IEEE Spectrum: How the Digital Camera Transformed Our Concept of History

IEEE Spectrum: How the Digital Camera Transformed Our Concept of History. “For an inventor, the main challenge might be technical, but sometimes it’s timing that determines success. Steven Sasson had the technical talent but developed his prototype for an all-digital camera a couple of decades too early.”

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse. “A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera, saving them the stress of an anaesthetic. Filming animals using a high-resolution digital camera installed on a tripod could offer another way for veterinarians to take an animal’s pulse or check its breathing rate.”

TechCrunch: Ring’s new security ‘control center’ isn’t nearly enough

TechCrunch: Ring’s new security ‘control center’ isn’t nearly enough. “On the same day that a Mississippi family is suing Amazon -owned smart camera maker Ring for not doing enough to prevent hackers from spying on their kids, the company has rolled out its previously announced ‘control center,’ which it hopes will make you forget about its verifiably ‘awful’ security practices.”

ZDNet: Google kills Xiaomi-Nest integration after user gets images from strangers

ZDNet: Google kills Xiaomi-Nest integration after user gets images from strangers. “We know creeps have hacked smart baby monitors to spy on families, but a bug affecting Xiaomi smart cameras linked to Google accounts creates the reverse problem: one user received unwanted images from strangers’ homes when streaming content from his own camera to a Google Nest Hub.”

How to take better photos for genealogy: Part Five: Cameras (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: How to take better photos for genealogy: Part Five: Cameras. “It is important to know, as is commonly repeated, that the best camera is the one you have when you need to take a photograph. What is happening today is that the quality of the images being produced by all types of cameras is increasing dramatically and the difference in the quality of the photographs being produced is collapsing in that almost any newer camera will take a very adequate looking photograph. Essentially, all newer cameras are computers as well as cameras.”

New York Times: A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’

New York Times: A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’. “Tiny cameras have been found in places where they shouldn’t be, like Airbnb rentals, public bathrooms and gym locker rooms. So often, in fact, that security experts warn that we are in the throes of a ‘bugging epidemic.’ It is not paranoid to take precautions. A lot of spy gear is detectable if you know what to look for, said Charles Patterson, president of Exec Security, a firm in Tarrytown, N.Y., that specializes in corporate counterespionage.”

Engadget: How computational photography is making your photos better

Engadget: How computational photography is making your photos better. “Phone cameras have undergone huge improvements in recent years, but they’ve done so without the hardware changing all that much. Sure, lenses and sensors continue to improve, but the big developments have all been in software. So-called computational photography is using algorithms and even machine learning to stitch together multiple photos to yield better results than were previously possible from a tiny lens and sensor.”

Mashable: Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera

Mashable: Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera. “Not even your precious memories are safe from hackers. That much was made clear at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, where a security researcher demonstrated just how easy it is to remotely encrypt a digital camera with ransomware. And once that happens, you can say goodbye to all your photos — unless you pay up.”

The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part Seven — Technological Challenges: Cameras (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part Seven — Technological Challenges: Cameras. “There are two main ways to digitize paper records: cameras and dedicated scanners. In this post, I am going to write about digital cameras as they may be used for document preservation.”

Wired: To Fight Deepfakes, Researchers Built a Smarter Camera

Wired: To Fight Deepfakes, Researchers Built a Smarter Camera. “One of the most difficult things about detecting manipulated photos, or ‘deepfakes,’ is that digital photo files aren’t coded to be tamper-evident. But researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering are starting to develop strategies that make it easier to tell if a photo has been altered, opening up a potential new front in the war on fakery.”

Nikkei Asian Review: Fujifilm instant camera finds new life on social media

Nikkei Asian Review: Fujifilm instant camera finds new life on social media. “If you thought the days of printing out photos were a thing of the past, think again. Fujifilm’s instant-print camera, the Instax, has found a new lease of life among a generation that grew up without ever touching a roll of film. The Japanese company aims to sell 10 million of the cameras in the year through next March, an increase of 1 million on the previously announced figure.”

EurekAlert: Deep learning transforms smartphone microscopes into laboratory-grade devices

EurekAlert: Deep learning transforms smartphone microscopes into laboratory-grade devices . “Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have demonstrated that deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence, can discern and enhance microscopic details in photos taken by smartphones. The technique improves the resolution and color details of smartphone images so much that they approach the quality of images from laboratory-grade microscopes.” WOW.

CNET: Your smart camera may have been spying on you

CNET: Your smart camera may have been spying on you. “At the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit, researchers from the cybersecurity company said they discovered security flaws with Hanwha Techwin America’s surveillance cameras. Vladimir Dashchenko, head of Kaspersky Lab’s vulnerability research team, said there were 13 vulnerabilities with the cameras and how they connected online.”

Review: Google’s Tiny New Camera Uses AI to Become Your Personal Photographer (TIME)

TIME: Review: Google’s Tiny New Camera Uses AI to Become Your Personal Photographer. “The latest smartphones have gotten much better at focusing quickly on subjects, making it easier for anyone to capture the perfect picture. But even the most advanced smartphone cameras still need a person to press the shutter button. That’s not so with Google Clips, a miniature camera that uses artificial intelligence to learn exactly when to snap a photo.”

Techradar: Google’s new DIY kit for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own smart camera

Techradar: Google’s new DIY kit for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own smart camera. “Following the release of its voice control kit earlier this year, Google has produced a new DIY kit for the Raspberry Pi which lets hobbyists turn the compact board into a computer vision system – or in layman’s terms, a smart camera capable of recognizing stuff.”