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An association of hackers known as Chaos Computer Club has found a way to reproduce fingerprints by using just a couple of photos of someone's fingers. The group explained its method at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, using the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as an example. This is an interesting development, as lifting fingerprints no longer requires that a person touch a physical object. Instead, hackers who use this technology can virtually swipe someone's fingerprints at public gatherings just by using a standard photo camera. Image Source: Flickr (Chris Isherwood) "In the past years, it was successfully demonstrated a number... Read more...
Imagine of the horror of being Justin Bieber and waking up to find that your Instagram fan base has diminished by 3.5 million followers overnight, or 15 percent. Talk about a feeling of loneliness in your sprawling mansion! Except of course for the multiple housekeepers and entourage, but otherwise, how horrific, right? It wasn't just the pop singer who lost scores of followers, either. In an effort to purge spammers, Instagram wiped out millions of fake accounts, causing celebrities to lose a significant amount of their fan base.According to Business Insider, rapper Mase went from 1.6 million followers to 100,000 within minutes. Apparently the sight of a tumbling Instagram fan base was so hard... Read more...
Having trouble taking good looking photos with your smartphone or tablet? So do a lot of people, though that hasn't stopped the majority from posting their snapshots to Facebook anyway. Ah, but don't be surprised if the quality of pictures on the world's largest social playground starts to improve. Why? Apparently Facebook has decided to do its users a solid by auto-enhancing newly updated pictures.The social networking site told TechCrunch that this new feature has already begun, though currently it only applies to users who upload photos from an iOS device -- Android support is coming soon. For those who are seeing the new feature, they're presented with an adjustable slider that allows them... Read more...
Instagram started off as a simple idea, and though it's grown in capabilities over time, it still at heart a photo (and video) sharing app. There's a certain charm in its simplicity, which is why it's not hard to believe that there are now more than 300 million people using Instagram who collectively share tens of millions of photos and videos each and every day. "Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day. Instagram is home to creativity in all of its forms, a place where you can find everything from images of the Nile River to the newest look from Herschel Supply or a peek... Read more...
Adding to the pile of awesome already heaped onto Amazon Prime memberships, the e-tailer this week introduced Prime Photos, which is yet another tantalizing benefit for Prime subscribers. In this case, Prime Photos provides free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, so the only restrictions you have to worry about are those imposed by your ISP. "This time of year in particular, families are capturing thousands of photos of holiday parties, family gatherings and opening presents," said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. "With free unlimited photo storage, we’re providing one more reason for members to use Prime every day. Prime has always allowed members to conveniently... Read more...
For whatever reason, smartphone makers have a tendency to neglect the front-facing camera in favor of a much superior rear-facing lens even though there exists an obsession with taking selfies. Heck, not even the threat of being mauled by a bear (literally) is enough to deter the selfie craze. However, there's one company that gets it, and that company is Oppo, which has gone and motorized the rotating camera on its new N3 handset. The company's previous N1 smartphone had a rotating camera as well -- turn the rear-lens around and take a selfie using a high quality camera -- but this time around it sports a motor for the swivel action. It rotates vertically up to 206 degrees when you swipe your... Read more...
Are you ready for your facepalm moment of the week, and perhaps the year? Bear selfies are now a thing on social media. Not only are tourists taking selfies with bears in the background, but it's happening so frequently at South Lake Tahoe that officials with the U.S. Forest Service have had to issue a warning against doing it. "People have been rushing up to the bears to take selfies and videos with them," Lisa Herron, a public affairs officer for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told Mashable. "A bear will come and whole mobs of people will charge up to them to take photos. Just hangin with a grizzly ?? pic.twitter.com/5GFehOnNP8 — Miranda McKee (@mirandeeezy) October 18, 2014 Bear... Read more...
A million dollars isn't cool, do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. Or so we were told by Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network, a docu-drama about Facebook. Ironically enough, Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to acquire Snapchat, and then $3 billion after its initial bid was rebuked. It was pretty gutsy of Snapchat to turn down both offers without having any real revenue stream to speak of, along with a $4 billion offer from Google, though the lack of revenue is about to change with the introduction of ads. Beginning this weekend, Snapchat will place an advertisement in "Recent Updates" for users who live in the U.S. In an effort to make sure... Read more...
It's no guarantee that today's fads won't fizzle out tomorrow, especially in the rapidly evolving mobile space. That being the case, Snapchat took a monumental gamble by turning down two lucrative buyout offers by Facebook, one for $1 billion and a second one for $3 billion. Time will tell if those were wise decisions, but in the meantime, Snapchat's development team continues to find ways to keep its users engaged, most recently by adding geofilters. "We’ve had a lot of fun drawing up new filters for special locations in Los Angeles and New York. Swipe right on the preview screen to check them out – they’ll change depending on which neighborhoods you’re in! Although you’ll... Read more...
Have you been patiently waiting for Nikon to update its medium-format D800 DSLR? After roughly two years, your patience is being rewarded with Nikon's new D810 DSLR. If it's a high level of detail you're after, the D810's 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format (7360x4912 resolution) CMOS sensor aided by Nikon's EXPEED 4 imaging processing engine should have no trouble delivering it. "Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the... Read more...
Organizing your collection of digital photos is often a chore, though it doesn't have to be. There are services intended to make photo management a lot easier, including a new one by Canon. It's called Irista and it's essentially a digital image storage center in the cloud to take the place of Dropbox, Google Drive, and other similar cloud-based services. Unlike those others, however, Irista is solely intended for photographs (JPEG and RAW) -- you can't store Word documents in Irista, for example. On the flip side, by focusing on photos, Canon is able to offer some compelling features, such as no individual file-size limitations. There are storage limits, however, starting with up to 10GB for... Read more...
After spending $1 billion acquiring the service, it would be pretty silly for Facebook to let Instagram grow stagnant. You needn't worry about that if you're an Instagram user -- effectively immediately, you now have more creative tools to play around with, which apply to both Android and iOS users. These include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and more. Once you've installed the new version, you'll find the expanded tools by tapping the wrench icon, which you'll see when selecting a filter. This will bring up a tray of photo editing tools, such as the ones mentioned above. You can also adjust how much of a filter you apply to a photo by double-tapping the filter... Read more...
A big shout out goes to Amazon for forever changing the way we think about photography. You see, Amazon was recently granted a patent that, in short, describes taking photos of subjects and/or or objects against a white background. Brilliant! Wait, what's that? Photographers far and wide have long known about this technique and used it extensively in the past? Well, that changes things -- give a huge shout out to Amazon's legal team for somehow wording the patent application in such a way that the USPTO thought this was a brand new idea worthy of patent No. 8,676,045. "A subject can be photographed and/or filmed on the elevated platform to achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless... Read more...
Snapping selfies is a relatively new fad, and it's one of the things you can do on Samsung's retro-looking NX3000 Smart Camera. That's because it has a 3.0-inch flip-up display with Wink Shot -- just open up the display so that it's facing frontward, frame a face in the display, give it a wink, and capture a selfie "in one hassle-free motion," Samsung says. There's more to the NX3000 than just enabling narcissism. It has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 1/4000 shutter speed with 5fps continuous shooting, F3.5-5.6 aperture, 16-50mm power zoom lens with optical image stabilization, and adjustable ISO from 100 to 25,600. Pictures are saved to microSD cards, which you can then transfer to your... Read more...
Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus photos and change their orientation after they've already been taken. Fast forward to today, Lytro is back with a second model -- ILLUM -- that's more functional (and more expensive) than the original. Whereas the original Lytro debuted at $399, the Lytro ILLUM is a $1,599 camera, though it's available for pre-order at an introductory price of $1,499 through mid-July (original Lytro... Read more...
It's said a picture is worth 1,000 words, and if that's the case, then what do selfies say? Perhaps quite a bit, actually. For the uninitiated, a "seflie" is the practice of taking your own picture, and these days it's typically done with a mobile device's front-facing camera. You've probably seen teens and adults alike make goofy faces at their cell phone -- they're probably using Snapchat or some equivalent. Selfies are certainly trending in the mobile world, and according to various experts in the field of health, it could be cause for concern. An article in the Guardian Liberty Voice tells the story of Danny Bowman, a man diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. Bowman became suicidal at... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make big acquisitions. Lest anyone need reminding of that, the social networking service dropped a bombshell on Oculus VR fans by announcing yesterday it had acquired the technology for $2 billion. That's just one example of Facebook's willingness to drop big cash on startups. In April 2012, Zuckerberg and company scooped up Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Wondering how Instagram has fared since then? Back when Facebook acquired the photo sharing app, it stood at between 30 million to 40 million users. The acquisition gave Instagram's growth a boost, as did the company's decision to launch on Android around the same time. Fast forward to today and Instagram... Read more...
Teenagers are doing it, and so are young adults. Heck, even some older folks are doing it, and none of them seem to mind having a public audience. They're doing it on trains, on buses, in restaurants, and everywhere else when the urge arises. Some of them do it in groups, others prefer a single partner, and a great many are doing it by themselves. We're talking about "selfies," of course -- get your mind out of the gutter -- which are self-snapshots, and if that's that your thing, you'll find plenty of apps willing to accommodate. You're probably aware of the some of the more popular ones already, such as SnapChat. But have you heard of Facetune or SnapDash? These are two examples of apps that... Read more...
Good news, photography buffs -- all Android users now have access to Motorola's Droid Zap, a photo sharing application that was previously exclusive to Droid devices. Prior to the latest update, the best a non-Droid user could do was peek at which photos were being shared by Droid Zap users within 1,000 feet, but they weren't allowed to share their own. The latest update -- version 2.1 -- removes the requirement for a members-only jacket so that any Android phone can send and receive photos. The lone exception is a feature called Zap Zone, which was just added and is exclusive to Droid owners (for now). "For Droid owners on Jelly Bean OS or higher, we’ve also added Zap Zone, which allows... Read more...
Hasselblad is a something of a legendary name in photography and has been making medium-format cameras for decades, and now the company has made another step forward in innovation with the impending Hasselblad H5D-50c. The 50MP medium-format H5D-50c is similar to the company’s existing H5D-50 model except that it has a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD, which Hasselblad claims is a world’s first. Hasselblad says that the new sensor will enable faster capture rates, longer shutter speeds, and better ISO performance, as well as “greatly improved” Live Video in Phocus and multi-shot capabilities. "We believe this will provide a highly compelling option for professional photographers... Read more...
Instant messaging in some form or another has been around since the dawn of man and woman (slight exaggeration), though don't tell that to Instagram, which yesterday held a major press event to unveil Instagram Direct, its own take on sending messages to friends. While Instagram was super excited to add a feature that's found on just about every major social app for mobile devices, it was a bit of a letdown to members of the press hoping for something bigger. To be fair, this could end up being a big deal for Instagram. At minimum, it's a much needed feature if it's to compete with services like SnapChat and WhatsApp, though rather than blaze a trail into new territory, Instagram is just now... Read more...
Instagram has sent out mysterious invitations for a December 12th event in New York City. Although the message to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the rest of the Instagram team is veiled enough, there’s another layer of intrigue: the invitations are physical, printed on paper, and came through snail mail. Other versions of the invite were apparently actually printed on pieces of wood that were specifically cut to be ready to hang on a wall. Image credit: TechCrunch Instagram is a haven for hipsters, but it’s unlikely that Instagram went to the expense of printing up and mailing these items just because it’s ironically cool. However, it is entirely likely... Read more...
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