TechCrunch: The real consequences of fake porn and news. “For a democratic society in which the presumption of truth is generally the default response to most content, we will quite soon live in a world where everything must be considered fake without evidence to the contrary. It’s as if we suddenly moved to an authoritarian country and needed to constantly dismiss the propaganda we see every day. When it comes to policy problems facing startups, tech companies, political parties and governments together, this challenge is about as thorny as they come.”
ReviewGeek: 6 Cheap Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. “Adobe Photoshop is easily the industry standard when it comes to graphic and photo editing. We don’t just edit a photo these days, but we ‘photoshop’ it—but ‘shopping things with the real deal isn’t cheap…. Fortunately, if you’d rather spend a one-off fee and actually own a software license for your chosen product, there are numerous alternatives out there. We’ve taken a look at some of the best. Some options are entirely free, while others are browser based, so there should be something that’s perfect for you, regardless of your situation.”
Bustle: How To Edit A DM On Instagram With The App’s New Remix Feature. “There are a lot of reasons I shouldn’t be given the power to edit and draw on my friends’ photos, but the biggest one is that there is roughly zero chance I won’t draw something funny on the photo, like a pair of Harry Potter-inspired glasses or something. Still, Instagram is daring to give me — and every other user on the app — the power to do just that. In a new update released Tuesday, Instagram introduced their new ‘remix’ feature, which allows users to edit, draw on, or even add stickers and emojis to direct message photos their friends send them. They can then send the photos back, and as a result, their friend will be able to edit the previously edited photo even more than it already is. I know, it sounds a little complicated — but trust me, figuring out how to edit a DM on Instagram is super easy with remix.”
Digital Trends: Foolproof Ways To Remove The Background From An Image. “Looking to remove the background from an image, but not quite sure how to go about doing it? You’ve come to the right place! Don’t worry, changing a background is probably easier than you may think — especially with the right software! Below, we’ll cover web apps like Background Burner, as well as offline tools like Photoshop. Read on for all the details.” I’m in with an upvote for Background Burner.
Gizmodo: How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web. “Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get caught out.”
MakeUseOf: Everything You Didn’t Know About Instagram’s New Face Filters. “Instagram debuted in 2010 as an internet-based photo sharing application. At first, users could only post one image at a time, and video length could only be 15 seconds. But after numerous updates over the years, users are now able to upload multiple photos and videos in a single post and videos can be up to 60 seconds in length. On top of many updates and improvements, Instagram began to copy popular features from Snapchat, making these fun tools available for non-Snapchat people. Prime examples of the copying include the Stories feature, and now the new Face Filters.”
Engadget: AI creates fictional scenes out of real-life photos. “AI’s not quite ready to build photorealistic worlds on its own. But it’s getting pretty close. Researcher Qifeng Chen of Stanford and Intel fed his AI system 5,000 photos from German streets. Then, with some human help it can build slightly blurry made-up scenes.”