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A Movie That Finally Gets Image Enhancing Right

Impossible image enhancing is a well-known cliche in movies and TV shows. When law enforcement computer whizzes get their hands on a photograph or video still frame, anything seems to be possible.

It seems a movie finally got image enhancing right. The 36-second clip above is from the 2014 movie Algorithm, a movie that’s (fittingly) about a freelance computer hacker who discovers a shady government program.
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Study Finds that Men Who Share Selfies Online Show More Psychopathic Tendencies

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Men who share selfies online are more likely to exhibit psychopathic tendencies. That’s what researchers are saying after conducting a lengthy study on the link between selfie-taking and certain personality traits.
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Unretouched Photo from Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Shoot Reveals Photoshop Enhancements

Update: Please see below for new developments.


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Singer Justin Bieber is the new face of Calvin Klein, and a number of new advertising photos and videos have been published in recent days as part of a new #mycalvins campaign. The black and white photos are causing a bit of controversy though: a leaked unretouched version of one photo suggests that quite a bit of Photoshop was used to alter Bieber’s appearance and… proportions.
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Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didn’t turn out the way Spanjer planned.

As the drone was flying over a field in a small town, its battery became depleted and the Phantom began a slow uncontrolled descent to the ground. Unfortunately for Spanjer, it wasn’t actually ground beneath the drone, but rather a small body of water.
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external Selfies on a Stick, and the Social-Content Challenge for the Media —NYTimes

There are now vast, automated networks to harvest all that narcissism, along with lots of personal data, creating extensive troves of user-generated content. The tendency to listen to the holy music of the self is reflected in the abundance of messaging and self-publishing services — Vine, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple’s new voice messaging and the rest — all of which pose a profound challenge for media companies. Most media outfits are in the business of one-to-many, creating single pieces of text, images or audio meant to be shared by the masses.

 
Jan 09, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

Nikon 1200-1700mm Helps French Photogs Capture Hostage Situation from a Safe Distance

Le Monde journalist Maxime Goldbaum tweeted the above photograph this morning as a hostage situation involving Charlie Hebdo suspects unfolded in Dammartin-en-Goële, France. It seems that the Nikon 1200-1700mm is a tool in Reuters’ arsenal that’s used to keep photojournalists at a safe distance.
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external The Most Important Cardboard Box Ever? —BBC

boxcam“It doesn’t look very exciting – a cardboard box about 5in (13cm) tall, covered in leatherette, with a small round opening at the front. You might have some trouble working out what it was for if you didn’t know. But the Brownie might be the most important camera ever made.”

 
Jan 08, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

Top European Soccer Teams Are Banning Selfie Sticks from Stadiums

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A couple of top European soccer clubs are taking a stand against selfie sticks by banning them entirely from their soccer stadiums. It’s not the idea of selfies that the teams take issue with, but rather the fact that the sticks could be used by fans as weapons against each other.
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BelfieStick: A Dedicated Product for Snapping Hard to Reach Selfies of Your Butt

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If you already can’t stand the idea of a selfie stick existing, you may want to avert your eyes. The BelfieStick is a bizarre new device for “belfies,” or backside selfies. It’s like a selfie stick, except for the express purpose of photographing your butt.
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This Anti-Paparazzi Clothing Uses Reflective Threads to Ruin Flash Photos

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While working as a DJ for Paul McCartney’s world tours, Chris Holmes would often be disappointed when his reflective outfits would ruin flash photographs by blowing it out with light. Then one day he had an epiphany: why not turn things around and use the photo-ruining clothing “for a greater purpose”?

He then came up with the idea of creating a line of hyper-reflective clothing for men. The garments are designed for people who want to keep their privacy and don’t want to appear in photos, namely, celebrities.
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