Washington Post: The Fetterman-Oz meme campaign, illustrated

Washington Post: The Fetterman-Oz meme campaign, illustrated. “The rivals for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat are turning to uncommon tactics to paint their opponent as unqualified or unfit. Since emerging from the primaries, Democratic nominee John Fetterman has waged a relentless trolling offensive, creating moments that often went viral on social media portraying Republican rival Mehmet Oz as an out-of-state elitist. Oz began countering with his own posts questioning Fetterman’s health and willingness to debate, as well as his policy positions.”

Ars Technica: Artists begin selling AI-generated artwork on stock photography websites

Ars Technica: Artists begin selling AI-generated artwork on stock photography websites. “Seeking ways to ‘monetize’ AI-generated art, some artists have already begun submitting their AI-generated pieces to stock photography websites like Shutterstock. Searches for ‘AI generated’ or ‘Midjourney’ (a popular image synthesis service) produce thousands of results on the site.”

Hackaday: Inexpensive Reading Glasses Become Stereoscope

Hackaday: Inexpensive Reading Glasses Become Stereoscope. “It’s an unfortunate consequence of growing older, that no longer are you able to read the print on a SOT-23 package or solder a QFN without magnification. Your eyes inexorably start to fail, and to have any hope of continuing a set of reading glasses is required. We have this in common with [Niklas Roy], who noticed while shopping for cheap reading glasses that their lenses were of surprisingly good quality. The result of this observation was a stereoscope made from card and a few euros worth of eyewear.”

Flickr Blog: Discover Virtual Photography on Flickr

Flickr Blog: Discover Virtual Photography on Flickr. “Flickr is home to EVERY kind of photography, and that covers a vast range of subjects, styles, and categories. Today we’re excited to introduce a new kind of content category for the bulk uploading, group adminning, and search filtering needs of one of Flickr’s most active communities: Meet virtual photography!… Virtual photography is an emerging art form specializing in photos taken inside a video game or virtual environment.”

PC Magazine: Google Photos Rolls Out Its Biggest Ever Feature Update for Memories

PC Magazine: Google Photos Rolls Out Its Biggest Ever Feature Update for Memories. “Google Photos is harnessing our collective need to share nostalgia with its biggest-ever update to Memories, which surfaces snapshots from recent years. The redesign, according to product manager Yael Marzan, will feature more videos—including ‘the best snippets’ from longer videos automatically trimmed ‘so you can relive the most meaningful moments.’”

PetaPixel: The Best AI Image Generators in 2022

PetaPixel: The Best AI Image Generators in 2022. “At the start of 2022, there were hardly any AI text-to-image generators available to the public, but with DALL-E finally becoming available in beta in July and Stable Diffusion being released a month later, there are now suddenly an array of AI image generators vying to be the best software on the market. So if you’re feeling confused about which AI Image generator you should use in 2022, this is a complete guide to the best options out there.”

Boing Boing: Creating an AI-generated comic book in Midjourney

Boing Boing: Creating an AI-generated comic book in Midjourney. “I really enjoyed watching filmmaker Elvis Deane talk about his experience in creating a comic book using the Midjourney AI art program. I love some of the analogies he uses—that working with a current AI is kind of like trying to communicate with your dog, or like having an infinite number of monkey artists who aren’t giving you exactly what you want, but sort of.”

Bleeping Computer: Hackers hide malware in James Webb telescope images

Bleeping Computer: Hackers hide malware in James Webb telescope images. “The malware is written in Golang, a programming language that is gaining popularity among cybercriminals because it is cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) and offers increased resistance to reverse engineering and analysis. In the recent campaign discovered by researchers at Securonix, the threat actor drops payloads that are currently not marked as malicious by antivirus engines on the VirusTotal scanning platform.”

Amateur Photographer: How To Connect Your Camera To Your Smartphone

Amateur Photographer: How To Connect Your Camera To Your Smartphone. “If you’ve got a camera with built-in Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, then you’ll be able to take advantage of this to quickly and easily send your images to your smartphone or tablet. From there you can edit the photos and quickly share on social media. In this guide we’ll show you what you need to connect your camera to your smartphone.”

Lifehacker: Use This Free Tool to Restore Faces in Old Family Photos

Lifehacker: Use This Free Tool to Restore Faces in Old Family Photos. “This online tool—called GFPGAN—first made it onto our radar when it was featured in the August 28 edition of the (excellent) Recomendo newsletter, specifically, a post by Kevin Kelly. In it, he says that he uses this free program to restore his own old family photos, noting that it focuses solely on the faces of those pictured, and ‘works pretty well, sometimes perfectly, in color and black and white.’” I tried this tool with a picture of my great-grandfather sitting on the running board of an old Ford with his three kids. It worked okay, but I think it would work better on pictures where the faces where closer-up.

International Business Times: Century-old Family Photo Studio Preserves Ghana’s History In Black And White

International Business Times: Century-old Family Photo Studio Preserves Ghana’s History In Black And White. “For 100 years, three generations of Bruce-Vanderpuijes have painstakingly amassed the world’s largest collection of 20th century Ghanaian photographs under one roof. They believe their Deo Gratias photo studio is the oldest in West Africa. From glass plates to digital files of nation-shaping events to intimate personal portraits, the family’s 50,000-image archive offers a unique glimpse into Accra’s transition from a colonial port into a bustling modern metropolis.”