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When taking photos, the wonderful range of the eye becomes obvious compared to the limitations of even the best digital cameras. The human eye works in a wide range of environments from midday sun to the faint glow of moonlight, but our cameras do not see this same range. This means a scene containing very dark and light areas that all appear to eye normally can in a photo loose part of the scene with areas either washed out or lost in shadow.
HDR attempts to compensate for the lesser dynamic range of a camera by taking multiple images that together cover the entire dynamic range of the scene and combining them together to produce a photo that better presents the full dynamic range in the original scene. Many high end graphic processing packages such as Photoshop contain the ability to create HDR images. Other specialty programs designed only to create these images also exist. Creating these images does not require expensive specialized software. Here we’ll look at using the free open source Luminance to produce HDR images.
Everyone wants their computer to run as quickly as possible, but one of the most frustrating problems that can blight a computer is slow startup.
Almost every computer has a number of program that run automatically when Windows starts, and Startup Delayer is a tool that can be used to take control of these and help speed things up.
Google is one of my favorite web companies because of all the incredible free apps they offer. They are my go-to for email, calendar and photos, and now they are my first choice for online file storage.
After many months of its rumored existence, Google Drive was finally launched on April 24, 2012. Now that it’s been a little over a month, it’s time to see how Google Drive stacks up against its competitors.
While it is not exactly difficult to create folders in Windows to help keep your files and shortcuts organized, it is a process that can take just a little too long.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create folders on the fly, without the need to fiddle about with context menus, Smart Folders could be just what you need.
If you’re also an Android user, then you should definitely check out Android.AppStorm – maybe start by grabbing some great free apps!
There’s certainly no shortage of free Android apps, but a lot of these are really more like free demos: they’re ad-supported “lite” versions with accompanying paid apps, or they’re 30 day trials, or they require you to unlock extra features via in-app purchases or by paying for a monthly account.
That’s not a bad thing, of course; we shouldn’t expect all developers to give away the products of their hard work for free! But in this roundup, we’ll look exclusively at apps that don’t ask for a penny.
Summer is a time of relaxation. A time to rest after a hard years work and put your feet up. Many of us will hope to be in better shape for this time, and with summer quickly approaching, you need an effective way to keep fit! We all need an easy way to do this, however, it’s often very hard to achieve noticeable results over a short period of time.
Today, everyone has their phone on them. In my opinion, I recommend scrapping your books because your phone will be the best tool. They say “there’s an app for everything”, and they couldn’t be more right! The Windows Marketplace contains 100s of different apps suited towards improving your fitness and making you healthier. For a solid regime you need organization and something to motivate you to try harder!
I’ve picked out the best 50, sorting them into five different categories. Showing a wide variety of apps to possibly help you feel better about your shape and size. Read on to find out more!
Alright, that pun could have been a lot better, but sadly the same can easily be said for the Windows Phone ports of what were, in their original forms, two excellent games. For those of you not in the know, the excellent fellows at 2K games recently ported two of my all-time favourite titles to Windows Phone, namely the empire-building Civilization: Revolution and swashbuckling Sid Meier’s Pirates!.
Those of us who are eager spectators of the gaming industry may know these two games as the brainchildren of Sid Meier; grandfather of the immensely popular Civilization series (of which I am a self-confessed fan), as well as a variety of other entertaining gems, including the one-shot wonder, Pirates! and the brilliant Alpha Centauri. Since both titles were released simultaneously, by the same developer and sadly suffering from the same underlying problems, I have decided to review both of them in one convenient package. So, for such a promising background, where did it all go wrong for the pair?
A few years ago, I was recruited by my dear mother to set up my grandma’s new computer and bring her up to speed on computing in the modern world. No big deal, right? Explaining the keyboard and mouse is fairly straightforward. Windows operates in a user-friendly manner most of the time so no problems there. And then there’s the Internet: one of the most powerful inventions of the 20th century with the power to connect users to family, friends, and free knowledge, and the evil to empty your bank account into the hands of a skivvy email spammer.
Where does one begin when laying out a framework to explain the ins and outs of the World Wide Web? How does one go about relating the etiquette of never using all-caps to type an email or the self-preservation of never falling for a Craigslist buyer’s promise of sending a freight truck to pick up your used car? I’m about to make an attempt so here goes: an Idiot’s Guide to Good Browsing Habits.