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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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Google Images Launches ‘Licensable’ Badge and Search Filter

Google today launched new features in Google Images “to help people use images on the web responsibly.” The features should benefit photographers, as they help people both identify photos that can be licensed as well as find out how to properly license them. Licensable Badge Google Images’ new “Licensable” badge, which had been in beta …

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Tourist Breaks 200-Year-OId Sculpture by Sitting on It to Take a Picture

Earlier this month, an Austrian tourist learned a tough (if obvious) lesson at the Antonio Canova Museum in Possagno, Italy: don’t sit on the sculptures. While posing for a photo with a 200-year-old plaster cast of a famous statue, the tourist leaned on and broke off several of the sculpture’s toes. The incident took place …

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Xiaomi Unveils Nearly Invisible Under-Display Smartphone Camera

Xiaomi has unveiled its third-generation of under-display cameras for upcoming smartphones. Instead of a notch or cutout, the edge-to-edge display will have a camera that’s nearly invisible under the screen while retaining the standard quality of front-facing cameras. “This brand-new technology is able to perfectly disguise the front camera under the phone’s screen without ruining …

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