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Internet Photos to 3D

University of Washington researchers have developed mind-blowing software technology that uses gathers thousands of internet photos of landmarks and then transforms them into 3D time-lapse scenes. "While previous work assumed a static camera, the addition of camera motion during the time-lapse creates a very compelling impression of parallax. Our results show photorealistic time-lapses of skylines and natural scenes over many years, with dramatic parallax effects," said the team. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Face Morphing Transforming Software

Researchers at Washington University have developed software that can reconstruct 3D simulations of that person's likeness, using algorithms designed to maintain their unique facial expression. These specialized algorithms map 49 points on a person's face, and then chart how they change depending on various emotions. The result is showcased in the video above, in which the team was able create digital models of several well known celebrities. Continue reading for another tech demo and more information.

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Funny Windows BSOD Blue Screen of Death

For those who have been Mac or Linux users all their lives, the Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD) is basically an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely. BSoDs have been present in Windows NT 3.1 (the first version of the Windows NT family, released in 1993) and all Windows operating systems released afterwards. They can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. One place you shouldn't see this error is at a concert, but with computers powering everything these days, it's not too out of the ordinary for something like this to happen. Continue reading for more.

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Amazon CloudDrive

Amazon Cloud Drive ensures you have access to all your files anywhere, at any time, all for just $5 per year. When files or photos are uploaded to Cloud Drive, users are saving a backup copy in Amazon's secure servers, with absolutely no limit to how much you can upload. For photographers, the Cloud Drive never changes or reduces the resolution of your images, unlike other similar paid services. Get it here now. Continue reading to see someone uploading 3-Terabytes of data onto the service.

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Architecture of Radio

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Architecture of Radio is probably one of the coolest apps we've come across in recent time, as it provides a 360° visualization of the digital world all around us, using your GPS location to give visual life to the signals around you. Created by software developer Richard Vijgen, it essentially plots the massive network of signals, both wired and wireless, using data collected from 7-million cell towers, 19-million Wi-Fi routers, and hundreds of satellites. "The purpose of this app is to make the invisible visible so we can look at it, think about it and discuss it," said Vijgen. Get it here now. Continue reading for another video of the incredible app in-action.

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Unreal Paris Tour

The Unreal Engine is essentially a game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal. Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres, including stealth, MMORPGs, and other RPGs. With its code written in C++, the Unreal Engine features a high degree of portability and is a tool used by many game developers today. Continue reading for more impressive tech demos and scenes.

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Deep Neural Network Painting

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We have seen the future of artificial intelligence, and it includes an advanced algorithm that can learn to paint in the style of any artist. That's right, researchers at the University of Tubingen inserted series of old masters into the system, and it turned a modern day photo into paintings in the style of some of the world's best known artists. "Thus far the algorithmic basis of this process is unknown and there exists no artificial system with similar capabilities. Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality. The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images," said the researchers. Continue reading for another video on deep neural networks.

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Emma Watson Taylor Swift Combined

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Pedro Berg Johnsen from Norway specializes in combining portraits of celebrities to create surreal-looking people that should exist, but unfortunately, don't. Above, we have a morph of Taylor Swift and Emma Watson. Some say that Chris Pratt should play Indiana Jones in the reboot, and you'll probably agree after seeing the morph. "I use a bit of Photoshop for final touches and editing, but the actual blending is done in a program called SqirlzMorph. It's free, and pretty easy to use. As for time, everything between two hours and a couple of days. It depends on image size, what level of detail I'm going for and how invested I am in the project," said Johnsen. Continue reading to see more.

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Separate Reflection Software

Hate when you take photos through a window, only to notice reflections after reviewing them? This piece of software aims to rid you of that problem. "Rather than capturing a single image, we instruct the user to take a short image sequence while slightly moving the camera. Differences that often exist in the relative position of the background and the obstructing elements from the camera allow us to separate them based on their motions, and to recover the desired background scene as if the visual obstructions were not there. We show results on controlled experiments and many real and practical scenarios, including shooting through reflections, fences, and raindrop-covered windows," said researchers from Google and MIT. Continue reading for another video on a mind-boggling software technology that mines time-lapse videos from internet photos.

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Before Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, Xanga, etc. there was AOL Instant Messenger, with its first version debuting in 1997. Geeks who didn't grow up in the 2000s probably have never used or even heard about this piece of software. However, for those who have, remember it as the largest instant messaging service back in the day. Unfortunately, almost nobody uses it today, with market share under 0.50%. Continue reading for more.

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