Posts Tagged ‘photo’

Guatemala Judge Orders McAfee Released

December 11th, 2012 12:06 admin View Comments

The Courts

An anonymous reader points out an AP report which says a judge in Guatemala has ordered the release of John McAfee from a detention center. “Lawyer Telesforo Guerra said the judge notified him verbally of the ruling, but added that it may take a day for formal written notification to win McAfee’s release, possibly as soon as Wednesday.” McAfee, on the run from Belizean police, was arrested in Guatemala several days ago after making himself known to authorities. He did so because a pair of reporters who were interviewing him posted a photo which included metadata on the photo’s location. In a live broadcast on Sunday, McAfee expressed a desire to return to the U.S. “I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years. My long-term plan was simply to get away from Belize, think, and decide what to do.”

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Inside the Raspberry Pi Factory

December 3rd, 2012 12:39 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Here’s a photo walk through of how Raspberry Pi boards are made at a Sony factory in South Wales, UK. The factory says that the multiple automated and manual checks have meant that only two of the 150,000 boards made there have been shipped with defects.”

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World’s First 3D Printing Photo Booth

November 12th, 2012 11:53 admin View Comments


Zothecula writes “Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now’s your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what’s described as the world’s first 3D printing photo booth in Harajuku, Japan. There, visitors will have their bodies scanned into a computer, a process which takes about 15 minutes. Then the company prints your statuette on their 3D color printer in one of three sizes.”

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Photo Tour of Google’s Data Centers

October 17th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments


For anyone curious about how Google’s data centers look on the insidie, NMajik writes with word that Google published a photo tour of their secretive data centers. They look like the future, with a soft blue glow and color-coordinated cooling pipes.

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The History of Lying With Images

October 13th, 2012 10:04 admin View Comments


An article at The Verge discusses a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which traces the history of photo manipulation, starting in the mid-1800s. Early photographers used simple techniques like painting on their negatives or simply forming a composite image from many painstakingly framed shots. That period of time even had its own approximation of modern memes: “A large number of prints from that era — featuring decapitated subjects holding, juggling, or otherwise posing with their own heads — might be seen as the lolcats of their day, owing to an alluringly macabre and widespread fascination with parlour tricks and stage magic.” However, lying with pictures really took off when business and government figured out how effective it could be as a tool for propaganda. The exhibit has many examples, such as President Ulysses S. Grant’s head superimposed onto a soldier’s body and a different background, or another of Joseph Goebbels removed from a photo of a party. The article likens these manipulations to more recent situations like the faked pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse, and often-hilarious altered ads featured on Photoshop Disasters. The article ends with a quote from photographer Jerry Uelsmann: “Let us not delude ourselves by the seemingly scientific nature of the darkroom ritual. It has been and always will be a form of alchemy.”

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Leaked Photo Shows Touch-Screen BlackBerry 10 Phone

September 4th, 2012 09:21 admin View Comments


alancronin tips this quote from CNet: “A new leaked photo of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, or the ‘London,’ promises a completely different looking BlackBerry than the world is used to. According to the BlackBerry news site N4BB, a photo of the device (which is designed by Porsche) shows a slender touch-screen phone that is the color ‘gun metal.’ Several apps are shown in the photo, including Facebook, BBM, and DocsToGo. … The London is the first BlackBerry 10 and is slated to have a TI OMAP dual-core CPU running at 1.5GHz, as well as 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and an 8-megapixel camera.”

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How Pictures Skew Our Judgment

August 10th, 2012 08:37 admin View Comments


An article at Ars summarizes a study into how simply seeing pictures can alter what we believe, even if the pictures don’t provide any information about the topic at hand (abstract). Researchers asked true-or-false questions to a group of test subjects about whether a minor celebrity was still alive. When they provided a picture of the celebrity, more people evaluated the statement as ‘true’ than when no picture was provided. The researchers then switched the question, asking whether it was true or false that the celebrity was dead. Again, the subjects shown a picture were more likely to respond with ‘true.’ Experiments also showed this phenomenon wasn’t limited to questions about people, but general knowledge as well. “The authors spend a bit of time discussing why this sort of truth bias might arise. In cases where we have rich information—a photo or detailed description of something—it’s easier to pull additional information out of our memory. So, even if a photo doesn’t tell us much about whether the person is alive, it does make it easier to retrieve relevant information on them—if they’re wearing a suit in the photo, we might reason they’re a political or financial figure, etc. When the information flows that readily, we’re more likely to conclude that we’re familiar with the question that’s being posed, and will then tend to conclude it’s true.”

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Google I/O: 1 Million Android Devices Are Activated Every Day

June 27th, 2012 06:50 admin View Comments

Photo by Eliot Weisberg/ReadWriteWeb. Creative Commons licensed.

Vic Gundotra took the stage Monday to open the Google I/O Android keynote to excited applause, thumping techno music. “Thank you for betting with Google, and thank you for supporting us,” he told the excited developers in attendance.

The first exec to take the stage was Hugo Barra, director of product management for Android. He provided updates on overall Android numbers.

Last year at I/O, Google announced that there were 100 million Android devices. This year, Barra revealed that the latest number is over 400 million. Last year, Google was activating 400,000 devices per day. Today, there are over 1 million daily activations.


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Google I/O: ReadWriteWeb’s Live Analysis is About to Begin

June 27th, 2012 06:23 admin View Comments

Photo by Eliot Weisberg/ReadWriteWeb

Over 5,000 people have gathered at Moscone Center in San Francisco for the opening keynote of Google I/O. There’s a disorganized horde of people – mostly white, mostly male – on the second floor, eager to get good seats upstairs, slow-clapping in anticipation. We’re expecting new devices, big software updates and lots of Google-y statistics about user numbers. It ought to be a great show.

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How People Communicate on Instagram

June 22nd, 2012 06:00 admin View Comments

The comments and likes of an Instagram photograph become part of the viewer’s experience of that image. On this visual social network, communication is subtle, playful, innocent and devoid of any social expectations. It’s a place where image makers can go to freely express themselves and find other like-minded aesthetes. The adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words, but on Instagram that same photo is worth far more than that. 

The culture of Instagram images is far different from Facebook, which is focused around comments and likes from friends who are in the social circle. 

While many people post their Instagram photos to Facebook and Twitter, the majority of discussions occurs on Instagram, limiting the interaction to those who have smartphones,” says Michaelanne Dye, PR and social media officer at Georgia Tech College of Computing. 

Facebook offers personal information about users (birthday, gender, hometown, current town, relationship status and more), while Instagram includes little more than a user’s name, profile pic, how many photos they have posted and number of followers. The decreased level of social pressure in this space actually makes it easier to start a conversation.

“Unlike Facebook, image sharing on Instagram is not about connecting with long lost friends or making plans for the weekend,” says Dye. “The experience revolves around the quality and creativeness of the image. That, combined with the fact that not everyone is on Instagram (unlike Facebook), provides the feeling of a more closed community in which you have a little bit more anonymity.” 

Instagram does not allow for private messaging between users either. Depending on the Instagram user’s settings, every comment or like is either visible to the public or completely private. Users can choose to watch from the sidelines too, if they prefer. Unlike other mobile photo-sharing apps, it’s impossible to share Instagram images with a select group of friends or followers.  

Instagram is a fascinating way to get to know what types of images other visual thinkers are drawn to. 

“In short, Instagram has created a strong social networking site that focuses strictly on the art of photo sharing and visual engagement,” says Dye. “It’s really about taking a photo and allowing it to become an object of value to other individuals.” 

Source: How People Communicate on Instagram