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O! the Hypocrisy

O! the Hypocrisy

Every year, like clockwork, the World Press organization reveals its selection of winning images and photo essays for what it considers the best photos of the year.This year, as the world is in lockdown, nothing has changed. Out of 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries, a few were selected as the top Read More →

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The things that kill themselves

The things that kill themselves

The particularity of the photo industry is its death wish. At its core, everything and everyone in this industry seems hell-bent into destroying itself and, along with it, the whole industry. Take PDN, for example. Long considered the monthly bible of professional photographers with its tall vertical pages, its authoritarian product reviews, and its industry-leading Read More →

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R.I.P. Rights-Managed

R.I.P. Rights-Managed

The news crackled and spread like a barrel full of fireworks set on fire by an innocent four years old carelessly playing with stolen matches. First, via an e-mail leak, then by an official press release. Getty Images, the last bastion and great defender of rights managed, was laying its swords down, defeated. It was Read More →

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PhotoRoom automagically removes background from your photo

After selecting a photo, PhotoRoom removes the background from that photo and lets you select another background. When you’re done tweaking your photo, you can save the photo and open it in another app. on 05 Jun 2020
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The company that's saving us from unwanted facial recognition raises $13.5M

D-ID’s algorithm removes small features from photos so that they can’t be identified by biometric systems. on 03 Jun 2020
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Pinterest adds a ‘Shop’ tab to its Lens Camera search results to showcase matching in-stock products

To use the new shop tab, you first click the camera in the Search bar, and snap a photo or upload one. You’ll then see a “Shop” tab with shoppable Product Pins, including price and availability, along with links that deliver consumers to the retailer’s checkout page. on 01 Jun 2020
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Your face mask selfies could be training the next facial recognition tool

Researchers are crawling the internet for photos of people wearing face masks to improve facial recognition algorithms. on 21 May 2020
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Facebook buys GIF company Giphy and plans to integrate it with Instagram

Facebook announced Friday it is acquiring the animated-picture platform Giphy valued at roughly $400 million. Facebook said its planning to further integrate Giphy into the Instagram app “so that people can find just the right way to express themselves.” Giphy will continue to operate its library, Facebook said. on 15 May 2020
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Millions of historic newspaper images get the machine learning treatment at the Library of Congress

Using the initial human-powered work of outlining images and captions as training data, they built an AI agent that could do so on its own. After the usual tweaking and optimizing, they set it loose on the full Chronicling America database of newspaper scans. on 07 May 2020
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Cool AR demo shows how you can copy and paste a real-life object

A new demo shows how Augmented Reality might allow users to copy a real-world object and paste it into software on their computer. on 06 May 2020
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Orbo Ai acquires US-based research startup Gemia

Orbo AI will continue to offer Gemia as a subscription SaaS product for automated image enhancements and will utilize its research and development resources to enhance its current portfolio. on 20 Apr 2020
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AI imaging news roundup: the good, bad, and ugly

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Gig Photography market: What’s in store?

I’d like to share a few thoughts spurred by our recently released Building the Gig Photo Economy study, as well as the conversations I’ve since had with quite a few folks using or supplying Gig Photography services. First of all, we live in an era of diminishing stigma against outsourcing household tasks

The solution to Deepfakes

The real strength of deepfakes or alternate images is not that they falsify the truth – we have been able to that since the birth of photography but rather, thanks to social media, that they are completely dissociated from their original creators and thus their intent. When the Soviet government

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