The Cameras and Settings That Captured This Year’s Best Photos

Jamie Condliffe

Every year, Reuters publishes a list of its best photography, and you’ll recognise plenty of the 95 iconic images that capture this year’s biggest news stories. One keen Redditor, though, wanted to know more—so analyzed the EXIF data of all the images to find out how they were captured.

The result, put together by hallbuzz, is a sorted pool of data which reveals which cameras, lenses, and settings were used by the Reuters photographers to snap the best images of the year. Fortunately Peta Pixel points out that another user, mathiasa, took the data and turned it into a bunch of charts. Let’s take a look.

All of which suggests that the most likely kit choice for a photograph that made the list would be a Canon 1D Mark IV with a 16-35mm lens attached, using settings of 1/320 shutter speed, f/2.8, and ISO 200.


‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ poster has a ‘Dark Knight Rises’ vibe

The slow unveiling of next summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” has begun in earnest, first with the official plot synopsis released last week and now with the first poster, which seems to be taking a few tips from “The Dark Knight Rises.”

This year’s conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy began its marketing push with a poster showing the Batman symbol formed from a crumbling urban cityscape, and now J.J. Abrams’ “Trek” sequel appears to be in keeping with that approach.

Forget about seeing the USS Enterprise, Kirk, Spock or any of the beloved crew. This first poster promises death and destruction in the form of the film’s villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, seen from behind wearing a long trench coat.

Who is he? While no one has confirmed anything officially, the initial guess was that he would be playing Khan Noonien Singh, the villain most people know from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” However, more recent speculation has centered around Cumberbatch being Gary Mitchell, a powerful villain with psionic powers played by Gary Lockwood in the original series episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

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iTunes 11 is here at last. But will I use it?

By Chris O’Brien

Apple fans can finally stop holding their breath. At long last, iTunes 11 is here.

The latest update to the software that is now the world’s largest music retail store has been hotly anticipated since it was announced way back in September. It was supposed to land in October, but the company delayed it, citing some engineering issues that still needed to be fixed.

Finally, though, it’s here. But while many Apple fans will rush to download it, I have to confess that I’m not one of them.

It’s not that I have anything against Apple products. We now have a MacBook, iPad, two iPhones, iPod Touch and Apple TV in our house.

But in the last year I’ve almost completely stopped using iTunes. That was a big surprise to me. Getting an iPod and then iTunes in 2006 completely changed the way I bought and listened to music


The iPhone Cedes World Dominance to the Samsung Galaxy S3 for Now

Rebecca Greenfield

Apple has lost its number one position with the world’s most popular phone, ceding the title to rival Samsung and its Galaxy S3, but we don’t imagine it will stay that way for too long. Last quarter, Samsung sold 18 million S3s, compared to the 16.2 million iPhone 4S phones Apple sold worldwide, according to research from Strategy Analytics. With two weeks left in that quarter, however, Apple announced its iPhone 5, which presumably ate into the sales of its 4S. The anticipation for the phone hurt 4S sales the quarter before that, said Apple. Presumably the same thing happened the next quarter, which saw fewer phone sales again. The 5 didn’t come out until the final nine days of that period. Once it was released, Apple sold 5 million iPhones in its first weekend out—a record. And that was with supply issues out of China, according to Foxconn. The supplier said it was shipping “far fewer” new iPhones than it needed to meet demand, said Chairman Terry Gou. “Market demand is very strong, but we just can’t really fulfill Apple’s requests,” he told reporters, notes The Wall Street Journal’s Aries Poon. If these supply issues don’t get in the way for the holiday season, we imagine after one quarter of 5 sales, Apple will have its world title back.



The traditional holiday shopping trip is getting cutthroat, thanks to shoppers’ use of the Internet and Smartphones.

Smartphone users scan store merchandise bar codes and compare them with’s prices with help of an Amazon application.

Even those without the Amazon application can photograph books, microwaves, toasters or tools, for example, and compare them with online prices, said Louis Hyman, assistant professor at Cornell University’s Industrial & Labor Relations School.
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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Oct 27, 2012

1. Maroon 5, “One More Night”
2. PSY, “Gangnam Style”
3. Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

4. fun., “Some Nights”
5. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

6. Justin Bieber f/ Big Sean, “As Long As You Love Me”
7. Alex Clare, “Too Close”

8. Ke$ha, “Die Young”
9. P!nk, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”
10.Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, “Good Time”


Android 4.2 Deletes December From People App

By Chloe Albanesius

Back in 2007, Facebook was accused of ruining Christmas with its Beacon feature. Is it Google’s turn?

Not exactly, but it appears that the People app within Android 4.2 wants to kick off the New Year a bit early. Those who want to enter in a December birthday or anniversary are out of luck since the app skips right over December and moves from November to January.

As you can see in the attached screen shots, the problem does not affect the Android 4.2 calendar app (below); December is alive and well there. But flip over to the People app (above) and 2013 kicks off in less than two weeks.

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Nexus 4 Sells Out in 15 Minutes. Could the iPhone 5S Beat That?

Mellisa Tolentino

In today’s mobile new roundup: iPhone 5s already in the works; Nexus devices are a hit in the UK; and Good Technology teams up with BoxTone.

iPhone 5s already in the works

Just bought the iPhone 5? How would you feel if I told you that Apple is already working on the iPhone 5S, set to be released during the first quarter of next year? You’d say that the rumor is absurd and that Apple doesn’t release phones in the first half of the year, but Apple seems to be full of surprises these days. Remember the iPad mini? It launched way off Apple’s schedule of product releases.

Though the source, Digitimes, is a bit questionable, you can’t deny that Apple may need to release a revamped version of the iPhone 5 to address standing issues like poor mapping software. They did something with the iPhone 4S, so a 5S wouldn’t be difficult to imagine. No news yet as to what features the 5S could have, only that early stages of production would begin in December in order to meet a first quarter launch.
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Booksellers Resisting Amazon’s Disruption


SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon prides itself on unraveling the established order. This fall, signs of Amazon-inspired disruption are everywhere.

There is the slow-motion crackup of electronics showroom Best Buy. There is Amazon’s rumored entry into the wine business, which is already agitating competitors. And there is the merger of Random House and Penguin, an effort to create a mega-publisher sufficiently hefty to negotiate with the retailer on equal terms.

Amazon inspires anxiety just about everywhere, but its publishing arm is getting pushback from all sorts of booksellers, who are scorning the imprint’s most prominent title, Timothy Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Chef.” That book is coming out just before Thanksgiving into a fragmented book-selling landscape that Amazon has done much to create but that eludes its control.

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