The system image tool in Windows might not be the tool that Microsoft prefers you use for backups, but it's still a good tool for migrations and disaster recovery. As CNET's Rick Broida found out painfully, Windows will behave unexpectedly every now and then, particularly after OS upgrades. This is where having a system image can be a big help.
A bizarre, funnel-shaped cloud formation churning around Saturn's north pole was first noticed in the 1980s in Voyager flybys. Eventually, this mass became known as "the hexagon."
Any images of this cloudy mass have been muted and blurry at best -- until now. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of the hexagon that show it off in all of its unearthly glory.
The hexagon is a unique six-sided jet stream with a roiling rotating storm at its center. It spans roughly 20,000 miles and whips up 200 mph winds. According to NASA, no other … Read more
Editors' note: This review was updated on December 5, 2013, with more detailed information we received about specific features from the developers of the app.
OKDoThis is the latest app to enter into the mobile photography space with a new twist for Instagram users. With a crowded market and new apps popping up almost daily, the fresh approach OKDoThis takes to chasing the success of Instagram is very appealing.
Setup The first thing you'll need to do after installing OKDoThis is set up an account. The account creation process is a breeze if you have either a Facebook or … Read more
Sony might acquire a chip plant in Japan that has heretofore been used to produce large-scale-integration (LSI) chips -- assuming it can find a way to change the facility's focus.
Sony executives have toured a Renesas Electronics plant in Japan to determine if it's a worthy acquisition, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the discussions between the companies. Before Sony puts in an offer, however, the company wants to see how difficult it would be to convert the facility into a CMOS production plant.
Renesas has been in a world of trouble … Read more
Want a better camera on your Android device? Google does, too.
For that reason, the company has overhauled the mobile OS's plumbing. Google has built deep into Android support for two higher-end photography features -- raw image formats and burst mode -- and could expose those features so that programmers could tap into them, the company said.
Evidence of raw and burst-mode photos in the Android source code surfaced earlier in November, but Google has now commented on the technology. Specifically, spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the support is now present in Android's hardware abstraction layer (HAL), the part … Read more
Researchers in Finland say they've found that even when a video game is competitive, playing it appears to bring emotional responses and brain activity in sync.
In fact, the effect actually increases as a game gets more competitive, the researchers out of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, the University of Helsinki, and Aalto University -- all in Finland -- report in the journal PLOS One.
In the study, participants played the game Hedgewars, which involves both managing one's own team of hedgehogs and using ballistic artillery to destroy as many of the opposing team's hedgehogs as possible. Basically, whoever kills more hedgehogs wins. To mix up the type and degree of competition, sometimes the players were playing one another, other times the computer.
All the while, the players were being monitored using facial electromyography (fEMG) to measure facial muscle reactions and electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity.… Read more
Google is working to delete a satellite image from Google Maps that shows the body of a murdered teenager, the search giant said Monday.
Kevin Barrera, 14, was found shot to death on August 15, 2009, near railroad tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond. A satellite photo taken that day shows the teen's body on the ground, a police car, and officers examining the crime scene.
The case remains unsolved.
The teen's father, Jose Barrera, said he discovered the image last week and wanted the image removed out of respect for his son's … Read more
Android device owners might be able to take photos in a higher-end raw format in the future, according to details tucked away in the source code for the mobile operating system.
As spotted by Ars Technica, Google programmers have been working on a revised camera interface that exposes new features to Android app programmers. Among the features in the "new camera API" (application programming interface) are support for raw photo formats and burst-mode shooting that can take a rapid sequence of photos.
It's not clear what the fate of the new interface will be. It was added … Read more
Adobe released a test version of Lightroom 5.3 on Friday, giving the photo editing and cataloging software support for the season's hot new cameras like the compact Canon PowerShot S120, the high-end mirrorless Fujifilm X-E2, the full-frame Nikon D610 SLR, Panasonic GM1, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Sony A7R.
In addition, Adobe said it's squashed a number of bugs, including one that has been driving me batty where exporting photos to Flickr would hijack Lightroom so you could see only images in the Flickr publish collection unless you restarted the software. Adobe said it's fixed, and … Read more
Image Creator is a free app trying to do too many things and not quite getting any of them spot on. It's not a bad app, but with limited options in the two or three areas it tries to offer features, it will feel incomplete when editing most images. The result is a messy interface and images that look half edited.
When you open Image Creator you can open a new image, take one with the camera, or prep a canvas. Most of what you do will be done to an image, however, and there are a few options. … Read more