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Man Snaps Stunning Space Photos Using Balloon, Duct Tape

Balloon/camera contraption cost Robert Harrison just $750

(Newser) - Armed with a few hundred dollars and a dream, a British man has come up with a way to take photos of the earth from space that would make NASA proud—and have. “A guy phoned up who worked for NASA. He wanted to know how the hell we...

Music Biz Drops Concert Camera Bans

Bands give up trying to control images

(Newser) - As camera phones held aloft become as common as lighters in the air used to be at rock-and-roll concerts, the music industry is starting to give in to reality and drop camera bans. Most bands are allowed to choose their own photo policy, and a growing number are letting fans...

New 'Spider Pill' Roams Body Hunting Cancer

Camera pill first to be fully remote-controlled

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of science fiction, but a tiny robotic spider could save your life. Scientists have created a pill-sized camera that, once swallowed, can deploy mechanical legs and roam the body looking for cancer or other maladies, the Daily Telegraph reports. The “spider pill” is controlled...

MIT Students Snap Space Pics on the Cheap

'Project Icarus' sends camera to the stratosphere for under $150

(Newser) - A trio of MIT students managed to take photographs from the edge of space for less than $150, the Guardian reports. The students sent a digital camera and a GPS-equipped mobile phone in a coolbox into the stratosphere by attaching the kit to a helium balloon. They retrieved the photos...

Kodak Shutters Kodachrome
 Kodak Shutters Kodachrome 

Kodak Shutters Kodachrome

(Newser) - Kodak is discontinuing its storied Kodachrome film line, the company announced today. Introduced in 1935, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film, and was immortalized in a Paul Simon song in 1973. But these days it represents less than 1% of Kodak’s film sales, and only one lab...

Twitter and Facebook Come to Xbox 360

Microsoft console gets motion-sensor camera, Spielberg to show it

(Newser) - In a bid to make its Xbox 360 more interactive, Microsoft is bringing Twitter, Facebook,, a lightning-speed video service, and—brace yourself—a motion-sensing camera that knows who you are just by reading your face to the console, Ars Technica reports. The company even brought in Steven Spielberg...

Smile! Astronauts Fix Broken Hubble Cam

(Newser) - Spacewalking astronauts gave the Hubble Space Telescope a more commanding view of the cosmos by installing a new high-tech instrument today, then pulled off their toughest job yet: fixing a broken camera. It was the third spacewalk in as many days for the shuttle Atlantis crew, and it was the...

Drop the Remote: Xbox Plans Motion-Sensing 3-D Camera

(Newser) - Microsoft is developing a 3-D camera for its Xbox 360 that would allow users to control games through body movements instead of a remote, the Wall Street Journal reports. Unlike the Wii, gamers would not hold any type of hardware to swing a tennis racket or the like. Insiders think...

Italian Going 168mph Gets 4 Tickets in 1 Hour

(Newser) - What's Italian for "leadfoot"? A Milanese man going 168mph was busted on four separate highway cameras in less than hour, ANSA reports. He was driving for his employer, whose lawyers argue that he should be responsible for just one infraction. They said they also plan to cite a...

GOP Cameramen Stalk Dems, Hunting 'Macaca' Moments

Needling questions aim to embarass

(Newser) - Camera-wielding Republicans are stalking Democratic lawmakers around Capitol Hill, hoping to provoke—and record—a damning, unscripted moment, McClatchy Newspapers report. The National Republican Congressional Committee has been sending video “trackers” to ambush Dems with embarrassing questions, and posting the results online. After watching George Allen destroy his campaign...

Teed-Off Daly Smashes Fan's Camera

Grumpy golfer loses it with snapper at Australian Open

(Newser) - US Golfer John Daly smashed a snap-happy fan's camera during a tough opening round in the Australian Open, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. After pushing his tee shot on the 9th hole into a clump of trees, the enraged duffer grabbed the camera as the fan tried to take a...

Finally, a Real Phone Camera
 Finally,  a Real Phone Camera 

Finally, a Real Phone Camera

Picture-perfect phone closes the shutter on camera phone rivals

(Newser) - Adding a camera to a phone isn't exactly a novel concept, but the Motozine ZN5 breaks the mold by making it a proper digital camera instead of a feeble afterthought, David Pogue writes in the New York Times. For quality, he raves, "the ZN5’s photos trump anything offered...

'Grenade Cam' Gives 360&deg; View
 'Grenade Cam' Gives 360° View 

'Grenade Cam' Gives 360° View

Technology hopes to protect soldiers in urban operations

(Newser) - The British military is developing a small, ball-shaped camera that soldiers can throw like a grenade to get visual information about dangerous surroundings, the BBC reports. The “I-Ball,” which will also be able to be fired from a grenade launcher, transmits a 360-degree image as soon as it’...

Flash! Here's What's New in Photo Gear

Spy pens, 3-D cameras and new lens technologies on display

(Newser) - The biggest photography-gear expo on the globe, Photokina, got under way this week in Germany as manufacturers rolled out everything from state-of-the-art lenses to geotagging devices. Wired takes a look:
  1. Fuji’s FinePix Real 3D System incorporates dual lenses that capture separate images, then meshes them into a single 3-D

Big Brother Sees Washington
 Big Brother Sees Washington 

Big Brother Sees Washington

City develops extensive CCTV surveillance network

(Newser) - If you plan to go outdoors in Washington, DC, comb your hair first, because someone's probably going to see you. The capital is ramping up a video surveillance system that puts most others in the entire world to shame, the LA Times reports. Unsurprisingly, the 5,625-camera network has captured...

Polaroid Out of Instant-Photo Biz
Polaroid Out of Instant-Photo Biz

Polaroid Out of Instant-Photo Biz

It will make enough film to last through '09, then turn focus to digital

(Newser) - The Polaroid photo company, whose familiar white-bordered snapshot has become an "icon," is leaving film behind to zoom in on digital equipment, Bloomberg reports. The Massachusetts company was founded in 1937 and in 1948 released the first instant camera, pulling in huge profits—but with the popularity of...

10 Businesses Not Long for This World

Say goodbye to retail categories overtaken by modern reality

(Newser) - New technology is changing the business landscape as once-profitable ventures like record stores and used book shops close their doors forever. bets against 10 businesses that it says will be extinct by 2017:
  1. Record stores
  2. Camera film manufacturing
  3. Crop dusters

Utah Mine Search Suspended
Utah Mine Search Suspended

Utah Mine Search Suspended

'We've done all we can do,' expert says after camera fails

(Newser) - "We've exhausted the options that we know about." That's how mine experts put it to an attorney for the trapped Utah miners' families yesterday, CNN reports.  A camera lowered through a borehole into the collapsed mine at the Candall Canyon site yesterday failed to produce useful information...

Rain Foils Mine Camera Drop
Rain Foils Mine Camera Drop

Rain Foils Mine Camera Drop

But device should work in normal conditions

(Newser) - An 8-inch robotic camera’s descent down a 1,415-foot borehole in the collapsed Crandall Canyon Mine was cut short yesterday by several hours of steady rain, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The weather blocked positioning of equipment needed to drop the camera, as well as preparations for a seventh...

Kodak Sets Sights on Flashless Future

New low-light sensor could snap flagging company out of slump

(Newser) - Kodak showed off a new technology today that enables digital cameras to capture clearer pictures in low light—without a flash. Kodak revealed the innovation just as the enduring photography company finishes up its long and costly transformation to digital and begins to tap into its valuable portfolio of patents.

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