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California Updates Invasion of Privacy Law to Ban the Use of Camera Drones

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In a bill meant to bring California’s privacy laws into a drone-heavy 21st century, the state just signed an act into law that will make it both illegal and very expensive for anybody seeking to invade someone else’s privacy by taking photos of them with a camera drone. Read more…

Hacker Allegedly Stole Millions of Dropbox Passwords, Dropbox Says It’s Not True

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If you use Dropbox to store and share your photos, the recent news of an alleged username and password hack probably has you worried. But according to Dropbox, it shouldn’t. Not only was Dropbox not hacked, but any usernames/passwords that might have been compromised were reset months ago due to suspicious activity. Read more…

Newly Developed Lithium-ion Batteries Have Lifespan of Over 20 Years

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If you’ve ever used a lithium-ion battery for many years, you’ve probably experienced the gradual loss of the ability to hold charge over time. Thanks to researchers over in Singapore, however, future Li-ion batteries will last much, much longer than present day ones.

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University have developed a new type of lithium ion battery that can reach a 70% charge in a mere two minutes and will keep charging day in and day out for over 20 years. Yes, you read that right. Two decades.
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Flickr Launches Wall Art: Turn Your Photographs Into Beautiful Home Decor

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Flickr launched a new product today that aims to bring more photos out of digital screens and onto physical walls. It’s called Flickr Wall Art: users can now turn their photographs into wall-ready art pieces for home decor (or for use as gifts).
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Yovo Photo Sharing App Uses Slatted Fence Optical Trick to Prevent Screenshots

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In the ongoing app battle to keep private photos safe and sound from unintended recipients (and the general public), a new app called Yovo – You Only View Once – brings an interesting technology to the table.

It’s called D-fence, and is based around the idea that your eyes can see what’s behind a slatted fence as you’re driving by at a high speed.
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Ultra-Rare Nikon 13mm f/5.6 ‘Holy Grail’ Lens Shows Up on eBay

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One of the rarest Nikon lenses in the world has popped up on eBay. It’s the Nikon 13mm f/5.6, a lens reviewer Ken Rockwell calls ‘The Holy Grail’ of Nikon lenses.

Just how rare is it? Only about 350 of these babies were ever produced.
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Amazon Will Soon Open Its First Brick and Mortar Location in New York City

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Amazon will reportedly be opening up its first brick-and-mortar location at a location in New York City in time for this holiday season, expanding from the online-only business it currently does through its website.
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Michael Schumacher’s Ski Accident Brain Injury Said to Be Caused by his GoPro Helmet Cam

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Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher is still making his slow recovery from a serious skiing accident he suffered on December 29th, 2013. While skiing through an unsecured area in the French Alps, Schumacher crashed and slammed his head into a rock.

Doctors credit his helmet with saving his life, saying he likely would have died had he not been wearing one. But this weekend a new fact emerged: the GoPro mounted to his helmet is reportedly what caused the brain damage.
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One Man’s Photos from an Epic Road Trip Spanning 26 Years, 177 Countries, and 500,000 Miles

A 76-year-old man named Gunther Holtorf is back home in Germany now after an epic road trip. How epic was it? It could very well be the world’s longest: the journey took 26 years, included 177 different countries around the world, and spanned nearly 550,000 miles.

All along the way, Holtorf carried two Leica cameras — a Leicaflex SL and a Leica M6 — to document the things he saw in the places he visited. The video above, featuring photographer David Lemke, offers a glimpse into Holtorf’s journey and photos.

(via DW and Reddit)

Light Painting Brushes Aims to Equip Lightpainters with a Standard Set of Tools

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Photographer Jason D. Page has been capturing light painting photography for years, and over the past 3 years he has also been working on a new project for the light painting community. It’s called Light Painting Brushes.

Just launched today, Light Painting Brushes is a set of light tools that aims to give lightpainters a standard set of brushes to “paint” with.
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