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Photos: Melbourne Had An Insane Lightning Storm Last Night

If you were anywhere near Melbourne last night, you could have been fooled into thinking it was the end of days playing out in the skies above your fair city. A lightning storm of biblical proportions wreaked havoc on the city last night, destroying a house and damaging power infrastructure. As the sun rises on a city still mostly intact, people are sharing some amazing photos of what they saw.


Telstra's Flagship Store Had A Gorgeous $112 Million Redesign

I’ll admit, sometimes in my dreams I go to a place full of gadgets, girt by glass and beautifully designed. Today Telstra cut the ribbon on its new experience store in Sydney, and it’s everything my imagination ever wanted.


Microsoft's Xim Is The Easiest Way To Share Photos To Friends' Phones

Smartphones have all but replaced a digital camera for most users, but easily sharing those snaps is still a problem. Creating online galleries, emailing photos, or even crowding around a tiny display are all less than ideal ways to share. So Microsoft’s researchers created Xim, a surprisingly simple way to create temporary photo slideshows that can be shared across multiple devices at once.


iOS App Flic Is Basically Tinder For Your Photo Library

Scrolling through your phone’s camera roll can often feel more like a messy filing cabinet than a beautiful gallery of life’s moments. Flic is a new app for iOS that lets you easily and rapidly get rid of those bum shots for a well-kept photographic record.


It Looks Like Camera Roll Is Coming Back To iOS 8

Apple’s throwing us a bone, folks. Despite the seemingly never-ending hiccups of iOS 8, the company has apparently decided to respond to overwhelming demand and reintroduce the much-missed Camera Roll feature in iOS 8.1. It’s a little unclear exactly what this means, however.


How To Keep Your Phone From Sending Your Photos To The Cloud

Automatic photo upload apps have freed us from a cumbersome world of USB cables and memory cards, and generally speaking it’s great to have your pictures sent to the Web automatically. Sometimes, however, it’s not so great.


Get Lost In This Map Of 170,000 Photos From Depression-Era America

Some of the most haunting images of the US were captured from 1935 to 1945, as the country emerged from the depths of the Great Depression and rallied for World War II. A team from Yale has collaborated on one of the most visually stunning interpretations of the era, called Photogrammar: 170,000 photos from the period, plotted on a map of the country.


Photographing The Perfect Plume Of Smoke Requires Thousands Of Tries

Talk about an ethereal subject. Pure smoke is about as intangible and unpredictable as anything you could think of putting in front of your camera. These beautifully frozen images were the result of literally thousands of attempts by photographer Thomas Herbrich.


Pixlr, A Great Online Photo Editor, Is Now Free On The Desktop

If you haven’t tried out Autodesk’s fabulous Pixlr, a capable photo editor in the browser, you should. It’s good. Now, it’s available as a free desktop program for Mac and Windows.


This Clever Image Search Could Change The Way You Find Pictures Online

Compared to searching for text, searching for images is super hard. But a new way to index and navigate through averaged images — those blurry composites that pull together millions of images into one — could radically change the way that we search for photos or products online.


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