This laptop bag’s a lifesaver — it stops bullets

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This shoulder bag protects your laptop - and body in case of gunfire.
This shoulder bag protects your laptop - and body in case of gunfire.
Photo: Force Training Institute

We plan for when our batteries run low, packing our shoulder bags with laptop cords and external batteries for our smartphones. But should we also plan for an active shooter?

Believing it is better to be safe than sorry, the Force Training Institute has created a bulletproof laptop bag that instantly deploys into a 3-foot shield to defend against gunfire.

Has it come to this, that we have to carry a bag called the MTS, short for Multi-Threat Shield?

Photo-editing Mac app Luminar adds support for MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar

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Luminar, photo editing software by Macphun, can now be controlled on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Luminar, photo editing software by Macphun, can now be controlled on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Photo: Macphun

Macphun, creator of sophisticated imaging software for Mac-centric photographers, has updated its new Luminar app to support the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

Luminar is all-in-one photo-editing software with more than 300 tools, include simple presets, to bring a finished style to the work of photographers of all skill levels. It was launched last month.

Affordable slow-mo camera lets you stop a speeding bullet

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High-speed video capture usually requires high-spending. But this fast and furious camera can be yours for less than $3,000.
High-speed video capture usually requires high-spending. But this fast and furious camera can be yours for less than $3,000.
Photo: Kron Technologies

David Kronstein fell in love with the capture of high-speed video while a teenager watching Mythbusters. He wanted one of those expensive cameras so bad and thought he had a shot at one in 2006 when an Olympus i-Speed 2 started at a bid of $150 on eBay.

When the bidding surpassed his college budget, Kronstein said, “Screw it, I’ll build one.”

Ten years later, he not only built the camera, he is making it available to average consumers at a tenth of the usual price. (High-speed cameras used in laboratories and TV production studios average around $25,000.)

iPhone app gives digital shooters a taste of film

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This app may inspire you to grab an old camera and shoot a roll of film.
This app may inspire you to grab an old camera and shoot a roll of film.
Photo: Filmborn screenshot/Mastin Labs

What is the best way to convince a global community of mostly digital photographers that they should pick up an old camera and shoot film? Put film on the iPhone.

That is exactly what Seattle-based Mastin Labs has done with its new film emulation app for iOS, Filmborn.

weGather is the perfect home for treasured family snaps

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Recording family histories can begin by uploading a photo and sharing it with relatives so they can help fill in stories.
Photo: weGather

Rachel LaCour Niesen was grieving the loss of her grandfather in 2013 when she posted a photo of him on Instagram to celebrate his legacy and asked family members to share their memories.

In a way, the celebration of him hasn’t ended, with more than 32,000 followers from around the globe contributing their cherished family photos and stories on the popular Instagram feed, SaveFamilyPhotos.

LaCour Niesen’s personal mission to help families celebrate and keep their stories alive has now branched out into a website and apps for iOS and Android called weGather.