How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their Images

When lightning strikes -- David Cardinal

The time to make sure your image library is backed up and protected from disaster is before something bad happens. We’ll help you learn how.

The post How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their Images appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/258224-photo-storage-backup-people-care-images?source=Computing

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'I will rape you' post put on Facebook to advertise Instagram

Instagram used a user-generated image which included the text “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” to advertise on parent company, Facebook, the latest sign that Facebook’s algorithm needs tweaking.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/22/will-rape-post-put-on-facebook-to-advertise-instagram.html

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Monster croc the size of an SUV caught in Australia

An image of a monster crocodile caught by Outback Wrangler Matt Wright has gone viral, with some animal lovers criticizing the use of duct tape to bind the animal’s snout shut.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/08/monster-croc-size-suv-caught-in-australia.html

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Facebook is introducing new tools to combat revenge porn

Going forward, if you happen to come across an intimate image on Facebook that you believe was shared without permission, it will be easier to report it.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/05/facebook-is-introducing-new-tools-to-combat-revenge-porn.html

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This new application of layered neural nets is about to make Photoshop amazing

Deep Photo Style Transfer

This new tool uses “semantic segmentation” to bring a whole new level of power to image editing.

The post This new application of layered neural nets is about to make Photoshop amazing appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/247152-new-application-layered-neural-nets-make-photoshop-freaky-good?source=Computing

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Can Charter Turn a Frog Into a Prince?


Charter intends to revive the damaged Time Warner Cable image and brand in the minds of the customer and investor, which is both a challenge and an opportunity. Charter and Comcast are two of the companies American consumers hate the most. However, the pay-TV industry has begun a complete transformation. In the coming new world, both Charter and Comcast may have a second chance, if they can get past all the damage they caused to their own brand. For decades, the cable television industry has hurt itself by failing to care for the customer.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84061.html?rss=1

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Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website splash image

Article Image Apple on Monday acknowledged the Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. with an image on its website, featuring a photo of the civil rights activist alongside a famous quote.

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Pixelmator gains Apple Pencil, 3D Touch support in latest update

Article Image Popular iOS image editor Pixelmator was updated on Thursday to support Apple’s latest hardware, including iPad Pro optimization with full Apple Pencil compatibility and 3D Touch integration for iPhone 6s.

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Apple camera supplier Sony picks up Toshiba's image sensor business for $155M

Article Image Sony on Friday confirmed the takeover of Toshiba’s image sensor business, in a deal that could potentially reinforce its position as a supplier for cameras in Apple devices.

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On PlayStation's 20th anniversary, Sony says 'game on' to Apple in spoof of today's event

Looking for some publicity of its own, Sony on Wednesday morning posted an image on its Xperia Twitter account making fun of Apple’s press event, which is expected to feature not only new iPhones, but also a revamped Apple TV with support for third-party game downloads.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6s' boxes claim to show new rose gold color, 16GB entry-level storage

An image claiming to show the retail box for Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 6s” could give fans their first glimpse at the new rose gold color option that is rumored to become part of the product lineup.

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Apple announces repair program for blurry iPhone 6 Plus cameras

Consumers who have experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

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The Instagram For Google’s ‘DeepDream’ Is Finally Here

Dreamify

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An image of Dave Gershgorn transformed using several of Dreamify’s preset filters

I got to try out an upcoming DeepDream smartphone app, and it’s awesome.

The Dreamify app allows users to transform images on their smartphone into psychedelic nightmares by using Google’s DeepDream source code, which was released last month. Although others have created similar image generators on the web, this is the first mobile app to use the DeepDream code, as well as to give users the ability to customize how much the image is transformed.

Google’s DeepDream code is a part of their artificial neural networks, which Google Images uses to sort and categorize images online. After sifting through thousands of tagged photos, the program begins to learn what things are. Google also found that when the software is given the task of generating its own images from what it has learned, it gets confused and creates strange chimeras such as dumbbells with arms and slug dogs.

“We wanted to make something where you really had the same granularity of control as someone who could get into the code”

Once the source code was released, developers began to use the code in a variety of ways. Many created image generators on the web where users could upload pictures to be transformed in the uncanny DeepDream style. One developer took this a step further and created an animator that could apply these effects to video. Another developer even used DeepDream’s image distortion to trick Facebook’s facial recognition software, DeepFace.

The team at Dreamify wanted to bring the DeepDream software to a wider audience, and they knew the best way to do that would be to bring it to people’s pockets. The app uses Amazon web servers to run the neural network remotely. So instead of draining your battery and taking an hour to transform an image, it only takes several seconds. This is much faster than some online DeepDream image generators such as Psychic VR Lab, which has an insanely long wait time to receive an image, and no customization options.

Similar to Instagram, Dreamify has 12 preset transformation filters with names like “Iridescent Globules,” “Psychedelic Topography,” and “Dogify.” Each one alters the image in conventional DeepDream fashions.

Presets

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Dreamify’s 12 preset filters

I had an excellent time running a pouty-face image of Dave Gershgorn through several of the presets. This one is my favorite, where he looks extra miserable and his elbow has its own legs:

Dave Gershgorn

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An image of Dave Gershgorn transformed by the Dreamify app

However, the app also gives the option to customize the “dreamification” process with four sliding parameters, each controlling different aspects of the DeepDream code. For example, the “Iterations” parameter controls the number of times the neural network goes over the image, where as the “layers” parameter controls the type of patterns that the neural network looks for.

“At the high levels it’s looking for objects that it’s been trained on, so you’ll see these sort of otherworldly creature-like things,” says Matt Jacobs, a software engineer at Dreamify. “We wanted to make something where you really had the same granularity of control as someone who could get into the code.”

This is what happens when you crank up all of the customize parameters:

Dave Gershgorn

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“Wow, I am a universe,” Dave Gershgorn said when he saw this image.

Photos can be kept private or automatically featured in a “Gallery” tab. Other users can “love” the featured photos and the ones that are loved the most get featured in the “Popular” tab.

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The most loved Dreamify images can be seen under the “Popular” tab

Jacobs said the app will be free for both iOS and Android, and will be ready for mass consumption within a week. The team has plans to include a premium option in the future with features such as DeepDream animated gifs and high-definition photos.

“We want people to get creative with it and use it as a tool to be able to have fun with their photos without having to worry about paying for it,” said Jason Martin, another software engineer at Dreamify.

The Dreamify team obviously has fun with their app, as they attached a “dreamified” headshot of me in the email they used to reach out to me.

Levi Sharpe

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A headshot of Levi Sharpe processed through the Dreamify app

You can sign up to receive an email when the app is out on the company’s website, and can find other updates on Twitter.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/now-you-can-turn-your-photos-computerized-nightmares-your-phone

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, designed to compete with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, shown in leaked render

An image that purports to show a new, “Plus” version of Samsung’s S6 Edge handset appeared on Twitter on Tuesday with an expanded footprint that suggests it may sport a display between 5.5 and 5.7 inches while keeping the industrial design largely unchanged.



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