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The Quest to Digitally Preserve the Built World, from Notre Dame to Easter Island

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  Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan] When the shock of seeing Notre-Dame engulfed in a catastrophic fire on Monday finally wore off, people around the world were quick to wonder how it would be rebuilt. Many pointed to the work of architectural historian Andrew Tallon, who digitally scanned the structure in 2010 to create a detailed documentation of the building that could eventually help reconstruct it. Tallon was an early adopter of a technology…

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Low Light Photography Intro with Zach Dobson

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Cross-posted from blog.zachdobson.com [by Zach Dobson] One of the most difficult aspects of photography is shooting in low light. However, with my documentary approach, it’s a skill I need in order to maintain the integrity of the subject material and avoid affecting the end result with my presence. Therefore over the past 15 years I’ve developed a series of practices that allow me to shoot in low light using only available light without compromising image…

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Apple Tells App Developers to Disclose or Remove Screen Recording Code

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Cross-posted from TechCrunch.com [by Zack Whittaker] Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store, TechCrunch can confirm. In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a…

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Photographer’s X-T1 Took an Oil-Slicking and Kept on Ticking

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Cross-posted from fstoppers.com [by David J. Fulde] When Reddit user Grahamr1234 went out photographing with a friend, the last thing he expected was to go for a swim in some oily water and nearly ruin his beloved Fuji X-T1 and Samyang 12mm f/2. After trying on his own, he decided to turn to the Internet for some help recovering his beloved camera. After giving the camera and lens a gentle clean with a cloth, taking…

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Facial Recognition Software Is Helping Identify Unknown Figures in Civil War Photographs

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Cross-posted from smithsonianmag.org [by Meilan Solly] A new facial recognition application pioneered by computer scientist and historian Kurt Luther peers into the past—specifically the American Civil War—to identify anonymous portrait sitters captured in thousands of photographs taken over the course of the bloody four-year conflict. As Erica X. Eisen reports for Slate, Civil War Photo Sleuth (CWPS) is a three-pronged collaboration launched in August by Luther and his Virginia Tech students; editor Ron Coddington of…

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Juno’s Latest Photo of Jupiter is Breathtaking

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Cross-posted from smithsonianmag.com [by Jason Daley] On October 29, the Juno spacecraft that has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, swooped above the planet’s North Temperate Belt and snapped what may be its most mesmerizing image of the gas giant’s clouds yet. The image, taken 4,400 miles above the planet and enhanced by citizen-scientists and artists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, includes white pop-up clouds and an anticyclonic storm that appears as a white oval. The…

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Don’t Like What Google Says About You? You Might Be Able to Change It

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Cross-posted from popsci.com [by Whitson Gordon] When was the last time you googled yourself? It’s not just about vanity: Potential employers, dates, and even friends may search for your name from time to time—and what they see can really affect their first impression of you. Unfortunately, despite what some people think, you can’t really control what the search engine says. “Google is just reflecting the web,” says Vanessa Fox, a search engine optimization (SEO) expert…

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Hydrus VR Camera Brings Immersive 8K Video to the Deep Sea

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Cross-posted from Engadget.com [by Jon Fingas] Don’t be surprised if you soon see VR video from some of the darker corners of the ocean. Marine Imaging Technologies has launched a new camera, the Hydrus VR, that promises 360-degree 8K video (higher-resolution than many current headsets) at depths of up to 984 feet, even in lighting conditions as dim as 0.004 lux. The 10-camera array takes advantage of new ultra-sensitive Sony sensors to capture video at…

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