Drone selfies take vanity to new heights

There's an endless stream of selfies and ways to take selfies out there, but few are as impressive or grand as the one that Photojojo founder Amit Gupta took over the weekend using a drone. As spotted by Kottke, Gupta has been toying around with drone self-portraits for at least a couple months now, using a mounted camera to capture himself and the world around him. In this most recent one,...

Gmail now lets you attach photos straight from Google+

It's a little bit easier for Google+ users to start sending their photos through Gmail on the web today. Google has just added a new photo attachment button that allows anyone who stores their photos on Google+, either through direct uploads or automatic backups, to see previews of all of their images and add them into an email just by selecting them. Google says that you can attach entire albums of photos too and that you'll be able to resize individual images inline. The feature begins rolling out today.

While it's not quite as helpful if you aren't storing all of your photos with Google, there's a good chance that you can start: Auto Backup is available through the Android Photos app, the iOS Google+ App, and through backup apps for Windows and Macs too. Google's been putting a lot of emphasis on its prowess with handling and storing photos lately, and this new tool only plays to that further and highlights just how central Google+ is becoming to its network of services.

Google+ gets further entrenched in Gmail

NYC restaurant inspectors would wear cameras under new bill

New York City restaurant inspectors could be wearing a camera later this year when they walk in to grade a restaurant. Legislation introduced to city council yesterday and backed by over 20 sponsors would establish a pilot program to get inspectors recording their visits to restaurants on some...

Nikon tries again with Android cameras

Nikon is giving Android point-and-shoots another try. Today it's unveiling the Coolpix S810c, a small camera with Wi-Fi connectivity that runs Android 4.2.2. It's the successor to the S800c — Nikon's first Android camera — and Nikon has made a couple of nice changes: aside from the updated (albeit slightly outdated) operating system, it has a larger 3.7-inch touchscreen, a longer zoom out to a 300mm equivalent, and a slimmer body.


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Teaching cameras to photograph dark skin

How can African-Americans deal with film stock designed for caucasian skin? At Buzzfeed Ideas, Syreeta McFadden runs down the history of the problem across different cameras and film stocks. Growing up in the era of Kodak Gold Stock, McFadden struggled to find a process that didn't make her skin look charcoaly, dull yellow, or strangely bluish. Capturing naturally darker skin tones was a huge problem for Gold Stock, both because of...

DJI's latest drone is smart enough to keep out of airports

Remote-controlled quadrocopters can pull off some pretty incredible shots, and the drones just keep getting better and better. DJI's latest drone, the Phantom 2 Vision+, looks like it offers a pretty compelling all-in-one package for enthusiasts. The quadrocopter comes with a 14-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video (at 30fps) and, so long as you're no more than 2,300 feet away (700m), you can watch a live preview of the video...

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