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+ - 25 Years in the Making - This is How Photoshop 1.0 Looks Today->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: In celebration of Photoshop’s 25 anniversary Adobe decided to publish an interesting an a bit nostalgic video which looks at the original Photoshop — version 1.0 announced back in 1990.

There are very few working computers these days that can run Photoshop 1.0 directly, however using an emulator you can more or less reproduce the software as it was a quarter of a century ago. There are many things that we take for granted in Photoshop that you could not do in the original version including using layers (these came only in version 3.0), use live preview or even something as basic as saving your image as JPEG (which was introduced around 1992), not to speak of Camera RAW which was introduced quite a few years later (as there were no commercial digital cameras anywhere). Of course there was also no real internet so the only way to get digital images was by scanning prints...

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+ - New Technology Adds Motion to Still Images->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Japanese researchers from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. developed a a unique lighting technology that adds motion to still images and 3D objects.

Nippon's technology adds a layer of gray-scale motion pattern to a static color picture using a projector. Since the color pattern of the picture does not move, the resulting pattern is an incorrect pattern containing many inconsistencies. However, it appears to be a correct colorful movie to human observers creating a visual illusion which you can watch in a video released by Nippon.

The technology is said to be aimed at advertisement, art, entertainment and potentially other uses as well.

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+ - What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2014?->

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Iddo Genuth writes: 2013 was the worst year for the photography industry in decades — but what happened in 2014 and will the upcoming blitz of cameras (including the super resolution Canon 5D S with 50MP sensor to be announced tomorrow) change everything in 2015?

The official numbers published by CIPA (the Camera & Imaging Products Association) are out and they tell a story of a struggling photography industry trying to stay afloat in a sea of smartphones. Will it survive? This is the big question all of the photography manufacturers are facing over the past two years, and eventually what does it all mean for us as consumers?

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+ - Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Until 20 years ago even the best telescopes in the world could not detect a planet outside our solar system. Now, with the aid of a basic DSLR, low cost lens and some DIY magic, you just might be able to "see" ET's home planet for yourself.

Your DSLR can do much more than just take a few nice portraits or the occasional vacation photos – if you have some DIY experience (O.K. a bit more than just "some"), you might be able to repeat what David Schneider was recently been able to do — that is, building his own planet finder using only inexpensive photo gear, low cost electronics, the right kind of software and a lot of patience.

Although Schneider was "only" able to rediscover an already known exsoplanet (some 63 light-years away from us), what he did — and more importantly how he did it — might allow planet hunting to become closer to SETI@home than NASA's 550,000 million dollar Kepler space telescope project.

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+ - Pronto: Fast-Charge Battery Pack So Your Device Will Never Run out of Power->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Have Just 5 min to charge your iPhone or camera battery? a new kickstarter sponsored battery pack is promising to help you get the juice you need for your favorite device (smartphone, tablet, camera or even a laptop) in just a few minutes with an external battery pack that can charge quickly and holds lots of power.

If you only have half an hour between connection flights and you hate the frustrating feeling of watching the power bar staying in the same place — Pronto might be the solution you have been waiting for. This battery which comes in 2 sizes can store enough power for 3-9 iPhone 5 charges and only needs 5 min (or 15 with the smaller version) for a full iPhone charge.

The pronto Kickstarter project raised close to $300,000 and will be ending in 10 days — the developers are looking to surpass their previous success with the powerpot — another kickstarter project which help campers charge devices with a pot and boiling water.

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+ - A Look at the New Dell UP2715K - The First 5K 27 inch LCD->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: 4K displays are so last year – get ready for the next big thing – the new Dell UP2715K which boost an unbelievable 5120×2880 pixel resolution – or 14.7 Megapixels. What can you actually run on this bad boy is a different matter — finding 4K content seems hard enough these days (although 4K BDs should start appearing in the near future), however gamers, video editors and image editors might find the extra 70% more resolution useful.

The monitor will reach the market later this year according to Dell at a pretty reasonable price of about $2.5K and from the quick video demo it seems that Dell was able to counter glare on this screen in quite a decent way.

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+ - Is the New 8 Core intel Processor Really the Ultimate CPU for Video Editing?->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Earlier this weekend Intel announced 3 new “Extreme” processors based on the Haswell-E i7 architecture including a new 8-core i7-5960X CPU. But how does this new processing king preform as part of super high end video editing machine alongside the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory and do more cores more important than a higher clock rate?

Photographer Dave Dugdale and JJ Guerrero from ASUS decided to check these questions out and recorded and extensive video looking at some of the interesting questions that has to do with building a very high end system for editing 4K videos with the latest hardware around (as long as you have deep pockets...).

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+ - Students Develop an unbelievable 2D to 3D Object Manipulation Software->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: A group of students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley developed a free software which uses regular 2D images and combines them with free 3D models of objects to create unbelievable video results.

The group of 4 students created a free downloadable software (currently for mac OS-X only) that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs. However unlike many 3D object manipulation software, the team’s approach seamlessly reveals hidden parts of objects in photographs, and produces plausible shadows and shading. This is done by using 3D models (which can be obtained freely online from many repositories).

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+ - A New Way to Connect Portable Extra Monitors for Your Laptop->

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Iddo Genuth writes: A British inventor created a system which allows you to connect one or more external monitors to your laptop to create a portable, high resolution multi monitor setup for the road warrior who can’t live without the extra screen real estate — the only drawback — you will need a Mini DisplayPort or a DisplayPort on your laptop.

If you are used to working with a multi monitor setup on your desktop but you find it hard to leave it behind when you are on the road – you are not alone.A new kickstarter project called Packed Pixels brings an interesting way to connect one or two extra high res displays to your laptop for a relatively low price.

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+ - Machine Learning Used to prevent medication errors->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: There are an estimated 7,000 deaths in the United States due to preventable medication errors each year. A new company called MedAware is looking to use artificial intelligence and smart learning algorithms to counter this growing problem.

MedAware developed smart software that analyzes large databases of medical records and created specific profiles for each drug based on the type of patients to which it was given (including things such as age, sex, medical history and condition). Whenever a patient who does not fit the profile of a specific drug receives a prescription for it — a message pops up on the physician's computer signaling a problem.

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+ - New Technology Uses Cellular Towers for Super Accurate Weather Measurements->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Israeli scientists from the Tel Aviv University perfected a method for using cell phone service towers microwave emitters to measure rain, snow and even (for the first time ) detect fog with great accuracy over vast areas in real time.

The research team members have analyzed endless amounts of raw cellular data and developed more accurate ways to measure meteorological information and added more parameters that they can now measure using their growing database. When combined with existing meteorological monitoring technologies such as radars and local ground based weather stations, the results show unprecedented level of accuracy that can give better and further weather forecast as well as special warnings about upcoming floods, fog and hail which can affect both people and crop production.

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+ - What's on the Way for Photographers on Android L->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: The next version of Android known as Android L (or 5) will bring a whole host of new features including several interesting features for photographers.

During the recent Google I/O 2014 event Google gave an interesting demonstration of some of the features we should be looking for in Android L including a lot more direct manual control over the camera and the ability to shoot in RAW. Other interesting features including a much faster shooting rate (depending on your Smartphone capabilities — Nexus 5 — up to 30 frames per second). In the demo on the following link you can see some interesting HDR capabilities and a look into a few more things that might be the basis for a new generation of photography apps.

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+ - The Internet Of Things Comes to Your Garden->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: Connected devices are becoming ubiquitous — a number of new companies are now offering WIFI and BT enabled devices that can let you control almost all aspects of your garden from your smartphone or tablet, save you money on water and allow you to monitor your plants health from a distance.

In the past few months we are seeing an expulsion of new companies and products belonging to the "Internet Of Things" (IOT) and this trend isn't skipping the garden. For years irrigation controllers were amongst the most hated non intuitive devices around but a new generation of small start-up companies such as Rachio, GreenIQ and GreenBox are looking to change that and create a completely new was of interaction with our garden which will be more wireless and more connected (with lots of smart sensors that will tell us what is going on with our plants before its too late).

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+ - New Technology for Building Homes Lower Costs by 50%!->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes: An Israeli entrepreneur has developed a smart building block that has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry, reducing building and running costs for new homes.

The new block, currently under development, is called S-brick. It looks like a large concrete Lego piece with built in holes and a v-shape part which can be removed, exposing the inner porous structure. This design combines several distinct advantages. The S-block is made from a special concrete developed in Germany that is as strong as steal — eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming metal reinforcements in the building. Each block has holes for running pipes, plumbing and electrical wires. The outer part of the block is removable, allowing easy access for inserting the pipes during construction and inspecting and maintaining them later on. These are just two of almost a dozen unique advantages of the S-brick compared to any existing comparable building technology which according to the developers could reduce building costs by as much as 50%.

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+ - High School Students Launch the First Satellite to Locate SOS Radio Signals->

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Iddo Genuth writes: Last Thursday a unique miniscule solar-powered satellite built by a group of Israeli high school students was launched successfully from the Yasny launch base in Russia. The satellite will demonstrate the capability to help travelers in remote locations use a simple low-cost radio transmitter to report their location in case of emergency.

This is only the second nano satellite in the world to be built by high school students (the first was TJ3SAT launched with the help of NASA in late 2013). Almost 200 students worked on the project over the years, with 40 working nonstop over the past several months to complete the satellite in time for the launch.

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