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Friday, 10 April 2015

Five of the best: Smartwatches from the pre-Apple Watch era

Is the Apple Watch the only smartwatch that matters? These five wearables have something t...

As the Apple Watch goes up for online pre-orders (and in-store showings) around the world, perhaps you're wondering if any of the existing smartwatches are worth a look? We've been following this space closely for the last couple of years, and think these five are your best of the pre-Apple Watch smartwatches... Continue Reading Five of the best: Smartwatches from the pre-Apple Watch era

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Google's £799 Chromebook Pixel 2 arrives in the UK on April 21st

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Best manual camera apps for iPhone

Built-in Camera app on your iPhone just isn't enough? The App Store is full of alternatives to take your photography to new levels!

Whether you just want to take more stunning shots in general, or need to focus on something more specific, like HDR or long exposure photography, there are tons of third party camera apps to choose from. A lot even offer manual controls for things such as exposure and focus. Want more control over file output? You can have that too. No matter what your iPhone photography needs are, there's something for everyone. As with most apps, manual camera apps aren't always one size fits all.

Follow along and we'll help you figure out which manual camera app is the best for you!


Advanced camera controls in a beautiful package

Manual is super simple to use and lets you adjust shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. In a single tap you can also view aperture settings. You can also check out histograms live and a plethora of other things, all in a beautifully designed and easy to use package.


For custom modes and great control layouts

ProShot offers advanced controls such as exposure, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. What I love most about it is the control layouts. They don't get in your way and let you take advantage of the entire view finder the way it was intended. Oh, and there are custom mode presets to save your favorite settings for later.


For tricky lighting and amazing HDR

Hyrda will always be in my photo arsenal because it does the best job balancing lighting and capturing amazing HDR photos. Lo-light mode greatly reduces noise by overlapping many photos and increasing the light factor, and it works. HDR photos look fantastic and hi-res mode lets you capture photos up to 32 megapixels so you're sure you get every little detail.

ProCam 2

Single shot HDR, TIFF files, and live filters

ProCam 2 combines great tools with a great layout. Controls include manual focus, exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. There are also 17 live lenses to choose from. Pretty much anything you want to control in ProCam 2, you can. Like ProCamera 8, ProCam 2 also supports TIFF export.

ProCamera 8

TIFF files, filters, and more

ProCamera 8 boasts an entire repertoire of features and manual controls and even TIFF image export, which is about as close as you'll get to RAW in iOS. The vividHDR feature in ProCamera 8 also works stunningly well and really makes your images pop. There are a lot of tasteful live filters to choose from too.


For simple all in one shooting and editing

VSCO Cam offers manual camera controls for focus, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation. You can also add filters and edit your photos right inside the same app. All editing tools are simple to use which makes it a great app for advanced and beginner iPhoneoographers.


For advanced all in one shooting and editing

Camera+ has been a staple in the iPhone photography world for a long time. There are lots of stellar camera controls, filters, an awesome HDR mode, and tons of editing tools. For simple and clean all in one photography apps, there is VSCO Cam. For advanced and everything in between, you want Camera+.

Slow Shutter Cam

For long exposure photography

If you want to capture great long exposures, just pair your iPhone with a tripod and Slow Shutter Cam. It offers full resolution on all devices, and three different capture modes to choose from: motion blur, light trail, and low light. Whether you're capturing lights or waterfalls, Slow Shutter Cam is a must have for long exposure photography.

Your picks?

Photography is deeply personal and we know that what fits one person's requirements and needs may not fit the next person's. So tell me in the comments what manual camera apps you prefer and why!

And as always, if you think there's one I missed that is particularly awesome, let me know that too!

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Geek deals: Alienware Alpha consolized gaming PC for $400

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Is your gaming PC getting a bit long in the tooth? Fear not, there’s never been a better time to upgrade. Dell has a new miniature gaming PC called the Alienware Alpha — […]



Amazon granted new authority to test-fly delivery drones

The Federal Aviation Administration granted the new license after a previous decision left Amazon's most recently developed drones grounded.

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You Should Take Kindle’s Last Rival Seriously

You Should Take Kindle’s Last Rival Seriously

Kobo's new e-reader is the last bastion of competition in a field that sorely needs it.

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Astronomers detect the building blocks of life in a distant star system

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Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe the protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, revealing the presence of complex organic molecules that represent the building blocks of life. The findings mark the first time that such a discovery has been made. .. Continue Reading Astronomers detect the building blocks of life in a distant star system

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Want a new gold MacBook? Be prepared to wait.

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How Darth Vader's "I am your father" sounds in 20 different languages

Youtube user DBZGTBGM1991 compiled this neat video showing how Darth Vader's "I am your father" line—probably the most famous line in movie history—sounds in 20 different languages. My favorites are Japanese and German—because they sound pretty scary.


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Hold on to your overalls: Finnish rally champ sets tractor speed record

A team sponsored by Nokian Tires has set the Guinness World Record for speed reached in a tractor. Four-time rally champion Juha Kankkunen was behind the wheel, pushing the seven-ton beast to over 80 mph.

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Microsoft makes the Xbox 360 a better media machine in coming update

While the spotlight is on its newer console, Microsoft is making sure that those hanging on to their Xbox 360s aren’t left in the cold. An update to be released later this year will add support for 2TB hard drives to the console.

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Spying case against UK government heads to Europe's highest court

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Spirit Lords is like an adorable Diablo for your phone

I've spent far too much of my life zoning out in front of action RPGs like Diablo and Torchlight. Click, click, click; kill bad guy, collect loot, repeat. It's a familiar cycle, one that keeps me coming back, but lately my mouse clicks have been replaced by taps on a touchscreen thanks to Spirit Lords, a new mobile game that boils down the essence of Diablo into something you can play while riding the bus.

Just like Diablo and its like, Spirt Lords is about little more than slaying monsters and gathering sweet new gear. You'll venture through a series of progressively challenging dungeons, each filled with twisted lizards and golems to kill. Clearing out a dungeon will earn you experience, money, and new armor and weapons, which makes...

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New trailers: True Detective, Orange is the New Black, Sinister 2, and more

Forget movies — trailer releases were all about TV this week, with two of the hottest series from HBO and Netflix giving first looks at their new seasons. Not only that, but there are two other trailers for online-only sitcoms to watch: a new Netflix series led by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and a Yahoo show created by Paul Feig. Check them all out in our roundup of this week's best trailers below.

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Amazon Just Slashed the Price of the Moto 360 For Some Reason

In a move that surely has nothing to do with the start of Apple Watch preorders, Amazon has dropped the price of the leather Moto 360 to $179, and the metal version to $229, both all-time lows by a solid margin. You can find all of the variations of the popular smart watch below.


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