets anywhere near a highlight. You can see in the headshot that the cheek bone highlight gets blurry due to flaring in the lens.

    – This lens has been a workhorse for me and I’ve never had cause for complaint. In the 3/4 length shot again you can start to see a slight blurring at the top of the head at the extremities of this lenses focal plane. Once again I would also say that the headshot sees a very small amount of flaring from the highlights and the pores loose a little definition in the cheek bones highlights because of it. Am I picking holes in this lens? Yes. Do I consider these to be usable and saleable commercial images? Yes.

    – As you’d expect, the images taken with this lens are great. At first glance the 3/4 length shot may appear to be less than tack sharp to you and I’d agree with you. Personally I don’t think this is a fault in the lens, I think this is a byproduct of ‘focus and recompose’. You focus on the head and then make minor adjustments in the composition which renders the desired area slightly out of focus. I wrote an article on the effect here to better explain whats going on: ‘Stay Focused’. But apart from user error you can see that the image as a whole looks clean and clear from edge to edge.

    On the headshot we see the same thing and for me the most noticeable differences here are the detail in the highlights. The cheek bone highlights retain all of the pore detail and the shadow areas in those pores are not loosing darkness due to flaring from the surrounding highlights.

    More History (sorry)

    So what does all this mean to me and why did I bother writing an article on something we as photographers should instinctively know by now? It’s obvious that newer lenses create better photographs. It is obvious but I think we may sometimes loose a little perspective on this ‘better’ scale.

    Take the vintage 43-86mm lens, remember this is reputed to be the ‘worst’ Nikon lens ever, this lens is older than most of its owners and to put it into perspective, one year before this lens came to market audio tapes were invented. That is crazy, you’d expect a lens that is dubbed as the worst lens ever and made at a time before pocket calculators that it would be like shooting through an old sock! It just isn’t. Yes it’s soft, yes it’s blurry at the edges, yes it flares at the highlights but it’s still usable and frankly a shot taken with this lens and displayed in the most common format of our generation i.e. our phones, nobody would ever know.

    Ok so lets fast forward nearly half a century and compare what Nikon is up to now. The older 28-105mm lens that I’ve been using for over ten years and taken literally tens of thousands of frames without incident, repair or service, how did those images compare? Pretty damn good in my opinion, yes its an ‘old’ lens but I have shot commercial jobs on it for my entire career. It’s images are in books, magazines, Adshels, posters and nearly every other printed media out there and I’ve never once thought ‘oh that’s a bit soft/flat/distorted’. That lens is an absolute workhorse and neither you or anybody else could expect any piece of engineering to withstand those years of day-to-day use and abuse with very little tender loving care with zero maintenance or repair.

    Move forward a few more years and we’ve got Nikon’s latest and greatest zoom lens (almost latest, a newer VR version has now been released). As you’d expect this lens takes fantastic shots but is it a quantum leap forward from the older 28-105mm I had? No I don’t think it is.

    It’s simply just physics at this point, in fact camera sensor technology is getting so damn good now that we’re literally starting to see the physical glass of the lens in our shots. Making something physically solid yet completely transparent was black-magic a few hundred years ago but glass has been around since 3500 BC, we have been refining it for a while now and we’re getting pretty damn good at it. But a lens isn’t all about sharpness. This lens is very fast through the range and having that f2.8 has already helped me out on a shoot after only having it for a week. It’s also a lot quieter to focus than the old one and it focuses a lot faster and in lower lighting, there’s no mistaking this a far superior lens.

    In Conclusion (you made it)

    Lens technology has in my opinion crawled along. We’ve been working with glass for over 4500 years so its understandable that we already had a handle on it 50 years ago. The apparent slow growth of lens improvements is nobodies fault, you can’t blame them for ‘nailing it’ right out of the gate. Smarter electronics and software companies nail it straight away all the time but slowly drip feed those improvements and updates to eek out the consumer budgets. It’s just business.

    All I’m saying is that even the WORST NIKON LENS is still actually pretty damn good.

    Don’t fall foul to thinking you always need the latest and the greatest lighting, camera body or lens. What would give you better shots, spending £1000 on a slightly updated lens or spending £1000 on 3 or 4 awesome location shoots with professional models, stylists and makeup artists?

    I think you know the answer.

    Why not let me know your thoughts. Have you bought a lens that you felt revolutionized your images and portfolio? If so I’d love to know which lens it was. Or have you been holding off buying a new lens and think your money would be better spent on a few awesome photoshoots? Fire away in the comments below and as always if you have any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.

    About the author: Jake Hicks is an editorial and fashion photographer based in Reading, UK. He specializes in keeping the skill in the camera and not just on the screen. You can find more of his work and writing on his website, Facebook, 500px, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr. This article was also published here.

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  • Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D lens listed as discontinued (556 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:21:00 -0400Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D lens listed as discontinuedNikon Rumors


    The Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D lens is listed as "Discontinued by manufacturer" at Amazon.com:


    The lens is still not listed as discontinued on the official Nikon website and is still available in stock in all major US retailers (B&H, Adorama). Nikon USA is "Temporarily out of inventory".

  • Pandora's new internet radio station is curated by Questlove (1974 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:20:00 -0400Pandora's new internet radio station is curated by QuestloveEngadget RSS Feed

    Pandora may be prepping a Spotify-like subscription for launch, but that's not keeping the internet radio service from ramping up its original content. Today, the company announced that it's partnering with The Roots drummer and DJ Questlove on a new station. What's more, the station will feature a 3-hour weekly show curated and produced by the musician called "Questlove Supreme." Pandora describes the show as "a weekly ride through the global musical landscape featuring adventurous music selections, compelling conversations and revealing interviews." The company also says the show will have a similar feel to Questlove's NYU music course.

    "Questlove Supreme" is set to debut September 7th on the new station at 1PM ET. If you can't tune in then, the show will repeat for 48 hours and will be available via the artist's mixtape. The list of featured guests will include Saturday Night Live actress Maya Rudolph, producer and engineer Bob Power and Grammy award-winning artist Kimbra. The Questlove station is already live and you can listen to a preview here. What's more, Questlove will serve as Pandora's strategic advisor and the first artist ambassador in addition to working on the station and show.

    Pandora has already added popular podcasts Serial and This American Life to its lineup and this new aritst-curated station makes a lot of sense to help pad the library. Apple Music's Beats 1 does something similar with a mix of regular radio shows and artist-hosted weekly installments. It's too early to tell if Pandora is looking to take on Apple's radio offering directly. However, if recent reports are any indication, we won't have to wait long to find out the finer points of Pandora's forthcoming streaming service.

    Source: Pandora (Business Wire)

  • Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen (267 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:18:00 -0400Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPenReuters: Health News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on pharmaceutical company Mylan NV to voluntarily drop the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen, which has increased in price by more than 400 percent in the past decade.

  • Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen (267 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:18:00 -0400Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPenReuters: Politics

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on pharmaceutical company Mylan NV to voluntarily drop the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen, which has increased in price by more than 400 percent in the past decade.

  • Colombia, FARC to unveil final deal to end five decades of bloodshed (275 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:12:00 -0400Colombia, FARC to unveil final deal to end five decades of bloodshedReuters: World News

    HAVANA/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and the leftist FARC rebels will unveil a final peace deal on Wednesday, negotiators said, bringing to a close talks in Havana that many thought would never succeed in ending one of the world's most-protracted insurgencies.

  • EU, Portugal agree on 5 billion euro recapitalization for ailing bank CGD (285 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:07:00 -0400EU, Portugal agree on 5 billion euro recapitalization for ailing bank CGDReuters: Business News

    LISBON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission and Portugal have agreed in principle on the recapitalization, on market terms, of ailing state-owned bank CGD, envisaging an injection of up to 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion) in state funds and nearly as much in debt and equity.

  • Adult Swim is publishing 'ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove' (1042 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0400Adult Swim is publishing 'ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove'Engadget RSS Feed

    Adult Swim Games is stepping in to publish an all-new ToeJam and Earl game 25 years after the original made its Sega Genesis debut.

    It's called ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, and the titular aliens find themselves returning to Earth after ToeJam borrows the Rapmaster Rocketship from Lamont for an intergalactic joyride. While orbiting our planet ToeJam has Earl bump the sound system, presses the wrong button, and they crash land on Earth. Great job, guys. They find themselves teaming up with some well-meaning (but kind of strange) humans so they can get back home.

    From the teaser trailer, it's pretty clear developer Humanature Studios is sticking to what worked with the original game and its subsequent sequels with a hip-hop lilt and groovy-looking levels. It's funky, alright, and old school fans should agree it looks like it has that certain something that made the first game so memorable.

    The game's coming to PC and console in 2017, but if you're at PAX West, you'll be able to check out a demo for yourself.

  • Earth-Like Planet, With Ambitious Life Possibility, Found Orbiting the Star Next Door (1819 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0400Earth-Like Planet, With Ambitious Life Possibility, Found Orbiting the Star Next DoorSlashdot

    There's another Earth out there. For real, this time. Astronomers announced on Wednesday that they had detected a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest neighbor to our solar system. Intriguingly, the planet is in the star's "Goldilocks zone," they said, a place that hints that it may not be too hot nor too cold. Which in turn means that liquid water could exist at the surface, and by extension, it raises the possibility of life. Nature reports:"The search for life starts now," says Guillem Anglada-Escude, an astronomer at Queen Mary University of London and leader of the team that made the discovery. Humanity's first chance to explore this nearby world may come from the recently announced Breakthrough Starshot initiative, which plans to build fleets of tiny laser-propelled interstellar probes in the coming decades. Travelling at 20% of the speed of light, they would take about 20 years to cover the 1.3 parsecs from Earth to Proxima Centauri. Proxima's planet is at least 1.3 times the mass of Earth. The planet orbits its red-dwarf star -- much smaller and dimmer than the Sun -- every 11.2 days. "If you tried to pick the type of planet you'd most want around the type of star you'd most want, it would be this," says David Kipping, an astronomer at Columbia University in New York City. "It's thrilling."Much about the planet is still unknown. Astronomers have some ideas about its size and distance from its parent star. Scientists say they are working off computer models that offer mere hints of what's possible. Also, there's no picture available for this planet as of yet.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • UPDATE 1-More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cotton (283 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:56:00 -0400UPDATE 1-More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cottonReuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods

    CHICAGO/NEW DELHI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday said it ordered an external audit of textiles from Welspun India, after Target Corp last week accused the Indian manufacturer of passing off cheap sheets as premium Egyptian cotton for two years.

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  • Edelkrone Wing adds non-motorized gliding to any tripod (715 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:56:00 -0400Edelkrone Wing adds non-motorized gliding to any tripodNews: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

    Edelkrone has launched Wing, a non-motorized sliding armature that attaches to a tripod and glides a camera in a straight line without rails.  Wing has a total gliding range of 40cm / 16in and is made from CNC machined lightweight aluminum. According to Edelkrone, Wing is designed to stay out of the shot at all points.

    When collapsed, Wing measures 147 x 45 x 66cm / 5.7 x 1.7 x 2.6in and weighs 0.54kg / 1.2lb. The unit features a 3/8?-16 mounting port on the bottom and a standard 1/4?-20 mounting screw on the top, as well as locking and drag adjustment mechanisms to fix the camera in place or alter the amount of friction.

    Wing is available to purchase now for $249.

     
    Via: Gizmodo
  • UPDATE 1-More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cotton (283 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:56:00 -0400UPDATE 1-More U.S. retailers probing phony Egyptian cottonReuters: Company News

    CHICAGO/NEW DELHI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday said it ordered an external audit of textiles from Welspun India, after Target Corp last week accused the Indian manufacturer of passing off cheap sheets as premium Egyptian cotton for two years.

  • NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone near northern Leeward Islands (285 characters)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:52:00 -0400NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone near northern Leeward IslandsReuters: U.S.

    (Reuters) - A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rice still has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

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