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Best photo editing apps for Android [May 2015]

android-photo-editingPhoto editing apps on smartphones as a necessity to deal with early low-resolution cameras. Instagram even built up a social network off of the idea of filters and editing to make low megapixel shots look decent. Today, smartphone cameras have gotten significantly better, even replacing smaller point and shoot cameras for many people, but many of the editing apps have managed to evolve and stay relevant alongside the new, better cameras.

We went through some of the best available apps for tweaking your camera shots a couple years ago, but over the past few years the landscape of the best apps has changed. In this guide, we’ll go over the top apps for fine-tuning your shots to look perfect on whatever social media site you plan on uploading them to.

snapseedSnapseed is a fantastic photo editing option that’s currently operating under Google’s wing. It recently saw an interface update bringing it in line with Google’s material design standards, too.

The app isn’t flashy, but offers a simple, efficient way to start editing and tweaking your photos. The first screen of the app allows you to pick a photo to begin editing, and links into Android’s default file selector. You can grab stuff off of your phone, including camera photos and anything else saved to your device, but it also hooks into cloud storage options like Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. No support for Dropbox, which might be a deal breaker for some, but you can always manually download your Dropbox photos to edit them.

Snapseed has enough tools to get very fine control over your images. You’ll get your standard tweaks for adjusting brightness, sharpness, contrast and other image qualities, but it also allows some smaller things like spot repair for specific blemishes on a photo. Once you start digging into effects, you’ll find plenty of things to apply to your shots, including several different filters, tones, and tweaks, the option to add vignettes and borders, and a tool to draw on your photos. Many of those filters and modes also have different presets, giving you a quick way to add some flair to your photos without putting in too much work.

The interface in Snapseed relies heavily on Google’s love for swipe motions. When you’re playing with a filter, for example, swiping up and down changes which part of the effect you’re altering, and swiping left and right adjusts the strength of that detail. This approach means you’ll always have a very clean screen to work with, which is good, but it can also make things a little more difficult when you’re looking for that one specific menu item but it’s constantly tucked away.

Overall, Snapseed offers one of the more simple, cleanly designed approaches to editing your photos. It’s completely free, there are no ads, and since Google’s running the show you’ll get an app that sticks to their design standards. This one should definitely be at the top of your list to check out.

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 spinlySpinly offers a slimmed down version of photo editing, which is perfect for someone that wants access to some of the fancy filters and effects that other apps have without all of the fluff. It’s slightly less cluttered than some of the other apps on this list, and is a relatively small app to boot.

While Spinly doesn’t have all of the tools that other apps do, it handles basic filters and editing perfectly. Filters are divided into four main groups, including Main, Urban, Vintage, Soft, and Mono, each with their own distinct looks. Each of these filters break down into sub-filters with minor differences, and once you’ve selected the perfect effect to put on your photo, you can adjust the strength of the effect, making it very easy to get the perfect tone out of your shots.

Aside from the main filters, Spinly offers all of the normal photo corrections and edits you’d expect, like exposure and contrast control, plus color warmth, sharpness, and saturation. There’s a vignette filter included, too. You’ll also find a light leak feature that’s unique to Spinly with a ton of different angles to give your photo that professional-amateur look. It might not be for everyone, but it’s cool to have the feature regardless.

Another nice feature that Spinly offers is quick cropping, so instead of doing everything freehand you can pick certain aspect ratios to fit whatever screen or app you’re planning on exporting the photo too. Once you’ve saved your edits, Spinly gives you quick button to share your photo to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, plus a button to jump into Android’s share menu.

Spinly is completely free, and very simple to jump right into to, so this might be worth checking out if you need something lightweight, The app is ad-supported with no method of removing ads, though, so if that’s a deal breaker for you, look elsewhere.

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afterlightAfterlight is one of the best apps for users that need extensive filters and effects to put on their photos and quick social sharing. It offers a simple, effective interface, tons of different tools, and even a built-up Instagram social following. It’s perfect for smartphone photographers that rely on social media sites to share their photos.

The different effects is really where Afterlight shines. There are a whopping 59 filters, 14 of which were created by guest Instagram users, 66 different film textures, and 77 adjustable frames to tweak your images to perfection. That gives you roughly 300,000 combinations of filters, frames, and textures to apply to your photos, and that’s not even counting the strength effects you can apply to the filters and frames.

Outside of the filters, Afterlight still handles all of your traditional photo editing just like you’d expect. There are the standard brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc. controls that you’ll need, plus cropping and transforming tools. Once you’re done editing your photos, sending photos to different social media sites is extremely easy. And if you use Instagram, tagging your photos with #Afterlight offers you a quick way to get a ton of exposure from the app’s massive social following.

Afterlight isn’t free like most of the other photo editing apps here, but it makes up for that with the sheer number of effects and fantastic interface that it offers. Plus, you won’t have to worry about any ads interrupting your photo tweaking sessions. If you don’t mind spending a buck on an app that’s as high quality as this (and really, it’s more than worth the asking price) then give this one a spin.

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autodesk pixlrAutodesk Pixlr is made by the same developers that offer several other fantastic productivity programs, including Autodesk SketchBook. It’s definitely more productivity-oriented and less focused on touching up pictures for social media sites, but it handles both tasks exceptionally well.

Pixlr is probably one of the closest apps you’ll find that can replace a traditional desktop photo editor thanks to it’s powerful editing tools. The app has some very useful tricks, including a focal blur tool, a color pop tool, and tons of filters, effects, and tweaks.

The focal blur tool helps to simulate a focused subject in your photos, allowing you to select a specific point in an image and create a soft de-focus on everything outside of a certain range. This helps to draw attention to specific details, and gives a very professional look to your photos without much work. The color pop tool works similarly, letting you pick a certain area to colorize while making everything else black and white. It’s a great trick for making one specific detail the focal point of an image, and it’s incredibly easy to set up, especially compared to the work you’d have to put in on a desktop photo editor.

If you’re looking for the other effects and filters, Pixlr has that covered, too. It can’t compete with other apps on the sheer volume of effects, but it has enough to make it worthwhile. You’ll still get your standard tweaking tools, too, and there are tons and tons of collage options so you can quickly set up multiple photos arranged in different ways. That definitely appeals more to social media users, but hey, more features never hurt.

Pixlr offers a free experience with a few in-app purchases, so it’s worth test driving to see if it fits what you’re looking for. If you’ve ever used SketchBook, you’ll probably be very familiar with Pixlr, so this app would be worth adding to your productivity toolbox.

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adobe_lightroom_screen_01Adobe makes some of the best desktop photo editing software available, so naturally they’ve tried their hand at tackling the mobile market too. Adobe Lightroom is their mobile solution to picture editing, and it offers a more professional way to get things done compared to most other apps.

A big standout feature of Lightroom is its support for RAW (DNG) files. For those of you with newer phones that have the ability to capture RAW images (ie HTC One M9 and LG G4), you will be able to edit and apply effects to those photos right from your phone or tablet. I know that’s only a limited audience, but Lightroom can also edit RAW images captured from a DSLR via the cloud.

The app also has Adobe’s fantastic history feature, meaning you can make as many edits and changes as you’d like while still being able to undo every one of them back to the original image. Most other apps permanently apply filters and effects, so it’s much harder to go back to previous versions of the image.

On the feature front, Lightroom has tons of preset effects and filters to make things quicker and easier for you, plus as many manual editing tools that you could ask for. Sharing photos is easy, and Lightroom will sync your photos, edits and metadata included, across all of your Lightroom-enabled devices. This is especially handy if you’re dealing with anything like editing RAW files, as you probably won’t be connecting your DSLR directly to your smartphone. But you can, however, upload the files to your computer, begin making edits, and then pick up where you left off on your tablet or smartphone later without any extra work on your part.

The only drawback to Lightroom is that you’re going to need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to take advantage of it. It’s hard to justify spending money every month if you only need an app to do some quick edits on your Instagram photos, but if you’re invested in serious photography and you’d use all of the other perks that Creative Cloud offers, Lightroom is likely going to be a better fit for you than any of the other apps available.

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These apps cover most photo editing cases you might need, including different effects perfect for sharing photos on social media, making a few quick touch-ups on vacation pictures, and just about as close as you can get to professional editing on a mobile device.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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Some Nexus 6 users complaining of mobile data issues


The Nexus 6 has been one of the least controversial devices to launch in quite a while. Although its size might not be for everybody, one would say that the device has been less prone to issues or bugs compared to older Nexus devices.

That however could be changing with some users complaining about the handset’s mobile data connectivity. It is being said that some users are seeing a ‘!’ mark next to the signal bar, with no mobile network available. This usually happens when there’s not enough network coverage in your area, but this seems to be happening even when there’s plenty of coverage, thus causing concern among users.

The XDA forums are currently piling up with complaints about this issue, but we haven’t heard anything from Google as of yet. Some users apparently tried to soft-reset their device which seemed to have fixed the issue for a while, but unfortunately, it didn’t last long. When the users contacted T-Mobile and Sprint customer support, they were told to reset APN settings to default and/or to reset the APN protocols to iPv4/iPv6.

Are you facing any of the aforementioned issues? Sound off below.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Authority

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Google is temporarily shutting down Map Maker


A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a discovery on Google Maps that many believed was an Easter Egg hidden and planted by the search engine giant. Just in case you missed it, Facebook user Ahmad Babar posted a picture from a location just north of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in which a Droid could be seen urinating on the Apple logo.

As soon as Google became aware of the uncouth artwork, it removed it from the Map. In an exclusive statement sent to The Washington Post, Google blamed the appearance of the graphic on an unidentified individual who was manipulating Map Maker to create audacious designs.

It would appear that Google is still having a bit of trouble filtering all of the bad edits, though, as earlier today it announced that it would be temporarily shutting down the Map Maker service until a more reliable moderation system could be created.

The full statement can be seen below:

As some of you know already, we have been experiencing escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months. The most recent incident was particularly troubling and unfortunate – a strong user in our community chose to go and create a large scale prank on the Map. As a consequence, we suspended auto-approval and user moderation across the globe, till we figured out ways to add more intelligent mechanisms to prevent such incidents.

All of our edits are currently going through a manual review process.

We have been analyzing the problem and have made several changes. However, it is becoming clear that fixing some of this is actually going to take longer than a few days. As you can imagine, turning automated and user moderation off has the direct implication of very large backlogs of edits requiring manual review. This in turn means your edits will take a long time to get published.

Given the current state of the system, we have come to the conclusion that it is not fair to any of our users to let them continue to spend time editing. Every edit you make is essentially going to a backlog that is growing very fast. We believe that it is more fair to only say that if we do not have the capacity to review edits at roughly the rate they come in, we have to take a pause.

We have hence decided to temporarily disable editing across all countries starting Tuesday, May 12, 2015, till we have our moderation system back in action. This will be a temporary situation and one that we hope to come out of as soon as possible.

While this is a very difficult, short term decision, we think this will help us get to a better state faster. More importantly, we believe it is simply the right thing to do to all of you, our valued users who continue to edit with the hope that your changes might go live as fast as you’ve been used to.

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The LG G4 does in fact support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

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When LG launched the G4 a few weeks ago, support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology was surprisingly absent from the handset. LG claimed that quick charging technology was “not a must-have feature” on a device with a removable battery, so the company ultimately opted to pass on the battery tech. However, despite initial claims, LG and Qualcomm have just officially confirmed that the G4 does in fact support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.

Read more: Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology explained

As it turns out, the company didn’t initially manufacturer the G4 with the intention of supporting the tech, but it will be available on consumer-ready units when the phone is released to the masses. The pre-production units charge slightly faster than other handsets thanks to the included 1.8A wall charger, though not nearly as fast as other handsets with the technology built in.

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Although LG is correct in saying that Quick Charge 2.0 isn’t as necessary on a device with a removable battery, this will likely be welcome news to many users hoping to get their hands on the device.


Huawei MediaPad M2 unveiled, 64-bit octa-core SoC in tow


If you’ve been trying to get your hands on an 8-inch Android-powered tablet over the past few months, you probably already know that your options are a little scarce. Perhaps that’s where Huawei hopes to come in, with the newest addition to the company’s tablet lineup – the MediaPad M2.

Measuring 7.8mm thick and weighing in at 310g, this certainly isn’t the slimmest tablet on the market, but that just leaves room for all of the device’s beefy internals. It has a 2GHz 64-bit octa-core Kirin 930 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion and a big 4800mAh battery. It also has an 8MP rear-facing camera with an LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. And while the tablet’s 8-inch display with 1200 x 1920 resolution won’t satisfy everyone’s pixel needs, this will definitely suffice for most users.


The MediaPad M2 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop, complete with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.1 software overlay. Sales will likely start sometime in June with the Wi-Fi model starting at around $310, while the LTE-compatible model will go for somewhere around $390.

What are your thoughts? Are you interested in Huawei’s new tablet offering?


LG confirms Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities in G4


LG’s G4 was originally said to not support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities, but LG is now saying that its latest flagship device does support it, despite it not being largely advertised.

LG has left consumers in the dark concerning Quick Charge 2.0, and despite earlier reports, LG has confirmed that the device does in fact support Quick Charge 2.0. The company didn’t engineer their latest flagship on supporting the feature, but it is fully functional in the device that will be released to consumers.

Furthermore, when you search on Qualcomm’s website for Quick Charge 2.0 enabled devices, the LG G4 is one of them, giving us further confirmation that the device does support the sought after feature.

Users won’t see Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities when they get the device, though. When you purchase the G4, it does not come with a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible charger, so users will need to go out and purchase a trusted third-party solution.

This confirmation is excellent news, as power users won’t have to go out and purchase extra batteries, unless the full charge under an hour still isn’t enough for them. Frankly, that’d be surprising if it wasn’t, and they may need to join Smartphone’s Anonymous.

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Google suspends Map Maker service after digital vandalism

Google is suspending Map Maker, the service that allows anyone to contribute to Google Maps, following a prank submission that showed the Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. When the mapping mischief was first discovered, most of us had a good chuckle and wondered who was responsible. Inevitably, Google took it down and later confirmed that it was a user-created edit, which raised questions about Map Maker’s review policies.

The service uses a mixture of “Google Reviewers” and trusted users to moderate Map Maker contributions, but clearly the setup has some flaws. As such, Google has already suspended auto-approval and user moderation, instead relying on manual checks from its in-house team. The company says it’s quickly accrued a huge backlog of user-contributed edits, so while it develops a new moderation system, it’s suspending public submissions entirely. It’ll come into effect from May 12th and while Google says it’s “a temporary situation,” it’s also admitted that it’ll take more than a few days to fix.

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What you need to know about the laws of space

Neil deGrasse Tyson has said he loses “sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe.” It’s a valid concern. We’ve put a man on the moon, landed on a comet and roved around on Mars, but it’s really only the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much that we haven’t seen and don’t know, it seems almost impossible to fully understand the universe.

It’s not for lack of effort, though. People and spacecraft keep going up into space investigating the unknown, hoping to glean something new, or finding the Holy Grail — a place that can sustain life. And as human beings become a more frequent presence in the cosmos we’ve had to establish rules to ensure that places like the International Space Station don’t deteriorate into complete bedlam and that we’re not fighting wars over uninhabitable swaths of Martian desert. The international community has actually come together and written regulatory guidelines for space exploration and laws that keep the final frontier from turning into the Wild West.

What is it?

According to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which is tasked with promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, space law is the “body of law applicable to and governing space-related activities.”

UNOOSA states that the “primary goals of space law are to ensure a rational, responsible approach to the exploration and use of outer space for the benefit and in the interests of all humankind.” And space law “addresses a variety of diverse matters such as … [the] preservation of the space and Earth environment, liability for damages caused by space objects, settlement of disputes, protection of national interests, rescue of astronauts, sharing of information about potential dangers in outer space, use of space-related technologies, and international cooperation.”

To that end, there are five international treaties and agreements that govern activities in space. (Note that these treaties are only legally binding for those member states that have signed and ratified them):

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1. The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the “Outer Space Treaty”)

The Outer Space Treaty is the most important of the five treaties, as it creates the framework for laws beyond our planet. Since going into effect in October 1967, 103 countries have signed the treaty, including the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Among other things, parties to the treaty agree to keep space a peaceful, non-militaristic zone. They also agree not to send nuclear weapons into orbit around the Earth or on celestial bodies. And the treaty expressly prohibits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for the “establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military maneuvers.” Or, put more succinctly: There will be no Star Wars; the Mandalorians would most certainly be out; and member states have agreed not to use the likes of a thermal detonator.

2. The Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space (the “Rescue Agreement”)

The Rescue Agreement went into effect in December 1968, and it elaborates on certain portions of the Outer Space Treaty. Specifically, it requires that all contracting parties, “prompted by the sentiments of humanity,” take all reasonable steps to assist and/or rescue astronauts in distress and subsequently aid them in returning to their launch location. Which means that if the place where Dr. Ryan Stone landed had ratified the Outer Space Treaty, she could expect some help in getting back home.

The Agreement also stipulates that parties will assist in recovering space objects that return to Earth outside of the territory of a launching party.

3. The Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects (the “Liability Convention”)

Like the Rescue Agreement, the Liability Convention was adopted to elaborate on the Outer Space Treaty — specifically provisions on liability. Adopted in 1972, it established that a launching party is “absolutely liable to pay compensation for damage caused by its space objects on the surface of the Earth or to aircraft.” And per the convention, “‘damage’ means loss of life, personal injury or other impairment of health; or loss of or damage to property of states or of persons, natural or juridical, or property of international intergovernmental organizations.”

Essentially, the Liability Convention says that you can’t just launch things into space and hope for the best. If two satellites collide or a damaged space station re-enters the atmosphere and crashes, someone is on the hook.

The convention also establishes that when two or more parties launch a space object together, they can be held independently liable for the full amount of the damages, regardless of a party’s share.

4. The Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (the “Registration Convention”)

Surprise, surprise: The Registration Convention deals with the registration of space objects. More specifically, parties to the convention are required to provide to the United Nations, as soon as possible: the name of launching state or states; an appropriate designator of the space object or its registration number; date and territory or location of launch; basic orbital parameters; and the general function of the space object.

5. The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the “Moon Treaty”)

And finally, there’s the Moon Treaty, which explains how the provisions of the Outer Space Treaty would apply to the moon and other celestial bodies in the solar system. The ones other than Earth, at least.

In an effort to prevent the moon from becoming an area of conflict, the treaty requires that all exploration be exclusively for peaceful purposes. Parties agree not to establish military bases or test weapons on the moon. They agree not to place nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit around the moon. And they pledge to take measures to protect the moon’s existing environment.

Oh, and in case you’re thinking of making a mad dash for some real estate on the moon, there’s a provision for that, too. The Moon Treaty states, “Neither the surface nor the subsurface of the moon, nor any part thereof or natural resources in place shall become property of any state, international intergovernmental or non-governmental organization, national organization, or non-governmental entity or of any natural person.” The treaty goes on to point out that, “the placement of personnel, space vehicles, equipment facilities, stations and installations on or below the surface of the moon, including structures connected with its surface or subsurface, shall not create a right of ownership over the surface or the subsurface of the moon or any areas thereof.”

If you’re dreams of owning a home with a yard on our moon have just been shattered, don’t despair (and read on!). The treaty is currently considered dormant because it hasn’t been ratified by any major space power (such as the United States and Russia). So you just might be able to set up shop there.

How are these laws applied?

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Believe it or not, some of these treaties have actually had their day in court, so to speak. In 1978, a Soviet Union satellite, Cosmos 954, crashed onto Canadian soil. Because the satellite contained radioactive material, nuclear debris was spread over northern areas of Canada, causing millions of dollars in damage. A claim was initially brought by Canada using the Liability Convention, with the damages totaling over $6 million (Canadian). Eventually, the parties settled, and the USSR agreed to fork over $3 million (Canadian).

And in 1979, the Skylab space station re-entered the atmosphere, with debris landing in portions of Western Australia. Leading up to Skylab’s crash, it became widely known that the space station would eventually plummet to the Earth. NASA scrambled to limit damage; Skylab parties were had; T-shirts were made; The San Francisco Examiner offered a $10,000 prize for debris (which someone actually collected); and some prepared (or panicked). Fortunately, there were no deaths or injuries and damage was minimal, but the US was fined $400 for littering.

Some private parties have decided to ignore the Outer Space Treaty and tried to stake a claim on real estate in outer space. In 1980, for example, Dennis Hope filed a “Declaration of Ownership” of the moon, claiming he was “the omnipitant [sic] ruler of the lighted lunar surface.” He sent copies of his declaration to the USSR, the US and the UN. Hope states that there is a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty, which allows private individuals to stake a claim on a chunk of outer space. Ever the entrepreneur, after claiming ownership of the moon, Hope created Lunar Embassy, a company that sells properties on the moon. (And yes, people are evidently buying.)

In 2000, Gregory Nemitz registered a claim for the asteroid Eros. When NASA sent a satellite to investigate the asteroid, Nemitz (very boldly) responded with a parking ticket. In all fairness to Nemitz, his rate to park on Eros is quite reasonable: $20 per 100 years. But NASA refused to pay, despite the low fee. So, naturally, Nemitz filed suit for default of payment. Not surprisingly, the suit was dismissed since Nemitz can’t actually prove ownership of the asteroid.

And in 2012, Sylvio Langevin filed suit in Canada declaring himself the owner of the planets in our solar system as well as four of Jupiter’s moons (because claiming ownership of all the moons would obviously be too much). Langvein was hoping to do a little planet collecting. Similar to the Nemitz lawsuit, the judge overseeing this case dismissed it, labeling Langvein a “quarrelsome litigant.”

Because legitimate private claims have not really been parsed out in court — most likely because our limitations in space mean that all one can do is say they own certain bits of space, as opposed to actually setting up a home or a business — it’s hard to say how the Outer Space Treaty treaty will be interpreted. But its day in court will probably come eventually.

Why should you care?

For the same reason that we sent Apollo 11 to the moon and why some want to create a colony on Mars — because outer space is vastly unknown and undiscovered, and we want to change that. We want to know more. We want to know if life can survive somewhere out there. And we want to continue to explore with manned and unmanned vessels. So, you might just care for the sake of knowledge, because knowing the laws that apply in space helps us to understand it better, even if only just a little bit.

Or, your interest might be more practical. Mars One promises to cart humans on a one-way journey to Mars; efforts have been made to mine asteroids for profit; and plans have been hatched to set up a permanent base on the moon. The point is, we’re looking for ways to spend more and more time in outer space, so it only makes sense that you’d want to know what laws apply.

Want to know more?

Of course you do! UNOOSA has a page dedicated to space law that is a pretty amazing place to start. Along with the major treaties mentioned above, the UN General Assembly has adopted several resolutions that are non-binding, but generally followed by the international community. You can find a list of those here. Or, you could read up on laws that various countries have implemented to supplement the main treaties.

For those of you who’d like to be au fait with the laws of space, you should look into UNOOSA’s Education Curriculum on Space Law.

You can also keep up with our space page whenever you visit!

[Image credit: European Southern Observatory (The Altar); Shutterstock (United Nations); Shutterstock (Gavel); JAXA (Hayabusa 2); NASA (Curiosity on Mars)]

Filed under: Misc, Science



Turn on your Xbox One from an app with the latest update

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Ever wanted to turn on your Xbox One before you’ve even reached the living room? If so, it’s time to upgrade your console. Microsoft has released the Xbox One’s promised May update, and you now have the option of turning the system on (or off) from the SmartGlass app — your system will be ready by the time you sit down to play. The refresh also brings voice messages to the One, and it enables dedicated party chat servers (rolling out over the weeks ahead) to make sure a finicky router won’t get in the way of your conversations. It’s not a gigantic update, but it’s a big deal if you’re either impatient or hate typing with a gamepad.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Microsoft


Source: Xbox Wire


Giphy has come to Gmail and lo, it is glorious

The best thing to happen to your email client since spam filters just did! Giphy, the ubiquitous search and discovery site for animated gifs, has released a Chrome extension that allows you to easily insert moving pictures directly into your electronic mails. After installing the extension, users will find Giphy’s rainbow icon in their edit bar; click that to bring up a search bar and a few trending animations which can then be inserted inline. And with an internet’s-worth of animation at your fingertips, who needs emoji?

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Source: Techcrunch

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