How to take amazing summer travel photos – by the experts

 

Rajveer splits her time between France and Italy, and her native Australia. She loves busy beach images, preferring the reality of “crowds and beach towels to get a playful shot”. Dutch photographer Claire, who has more than 300,000 Instagram followers, prefers still landscapes, including empty beaches. Both share tips on how to make the most of sun, sand, and sea.

Rajveer: My beach photographs aim to evoke the thrill of summer beside the seaside. To capture action keep looking around; ensure your camera is ready to shoot – and remember to ask permission before publishing photos that feature other people when possible.

Beach and town. Positano, Italy. Photograph: Rajveer Johal

 RJ: I love Positano! Frame your shot to capture vibrant colours. Whether it’s beach towels, umbrellas or the buildings/landscape, take advantage of the colours on offer. Take the photograph along the beach or back in towards the shore.

RJ: When searching for a backdrop look for something that gives a sense of where you are – and ensure the colours compliment your outfit!

Claire Droppert: Renaissance Beach, Aruba, is an Instagrammers’ favourite for its white sands and pink flamingos. On a bright, sunny day it can be difficult to get a good shot: try using polarised sunglasses by holding them in front of your lens, and turning them a bit. I had to wait patiently for this shot, allowing for the wave to roll in – it wasn’t a bad place to wait.

  • CD: Look for interesting features – it could be a boat on the water, a lighthouse, or a pier. Often, capturing a subject from a higher viewpoint maximises the opportunities presented by the wide open spaces of the beach and sky. I climbed a sand dune to get this shot at Rubjerg Knude, Denmark.

In the city

by Sezgi Olgac

Sezgi is a Turkish photographer based in Istanbul. She joined Instagram when it launched in 2010, has taken photos every day since and now has 158,000 followers. Three years ago Sezgi became a professional photographer, specialising in creating social media content. She says: “Cities are like my playground – and they are best in summer when days are longer, the sky is blue and the trees are in bloom.”

Sezgi Olgac: Be ready! A beautiful moment may be fleeting; always have your camera with you and double check your settings. Be patient. The more you shoot, the more likely you’ll get the best result. I took more than 20 shots of boys jumping off Galata Bridge, in the Karaköy area of Istanbul, and this was the best.

SO: Noon is a time most photographers avoid … but you can take advantage of it. Observe the light and focus on the shadows around you. Cities are not just concrete walls and grey skylines. Keep your eyes open for colourful walls, houses or shop fronts that might create excellent backdrops. Mexico City, where I took the shot above, is filled with bright pinks, yellows and blues.

  • SO: Adding foreground detail – such as flowers or trees – can help create a unique image. Get closer to the flowers or trees to frame your photo as I did in this shot on Kastellorizo in Greece, less than a mile from the Turkish coast.

On the road

by Jillian Mann and Kyla Trethewey

In 2013, best friends Jill and Kyla sold everything and set off on a road trip. They are still going, living out of their restored vintage trailer in the US, and beyond. Currently, they are melting in the Texas heat. Their ourwildabandon.com blog and Instagram account, which has 133,000 followers, document their life “on the run”.

Jillian Mann: When you’re travelling, and already in motion, make sure to capture those moments. Think in terms of exciting and dynamic shots. Check, and also experiment with, shutter speeds: a faster speed will freeze the motion, slow the shutter to achieve motion blur. We took the above shot of our friend near Yosemite, California.

Kyla Trethewey: Interact with your environment. We love to place a subject within a scene, allowing us to share an immersive experience as well as illustrate the scale of where we have found ourselves. In this case, it was Monument Valley, Utah. A centred composition is an effective way to frame your subject but play around with it, see what has the most impact.

  • JM: It’s essential in travel photography to show where you are – and what you’re doing there. Pick a strong focal point or use natural lines to draw the eye to where you want it to go, like hills into a valley – seen above at Independence Pass in Colorado. Consider the foreground as well as the background, they can be equally important in landscape photography. Time of day is also relevant: locations look different depending on the hour, and the position of the sun.

At sunset

by Darin Tang

Darin is a Los Angeles-based photographer who enjoys shooting at the beach. His popular Instagram feed has 71,300 followers and perfectly captures balmy Californian evenings by the sea.

Basketball scene, California.Photograph: Darin Tang

  • Darin Tang: My favourite time of day to shoot shadows is right before the sun sets. Here, the players’ long shadows made a perfect path that leads the eye to the action and also meets the setting sun. If you include people in your photos, and are close up to them, ensure you ask for their permission.

Venice Beach, California.
Photograph: Darin Tang

 DT: Sunset doesn’t have to mean silhouettes against an orange backdrop. In this shot, the colours of the famous graffiti palm trees in Venice Beach compliment the colours created by the setting sun. Hang around for a while: you don’t want to watch the sky light up with colours while you’re driving from the beach.

Photograph: Darin Tang

 DT: This classic surfer shot was taken at Venice Beach. Lighting is the most important thing to consider when taking a reflection photo. Here, I positioned my camera down low, almost touching the water. This allowed me to capture the full reflection of the surfers.

 

Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

 

This episode of Orbital focuses on Nokia’s new smartphone launches. Nokia launched three Android phones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. These three Android phones have been hotly anticipated but will they be able to make a mark in a market where there are so many good mid-range Android phones? Games editor Rishi Alwani and “former” host Pranay Parab join host Aditya Shenoy to discuss.

We start the episode by talking about the three Nokia smartphones and whether the hardware matches up against what the competition has to offer. We look at the specifications of the three Nokia smartphones and wonder whether they can take on excellent mid-range and budget smartphones from rivals.Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

Nokia’s distribution strategy is also a big point of discussion. We wonder why Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are offline exclusive and why Nokia 6 is an Amazon exclusive. Rishi and Pranay offer theories about this, before we look at Nokia’s official comments on its strategy.
Then Aditya brings up the topic of after sales service. We talk about how difficult it is to provide good service and whether Nokia can differentiate itself from competition on this front. Finally, we close the episode by talking about Nokia’s naming strategy for its smartphones.

 

CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

 

The Central Intelligence Agency admitted this week that it had been compromised for months in 2013 by a network of high-tech snack thieves.

A report released this week shows the premier US intelligence body discovered that insider hackers had stolen more than $3,300 worth of potato chips, chocolate bars and other snacks from its vending machines.

The culprits weren’t undercover agents or veteran Al-Qaeda chasers, but instead “contractors” – of which the CIA has thousands, doing everything from terror analysis to servicing the machines that answer American spies’ junk food needs.

A CIA Inspector General’s report on the candy cabal was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed journalist Jason Leopold.

Unsurprisingly for the CIA, the report is heavily redacted – no names, or sources and methods behind the investigation. But it shows that an unidentified contractor figured out how to get snacks without paying.CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

The machines took stored value payment cards from the FreedomPay company.
The contractor figured out that if you disconnect the cable that connects the machines with FreedomPay’s cloud-based payment systems, they would accept a card that has no more funds.

The culprit told friends who also disconnected the machines’ cords to download snacks for free.

But, of course, the agency finally caught up. After suspicions were raised, CIA officials put surveillance cameras on the machines, and figured out the scam.

The main perpetrator “admitted to originating the idea of how to effect the thefts based on his knowledge of computer networks,” according to the report.

Members of the cabal were rounded up, interrogated and then escorted from the building and fired by their employers.

 

Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

 

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Google has removed Magic Browser and Noise Detector apps
These apps belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family of Android malwares
Kaspersky researcher spotted these apps and their attack course
In a bid to increase security on its Android platform, Google has reportedly removed more Android apps from its Google Play store for the second time this month. Google has taken strict action against two malicious apps – Magic Browser and Noise Detector – acting as conduits for attackers to remotely ‘root’ control the infected devices after a researcher from Kaspersky Lab pointed out the threat in his report. The Android malware carried by these apps belongs to the Ztorg Trojan family, which is notoriously known for bypassing Google’s safety controls to root infected Android devices.

In a report published on Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist website, senior researcher Roman Unuchek presents extensive analysis on the new Ztorg-based malware. Kaspersky Lab says Ztorg malware bypassed Google’s malware checks almost 100 times since September last year, and the malware family is best known for gaining ‘root’ privileges of infected devices to completely control them. Ztorg apps like Privacy Lock and a false Pokemon Go guide raked in huge download numbers before they were recognised as malicious and deleted from Google Play.Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

Coming to the current batch of apps, the first one is Magic Browser that pretended to be a Chrome browser alternative in Google Play. It was published on May 15 and had been downloaded over 50,000 times before it was finally removed. The other app is Noise Detector that was meant to allow users to measure the decibel level of sounds and had more than 10,000 downloads before its removal.
Both the apps, as we mentioned, belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family, but didn’t root affected devices before their removal. Unuchek says the app had the Ztorg digital fingerprint, and speculates that the developers may soon have added the root ability if the apps hadn’t been removed.

Unuchek says the Magic Browser app was being used by developers to either test or use malicious text messaging functions. The Magic Browser could send premium text messages to infected phone numbers and leave no traces behind by even deleting the incoming messages and muting the notification sound. “In total, the Magic browser app tries to send SMS from 11 different places in its code. Cybercriminals are doing this in order to be able to send SMS from different Android versions and devices. Furthermore, I was able to find another modification of the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Ztorg that is trying to send an SMS via the “am” command, although this approach should not work,” reads Unuchek’s report.

 

Moto M2 rumored to arrive by October in more markets than the original M

 

Motorola is working on a successor to the Moto M from last year, a new rumor claims. According to a leakster that’s rather new on the scene, the Moto M2 should become available by October. That tracks nicely with the original’s November 2016 unveiling.

The Moto M2 is said to be offered in more markets than its predecessor, which is certainly good news. The original M was sold only in China at first, then slowly expanding to a few more countries after that.Moto M2 rumored to arrive by October in more markets than the original M

The Moto M2 will apparently come with “cutting edge MediaTek processors”, a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen (just like the M), and a choice between 4 or 6GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of built-in storage, depending on which model you buy. As this is nothing but an unconfirmed rumor for now, make sure you don’t take it for granted. If any of this is accurate, expect to see the information confirmed in subsequent leaks.

 

Attention bookworms! Digital libraries launched by NDMC, 68 lakh books available

 

Book lovers now have a reason to rejoice as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), on Thursday, launched digital libraries comprising 68 lakh books. The initiative has been taken in order to digitise its education system and the same would cater to students from the primary level to the PhD level.

Digitising the education system

As per a DNA report, the libraries were launched by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and would be accessible on the NDMC website and mobile application for free. The initiative is part of the Smart Classroom initiative of the NDMC under which the civic agency aims to digitise the education system in the schools of their jurisdictions.Representative image

An NDMC spokesperson said, “With an aim to improve education to move ahead in the digital era, the NDMC has endeavored to provide digital libraries in its schools using the e-Granthalaya Integrated Library Management Software from National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.”

Material available for free of cost

“Students can have access to over 68 lakh books on subjects like literature, mythology, science, research papers and academics free of cost,” added the spokesperson.

He also said that the council now aims to digitise all its public libraries. While launching the service, Naidu said that the school library will not only promote building a knowledge driven community for the future but will also develop a road map for students. He said that books are our best friends because books can provide us company in our bliss and rainy days.

 

For their eyes only! Rare James Bond style gadgets used by British spies to ‘escape and evade’ capture in World War Two are set to fetch £5,000 at auction

A collection of rare James Bond-style gadgets used by British spies during the Second World War has been unearthed and is likely to fetch £5,000 at auction.

The array of impressive objects includes a smoking pipe with a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger.

Other fascinating items which make up the collection include a pencil which has a thin removable blade hidden inside instead of lead.

All of the deadly tools would have been used by Special Operations Executive agents who were in do-or-die situations behind enemy lines.

This matchbox, which appeared to be a regular one made by J.John Masters & Co, actually had a secret compass underneath the matches  

This matchbox, which appeared to be a regular one made by J.John Masters & Co, actually had a secret compass underneath the matches

This 'biscuit tin' radio transmitter was used by a secret agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium

This ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter was used by a secret agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium

Special Operations Executive agents would have used this pipe, which has a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger

Special Operations Executive agents would have used this pipe, which has a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger

Once the mouthpiece of the pipe was removed, the agent would have been able to use the sharp steel dagger if they ever got into difficulty 

Once the mouthpiece of the pipe was removed, the agent would have been able to use the sharp steel dagger if they ever got into difficulty

This travel razor kit looks like an ordinary and regular piece of equipment. However, in the case there is a hidden spike 

This travel razor kit looks like an ordinary and regular piece of equipment. However, in the case there is a hidden spike

The 'biscuit tin' radio transmitter would have typically been kept inside a briefcase and would have been used by agents to receive messages 

The ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter would have typically been kept inside a briefcase and would have been used by agents to receive messages

Meanwhile, a run-of-the-mill travel razor kit has a hidden spike blade in the case.

There is also a steel dagger spike which could be concealed in clothing and brandished in moments of strife.

The ‘escape and evasion’ items have been amassed by a collector of World War Two memorabilia over the years but have now emerged for auction and are expected to fetch £5,000.

Other ingenious items issued to SOE agents were matchboxes with a hidden compass inside and miniature message containers which could be concealed from prying guards.

One of the marquee lots in the sale is a ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter which was used by an agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium.

Mathew Tredwin, of C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent, said: ‘The pipe dagger in particular is quite interesting because it is designed to look like an everyday object and the last thing you would expect was for someone to have a dagger concealed in a pipe.

‘The pencil and razor kit are very similar and by the time you realised it was a weapon it would be too late.

‘Some of these weapons are quite chilling when you look at them now but they give you an immediacy of a kill or be killed scenario many of these agents woulds have faced.

‘You can imagine an SOE operative, many of whom were women, being cornered by a German soldier and all you had was a stealth weapon to fight your way out.

‘It was incredibly dangerous. If you were caught that was it, you would be executed.

‘These stealth weapons are few and far between. Once they were used by the secret agents they were often disposed of.

This 'dagger pencil' has a thin removable blade (pictured) which was hidden inside the wooden pencil, instead of lead which was traditionally used

This ‘dagger pencil’ has a thin removable blade (pictured) which was hidden inside the wooden pencil, instead of lead which was traditionally used

A packet of razor blades was included in the travel razor kit which is part of the unique collection expected to fetch £5,000

A packet of razor blades was included in the travel razor kit which is part of the unique collection expected to fetch £5,000

This is another item which is included in the collection of Special Operations Executive gadgets used by agents in the Second World War 

This is another item which is included in the collection of Special Operations Executive gadgets used by agents in the Second World War

This is a fascinating message container which would have been used by a Special Operations Executive agent during WWII 

This is a fascinating message container which would have been used by a Special Operations Executive agent during WWII

This Royal Air Force miniature telescope is also in the collection which is likely to fetch around £5,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday 

This Royal Air Force miniature telescope is also in the collection which is likely to fetch around £5,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday

This Detonator Crimping Tool is one of the James Bond-style gadgets used more than 70 years by British spies 

This Detonator Crimping Tool is one of the James Bond-style gadgets used more than 70 years by British spies

‘They are very popular because of their rarity and the romanticism surrounding the secret service. Every one wants to be James Bond.’

The Special Operations Executive was a British organisation formed to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers and to aid local resistance movements.

The organisation directly employed or controlled just over 13,000 people, about 3,200 of whom were women, although few people were aware of SOE’s existence.

It was an incredibly risky role as any spy caught by the Nazis was executed.

 

Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak

 

As we are in mid-July, we can expect the second batch of Nokia smartphones to be unveiled in the coming months so that they are released this year. Already, we have come across rumors that they are prepping a slew of smartphones including Nokia 2, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 with the last one tipped to be the flagship model. In the last week, a report stated that HMD will not launch the Nokia 4 smartphone as the number four is considered unlucky in many Asian markets. Now, a Chinese tipster with a consistent track record about the Nokia leaks in the past has posted the names of the seven Nokia smartphones slated for 2017 release along with the processor that will power each of these phones.Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak This information has come via NokiaPowerUser. In a nutshell, below is the list of Nokia Android smartphones and their processors. Notably, the list includes the names of the already launched and the upcoming smartphones. Nokia 2 – Snapdragon 212/Mediatek processor Nokia 3 – Mediatek MT6737  Nokia 5 – Snapdragon 430  Nokia 6 – Snapdragon 430 Nokia 7 – Snapdragon 630  Nokia 8 – Snapdragon 660 Nokia 9 – Snapdragon 835 From the order of devices and the already official Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, it is clear that the Nokia 2 will be the entry-level smartphone of all. Being the flagship smartphone, the Nokia 9 will be the high-end device of all and is expected to carry a premium pricing.

 

2017 Moto Z ‘leaked’ by Motorola at MWC

 

The Moto G5 wasn’t the only new handset that Motorola showed off at Mobile World Congress last month. The Lenovo-owned company also teased its next-generation Moto Z while previewing new Moto Mods — but nobody noticed it until just now.

You’ll notice that the handset in the photo above, taken by Android Central, sports Motorola’s latest home button design, with a more elongated shape and rounder edges. It looks just like the Moto G5’s home button, with added “Moto” branding, except the Moto G5 isn’t compatible with Moto Mods like the game controller being showcased in this image.

Moto Mods are reserved for the flagship Moto Z series, which all but confirms the device in this picture is the 2017 Moto Z. Motorola hasn’t bothered hiding the device ahead of its official debut; this photo was shown during the company’s press conference, during which it announced a number of new Moto Mods coming this year.

It’s unclear whether this was intended, or whether it was an “accidental” leak. But it’s thought the new Moto Z has also been on show this week in New Orleans, where Motorola and Sprint have been unveiling the carrier’s upcoming Gigabit LTE service on a mystery device powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the device is, since Motorola has placed it in a case and added black tape to ensure visitors are unable to make out its shape or aesthetics. But it’s safe to assume, based on the picture above, this is the new Moto Z — complete with a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem that supports Gigabit LTE.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

The device also boasts four MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antennas that help maximize connectivity. This helps deliver Category 16 LTE, which can deliver data transfer speeds of up to 1 Gbps, over a TDD network.

This suggests the new Moto Z will not be a Verizon exclusive in the United States like its predecessor. The device is expected to make its official debut around June, so we’ll find out more about it then (unless Motorola offers more “leaks” in the meantime).

 

LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

 

LG may be riding high right now over the early praise of its new G6 smartphone, but owners of its older devices are still unhappy with the company. Owners of the G4 and V10 phones have filed a class-action lawsuit against LG in California over bootloop issues, or hardware failures that send the device into a non-stop rebooting sequence. The users argue this left the phones unusable, and LG did little to fix them.

Released in mid-2015, the LG G4’s bootloop issues became widespread only a few months later, with complaints commonplace on Android forums, as well as Twitter and YouTube. It was the same situation with LG’s V10, which also debuted in 2015. The plaintiffs claim that the company was well aware of the issue, but did next to nothing to address it.LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

A recall for the devices was never made, and LG refused to perform repairs. Users involved in the lawsuit say the company would continually replace their phones with other faulty handsets, and then refuse any form of help when the warranty period ran out.

The other major concern is that LG continues to make and sell devices with the component defect that causes the bootloop problem. While the issue is most common with the G4 and V10, it has persisted to phones like the G5 and Nexus 5X.