How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone.

On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful, arresting images. Below are 8 non-technical, non-intimidating tips that I continue to refer to even after years of taking pictures.

  1. Keep your lens clean and your battery charged. Yes, both of these things are obvious, but they’re also very easy to forget. With my camera, I like to keep at least one extra fully-charged battery on hand, and I always keep my phone charger with me because it’s such a bummer when you want to take a photo but can’t. Phones can get especially dirty from riding around in…

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Uber CEO Would Replace Drivers With Self-Driving Cars

TIME

Once self-driving cars are everywhere, Uber thinks they’ll make up its entire fleet.

Speaking at Re/code’s Code conference, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he loves the idea of autonomous vehicles, like the one Google unveiled on Tuesday, and would happily replace his human drivers with a self-driving fleet.

“The reason Uber could be expensive is you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Kalanick said, according to Business Insider. “When there is no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere is cheaper. Even on a road trip.”

Kalanick’s comments come as Uber is engaged in a PR push over driver pay. Faced with mounting protests over workers’ wages, Uber recently said its drivers can make up to $90,000 annually, although that number doesn’t factor in costs associated with being a professional driver.

Kalanick also said that, over time, the cost of a…

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Nokia XL Android Smartphone Now Available At Rs 11,350

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Within days of announcing the roll-out of Nokia XL in the IMEA region, Microsoft has started selling the phone in the Indian market. This 5-inch Android smartphone is now available at Infibeam and Nokia Shop, other e-retailers are expected to begin sales in the next couple of days.

The smartphone has been priced at INR 11,350 and is being sold in Black, White, Cyan, Orange, Green and Yellow colour options in the country.

Originally introduced along with Nokia X at MWC 2014, Nokia XL comes with 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 5-inch WVGA display and 2000 mAh battery. The phone also packs 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.

The phone is clearly not worth the price-tag and if you really want to grab the smartphone, wait for a few days, the price will most probably come down like it…

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Motorola Launched Moto E – An affordable Android smartphone

Tech In a Bottle

The Moto X and G phones from Motorola enjoyed the attention and appreciation of the public so much, that the news regarding the famous company preparing a smaller and more accessible phone was simply exciting . After many rumors and unofficial information , Motorola Moto E was officially announced today and promises to be an interesting model with a very attractive price.

Since Motorola Moto E was the source of many rumors, its specifications are already known in most part. The phone offers a 4.3 ” screen and 960 x 540 pixels resolution , which is covered with a Gorilla Glass 3 protective coating .

The hardware platform chosen by Motorola is a family 200 dual-core chip from Qualcomm Snapdragon, operating at 1.2 GHz frequency . The company did not disclose the model used , but 200 Snapdragon family is quite small , and the description matches that of the…

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