Astronomers Warn Starlink Satellites Could Have a ‘Fatal’ Impact on Astrophotography

Hundreds of astronomers, satellite operators, and dark-sky advocates recently joined forces to call out a problem that impacts all three groups: the growing number of SpaceX ‘Starlink‘ satellites in orbit, and how these ‘constellations’ could actively hurt scientific progress and have a ‘fatal’ impact on some forms of astrophotography. If you’ve been following PetaPixel for …

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Facebook Sues Man Selling Fake Likes and Followers to ‘Cheat Instagram’

If the sheer number of Instagram bots with profiles that read “buy 5,000 likes RIGHT NOW!!!” are any indication, selling fake likes, followers, and comments on Instagram is big business. But it’s also risky, as one fraudster from Belarus is finding out first hand. In a statement posted yesterday, the social media giant announced that …

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Venus Optics Unveils 11mm f/4.5 Lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Specialty lens maker Venus Optics has just released another interesting optic. The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is the world’s widest rectilinear lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that can still accept screw-on filters, offering a 126° field of view from a surprisingly small package. To our knowledge, the widest full-frame lens currently available on the …

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This Interactive Map is a Street View of 1940s New York City

1940s NYC is a new online interactive map created by NYC-based software engineer Julian Boilen. It’s like Google Street View, except every photo taken shows New York City between 1939 and 1941. “Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration collaborated with the New York City Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in …

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TikTok Holocaust Trend is ‘Hurtful and Offensive’, Says Auschwitz Memorial

A new “Victims” or “Holocaust” or “Trauma Porn” trend has popped up on video sharing app TikTok that has prompted reactions ranging from outrage to disbelief. While the point of the trend seems to be educational, many people have called it out as offensive and tone-deaf at best, or disturbing and inhumane at worse. While …

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Android 11 Will Limit Third-Party Camera Apps to Protect User Privacy

A few weeks ago, it was discovered that Android 11 would limit third-party camera apps’ access, essentially “forcing” apps to use the phone’s built-in camera app even if you have a different app selected as your Default. But while the limitation might seem a bit Apple-esque, Google says it’s a necessary trade-off to protect users’ …

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Leica Unveils Line of ‘Made in Portugal’ Lenses that are Cheaper for US Buyers

Putting the words “Leica” and “Cheap” in the same headline is usually an oxymoron, but the company has just announced that it will be selling cheap-er “Made in Portugal” versions of nine popular M-mount lenses in order to bypass a controversial US tariff established last year. As mentioned above, the reason behind this move is …

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Canon Unveils EOS R5 Firmware 1.1, Improves Overheating Times

Most regular consumers haven’t even received their Canon EOS R5 pre-order yet, but the company has already released a major firmware update for the camera. And while Canon doesn’t actually SAY it in the documentation, this update does improve both the base overheating and the recovery times. First things first, Canon barely even mentions temperature …

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