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Author: Dustin McManus

30 Sep

How to Add Dreamy, Romantic Effects to Images in Photoshop

Photographs are all about capturing a moment in time and effectively conveying the mood and tone of the subject and its surroundings. Still, even for the best photographers, some things are difficult to translate in photos. For instance, you might want to soften up a portrait or image in order to evoke a more romantic atmosphere. Even better, to further the aesthetic of a fairytale romance, adding dreamy effects to a photo can truly seal the deal. Whether you want your image to look like the cover of a steamy romance novel, or just want to add something a bit more fantastical, here’s how to pull off that dreamy, romantic look in Photoshop. Step 1 Open the image you wish to edit...
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28 Sep

Studies Prove Fitness Trackers Do Indeed Work

This should come as a huge sigh of relief to anyone who’s shelled out a few hundred bucks for a fitness tracker – multiple studies have proven that the devices actually deliver on their promise of keeping their wearers active and fit. A recent case study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that fitness trackers and health apps are adept at bettering one’s overall fitness. The authors culled information from more than 224 different medical and health studies that examined the relationship between the usage of fitness trackers and positive changes in one’s lifestyle. Whether it boiled down to fitness, diet or cutting out bad habits like smoking, the result was always the same: using fitness trackers...
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27 Sep

Misfit Releases Hundreds of Customization Options for Their Wearables

Misfit Shine 2
If style, aesthetic and fashion forwardness are what you’re looking for in a wearable, then there is no better brand to meet those needs than Misfit. Misfit’s Ray and Shine 2 wearables were already known as a pair of chic, good-looking wearables with designs that proved that wearables and fashion could definitely go hand-in-hand. Rather than launch another wearable to their line, they’ve decided to go another route: introducing hundreds of stylish, colorful customization options for their existing wearables. Let’s break down the expansive options of each one: Misfit Ray Misfit Ray is Misfit’s newer wearable on the block, the precocious kid that segued away from the circular shape of many past Misfit devices to become something uniquely its own. Ray’s...
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26 Sep

Reducing Camera Shake in Photoshop: A Simple Four Step Tutorial

camera shake reduction
We’ve all been there before – we’re rushing to capture the perfect shot of something before it’s too late, and in the ensuing madness, we don’t realize that we were a little jittery when taking the shot. Nothing is as big of a bummer as realizing a really good photo opportunity was spoiled by your own error, namely shaking the camera. But fret not – your image isn’t completely ruined due to this blur and shaky after effect. In fact, with a little Photoshop editing magic, it is quite possible to salvage a blurry photo. Follow this four-step tutorial on reducing camera shake in Photoshop in order to recover the glorious potential of photos marred by shaky fuzziness. Step 1 Open your...
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24 Sep

Avoid Overeating with These 9 Appetite Suppressing Foods

appetite suppressing foods
Overeating is a constant battle of restraint vs desire. Whether you’re binge eating an entire bag of potato chips, or find yourself shoveling candy into your mouth an hour after lunch because that salad has left your stomach feeling more vacant than a church on Monday, eating for the sake of eating or just to feel full and satisfied can often lead to trouble. After all, if we’re eating healthy and still hungry later, we’re probably more prone to grab something rich and filling, and not necessarily good for us. However, there are foods that act as natural appetite suppressants that will leave you feeling full until your next meal. Consider adding these nine foods to your meals or snack...
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22 Sep

Dronesurfing Poised to Be the Next Big Aquatic Sport

dronesurfing
There’s drone photography, drone filmmaking, drone racing, drone dueling, and now, dronesurfing! Yes, you read that right – the newest craze when it comes to drones and their application in the world of sports is using the UAVs to surf and glide across the salty seas. The most similar sport to the growing phenomenon that is dronesurfing is kitesurfing, where those who partake hop on a board and are guided through the waters by holding onto a kite in motion. However, since this is 2016 and kites are so low-tech that they haven’t been used in anything really revolutionary since Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity with one, they are now being swapped out in favor of powerful drones. The sport originated from...
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22 Sep

Become a Pokémon Master with This Pokémon GO Wearable

Pokemon GO wearable
To say that Pokémon GO became an unexpected phenomenon is a bit of an understatement. It is, however, a testament to two things: the power of nostalgia and the technologic evolution of gaming and augmented reality. After a monstrous big bang of a launch, the craze surrounding Pokémon GO has died down a bit and the public and player fascination has waned, mostly due to a lack of updates. Makers Niantic Labs are trying to reignite the Poké craze, and while upgrades to the app itself don’t appear to be on the horizon much to the chagrin of players, the game is getting even techier if it’s possible. Trainers, meet the Pokémon GO Plus wearable! Starting September 16, Pokémon GO players...
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20 Sep

Garmin Releases New Action Cam with Voice Control

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30
Though many have tried to usurp GoPro from the action camera throne, there’s a reason the name GoPro remains the dominant and most reputable brand in the field – they make a quality product that many consumers adore. However, an unlikely newcomer to the action cam market might finally have a formidable weapon to pull off what so many others have tried and failed to do. Garmin, heretofore most known for their navigation systems and line of fitness-minded smartwatches, has announced the release of the VIRB Ultra 30, an action camera that possesses something no GoPro does: voice control features. At a time where most have been impatiently awaiting news and details regarding the GoPro Hero 5 and its release, Garmin crept...
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20 Sep

This Camera Can Read Books Without Even Opening Them

Leave it to the geniuses at MIT to develop a piece of tech that essentially allows them to study without really studying. I’m of course talking about a camera developed by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that can read books without them being opened or even touched. If this X-ray vision camera sounds incredibly sci-fi in nature, you clearly underestimated the power and minds of our leading techies. The goal of the camera, however, is not to get out of the academic requirement of actually hitting the books – the camera was developed to scan books that are centuries old, which can be too delicate to touch or read without damaging them. So, just how does this...
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16 Sep

Fitbit Bonanza! All the Latest Upgrades from the Fitness Tracking Behemoth

new Fitbit products
When Fitbit wants to make a splash, they create a tsunami. That’s the only way to describe the gigantic announcement the fitness tracker company unveiled recently, detailing tons of new products, upgrades, accessories and sneak peeks of what’s coming soon. In fact, there’s so much to wade through that we could conceivably make a separate post for every single thing Fitbit announced. However, for the sake of brevity and your time, we’ve compiled all the standout moments and highlights from Fitbit’s latest announcement into one handy post (you’re welcome!). Scroll below to see all the latest and greatest from Fitbit. Fitbit Blaze and Alta Go Gold Gold – you either love it or hate it. As it turns out, many have...
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