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Hands On With Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 18

Any photographer struggling with the heavy-duty interfaces of Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop, or who simply doesn’t want so sign up for a subscription, is a good candidate for their lighterweight sibling, Photoshop Elements. The same goes for videographers unwilling to sign up for an expensive Creative Cloud plan and might be well-served by Premiere Elements. The good news is the Elements product line becomes more powerful each year. Today, Adobe has unveiled version 18 of the applications, skipping 16 and 17 to line up with the calendar, and they’re both ...

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Hands Off With Cadillac Super Cruise, the Masterful One-Trick Pony of Self-Driving

Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving is real, it’s available now, and it works well. I just drove it for two days and 500-plus miles in the Cadillac CT6. The vast majority of the miles were hands-off the steering wheel with the car fully in control. Super Cruise is a big step up for autonomous driving, and builds in enough safety measures that there is zero chance that you’ll T-bone a tractor trailer because you weren’t paying attention. Just understand: This is the beginning of real autonomous driving, not the end point. ...

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US hands out first contracts for border wall prototypes

Four companies have been chosen to build prototypes for Donald Trump’s planned border wall, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. The four concrete prototypes will be 30ft (9m) long and up to 30ft tall, and will be built in the coming months. Officials will then spend up to two months testing the walls for tampering and penetration resistance using small hand tools, CBP said. The four contracts are worth up to $ 500,000 (£387,000) each. A continuous wall across the entire southern US border was a key promise in ...

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Hands On With Augmented Reality From ODG and Meta

After years of seeing promising augmented reality (AR) demos, I feel a bit like the boy who cried wolf each time I come back impressed and convinced the technology is about to go mainstream. The good news is that it’s getting closer. In particular, I saw impressive, consumer-focused demos from two companies with radically different histories and strategies at this year’s Augmented World Expo. I got extensive hands-on time with Meta’s new Virtual Workspace environment, as well as ODG’s R8 and R9 untethered, cinema-grade AR wearables. Here’s what I found. Two ...

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Hands On With the Synology DS1517+ NAS: Affordable 10Gbps

For years I’ve struggled with the tradeoff between using high-performance, locally attached storage arrays to store my photographs, and the convenience of having them on a Network Attached Server (NAS). I’ve even tried various caching and syncing solutions to get the best of both. Until recently, though, affordable NAS solutions have been limited by either underwhelming CPUs, not enough RAM, or the physical limitations of 1-Gigabit Ethernet. Now, there are several units on the market that have broken through all of those limitations, particularly by providing 10-Gigabit Ethernet in a ...

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Hands On With the DJI Mavic Pro: A Serious Drone That Fits in Your Daypack

I’ve been a bit slow getting into flying serious drones, after my early experiences with nanocopters and the Parrot made me worry I’d crash an expensive piece of hardware. But with the introduction of DJI’s practically pocket-sized Mavic Pro ($ 999 at Amazon), I decided to take the plunge. At $ 1,000 plus the need for a smartphone, the unit isn’t really any less expensive than a Phantom 4. But it is impressively compact and crams most of the important features of a Phantom 4 Pro into its small chassis. 4K Video, ...

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Hands on: Can the Nissan Rogue Sport Dominate the Subcompact SUV Market?

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport extends the Rogue brand down to the subcompact crossover market and gives Nissan a chance to sell a half-million Rogues in the next year. For $ 2,400 less than the compact Rogue, you get a vehicle that drives pleasantly, rides quietly, stands a foot shorter and 5 inches lower, gives up significant back seat space, and gets about the same gas mileage. The junior Rogue has a lot of safety equipment standard, but you have to jump to the costliest trim line, SL, then add ...

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Hands On With the ‘K-Type,’ an Infinitely Customizable Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards have gotten incredibly popular in the last few years. You can now go buy a mech on Amazon for a reasonable amount of money. The surge of interest in mechs also supports a small but thriving custom keyboard community. I make no secret of my obsession with custom mechanical keyboards, which offer a number of great features over the “mainstream” mechs you can buy on Amazon. They’re more configurable, come in different form factors, and offer a wider variety of switches. It can take a lot of legwork ...

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Hands on with Synology’s RT2600ac monster Wi-Fi router

From the minute you take it out of the box, you can tell the Synology RT2600ac Wi-Fi router ($ 229.95) means business. Its four removable antennas will never let the unit fade into your furniture, or compete for fashion points with many of the new “cute” units in the market. But it delivers blazing network performance, a powerful, computer-like UI, and some of the very best Wi-Fi coverage I’ve seen from a single device. Installation and setup The unit is simple to install and configure. Aside from screwing the antennas ...

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