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Folded Map Project’s Tonika Johnson Confronts Alec Soth and the NY Times

On September 5, 2020, The New York Times published “The Great Divide” – the latest entry in their “The America We Need” Times Opinion series – which examined neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side and South Side and the enormous disparities in wealth and health that have emerged between them as a result of racist policies …

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Scientists Take World’s First 3,200MP Photos with Sensor Made for World’s Largest Digital Camera

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have just captured the world’s first 3,200MP photos using an image sensor array that will become the heart of the world’s largest digital camera. While higher res photos have been stitched together before, these are the largest single-frame digital photographs ever captured. The sensor array …

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Officials Say Colored Smoke Grenade Sparked Massive California Wildfire

Officials in California have revealed that a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” (i.e. a colored smoke grenade or ‘smoke bomb’) was the cause of the El Dorado Fire that has already burned some 8,600 acres across San Bernadino County. The grenade was apparently part of a gender reveal party. Officials didn’t reveal too many details. The CalFire …

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Canon Closes Online Store in Australia to ‘Support Local Retail Partners’

A couple of days ago, Canon Australia announced that it would be shutting down its online store, essentially ceasing direct sales on the continent. Why? According to Canon, they want to “support local retail partners” by sending customers their way. The announcement was published on September 1st, and it’s a notice of sorts: on September …

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Microsoft’s New AI ‘Authenticator’ Spots Manipulated Photos and Videos

Earlier today, Microsoft announced two new tools that will help identify manipulated photos and videos. The first is a metadata-based system, and the second is a “Video Authenticator” that will analyze photos and videos and provide a “confidence score” that tells you whether or not the media has been altered by AI. The metadata system …

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Sony Unveils New A-Mount to E-Mount Adapter with Built-In AF Motor

In a surprise announcement this morning, Sony unveiled the new LA-EA5 lens adapter: a Sony A-mount to E-mount adapter that promises E-Mount autofocus and burst shooting performance when using Sony’s older A-mount glass, including lenses without a built-in AF motor. The LA-EA5 is a surprisingly compact adapter, given everything it’s promising. The adapter allegedly delivers …

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