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Technology: Getting Pixel Perfect

Sunday, December 20th, 2015:

Full Text: Byline: N’Gai Croal Whether it’s music, movies or photography, everything seems to be going digital in a hurry. According to the research firm IDC, digital- camera sales will surpass 35mm-camera sales in the United States this year. And by 2005, digital cameras will outpace their film counterparts around the world. But for all the great thingsĀ digital photograph offers (you can make prints at home, e-mail them to friends, stop worrying about running out of film), it can bring headaches as well. Organization, for starters. Just keeping track of the ever-increasing number of digital pictures stored on your PC […] Read More →

Chelsea challenge

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015:

Full Text: As you make your sandwiches and get out your comfortable shoes ready for a day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show next week (24-29 May), do spare a thought for the 600 exhibitors of show gardens, plants, floral arrangements, educational exhibits and sundries. Theirs is not an especially happy lot. This year’s cold and dry late-April and May with frosts at night have forced designers of show gardens to scrabble for substitute plants, while nurserymen, with exhibits in the Great Pavilion, have a more than usually worrying time getting the plants to the right stage for […] Read More →

What’s in a pictured?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015:

Full Text: When you’re reading an article in print or online, don’t forget to “read” the photographs too. Photos can provide a perspective and context that text alone cannot. The terms defined below relate to what we see when we look at an image. Consider their definitions as you look at the three photos pictured. Each photo corresponds to an article in this issue. Read each caption, then answer the questions that follow on a separate sheet of paper. SUBJECT the main person or thing shown in the picture FOREGROUND the part of a picture or scene that’s in front, […] Read More →

A good shock: what’s the social value in viewing invasive, tragic images?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015:

Full Text: WHEN THE IMAGES OF ALAN KURDI first popped up in my Twitter feed, I was heartbroken. I have a son the same age and the two look the same in that way all three-year-olds look the same, which is to say that Alan didn’t just look like a sleeping child on that beach, he looked like every sleeping child. We were all heartbroken when we saw that image because it’s absolutely heartbreaking. And for days, even weeks, that heartbreak was inescapable as Alan’s image was shared on social media over and over and over. In Regarding the Pain […] Read More →

On-line merchants must prepare sites for increased holiday traffic

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015:

Full Text: A booming economy and an increased consumer awareness of the World Wide Web is widely expected to give electronic retailers the merry Christmas they have been looking for this year. Others will be wondering how they missed the sleigh. “There is a tremendous increase in dollars spent on line expected over last year’s and estimates range from $7 billion to $20 billion,” said Bernadette Tiernan, author of “e-tailing.” (Dearborn, $24.99), a book outlining ways to succeed as an electronic-commerce merchant. “But it takes more than just having a Web site with an e-commerce element. E-tailers need to prepare […] Read More →

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