Articles Written by Michael Zhang

Canon Pixma Photo Printer Hacked to Run Doom

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The “Internet of Things” is likely what the future holds, but it’s a future that has it share of security concerns. As more and more devices are making their way online, hackers will have newer points of entry into our lives.

Case in point: a security researcher has shown that Canon Pixma printers can be hacked to run custom code. As an example, he loaded the game Doom onto the printer.
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Flickr Launches 20under20 Award to Shine a Spotlight on 20 Talented Young Photographers

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Wanting to recognize some of the most talented young photographers in its community, Flickr today announced 20under20, an annual award that honors 20 of the “world’s most extraordinary young photographers on Flickr.”
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Pro Tip: How to Wrap Cables with Duct Tape Without Getting Them Sticky

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Duct tape can often be a photographer’s best friend. Cable management can often be a nightmare. The two don’t naturally combine very well though, since duct tape can leave sticky reside on your cords after its removed.

If you ever need to wrap up cables and don’t have any twist- or zip-ties on hand, here’s how you can use duct tape to wrap cables without the cables getting sticky.
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This Guy’s ‘Selfie a Day’ Project Spans 8 Years and is a Creative Stop Motion Video

“One selfie per day” projects require a great deal of commitment but aren’t exactly novel these days — everyone and their mother seems to have hopped onboard the bandwagon after Noah Kalina’s everyday project went viral.

Still, there are still the select few that stand out from among the rest. One of them is the video above, which shows 8 years of a young man’s life in continuous stop-motion.
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This Monstrous 6-Camera Rig Captures 360° Imagery for Virtual Reality and Costs $200,000

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Check out this beast of a camera rig. It’s a camera system that captures footage in 360 degrees for virtual reality playback. Its cost? More than $200,000.
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external Could a “Hybrid 3D” Trifocal Camera Be on the Way to Hollywood? —The Hollywood Reporter

The system uses a camera rig that holds three cameras: a main camera, the Arri Alexa; and two small cameras used to capture depth information. The goal is to allow the filmmakers to focus on the 2D shoot, and make depth decisions at a later time.

 
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Flipping Photographs Upside Down Turns Ordinary Portraits into Strange Alien Faces

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Self-help author Wayne Dyer once wrote that, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Photographer Anelia Loubser of Cape Town, South Africa used this quote as the basis for her project titled “Alienation.

The series consists of contrasty portraits that have been flipped upside down, turning the ordinary faces into strange, alien mugs.
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external With 200,000 Users, Lightroom Mobile Finds a Foothold —CNET

“The 200,000 customers so far have used Lightroom Mobile to store more than 100 million images, which averages to 500 per person — a solid foothold.”

 
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Can You Spot a Fake Smile in a Photograph?

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“Smile” is a common command uttered before pressing the shutter and snapping a photo, but it’s not always a real smile that gets captured in the resulting portrait. How well can you distinguish a “real” smile from a “fake” one in a picture?

In the two portraits above, which one is a genuine smile, and which one is more forced?
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Leaked Photos and Specs of the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Camera

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Samsung will reportedly be announcing a new NX mirrorless camera tomorrow at Photokina, but photos and specs have already made their way onto the Web. The Samsung NX1 is set to become the company’s new top-of-the-line mirrorless model.
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