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Most Powerful Person in the World Meets Donald Trump

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday. And while Zuck didn’t bother to mention the meeting on any of his social media channels, the president proudly posted a photo of the two men shaking hands on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (which is also owned by Facebook). Read More >>

Google Photos Fixed the Bad Photo Organisation That I Spent Years Creating

If you’ve lived long enough to remember the early days of digital photography, you may well have hundreds of thousands of pictures squirrelled away on your computer, from various cameras and phones and the web, all terribly organised and almost beyond hope as far as sorting and cataloguing goes. That was my situation—until Google Photos came along. Read More >>

How to Back up All of the Photos From All of Your Apps

Your photos and videos are likely to be some of the most precious files you have on your smartphone. Even if you’ve got new photos and videos taken with the camera synced to the cloud though, what about the pictures your family send you over WhatsApp? Or the Instagram Stories you post? Here’s how to make sure every photo and video on your devices is getting backed up. Read More >>

Man Disqualified From Wildlife Photo Contest for Using a Stuffed Animal

The winner of a wildlife-themed photographic competition run by the Natural History Museum has been retrospectively kicked out, after concerned rival photographers spotted an alarming similarity between the anteater star of the victorious photo and a stuffed animal that welcomes guests in a park's visitor centre. Read More >>

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Lifefaker Outs Our Social Media Mind Games

Lifefaker is a joke, but like all jokes apart from Michael McIntyre's, it also says something deep and serious about how we, as people, think and live. You know, like the boring bits on Stewart Lee. Read More >>

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize

Zoom in close on the centre of the picture above, and you can spot something you perhaps never thought you’d be able to see: a single atom. Here is a close-up if you’re having trouble: Read More >>

Apocalypse Now: The Best Views of Today’s Orange Sky

Storm Ophelia has raged in on Ireland from the Atlantic, and while England is mostly unaware of the devastation it's brought with it, it has left us one reminder of its presence: a sensational orange sky. Read More >>

A Guide to Apps That Make Your Photos Look Shitty

There are thousands of photo apps to download in the App Store. Some are great and some are terrible. But it seems apps that’ll make your photos look like a 3-year-old took them are sometimes the most popular. Read More >>

This Photographer’s Shots of Real Buildings Look Just Like Optical Illusions

Serbian photographer Nikola Olic lives and works in Dallas, Texas, but he also travels the world with a keen eye that’s always looking for unusual angles on buildings and other structures. The result is a collection of architectural photographs that look more like impossible optical illusions. Read More >>

London Photos Show Just How Long Ago 1990 Was

1990 doesn't sound that long ago, does it? The beginning of the Fresh Prince, Italia '90, Home Alone? But if it's hard to believe it was more than a quarter of a century ago, these pictures should help. Read More >>

Pouring Random Liquids Into an Aquarium Is Equal Parts Beautiful and Disgusting

Through the lens of a talented photographer, even the most haunting, disturbing, and distressing scenes can be made beautiful. But we can’t decide if photographer Brian Tomlinson’s experiments with pouring random stuff into aquariums looks like a modern masterpiece, or just someone blowing chunks. Read More >>

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10 Photoshop Tricks to Fix Your Worst Photos

Starting out in Photoshop can be scary, especially if you’ve never used a graphics tool as robust as it. With a little effort anyone can learn to be comfortable with Photoshop, but there’s a difference between being comfortable in Adobe’s flagship software and being useful with it. Read More >>

The Best Apps for Sharing Photos Privately

For a lot of us, the only reason you even snap a photo in the first place is so you can share it with family and friends. The problem is, most of the time you don’t want to blast all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter with pictures from your kid’s birthday party. This can make sharing personal photos a little more difficult. Here's a handful of apps that can help mitigate that problem by making it easier to share more selectively. Read More >>

Google’s Photo Scan App Makes Backing Up Old Snaps Easy as Hell

This Christmas, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up going through dusty old printed photos with friends and family—photos you can’t see anywhere on the web. That’s because these old photos are usually confined to a shoe box or binder hidden in the attic or storage closet. You might flip through them occasionally, but that’s it. They go right back to their storage place. Google wants to change that by making it easier to make digital backups of these old photos, so you can share them online.
The Photo Scan app launched by Google today for iOS and Android lets you scan printed photos in just a couple of seconds, using machine learning to correct imperfections in the capture process, so that they look great every time.
Here’s how it works: Download the app, and open it up. You’ll see a viewfinder. Hold your phone over the printed photo you want to make a digital copy of, and make sure it fits entirely in the frame. Tap the shutter button once.Next, four white dots will appear on the screen in each corner of the photo you’re backing up. You connect the dots by moving your phone over the dots until they turn blue. After you’ve scanned each individual dot, the photo will be saved within the Photo Scan app and can be saved to your Google Photos library with the push of a button.

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The scanning process is comparable to any flatbed scanner you’d buy at Currys or Maplin, and is good enough so that you can print out backup versions of your old photos without any distortion at all. What the app is doing behind the scenes is essentially taking four images of the printed photo and stacking them all on top of each other. The app automatically removes bright white pixels caused by glares. It identifies glares by looking at pixels that move between each scan. The app automatically applies some other image correction including tweaks to colour, exposure, and more. You can also edit those setting yourself.
In essence, this just made it a hell of a lot easier to backup your photos. For anyone that’s ever tried using a flatbed scanner, you know that it takes hours and can be a huge pain in the ass to setup. Worst of all, the process of scanning is ridiculously slow. The Photo Scan app isn’t at all like that. I tried scanning a few photos during a demonstration with Google representatives, and I was able to capture five photos in about two minutes. It’s ridiculously fast—and that’s why I’ll probably spend most of my time during the holidays helping my parents backup old photos and saving them to the Google Photos library. Read More >>

Woman’s Stolen Facebook Selfies Made Her an Accidental Porn Advertiser

Australian woman Noelle Martin is fighting a seemingly endless battle with porn sites to have her photos removed, after a series of innocent selfies she'd posted on Facebook were lifted, redistributed around porn portals, Photoshopped into new images and used to advertise services -- all without her permission or knowledge. Read More >>