Move over, Valencia, you smug sepia-tinted ass clown. Instagram is releasing five new filters today—Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Aden—its first round of new vintagey camera effects since 2012. » 12/16/14 1:05pm 12/16/14 1:05pm

A Slim Filter That Purifies Water Bottles From the Inside

You can be relatively certain the water inside a bottle is clean and pure when you first open it, but what about when you refill it from a tap or drinking fountain? That's where a water filter can help prevent you from getting sick, or just save your taste buds. And few look as easy to use as the WaterBean, which… » 10/28/14 5:00pm 10/28/14 5:00pm

7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore

Hundreds of millions of people use Gmail but only a small subset of them dig deeper into the advanced features that are available in their inbox, such as filters. Setting up new rules for incoming can seem like an onerous task that doesn't justify the effort put in, but here are seven filters that are easy to create… » 10/16/14 11:07am 10/16/14 11:07am

HDR Is Ruining Your Photos

High Dynamic Range photography represents the incredible feats that can be accomplished with digital imaging. But! HDR abuse is also responsible for some of the most horrendous displays of photographic over-indulgence. This must stop. » 6/27/14 10:36am 6/27/14 10:36am

Google Maps Now Tells You What Lane to Get Into and More Goodies

El Goog is rolling out a bunch of improvements to its Maps apps for Android and iOS. Some of them are small improvements, and some of them are friggin' awesome. » 5/06/14 12:23pm 5/06/14 12:23pm

A Pleated Filter Eliminates the Slow Drip of Purified Water

Camelbak's made a name for itself when it comes to proper hydration, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. But now the company has set its sights on your kitchen—and Brita—with its new Relay pitcher that uses an exposed dual-pleated filter that lets water flow 10x faster than what we're all probably used to. » 3/14/14 4:00pm 3/14/14 4:00pm

The Grayl Cup Is the French Press of Water Filtration

As simple as a Brita pitcher is to use for filtering water, who has time to wait for gravity to do its work when you're not at home? With a little downward force on your end, the Grayl cup will purify 16 ounces of water in just 15 seconds, making it better-tasting and safer to drink. It's basically a french press that… » 1/17/14 3:40pm 1/17/14 3:40pm

These Fantastic Funnels Filter Faucets as Fast as They Flow

Whirlpool is tackling the issue of wasteful plastic water bottles with a new product that finally lives up to the company's namesake. The EveryDrop looks a giant plastic drip, but when turned upside down it works as a funnel that filters water from a faucet as fast as it flows—so there's no waiting hours for thousands… » 11/08/13 5:20pm 11/08/13 5:20pm

YouTube Comments Will Soon Be Less Racist, Homophobic, and Confusing

Ever read the comments on a popular YouTube video? There is no faster way to strip yourself of faith in humanity. It's a cesspool. And this is coming from someone who writes for the Gawker network. We know a little something about rowdy comments sections. YouTube's is worse, but it's finally about to smarten up. » 9/24/13 3:01pm 9/24/13 3:01pm

Taio Cruz Builds Social Network, Reminds Us Of His Existence

It already feels like time for I Love The 10s. There's plenty of throwback material. Example: Inception. Alternate example: Gangnam Style. And Taio Cruz would definitely make the cut for Break Your Heart and Dynamite. But he also apparently exists in the here and now. And he made a social network called KeWe » 8/18/13 12:48pm 8/18/13 12:48pm

Shooting Challenge: Lens Reflections

Your city has a beautiful skyline, and with a couple of cameras you can capture a truly unique perspective of the office towers and skyscrapers that give it its distinctive silhouette. But why stop there? For this week's Shooting Challenge we want you to capture an image—anything you can think of—as reflected in your… » 8/07/13 4:20pm 8/07/13 4:20pm

What Famous Photos Would Look Like If They Were Taken with an iPhone

Because we all carry smartphones and because we all fancy ourselves as photographers and because we're all just satisfied with good enough, the pictures we take hardly ever reach the full potential of a shot. Even worse, they're run through filters that destroy the tone, they're squared off to limit the scope and… » 8/06/13 1:00am 8/06/13 1:00am

Mars Would Be a Hipster Paradise If Rovers Were Into Instagram

Just after Mars rover Curiosity touched down, it sent home a selfie worthy of Instagram. But what if it was actually using Instagram? Nikos Kantarakias figured he might as well find out what that'd look like. » 8/03/13 7:00pm 8/03/13 7:00pm

A Website Exposes Instagram Frauds Who Use Filters But Tag #nofilter

As sacred a hashtag as #tbt is on Instagram, the hashstag #nofilter is right there with it. If the selfie's purpose is to crown your own face with likes, not using a filter on a picture and then bragging about it through a hashtag is to megaphone your arrival as an artist. Like saying you could totally be a… » 7/01/13 8:00pm 7/01/13 8:00pm

Panasonic's Developed a Simple Sensor Tweak That Vastly Improves Low…

Researchers at Panasonic's imaging division have found a way to increase the sensitivity of digital camera sensors, which in turn equates to almost double the brightness in photos taken in low light conditions. But the discovery has nothing to do with the sensor itself; instead, the company's improved the color… » 3/28/13 12:00pm 3/28/13 12:00pm

Shooting Challenge: Sandwich Bag Filter

Light leaks create some of the most serendipitous moments in photography. But in digital, they're usually created by faking it in post production. For this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll use a 2-cent sandwich bag to recreate the effect. » 3/27/13 2:40pm 3/27/13 2:40pm

What Your Instagram Filter Says About You

What do you think the most popular filter on Instagram is? Valencia for a little fade? Kelvin for photographical equivalent of spray on tans? Maybe Earlybird? Can #NoFilter be considered a filter? But even more than filter popularity, what do using specific filters say about you? This infographic explains. » 3/25/13 11:00pm 3/25/13 11:00pm

Swappable Lens Wheel Puts 18 Crappy Filters On Your DSLR

You've been able to turn your iPhone into a low-quality Holga camera for some time now with this case that puts a spinning wheel of filters at your disposal. But DSLR users can now make the images from their thousand dollar cameras look like they were taken by a $30 plastic toy. » 12/13/12 7:40pm 12/13/12 7:40pm