Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.
Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms make it easy to share videos on-the-fly, but sometimes, you record in the wrong format. Thankfully, there’s Auto Reframe, an Adobe Premiere Pro tool that automatically reframes content in different aspect ratios using artificial intelligence. Adobe’s Sensei machine-learning technology analyzes, crops and pans footage for different square, vertical and widescreen versions. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tatsuo Horiuchi, an 79-year-old artist from Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, prefers using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets over actual paint to create his masterpieces. Horiuchi didn’t want to spend money on art supplies so he started to use Excel to create art after seeing others using the program at work. How does it work? The Autoshape function is mainly used to form the images and then custom colored shapes are layered to weave together an intricate image. Read more for a video and additional information.
Huawei HarmonyOs is the company’s official Android replacement, unveiled at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan, China. The operating system is known as HongMengOS in Chinese, which translates to “bring more harmony and convenience to the world”. This software is crucial if the White House tightens the ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei, which would include Google’s Android operating system. Read more for a video and additional information.
The team over at XDA Developers brings an unofficial port of Android to the Nintendo Switch, complete with Joy-Con support. To be more specific, Switch owners with consoles purchased prior to summer 2018 are now able to boot LineageOS 15.1 directly from an SD card. This version of Lineage includes all Android features, support for Google Play services, and is capable of running native Nvidia Shield apps. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
If you’ve always wondered what it was like to edit images using the earliest versions of Adobe Photoshop, then wonder no more, as the “Computer Clan” shows us. They fired up Adobe Photoshop 0.63 Beta from 1988 on an old Macintosh powered by a 32MHz 68030 processor with 8MB of RAM. On a related note, did you know that Photoshop was developed in 1987 by two brothers Thomas and John Knoll? They later sold the distribution license to Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1988. Read more for the video and additional information.
Ever wonder how celebrities, or yourself, would look about 30-years in the future? The FaceApp aging feature should do the trick, and recently it’s become a social media hit, with many using it on well-known actors, like Tom Holland and Chris Evans. How does it work? It uses AI-powered neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. That’s right, the app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or even change gender. Read more to see a few popular celebrities decades in the future.
Photo credit: George Kao | Jonathon Leitschuh
Security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh discovered a zero-day vulnerability for the Zoom video conferencing app on Macs and publicly disclosed it today. Simply put, any website can open a video-enabled call on a Mac with the Zoom app installed because the software automatically installs a web server on OS X systems that accepts requests regular browsers wouldn’t. A website would simply be able to “forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user’s permission.” This also means that even if you uninstall Zoom, the web server can reinstall the software without requiring manual approval. Read more of a screenshot of what one person encountered when trying it.
If you wanted to see if an image is fake, or wanted to make one yourself, it usually starts with some kind of photo editing software. MIT’s GANpaint Studio is a tool that aims to make things a lot easier, thanks to artificial intelligence. For those who don’t know, a generative adversarial network (GAN) is a type of artificial intelligence machine learning technique made up of two nets that are in competition with one another in a zero-sum game framework. How does it work? Simply tell the tool where you want the object and it uses neural networks to insert one to match scene. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.